Japan-aholic

A blog about culture and love in Japan


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Welcome Here, New Reader!

Hi and welcome to my blog Japan-aholic : A blog about culture and love in Japan

It’s here that I’ll write everything I feel important sharing as I’m discovering Japan.

There will be posts on food, culture, entertainement, fashion, architecture, history, geography… everything that comes to my mind! Continue reading

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Japan-aholic Is Gone

Hey guys!

I know I know, it’s been a while! I haven’t posted anything in months!!!

I just wanted to make a quick update to tell you that the website http://www.japan-aholic.com is now gone, and has been replaced with its older version here, which is https://englishjapanxholic.wordpress.com (which some of you who have been following me since the beginning might remember!).

I didn’t know it would make such a fuss when I chose to not renew my purchase of the domain name japan-aholic.com, but it does make a Google go crazy. The broken links of the previous japan-aholic are still up all over Google and don’t redirect to this blog. It might take a couple of weeks to the Googlebot to see that my previous domain is gone, but that the exact same pages are still available here. We’ll see. I’m unfortunately not a specialist in scripts and stuff, so I just asked Google to explore my previous website (so that it can see it’s gone), but that’s it. I don’t know what else I could do to make the process faster.

I’ll write a post as soon as my finals are done to explain the reason why I made this decision.

Thanks as always and be happy!

Jasmine


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Daito Bunka University: My Year Abroad in Japan

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The 5th building of Daito Bunka University. Futuristic much?

Before starting my exchange year in Japan, I searched all over the internet about Daito Bunka University, where I was about to study. Only one blog in French came out, and that was it. So, I thought that it’s kind of my duty to write an extensive blog post about my university in Japan, since I’m sure other people like me will want to know about it in the future. Continue reading


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On My Way To School in Japan (Daito Bunka University)

Hey there!

I’m back with a “follow me” video where you can see me going to school on a normal day.
As I’m typing this, I’ve already finished my exchange year in Japan, but I thought it could still be interesting for some people to see how it was to walk, take the train and take a bus to go to school in Japan.

Daito Bunka (the name of the university) was a really awesome school and I loved my exchange year in Japan.

Here is the video:


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On Being An Asian Foreigner In Japan

There’s a lot of information out there on the internet about how it is for clearly foreign-looking people to live in Japan. But I think there’s less information about what it’s like as an Asian-looking person.

So this week, I decided to “interview” my close friend Jungmi (who’s Korean) about her experience as an Asian foreigner living in Japan.

Here is the video:

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Q&A on Intercultural Love (AMWF)

This month, I wrote a guest post for the awesome blog Madh Mama (go check it out!). The author, Alexandra, already had planned a questionnaire about my intercultural relationship with Hitomi. Here’s an excerpt of my answers!

How long have you been together?
We’ve just passed the 2 years mark! Still a young couple!

What qualities do you admire in your partner?
I like that he is so down to earth, because I’m a head-in-the-cloud kind of person, and it really helps me to have someone logical, organized, capable and wise beside me. He is the one who organizes our trips and dates, while asking for my opinion. It’s good for me, because I have a hard time organizing things!

I also like that he is not afraid of commitment and he’s very serious about everything he does – when he says he’ll do something, he will do it, no matter what. His promises are never a joke! I admire that a lot.

Favorite memory together as a couple…
I think that’s as hard as the question about my childhood! I’m tempted to say: our first kiss, or the first time he said “I love you”, or the first time I tried a kimono with him (a traditional Japanese clothing), because I cherish those memories deeply, but who doesn’t cherish that kind of memories? So instead, I’ll talk about one of those normal days where we just went bowling, then went to the movie theater to watched a (very bad) movie while eating nachos and popcorn, and after that went to a store similar to Ikea and tried all the most expensive couches and beds we could find, both knowing that we would probably never buy any of them in our entire lifetime. Even if it was a rainy day, we had so much fun! I think we should always cherish those kind of memories – those times where nothing extraordinary happened, but you were simply happy.

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The Downsides Of Long Distance Relationships (LDR)

Although I already wrote a post about long distance relationships and what it takes to make them work, I didn’t specify much on the things that can/will happen if you enter an LDR. After being two years in a long distance relationship with my boyfriend Hitomi, we’re somewhat “veterans” of LDR’s problems. Hitomi and I have been through a lot during those past years and it wasn’t always easy. Let me share with you the 5 most common problems you could encounter if you decide to give long distance relationships a try. Continue reading


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Earthquakes in Japan: Shindo Scale

Japan, the country where earthquakes occur everyday, has many tricks up in its sleeve to prevent and recover from those natural disasters. I didn’t know until very recently that Japan uses a different scale to measure earthquakes than does Canada, so I wanted to share that information with you guys!

Watch this video to know more about the Shindo ( 震度 ) scale, among other things.