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  • All-White Kitchens That Shine

    Asian Lifestyle Design
    Guest
    13 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    This is a guest post by Jane Blanchard. What’s more bold than color? The absence of color! You might want to rethink that kitchen backsplash project or the staining of kitchen cabinets if you want to make a statement. Homeowners wanting an elegant, simple, shiny, and stunning demeanor in the scullery, are happily catching all-white kitchen fever… for good reason, too! Courtesy JMJGraphics This kitchen deserves a cat call or low whistle. We’re certainly voicing one. Cleanliness, purity, and order are what’s on the menu in this kitchen. Sleek and sexy will be dished up…
  • Top Jobs in Japan for Week 51 – 2014

    GaijinPot
    GaijinPot Blog
    15 Dec 2014 | 6:23 pm
    Check back every Tuesday as we look through the database of jobs in Japan that have been posted to GaijinPot and pick out the ones that we think are the most interesting. Apply directly to these companies by creating a profile on GaijinPot. Multilingual Receptionist ¥1,400 ~ ¥1,600 / Hour Chuo-ku, Tokyo Japanese: Business level Visa sponsorship available Working at the information office in a well-established shopping center in historic Nihombashi. This position requires individuals with a high attention to detail, and a strong dedication to customer service along with a positive and…
  • Hackers trick way into ICANN computers, peer into heart of Internet

    The Japan Times: News & Business
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:17 am
    The private agency that acts as a gatekeeper for the Internet on Wednesday said that hackers tricked their way into its computers. A “spearfishing” attack aimed at U.S.-based nonprofit... Read more ...
  • NEC Named "Leader" in Magic Quadrant for Small Cell Equipment 2014 by Gartner

    JCN Newswire
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:03 am
    NEC Corporation has been named a leader in the "Magic Quadrant for Small Cell Equipment 2014"(1) by analyst firm Gartner, which evaluates vendors on their completeness of vision and ability to execute.
  • Koreans in Japan Observe Kim Jong Il's Demise Anniversary

    Japan News
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:02 am
    A memorial service of Koreans in Japan was held at the Korean Hall of Culture in Tokyo on Dec. 13 on the occasion of the third anniversary of demise of leader Kim Jong Il. Present there were Ho Jong Man, chairman of the Central Standing Committee of the General Association of Korean Residents in Japan and other officials of Chongryon, Korean compatriots and students of Korean University.
 
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  • NEC Named "Leader" in Magic Quadrant for Small Cell Equipment 2014 by Gartner

    16 Dec 2014 | 8:03 am
    NEC Corporation has been named a leader in the "Magic Quadrant for Small Cell Equipment 2014"(1) by analyst firm Gartner, which evaluates vendors on their completeness of vision and ability to execute.
  • Fujitsu Launches "Actual Dispenser Data Management" Service for Pharmaceutical Companies

    16 Dec 2014 | 6:09 am
    Fujitsu Limited and Fujitsu Systems West Limited today announced the launch of the FUJITSU Life Science Solution tsPharma Actual Dispenser Data Management, a service for pharmaceutical companies in Japan to manage data on the actual sales of drugs by wholesalers to dispensers, such as drug stores and hospitals.
  • NEC Wins $55m NT Government End-user Computing Contract

    9 Dec 2014 | 7:59 am
    NEC Corporation and NEC Australia, a leading IT solutions and services company, today announced that the Northern Territory (NT) Government has awarded NEC Australia with a multi-year end-user computing contract to support 20,000 end-users from the 'top end' to the 'red centre'.
  • NEC Supplies Supercomputer to University of Ulm in Germany

    8 Dec 2014 | 4:49 am
    NEC Corporation today announced that NEC Deutschland GmbH has delivered a supercomputer utilizing NEC's scale-out server, the Express5800/E120f-M, featuring the new Intel(R) Xeon(R) E5-2600 v3 Product Family, to the University of Ulm, a state university in Germany offering high performance computing services for theoretical chemistry researchers.
  • JAXA Launches Hayabusa 2 Asteroid Probe

    4 Dec 2014 | 1:58 am
    The Hayabusa 2 asteroid probe was launched today from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's (JAXA) Tanegashima Space Center atop H-IIA Launch Vehicle No. 26.
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  • Koreans in Japan Observe Kim Jong Il's Demise Anniversary

    18 Dec 2014 | 2:02 am
    A memorial service of Koreans in Japan was held at the Korean Hall of Culture in Tokyo on Dec. 13 on the occasion of the third anniversary of demise of leader Kim Jong Il. Present there were Ho Jong Man, chairman of the Central Standing Committee of the General Association of Korean Residents in Japan and other officials of Chongryon, Korean compatriots and students of Korean University.
  • Yamazaki

    17 Dec 2014 | 9:52 pm
    Nestled at the foot of wooded hills near the ancient Japanese capital of Kyoto, the Yamazaki whisky distillery feels a long way from the northerly glens of Scotch's spiritual home. Despite its unlikely birthplace, last month Yamazaki's Single Malt Sherry Cask 2013 trumped more than 1000 challengers to be named the world's best whisky by prominent critic Jim Murray in his Whisky Bible 2015 .
  • Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

    17 Dec 2014 | 5:38 pm
    If you type "crucified Santa" into Google Images, you'll see that various idiots have mocked up pictures of the jolly old soul nailed to a cross; or gone one better, donning Father Christmas outfits and posing like the dying Christ on crosses of their own; all in tribute to one of the world's great cultural confusions. The story goes that, some time after the American occupation of post-war Japan, its inhabitants were first exposed to the non-religious aspects of Christmas - elves, grottoes, sleigh bells and the rest - and came to understand that the fat man from the North Pole had something…
  • Japan's Butter Shortage Whips Its Cake Makers Into A Frenzy

    17 Dec 2014 | 2:33 pm
    A customer picks up a block of butter at a food store in Tokyo on Nov. 10th. Japanese shoppers are up in arms over a serious butter shortage that has forced Tokyo to resort to emergency imports, as some grocers limit sales to one block per customer.
  • Parliamentary election puts brake on Japan's right turn

    17 Dec 2014 | 10:24 am
    Parliamentary election puts brake on Japan's right turn . DECEMBER 18, 2014 02:51.
 
 
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  • Casio - High-speed camera EX-100PRO for researchers and sports professionals

    Editor
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:03 am
    Casio developed the EX-100PRO digital camera to meet the needs of university/corporate researchers and sports professionals and will release it on January 13.Only 100 cameras will be available for sale to the public. If you want the camera, you can place an order at e-casio, Casio's online store, by January 18.
  • Universal Studio Japan launched "Cool Japan" attractions

    Editor
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:24 am
    USJ (Universal Studio Japan) is going to hold an event called "Universal Cool Japan" for a limited time only from January 23 to May 10.
  • Automated packaging machine for cardboard mailing envelopes

    DIGINFO TV
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:18 pm
    Innami Factory has developed a new type of automated packaging machine, the Ecomailpack IF-EMP450. This machine automatically packs products into cardboard envelopes for mailing, without needing shock-absorbing material."This machine can pack one item every eight seconds, so it can handle 450 items per hour. That number is very high, as a person packing items by hand can only manage about 100 items per hour. So, this machine has about four times the packaging capacity of a person."
  • Holiday Gift Guide 2014: AkihabaraNews' Top 15 Japanese Gadgets

    Editor
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:40 pm
    Unique Technology + Unique Culture ÷ AkihabaraNews = A List of Very Japanese Gifts & Gadgets
  • McDonald's Japan original red snow crab croquette burger

    Editor
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:10 pm
    McDonald's Japan started selling a new "red snow" crab croquette burger on December 17.It's a Japan-only menu item and will be available for a limited time only until early January. This is the first time for McDonald's Japan to release a burger that includes crab meat.The red snow crab croquette called Kani Korokke Burger has a creamy crab flavored croquette, lettuce, and tomato sauce sandwiched in Ciabatta buns (Italian white bread). 
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    An Eternal Thought in the Mind of Godzilla

  • "HYPERSONIC music club" is coming!

    Patrick Macias
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:24 pm
    Tease + title reveal for my upcoming web comic collaboration with Hiroyuki Takahashi… He draws, I write, you get HYPERSONIC. Spoiler for deep readers: although radically different in style and content, this will be the second part of the Mystery Frequency saga following Paranoia Girls. More in early 2015.
  • The Ballad of Luna Kobayashi

    Patrick Macias
    16 Dec 2014 | 5:34 am
    Her lace glove hand holding a tightly folded McDonald's bag containing hot apple pie within for warmth, Luna Kobayashi is wandering on high heeled sneakers down a cold rainy day shotengai towards the JR station, frayed and torn pitari cold mask plastered across her mouth, medical bandage for a right eye, her ruined face a masterpiece framed by an imitation fur cheap down jacket hood. From her strange gait alone comes the rapid switch of weather which takes effect as soon as we get on the Shonan Shinjuku line at 4:27. We go from passing through mere clouds and drizzle to miles of cold hard…
  • PARANOIA GIRLS (The Story So Far...)

    Patrick Macias
    4 Dec 2014 | 10:24 am
        Because it's my birthday, here is the first batch of PARANOIA GIRLS story posts. Art by Yunico Uchiyama. Text by me. Translation by Marie Iida. Deeper experience at the official sites. (English) paranoia-girls.tumblr.com (Japanese) paranoia-girls-jp.tumblr.com  
  • On Bunta Sugawara: 1933 - 2014

    Patrick Macias
    1 Dec 2014 | 10:45 am
    I am gathered here today to pay tribute to Bunta Sugawara whose death marks the end of the modern movie yakuza, the last shot of the machine gun dragons, and the final police sweep of the Showa era... Discovering Bunta’s 1970s output on dozens of VHS tapes at SF’s Japan Town (egged on by Chris D.’s pioneering reviews in Asian Trash Cinema magazine) pretty much changed my life. Gendai Yakuza – Hitokiri Yota (AKA Street Mobster) in particular wound up a primal scene, and without it, I might never have wandered into the deep end of Japanese pop culture beyond the boundaries of anime and…
 
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    Culture Japan - Your portal to Japan - Posts

  • Your Own Anime Shop

    danny
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:49 am
    Online shops are great but physical bricks n mortar shops are also great too as a place to not only take the product in hand (even though it may be just a box) but to also check out a curated selection of hobby items. Physical stores are also a great place to hang out and meet new comrades too and I personally value what physical stores had done for me especially during an era without Internet when I first discovered Japanese culture.I mentioned it in a presentation at Anime Expo a couple of years ago that I wanted to help folks set up their own anime stores but never got round to it until…
  • Comic Fiesta 2014 Merchandise

    danny
    16 Dec 2014 | 6:21 am
    Its that time of year again where fans of ACG culture gather at KLCC for Malaysia's largest and longest standing ACG event - Comic Fiesta. I've been attending now for the past 3 years and have noticed with each year that CF gets more and more visitors from around the world which is great as it gives me an opportunity to meet our fans from all over. If you have not got tickets yet then check out the ticketing page. I will either be on stage for a few talks or at my booth so lets catch up! This photo is of our booth taken last year - it was packed >< But I am concerned about this year…
  • Unmanned Stores In Japan

    danny
    13 Dec 2014 | 2:37 am
    While many unmanned stores in Japan are in rural areas that sell veggies, there are some located in urban areas like this one. An unmanned store is called Mujin Hanbaisho [無人販売所] and is basically a shop where you are trusted to take an item and leave money for the owner who is not around.This particular unmanned shop is in my neck of the woods - the Ebara/Meguro part of Tokyo. The tub on the left says "anything inside here is 10 yen" while the basket on the right says "Ageru" [あげる] which means "I give you (for free).A closer look at the table which has various bits n bobs…
  • AFA 2014 Day 3

    danny
    11 Dec 2014 | 6:10 am
    The AFA2014 coverage continues with Day 3. First photo of voice actress Mimori Suzuko - was really nice to catch up with her again ^o^ The first time I met her was back in 2010 when she appeared as a guest on Culture Japan Season 1. She later appeared in Season 2 where we both went looking around Osaka slashing innocent folks with a samurai sword... This post contains a video, click here to view. Anyway, previous AFA coverage listed up below. 2014/12/09 Update AFA 2014 Day 1 AFA 2014 Day 0 AFA 13 Culture Japan Booth AFA13 Day 1 AFAID 13 Culture Japan Booth AFA 12 Stage AFA 12 Exhibition Hall…
  • 2014/12/09 Update

    danny
    8 Dec 2014 | 4:35 pm
    Photo of Yoshimi and I on the main stage at AFA. I said I would post regular updates regardless of whether they are a huge wall of photos or small tidbits - so here is today's tidbit ^o^ AFA was absolutely incredible and huge! We sold out of Smart Dolls in 20 mins on day 1 and due to popular demand sold all the display models too at a discounted price too. I was on the main and mini stage a lot and ended up losing my voice again as usual - I think I need some proper voice training for this job because after the throat goes kaput, I tend to get sick and am currently trying to battle with some…
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    japan running news

  • Ritsumeikan Uji Girls Confident of Ride to Top at National High School Ekiden Championships

    Brett Larner
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:53 pm
    http://www.kyoto-np.co.jp/top/article/20141217000034 translated by Brett Larner Broadcast live nationwide and commercial-free on NHK, the 65th National High School Boys Ekiden Championships and 26th National High School Girls Ekiden Championships take place this Sunday, Dec. 21 in Kyoto with the boys running a seven-stage, 42.195 km course and the girls a five-stage, 21.0975 km course, both
  • Isahaya Boys and Girls Vow to Give It All at National High School Ekiden

    Brett Larner
    16 Dec 2014 | 2:31 pm
    http://www.nagasaki-np.co.jp/news/kennaitopix/2014/12/17090524015995.shtml translated by Brett Larner With a student body of 833 led by Principal Kenji Tamashima, Nagasaki's Isahaya H.S. held a pep rally at the school Dec. 16 for its boys' and girls' ekiden teams who will be competing in Sunday's National High School Ekiden Championships in Kyoto.  The entire student body turned out to show its
  • Hieizan Girls Looking to Use Natural Competitiveness at National High School Ekiden

    Brett Larner
    16 Dec 2014 | 1:42 pm
    http://www.kyoto-np.co.jp/top/article/20141217000036 translated by Brett Larner Representing Shiga Prefecture for the second year in a row and fourth time in school history at Sunday's five-stage, 21.0975 km National High School Girls Ekiden Championships is Hieizan H.S.  Hieizan's young team is made up entirely of first- and second-years, but with each member of the team calmly attending to
  • Suzuki and Harada Take Top Japanese Spots at Honolulu Marathon

    Brett Larner
    14 Dec 2014 | 1:02 pm
    http://www.nikkansports.com/sports/athletics/news/f-sp-tp0-20141215-1409335.html http://www.nikkansports.com/sports/athletics/news/f-sp-tp0-20141215-1409308.html translated and edited by Brett Larner click here for complete results Eri Suzuki ran a PB 2:47:00 for 9th as the top woman among the 13,000 Japanese finishers at the 42nd JAL Honolulu Marathon on Dec. 14, her second year in a row
  • Denso Sets Course Record for Second-Straight National Corporate Women's Ekiden Title (updated)

    Brett Larner
    13 Dec 2014 | 11:24 pm
    http://www.nikkansports.com/sports/athletics/news/f-sp-tp0-20141214-1409007.html translated and edited by Brett Larner 26 teams ran the 34th edition of the 6-stage, 42.195 km National Corporate Women's Ekiden Championships in cold and windy conditions Dec. 14 in Sendai, Miyagi.  The Denso team dominated, breaking its own course record in 2:16:12 to score its second-straight win, the first time
 
 
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  • インタラクティブなJavaプロファイラ「XRebel 1.2」

    末岡洋子
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:06 pm
     米ZeroTurnaroundは12月16日、インタラクティブなJavaプロファイラ「XRebel 1.2」を発表した。プロプライエタリな商用ソフトウェアだが、無料のトライアルも同社Webで公開している。 ニュース デベロッパー 開発ツール 末岡洋子 関連記事Galileo対応、Struts 2をサポートした「MyEclipse 8.0」M1登場 メモリエラー検出機能などを持つデバッグ/プロファイリングツール「Valgind 3.9」リリース…
  • オープンソースのゲームエンジン「Godot 1.0」が登場

    末岡洋子
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:53 pm
     オープンソースのゲームエンジン「Godot」開発チームは12月15日、初の正式版となる「Godot 1.0」リリースを発表した。主要なOS、モバイル、ゲーム機向けに2D/3Dゲームを開発できる。 ニュース オープンソース デベロッパー フレームワーク ゲーム 末岡洋子 関連記事米Microsoft、「Halo 4」などで使用したクラウドフレームワーク「Project Orleans」を2015年にオープンソースで公開へ 米Epic Games、マルチプラットフォーム対応のゲームエンジン「Unreal…
  • 米Microsoft、「Halo 4」などで使用したクラウドフレームワーク「Project Orleans」を2015年にオープンソースで公開へ

    末岡洋子
    15 Dec 2014 | 9:03 pm
     米Microsoftが「Halo 4」や「Windows Azure」などのクラウドサービスを構築する際に利用したフレームワークを「Project Orleans」としてオープンソースで公開する計画を発表した。2015年前半にもGitHubでコードを公開するという。 ニュース オープンソース デベロッパー Microsoft フレームワーク 末岡洋子 関連記事NSAがデータフロー技術「Nifi」をオープンソースに、ASFに寄贈 「.NET Core」がオープンソース化、MacやLinuxもサポート…
  • 「KDE Frameworks 5.5」がリリース

    末岡洋子
    14 Dec 2014 | 9:47 pm
     The KDE Communityは12月12日、「KDE Frameworks 5.5.0」をリリースした。定例の安定版リリースとなり、バグ修正や細かな機能強化が図られている。 ニュース オープンソース デベロッパー KDE 末岡洋子 関連記事Frameworksに続き、「KDE Plasma 5」が登場 Frameworksに続き、「KDE Plasma 5」が登場 KDEオフィススイート「Calligra Suite 2.8.1」がリリース
  • 米Google、Androidを正式にサポートした「Go 1.4」をリリース

    末岡洋子
    11 Dec 2014 | 10:28 pm
     米Googleは12月10日、プログラミング言語「Go」の最新版「Google Go 1.4」をリリースした。正式にAndridがサポートされ、ランタイム実装のCからGoへの移行も進んでいる。 ニュース オープンソース デベロッパー プログラミング 末岡洋子 関連記事C++11やC++14のサポート改善や最適化機能の強化が行われた「GCC 4.9」リリース Googleの開発するプログラミング言語「Go 1.2」リリース 米Google、性能を強化した「Go 1.1」をリリース
 
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  • 【GTDアドベントカレンダー #18】 トップダウン vs ボトムアップ? #GTD

    taguchi
    17 Dec 2014 | 11:18 pm
    GTDアドベントカレンダー18日目。なんとか24回までいけそうな気がしてきたw。 【身に付けるべき習慣 #18】 トップダウンの整理術も多いが、GTDの特徴はボトムアップ。という主張はきわめて正しいような気がする。 GTDの特徴はボトムアップである点。自分の価値観とか身の回りが片付いてから考えようよ、という主張である。…
  • SoundCloudのショートカットキー覚えておくと便利ですよ

    taguchi
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:25 pm
    直感でなんとかなるといえばなりますが、SoundCloudのショートカットキーを調べてみました。覚えるべきはただひとつで「h(elp)」ですね・・・。 ↑ 「h」でショートカットキーがわかります。 次へ、前へ、以外にも「m(ute)」が便利そうです。よく使う人は一度見ておくといいですね。 » SoundCloud
  • 【ARROWS NX F-02G】 最新版のYouTubeアプリで遂に1440p動画が再生可能に

    taguchi
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:11 pm
    以前試した時はだめだったのですがYouTubeアプリが更新されて遂に1440p動画の再生が可能になったようです。 ちなみに富士通の方に教えてもらったのですがF-02Gで撮った映像をまとめた「ARROWS THEATER」なるサイトもあるようです。 » 富士通|ARROWS THEATER(アローズシアター) ↑ すべてF-02Gで撮られています。個人的には京都のこの映像が美しいな、と思います。…
  • 【GTDアドベントカレンダー #17】 練習するのは型を身につけるため #GTD

    taguchi
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:09 am
    GTDアドベントカレンダー17日目。今回もよく聞かれる質問について。 【身に付けるべき習慣 #17】 GTDを使えば簡単にストレスフリーになれますよね?とよく聞かれるが、正直「GTDは練習しないと出来るようにならない」と答えています。GTDは習慣化のスキルなので、どちらかというと空手とかピアノに似ています。 GTD、シンプルだけど身に付けるのは全然簡単じゃない苦笑。…
  • Googleマップの交通情報が正確だし便利

    taguchi
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    そして渋滞情報ですが、今までなんとなく「東名 渋滞」「高速 渋滞」とか調べていたのですが、友人に「なんでGoogleマップ使わないの?」と言われて使い始めたらやっぱり便利なのでご紹介(当たり前じゃない?という方はなにとぞスルーにて・・・)。 ↑ Googleマップの設定から「交通状況」を選びます。…
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    キャリアクロス外資系求人サイト

  • WEBコンサルティング営業(新規獲得部隊) マネージャー候補

    18 Dec 2014 | 9:58 am
    Webマーケティング事業部の新規獲得グループAPユニットのマネージャーとして、営業戦略、組織戦略、教育戦略を立案し、実施まで行います。 仕事内容は大きく分けて、以下の二つに分かれます: 営業戦略・組織戦略の立案:現在1400社以上の顧客を持つ同社ですが、さらなる取り引き顧客の拡大に向けて営業戦略・組織戦略を立案し、メンバーへの指導を行うことがミッションとなります。
  • 戦略コンサルティングファーム

    18 Dec 2014 | 9:45 am
    ・事業再生コンサルティング ・エクイティ投資を行っての企業経営業務 ・戦略コンサルティング業務 ・海外進出PJ 等
  • 【世界大手ネット企業】戦略プロジェクトマネジメント

    18 Dec 2014 | 9:44 am
  • エリア・セールスマネージャー

    18 Dec 2014 | 9:44 am
    同社の扱っている商材は世界550カ所の医療機関に導入され、欧州でも圧倒的なシェアを占めています。 国内でもさらに導入を広め、質の高い医療を提供していきたいと考えています。 事業領域: 医療機器及びその関連商品の輸入、販売、及び修理 ※同事業部は【放射線治療システム】を扱う営業となります。
  • プロダクトマネジメント(〜1000万円)

    18 Dec 2014 | 9:44 am
    メディアの制作工程の設計・改善、問合せ対応、各種プロジェクトの推進・進捗管理 ◎新商品・リニューアルなど商品企画の際の業務設計・推進 (工程設計、制作量の把握・対策、関係者合意形成、マニュアル・ツール準備、ルールの広報・徹底) ◎営業、商品企画、システム開発、制作からの問合せ対応、イレギュラー対応 ■プロジェクト推進 ◎プロジェクトの進捗管理、とりまとめ、ファシリテーション…
 
 
 
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    Intercultural Twilight Zone

  • Who In Their Right Mind Moves to Pahoa?

    Tim Sullivan
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:10 pm
    I’ve always had a rebel streak in me. Got it from my dad, a grown man who relished finding ways to break rules without technically breaking them. Dad liked to say he didn’t “play according to Hoyle,” a reference to the famous book of rules for card games (see According to Hoyle). Clueless at the time about the Hoyle reference, I knew from context what dad meant: he liked to do things his way. How dad navigated our expressway tollbooths speaks volumes about him, and by extension, me. He’d always have exact change in hand when pulling into what was then considered an automated…
  • Glimpses of Culture Through a Lava Flow: Bomb the Crater or Clean Your House?

    Tim Sullivan
    12 Oct 2014 | 10:43 am
    Kalapana lava flow (photo by Kurumi Sullivan) A contrived reality show couldn’t be more compelling. Survivor’s got nothing on this. If I made documentaries or movies or even cheesy reality shows, I’d be camped out in Pahoa right now. Since yesterday our friendly neighborhood lava flow has advanced a paltry 50 yards, the continuation of a gradual slowdown that’s been happening over the past several days. Just days before that the flow had advanced a whopping 150 yards in a single day, and right before that it had stalled for almost a week. There’s no rhyme or reason to…
  • Ramblings from the Wrong Side of a Lava Flow

    Tim Sullivan
    28 Sep 2014 | 11:26 am
    Plume from the lava flow approaching Pahoa Town As a kid growing up on the north side of Chicago I never imagined my house might one day be in the path of a lava flow. (Lava only flowed in Saturday morning movies, and usually involved dinosaurs). Never once did I entertain the notion that I’d someday live on an active volcano; it was an undreamt future that, against all odds, somehow came true. It happened eight years ago when my family decided to trade in the brutal Chicago winters for life in the subtropics. We up and moved to the Puna district on the Big Island of Hawaii, at the…
  • Aloha in the Aftermath of Iselle

    Tim Sullivan
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:51 pm
    The Puna district on the East side of Hawaii Island took a direct hit from Tropical Storm Iselle on August 7th. Here’s what every other street in my neighborhood looked like. In our case the power was out for five days. Got our internet back a couple days after that. And we were one of the lucky ones: we were well prepared for the worst-case scenario and, thanks to the fortuitous direction of the winds, we suffered minimal damage. Unfortunately, not so for all our neighbors. The good news is that no one died from the storm, truly amazing in light of the devastation, especially if you…
  • The “Cool Japan” They Don’t Show You on TV

    Tim Sullivan
    20 May 2014 | 12:24 am
    “Dad, your friends are so cool” said my 13-year-old son after meeting my running buddies from Japan for the first time. He said it with genuine surprise. Hard as he tried, he just couldn’t fathom the notion that anyone “cool” would ever be friends with the likes of me. This all happened about fifteen years ago when, after more than a decade of living in the U.S., I finally brought my family back to Japan for a visit. My kids had only heard stories from me about our former life in Japan. My stories obviously fell short in capturing the coolness of my friends. But…
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    [en01]Japan for Sustainability(ニュース記事)

  • Residents Work Together to Restore Coastal Pine Groves Damaged by Disasters

    11 Dec 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Copyright Watari Green Belt Project All Rights Reserved. Tohoku Fukko Nikki (Tohoku Reconstruction Diary) is a weekly article in an eastern Japan newspaper called the Tokyo Shimbun. The weekly article delivers news and stories on reconstruction efforts in the areas devastated by the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake. The series of articles is submitted by JKSK Empowering Women Empowering Society, a certified non-profit organization, about an initiative dubbed the "Yui-Yui Project," which supports victims of the earthquake. This month, JFS introduces an article published on April 18, 2014,…
  • What Kind of Economy Produces True Affluence? - Interview with Philosopher Takashi Uchiyama (Part 2)

    8 Dec 2014 | 7:00 pm
    JFS Newsletter No.147 (November 2014) The former Kurosawa family residence Ueno Village, Gunma PrefectureImage by TANAKA Juuyoh Some Rights Reserved. The Institute for Studies in Happiness, Economy and Society, with JFS as its outreach partner, is undertaking a project, "What Is Economic Growth? -- Interviews with 100 People," in collaboration with Patagonia Japan. The project aims to encourage people to think about economic growth by asking specialists from many different fields to share their ideas about economic growth.
  • Suntory Sets Future Vision and Aims for Creating Sustainable Global Environment

    6 Dec 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Copyright Suntory All Rights Reserved. Suntory Holdings announced on January 30, 2014, that it has formulated the Suntory Environmental Vision toward 2050 and has set 2020 targets in light of its globalizing corporate activities. Based on the two pillars of "Preserving and Regenerating the Natural Environment" and "Reducing Environmental Impact," Suntory promotes environmental management globally to realize its corporate philosophy -- In Harmony with People and Nature.
  • Study Project Begins Seeking Happy Local Communities

    3 Dec 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Copyright Local-Happiness Lab All Rights Reserved. What factors are essential for local regions and their residents to be happy? This is the theme of a new study project named "Local-Happiness Lab," which recently started in Japan. We would like to report on part of this study by reprinting an article from the website of the Institute for Studies in Happiness, Economy and Society, of which Japan for Sustainability is an outreach partner.
  • LIXIL Establishes Women Empowerment Plan Called WeDo Action

    30 Nov 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Image photo LIXIL Group, a Japanese leading company in the living and housing solutions industry, announced on August 4, 2014, that it had established a women empowerment plan, named WeDo Action, which promotes social diversity. "WeDo" is an acronym for "Women Empowerment in the Diversified Organization."
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    i heart japan - Japan travel tips and info about Japan

  • Low Yen Makes it a Great Time to Visit

    Travis
    5 Dec 2014 | 7:58 am
    Photo Credit: THEMACGIRL* I was just reading this morning about the drop in the yen and decided to check out how the Canadian dollar stacked up with the exchange rate. I was super surprised to see it a $1 to ¥106. I’ve never it seen it that low! What a great time to head to Japan. I’m not sure if this will last till our next trip, but I sure hope it will :) The Japan Times has more information and the mathy bits if you’re interested. Related Posts:Weaker Yen Drives TourismMy Dream Japan Vacation – Himeji CastleBook Review: A Geek in JapanLearning Japanese Tips –…
  • Fried Shrimp Gun

    Travis
    1 Dec 2014 | 6:32 am
    Fried shrimp anyone? Here’s a quick and easy way to make it. Please enjoy! :D Related Posts:My Re-ment Collection- Part 3Introduction to Japanese Food – GyozaCreate Japanese Style ArtworkLearning Japanese Tips – The Humble Index CardAutumn in Japan
  • Astro Boy Crossing Signal

    Travis
    12 Nov 2014 | 7:18 am
    Photo from Kotaku I’m just going to come out and say it…this is the greatest crossing signal ever. If you’re in Kanagawa Prefecture, outside Tokyo, you can check it out. Personally I would prefer if Astro flew out of the sky and carried me across the street when I push the button, but this is pretty cool, too :D Related Posts:Japan’s Coffee Making RobotThe Four Top Tokyo Day TripsMy Dream Japan Vacation – KinashiLife Inside a Capsule HotelKawaii Fabric
  • Osaka Gets New Glico Man Sign

    Travis
    4 Nov 2014 | 11:31 am
    Photo Credits: Muza-chan. Photographing Osaka’s Glico running man was a must do on my trip almost 5 years ago. Unfortunately, due to the Fukushima Power Plant issues, the singn was turned off before I had a chance to take a night time picture. Mission failed. The good news is that not only did the sign get turned back on, but they’ve also just released a new version, making this the sixth version of the famous running man born in 1935. I look forward to photographing him in all his new LED glory…I hope :) Related Posts:Fukushima Radiation Levels “Low”Japanese…
  • Book Review: A Guide to Reading and Writing Japanese

    Travis
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:33 am
    As anyone who has started studying Japanese will know, reading is really, really hard. With 3 different writing systems and thousands of tiny and complicated kanji to learn, it’s easy to view reading Japanese as too high of a mountain to climb. Today we’re going to quickly review a guide that will hopefully make that climb a little easier. Any proper Japanese learning library should include a kanji dictionary. The only problem is, most of these dictionary are large and confusing. While I’ve learned to use, and love my Kanji Learners dictionary, it did take me a while to…
 
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    Japan Pulse

  • J-blip: Doraemon hard boiled eggs soften your heart

    Pulse People
    10 Dec 2014 | 10:06 pm
    Doraemon, everybody’s favorite blue robot cat, could be coming to a salad near you in the not-too-distant future. Anyone can turn a hard boiled egg into the shape of the Japanese icon, and the good news it doesn’t require Doraemon’s magical gadgets, nor high tech. The simple four-step process is: 1. make a hard boiled egg 2. peel off the egg shells 3. put the egg in the Doraemon-shaped mold 4. leave it inside cold water for 10 minutes. Voila! There you have it. The special mold will be released, in Japan only, on Jan. 30, for ¥100 and will come in both Doraemon-shaped and Dorami-shaped…
  • #pulsepresents: gift idea grab bag

    Pulse People
    4 Dec 2014 | 12:24 am
    Stumped about what kind of Christmas gift to give the Japanophile in your life? Here’s a grab bag of possibilities, prepared by Japan Pulse’s elves. And you can follow us on Twitter for more #pulsepresents, tweeted daily. Commemorative Tokaido Shinkansen KitKats Trainspotters will love you forever if you can track down a package of these cool limited edition KitKats, sold in conjunction with the 40th anniversary of the Tokaido Shinkansen. The packaging, depicted a number of classics, can be folded into a mini train. The flavor is, inexplicably, frozen mikan. Jagarico Panic…
  • J-blip: cat montage

    Irene Wang
    2 Dec 2014 | 2:54 am
    If you’ve been keeping your eyes open, you might have caught a glimpse of the “cat montage” meme that has been spreading through Japan and beyond. The gist: A human draws a set of cartoon eyes for its furry friend and creates a funny collage. Credit for this simple yet viral idea goes to Twitter user Shirotamaaaa, who sparked the trend in early November. His original post has been retweeted more than 4,500 times. Spilling over into Instagram and YouTube, the meme is also gaining traction overseas. So bored! #NekoMontaaju pic.twitter.com/yXEpB1lVkY — Mick Oguz (@MrDevz)…
  • Astro Boy gets green light in robot-branded Sagami

    Tom Hanaway
    13 Nov 2014 | 7:38 pm
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oMyEReoTw6c Red = cool your jets; green = blast off!   Astro Boy is using his seven powers not to fight evil to but to direct traffic in Kangawa as a new traffic light was erected in the prefecture using Astro Boy’s image as the pedestrian walk signals. The traffic light was created to draw attention to the Sagami area, which is rebranding itself as the premier robot town and a “robot industrial zone.” Kanagawa Prefecture recently released a video highlighting the technological advances being made in Sagami. Sagami and Kanagawa Prefecture are also…
  • J-blip: Pink Pepsi appeals to Nippon

    Tom Hanaway
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:49 pm
      Not to be outdone by Burger King’s black cheeseburger or McDonald’s white chicken sandwich, Pepsi is pumping some color into your liquid diet with its new pink drink. Pepsi Pink Cola will feature a new bottle design and have a strawberry milk flavor that the company claims is the perfect drink for “party season.” Pink Cola follows a line of flavored sodas including Pepsi’s Ice Cucumber in 2007 and its Pepsi White in 2012. And who can forget Pepsi-flavored Cheetos. The drink will be released on Dec. 9 and cost ¥140.
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    AkihabaraNews - JAPAN & ASIA TECH • COOL AND CULTURAL NEWS

  • Casio - High-speed camera EX-100PRO for researchers and sports professionals

    Editor
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:03 am
    Casio developed the EX-100PRO digital camera to meet the needs of university/corporate researchers and sports professionals and will release it on January 13.Only 100 cameras will be available for sale to the public. If you want the camera, you can place an order at e-casio, Casio's online store, by January 18.
  • Universal Studio Japan launched "Cool Japan" attractions

    Editor
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:24 am
    USJ (Universal Studio Japan) is going to hold an event called "Universal Cool Japan" for a limited time only from January 23 to May 10.
  • Automated packaging machine for cardboard mailing envelopes

    DIGINFO TV
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:18 pm
    Innami Factory has developed a new type of automated packaging machine, the Ecomailpack IF-EMP450. This machine automatically packs products into cardboard envelopes for mailing, without needing shock-absorbing material."This machine can pack one item every eight seconds, so it can handle 450 items per hour. That number is very high, as a person packing items by hand can only manage about 100 items per hour. So, this machine has about four times the packaging capacity of a person."
  • Holiday Gift Guide 2014: AkihabaraNews' Top 15 Japanese Gadgets

    Editor
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:40 pm
    Unique Technology + Unique Culture ÷ AkihabaraNews = A List of Very Japanese Gifts & Gadgets
  • McDonald's Japan original red snow crab croquette burger

    Editor
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:10 pm
    McDonald's Japan started selling a new "red snow" crab croquette burger on December 17.It's a Japan-only menu item and will be available for a limited time only until early January. This is the first time for McDonald's Japan to release a burger that includes crab meat.The red snow crab croquette called Kani Korokke Burger has a creamy crab flavored croquette, lettuce, and tomato sauce sandwiched in Ciabatta buns (Italian white bread). 
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    Culture Japan - Your portal to Japan - Posts

  • Your Own Anime Shop

    danny
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:49 am
    Online shops are great but physical bricks n mortar shops are also great too as a place to not only take the product in hand (even though it may be just a box) but to also check out a curated selection of hobby items. Physical stores are also a great place to hang out and meet new comrades too and I personally value what physical stores had done for me especially during an era without Internet when I first discovered Japanese culture.I mentioned it in a presentation at Anime Expo a couple of years ago that I wanted to help folks set up their own anime stores but never got round to it until…
  • Comic Fiesta 2014 Merchandise

    danny
    16 Dec 2014 | 6:21 am
    Its that time of year again where fans of ACG culture gather at KLCC for Malaysia's largest and longest standing ACG event - Comic Fiesta. I've been attending now for the past 3 years and have noticed with each year that CF gets more and more visitors from around the world which is great as it gives me an opportunity to meet our fans from all over. If you have not got tickets yet then check out the ticketing page. I will either be on stage for a few talks or at my booth so lets catch up! This photo is of our booth taken last year - it was packed >< But I am concerned about this year…
  • Unmanned Stores In Japan

    danny
    13 Dec 2014 | 2:37 am
    While many unmanned stores in Japan are in rural areas that sell veggies, there are some located in urban areas like this one. An unmanned store is called Mujin Hanbaisho [無人販売所] and is basically a shop where you are trusted to take an item and leave money for the owner who is not around.This particular unmanned shop is in my neck of the woods - the Ebara/Meguro part of Tokyo. The tub on the left says "anything inside here is 10 yen" while the basket on the right says "Ageru" [あげる] which means "I give you (for free).A closer look at the table which has various bits n bobs…
  • AFA 2014 Day 3

    danny
    11 Dec 2014 | 6:10 am
    The AFA2014 coverage continues with Day 3. First photo of voice actress Mimori Suzuko - was really nice to catch up with her again ^o^ The first time I met her was back in 2010 when she appeared as a guest on Culture Japan Season 1. She later appeared in Season 2 where we both went looking around Osaka slashing innocent folks with a samurai sword... This post contains a video, click here to view. Anyway, previous AFA coverage listed up below. 2014/12/09 Update AFA 2014 Day 1 AFA 2014 Day 0 AFA 13 Culture Japan Booth AFA13 Day 1 AFAID 13 Culture Japan Booth AFA 12 Stage AFA 12 Exhibition Hall…
  • 2014/12/09 Update

    danny
    8 Dec 2014 | 4:35 pm
    Photo of Yoshimi and I on the main stage at AFA. I said I would post regular updates regardless of whether they are a huge wall of photos or small tidbits - so here is today's tidbit ^o^ AFA was absolutely incredible and huge! We sold out of Smart Dolls in 20 mins on day 1 and due to popular demand sold all the display models too at a discounted price too. I was on the main and mini stage a lot and ended up losing my voice again as usual - I think I need some proper voice training for this job because after the throat goes kaput, I tend to get sick and am currently trying to battle with some…
 
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    Kirainet.com - A geek in Japan

  • 2014 In Tokyo Through My Cameras

    kirai
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:29 am
    In this year that is coming to an end I’ve still been rocking with my passion for photography. In my instagram @kirainet you can follow the photos that I take with my iPhone 4 and that I publish almost daily. In this post I am compiling the photos that I have taken during the year with my Nikon D800 and my Fuji X100. I took some of them in Kanagawa, but almost all of them were captured strolling around the streets of my beloved Tokyo. I wish you all have a very happy Xmas and an awesome year 2015! Cads taking photos for Tokyo-Project For those of us that still use Flickr here are the…
  • New Rurouni Kenshin Movies

    kirai
    11 Oct 2014 | 10:16 pm
    Last 1st of August the movie Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno (Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Taika-hen) opened in movie theaters across Japan. It quickly became the highest grossing live-action Japanese movie release of the year. It was the second of the trilogy of Rurouni Kenshin live-action movies. The action is set in Kyoto during the 19th century where an ex-member of the Shinsengumi plans a covert operation. Battosai finds out about what is going to happen in Kyoto and once again has to fight them using his double bladed sword. Just one month later, on September 13th, Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend…
  • Tokyo Bay Aqua-Line – Crossing Tokyo Bay

    kirai
    26 Sep 2014 | 12:19 pm
    Since I looked up Tokyo bay for the first time in Google Maps in 2005, I have always been wondering what is that tower that comes out of the sea, more or less on the middle of the bay. If you zoom in this is what you get: Its name is 風の塔 “Tower of the Wind” and was built by Kajima Corporation. It seems like an antenna but it turns out that it is a ventilation system for the highway that crosses the bay under the sea. The name of the highway is Tokyo Bay Aqua-Line and it is actually a combination of a bridge and a tunnel. The Tower of the Wind can’t be visited, but the…
  • Top 10 tricks for cheap traveling in Japan

    kirai
    21 Sep 2014 | 8:07 pm
    This is a guest blog post written by Matt Baxer from Cheapo Japan, I follow his blog/site since a while ago. He is very good at finding ways to not only survive but also to move around Japan very cheaply. I asked him to compile his top 10 tricks for cheap travelling in Japan, here is the result! By Matt Baxer / Cheapo Japan Many say Japan is too expensive a country to travel in, but there are some great ways to keep costs down. Cheapo Japan is here to show you the best tricks for travelling in Japan cheaply. Here are my top 10 tips: 1 – Get a free guide There are a huge number of…
  • 167 People Playing The Matryomin

    kirai
    19 Sep 2014 | 12:03 am
    The matryomin is a musical instrument based on the theremin that is shaped as a matryoshka doll. It is interesting to see the video below with 167 Japanese women dressed in black moving their hands in the air in front of matryoshka doll, with stethoscopes and all of them crossing their legs… Let me say it’s a little bit scary!
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    Tokyo Times

  • Kimono looks amidst the clutter of modern Tokyo

    Lee
    16 Dec 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Despite the clutter, congestion and camera-wielding menaces of modern Tokyo, the kimono still never fails to stand out. An outfit that’s as timeless as it is traditional, and amidst the chaos of the capital, is somehow also strangely calming.
  • Tough times for Tokyo teddy bears?

    Lee
    15 Dec 2014 | 3:30 pm
  • Lost in time and place: A Buddhist pilgrim in Tokyo

    Lee
    11 Dec 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Tokyo is a city of almost constant contrasts, whether they be the old and new, rich and poor, or gentle and perhaps not so gentle. Juxtapositions that never fail to fascinate. And the sight of a Buddhist pilgrim walking through Ginza, the capital’s homage to high-end consumerism, was definitely no different.
  • Anger on the streets of Tokyo?

    Lee
    10 Dec 2014 | 3:30 pm
    The idea of most Japanese being passive and reluctant to get involved in any kind of public confrontation is a prevalent one. Generally speaking it’s fairly true too. But that’s not to say there isn’t a lot of feeling bubbling under the surface, because obviously there is. And it’s not all that unusual to see it boiling over either. Sometimes unprovoked; other times quite the opposite. Like the camera-induced expression seen below. Yet when it comes to the likes of the upcoming election this weekend, the question of nuclear power, or Japan’s increasingly worrying…
  • Tokyo rockabilly, record playing, bar owner

    Lee
    8 Dec 2014 | 3:30 pm
    The varied owners of Tokyo’s mind-boggling array of rough and ready bars are generally an interesting bunch. They are invariably very friendly. Often really quite old too. But rarely are they rockabillies. And presumably even rarer are rockabillies with a penchant for portable record players.
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    Skeptikai

  • Mass Shootings – Increased incidents, or just increased reporting?

    Ryo
    14 Dec 2014 | 6:31 am
    One of the most fascinating contentions out of Steven Pinker’s 2011 book “The Better Angels of Our Nature” is that we are actually in the most peaceful time in world history. It may be hard to swallow at first – … Continue reading →
  • Top 10 Stunning Misconceptions of the Effects of Smartphone Usage

    Ryo
    23 Nov 2014 | 6:37 am
    Phones nowadays are not simply the modes of communication anymore, they’re compact and sophisticated computers. The world has gone digital, and most children growing up today have no sense of what it is like to live without being connected. The … Continue reading →
  • Where to Get Free Post-secondary Education in English

    Ryo
    9 Nov 2014 | 5:20 am
    After doing some independent research for my last article on German, a country that I am growing to like as I learn more about it, I decided to find out what other countries offer higher education in English. Sure, America … Continue reading →
  • Be Smart, Move to Germany (not in that order)

    Ryo
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:03 am
    Is it just me, or is Germany possibly the greatest country in the world today…? Germany is considered the 5th best place to be young in the world (3rd in Europe), and with 64% of the population speaking English, it’s … Continue reading →
  • Wanna Change Someone’s Mind? Agree With Them

    Ryo
    10 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    Everyone has the experience of trying to convince someone of something. It could be for something as trivial as renting the movie you want, to something as important as deciding on whether or not to give your child a vaccine. … Continue reading →
 
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    The Japanofiles Podcast

  • Episode 66

    Japanofiles
    9 Dec 2014 | 4:48 pm
    Have you ever wished you could take a half year off from what you're doing and move to another country? Today's guest, Michael, did just that. Michael and his wife took a break from their work, moved to Japan, rented a house in Matsumoto, and spent six months doing various things in Japan. On today's Japanofiles Podcast, Michael talks about his half-year stay in Japan. Key Words: Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture, Japan; minka; traditional Japanese architecture; renewable energy; Matsumoto area and the things that Michael likes best; podcast about Japan; English-language interview 
  • Episode 65

    Japanofiles
    11 Nov 2014 | 5:02 pm
    Crime in Japan and the yakuza are the two main topics of discussion on today's Japanofiles Podcast. Journalist Paul Murphy returns to the podcast to talk about the research for his forthcoming book on crime in Japan. Key Words: crime in Japan; yakuza; Japan related podcasts; organized crime; Japanese criminals; chikan; podcasts about Japan; court cases in Matsumoto; Nagano Prefecture; Shinshu area; honesty in the courtroom.
  • Episode 64

    Japanofiles
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:40 pm
    For Episode 64 of The Japanofiles Podcast, Dave talks with Paul Murphy, a journalist from Ireland who was living in Matsumoto until this past September. Key Words: Matsumoto Sarin Incident; Aum Shinrikyo; Fukushima nuclear disaster; genpatsu rikon; Matsumoto; Nagano Prefecture; interview; podcast about Japan; Japan-related discussion
  • Episode 63

    Japanofiles
    24 Sep 2014 | 4:46 pm
    In today's Japanofiles Podcast, Nate Shelton, a student at Shinshu University in Matsumoto, talks about his experiences living and studying in Japan. Key Words: Shinshu University; international studies; Salt Lake Sister City; Matsumoto; Nagano Prefecture; podcast about Japan; interview; English language podcast
  • Episode 62

    Japanofiles
    4 Aug 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Nick Harling visits the Japanofiles from Washington, DC, via Skype. Nick shares many interesting experiences from his time in Japan, and he also explains how he has been able to remain connected to Japan since returning to the US. Nick is also the host of the popular Let's Talk Japan podcast. Key Words: Japan-related podcasts; interview; from Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture, Japan; Dave Carlson, podcast host; podcasting; Japan podcast
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    Asian Lifestyle Design

  • All-White Kitchens That Shine

    Guest
    13 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    This is a guest post by Jane Blanchard. What’s more bold than color? The absence of color! You might want to rethink that kitchen backsplash project or the staining of kitchen cabinets if you want to make a statement. Homeowners wanting an elegant, simple, shiny, and stunning demeanor in the scullery, are happily catching all-white kitchen fever… for good reason, too! Courtesy JMJGraphics This kitchen deserves a cat call or low whistle. We’re certainly voicing one. Cleanliness, purity, and order are what’s on the menu in this kitchen. Sleek and sexy will be dished up…
  • Matcha Rice Cake with Azuki Beans

    Jenny Nakao Hones
    9 Dec 2014 | 5:51 am
    Last week I posted matcha cookies, today is a rice cake.  Matcha is a very fine green tea powder that is used for Japanese tea ceremony. With a very distinctive fresh clean taste, today matcha is enjoyed in ice-cream, desserts, chocolate, lattes and many other delicacies.  My favorite is the matcha ice cream. The other day, my girlfriend, Fumiko, invited Mari and me for lunch and a fun afternoon of cooking with matcha.  This recipe is for Matcha Rice Cake with Azuki Beans. Azuki is a small red bean that is cooked with sugar and often used in traditional Japanese sweets.  If you see red…
  • Korean Art and Crafts Exhibit in Milan

    Guest
    5 Dec 2014 | 5:05 am
    I love to share art and culture from Asia.  This is a guest post by Amandine Dowle on Korean Crafts exhibited in Milan.  Aren’t they beautiful?  I’d love to have one of those meditation bowls in my home!  I wonder what they would sound like…. After the success of the exhibition devoted to Korean crafts in 2013, the Milan Triennale, a showcase of great international artists, is welcoming the second edition of this important event. Its value is even bigger, since 2014 coincides with the one hundred and thirty years of relationship between Italy and Korea. The exhibition…
  • Matcha Butter Cookies

    Jenny Nakao Hones
    2 Dec 2014 | 5:02 am
    Matcha is a powdered Japanese green tea made from very young leaves.  This gives it a very vivid green color and clean taste.  When combined with butter, matcha makes a savory buttery cookie with a hint of bitterness yet very flavorful. The Japanese have a wonderful recipe exchange website called Cookpad, that my Japanese girlfriend turned me on to.  I believe this is the largest source of Japanese recipes but obviously it’s in Japanese and they use the metric system.  Other than that, it’s great!  Okay, joking aside, there are some really good recipes that have been…
  • How One Tea Ceremony Taught Me So Much About Appreciation

    Jenny Nakao Hones
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Seattle’s Sister City in Japan is Kobe, the capital of Hyogo Prefecture.  To deepen the relationship between the two cities, they often have cultural exchanges.  This fall, the Hyogo Japanese Tea Ceremony group visited Seattle to increase cultural awareness.  It consisted of a group of young women who are learning tea ceremony accompanied by their adult mentors.  These events are also a wonderful chance for those of us living in the U.S. to learn many things about Japanese culture and how it’s changing. As a student, when I attend chado, tea ceremony, lessons they are often…
 
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    GaijinPot

  • What’s the deal with Japan and “Christmas Chicken?”

    Grace Buchele Mineta
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:00 pm
    I’m not sure what I was expecting my first Christmas in Tokyo, but having my husband hunt down the perfect “Christmas Chicken” and standing in line for three hours at KFC for said bucket of “Christmas Chicken” was not top on my list. If you think about it, Japan is really good at taking foreign things and giving them a little twist. On Valentine’s Day, women give men chocolate. On Halloween, youth gather in Shibuya and walk around in costume. On Christmas, you eat chicken. Why? There was a particularly successful campaign back in 1974 that cemented…
  • Pregnant in Japan: City Survival Guide

    Lisa Hong
    16 Dec 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Although you may want to jump up and shout for joy to celebrate your pregnancy, you may be crippled by nausea and fatigue – that dreaded morning sickness (or Tsuwari)! My first trimester was undoubtedly the toughest for me – walking but constantly feeling like I could faint, carrying a plastic bag with me in case I needed to vomit, not having much of an appetite, having very low energy. Everyone hears morning sickness stories, but you don’t know how dreadful it is until you go through it yourself. However, I found some great things in Tokyo to help me through. 1. Pocari…
  • Japan Year-End Tax Adjustments

    Eric La Cara
    15 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Foreigners living and working in Japan who are accustomed to filing their income taxes might be surprised to learn that not every other country makes you do so. If you’re an employee working and living in Japan, you might be considered a resident, or “inhabitant,” for tax purposes, which means you may qualify for a streamlined procedure that takes you off the tax-filing hook. You might then wonder: why is filing taxes so cumbersome in some countries? Japan Income Tax for Wage Earners The painless version of the Japan personal income tax system is called the NENMATSU CHOSEI, which…
  • Top Jobs in Japan for Week 51 – 2014

    GaijinPot Blog
    15 Dec 2014 | 6:23 pm
    Check back every Tuesday as we look through the database of jobs in Japan that have been posted to GaijinPot and pick out the ones that we think are the most interesting. Apply directly to these companies by creating a profile on GaijinPot. Multilingual Receptionist ¥1,400 ~ ¥1,600 / Hour Chuo-ku, Tokyo Japanese: Business level Visa sponsorship available Working at the information office in a well-established shopping center in historic Nihombashi. This position requires individuals with a high attention to detail, and a strong dedication to customer service along with a positive and…
  • Sponsored Video: Holiday Saved by Airbnb

    Grace Buchele Mineta
    15 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    The decision to use Airbnb for the first time in Japan was easy, at least for me. My husband and I decided last minute that we just had to see the Nebuta Matsuri in Aomori. Of course right after we purchased the non-refundable flights, we realized that every hotel that cost under 40,000yen in a 30 km radius of the festival was completely booked. I suggested Airbnb. As an avid traveler, I have been using the service for years (along with the free, but slightly more sketchy Couchsurfing). I showed him the website and he shot it down immediately because, in his words, “staying with someone…
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  • Voter turnout was terrible, but Abe still claims mandate with LDP-Komeito victory

    Stephen Stapczynski
    14 Dec 2014 | 9:34 am
    Voter turnout was worse than ever. Never trust early voter turnout. Yesterday I made the haphazard forecast that voter turnout wouldn’t be as bad as everyone was predicting. I was wrong. Voter turnout was the lowest in post-war history. It was so horrendous that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe even addressed it on TV, thanking the voters who made it to the polls. Despite the low turnout, Abe’s coalition is set to win a commanding number of seats. And Abe is already using the positive election results as validation for his policies. “I believe the results show that we have…
  • Lower House Election Musings: Voter Turnout Might Be Higher Than Expected

    Stephen Stapczynski
    13 Dec 2014 | 1:42 pm
    High voter turnout could give Abe the mandate he needs. So what should he focus on in 2015? (Source: Japan Times) Outside of making a sophomoric analysis a few weeks ago, I have avoided writing about the upcoming Lower House election. I am still a political analysis amateur and, as the illustrious Michael Cusek pointed out on his blog, there is a wealth of Japan watchers (including Cusek himself) who have done a great job providing insight on the election and the strategies of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The general consensus appears to be that — without a coherent opposition party…
  • Burgernomics and a coherent argument about the yen hitting 120

    Stephen Stapczynski
    8 Dec 2014 | 10:43 pm
    No Caption Necessary. For the first time since July 2007, the yen climbed above 120 per US dollar. To commemorate this occasion, the Asahi Shimbun published a chart showing what has changed since the yen was last at the 120 mark. I quickly translated and added average monthly cash earnings (which gives the chart a point of reference and makes it a lot less useless). (Source: Asahi Shimbun) As a red blooded American, the inclusion of the Big Mac quickly caught my eye. After a cursory Google search, I learned that The Economist was the first to develop the Big Mac Index, which is an informal…
  • Japan’s GDP isn’t easy to predict

    Stephen Stapczynski
    7 Dec 2014 | 10:14 pm
    When It Rains, It Pours. (Source: The Telegraph) Japan’s economy was slightly more in recession than we thought, as official data shows GDP falling by an annualized 1.9% in the third quarter, down from the initial 1.6%. This isn’t the type of news Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wanted to hear less than a week before the Lower House elections. The revision comes as a bit of a surprise, as most economists expected GDP figures to be revised up. Both Barclays and J.P. Morgan expected the government to revise GDP to 0.0% growth for July to September. That type of upward revision would have…
  • There is a TPP argument somewhere in this butter shortage

    Stephen Stapczynski
    30 Nov 2014 | 9:30 am
    Butter shortage has hit grocery stores, leaving just margarine. Japan is facing a butter shortage that could rock the Christmas Cake industry at its very core. The government has even requested that the four biggest producers of butter increase their production capacity to their highest levels. An ever-decreasing number of Japanese dairy farmers and cows have tightened the milk market, and butter is the first victim. Government agencies and existing tariffs have made it nearly impossible for confectionary companies and super markets to import butter from abroad without paying an enormous…
 
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