Writer: Jackson Lee
Jackson is a Hong-Kong born Canadian loving and living in Japan. His passions are karaoke, ramen (tonkotsu) and Doraemon. Why Doraemon? The story of a futuristic robot cat bringing gadgets from the future to make the mundane life more interesting was a huge part of his childhood and a pillar of his imagination. Finally he got to live in Doraemon's world! Well, Doraemon isn’t real but here he is now, and he loves it.
Today we will look at even more characters frequently used in Chinese and Japanese language each with unique differences. Part 1 had featured more everyday kanji, this one has some truly surprising cultural differences.
April 5, 2017
The kanji characters originated from Chinese characters, and while most of the meanings remain intact, a few specific words have somehow adapted completely different meanings.
March 16, 2017
Today we will take a look at how vastly different it is to teach at the Jr. high school level as an ALT.
February 6, 2017
Information is power, and at Disneyland, power equals FastPasses.
January 24, 2017
Grandmother’s wisdom, or Obaachan no Chie, is a common term used for a certain kind of knowledge that helps us out in our daily lives. Grandmothers aren’t here to solve the biggest issues, but to help us take care of ourselves with easier and smarter ways.
January 17, 2017
Customers who visit understand that the restaurant offers what you can’t find in many other shops of the same genre: unconventional creativity.
December 29, 2016
So how do you know if a ramen shop is worth your time and money? Besides looking up reviews, there are a few signs you can tell just from looking at the shop.
October 16, 2016
When you walk into the restaurant, you will be surrounded by posters and toys from generations ago. Old movie posters from the 60s, advertisement signs, country flags used during school sports days, discontinued Astro-boy figures……
September 28, 2016
Chuuka restaurants in Japan are excellent places to fill yourself with an affordable and delicious meal of pseudo-Chinese food. One of our writers, Jackson Lee has been writing a series on Chuuka restaurants. If you have missed out on the others, try and read them all. I bet it's a great read!
September 26, 2016
Instead of asking which one or two dishes to eat, there is a type of restaurant that will give you ALL of the things above, satisfying you to the max at an affordable price: the Shabu-Shabu All-You-Can-Eat restaurants! These places are so cheap, usually around ¥1500 for lunch and ¥2100 for dinner per adult. They also let you pig out on everything they have available on the menu. It is basically a Food Paradise.
September 20, 2016
You can find restaurants of world-wide cuisines in Japan, and while they are all establishments doing business in Japan, there might be some cultural differences you can take advantage of, especially at the smaller family owned restaurants. Given my personal background and experiences, I’d like to share with you 5 tips you can try the next time you visit a Chinese, or more accurately, a Chuuka restaurant here in Japan.
September 7, 2016
There is one shop in the Gifu region that has reigned supreme three years in a row now, selling a pretty unique ramen. Finally, I had an opportunity to try it out myself, and as a ramen fan, I can testify that the quality and the hype are completely legitimate.
September 3, 2016
The delicious wonders of the Japanese-Chinese restaurants, aka Chuuka restaurants, have been thoroughly explored in my previous article. There are many reasons why the foods don’t taste as authentic as the real Chinese cuisines, but the food is undeniably cheap and delicious. Today, let’s discover 8 of the common staples at the Chuuka establishments. The items here are all amazing items to choose. I listed in no particular order, so feel free to try them all!
August 25, 2016
In Japan, most “Chinese” restaurants are only as authentic as most Chinese food in western countries: which is not very much. No matter if they are labeled “Hong Kong cuisines”, “Shang-hai cuisine” or “Taiwan cuisine”, most of these restaurants are selling the same kind of thing called Chuuka cuisine.
August 16, 2016