Koh Ruide

Born in Singapore, Ray left the island nation and spent a decade immersing himself in Melbourne's coffee culture. Fate would have none of that, and whisked him to Japan to fulfill his childhood dream of piloting an Evangelion unit. While he has yet to meet Rei Ayanami in the flesh, he has instead settled for savoring all the weird and wonderful foods that Japan has to offer. He is always on the lookout for all things unique and exciting. Luckily for him, Japan is never short on those.

All Stories by Koh Ruide

We splurged 46 bucks on a supermarket “Lucky Cart”, bummed out we got exactly what we paid for

Read on and find out why our reporter may never buy lucky bags ever again.

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Japanese department store wishes you a good year ahead with 150 types of delicious ehomaki

Welcome in spring with these limited-edition, mouthwatering sushi rolls.

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Budget entertainment: 12 fun things to do in Tokyo that will cost you absolutely nothing

Enjoy free foot spas or amazing views of the cityscape and save money while you’re at it.

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Japanese netizen backs out of initial promise to donate one million yen to Palestinian refugees

Noble goal of promoting music education shadowed by personal needs.

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Vending machine selling edible bugs is an instant hit in Kumamoto, generates about $4,600 a month

Fancy some crunchy diving beetles or irresistible pupae?

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Turtle-shaped train station in Japan features gigantic tortoise head sticking out of its roof

Recent snappy makeover may be just the thing it needs to attract more visitors.

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Turns out that mochi can be made more delicious by smothering it in creamy carbonara sauce

Simple recipe upgrades the classic carbonara pasta to stretchy proportions.

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Crushing workload at schools is causing more Japanese teachers to crumble from chronic depression

Teaching is merely one small facet of being a public school educator in Japan.

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Pokémon anime confuses viewers by asking them how many friends and lovers they have captured

Perhaps they would do well to stick to monster catching instead of probing into people’s personal lives.

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Japanese 26-year old single mother arrested for inviting underage high school boy home

Was she preying on a minor?

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Recent opening dash of 2018 Winter Comiket the last in the Heisei era, new race tactic observed

Never underestimate the power of the elevator.

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Spirit of volunteering strong for Tokyo 2020 Olympics, but data suggests something may be off

Outstanding Japanese student participation may not be what it seems.

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Japanese police requests train stations in Shibuya to shut exits during New Year countdown

Measures to reduce problems related to overcrowding have ramped up this year.

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Cosmetic brand Kate to hand out exclusive cosplay makeup handbook for free at Winter Comiket

If you’re planning to attend Winter Comiket this year, be sure to drop by their booth for some valuable cosmetic tips.

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Japanese students’ eyesight the worst in recent years, smartphones and mobile games are blamed

A potential heavy price to pay for convenience and entertainment?

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Let’s talk about chips: Japanese netizens weigh in on the ten best potato chips in the country

Latest chip ranking reveals a preference for simple flavors.

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Massive hot spring theme park coming to Osaka Bay Hotel, a dream come true for onsen lovers

Customers get to enjoy four floors of steamy hot baths, exquisite restaurants, and fun activities right in the heart of Osaka.

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Train etiquette: top ten inconsiderate behaviors that tick Japanese train commuters off the most

Times have changed over the years, but one particular offence has steadily climbed its way up the list.

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Abysmal viewer ratings for Pokémon anime series does not worry its broadcaster the slightest bit

After all, it’s been through worse before.

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