The International

The International

The International

The theme for 2022 International Womens Day was ‘Break the Bias’.
Breaking the bias in Japan
Sarakshi S.('24)
Through social media, people from all across the world can support and learn about a local issue from miles away and at the same time people from the smallest cities can learn about a bigger issue. 
How to go beyond spreading awareness
Khwaish J.('24)
The barriers around seeking mental health support
The barriers around seeking mental health support
Miki M.('22) and Eimi S. ('22)
The most important step is to recognize changes in one’s mental health and seek help at an early stage, before the issue becomes detrimental to the quality of life. However, in reality, the systemic limitations that come with seeking mental health resources are beyond our control, and it will take a long time before we start to see significant changes in our society.
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The theme for 2022 International Womens Day was ‘Break the Bias’.
Breaking the bias in Japan
Sarakshi S.('24)
This theme of “Breaking the bias” is especially important in Japan, where conformity culture and sexism are still prevalent. We must celebrate women who actively defy the sexist and conformist culture that has such a strong grip on Japan. 
Through social media, people from all across the world can support and learn about a local issue from miles away and at the same time people from the smallest cities can learn about a bigger issue. 
How to go beyond spreading awareness
Khwaish J.('24)
Bringing change requires a lot more than spreading awareness through reposts and Instagram stories. Knowing about an issue isn’t enough to achieve political and social change. We need to protest and take action to see real change. 
A Ukrainian soldier standing in front of an apartment ruined by Russian attack.
Why people are boycotting Russian culture
Angela S.('24)
The cultural boycott of Russia started as cultural figures and corporations revealed their support for the Ukrainians by refusing to collaborate with Russian artists. However, some claim that the cultural boycott targets the wrong people.
Nō-seimon gate at the Hongō Campus of the University of Tokyo, where three people were attacked with a knife on 15 January, 2022.
The value of academic prestige and excellence in the Japanese education scene
Yuzu I.('22)
Japanese society was shaken on 15 January, when it was reported that a young man stabbed three people—two high school students and a 72-year-old man—in front of the Hongo Campus of the University of Tokyo.
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The barriers around seeking mental health support
The barriers around seeking mental health support
Miki M.('22) and Eimi S. ('22)
The most important step is to recognize changes in one’s mental health and seek help at an early stage, before the issue becomes detrimental to the quality of life. However, in reality, the systemic limitations that come with seeking mental health resources are beyond our control, and it will take a long time before we start to see significant changes in our society.
Women-only train cars in Japan have been operating for over a century. Pictured above: The platform of a women-only train car at JR Namba station in Osaka.
Women-only train cars sidestep the root issue of gender inequality
Elena K.('23)
Current “solutions” to the molestation problem in Japanese public transportation system do not sufficiently address the root issue of gender inequalities and misogyny, preventing us from making any real progress.
Valieva skated her short program, scoring 82.16.
Was Kamila Valieva a victim of child abuse?
Yui I.('24)
Critics speak out on the high frequency of child abuse in sports, especially in the Olympics. It is not a rarity for young athletes to be victims of physical, verbal, and emotional abuse.
How much do beauty standards matter in Japan?
How much do beauty standards matter in Japan?
Hanae T.('22), Arts and Entertainment Editor
“Don’t judge a person by their appearance.” Although this is something many of us are told from a young age, we as a society seem to be failing to follow our own morals.
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Music worth adding to your playlist
Music worth adding to your playlist
Hanae T. ('22), Arts and Entertainment editor
Try listening to Tyler, the Creator's album "IGOR" and Cuco's song "Lover Is a Day" to mix up your playlist.
Popular video games that will immerse you in an alternate reality
Popular video games that will immerse you in an alternate reality
Hanae T. ('22), Arts and Entertainment editor
Play Genshin Impact and Little Nightmares for an adventure in a different world.
Eight movies you should add to your watchlist
Eight movies you should add to your watchlist
Hanae T. ('22)
From a recent Netflix movie to Japanese animations, these movies will surely transport you to different worlds and eras.
Decorations on the piano at Takanawa Gateway Station.
Three street pianos to visit to bring music to your life
Hanae T.('22)
Street pianos — pianos placed in public spaces for anyone to play — have become increasingly popular in Japan in the past two years.
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Photo credit: Prasha S.
Coffee beyond Starbucks
Prasha S.('22)
Here are some places that you should think of, when you find yourself bored of the same coffee over and over again. 
The SPBS Toyosu Lounge

Credits: SPBS Toyosu webpage
Can’t study at home?
Khwaish J.('24)
High-speed wifi, a quiet atmosphere, power sockets, affordable pricing are among just a few of the many priorities to keep in mind when finding the right place to study.
Restaurants and cafes worth visiting in Tokyo
Restaurants and cafes worth visiting in Tokyo
Hanae T. ('22), Arts and Entertainment editor
If you're looking for good Japanese cuisine or a unique café experience, these restaurants and cafés may be worth keeping an eye out for!
How to be a more conscious consumer in 2022
How to be a more conscious consumer in 2022
The Eco-Fashion Options class discusses the dangers of greenwashing, the importance of transparency in hangtag contents, the role of sustainable certifications, and how the pandemic has affected garment workers.
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Ms. Tajiri standing behind her desk in her office.
Ms. Tajiri
Eimi S. ('22), Editor of HOSH
Mr. Lancaster
Mr. Lancaster
Eimi S. ('22), Editor of HOSH
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