Rainbow flags and umbrellas at the Tokyo Pride Parade.

LGBT Culture in Japan

Same-sex attraction and love has long been a part of Japanese Buddhism and samurai tradition, according to historical and literary references. Compared to the United States, Japanese society seems rather nonchalant toward gender, as far as dress and mannerisms go.

A red Torii gate stands out sharply from the snow during the day.

Visiting a Shinto Shrine on New Year’s Eve in Akan

On New Year’s Eve, many people in Japan brave the snow to visit Shinto shrines and pray for good fortune in the coming year. Ruthy Kanagy invites us to experience the tradition through her eyes, from making an offering to warming up with grilled mochi and a cup of hot, sweet sake.

Two young men dressed in urban fashion cross at the famous busy Shibuya intersection.

Cultural Values of Japan

Every culture transmits values to its youth, first in the context of family, and then through the educational process. Living abroad expert Ruthy Kanagy discusses the core values of Japanese culture and the diversity that can be found throughout the country.

A pair of wooden dolls dressed as emperor and empress of the Heian period.

Gender Roles in Japan

Author Ruthy Kanagy discusses the traditional roles of men and women in modern Japan, as well as the careers that some Japanese women choose to pursue.

Neat rows of desks with green plastic chairs in a bright and airy classroom.

Moving to Japan with Children

Author Ruthy Kanagy talks about her experience moving to Japan as a young child and the challenges that children face in a new country. She also shares the perspective of Rhae Washington, a single mom who made the move to Japan with her two-year-old son.

A leashed shiba inu wears a costume including a red headband while sitting next to a carboard mini-shrine float.

How to Move to Japan with Pets

When deciding to move to Japan, you may want to bring your favorite cat, dog, or other pet with you. Author Ruthy Kanagy goes over the basics of what it takes to move to Japan with pets.