Scott Wilson

After getting bored with high school French, Scott came to a crossroads in life whether to study Japanese or Native American Mohawk instead. Mohawk's lack of kanji was its ultimate downfall, and Scott hasn't looked back since. After years of non-stop sweating while working as a translator in sweltering Okinawa, he moved back to his native, delightfully frigid Massachusetts to work as a private Japanese tutor. His hobbies include re-reading One Piece for the hundredth time, dreaming about Shakey's Pizza, and getting feedback on stories he's written from both his wife and cat.

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W.T.F. Japan: Top 5 Japanese spring foods【Well-Fed Top Five】

Some spring foods are a little… different in Japan.

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Only in Japan: handwritten love letters from high school girls now available in crank machines

Creepy or cute? Read some of the letters yourself and find out.

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The strongest passport in the world! Which nation’s citizens can freely visit the most countries?

The “strongest” and “weakest” passports may surprise you.

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W.T.F. Japan: Top 5 best Tamagotchi releases 【Weird Top Five】

This May marks the 20th anniversary of Tamagotchi, so let’s take a look at the best that two decades have brought us!

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Japanese zoo penguin falls in love with cutout of cute anime penguin girl

Humans aren’t the only ones who can have affections for 2-D characters.

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W.T.F. Japan: Top 5 “shikata ga nai” (“it can’t be helped”) situations in Japan【Weird Top Five】

Things that “can’t be helped” in Japan, but are maybe a little different elsewhere in the world.

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Awesome “Zelda: Breath of the NES” fangame remakes Breath of the Wild NES-style【Video】

If you want it, you’ll have to move quick, before Nintendo banishes it to the Twilight Realm.

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W.T.F. Japan: Top 5 kanji with the longest readings 【Weird Top Five】

Some of these are so long they may require a friend to help say them.

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Scary security? Japanese Twitter users share their creepiest CAPTCHA experiences

Forget proving you’re not a robot, these CAPTCHAs need to prove they’re not ghosts!

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W.T.F. Japan: Top 5 confusing Japanese hand gestures【Weird Top Five】

Am I supposed to be insulted or flattered by that?

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“Fragile” moving box design shows Japanese moving companies’ legendary dedication to detail

Japan, where movers actually care about your stuff even more than you do.

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“Manhole Cards,” Japan’s new collectible card game craze features artistic sewer covers

Gotta catch, er, flush ’em all!

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Crazy cool product ideas designed by Japanese Twitter that we wish were real

Necessity is the mother of inventions… and we need these!

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Japanese Twitter presents chart of all panty types, for panty-identification science

For all of your panty-experimentation needs!

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W.T.F. Japan: Top 5 most difficult Japanese tongue twisters (with videos!) 【Weird Top Five】

Even if you don’t speak Japanese, that might be to your advantage.

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New Nara deer adoption program lets you take home your own pet deer, help with overpopulation!

Love Nara’s legendary deer? You’ll love them even more when they’re in your house.

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W.T.F. Japan: Top 5 strangest Japanese home goods【Weird Top Five】

There’s something in this person’s kitchen and I don’t know what it is.

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Prefecture names include: Pikachu, Teriyaki, and The Mushroom Kingdom.

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W.T.F. Japan: Top 5 most famous pet dogs in Japan【Weird Top Five】

A country’s awesomeness is directly proportional to how many of its celebrities are dogs.

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Popular Japanese YouTuber is virtual schoolgirl who plays games, has existential crises【Videos】

“I’m all alone in this virtual space every day. And the best way to kill time? Games, of course!”

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