Freedom Ahn

Journalist, Author

Windsor, Ontario / Detroit, Michigan

Freedom Ahn

Award-Winning Freelance Journalist & Best-Selling Author


Japanese Cherry Blossom Fever 2018

It’s springtime in Japan and that means cherry blossom season is near. But today snow is the last thing on people’s minds as cherry blossom fever begins to spread across the country, and around the globe. Despite its short season - the earliest Japanese cherry blossom trees (sakura) begin to bloom in southern Japan in late March with the last petals typically falling to the ground in mid-May in the north - the humble cherry blossom holds an important place in Japanese society.
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Sumo for Beginners

Japan’s national sport, Sumo, is a traditional style of wrestling with roots reaching back to Shinto festivals during the Edō period (1603-1868). Wrestlers would perform at shrines during these celebrations to entertain and honour the Shinto gods and goddesses (kami) with the hope their actions would encourage a bountiful harvest.
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October is Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month

When you think of October, you probably think of fall colours, pumpkins, and Trick-or-Treating on Halloween. But, did you know that October is also Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month? Every year between 5 and 7 million animals end up in the shelter system across North America; more than half will be euthanized. A recent study released by the National Council on Pet Population said the primary reason people surrender their dog is due to behavioural incompatibilities with their housing or lifestyle. And while some rescue dogs will require extra effort to settle into their new digs, most shelter dogs acclimate to a loving, safe, home environment with relative ease. In fact, many people (myself included) often feel that their rescues somehow ‘know’ they’ve been spared from a perilous situation, and that gives them a deeper, more special bond with their ‘parents.’

10 Steps To Successfully Starting An Ecommerce Business

If you’ve ever wanted to be your own boss, starting an ecommerce business might just be the answer you’ve been looking for. Whether you purchase a ready-made store-in-a-box, add a storefront to your existing blog, or set yourself up on an existing marketplace such as eBay, Amazon, or Etsy, you can have your own shop in a matter of minutes.
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Cannabis for the treatment of Parkinson's Disease

Parkinson’s disease is a progressive, neurodegenerative disorder of the central nervous system. It primarily affects motor function and intentional muscle movement. One out of every 500 Canadians is affected by Parkinson’s, with roughly 6,600 new cases diagnosed annually. And while the exact cause of Parkinson’s remains unknown, there is hope for better treatment.
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Can cannabis treat diabetes?

Every day, three million Canadians live with diabetes. By 2020 that number is expected to grow to 4.2 million, more than 10 percent of the country’s population. What’s worse, an estimated additional one million Canadians have the disease but do not know it. Juvenile Diabetes, the common name for type 1 diabetes, is a genetic condition where the pancreas cannot create enough insulin to meet the body’s needs.
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Kimono 101

When you think of Japan, chances are your mind quickly conjures up images of multi-tiered pagodas, sushi, and kimono. While kimono are a common sight, even in modern day Japan, most foreigners are surprised to learn that a typical kimono is made up of 12 (and sometimes more) separate pieces. And knowing how to properly wear them is a testament to a level of attention to detail and tradition rarely found outside of Japan.
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I-Pod (Japanese Capsule Hotels)

Welcome to the second issue of Love Japan Magazine! Written by fans, for fans, Love Japan is a celebration of Japanese culture, covering lif...
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White people, please stop telling me I don’t ‘look Asian enough’

Chinatown. The word conjures images, vivid and distinct: blinking lights around a set menu in a restaurant window. Dark martial arts studios in deep basements with bearded men dispensing ancient secrets of self-defense. The ever-present smell of cooking rice, its steam scenting everything in the building with a moist sweetness.
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The Human Endocannabinoid System

Our bodies naturally create compounds called endocannabinoids. And when we use cannabis, the cannabinoids present in the plant—including, but not limited to THC—engage a large network of cell receptors in our bodies that are part of something called the endocannabinoid system (ECS). Parts of the Endocannabinoid System The ECS is comprised of three main parts; receptors found on the surface of the cells; naturally occurring molecules that activate cannabinoid receptors called endocannabinoids; and the enzymes that help break down the endocannabinoids after they’ve been used. Cannabinoid Receptors Cannabinoid receptors rest on the surface of cells and are constantly receiving information about the conditions surrounding the cell. They pass on that information to the cell’s interior, triggering an appropriate cellular-level response. These receptors are the messengers that tell your body how to respond to certain situations (and when to cease activity). This helps our bodies maintain something called ‘homeostasis,’ which is another way of describing our body in optimal balance or a stable internal environment. An ECS in balance is believed to play a role in the establishment of overall health and prevention of certain conditions When there is a disruption in our ECS, it can cause an imbalance pushing our body out of homeostasis. That imbalance, referred to as “Clinical Endocannabinoid Deficiency,” is believed to be a contributing factor for conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome and fibromyalgia.
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Can Cannabis Treat Glaucoma?

In July of 2015, Alice Donahue* reluctantly spent an afternoon at her doctor’s office. The 54-year old Fredericton mother of three had been experiencing blurred vision and headaches, but dismissed her symptoms as merely “finally needing glasses.” She would’ve skipped the visit altogether, but her husband insisted. “I wasn’t expecting glaucoma,” she says. Glaucoma is a progressive eye disease often characterized by a painful increase in pressure within the eye. It can lead to vision loss, total blindness, and in severe cases, removal of the affected eye. Glaucoma ranks as the world’s second leading cause of irreversible blindness. It is estimated that more than 250,000 Canadians suffer from the disease. Fortunately, blindness is no longer the inevitable outcome of a glaucoma diagnosis. With early detection and medical attention, significant vision loss can often be prevented. Some patients report success treating their glaucoma symptoms with cannabis, although the practice is not without controversy.
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5 Instant Benefits of Medical Marijuana

Medical ailments can be a real downer and really get in the way of living a life. Aches and pains, stress, headaches all impact your quality of life. But why suffer when marijuana can provide instant relief? Here are 5 ailments that marijuana can help you deal with as soon as you consume. This one may be a kind of a big “duh”, but consuming cannabis can help reduce stress levels.


Freedom Ahn

Freedom Ahn Chevalier is a cultural anthropologist (practical) and journalist specializing in traditional and contemporary Japanese culture and society. She has extensive experience working with domestic and international businesses, trade, digital, & print media publications covering a wide array of topics including business, finance, culture, politics, environment, conservation, and more.

She has written about technologies such as drones, crypto-, digital, & virtual currency, artificial intelligence, cloud computing, cyber security, and more.

She is also the founder and senior copywriter at WriteAhn - a B2B and B2C digital marketing agency whose specialties include business operations, human resources, finance, C-suite recruiting, talent management, productivity, and workforce issues, venture capital, mergers & acquisitions, private equity transactions, tax issues, investor relations, recruiting.

Freedom has been all over the world in publications including The Independent, Huffington Post, The Telegraph (UK), The Chicago Sun-Times, The Los Angeles Times, and The Jerusalem Post to name just a few.

She is the daughter of a French chef and has a keen interest in food, with several of her original recipes winning national and international awards.

She resides a few minutes south of Detroit, Michigan with her husband, their three Japanese dogs, and four French cats.



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