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3 Things Working Women In Japan Deserve More Than White Day Chocolate

Source: Gaijin Pot

Every March 14 — or White Day— reflects Japan’s strict culture of “obligatory” gift-giving, not to mention its awful holiday-naming abilities. It’s actually when men “payback” the women who gave them chocolates on Valentine’s Day. Unlike in the West, women are expected to give giri choco, or obligatory chocolate to their male coworkers, as well as bosses (who are probably male, anyways).

Like so many other women, my showing up to work on Valentine’s Day without that giri choco wasn’t worth the nagging guilt that tugged at my psyche. There I was, scrambling at the convenience store to buy those last-minute KitKats mostly to avoid the guilt of …not giving freaking KitKats.

But did my KitKats just pass on this same guilt to my male coworkers who have to give back on White Day? Will they even care? Will I be disappointed today if I don’t get anything back?

Most of all, how the f*** did Japan convince me to expect gifts from men when that’s never been my brand.

How did I get here?

If heaps of guilt is what makes people take action, then why don’t we use that to incite real change, not just for bringing choco to work? In lieu of White Day chocolates, here is a list of “gifts” — basic things working women in Japan deserve but that men can also benefit from — that we actually want today.

I’m gonna gift wrap it nicely by coining some brand new Japanese-English katakana phrases to help that giri-guilt catch on. Maybe we have something here. It’s a White Day miracle!

A countdown to what we really want in the workplace

3. Giri Remoto

ギリリモート (obligatory remote work)

What it means: Remote work needs to be much more widely recognized as a valid form of work in Japan.

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Sake Diary - Gin no Mori: Kichijoji


Gin no Mori is a sake-focused izakaya offering an impressive selection of bottles from smaller craft breweries around Japan, all quite reasonably priced. Small 90ml glasses are a convenient size if you want to try a few different types of sake over the course of the evening, and these are typically priced at Y400-490, while larger 150ml servings go for Y600-730.

The food menu features sake-friendly snacks like the miso-marinated trio of avocado, mozzarella and fuki no to (a type of mountain vegetable), along with more standard izakaya fare. Our turnip tempura was a highlight of the meal, and the sashimi platter of the day was also quite good. Generally speaking though, the food here plays a supporting role to the sake, which is the star of the show.

Seating is at a spacious front counter or on floor cushions around sunken hori-kotatsu tables. Budget around Y3000-4000 for food and drink in the evening. On weekends they’re open all day from 11:30am, and they serve a weekend lunch menu until 3:30pm. …continue reading


Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari Episode 10 Impression

Source: Supaku Blog

On this episode, Naofumi obtains upgrades for his party and prepares for the next wave. Later, he helps some refugees.

I’m just so excited to see Naofumi’s preparations and the upcoming wave. It’s getting near to the exciting arcs. Also, they didn’t rush anything again since it’s the preparation development for the wave after all. Other than that, there’s a bunch of enjoyable scenes like hero interactions. Now what will happen next? I will be looking forward to it. Overall, cool next wave development and some more enjoyable scenes.

Conclusion: Cool next wave development and some more enjoyable scenes.

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5 Craft Beer Festivals to Attend in Japan this Spring

Source: Gaijin Pot

While Japan isn’t exactly the craft beer haven that North America and Europe have become in recent years, the Japanese craft brew scene is rapidly growing. Only 20 years ago, craft beer in Japan was pretty much nonexistent, with a beer industry overpowered by big names like Asahi and Kirin.

It wasn’t until 1994 that the government lowered the annual output of beer necessary to obtain a brewing license from 2,000,000 liters to just 60,000. While hundreds of breweries opened their doors in the wake of the new law, a lack of brewer experience and a population generally unfamiliar with such variety caused many of them to close. Today, the market seems to have stabilized. According to the Japan Beer Times, there are now more than 300 craft breweries flaunting thousands of new varieties around the country.

… there are now more than 300 craft breweries flaunting thousands of new varieties around the country.

As the hanami, or cherry blossom viewing, season cascades onto Japan, so too do more spring beer festivals. A perfect excuse to travel to a new part of Japan (especially with an upcoming 10-day Golden Week), here are some craft beer events to mark on your calendar.

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Osaka to have luxury high-rise rental apartments in 2022

A high-rise apartment tower under construction in Osaka’s Umeda district is set to become the region’s largest high-end rental building. The 56-storey, 191m tall building will have 836 rental apartments. Completion is scheduled for early 2022.

The developer, Sumitomo Realty & Development, is anticipating that this project will provide long-term stable revenue, preferring consistent rental returns over the short-term sales revenue that a condo would bring in.

The tower will be a 5 minute walk from JR Osaka Station. It is expected to be one of Sumitomo’s ‘La Tour’ series of high-end rentals. Targeted tenant profiles include both corporate leases for executive employee transfers and expats.

Floors 4 through 8 will have a 202-room hotel, with rental apartments on floors 9 through 56.


Sonezaki 2 Chome, Kita Ward, Osaka City

The Nikkei Shimbun, February 26, 2019.
MBS News, February 26, 2019.

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