Walking your dog during COVID is no longer the same as before…

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…

Is “brightening” in Japanese skincare skin bleach!?

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!?

Deep dive into “cancel culture”: the good, the bad, and the problems…

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…

Not Korean? Say “bye bye” to your K-pop dreams…

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…

“Am I thin?”: why do women ask this question… ?

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… ?

ラブホが日本社会に持つ価値をどの程度評価すべきか?

オリジナルのラブホテルの形は消えそうで、普通のビジネスホテルに置き換えて除去しつつある。消えてゆくラブホテルという宿泊施設が日本社会に持つ価値をどの程度評価すべきか。
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?

日本の政治的無関心と、政治制度における首相公選制

首相官邸公式H.Pによれば、「いわゆる首相公選制など、内閣総理大臣と国民との関係の在り方について、憲法上の問題点等を含め幅広い検討を行い、具体的な提案を行う」とあることから政治議題の俎上に載せることの出来る政治的手法であると捉えることができます。 … More 日本の政治的無関心と、政治制度における首相公選制