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10 Japanese Dramas To Binge On Netflix

Undoubtedly, the best way to watch TV is in unhealthily long bursts that ruin sleeping patterns and swallow up whole weekends. If you’re into J-Dramas, all the better: Japanese Netflix has an excellent selection of subtitled series to choose from.

Yet, for those of us who love Japanese dramas but are not fluent in Japanese, Netflix can be a tricky place to navigate. A curious number of J-dramas on the site don’t have English subtitles, despite their titles and bios being in English. So, to help you in your Japanese TV consuming quest, here is a list of fantastic, English-subbed Japanese dramas to binge-watch to your heart’s content.

Sit back, relax, and push play! (And vote for your favorite!)

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Some recent interesting and brief videos to introduce Japan

One of the challenges of teaching courses about contemporary Japanese culture at my university is that my students come from a variety of countries, backgrounds, majors and areas of knowledge. I cannot assume all of my international (and local) students are anthropology majors and/or have knowledge about the social sciences, cultural studies and/or Japanese studies. To bring my students up to speed at the beginning of the semester I usually recommend that they read An Introduction to Japanese Society by Japanese sociologist Yoshio Sugimoto. Now in its 4th edition (2014, Cambridge University Press) I find the chapters on “The Japan Phenomenon and the Social Sciences” and “Geographical and Generational Variations” to be especially useful as an introduction to Japan. But these days I have to wonder if my students actually do such recommended readings… Perhaps another way to introduce Japan might be through the use of popular YouTube videos. With this thought in mind I offer the following as a starting point for the exploration of Japan and its cultures. They are not perfect as there are a few small errors here and there, some bias problems and they might appear too pop in style for academics, which is why I still strongly recommend Sugimoto…

Geography Now! Japan

History of Japan (Bill Wurtz)

[360°VR] JAPAN – Where tradition meets the future (VisitJapan)

Why Japan Has No Mass Shootings (

Initial information and motivation from Japan Today, 2/17/18:

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Biwachi: Cycling around Lake Biwa

Partners Information: Have you heard of “Biwaichi”?

Biwaichi Cycling allows you to cycle around the circumference of Lake Biwa, the largest lake in Japan and the symbol of Shiga Prefecture, while enjoying nature, history and sightseeing spots along the way.

A full circuit of the lake is approximately 200km in length, taking experienced cyclists a full day. Others often take two days with one night’s lodgings, but a three days, two nights plan actually comes highly recommended!

There are lakeside spaces where you can enjoy varied and thrilling seasonal scenery, as well as many historical sites and famous spots along the shores, offering a whole range of fun things to do.
The appeal of Lake Biwa is inexhaustible! Grab as much of it as you can from the back of a bicycle!

Many of the stations and tourist facilities in Shiga offer renta-cycles, making it easy to get your wheels on the ground. How about sightseeing across Shiga from the back of a bicycle, proceeding entirely at your own leisurely pace?

More information

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