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.

All Stories by Scott Wilson

Students in Finland, the world’s best-educated country, react to Japan’s harsh school rules

Would these Finnish students be as successful if they’d gone through the Japanese school system instead?

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2018 Russian calendar features Vladimir Putin just hanging around with some dogs

Man’s best comrade.

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Easter egg tribute to late Nintendo president Satoru Iwata found in Pokémon Ultra Sun and Moon

He still lives on in the games he loved so much.

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Japanese company tries to create motivational poster, accidentally creates demotivational poster

It has to be happy because of the rainbows and smiles.

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Documentary on North Korean schools in Tokyo sheds light on bizarre, hidden part of Japan【Video】

What do you do when a school praising a terrorist country is in your neighborhood?

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Kindergartener teams up with little sister to pull off cutest Ryuk and L Halloween costumes ever

Already a better Death Note than the Netflix version.

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Doki Doki Literature Club is the best horror-game-disguised-as-dating-sim that you need to play

It’s free, it’s amazing, and it’s four hours that will change your life.

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Japanese artist’s drawings are so incredibly realistic that they have people worried about him

Can you be a “mad artist” like you can be a “mad scientist?”

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Japanese Twitter artist makes Anpanman origami fortune teller, accidentally summons Hell demon

“Oh you wanted me to make Anpanman? I thought you said satanic hellbeast, haha. Silly me!”

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Japanese Twitter shares secret ingredient to make perfect pancakes, it’s what you’d least expect

Warning: may induce a sudden urge to cook pancakes.

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Letter from first-grade daughter to her father is too cute and too deep for Japanese Internet

I didn’t know they taught such self-awareness in first grade.

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Foreigners misreading Japanese kanji of “two men one woman” is too pure for Japanese Internet

Apparently this kanji is read differently based on what country you’re from.

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Dancing Hatsune Miku inside custom computer tower stuns Japanese Internet, everybody wants one

If you need more Miku in your life, just put her inside your computer tower.

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Japanese Twitter can’t stop laughing at this JLPT listening question straight out of Evangelion

And my teachers said watching anime would never pay off!

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Translation debate: how do you say “oh my God!” in Japanese? Netizens have many different answers

Oh my god there’s a lot of ways to say “oh my God.”

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Japan desperately trying to figure out America’s sudden obsession with Schezuan sauce

You know your country has done something really weird when it ends up on the morning news in Japan.

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Japanese Internet can’t agree on what to call this color, what do you think it is?

Although they do have a perfect, obscure kanji for it.

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Animated toilet seats turn your bathroom into zen garden, bamboo forest, and more【Pics, Vids】

A cool toilet innovation… it must be Japanese. Right?

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Nintendo releases official, free online PDF of EarthBound player’s guide for anyone to read

While you’re waiting for a SNES Classic, take a look at one of the best player’s guides of all time.

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Watch this renowned Japanese calligrapher effortlessly write “the hardest kanji ever”【Video】

She makes all 56 strokes look easy.

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