„Kawaii, ne?”–Cute, isn’t it?!

I suppose all of us have seen–or at least caught a glimpse of–manga comics or anime cartoons. If not, I am absolutely sure that almost everybody would recognize Pikachu’s figure or have come across the Hello Kitty-phenomenon. What it all comes down to is, there is  a certain childlike quality that define these cartoon characters: […]

Lesisure and entertainment in Japan

Whenever I think of the way Japanese people are, a lot of positive stereotypes pop in my mind immediately: how conscientious, reliable and precise they are…but then I remember that most of the time they are represented as workaholics.  I recall childhood memories of films and books about relentless Japanese bosses and and students getting […]