Things I Love About Japan: Rice Fields
There is nothing quite like rice fields in the Japanese countryside.
Eat Your Way Through Chichibu
Join Texan in Tokyo on a culinary adventure through the Japanese countryside town of Chichibu!
No, Japanese speakers, this isn't octopus sushi—it's the advent of J-Mex!
How to Make Gummy Sushi!
How to make gummy (grape-flavored!) candy sushi from a Japanese kit.
7 Steps to Kaitenzushi
Your guide for how to eat at a Japanese favorite: the cheap, revolving sushi restaurant.
Does a Japanese Spouse Make Japanese Easier?
Most people assume that learning a language is easier with a Japanese spouse, but it's not as easy as it seems.
I’m Bad at Learning Japanese (And That’s Okay)
Truth is, there are a lot of ways to learn a foreign language. In class is a really great way—but if it’s not working for you, don’t be afraid to try other methods too.
No Wonder You Speak Japanese So Well!
When you have a Japanese husband, people assume you can learn the language through osmosis.
8 Reasons Japanese Rest-Stop Bathrooms Rock
From their remarkably thoughtful design to their weird instruction manuals, there's a lot to love about these overlooked spaces.
Scared by the Automatic Toilet Cover
Isn't it creepy when things move on their own?
Things I love about Japan: Bathroom Slippers
Grace from Texan in Tokyo explains how a sticky floor taught her to love Japan's lavatorial footwear.
7 Reasons I love My Japanese Bathroom
From bathroom slippers to toilet covers, Grace from Texan in Tokyo offers up a list of essential features you won't see anywhere else.
9 Reasons to Live Abroad while You're Young
Listen to eight reasons provided by Grace from Texan in Tokyo, then wait for husband Ryosuke's hilarious photobomb extra at the end!
7 Things You Need to Sleep in a Manga Café
Eye masks and ear plugs are high on the list!
The 6 Best Foods to Eat in Nikko
"Yuba," or tofu skins, is arguably the most popular dish in Nikko.
Manga Cafés: Japan’s Cheapest Places to Sleep
When you miss the last train, why not crash in a place with a free drinks machine?
Forget Maids: Try a Swallowtail Butler Café!
Swallowtail is every bit a classy restaurant that sells the whole “butler/master” fantasy.
Onsen Date in Tokyo
I get that “onsen dates” are kind of weird, but my husband and I love them.
How Onsen 'Fixed' my Self-Esteem & Body Issues
Most women don’t like their bodies. On good days, I’m 98 percent OK with my body. On bad days, that figure hovers around 60 percent. But it wasn’t always like that.
How to Onsen in 10 Minutes
Texan in Tokyo superblogger Grace Buchele Mineta finally lays down the primary onsen caveat that nobody ever talks about.