Mark Kennedy is a native of Chicago who has spent more than 20 years living, studying and working in Japan before deciding to retire to the idlic countryside of Oita. Mark is a lifelong student of the Japanese language and culture and loves to travel throughout the country. He also is the author behind the "Real Gaijin" Substack and podcast.
Too many unanswered questions are now causing Olympic angst for 80% of the population in Japan, which suffers from pandemic fatigue.
April 2, 2021
Former table tennis Olympic medalist allegedly cheated on her husband, a table tennis champion from Taiwan, and now may be heading for…
March 26, 2021
More than 1,800 children lost their parents and became “earthquake orphans” during the Great East Japan Earthquake, known as 3-11.
March 15, 2021
For a nation tired of dealing with the ongoing pandemic, many are eagerly anticipating Japan’s famous cherry blossoms (sakura) this spring.
March 11, 2021
Magnitude 7.3 earthquake strikes in roughly the same location as the epicenter of the Great East Japan Earthquake a decade ago.
February 23, 2021