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If you haven’t heard, sales tax (消費税, shōhizei) is going up to a whopping 8% in Japan starting in April of… (read more..)

Los Angeles DJ outfit Tune in Tokyo is finally making their big return this Saturday, October 12th with a new event… (read more..)

Source: Tokyo Girls Update The largest Japanese culture convention in Europe finally made its first impact in the United States last… (read more..)

This registered so low on my “interesting happenings” radar that I forgot to post it—but in May I attended a screening… (read more..)

I am surprised that no one mentioned this earlier this year and that I didn’t take it up when it happened,… (read more..)

This Saturday, Cherry-Jelly Productions and Anime Jungle in Little Tokyo are hosting a vocaloid party entitled “Tell Your World. Love Our… (read more..)

Also as part of my quasi-glorious return, here is the demonstration that my Aikido Dojo put on at the local Cherry… (read more..)

Hi all, this is Andrew! After almost a year on quasi-hiatus I’m back at Ganbare! I look forward to continuing my… (read more..)

Several months ago it was announced that Kyary Pamyu Pamyu would be performing her first major tour in the United States. When… (read more..)

This past weekend was Japan Family Day at the Santa Anita Park (near Pasadena, CA), home of the Tokyo City Cup… (read more..)

お久しぶり!(Ohisashiburi!) Well, it’s certainly been a while since I have blogged with Ganbare Japanese. I apologize for my unintentional hiatus. Sometimes… (read more..)

A couple of weekends ago I had the pleasure of seeing a live performance by Kao=S, a band that performs rocking music… (read more..)

Several weeks ago, we were given a listen to Perfume’s long-awaited new single “Mirai no Museum,” a tie-in to the latest… (read more..)

Last night, I hung out with the Redondo Beach Japanese Language Exchange Group, which meets up every Monday at the Catalina… (read more..)

Most of the Japanese films in my university library back in California falls into one of four categories: anime, horror, yakuza, or World… (read more..)

Sunday was beautiful in Tokyo, so a friend and I celebrated the Lunar New Year by visiting the Koishikawa Kōrakuen Garden…. (read more..)

Earlier this week, Coachella announced their line-up for yet another two-week long festival in the Indio Polo Fields, taking place during… (read more..)

If you go out to Yokohama, it’s tough not to want to go check out its Chinatown (横浜中華街, Yokohama chūkagai). It’s… (read more..)

Last week I trekked out to Yokohama to check out Minato Mirai 21 (often referred to simply as みなとみらい), located just… (read more..)

Last weekend I went to see a rakugo (落語) performance with a friend of mine. Rakugo is a comedy story-telling form… (read more..)

Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s latest video for “Furisodation” comes with the same level of cryptically cute imagery that we’ve come to expect… (read more..)

On Saturday we had a G!J staff outing to Mount Takao, a great hiking spot located in Hachiōji, Tokyo. It’s at… (read more..)

Is it just me, or does it take an hour to get to anywhere in Tokyo from where I live out… (read more..)

What better way to spend Labor Day than to walk around Ginza (銀座), one of the most expensive shopping districts in… (read more..)

Wednesday I spent walking around Nara Park (奈良公園、Nara kōen), famous for its deer and temples. The photo is of a gojū… (read more..)

Every time I’ve traveled between Tokyo and Kansai on the shinkansen (新幹線、しんかんせん), I’ve managed to sit on the side away from… (read more..)

Today was a beautiful day, so I took the train out to Kanda Jimbōchō (神田 神保町). Jimbōchō is known as “Book… (read more..)

All right people, the word of the day is「方向オンチ」(hōkō onchi). 「方向」means “direction”, and 「オンチ」(also written as「音痴」) means “tone-deaf”. (Don’t believe that… (read more..)

I recently read a young adult novel (yeah…don’t ask) that was a collection of essays written by former 16-year-olds, written for… (read more..)

先週、映画館で『おおかみこどもの雨と雪』を見ました!と〜っても面白かった〜。まだ見てなかったら、ゼッタイおすすめします! Last week I saw The Wolf Children Ame and Yuki. I really, really liked it! If you haven’t had a… (read more..)

One of the good things about being at my parents’ house is that I get to hijack their Netflix account and… (read more..)

Last night I watched the live-action movie version of Yazawa Ai’s manga Paradise Kiss… …and, look, I’m not saying that the… (read more..)

The 72nd Annual Nisei Week Festival is in full swing out in Little Tokyo in Los Angeles. Definitely check this out… (read more..)

Have you heard of the word「品格」(hinkaku)? I can’t come up with a good English translation for it (my Genius Japanese-English dictionary… (read more..)

Recently I watched a film titled Kirschblüten—Hanami, a German film that takes place in both Germany and Japan. (It’s called Cherry… (read more..)

Fuji Rock Festival is the biggest outdoor music festival in Japan. Despite its name, the festival is held at Naeba Ski… (read more..)

We party on the street. Holla.

I sent some gifts as お中元 (Ochugen, summer gift) to my parents, grandma, and the research lab I used to belong…. (read more..)

I went to check out Mitama Matsuri at Yasukuni Shrine last night. Natsu-matsuri (summer festival) is a popular activity for summer… (read more..)

So for those of you who don’t know, on free weekends that I have I train in the Japanese martial art… (read more..)

Just came across two articles where it appears that 3 out of the top 10 most expensive cities to live in… (read more..)

The official Youtube channel for AKB48 (Japanese music & idol mega-group) uploaded today the election results for this year’s top idols… (read more..)

I don’t know about you guys, but this comes off as a little unreal. I’ve heard of the famous cat cafes… (read more..)

Vijay forwarded me an article about workplace bullying of a female game developer in Japan, and it reminded me of two… (read more..)

Lately I’ve met a number of incredible women who are working in the United States on issues related to gender and… (read more..)

On the heels of the Cupertino Cherry Blossom Festival, I went to the Nikkei Matsuri at San Jose’s Japantown on April… (read more..)

On April 28, 2012 I had the honor of being able to participate in an Aikido demonstration at the blossom festival… (read more..)

Hey, I went to check out Tokyo Sky Tree in Asakusa with my friends yesterday. Tokyo Sky Tree (aka New Tokyo… (read more..)

Saw this on The Roving Ronin Report. I know I am one day late, but part of Golden week in Japan… (read more..)

Hey guys, I went on a trip to Kusatsu(草津) Onsen with some friends! Onsens are popular destination for a day trip…. (read more..)

Okay, so any of us who aren’t living in Japan at this moment can be a little envious of the vacation… (read more..)

Hey guys,   I went to Kesennuma/Minami Sanriku in Tohoku which is the devastated area by Tsunami when East Japan Great… (read more..)

Hi everyone! I signed up to write for Ganbare! Japanese nearly a month ago, but this is my first post… I… (read more..)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-radio-and-tv-17352173 Found this a couple weeks ago. I dunno the correct term to describe this, I guess “Huh?” would be the… (read more..)

Hey guys,   We had great cherry blossom this couple weeks. Here are some pics I took. Check em out!!  … (read more..)

Hey guys,   So ya I went to Yoyogi park for Hanami. It was a really nice spring day.   OMG… (read more..)

For those of you who don’t know I’m a fan of the Resident Evil series. The story is awesome; its connection… (read more..)

Found this page on AskMen.com regarding sushi. As a self-proclaimed general sushi/fish lover, I was curious as to what the people from… (read more..)

Hey guys! Guess who’s baaack?? Haha. It’s Shinji. Sorry for not updating for a while. I’ve been running around looking for… (read more..)

Found this site that shows the incredible images of the earthquake and tsunami right after it happened and just as of… (read more..)

I discovered this song almost a decade after it was released. Coming out in 2003, Realize has its fame credited as one… (read more..)

As you may know, people usually commute to their work or school by trains in stead of driving their own car… (read more..)

I found this cool video while doing some research on the next iPhone – am considering getting a 4S or a… (read more..)

The latest m-flo album, Square One, was released earlier this month. It is awesome! Their first new work in about 5 years… (read more..)

The ace of the idol group, AKB48, Maeda Atsuko (20) personally announced on the 25th that she would graduate from AKB48…. (read more..)

This post does not contain any life changing spoilers, so read along! Sound off! How many of you have read both… (read more..)

What is my favorite anime? I’m not a big anime fan and my exposure is limited to mainly one episode here… (read more..)

Title says it all. I’ve been looking into all kinds of jobs that I can think of. Hope you enjoy my… (read more..)

So since I’m not alone in my one-sided love for the entire team of AKB48, I thought I’d share with you guys,… (read more..)

Here it is! One month after Valentine’s Day, March 14th is celebrated in Japan as White Day (ホワイトデー) or even Marshmallow… (read more..)

I found this very cool page on the British Broadcasting Channel (BBC) News page regarding Japan. The site has whole pages… (read more..)

Nike Japan is hosting a running event “Run Together” today, 1 year anniversary from East Japan Great Earthquake. This events invite… (read more..)

This weekend marks the one year anniversary of the Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami that killed nearly 16,000 people and left 3,300… (read more..)

On March 9th, 2012, I went to watch Makoto Taiko perform at the annual Art Night in the city of Pasadena. … (read more..)

Busan Kevin – real name Kevin O’Shea is originally from Canada and has taught English in both Korea and Japan. Still… (read more..)

Saint Seiya Restarts After 23 Years Kurumada Masami’s original work, Saint Seiya, which ran as an anime on TV Asahi from… (read more..)

Hinamatsuri (雛祭り) is celebrated on March 3rd each year—it is commonly known as the Doll Festival or Girls’ Festival. Families with… (read more..)

On March 2nd, I went to the “Arigato from Japan” appreciation concert in Los Angeles, presented by the Consulate-General of Japan… (read more..)

It’s essay time for my graduate program so my time is going to be taken up by mainly preparing my essay… (read more..)

It’s snowing quite heavily in Tokyo region today! It’s been like fifth time since I came back to Japan in the… (read more..)

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