Let’s take a look at when the yakuza use guns, what deters them from doing so more often, and what the alternatives are for any clan enforcer who’d rather avoid spending a couple decades in prison.
Hi everyone! I’m a freelance writer from sunny Scotland with a love of history, religion, literature, and techno. It’s been around 7 years since my first trip to Japan and life hasn’t been the same.
The 2003 movie The Last Samurai, in which Tom Cruise plays an American veteran who gets caught up in a samurai rebellion against the Japanese Meiji government, cast an interesting and entertaining light on a part of history not often portrayed in American film.
Let’s start by looking at which crimes are rare here, and which are relatively more common. After that, we’ll investigate the cultural forces and trends which have made Japan one of the safest places to live and visit on earth.
As long as you stick to some basic rules of etiquette and don’t act entitled to light a cigarette wherever you go, you’ll do just fine. Here’s a quick overview of where you can buy cigarettes in Japan, where you’re allowed to smoke, and where you need to exercise some caution.
Gather round, and let’s take a look at some of the best places to get drunk in Japan without spending a fortune. We’ll also discuss the best general strategies for maximizing your yen when heading out on the town.
Let’s take a look at some example budgets, common restaurants, and tips for planning your gastronomic adventures in Japan. After that, we’ll give you the inside track on how to land a spot at some of the best restaurants.
Rugby union in Japan seems to be going strength to strength, chiseling out for itself a respectable chunk of the cultural landscape of Japan. Let’s look at how this English sport came to the East, and how it has ended up competing against soccer and baseball.