All About Japan

Nicholas Rich

Nicholas Rich

All About Nicholas Rich
I still live in Kawasaki, but I work in the AAJ office now as the English editor. I spend most of my free time studying, reading comics, watching movies and gaming (video, board and tabletop). I love to travel, eat good food and drink.
What I like about Japan
The food, the booze, the history and the language. I'm a pretty big nerd, and Japan is very nerd-friendly.
Top 10 Zoos in Japan

Top 10 Zoos in Japan

Get your fill of Japan's wildest and cutest animals courtesy of these excellent zoos.

10 of Japan's Oldest Confection Shops

10 of Japan's Oldest Confection Shops

The sweet treats offered by these long-lived establishments have more than withstood the tests of time. Each shop is at least 350 years old!

Top 6 Beaches in Japan

Top 6 Beaches in Japan

Summer is here, which means it's time to hit the beach! These six beaches will make you wish the season never ends!

4 Incredible Summer Fire Festivals

4 Incredible Summer Fire Festivals

These incredible events are sure to get you fired up about summertime in Japan!

Japan's 9 Big Burger Chains

Japan's 9 Big Burger Chains

Sure, traditional Japanese food is world-famously delicious. But when that burger craving hits you, it simply can't be ignored!

Tsukuba: City of Science & Nature

Tsukuba: City of Science & Nature

In addition to being a 'science city,' Tsukuba is also home to one of Japan's oldest shrines, located at the foot of a twin-peaked mountain associated with the origins of the Japanese people.

4 Great Reasons to Visit Sendai

4 Great Reasons to Visit Sendai

The largest city in Tohoku, Sendai is steeped in the history of Date Masamune, known as the 'one-eyed dragon.'

The 6 Weirdest Cafés in Tokyo

The 6 Weirdest Cafés in Tokyo

As much fun as it is to gawk at Tokyo's shops and sky rises, it’s just as much fun to stop into a themed café to wet your whistle and enjoy an immaculately presented bite to eat.

Essential Tips for Navigating Trains

Essential Tips for Navigating Trains

Day-to-day transit in Japan can be confusing for the uninitiated. Don't worry! We're here to help.

Don't Be Too Proud to Ask

Don't Be Too Proud to Ask

Learning a new language has its own lessons in humility. AAJ writer Nicholas Rich learned the tough way why he shouldn't be too proud to say, "Once more, please."

Teaching at a Junior High School in Japan

Teaching at a Junior High School in Japan

Get all the info you need to decide if teaching at the junior high school level is right for you.

6 Ways to Be an ALT

6 Ways to Be an ALT

Teaching in Japan is a big decision, and there are a lot of options available. If you decide ALT is the way you want to go, we're here to help you figure out the path that's best for you.

All About Gachapon

All About Gachapon

Get all the info you need to understand Japan's popular capsule toy machines.

5 Ninja-Related Spots in & around Tokyo

5 Ninja-Related Spots in & around Tokyo

No trip to Japan is complete without celebrating its signature order of clandestine spies and assassins! These five spots will give you your ninja fix while exploring Tokyo and beyond!

The 10 Best Craft Beers in Japan

The 10 Best Craft Beers in Japan

Looking to move beyond the 'Big 4' of Asahi, Kirin, Sapporo and Suntory? Check out these artfully brewed craft beers!

Central Japan's 11 Best Edible Souvenirs

Central Japan's 11 Best Edible Souvenirs

Chubu is the central region of Japan's main island, Honshu. No visit to the beautiful, historic region is complete without bringing home some of its most delectable souvenirs.

How Japan Deals with Digestive Problems

How Japan Deals with Digestive Problems

Even the land of the rising sun occasionally has stomach problems. Between the language barrier and the sheer amount of medicines available, such delicate situations can be a lot to digest. We're here to help!

The Biggest Temple You've Never Heard Of

The Biggest Temple You've Never Heard Of

While many regions of Japan are world-renowned for their shrines and temples, sometimes it's the ones you've never heard of that leave the biggest impression.

A Great Burrito in the Tokyo Desert

A Great Burrito in the Tokyo Desert

Forget Taco Bell—a small restaurant is doing authentic, Southern California-style burritos a stone's throw from Tokyo!

3 Cool Countryside Day Trips from Tokyo

3 Cool Countryside Day Trips from Tokyo

We all need a break from the city sometimes. Experience the other side of Japan with these three day trips to the countryside right outside Tokyo.

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