About the author

Ayumi Miyano

Japanese journalist a bit obsessed with photography and video editing. A pure generalist living with the motto: “Life is an experiment”.


The global pandemic gives us a glimpse of Japanese apology culture

By Ayumi Miyano / April 29, 2020

During this pandemic, a type of news that shocks us is when high-profile people announce that they are Covid-19 positive. We often feel emotional when politicians, actors, or singers, who used to feel invulnerable, show their vulnerability on their social media, and are inclined to compassion towards them. In Japan, this global and common practice […]


5 Netflix shows to understand non-touristy Tokyo

By Ayumi Miyano / April 25, 2020

The longer we stay at home, the more we miss travelling around the world. But we can still go for imaginary trips to foreign cities by watching international movies and series, or even learn more about the reality of the city which guide books rarely tell you about. Today, we introduce 5 shows available on […]


Messages from spiritual teachers to coexist with coronavirus anxiety

By Ayumi Miyano / April 21, 2020

Currently, Covid-19 is undoubtedly a threat to our physical as well as mental health. On this occasion, lots of healthcare facilities are introducing us to clinical methods to handle Coronavirus anxiety. However, what is the meaning of  “handling anxiety”? Is there a way to get rid of anxiety? Are there any ways to coexist with […]


History of the selfie

By Ayumi Miyano / April 16, 2020

It has been 180 years since the first known selfie was taken. Here is a brief introduction to the history of the selfie — self-portraits. The Oxford English dictionary selected the word “selfie” as the word of the year for 2013. The dictionary defines a selfie as “a photograph that one has taken of oneself, […]


Origin of 15 Japanese loanwords all English speakers use

By Ayumi Miyano / April 14, 2020

Karaoke, Emoji, Ramen, etc, are Japanese loanwords we use in everyday life. Did you know other loanwords originated in Japan?  Whether you have ever learned Japanese or not, you might have used some Japanese loanwords in English. These words are commonly used as a part of the conversation but have you ever heard their origin? […]


The challenges and opportunities for autodidacts under lockdown 

By Ayumi Miyano / April 9, 2020

Under the coronavirus pandemic there are various things we are not able to do. In addition to the day-to-day stress, the students or self learners who are learning foreign languages are facing challenges in which they cannot directly communicate with their teachers and friends as much as they used to. What are the challenges for […]