Posts By: Codi Hauka

The Desperate Housewives of Japan

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There are an astonishing number of stay-at-home wives in Japan. Somewhere around 70% of women do not return to work after the birth of their first child, which is a staggering figure for a country widely hailed as Mecca of modernity and for its diligent workforce. The reason behind this is a combination of stubborn cultural beliefs interplayed with financial burdens.

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Japanese Vending Machines: Bizarre Fact or Deviant Myth?

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It’s no secret that vending machines are as much a staple of Japanese culture as Tim Hortons is to Canadian culture. But there is a misconception regarding the contents of these vending machines and the sort of moral wavering they exhibit. Can you really buy underwear? Beer? Condoms? The answers may surprise you.

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All Night Long: Partying Osaka Style

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Imagine if Tokyo and New York had a lovechild. Such a city exists: If you want to experience partying like you’ve never gotten down to before, forget Tokyo. Osaka is your city.

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The Art of Useless Japanese Inventions

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There is a curious art running rampant throughout Japan that strikes a fine balance between comic relief and usability. Many people have probably seen, laughed and asked “why?” at such things before, not knowing the distinct category that these inventions fit into: chindōgu.

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