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(Overly?) Kid-friendly toothpaste

The name Gari Gari Kun conjures images of, at best, suspect-flavored ice creams: corn potage, napolitana sauce and veggie stew to name a few. So it comes as no surprise that the makers of such wacky-flavored summertime refreshments would also come up with Gari Gari Kun toothpaste. Produced by Lion Corporation, the kid-targeted gloop includes...

Aug 30, 2014 | No Comments | 158 views
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Professional wanderers

How would you like to make travel your life’s work? Not as a Condé Nast writer or Anthony Bourdain-styled TV host, but just traveling. Everywhere. Argentine wanderers Juan Caldaroni and Daniela Elias have been doing just that for the past five years and eight months—with no plans to stop soon. They arrived in Tokyo this...

Aug 26, 2014 | No Comments | 195 views
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When a marriage deteriorates, how do you help?

Dear AMA, My friend is going through a very difficult time and I’m not sure how to help him. He has been with his Japanese wife for eight years and it has been an unhappy relationship for a while. He has tried to end it several times, but she threatens suicide, so he goes back. I...

Aug 24, 2014 | No Comments | 631 views
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Words of enfearment for Japan’s season of the dead

Unlike the West, Japan’s spooky season peaks in August with obon. This is a good time to let people know what you can or can’t handle when it comes to creepy situations. Don’t be afraid! Use the structure “(noun) ga (adjective) desu” to tell them what you mean. Scary Sentiments JP: Watashi wa yurei ga kowai desu. EN:...

Aug 23, 2014 | No Comments | 545 views
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Kenshin dices, Titans attack, and Snowmen sing karaoke

Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno, the first half of a two-part follow-up to 2012’s Rurouni Kenshin, offers dynamic fight choreography in the style of Hong Kong cinema. It took the No. 2 spot at theaters this week, and can be caught with English subtitles once daily at Toho Cinemas Roppongi Hills. TOP MOVIES 1. Stand By Me: Doraemon 2....

Aug 20, 2014 | No Comments | 115 views
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How to express your hot-weather desires

Summer is the season of beer, fireworks, kakigori (shaved ice) and bon odori dance festivals. So throw on your yukata, get out in the sun and use “-tai desu” to express a few of your hot-weather desires! AMBER GLOW JP: Watashi wa beeru wo nomitai desu. EN: I want to drink some beer. JP: Beeru wa oishii desu-ne. Edamame...

Aug 16, 2014 | No Comments | 881 views
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