Nicola Spendlove

Nicola Spendlove

from Ireland

I'm an Irish playwright, actress, occupational therapist, and content creator. When I'm not doing these things, I'm usually thinking about Japan.

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Do Japanese Celebrate Christmas?
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Do Japanese Celebrate Christmas?

If you’re planning to be in Japan at Christmas time, you’re in for a holiday season that you’ll never forget. Let’s talk about what you might expect, and how to celebrate Christmas like a Japanese local.

Why Is Japanese Culture So Popular?

Why Is Japanese Culture So Popular?

For many of us foreign Japan Junkies, the obsession began long before we ever set foot in the Land of the Rising Sun. From the exotic world of manga, to delicious Japanese cuisine, to the country’s unique customs – what is it about Japanese culture that has captured the imagination of the world?

Are Japanese Overworked?

Are Japanese Overworked?

The Japanese culture of overwork is no secret – in fact, it’s so widespread there’s even a word for working oneself to death (“karoshi”). Let’s examine the workplace culture in Japan – how it came to be so intense, and whether it is showing any genuine signs of letting up in the near future.

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