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6 Movies Set in Japan YOU can stream NOW!

Working at VIPkid is probably one of the best jobs I have EVER had BUT it has a bit of downside.  Sometimes I have 3 hours between classes.  This inspires me to watch a LOT of movies so I decided I would start looking for movies set in certain locations and share with you guys! So this past week I crammed as many movies set in Japan as I could.  Some were fantastic some were eh… but all of them took me on a journey through Japan.  So without further ado… here is what I watched.


Honestly, no list about movies set in Japan can be complete without this documentary.   I have never watched it before and the whole time I was watching this I kept thinking “God I wish I loved sushi”  The dedication and LIFE committeemen that goes into his business is awe inspiring and something a lot of people can learn from.   This is an absolute must watch if you are needing your wanderlust for Japan to be filled.

This streams on Netflix


Awww this movie made me miss Brittany Murphy.   It also made me laugh so hard.   Now, I watched this movie years ago… and I do mean years ago (can you believe she has been dead almost 9 years???) but this time I found the movie very relateable whereas originally it wasn’t that memorable.   When she walks into the closed restaurant and ends up getting served…it was a very hilarious moment to me.   I have some crazy stories from the two times I have been to Asia and I don’t know why but I could relate to the lost in translation moments.   This is a warm fuzzy type of movie that I really enjoyed.

You can currently stream this one on Hulu

So I admit, this has been in my watch list for quite some time.   I have never actually watched this.   I learned about it when the whole “Did the Hunger Games rip off Battle Royale?” argument was a hot topic.   Well I am not sure if that is what happened but what I can tell you is this is seriously one deranged movie.    Seriously.  I started it after teaching all night and I thought it was so good I didn’t actually go to bed until almost 12.   This movie is very violent and not for the faint of heart.   Hell you have probably seen it already, but if you are wanting a Japan fix this might be a good one.  It is in Japanese but has English subtitles.

Streaming on Netflix.  You can also currently get it with a Showtime subscription. 

So I think Netflix quickly learned that I was on a “Japanese Movie”  kick and recommended this movie to me.  So of course I watched.  This movie is also in Japanese with English subtitles, but to be honest even if it was in English I don’t think I would understand what the hell was going on.   I think the wind was killing girls… I think (don’t worry that is SO not a spoiler, it happens in the first 30 seconds of the movie)?  This movie was a true trip.   I don’t even know if I can recommend this movie because it is so confusing but hell you might actually understand what is going on! ha!  If you are looking for movies set in Japan that take you on a crazy ride this one might be for you.

Streaming on Netflix.

I have watched this movie a million times it is one of my favorite films.   Although it makes me want to practice the one inch punch in case I get buried alive… ya know just in case.  Such a great movie and a must watch if you need a Japanese fix.

Now streaming on Netflix.

Now streaming on Hulu

Up next?  This week I am on a mission to find as many movies streaming set in Ireland that I can!  Comment below and tell me what country you would like featured! 

Warcross by Marie Lu

Summary: For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. Needing to make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.

Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job. With no time to lose, Emika’s whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she’s only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire.


My Review:  I loved this book.  It was really non stop and  I loved Emika.   Her character was so well written.  In fact, I would go as far to say every character was well written.  What was fun about this book was you didn’t really know who is good or bad.  You were investigating right along with Emika.

Plus I am gonna be honest, this book will make you want to go to Tokyo.

I will say I did predict one major event, about 25% into the book.  It seemed so obvious to me I am pretty positive that is how Lu meant it, but don’t worry it doesn’t take away from the complexity of the sinister plot and guys the plot is good like so freaking good.  I absolutely can’t wait until book 2.  I love Marie Lu and just about everything she writes so once again I will spend the next year anxiously awaiting because it was a damn good ending that will leave you begging for more.

Summer of #Giveaways! The Grudge DVD

Hey everyone, welcome to The Cubicle Escapee’s Summer of giveaways! I am going to be giving away a ton of fun prizes this summer, so make sure you like my facebook page for all the fun updates! Today I am giving away The Grudge DVD, this is one of my copies and let me tell you this movie terrified me in college.

I choose to give this movie away as it is set in Japan and I am all about watching movies or reading books that are set in fun place… now this movies scares me and makes me question going to Tokyo but this is sure to give you chills this summer!  (and yes I will of course go to Tokyo once I am able to make it there 😉  )

Enter the giveaway below and it is open to all my international friends! Thanks for visiting and good luck!

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Japan books

Two weeks ago I said I was going to start exploring countries through books two weeks a time.  I also said I was going to pick countries I plan on visiting during my RTW adventure I plan on taking in the near future.

The first country I chose to do for this challenge was Japan.

I spent the last two weeks reading as many books as I could set in Japan.  The following are the books I read & finished with my basic reviews.  Now that I have spent the past two weeks reading about Japan, I plan on spending the next two weeks finding books set in Australia.

Here are two books I found and started reading. I have included the image of cover, summary and a link to my goodreads review 🙂


Summary: An introspective journey into the glamorous world—and temptations—of Japanese nightlife, by former model Chelsea Haywood. The hard-drinking, drug-taking, all-night culture that dominates Tokyo’s Roppongi district can be a surreal place. Overworked Japanese business men will pay handsomely for the services of a hostess—someone to talk to, someone to provide hot towels and drinks, and sometimes just a companion with whom to sing karaoke with all night. Intrigued by rumors of this strange subculture and armed with her 90-day work visa and new husband, Matt, Chelsea throws herself into the lion’s den. Yet what she discovers about herself and about the inhabitants of this nocturnal life far exceeds her expectations.

Hostessing, she comes to find, has “very little to do with sex, quite a lot to do with psychology, and nothing to do with prostitution.” Her personality and conversation skills are her top commodity, and Chelsea quickly finds herself charmed by these billionaire men, many of whom are funny, intelligent, even kind, and often, very lonely. But as she becomes more and more attached to her clients, Chelsea soon finds herself getting burned at her own game, as the endless presents, compliments, and destructive atmosphere of alcohol and drugs threaten to take both her marriage, and her sanity, to the edge.

My Review


Name: John Rain.
Vocation: Assassin.
Specialty: Natural Causes.
Base of operations: Tokyo.
Availability: Worldwide.

Half American, half Japanese, expert in both worlds but at home in neither, John Rain is the best killer money can buy. You tell him who. You tell him where. He doesn’t care about why…

Until he gets involved with Midori Kawamura, a beautiful jazz pianist–and the daughter of his latest kill

My Review