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!?
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?
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？