All About Japan

Michael Kanert

Michael Kanert

All About Michael Kanert
In Japan since 2001, I'm a former ALT trainer who's lived in Shizuoka, Saitama and Tokyo, and visited 34 of Japan's 47 prefectures (13 to go!). When I can get out from behind the editorial desk, I take photos, do bits of theater and practice German longsword.
What I like about Japan
I'm a fan of anything old: castles, temples, art and traditions, you name it! Kyoto wins for density (spring and fall are unforgettable), but I also love everything outside the big cities—particularly Hokkaido, Tohoku, Hokuriku, the Izu Peninsula and the dynamic southern reaches of Kyushu. You'll find the real heart of Japan in the countryside.
Time Travel in Kitakyushu

Time Travel in Kitakyushu

The varied history of this port town has endowed it with a unique combination of ancient castles, modern gardens, and elegant turn-of-the-century architecture.

How to Do Tokyo Disney Like a Pro!

How to Do Tokyo Disney Like a Pro!

Want to make the most of your time at Tokyo Disneyland? Follow these six tips and you'll be navigating the park like nobody's business!

7 Awesome Japanese Castles Made of Lego

7 Awesome Japanese Castles Made of Lego

While there have only been a few official Japanese-style Lego castles, brick fans have been more than happy to do the rest!

Top 6 Castles Around Tokyo

Top 6 Castles Around Tokyo

These six castles, all easily accessible from the Tokyo area, are more than enough to slake your thirst for the days of the samurai.

How & When to Apologize in Japan

How & When to Apologize in Japan

Apology is a kind of social currency in Japan. But using it well isn't just about knowing what words to use—you also need to know when and how to use them!

8 Vital Sites when You Arrive in Japan

8 Vital Sites when You Arrive in Japan

When you arrive in Japan as a resident, there are a number of sites you're going to need to get oriented—though some of these are great for tourists as well!

6 Surprising Things about Japanese Schools

6 Surprising Things about Japanese Schools

We've outlined six things that might surprise you in Japanese public schools—from the interesting to the practical to the downright shocking!

4 Easy Phrases to Rock Your Japanese Workplace

4 Easy Phrases to Rock Your Japanese Workplace

Japan has a number of set phrases that are used a lot in the workplace. Make a good impression on day one by knowing exactly what to say!

Teaching Elementary School 101

Teaching Elementary School 101

Thinking about teaching English at an elementary school in Japan? Here are the basics you need to get to know the lay of the land!

How to Use 'Omiyage' in the Workplace

How to Use 'Omiyage' in the Workplace

Effective 'omiyage' use can actually play a big part in getting ahead at work!

Take a Breakneck Video Tour of Japan!

Take a Breakneck Video Tour of Japan!

Filmed during a three-week railway journey through Japan, this stupendously edited collection of memories reminds us of what can be so fascinating about this island nation.

Ski with Sakura in Sapporo

Ski with Sakura in Sapporo

The end of April sees all but the nation's northernmost cherry blossoms fall to the ground. But on the island of Hokkaido, the annual wave of pink and white is only about to begin.

Tour Miyazaki through 6 Incredible Videos

Tour Miyazaki through 6 Incredible Videos

Ancient shrines, traditional crafts, horseback riding, surfing, golf, great food and more all crammed against some of the most picturesque coastline you could hope to see. This is Miyazaki!

Buy a Giant Robot for ¥120 Million on Amazon!

Buy a Giant Robot for ¥120 Million on Amazon!

Ever wanted to pilot 3.8-meter (12½-ft), 5-ton robot? Why not just buy one online!

Fear the Ninjaguar!

Fear the Ninjaguar!

Ninjaguar battles evil spirits in the night, defending the Shiga Prefecture town of Shigaraki as its citizens sleep.

Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Goes Ninja

Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Goes Ninja

'Ninja Re Bang Bang' was Kyary Pamyu Pamyu's fifth physical single, reaching No.1 on the Japan Hot 100. The video not only features Kyary in ninja attire, but ninja-inspired dance moves, including high-jumping, shuriken-throwing—and arm-cannon-blasting!

The Secrets of Japanese School Lunch

The Secrets of Japanese School Lunch

If you've ever taught at a Japanese elementary school, this video is sure to bring back memories!

Michelin-Starred 'Kaiseki' Cuisine in New York

Michelin-Starred 'Kaiseki' Cuisine in New York

In collaboration with the Tsuji Culinary Institute in Osaka, David Bouley's Brushstroke offers traditional Japanese multi-course cuisine for the Tribeca area.

Knights vs. Samurai—in Real Life!

Knights vs. Samurai—in Real Life!

Ever wondered who would win in a fight of knights versus samurai? At the Japan Armored Battle League, you can finally find out!

Japan's 9 Weirdest Face Packs

Japan's 9 Weirdest Face Packs

Why not go all-out and have some cosplay-style fun while you're working on your complexion?

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