Sara Koubashii

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Here's Why the Japanese Diet Is Keeping People Alive So Long

Japanese people are some of the healthiest on the planet. They have the highest life expectancy for men (76) and women (86), and, at 3 percent, the …

10 Sushi Burgers That Are a Foodie’s Dream Come True

Be honest — sushi night is usually the highlight of your week. Although it’s really easy to roll your own sushi, it’s even easier to turn your favorite sushi ingredients into a burger. Sure, there are plenty of summer burger recipes you could throw on the grill for dinner, but none of them will …

Tokyo’s New Vintage Fashion Flea Market – “Raw Tokyo”

Vintage is an important part of modern Japanese street fashion. Pre-owned clothing is easy to find at any of Tokyo’s plentiful resale boutiques, but …

Vintage

Spring Has Sprung! And In Japan, That Means Cherry Blossoms (8 photos)

Spring is here and in Japan that means cherry blossoms or <i>Sakura</i> in Japanese. According to the Japan National Tourism Organization:<p>“For many Japanese, …

Japan

34 Healthy Dinner Recipes Anyone Can Make

For some, "cooking" means boiling water for instant ramen. For others, the mere thought of turning on a stove sends them running to the phone to …

Kakawarazu: a word worth knowing, whatever your level

<b>Uten-ni-mo kakawarazu, takusan-no katagata-ni o-koshi-itadaki, arigatō-gozaimasu. (Thank you all for coming, despite the rainy weather.)</b><p><b>Situation 1:</b> …

17 Hilarious Literary Thanksgiving Puns

Much Ado About Stuffing. Thanks to #ThanksgivingBooks on Twitter.

Ultimate Butter Cookies Recipe (some say, it tastes like Jenny Bakery!)

Recipe – The Ultimate Butter Cookies (some say, it tastes like Jenny Bakery!)<p>Posted on Nov 16th, 2015<p>by<p>Categories:<p>When Jenny Bakery arrived in …

Nearly half of Japan’s working women are accused of “causing trouble” when they get pregnant

Getting pregnant should bring joy, but in Japan’s workplace, it can bring misery. Maternity harassment<i>—</i>in which workers are demoted, dismissed, unfairly treated, or verbally harassed because of pregnancy and childbearing<i>—</i>plagues female workers in the world’s third-largest economy. Survey results …

Maternity

15 Things That Will Help Any Girl Fall in Love With Life

I am a single girl in my 20s, but I am constantly falling in love. I am falling in love with the sunset seen from my balcony, with a glass of Merlot, with the space I have in the bed when I stretch out in the morning, and with the ease of booking a plane ticket on a whim without asking anybody. I …

Relationships

The Fast Food Restaurants You Should Be Watching in 2015

Fast food doesn't just mean McDonald's and Burger King anymore. Here are the new chains you should be paying attention to.<p>It may be challenging to think about McDonald’s outside the incessant all-day-breakfast chatter right now, but allow us to put things in some context. Frankly, McDonald’s is in …

Is this the world’s quirkiest capital?

In this metropolis, remember, yes could mean no and karaoke means business.<p>There are few better ways to get a sense of Tokyo than from a seat on a Yamanote Line train; a 34.5 kilometre loop around the Japanese capital used by millions of people every day.<p>Elevated on tracks above the street, the …

Dear Working Moms: I Was So Wrong, and I'm Sorry

It's so easy to look at parents before you become one yourself and have 27,834 thoughts that start with, "When I'm a mom, I'll never ..."And then you …

4 Unique Themed Cafes in Tokyo • Cultural Xplorer

There are a lot of interesting places to visit in Japan, and the themed cafes in Tokyo certainly are high on the list of strange, bazaar, and unusual …

Japan

Okonomiyaki – Japanese Soul Food at Its Finest

Your first few experiences with food in Japan will probably be the usual: sushi, ramen, udon. But when you want to dig a little deeper, it’s time for …

Japan

7 incredible Japanese destinations that tourists haven’t discovered yet

Japan is often known by tourists for its most popular attractions, like Mount Fuji, the cities of Tokyo and Kyoto, and its amazing shrines and temples.<p>But there's a lot more to the island nation than that.<p>We took a look at a Quora thread that asked, "what are some of Japan's best kept secrets," and …

The Tokyo bartender who can’t speak Japanese

In Tokyo’s mysterious world of Golden Gai – where foreign and Japanese tongues co-mingle – drinking becomes the universal language.<p>Squeezed among high-rise office buildings in Kabukicho, Tokyo’s famous entertainment district, is Golden Gai, a labyrinth of narrow alleys filled with tightly packed …

Japan

4 Scientifically Proven Ways to Have a Happier Morning

In the past, I would have never described myself as a "morning person." In fact, I used to hate mornings. I would often begin the day by hitting the snooze button on my cell phone alarm. When I would finally wake up, it was usually a race to get out the door. I would rush to shower, do my hair and …

Happiness

Why You're Still Single—Even Though You Say You Want a Relationship

These very real fears could be keeping you from finding love.<p><i>This article was written by Katie and Gay Hendricks and provided by our partners at YourTango. Katie and Gay's free relationship e-newsletter, Hearts In Harmony, explores the challenges and glories of lasting love. Based on the tools</i> …

Sorry, Your Vitamin C Megadose Is Basically Useless

Maybe just wash your hands more?<p>It’s Fall which means flu season and a germy free-for-all — but we’re on it! Here’s our guide to staying healthy ’til Spring:<p>Schools are back in session, which means the common cold is not too far behind.<p>To avoid a cold or cut one short, you may be tempted to stock …

Minds blown

<i>My son, who is almost 30 years old, was married four years ago. He just shared with us that for the last three years, he and his wife have been</i> …

7 Reasons You Need to Live a More Awesome Life

<i>“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious… He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand</i> …

How to Drink Sake: Your Guide to Japan's Tasty, Boozy Gift to the World

Sake. You might only know it from Sapporo bombs or overheated swill from all-you-can-eat pan-Asian buffets. But if you get a beat on its basics, it’s …

Chocolate Buttermilk

<b>Author Notes:</b> Decadent and intensely fudgy, this brownie uses a riff on the simple one-bowl Baker's chocolate brownie recipe for the base. I topped it with a tangy, sweet chocolate buttermilk frosting. They are better when chilled slightly—but it's hard to wait that long to take a bite! —Posie …

5 reasons Finland's schools are better than America's

Finland is an innovative country when it comes to education, and its innovation yields results. It's consistently one of the highest performing developed countries on the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA), an important tool for measuring education systems worldwide.<p>While Finland's …

Education

Mobile phones and iPads could be banned from classrooms

Tom Bennett, the Department for Education discipline tsar, will begin a wide-ranging inquiry into how schools can improve bad behaviour among children, including the use of smartphones and tablets.<p>Pupils could be banned from taking mobile phones and iPads into class under a major government …

Umbrellas in Japan

For longer than humankind has had words to complain about it, rain has been drenching us. Trees and caves provided adequate shelter for our …

Japan