Haramaki, the Japanese belly warmer

Haramaki is a type of Japanese undergarment. It literally translates as 'belly wrap' (腹巻). I first learned about haramaki when shopping at Japanese clothing store Uniqlo. In the underwear section, I saw a tube-like knitted item that seemed perfect for keeping my neck warm at night. Shortly after having bought two 'neckwarmers', I saw a... Continue Reading →

Why ‘The Japans’ as a blog name?

When I first decided to start this blog, I spent a lot of time thinking of a good name. One thing that kept popping up in my head was 'The Japans'. The term comes from the novel 'Shogun' by James Clavell. 'Shogun' is the story of an English pilot, John Blackthorne, who washes up on... Continue Reading →

Japanese landscape through a cat’s eyes

I have written about my favourite internet cat, Shiro, once before (click here to read the article). Usually Shiro and his fellow feline housemates are featured sleeping, with an array of odd household items on their head. My favourite videos of Shiro however, are the ones where you can see in what kind of stunning... Continue Reading →

Poor Nyan Cat

Never have I seen tamer cats than during my stay in Japan. I have seen Japanese cats submissively undergo treatments that would have sent any Belgian cat into a hissing, clawing and biting frenzy. You can imagine my surprise when I came across the following scene in a shopping street in Okinawa: How often do... Continue Reading →

Kaomoji or Japanese emoticons

One of the things that fascinate me about Japan, is the fact that they mostly have the same stuff we do, but in a different version. It makes you realize how many different ways there are of doing the same thing. A very good example is the way Japanese people use emoticons. For the more... Continue Reading →

Japan’s most famous cat

I once heard somewhere that 80% of all content on the internet is porn. But surely that can't be true. If you ask me, 80% of all content on the internet consists of funny cat pictures. The most famous website with funny cat pictures is 'I can has cheezburger'. It features pictures of cats with... Continue Reading →

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