HAVE YOU TRIED TO EAT NATTO?

Hi,guys.Let me tell you about “NATTO” which is one of the most popular and famous Japanese food today. I’ve grown up with this food and keep me healthy.
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①What is “Natto”??
Natto is a Japanese traditional food that made from soybeans.It’s steamed and put in straw pipes with Natto yeast where it’s ferment and become sticky. It is served with mustard called “Karashi” and soy source.We Japanese usually eat one for breakfast every day.Natto is also reasonable,3 packs for below 1USD in supermarket.On the other hand,some Japanese doesn’t like it due to smells and sticky appearance.This is what foreigner say as well.My friends from USA said that Natto is the worst food I’ve ever tried.

②Is Natto good for your health? Some experts say Natto is good for health.It’s supposed to prevent myocardial infarction and cerebral infarction because of the yeast called “Nattonaze”.The yeasts are able to melt the thrombus and keeps the circulation of blood smooth,that keeps for 6-8 hours after eating.So it’s effective to eat it before going bed.What’s more,it is good for “Anti-aging” as well.Polyamine that is one of the elements in Natto is to loose the hardening of the arteries and leave your skin moist.Not only that,it’s also including much Amino-acid,vitamin B,protein.If you’re worried about your health,I highly recommend to try it.

Thank you for taking your time to read the article today.

HOW MUCH IS THE AVERAGE STARTING SALARY FOR COLLEGE GRADUATES IN JAPAN?

Hi,guys.I’ll share you guys with the salary of Japanese today.From my point of view,it is not good compared to other developed countries like USA,Europe.Japan has been on the prolonged recession since economic growth is over in 1990’s.At the same time,the standards of salaries got lower than before.Let me answer the above question as a actual Japanese worker today.

How much is the average starting salary for college graduates in Japan?
According to the Japanese government,In 2019,the college graduates for male have gotten paid about 206,700 Yen per month plus additional payment which is called “BONUSES”.On the other hand,females were for 196,500 yen plus bonuses.Bonuses are part of the regular annual income for workers in Japan.Without it,it’s not possible to keep general living standards like buying homes or other costly durable items here. Some say that it were originally provided as a hedge against inflation after the war,and have remained in place since then.Employees usually get bonuses twice a year,in the summer and in December. But it is sure that it depends on company.
Following diagram is the Top10 ranking of the annual salary for college Graduates for first year on Japanese company.
*1USD=108.93 yen(26 Nov,2019)

②How does Japanese do for the job hunting ?
College students usually start looking for jobs before they move up to their senior year of school.First of all,they try to pick up companies they wanna work for in the future through attending a employment-explanation meetings,rumors,recommendation from their relatives.Candidate are basically selected after theirs report cards and curriculum vitae are looked over.Aside from that,Students also have to take a exam to join a company.If it’s a popular and famous gigantic corporation like TOYOTA,SONY,MITSUBISH,or GAFA,the exam tends to go hard to get rid of too many candidates.After holding some steps of examinations and interviews,companies are supposed to make hiring decisions.Back in the 80’s,most students were apt to receive lots of offers from companies that are interested in recruiting them,so it was absolutely normal for “students” to choose company easily.But due to the prolonged recession in Japan,however,students now can get only few offers from companies and few one give them a chance to even interviews unless you are that intelligent or got some kind of special achievements in the school.

Thank you for taking the time and reading this article today.

HOW MUCH IS THE JAPANESE EMPEROR PAID??

Hi,guys.I’ll share you about the things of Japanese emperor today.
Since the emperor of Japan NARUHITO has officially proclaimed his enthronement this year,it got lots of attention from around world.At the same time,some people must be curious about payment of Japanese emperor.Let me clear about your curious here.

①How much is the emperor paid?
The total imperial household budget per 2019 are about 9.9 billion yen,out of which about 360 million yen is for the emperor’s family.It also costs about 11.5 billion yen to maintain the imperial Household Agency.They’re paid from the state budget,that is paid by Japanese taxpayers.

②Can a woman succeed to the imperial throne?
Imperial Household Law states imperial heirs should be male,born to the male side.However,female emperors have ascended the throne 10 times as a temporary measure.The first in Japan was the Empress Suiko(592-628),while Empress Gosakuramachi(1762-70)was the most recent.

③What is the role and history of the Emperor?
The status of the emperor is stated in the Japanese constitution as “the symbol of the state and of the unity of the people”.He carries out affairs of the state such as appointing the prime minister designated by the Diet and the convocation of the Diet as approved and advised by the Cabinet.His status is similar to that of the Queen of the England.According to the oldest historic book in Japan,written in the 8th century,the first emperor,Jimmu,was a descendant of Amaterasu,the Goddess of the Sun,and is said to have ascended to the imperial Throne in 660 BC.

It’s said that Emperor is really busy and hard work much more that general Japanese workers.He only has about 100 holidays per year.Utmost respect for him.Thank you for reading this article today.

HOW OLD IS THE AVERAGE LIFESPAN OF JAPANESE?

Hi,guys.Today I’ll share you with the recent average lifespan in Japan.

①IS JAPANESE ALIVE LONGER THAN OVERSEAS PEOPLE?
According to the survey from Ministry of Health,Labour and Welfare in Japan.The average lifespan for male at 2017 was 81.3 years and that of female was 87.32.The combined average lifespan of both for 84.3 years old is the third in the world.The top country is Hong Kong for 84.7 years old,The second highest is Switzerland 83.4 years old.The expectancy rates raised significantly in Japan from the 30’s to the 60’s and keeps this high rate hold until now. As a Japanese traditional staple food,we have been eating “FISH” and “NATTO”.Some experts say those foods contribute to Japanese long lifespan. Surprisingly,we Japanese were only 47 years old for males and 46.3 for females in 1935.It is said,however the expectancy rates may decrease in the near future due to the altering diets of young generation,which contains more fat,chemical stuff,salt.So my folks usually force me to eat traditional Japanese food like Natto,Grilled fish,Veggies,everytime I go back to their house.

②WHAT IS THE MAIN CAUSE OF DEATH IN JAPAN?
The main cause of death in Japan is Cancer these days,that accounts for approximately 30% of all deaths.This is followed by heart disease,which is for 15%,pneumonia and cerebral vessel diseases like stroke,each of which account for 10% of all deaths.Though all three of them used to be called adult diseases,now they are called “Lifestyle diseases”,because they’re caused by habits such as smoking,drinking or working too much.The most frequent types of cancer for Japanese are lung cancer for men and colorectal cancer for women. Unfortunately,my Grandfather has died of the lung cancer 25 years ago and some medical experts say that Cancer is inherited to offspring,that makes me keep healthy life style.

③HOW MANY MEDICAL DOCTORS AND FACILITIES IN JAPAN?
There was doctor shortage until 70’s,but the total number of medical doctors in Japan 2016 is 319,480 and it is said 252 doctors per 100,000 people,that is considered more than enough.When it comes to medical facilities,there are approximate 180,000 with about 2.0 million beds. Although I can not say that these numbers are sufficient or not, if Japan try to accept more immigrants or oversea people for labor power from now on,it may need even more.

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HOW DO YOU PICK UP JAPANESE GIRLS IN TOKYO??

Hi,guys.I’ll share you guys with the effective way to pick up a Japanese girl today.As you might know,most Japanese girls are shy,sensitive and humble compared to girls in other countries due to cultural things,so you can not use the methods you use your own countries.
Let me explain it through three points as follows.

TALK TO GIRLS IN JAPANESE
If you found a hot chick you like in somewhere Japan,you should talk to them in Japanese for first words.Most of the foreigners usually try to talk to them in English or their mother languages,but I don’t think it’s a good way,because they can not even understand you and make them feel scared.So you need to talk to them in Japanese,then you will be seeing girls smile when taking to them in Japanese. Just learn following simple Japanese phrases.
・I’m Justin/Watashi wa Justin desu
・How do you do/Hazime mashite
・What’s your name?/namaewa nandesuka?
・Nice name/Iinamae dane
・You look so beautiful/Okirei desune
・I’m single/watashi wa kanojyo ga imasen
・what are you drinking?/nani nonderuno?
・Let me buy you a drink/watashi ni ogorasete
・Have we met before?/dokokade oai shimashitaka?
・What’s your plan today?/Kyo no yoteiwa?

②GO TO A BAR
There are lots of Japanese girls who want foreigners to be picked up at a bar in Tokyo.Some say that club is also a good choice,but it’s not due to noisy and hardly hear you.So the best way is to go to a bar and meet a girl there.SHIBUYA is one of the biggest cities in Tokyo that is also for younger people.Once you come to Japan,it’s a must to go to SHIBUYA.

③SHOW YOUR WEAKNESS
As I mentioned above,most Japanese girls are so sensitive and easy to get scared especially against foreigners .So from my point of view,you should show your weakness and make them reassure first,like “I’m shy and not good at talk to girls actually ,but I’m managing to do it now because of your beauty”.This is a really important step for pick-up as well.

Thank you for reading this article.Tokyo Olympic will be held next year 2020 as well,I recommend you visit in Japan.

THIS IS THE USEFUL JAPANESE PHRASES WHEN YOU COME TO JAPAN

Hi,guys.I’ll share you guys with the useful Japanese today.If you are able to speak Japanese(even a few words),it’s surprising and impressive for most Japanese and makes you enjoy staying here.Although lots of Japanese are trying to learn English recently,it’s still only a few Japanese speaking English fluently.So it’s better for you guys to learn simple and useful Japanese as follows and get over the languages barrier.

①GREETING
・I’m Justin/watashi wa Justin desu
・Nice to meet you/hazime mashite
・It’s an honor to meet you/oai dekite koueidesu
・Call me Justin/Justin to yonde ne
・Long time no see!/hisashiburi dane
・Sorry I’m late/okurete gomen nasai
・Nice to meet you again/mata aete ureshii yo
・Sorry for bothering you/kiwo tsukawasete sumimasen
・You look good/genki sou dane
・You look beautiful/okirei desune
・Say hi to your family for me/kazoku ni yoroshiku ne
・I have to go now/mou ikanaku tewa

②EATING
・Let’s dig in!/itadaki masu
・I can’t finish it/tabekire masen
・That was delicious/Gochiso samadeshita
・I’ll buy you lunch/watashiga ranchi wo ogoruyo
・Our food hasn’t arrive yet/tyumon no shina ga kitemasen
・I don’t like this food/watashiwa kono ryouri kirai desu
・It must be good/kito oishi darou
・I’ll get it for you/watasiga tote ageru
・It’s past the expiry date/syomikigen ga kireteru
・I’m in the middle for SUSHI/SUHI na kibun desu
・That was delicious/Gochi so sama deshita
・It’s a rip-off!/botakuri dana!
・I’m so full!/Tyo onaka ipai!
・It looks fattening/futori sou
・Here’s to you!/kimi ni kanpai!

③EMOTION
・very funny/waraeru!
・Be a man/otokorashiku siro!
・It drives me nuts!/tyo iraira suru!
・Silly me!/ore wa baka dana!
・Look happened/kono zama dayo!
・Let’s get wasted!/yoi tsubure yo!
・You tricked me!/dama shita na!
・Trust me!/watashi wo shinzite!
・Whoops!/ooto!
・That’s gross/Kimoi!
・It’s hilarious/bakusyo!
・I’m speechless/kotobaga denai!
・That’s so petty!/chii seina!
・No worries/shinpai nai
・You’re kidding!/Uso!
・You liar!/Usotsuki me!

④LOVE(Pick up phrase)
・I fell in love with you/Anatani koi wo shimashita
・How beautiful you are!/Nante utsu kushinda!
・Do you wanna grab a drink tonight?/konya ipai dou desuka?
・You look awesome!/totemo kirei desune!
・Let me buy you a drink/Ogorasete kudasai
・Can I have your number?/bangou oshiete hoshina!

Thank you for reading this article .I’m sure that you’re gonna enjoy staying in Japan with the above phrases sometime soon.

WHY ARE JAPANESE SO POLITE??

Hi,guys.I’ll share you with the Japanese “POLITENESS”today.Sometimes my friends from overseas countries say “Why are Japanese so polite?”(For example,I’ve misplaced my wallet in train,public park,school etc 5 times in my life,but it returned to me perfectly in next day.If a Japanese found something people misplaced on the street,most of them will automatically bring it to the nearest police station.) Since I didn’t even think about it,let me explain it here.From my point of view,there are two reasons as follows.

①EDUCATION :When I was a child,my parents always taught me “you can’t be a nuisance to anyone””Be polite to anyone”. Most Japanese believe that honesty pays off in the long run.I guess lots of Japanese got brought up like this from their parents.Aside from that,we are taught by school teachers to clean up in classroom every day until high school.Those mind never leaves from Japanese,so once we grew up,we usually try to be neat and polite to anyone.

②ISLAND COUNTRY:As you already know,Japan is an Island.So it’s been an independent country for long time and only a few enemies beside Japan that means we didn’t need to fight with someone compared to other countries like China,Korea,Russia.Then we’ve realized that it’s not competition but supporting each other that much more efficient and important for enhancing ourselves.

Thank you for reading this article.In summary,if you haven’t come to Japan,I highly recommend visiting here.Since Tokyo Olympic will be held next year 2020,it’s also good opportunity.You guys are more than welcome.

5 Best Ramen in Tokyo 2020

Hey guys.I’m Taiki living in Tokyo for over 26 years.I’m gonna introduce “5 Best Ramen in Tokyo” today.Once you visit Tokyo,you wanna eat prestigious Ramen that local people loves. but I guess you have no idea where to go to eat a delicious Ramen when you visit Tokyo. Then leave it to me. Lets’s get started.

5,MENYA-SAKURAI(麺屋 さくら井)

MENYA-SAKURAI is one of the most popular Ramen for Japanese.
The owner here is picky about ingredients for soup,it is cooked from six types of soy sauces and others various foostuffs.The roast pork on top of the ramen is easy to melt in your mouth and suits the soup completely.Since Menya-Sakurai is often crowded,it’s better for you to go there around 13:00~14:30.

Google Map:https://goo.gl/maps/wza9N9hLLwZTeScT7
Access:12 min walk from Mitaka station
Hours:Mon,Thu,Fri,Sat 11:30am~15:00pm 18:00pm~20:30pm
Tue,Sun,National Holidays 11:30am~15:00pm
Wed are closed.

4,RAMEN-SUGIMOTO(らぁ麺 杉本)

RAMEN-SUGIMOTO is also famous for Japanese.It’s easy to access here from the nearest station,only takes 1 min walk.If you visit here,I highly recommend you to eat “SPECIAL SYOUYU RAMEN”/特製醤油らぁ麺.You will be able to enjoy three types of roast porks,WANTAN(Chinese flour dumplings with meat stuffing) and soft-boiled egg at the same time.There are good combination with the soup and a little bit tough noodles.

Google Map:https://goo.gl/maps/boRNAUj9V7SXatFz7
Access:1 min walk from Saginomiya station
Hours:Mon 11:30am~15:00pm
Wed-Sun 11:30am~15:00pm 18:00~21:00
Mon 11:30am~15:00pm
Tue are closed.

3,MENSON-RAGE(麺尊 RAGE)

MENSON-RAGE is ranked in top 3.Here is located in “OGIKUBO” that is known for the area lots of Ramen stores are in. If you come here,you definitely have to eat “GUNKEI-SOBA/軍鶏そば“ that soup is based from Soy sauce.This type of ramen is so popular and most of people order this.Also this restaurant has been listed on Michelin guide.It’s worth visiting here.

Google Map:https://goo.gl/maps/2ziEGNEcNmRAab4PA
Access:4 min walk from Ogikubo station
Hours: Mon-Sat 11:00am~15:00pm 18:00pm~21:00am
Sun.National Holidays:11:00am~16:00pm

2,HOMEMADE RAMEN-MUGINAE(Homemade Ramen 麦苗)

HOMEMADE RAMEN-MUGINAE is absolutely perfect “SYOUYU-RAMEN”ever.
It’s not only soup,noodles but also the porks,Chicken,eggs,dumpling on the top of ramen are delicious and high quality.It’s obvious for people to prefer this to others.Compared to other ramen,it’s good cost-performance for only about 10$ for this.

Google Map:https://goo.gl/maps/Vr62zMyGjrhTg4Ub6
Access:7 min walk from Omori station
Hours:Mon-Fri 11:30~14:30 18:00~Until supply last
Weekend 11:30~Until supply last
My days off vary

1,TYUKASOBA-SHIBATA(中華そば しば田)


Google Map:https://goo.gl/maps/SRpyxqYuy1u9NHpa9
Access:10 min walk from Sengawa station
Hours:11:00am~15:00pm 17:30pm~21:00pm
Mon are closed.

YAKUZA-Still exist 2019

Hi,I’m Taiki who was born and raised in Tokyo and living here for over 26 years.I will explain what real YAKUZA is in Japan today.I guess you have heard about “YAKUZA” on some articles or films somewhere.But it seems like tending to exaggerate too much and mislead you to a wrong way.So I would like to share the real “YAKUZA” with you guys.

Copy right: http://blog.livedoor.jp/zzcj/archives/51972549.html

WHAT IS “YAKUZA”?→Yakuza also known as “gokudō” are members of transnational organized crime syndicates originating in Japan. The Japanese police, and media by request of the police, call them bōryokudan , while the Yakuza call themselves “ninkyō dantai”. The English equivalent for the term Yakuza is gangster, meaning an individual involved in a Mafia-like criminal organization. The Yakuza are notorious for their strict codes of conduct, their organized fiefdom nature, and several unconventional ritual practices such as “Yubitsume”. Yakuza members are often described as males with heavily tattooed bodies and slicked hair,yet this group is still regarded as being among “the most sophisticated and wealthiest criminal organizations.”

At their height, the Yakuza maintained a large presence in the Japanese media and operated internationally. In fact, in the early 1960s, police estimated that the Yakuza had a membership of 184,100.However, in recent years their numbers have dwindled with the latest figure from the National Police Agency estimating that as of 2016 the number of members in all 22 designated gangs was 39,100.This decline is often attributed to changing market opportunities and several legal and social developments in Japan which discourage the growth of Yakuza membership.Yet, despite their dwindling numbers, the Yakuza still regularly engage in an array of criminal activities, and many Japanese citizens remain fearful of the threat these individuals pose to their safety. However, there remains no strict prohibition on Yakuza membership in Japan today, although much legislation has been passed by the Japanese government aimed at increasing liability for criminal activities and impeding revenue.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yakuza

As above explanation,it is fact that the power of “YAKUZA” has been dimishing recently due to the strict regulations from Japanese government. Although it’s so harsh for Yakuza to survive in today’s Japan,they manage to survive somehow or other.

1,How many YAKUZA Groupes are existing in Japan?

Copy right:https://gigazine.net/news/20150925-japanese-yakuza/

Japanese police comprehend that there’re 24 YAKUZA groups existing in Japan right now(2019 July).The three biggest YAKUZA groups are as follows.

①YAMAGUCHI-GUMI(山口組):Members appoximately 4,700/Based in Yamaguchi prefecture

Copy right:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yamaguchi-gumi

②SUMIYOSHI-KAI(住吉会):Members approximately 2,900/Based in Tokyo

Copy right:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sumiyoshi-kai

③INAGAWA-KAI(稲川会):Members approximately 2,300/Based in Tokyo

Copy right:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inagawa-kai

2,How do they make money ?

Copy right:https://gigazine.net/news/20150925-japanese-yakuza/

There are lots of ways for them to earn money,of course most of them are illegal.I will intoroduce 10 ways that make money for them.①Selling drugs②IT fraud(Ex:Set up a fake Web store on Internet that cheats people of their money/One click fraud)③Loan sharks④Hostess Bar⑤Brothel⑥Gambling⑦Poach⑧Running a real estate agency⑨Scalper⑩Human trafficking

Globalism are coming to the field of YAKUZA that makes them use the internet, SNS and English as well.It is said that IT fraud is one of the most trending ways for them to make money today.Back in the day,most of YAKUZA were not smart and intelligent but there are a bunch of members graduated from prestigious colleges or schools nowadays which means any business world needs useful and flexible person.

3,Are they dangerous?

Copy right:https://gigazine.net/news/20150925-japanese-yakuza/

First of all,it’s so rare for general Japanese or foreigners to come across them in person.So we don’t need to be afraid of the violence from YAKUZA in general life.But since they sometimes do armed conflicts with other groups of Yakuza for battling over territory on the public streets,we might be careful of one.

4,How can we recognize YAKUZA?

Copy right:https://gigazine.net/news/20150925-japanese-yakuza/

The most famous feature for “YAKUZA” is “Lack of their Pinkies”. Then why do they lose their pinkies? While blonging to YAKUZA society,it’s a must for members to obey their bosses.Cutting their own pinkies is one of the ways to express apologies and regrets to bosses when they screw up something important like killing the member of oponent’s group.

Thank you for reading my article.by Taiki