Cristian Mihai

I’ve been following and reading a number of blogs for over five years now. I remember this blog by a Romanian journalist; I would spend hours reading the posts, the comments — oh, the comments were so funny and great. It was quite addictive. He got an insane number of comments, and I was jealous of his success.

I was quite sure that I would never become a successful blogger. I created some blogs on various platforms, but I never had the patience to build an audience. The thing is that I never asked myself whether I had something worth writing about on an almost daily basis. I think this is something a lot of bloggers struggle with. What’s worth sharing? What’s considered useful information? Also, I believe that a lot of writers simply focus too much on trying to come up with an original idea for a blog, a new…

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Rise and Shine


A bewildered sanity I had.
I was lost, dazed, and confused.
Yet I knew what was going on.
My soul felt shackled to yours.
Enslaved to your embrace.
It was so cold but warm at the same time.
My mind was cluttered.
An utter chaos to what had been.
Now a mere memory of our consequential past.
The two of us.
Nothing could be more wrong.
I was the smooth skin,
Of which your knife had so perfectly pierced.
The wounds so deep.
Scattered in my mindless thoughts.
Lost in the dark forest.
There was no light to guide me out.
A girl I surely was.
Tangled in your despair.
My heart was in your hands.
I watched as you squeezed it with joy.
The blood oozing down your fingertips.
Nothing was left of me.
You burned red in my black and white world.
Beautiful man,
You are the death…

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It's Kris

Girls do things for men, it is actually chocolate day! A quarter of chocolate companies’ sales on Valentines Day in Japan. Lotte is the most popular brand in Japan also Meiji. These are the ones you can buy in convenient stores.

The real expensive ones are given to the person you want to date or to go out with, 1000 or 2000yen (Godiva). 300 or 400 yen chocolates are given to people you like but not so likely to go out with, perhaps your friends or co-workers. Giving chocolates to office mates can smoothen the working relationship among your workmates. Sometimes girls also give truffles which is popular in Japan as well.

Some girls make hand-made chocolates to put their feelings on that chocolate for the guy they like.

White day is when men give back something to the girls. A month later this means on March 14. Men usually…

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The Japans

A typical image that Westerners have of Japan, is a subway car filled with business men and school girls, all wearing white surgical masks.

In the West it is considered a bit suspicious to cover your face in public. Masks are usually reserved for bank robbers and superheroes. We think that those Japanese people with their white masks look a bit silly and a bit dodgy.

In Japan, the wearing of such masks is completely normal. They are worn for various reasons: for example when the flu is in town or to avoid catching a cold. People with allergies wear them to avoid ingesting pollen.

When I had just arrived in Japan, those masks took a bit of getting used to. Especially when I was talking to someone who still had their mask on. It is a bit difficult communicating with someone if you can’t really see their face. But…

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Nihon wa Ichiban! ❤


A few months ago, we found the top 25 things in Japan most likely to blow foreigner’s minds. This time, we asked foreigners (all men) to tell us what makes Japan such a great place.  Those surveyed came from France, the United States, Tunisia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Canada, South Africa, Malta, and Ireland.

Ranging from seemingly mundane to large-scale societal characteristics, our readers explain why they love Japan.

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In my three years in Japan, I have witnessed a variety of public siestas, taken a few myself and played the role of pillow in more than desired.  Some locations of these impromptu nap times are more appropriate than others.  Here are the most frequent places I have witnessed Japanese people sleeping in public.

#1 Public Transportation

Even I am not immune to catching a few more winks during my morning commute.  It’s like getting to push the snooze button one last time after you’ve already showered, breakfasted and left the house.  That extra 15 minutes of public beauty sleep plus a very strong coffee can make the a.m. hours almost bearable.

Equally important morning trains naps are taken on the ride home after a long night out.  Last train is usually around midnight- much too early call it quits in Tokyo.  Luckily, first train is just a few hours…

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