Discovering cultural norms and taboos in Osaka, Japan


By Ben Weinstein What happens when a person is simultaneously overstimulated and robbed of the ability to respond to the stimuli verbally? This is the psychological experiment I imagined myself at the center of during my first month of studying abroad in Osaka, Japan. It is also one, I suspect, that is not uncommon to

Waterfalls: Japan’s Hidden Wonders


By Shawn Bolker When one thinks of Japan, waterfalls don’t often come to mind. Instead, most envision scenes of the bustling train stations in Tokyo, sprawling Buddhist gardens of Kyoto or picturesque views of Mt. Fuji. Although it may be hard to imagine, Japan is actually rich with waterfalls. Of Japan’s entire archipelago, only 27% is