Since coming back home to London from uni, I’ve begun walking the dog again when I run, and I noticed that the whole experience was strangely different… it had warped into this delicate dance and balance of having to tiptoe around each other (2 meters apart) while also grappling to keep tight control over your … More Walking your dog during COVID is no longer the same as before…
Coming to live in Japan is very different to staying there as a tourist. There are a lot more procedures and steps that you may not be aware of. Documentation will be showered at you from all directions (Japanese love paperwork I swear) and you might find yourself quite overwhelmed by it all. In the … More Abroad in Japan: A step by step guide to settling in
If you go to Japan – or other places in Asia for that matter – you will come across words like “skin brightening” or “beautifully white” on skin products. For tourists coming from a more western background, it is not uncommon to associate these words with the harmful chemical skin whitening that we hear about … More Is “brightening” in Japanese skincare skin bleach!?
Online, the pressure to be “politically correct” is suffocating. Hoards of people on twitter flock to the scene of any drama to witness (or take part in) the downfall of some famous person in voyeuristic pleasure. Now, with the coronavirus epidemic confining all of us indoors, many are getting caught up in the strong current … More Deep dive into “cancel culture”: the good, the bad, and the problems…
So, recently I came back from my Year Abroad in France and Japan, and got quite literally bombarded with question from students in my deparment preparing for their Year Abroad. And it came to me when I was answering their many question… there were actually quite a lot of things that no article online ever … More 9 tips to save money on your Year Abroad!
During my Year Abroad, I often found myself explaining a lot of the phrases I used. And on further reflection, I realised that I honestly had no idea why I used them. Here are some of the most common expressions I looked up the origins to… It’s surprising how old some of them are! “An … More Where on earth did these English sayings come from!?
The original vibrant yet strange form of love hotels appears to be disappearing, instead they are apparently being either abandoned or removed then replaced by ordinary business hotels. How much should these fading buildings be valued in Japanese society? … More How important are love hotels to Japanese society?
Recently, a K-pop boyband called “EXP Edition”, a band made up entirely of white guys, has now moved to Korea to be in it for the long haul, winning a new-comers award there in 2017…. But, not everyone is overjoyed. Foreign K-pop fans condemn the boyband for “mocking” the K-pop culture and being “disrespectful”. It … More Not Korean? Say “bye bye” to your K-pop dreams…
As a culture, we have always been obsessed with size. The bust-to-waist ratio expectations and ideals have constantly been fluctuating. Ever since I can remember, my siblings and me have often asked each other “do you think I’m thin?” and I never paid the question any serious thought really until now. In order to fully … More “Am I thin?”: why do women ask this question… ?
一般的に風俗営業の一つと認知されているラブホテルがどのような社会的影響を及ぼしているのかについて私は以下のように考察した。 … More ラブホが日本社会に持つ価値をどの程度評価すべきか？