Capsule Hotel 101: Hacks & Etiquette

Thanks to the relaxed visa requirements enforced by Japan about two years ago, it has become easier and more convenient for Filipinos to enjoy Japan. The upcoming Summer Olympics in Tokyo, slated for next year, has also seen a boom in new AirBnB's, new hostels and new hotels being built -- in fact, one thing … Continue reading Capsule Hotel 101: Hacks & Etiquette

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Neko Atsume: Cat-crazy people and their online cat collection 

  Because being a budding cat lady in real life is not enough for me, I have also taken to collecting stray cats online.  Presenting Neko Atsume (Cat Collecting), the latest online game that's making a lot of nerds, game enthusiasts and feline slaves made. I blame CNN and Kotaku for making me aware that … Continue reading Neko Atsume: Cat-crazy people and their online cat collection 

Would you live here? Not for the claustrophobic and the faint-hearted.

Yes, one of my dreams is to live in Japan. Not just visit, but to actually live there. But would you even consider it if this is your living space? Nope, the guy above is not a small person stuffed inside the locker by bullies. He actually lives in that space, as featured in a … Continue reading Would you live here? Not for the claustrophobic and the faint-hearted.

Mad Love

In honor of St. Valentine's Day--where people dress in red and try to compete for candle-lit tables located in over-booked restaurants, serving over priced steak--I bring you this adorable albeit, obviously crazy way these hapless Japanese salarymen show their love to their wives. By shouting their messages of love stark raving mad in front of … Continue reading Mad Love

“Okuribito/Departures” to open Eiga Sai 2011

One of my most favorite Japanese movies (and one that made me cry) "Departures" will open the 2011 Eiga Sai - Japanese Film Festival , in celebration of the Philippines-Japan Friendship Month. Departures is a 2009 Oscar-winning movie directed by Yojiro Takita. It tells the story of Daigo Kobayashi, a cellist who played in an … Continue reading “Okuribito/Departures” to open Eiga Sai 2011

If you love classical music, and if you adore Japan …

"Play for Japan" will feature acclaimed Japanese artists: Ms. Miyako Kuwae (classical singer) and Ms. Kunie Tatsuta (pianist), as well as the Philippine Tourism Authority’s chorale group La Mer, gospel choir Joyful Voice, and the Manila Glee Club. Note that all agreed to perform on gratis for this very worthy cause. The first leg of … Continue reading If you love classical music, and if you adore Japan …