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  • 墨田区住民が激怒! 隅田川花火大会で異臭、不法侵入...マナーが悪すぎる観客たち

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    TOCANA
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    7月26日に、第37回隅田川花火大会が開催された。昨年は、突然の豪雨により大会史上初の途中中止というアクシデントが発生。恒例となったテレビ東京の花火中継では、ありあまる尺を埋めるため前年度のダイジェス...
  • 脳波で操縦するヘリコプター「Puzzlebox Orbit」販売開始

    JNEWS.com
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:48 pm
    アメリカのPuzzlebox(パズルボックス)社が開発した脳波で操作するヘリコプター「Puzzlebox Orbit」の日本正規販売店であるGlobal Trade(所在地:京都府相楽郡、代表:森 誠治)は、2014年7月20日(日)より、「Puzzlebox Orbit」をオンライン直売、卸売にて販売開始いたしました。「Puzzlebox Orbit」は、ただのオモチャではなく、楽しみながら集中力を高める練習ができる知育玩具であり未来型ラジコンです。
  • Anime Expo 2014

    Culture Japan - Your portal to Japan - Posts
    danny
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Anime Expo 2014 took place a few weeks ago in Los Angeles at LACC which was attended by over 80,000 anime/Japan fans from all over the world. For the past few years I've been helping out as staff and while I don't get to spend much time in the exhibition hall or watch panels, I do get to spend time with the most awesome volunteers who bring you AX - and the guests that they bring in. If you have not volunteered to help out as staff at AX before - maybe contact AX to see if you can help out next year instead - the experience is priceless. I actually know one particular guy who volunteered as…
  • Tenaris Announces 2014 Second Quarter Results

    Japan News latest RSS headlines - Japan Herald.com
    30 Jul 2014 | 2:00 pm
    LUXEMBOURG--(Marketwired - Jul 30, 2014) - Tenaris S.A. (NYSE: TS) (BAE: TS) (BMV: TS) (MILAN: TEN) ("Tenaris") today announced its results for the quarter ended June 30, 2014 in comparison with its ...
  • Suprema Launches Fingerprint Scanner SDK for Android

    JCN Newswire
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:04 am
    Suprema Launches Fingerprint Scanner SDK for Android
 
 
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  • Osaka police underreported 81,000 criminal cases in 2008-2012

    31 Jul 2014 | 2:48 am
    Osaka police said Wednesday they failed to report roughly 81,000 criminal cases to the National Police Agency between 2008 and 2012, or nearly 10 percent of the total reported by the prefectural police force during the five-year period. (Kyodo)
  • HondaJet prepares for take off with aviation venture

    31 Jul 2014 | 12:13 am
    It was just over half a century ago that Honda Motor Co.'s founder, Soichiro Honda, made public his aspiration to eventually enter the aviation business. That dream is about to take off. (Japan Times)
  • Hato Bus to beef up popular Tokyo ghost story tours

    31 Jul 2014 | 12:11 am
    Tokyo sightseeing bus operator Hato Bus Co. said Wednesday it will offer more of its popular bus and boat tours to famous "haunted" places with a professional storyteller. (Japan Times)
  • Abandoned tombstones piling up across Japan in shadow of rapidly aging population

    31 Jul 2014 | 12:05 am
    Some 30 minutes by car from JR Takamatsu Station in Kagawa Prefecture, a lonely site on the side of a mountain is where abandoned tombstones go to their final resting place. (Asahi)
  • Blood type 'plays no role' in personality

    31 Jul 2014 | 12:01 am
    A belief widely held in Japan that blood type is linked to personality has no scientific basis, according to a recent statistical analysis conduced by a Kyushu University lecturer. Kengo Nawata, who specializes in social psychology, analyzed survey results encompassing more than 10,000 people from Japan and the United States to draw the conclusion. (The Japan News)
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    Osaka News

  • Tenaris Announces 2014 Second Quarter Results

    30 Jul 2014 | 2:00 pm
    LUXEMBOURG--(Marketwired - Jul 30, 2014) - Tenaris S.A. (NYSE: TS) (BAE: TS) (BMV: TS) (MILAN: TEN) ("Tenaris") today announced its results for the quarter ended June 30, 2014 in comparison with its ...
  • Japan evicts over 100 students for breaching no-drinking rules

    30 Jul 2014 | 9:47 am
    Tokyo (AFP) - A Japanese university has taken the step of evicting all 105 residents of a school dormitory for breaching its no-drinking rule, according to media reports. Peeved officials at Tohoku ...
  • Japanese search US archives for WWII MIA info

    30 Jul 2014 | 9:44 am
    SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) -- Racing against time, members of a Japanese organization are combing a New York military museum's World War II records for information they hope will lead to the ...
  • Japan Industrial Production Tumbles 3.3 In June

    30 Jul 2014 | 9:44 am
    Industrial output in Japan was down 3.3 percent on month in June, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry said on Wednesday.That was well shy of forecasts for a decline of 1.2 percent following ...
  • Japanese university evicts students for drinking

    30 Jul 2014 | 9:44 am
    A Japanese university has evicted all 105 residents from a dormitory due to breaches of a no-drinking rule. Upset officials at Tohoku University had banned drinking in the dorm earlier this year. ...
 
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    An Eternal Thought in the Mind of Godzilla

  • 30 Jul 2014 | 4:09 pm

    Patrick Macias
    30 Jul 2014 | 4:09 pm
  • 25 Jul 2014 | 12:43 pm

    Patrick Macias
    25 Jul 2014 | 12:43 pm
    At the bottom of the shadows cast hard by Nishi Shinjuku skyscrapers. Crawling somewhere in the direction of Donki to meet someone. Assorted superheroes pose on the walk ways or try to look busy in the cockpits of carrier vehicles flying overhead. Lost tourists and locals milling about in buzzed trance step. Empty office of the government of darkness where windowed light collects only in corners where it cowers in the presence of office chair. We never know what to do during the aches and pains of afternoon. Let the environment do the slow fade for you.
  • Chirashi art for Chimidoro Horror Night event at Shin Bungeiza

    Patrick Macias
    25 Jul 2014 | 12:02 pm
  • 23 Jul 2014 | 12:33 pm

    Patrick Macias
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:33 pm
    Sad chain izakaya moments in smoke like this. No one likely to take pictures of their food here. Can’t do better than the images on the oversized black cracked electronic tablet that doubles as the menu. Saves money, saves training, saves energy. Everyone slightly disappointed in here: with what job they wound up with, where they had to wind up eating because other places were too crowded, small greasy ceramic plates stacking up. Something has got to give. Y folds her wet hand towel into the shape of an erect penis that starts to droop the second we leave the table. S slaps a birthday…
  • AniLOVE!! event in Tokyo / アニLOVEっ!!@池袋mismatch 6.13.14

    Patrick Macias
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:14 pm
    Ok, so I spent last month running around being a maniac in Tokyo. Since time is valuable (it’s all we have, really...) I will spare you the dull details, like the flight, the hotel, the rain, the heat and just get to the good stuff. Expect more such reports in the days ahead as I sift through the wreckage of 30+ days and nights in the land of the rising FUN. And first up on the hit list is… AniLOVE!! AniLOVE!! is all-night club event held monthly in Tokyo. Nope, I had never gone to an AniLOVE!! session, let alone been to the club where the event was held: a funky dark space called…
 
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  • Anime Expo 2014

    danny
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Anime Expo 2014 took place a few weeks ago in Los Angeles at LACC which was attended by over 80,000 anime/Japan fans from all over the world. For the past few years I've been helping out as staff and while I don't get to spend much time in the exhibition hall or watch panels, I do get to spend time with the most awesome volunteers who bring you AX - and the guests that they bring in. If you have not volunteered to help out as staff at AX before - maybe contact AX to see if you can help out next year instead - the experience is priceless. I actually know one particular guy who volunteered as…
  • Mirai Retronium

    danny
    26 Jul 2014 | 9:59 pm
    The initial sales of Smart Doll in June earned us more revenue in just a couple of days which would have previously taken us half a year to generate. Now we can hire more hands on deck, move to bigger offices (finally) and start something which I've always wanted to do - make games. Mirai Retronium (ミライレトロニアム) is our new game making studio which will focus on making multi-platform games with a distinct retro look and feel. I've been playing retro games since the Commodore 64 era where we had to wait 5 mins for a cassette tape to load! We are using Unity to develop our games…
  • Tsukishima Monja

    danny
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:52 pm
    If you are travelling in Tokyo then you will want to try some of the local traditional grub. There is small man made island inside Tokyo Bay called Tsukishima [月島[つきしま]] filled with restaurants which serve a dish called Monjayaki [もんじゃ焼き] (sometimes just called "Monja"). If you are going by public transport then just get off at Tsukishima station on the Tokyo Metro Yurakucho Line or Toei Oedo Line. Once you get off then just follow your nose!View location with Google MapsWe head there by car and Mirai joins us.Mirai is not only part of the business but also part of the…
  • Tokyo Pets

    danny
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:20 am
    Do you keep pets? If so would that be a cat or dog? Maybe some beetles? or how about a pig? Spotted this fellow in our local shopping arcade the other day walking his very sweet pig.This post contains a poll, click here to view.This post contains a poll, click here to view.For those who answered "Dog" - how much did you pay for it? I saw this little "Teacup Poodle" at Lalaport yesterday - was really cute and wondered about the price...Teacup Poodles are said to called that due to their size - even when fully grown they end up being small and apparently they don't live for that long either -…
  • Robot Pulley Systems

    danny
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:02 am
    For the past few months we have been working on a different approach to building Smart Doll Automatic Version - using a system of pulleys which are controlled by servo motors - rather than having servos placed in all the limbs. The main problem we faced with the servos in the limbs was the lack of torque needed to be able to move the limbs especially when they are clothed. Then where was things like overheating issues too. I told myself that there just had to be a better way to do this - most probably with pulleys. It turns out that somebody had done something similar back in 1988! This photo…
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    japan running news

  • Elite Trail Runner Tsuyoshi Soma Disappears While Climbing The Matterhorn (updated)

    Brett Larner
    30 Jul 2014 | 8:26 pm
    http://fuji-trailhead.com/archives/1779 http://fuji-trailhead.com/archives/1784 http://fuji-trailhead.com/archives/1788 translated by Brett Larner July 15 From July 16 to July 25 I'll be in Switerland.  I'm running the Eiger Ultra Trail race, 101 km with 6700 m total elevation change.  After the race I want to climb the Matterhorn, but from looking at live cameras I get the feeling for some
  • World Juniors Silver Medalist Kitagawa Leads First Day of National High School Track and Field Championships

    Brett Larner
    30 Jul 2014 | 8:10 pm
    by Brett Larner With temperatures clipping 35 degrees the 2014 National Track and Field Championships kicked off July 30 in Kofu, Yamanashi, home ground of 2013 National High School Boys' Ekiden champion Yamanashi Gakuin Prep H.S.  The biggest news on the first of the meet's five days of competition came in the boys' 400 m.  48 hours after helping the Japanese team win silver in the 4x400 m
  • Four-Channel Live Streaming of Japanese National High School Track and Field Championships

    Brett Larner
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:49 pm
    Hot on the heels of a strong team showing at last weekend's World Junior Championships, the 2014 Japanese National High School Track and Field Championships are being streamed live on four separate discipline-specific channels from July 30 to Aug. 3. Watch below. Click here for a complete event schedule. Track Jumps Throws Combined Events
  • Izumo Ekiden Announces Teams for 26th Running on Oct. 13

    Brett Larner
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:15 pm
     http://www.izumo-ekiden.jp/entry/index.html The first of the Big Three University Ekidens that make up the core of the year for Japanese collegiate distance men, the six-stage, 45.1 km Izumo Ekiden takes place Oct. 13.  On July 30 organizers released the full of 21 teams that will compete at this year's 26th running, led by defending champion and course record holder Komazawa University and
  • Hakone Ekiden Course Change Means the End for Current Course Records

    Brett Larner
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    http://www.sponichi.co.jp/sports/news/2014/07/29/kiji/K20140729008649490.html http://www.hochi.co.jp/sports/etc/20140728-OHT1T50194.html translated and edited by Brett Larner The Inter-University Athletic Union of Kanto (KGRR) announced on July 28 that changes to the Hakone Ekiden's 23.4 km Fifth Stage and 20.8 km Sixth Stage mean that the existing records for those two stages along with the
 
 
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  • IaaSプラットフォーム「Apache CloudStack 4.4.0」リリース

    松島浩道
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
     Apache CloudStackプロジェクトは7月26日、クラウドインフラストラクチャソフトウェア「Apache CloudStack」の最新版「Apache CloudStack 4.4.0」をリリースした。バージョン4.3で追加されたHyper-Vサポートの強化やルートディスクのリサイズ対応などが特徴となる。 エンタープライズ ニュース オープンソース デベロッパー グリッド/クラウド 末岡洋子 関連記事「Apache CloudStack 4.3」がリリース、Hyper-Vをサポート UIプラグイン機構を導入した「Apache CloudStack…
  • EmacsのマルチメディアプレイヤーEmmsが7年ぶりに最新版をリリース

    末岡洋子
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:19 pm
     Emacsでマルチメディアコンテンツの再生を可能にする「Emms」開発チームは7月27日、最新安定版「Emms 4.0」をリリースした。7年ぶりのメジャーバージョンとなり、新機能やバグ修正が加わっている。 ニュース オープンソース マルチメディア 末岡洋子 関連記事米GitHub、テキストエディタ「Atom」をオープンソース化 バージョン24系初となる正式版「Emacs 24.1」リリース、パッケージ管理システムの導入などが行われる…
  • Mozillaが暫定CEOのChris Beard氏を正式CEOに任命

    末岡洋子
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
     Mozilla会長のMitchel Baker氏は7月28日、現在Mozillaの暫定CEOを務めているChris Beard氏が正式にCEOとなることを発表した。2013年にGary Kovacs氏がCEOを退任以来、正式なCEOが不在という状態が続いてきたが、それに終止符を打つことになりそうだ。 ニュース オープンソース デベロッパー Mozilla 末岡洋子 関連記事「Firefox 31」登場、安定性やセキュリティの強化が中心のリリースに MozillaがJPEGエンコーダー最新版「mozjpeg…
  • Dockerサポートの分散システム用サーバーOS「CoreOS」が初の安定版リリース

    末岡洋子
    27 Jul 2014 | 11:05 pm
     CoreOS開発チームは7月25日、「CoreOS 367.1.0」のリリースを発表した。仮想マシン上での実行に適した軽量Linux OSで、運用環境で利用できる初の安定版という。 ニュース オープンソース デベロッパー グリッド/クラウド 仮想化 Linux 末岡洋子 関連記事米Google、「Docker」向けのLinuxディストリビューション「CoreOS」を提供へ Dockerコンテナ管理ツール「Kubernetes」開発にMicrosoftらが参加へ Linuxコンテナ技術のDockerがついに正式版に、「Docker 1.0」リリース
  • 米OracleがRHEL 7クローン「Oracle Linux 7」をリリース

    末岡洋子
    25 Jul 2014 | 12:38 am
     米Oracleは7月23日(米国時間)、「Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7(RHEL 7)」と互換性のあるLinuxディストリビューション「Oracle Linux 7」をリリースした。本家の米Red HatがRHEL 7をリリースしてから1か月半でのリリースとなる。 エンタープライズ ニュース オープンソース デベロッパー Linux Oracle 末岡洋子 関連記事「CentOS 7.0」リリース、Red Hat支援プロジェクトとして初のリリース RHEL 7がついにリリース、XFSがデフォルトのファイルシステムに…
 
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  • Logistics Support Specialist / ロジスティックス・サポートスペシャリスト

    30 Jul 2014 | 4:50 pm
    ウイツエンマンジャパンではロジスティックス・サポートスペシャリストを募集しております! ロジスティックス/サプライチェーンでの調整経験のある方で英語力を活かせるポジションで活躍されたい方には最適なお仕事です! ドイツを本社におく、インターナショナルな企業です。海外経験や外資系企業での就業経験がある方は歓迎します!
  • "NEW" ゲームローカライズコーディネーター/ Game Localize Coordinator

    30 Jul 2014 | 4:50 pm
    実績を積みコーディネイターになるとゼロから企画を立案し、ローカライズタイトルの商品化、自社開発タイトル商品化などクリエイティブな仕事ができるのが魅力です。将来的には、ディレクター、プロデューサーへの道も開けます。海外を相手に語学力・コミュニケーション能力・企画力を最大限に発揮できるポジションです。 ▽家庭用ゲーム/スマートフォンアプリのローカライズ開発のアシスタント業務 - ゲームテキスト翻訳 - 資料作成…
  • 【要英語力】プロデューサー/ Producer

    30 Jul 2014 | 4:50 pm
    FICCは、クライアントへのビジネス貢献にフォーカスしたデジタルマーケティングエージェンシーです。キリン、シック、ユニリーバなどの大手メーカーをクライアントに迎え、戦略的なデジタルマーケティング施策から高品質なクリエイティブの制作・運営までをワンストップで行っています。…
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    30 Jul 2014 | 4:50 pm
  • Project Manager/ プロジェクトマネジャー

    30 Jul 2014 | 4:50 pm
    プロデューサーの指示の下、プロジェクトを円滑に推進するために、社内のタスク/スケジュール管理、パートナーのタスク/スケジュール管理等、またその周辺業務を行っていただきます。
 
 
 
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    [en01]Japan for Sustainability(ニュース記事)

  • Japan's Environment Ministry Assesses Economic Value of Wetland Ecosystem Services

    28 Jul 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Imaeg by Travel-Picture Some Rights Reserved. Japan's Ministry of the Environment (MOE) released on May 23, 2014, an assessment of the economic value that the country's marshes and tidal flats represented in fiscal 2013.
  • Japan's Environment Ministry Releases Survey Results on Household Carbon Emissions

    26 Jul 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Image by iyoupapa Some Rights Reserved. The Japanese Ministry of the Environment released on March 31, 2014, the results of a survey estimating carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from Japanese households. In 2012, household CO2 emissions in Japan had shown a 60% increase compared with the 1990 level. Recognizing the need for immediate and effective measures to reduce emissions, the Ministry conducted the survey to assess the actual situation. The survey was conducted from October 2012 to September 2013, covering approximately 5,400 households living in homes exclusively for residential purposes…
  • Japanese Government and World Bank Launch Project to Share Lessons from Great East Japan Earthquake

    23 Jul 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Copyright The World Bank All Rights Reserved. The Japanese government and the World Bank launched a joint project called "Learning from Mega Disasters" in October 2011, driven by a goal to learn from the experience of the Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11, 2011. The project involves compiling a variety of knowledge on disaster risk reduction and post-disaster reconstruction in order to share it as international public assets.
  • Tokyo Announces CO2 Emissions, Confirms Continued Implementation of Energy-Saving Measures

    22 Jul 2014 | 2:00 pm
    The Tokyo Metropolitan Government (TMG) compiled preliminary reports on reductions in greenhouse gas emissions in fiscal 2012 submitted by over 30,000 small and medium-sized companies and on March 6, 2014, announced its findings. The small and medium-sized companies decreased CO2 emissions by 11 percent compared to fiscal 2010 levels.
  • Energy-Saving Effort with Peak-Shift Vending Machine Wins 2013 Energy Conservation Award

    20 Jul 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Image by Junnosuke Fukui Some Rights Reserved. The Energy Conservation Center, Japan, announced on January 22, 2014, the winners of the 2013 Energy Conservation Awards. The Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Prize was awarded to a peak-shift vending machine developed by Coca-Cola Japan Co. The Director-General Natural Resources and Energy Prize was awarded to an energy-saving air-conditioner called the Five Star Zeas Series, which was developed by Daikin Industries for office use. Both companies are corporate members of Japan for Sustainability.
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    i heart japan - Japan travel tips and info about Japan

  • Learn English with Darth Vader

    Travis
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:46 am
    Here’s an interesting English/Japanese learning dictionary – The Star Wars Personal English/Japanese Dictionary. Now you can learn such helpful English phrases as “What is thy bidding, my master?” and “These are not the droids you are looking for”. Stay crazy Japan! :D Related Posts:Japanese Idiom: To Crack a StarJapanese Phrase Book ReviewBest Japanese Learning Tools – Part 1: BooksBest Japanese Learning Tools – Part 2: WebsitesThe Best Resources for Learning to Speak Japanese
  • School Girl Ninjas

    Travis
    18 Jul 2014 | 8:15 am
    Fun schoolgirl ninja/parkour that I came across. Of course it’s a hidden viral video attempt for a soft drink company, but it’s fun to see the mix of acrobatics and wire work. Related Posts:Qualifications for Teaching English in JapanJapanese Fashion: Forest GirlTeaching English In Japan – What Every Newbie Should KnowBizarre Japan – Underwear that Helps you Lose WeightHigh Tech Japanese Vending Machines
  • The Four Top Tokyo Day Trips

    Travis
    9 Jul 2014 | 1:42 pm
    Photo Credit: Hendrik Schicke Just came across this article on the Forbes website on the top four day trips from Tokyo. It has a nice mix of suggestions for foodies, outdoor types, and history fans. When you visit Tokyo, give yourself time for a day trip to explore the other facets of Japan—after all, the island is made up of 47 prefectures, each with its own slew of offerings. Check it our here. Related Posts:Your Own Personal Japanese GuideDancing from all 47 PrefecturesTokyo Art Events in June 2012Top 5 Hiking Trails in JapanTop Ryokan in Tokyo
  • Powder and wonder on Japan’s Northern Island: A trip to Hokkaido

    Krystal
    25 Jun 2014 | 9:30 am
    Photo Credit: Beckywithasmile It has been almost ten years since I first saw videos of snowboarders floating through on a foot of powder through perfectly spaced trees in Japan. At first I was mesmerized, and quickly began to question where in Japan this was. The 1972 Winter Olympics in Sapporo first blew the lid on the amazing skiing conditions and culture on Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido. Slowly over the next 40 years, and especially in the last 10, the mountains surrounding Sapporo have moved increasingly higher on any major skier or snowboarders list of must visit locals. Yet…
  • Time to Get Fit

    Travis
    16 Jun 2014 | 9:41 am
    It’s time for me work on my core. I never realized how many times I would need it! Related Posts:Japanese Idiom: Turn Your Body into PowderWe’re Back in our HouseLearning Japanese with iKnowSkiing in Japan; Niseko and RusutsuMy Re-ment Collection- Part 3
 
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    East Asia Student

  • 李白 早發白帝城 translation: Setting Off Early from Baidi City, by Li Bai (下江陵)

    Hugh Grigg (葛修远)
    11 Jul 2014 | 8:24 pm
    This is a very rough translation and annotation of the poem 早發白帝城 (Zǎo Fā Báidì Chéng), ‘Setting Off Early from Baidi City’, by the Tang Dynasty Chinese poet 李白 (Lǐ Bái).If you have any suggestions, please share them in the comments at the end of the page. Note that the goal here is to make the original text more accessible, not to provide a conversion into English.  Zǎo Fā Báidì Chéng [early] [set off] [White] [Emperor] [city] Setting Off Early from Baidi City  Cháo cí Báidì cǎiyún jiān, [morning] [take leave] [White] [Emperor] [colour]…
  • 李白 勞勞亭 translation: Pavilion of Misery, by Li Bai

    Hugh Grigg (葛修远)
    12 May 2014 | 5:45 pm
    This is a very rough translation and annotation of the poem 勞勞亭 (Láoláo Tíng), ‘Pavilion of Misery’, by the Tang Dynasty Chinese poet 李白 (Lǐ Bái).If you have any suggestions, please share them in the comments at the end of the page. Note that the goal here is to make the original text more accessible, not to provide a conversion into English.  Láoláo Tíng [sad] [sad] [pavilion] Pavilion of Misery  Tiānxià shāngxīn chù, [heaven] [under] [hurt] [heart] [place] The world’s place of heart-breaking; láo láo sòng kè tíng. [sad] [sad] [see off]…
  • China to abolish Chinese characters, replace with pinyin

    Hugh Grigg (葛修远)
    31 Mar 2014 | 5:23 pm
    Just seen this article on BBC News:http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-42674542.htmlBad times. I guess I should’ve seen it coming, really. The CCP are planning to abolish all use of Chinese characters in the PRC, and replace them with pinyin.Chinese characters, or hanzi, are arguably the most famous emblem of Chinese culture.During their 5000 year history, they have developed into one of the most recognisable written scripts in the world.The Chinese government, however, has decided that the ancient writing system is out-dated and needs replacing with a more modern, efficient…
  • 《时间都去哪儿了》 lyrics translation: Where Has the Time Gone?

    Hugh Grigg (葛修远)
    14 Mar 2014 | 7:30 pm
    The song 《时间都去哪儿了》 has been popular recently in China, especially since it was performed by 王铮亮 (Wáng Zhēngliàng) on 春晚. It came up on the radio again just now so I thought I’d have a go at annotating the lyrics in English.The lyrics were written by 陈曦 (Chén Xī) and the tune by 董冬冬 (Dǒng Dōngdōng – I know, right?).As always, this is an annotation not a translation – the English here isn’t supposed to work as lyrics.One thing I wasn’t too sure of was whether to translate certain lines into first or second person in…
  • A “Chinese” puzzle sent to me by a reader: 冊月水三 了口臼尺 山月了 七口…

    Hugh Grigg (葛修远)
    10 Jan 2014 | 8:56 pm
    A reader sent me this “Chinese” text and asked if I could translate it, apparently having found this ancient post about free Chinese translation.It was pretty clear from the start this wasn’t standard Chinese! I did wonder for a moment if it was some sort of bizarre Classical Chinese poem, before I remembered all of that Chinese alphabet nonsense I’d written about before.Then it was just a job of writing out the substitutions:月 a 官 b 匹 c 力 d 三 e 下 f 巨 g 升 h 工 i 水 k 心 l 冊 m 內 n 口 o 戶 p 尺 r 弓 s 七 t 臼 u 人 v 山 w 了 yI’m lazy…
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    Culture Japan - Your portal to Japan - Posts

  • Anime Expo 2014

    danny
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Anime Expo 2014 took place a few weeks ago in Los Angeles at LACC which was attended by over 80,000 anime/Japan fans from all over the world. For the past few years I've been helping out as staff and while I don't get to spend much time in the exhibition hall or watch panels, I do get to spend time with the most awesome volunteers who bring you AX - and the guests that they bring in. If you have not volunteered to help out as staff at AX before - maybe contact AX to see if you can help out next year instead - the experience is priceless. I actually know one particular guy who volunteered as…
  • Mirai Retronium

    danny
    26 Jul 2014 | 9:59 pm
    The initial sales of Smart Doll in June earned us more revenue in just a couple of days which would have previously taken us half a year to generate. Now we can hire more hands on deck, move to bigger offices (finally) and start something which I've always wanted to do - make games. Mirai Retronium (ミライレトロニアム) is our new game making studio which will focus on making multi-platform games with a distinct retro look and feel. I've been playing retro games since the Commodore 64 era where we had to wait 5 mins for a cassette tape to load! We are using Unity to develop our games…
  • Tsukishima Monja

    danny
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:52 pm
    If you are travelling in Tokyo then you will want to try some of the local traditional grub. There is small man made island inside Tokyo Bay called Tsukishima [月島[つきしま]] filled with restaurants which serve a dish called Monjayaki [もんじゃ焼き] (sometimes just called "Monja"). If you are going by public transport then just get off at Tsukishima station on the Tokyo Metro Yurakucho Line or Toei Oedo Line. Once you get off then just follow your nose!View location with Google MapsWe head there by car and Mirai joins us.Mirai is not only part of the business but also part of the…
  • Tokyo Pets

    danny
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:20 am
    Do you keep pets? If so would that be a cat or dog? Maybe some beetles? or how about a pig? Spotted this fellow in our local shopping arcade the other day walking his very sweet pig.This post contains a poll, click here to view.This post contains a poll, click here to view.For those who answered "Dog" - how much did you pay for it? I saw this little "Teacup Poodle" at Lalaport yesterday - was really cute and wondered about the price...Teacup Poodles are said to called that due to their size - even when fully grown they end up being small and apparently they don't live for that long either -…
  • Robot Pulley Systems

    danny
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:02 am
    For the past few months we have been working on a different approach to building Smart Doll Automatic Version - using a system of pulleys which are controlled by servo motors - rather than having servos placed in all the limbs. The main problem we faced with the servos in the limbs was the lack of torque needed to be able to move the limbs especially when they are clothed. Then where was things like overheating issues too. I told myself that there just had to be a better way to do this - most probably with pulleys. It turns out that somebody had done something similar back in 1988! This photo…
 
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  • Giant Game Boy

    kirai
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:27 pm
    While at Super Potato, one of the most popular retro video game stores in Akihabara we bumped into this giant Game Boy. The screen was a TV that worked like a real Game Boy, I suppose by using an emulator or a Super Game Boy.
  • The New Japanese Island Keeps Growing

    kirai
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:18 am
    Eight months ago a new island emerged from the sea to the south of Japan near Ogasawara. It started as a small eruption but it seems that it hasn’t stopped and it is still growing. It already has a surface of 1.3 square kilometers and scientists say that it is large enough to consider that it won’t disappear submerged in the sea. As of now, this new territory doesn’t have an official name. For the moment people call it 新島 (新: new, 島: island).
  • Space Dandy – スペース☆ダンディ

    kirai
    27 Jul 2014 | 9:04 am
    It’s been a very long time since I last watched a Japanese anime series. On the other hand I have kept watching animation movies. However right now I am finishing watching the first 13 episodes of Space Dandy. And I love it! It’s fun, surreal and easy to watch. An ideal show to relax and leave your imagination flow. Dandy is an intergalactic bounty hunter, some kind of Han Solo. He travels in his space ship with a robot named QT and a cat from Betelgeuse named Meow. Dandy loves to go to “boobies”, a chain of intergalactic restaurants inspired by Hooters. QT is a robot…
  • Japanese Sleeping – 16

    kirai
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:39 am
    16th edition of my favorite photo series with brand new pictures of Japanese people caught sleeping in public. This time I had some photos caught in Winter and Spring but I still didn’t have enough photos to have a new post. Now with nice weather in Summer it was easy to complete this new round of funny photos. It seems like hot weather makes people doze off on the streets and in train stations Other posts of Japanese people sleeping: Japanese Sleeping – 15 Japanese Sleeping – 14 Japanese Sleeping – 13 Japanese Sleeping – 12 Japanese Sleeping – 11 Japanese…
  • Pokémon Coffee Shop

    kirai
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    The coffee shop located at the Mori museum in Roppongi Hills has been remodeled for the Summer. All the food served until September 1st will be based on Pokémon. If you want to order something you will have to wait in line for around two hours, however you can visit the exhibition about Pokémon next door without having to wait. Pikachu burger!
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    Tokyo Times

  • Muroran: The slowly dying Hokkaido town

    Lee
    30 Jul 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Hokkaido, Japan’s northernmost island, is justifiably famous for its beautiful scenery; the region’s mountains, lakes and rolling hills making it a huge draw for tourists, both in the relatively cool summer, and the powder snow blessed winter. But for all its natural splendour, even the most cursory of glances away from its famous sights brings a very different Hokkaido into view — one where abandoned and horribly decayed buildings liberally dot the landscape. Most of them are bankrupt businesses of all sizes and descriptions, along with a good few houses that have been long…
  • A drunk and unladylike Tokyo transvestite

    Lee
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:35 pm
    Despite the obvious care taken beforehand, a couple of drinks too many transformed this Tokyo transvestite’s evening into a considerably more unladylike conclusion. And shot from a different — although admittedly rather dubious — angle, it’s an even less ladylike end. The NSFW result of which can be seen here.
  • Tokyo heat, humidity and exhaustion

    Lee
    27 Jul 2014 | 4:30 pm
    The heat, and particularly the humidity of summer in Tokyo is difficult to deal with — it’s exhausting, basically. A daily struggle that for the city’s ever-growing number of older residents, must be even tougher.
  • Simple Tokyo street food and drinks

    Lee
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:05 pm
    Tokyo’s varied selection of old, basic bars and eateries are well documented on Tokyo Times. But, when the weather gets warmer, those wonderfully no-nonsense characteristics are carried out on to the street. Meaning the same cheap and cheerful food. The same clutter and grime. And perhaps most importantly of all, the same fantastically relaxed atmosphere.
  • A young Japanese woman feeding a pigeon

    Lee
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:30 pm
    To many people, pigeons are nothing but pests. But not for this young woman. Instead, they are creatures to be cared for and fed leftover bar snacks.
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  • Japanese’ worst drunken moments

    Ken Y-N
    20 Jul 2014 | 10:19 am
    I’m back with more nonsense from goo Ranking, taking a look at the most horrible drunken incidents they have experienced. Demographics Between the 27th and 30th of June 2014, 500 members of not the goo Research monitor group, but instead a company named iBridge, more specifically their Research Plus monitor group, completed a private internet-based questionnaire. The sample was exactly 50:50 male and female, and rather than award 100 points to the top answer, they chose to report the results as a percentage of the total. I guess the drunken train sprawl is too commonplace to feature in…
  • Bad stuff other people do on the internet

    Ken Y-N
    22 Jun 2014 | 7:59 am
    goo Ranking recently published a survey looking at what internet-based actions by other people might be considered bad behaviour. Demographics The survey was conducted between the 26th and 28th of March 2014, and 1,088 people completed a private web-based questionnaire. I have finally found where they hid the demographic information, so I can also inform you that 52.6% of the sample were female, 22.2% in their teens, 25.7% in their twenties, 26.5% in their thirties, and 25.6% in their forties. Note that the score in the results refers to the relative number of votes for each option, not a…
  • Knocking big knockers

    Ken Y-N
    15 Jun 2014 | 9:58 am
    goo Ranking took a look at big breasts, specifically the problems with them. Demographics The survey was conducted between the 26th and 28th of March 2014, and 1,048 people completed a private web-based questionnaire. Note that the score in the results refers to the relative number of votes for each option, not a percentage of the total sample. I think the survey was for the women in the sample only, but it is not clear from the description. A fine pair of knockers yesterday: I translated this survey in the first person, but non-big-breasted people also answered. Ranking result Q: What are…
  • Japanese expectations for the World Cup

    Ken Y-N
    14 Jun 2014 | 8:39 am
    With Japan about to kick-off their World Cup tournament playing Cote D’Ivoire in just over seven hours time, I just have time to squeeze in this survey from @nifty looking at people’s expectations for the World Cup. Demographics Between the 30th of May and the 5th of June 2014 4,694 members of the @nifty service completed a private internet-based questionnaire. No further demographics were provided. I’m probably going to watch the match tomorrow morning, although I might just have to listen in on audio as Sunday morning is my vacuuming time. For the final match against…
  • Facebook clickbait Japanese cannot resist

    Ken Y-N
    8 Jun 2014 | 9:14 am
    goo Ranking had another fun survey, this time looking at what dodgy link topics on SNS’s people end up clicking on. Demographics The survey was conducted between the 26th and 28th of March 2014, and 1,048 people completed a private web-based questionnaire. Note that the score in the results refers to the relative number of votes for each option, not a percentage of the total sample. Sadly, “Translations of dodgy link topics” does not feature on the list. Ranking result Q: What dodgy link topics on SNS’s do you end up clicking on? (Sample size=1,048) Rank   Score 1…
 
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    Skeptikai

  • Is Atheism a Religion? (Hint: No)

    Ryo
    25 Jul 2014 | 12:08 am
    Rarely do I make new articles based on my interactions with commenters, but a recent one warranted a full response. From my article “Read a Bible – Become an Atheist (In That Order)” one commenter said: Sorry, atheism is a … Continue reading →
  • The Psychology of Studying – Writing vs. Typing Your Notes

    Ryo
    13 Jul 2014 | 11:50 pm
    When it comes to studying, time is a major issue. For students with a high volume of information to study, cramming is sometimes required. For example, medical students don’t have the luxury of time to study one subject and absolutely … Continue reading →
  • Wanna Be a Doctor? You Need Psychology – Guide to the new MCAT

    Ryo
    23 Jun 2014 | 7:16 pm
    Psychology has finally become recognized as an study necessary to become a doctor, according to the non-profit organization AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges). This has ramifications for the rest of the world, as its famous medical exam – the MCAT … Continue reading →
  • Read a Bible, Become an Atheist (in That Order)

    Ryo
    9 May 2014 | 5:18 am
    Atheists and Christians may not agree on everything, but one thing is certain: They want you to read the bible. When I first decided to write this article, I was planning to compare quotes about why a Christian and an atheist … Continue reading →
  • Did I Just Lose my Blogger’s Virginity?

    Ryo
    5 Feb 2014 | 7:29 am
    Forgive me father, for I have sinned. I took the words of a fellow Christian in an article I wrote almost a year ago without permission. Plagiarism? Such blasphemy would not escape my fingers, no. Linking to the very page the … Continue reading →
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  • Nagano Winter 2014 Day 16

    Chad
    15 Jul 2014 | 7:35 am
    Woke up to our first morning at Yudanaka Onsen with a filling breakfast that had been prepared for us which we enjoyed thoroughly. After, we’d get ready and head out to the station to book tickets for a mountain bus up towards the ski slopes at the nearby Shiga Kogen. We’ll be spending the rest of the day at one of the many ski resorts here, which were previously used to hold the 1998 Winter Olympics. Breakfast was prepared by the time we woke up. Buses to Shiga Kogen leave once every hour from Yudanaka so we were sure to leave the inn on time. Tickets for the next bus could be…
  • Nagano Winter 2014 Day 15

    Chad
    5 Jul 2014 | 4:22 am
    We were finally headed over to Nagano today. Since the cities cease to operate during the New Year, the lot of us would be spending the holidays over at a traditional resort in the northern snow covered Japanese alps. On our 3 day itinerary was a nice onsen ryokan stay, skiing, and a visit to wtiness the famous hot spring monkeys. Been wanting to visit the Japanese alps for years after learning of the Tateyama Kurobe Snow Route, but unfortunately the snow route was only open during Spring. We had initially hoped to visit Shirakawago or Ainokura as well to stay at one of the grass…
  • Hakkeijima Winter 2014 Day 14

    Chad
    30 Jun 2014 | 1:33 am
    Today we’d visit Hakkeijima Sea Paradise for the first time. Been wanting to visit here for years, but its out of the way location at the south east corner of Yokohama meant that I’ve never found the chance. Hakkeijima is an entire theme park island which combines ride attractions with a number of aquariums, restaurants and shops. What makes Hakkeijima unique is that its completely free to enter, though you will have to purchase passes if you wish to make use of the various attractions. Hakkeijima Sea Paradise is highly popular with local families looking for an affordable place…
  • Tokyo Winter 2014 Day 13

    Chad
    20 Jun 2014 | 9:56 pm
    While many of our readers tend to have concerts already in mind when visiting Japan, for different reasons each year, we often have to leave it up to fate for events to clash on the days we happen to be there. This year, we weren’t so fortunate with concerts or theater ballots and the only event which we’d make was at the eastern suburbs of Tokyo, where Avex’s flagship idol project SUPER☆GiRLS were having a free mini-live event. In the morning, picked up the JR Tokunai Pass which gives unlimited rides on JR train lines within Tokyo for 1 day for just 730 yen. It would…
  • STGCC 2014 Announced

    Chad
    18 Jun 2014 | 9:11 pm
    The dates for this year’s Singapore Toy Game and Comic Convention are out! Singapore’s largest comics convention returns for the weekend of 6th and 7th September 2014 and is set to once again bring a wide range of guests and attractions to satisfy a variety of hobbies. The first wave of guests were also announced last week which includes new faces such as Threadless’s Alex Solis, and Humberto Ramos the acclaimed artist of the newly relaunched Amazing Spider-Man series. From Japan, the trio of Akihabara anime, games and VOCALOID DJs INU, D.Watt and sasakure. UK…
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    Lets Japan

  • Bicycle helmet hat combo appeals to elderly bike riders

    MW
    16 Jul 2014 | 9:55 pm
    Bicycle helmets with removable, stylish hats have been created to entice elderly Japanese to wear a helmet when riding a bike. The hats are designed so they can also be worn without the helmet. Bicycle helmets are rarely worn by the elderly in Japan. Seniors say they’d like to wear safety helmets, but the helmets are uncomfortable. Elderly cyclists also say they are embarrassed about wearing traditional bike helmets. A national law requires only bicyclists under the age of 13 to wear a helmet, whether alone or when riding as passengers with a parent on a bicycle. Some municipalities…
  • Cremation ash urns use rack retrieval storage and ID card access

    MW
    15 Jul 2014 | 6:48 am
    Buddhist temples in Japan that have run out of graveyard space for tombs are turning to high-tech storage solutions for ashes of the deceased. In Japan, cremation is the norm and remains of the dead are kept in urns stored in a stone tomb on a family plot in a graveyard. The outdoor tombs have limited space for expansion. Rather than using the traditional method where each urn is displayed in a permanent spot, the new columbariums store the ashes out of site on multilevel racks, and then use a mechanical system to bring the urns out when loved ones come to visit. These storage racks have been…
  • McDonald’s gives more pickles, onions, ketchup free on request

    MW
    15 Apr 2014 | 8:40 am
    McDonald’s in Japan is giving extra condiments free to customers who request the extras at the time of ordering. The items on the so-called “Back Menu” include pickles, onions, ketchup, tartar sauce (for the Filet-O-Fish sandwich) and teriyaki sauce (for the Teriyaki burger.) The Back Menu is not advertised and there is no information about the free extra toppings in McDonald’s stores. Word that McDonald’s will add more condiments upon request is spreading via twitter. Normally there is one pickle slice on a McDonald’s hamburger. Customers can get two…
  • Fat gal marshmallow girls are chubby idols

    MW
    18 Dec 2013 | 1:38 am
    A "chubby chubby boom" of popular fat female celebrities in Japan has led to the debut of Japan’s first fashion magazine for plus-sized women. The chubby lady models of La Farfa magazine are called "Marshmallow girls."   A new idol group of heavyset female models/spokespersons called "Chubbiness" has been assembled by CanCam woman’s magazine and Avex entertainment company. The average weight of the gals in the group is 55 kilograms (121 pounds.) Anyone who drops below 50 kilograms (120 pounds)  will be fired from the group.   Big, sexy,…
 
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    Asian Lifestyle Design

  • Mobile Game for Learning Japanese Kanji – Kanjilicious on Kickstarter

    Jenny
    8 Jul 2014 | 7:04 pm
    I am all for education and as an enthusiast for Asian culture, I truly believe that learning a language also allows one to get a better understanding of a culture. For all of you who have thought about learning Japanese kanji, but never got around to it or thought it was too difficult, have a look at this. This is a project on Kickstarter called Kanjilicious – a mobile game for learning Japanese Kanji. This won’t become a reality until they reach their funding goal and you can part of this exciting project. Although I can speak Japanese fluently, my reading and writing skills are…
  • Are High Ceilings Better than Low Ceilings?

    Jenny
    9 May 2014 | 3:15 pm
    High ceilings bring about a sense of grandeur.  Ballrooms, theaters, arenas, cathedrals, and castles all come to mind.  These are all public spaces but how do high ceilings feel in a residential setting?  How do you feel in a home with a tall ceiling?  Are you impressed?  Do you feel cold? Many people rave about high ceilings, thinking that they are always better than low ceilings.   Loft spaces with 12′ ceilings and higher may look cool and expansive, but from a design perspective, it’s not easy to work with.  As in all design, it just depends on the situation.  Often…
  • The Asian Philosophy of Nature as a Lifestyle

    Jenny
    29 Apr 2014 | 10:37 am
    As a student of Master Hsu, I’ve come to appreciate Asian philosophy more and more.  It has become part of my lifestyle.  It affects how I think, live, and feel. In his teachings Dr. Hsu always tells me, “nature has all the answers.”  Well, okay, I understood the words, but it didn’t really mean much.  How does it relate to my problems?  my life? my family? I didn’t really get it. Now, close to ten years have gone by.   I’m finally beginning to understand what he means.  Yes, you read that right, it’s ten years!  It’s rather embarrassing…
  • 2014 Pantone Color of the Year – Radiant Orchid

    Jenny
    25 Apr 2014 | 3:53 pm
    Spring is here and I’m finally feeling Pantone’s color of the year – Radiant Orchid.  It’s fresh and uplifting.  However, I would prefer to call it a clean, intense lavender.  By clean, I mean it’s not muddied, there is no strong influence of yellow, red, blue, or black.  Maybe it’s just me, but the name, radiant orchids, brings to mind a deeper red undertone, producing a magenta or purple-red.  It isn’t meshing with my feelings.  So much for my color analysis. This intense lavender,  is sharp, clear and refreshing.  It feels like spring, a…
  • Ukranian Easter Eggs

    Jenny
    21 Apr 2014 | 11:20 am
    Hope you all had a Happy Easter! Although, I am not a practicing Christian any longer, I do love the symbolism and traditions of all cultures.  Traditionally, eggs are a symbol of birth, new beginnings, and fertility.  Today, my dear Ukrainian friend Taras, sent me their beautifully decorated Easter Eggs. They are absolutely gorgeous and creative, and made me so happy, I had to share them with everyone.  Wishing everyone new beginnings and thank you Taras!
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    Japan Real Time

  • Sumo Wrestlers Find Plane Seats a Bit Snug

    Jun Hongo
    30 Jul 2014 | 7:38 pm
    The official Twitter account of the Hakkaku Stable gives a glimpse of what it looks like when dozens of sumo wrestlers travel together on a flight.
  • Tokyo Police Formally Investigate Missing Bitcoin

    Takashi Mochizuki
    30 Jul 2014 | 4:51 am
    The Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department said Wednesday that it has launched a formal investigation into the disappearance of bitcoins from defunct exchange Mt. Gox.
  • Sony Earnings: What to Watch

    Takashi Mochizuki
    30 Jul 2014 | 3:29 am
    Sony on Thursday is expected to report a small operating profit for the first quarter of the current business year, which began in April. But don't get too excited: it has already predicted that it will lose money for the full year through next March.
  • Smartphone Users in Tokyo Pay Less Than New York, London

    Jun Hongo
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:35 am
    New Yorkers are paying the highest monthly fee for their smartphone use out of seven global cities while Tokyo ranks in the middle of the pack, according to a survey by Japan's Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications.
  • Are We Lovin’ It? Readers React to McDonald’s Tofu Nuggets

    Jun Hongo
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:14 pm
    Readers' reaction to a new tofu nugget item on menus at McDonald's Japan was passionately divided. Here's a look at what some of you had to say.
 
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  • Ohori Koen: A Beautiful Piece of Nature in the Heart of Fukuoka

    James Darnbrook
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:47 pm
    The best way to think about Ohori Koen is as a little piece of nature in the otherwise highly developed city of Fukuoka. It’s a huge park, which is beautifully maintained and from the centre of it, you can’t hear or see the traffic from the rest of the city. All you can see and hear is trees, flowers and the singing of birds. Ohori is Japanese for moat, and there is a lake at the center of the park which once served as part of the moat system for the neighboring Fukuoka Castle. As well as the lake, the park also has plenty of space to sit down and have a picnic, throw a ball around,…
  • A Caring Heart In Tokushima

    GaijinPot Commercial Partners
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:07 pm
    HEART is a registered NPO no-kill animal shelter based in Tokushima that offers accommodation in return for volunteering. It was set up by Susan Mercer who runs it with her husband Hitoshi Tojo. With a number of locals volunteering through the week it’s a great opportunity to take care of some animals but also practise your Japanese. Why Do The Animals at HEART Need Your Help? In 2011 HEART saw a massive increase in the number of animals that were brought in after the 3.11 Fukushima disaster. Many families who were forced out of their homes had no choice but to give up their beloved pets.
  • GaijinPot Weekly Job Picks

    GaijinPot Blog
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:02 pm
    Part-time International Student Coordinator ¥1,000 / Hour Shinjuku, Tokyo English: Native level Must currently reside in Japan GoGo Nihon is seeking a Part-time International Student Coordinator to help with the increase of international students (English-speaking students) using our service. Apply   Business Development Manager ¥6.6M ~ ¥7.7M / Year Minato-ku, Tokyo Civil Services (Government) Japanese: Native level The New South Wales Government (Australia) Tokyo Office works to promote investment into NSW and trade with Japan. We seek a Trade & Investment Business Development…
  • Dealing With Grief In The Classroom

    Aaron Bell
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:06 am
    Given recent news on the conflict in Gaza and the downing of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 over Ukraine, thoughts naturally go out to the bereaved. Loss of any kind is a difficult thing to deal with, and for those suffering, grief can surface at any time and in any place. This week I would like to share a few stories of times when grief of various kinds has come into the EFL classroom. Some years ago I had the privilege of teaching a Japanese World War II veteran, a medical man. We had a good relationship; he was eager to talk about his wartime experiences and would jokingly announce to new…
  • Upcoming Fireworks in Tokyo and Yokohama

    Lisa Hong
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:06 pm
    Hanabi in Tokyo kicked off with the Sumida River fireworks on Saturday, July 26. According to Japanese news sources, it is estimated that 900,000 people gathered to view the spectacular show! Yes, people in Japan love their fireworks festivals. If you have not experienced it before, I highly recommend you brave the crowd and go to at least once. Don’t worry if you missed the Sumida River event because there are several more around Tokyo and Yokohama that are coming up. What to Expect: Hanabi events are CROWDED, but I have found that everyone is quite cheerful, so it makes the overall vibe…
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    Izakaya Politics

  • With Japan’s Nuclear Power Out, Solar is In

    Stephen Stapczynski
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:39 pm
    Panels on Panels on Panels (Source: Inhabitat) According to a recent Asahi Shimbun telephone poll, 59% of respondents said that they opposed the restart of the Sendai nuclear power plant, located in Kyushu’s Kagoshima prefecture. Even though the reactor received approval from the Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) a few weeks ago, there is growing public opposition to the reactor’s restart. With all of Japan’s 48 reactors offline, the Japanese economy is taking an enormous hit as it is forced to import very expensive liquefied natural gas, oil, and other fossil fuels. Restarting just a…
  • Because of Energy Needs, Don’t Expect Japan to Fully Side with US and EU over Russia

    Stephen Stapczynski
    26 Jul 2014 | 9:42 am
    Abe and Putin: A Match Made In Heaven? Earlier this week, US officials warned that they had new evidence that Russia intended to deliver more powerful rocket launcher systems to  separatist forces in the Ukraine. US officials believe that the delivery could happen any day now. But as the United States and Europe prepare to slap more sanctions on Russia, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is in an awkward position of not wanting to side with either Washington or Moscow, trying to appease both parties at the same time. Relations between Japan and Russia have improved since Abe took office, and the…
  • TPP Won’t Include Monetary Policy, But Tsuruoka Suggests It Should Be In The Future

    Stephen Stapczynski
    20 Jul 2014 | 10:25 am
    Koji Tsuruoka, Chief Negotiator for the TPP On July 15th, Koji Tsuruoka, Japan’s chief negotiator for the Trans-Pacific Partnership, theoretically asked at the CIGS-EHESS日仏財団 International Symposium: “Why aren’t monetary and fiscal policies subject to economic partnership agreements?” By monetary policy, he is referring to strategies used by central banks, like the implementation of quantitative easing to guide currency and control lending rates.  Having returned from TPP negotiations in Ottawa and Washington DC a week before, he notes “this is a question we may be…
  • The LDP Lost in Shiga Because of Their Stance on Nuclear Power, Not Collective Self-Defense

    Stephen Stapczynski
    16 Jul 2014 | 5:22 pm
    Mikazuki with Kada by his side partying like its 1999. (Source: Asahi Shimbun) On July 13th, Taizo Mikasuki won Shiga prefecture’s gubernatorial election by a little more than 10,000 votes, beating out Takashi Koyari, who was backed by the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and had served as an adviser to the Abe Cabinet. Many political pundits thought that Koyari – a former Economy Trade and Industry Ministry official — would win the election because the LDP and its coalition partner, New Komeito, secured more than half of the votes in the prefecture during the Upper House election…
  • The Man Behind the Sobs: The Tale of Ryutaro Nonomura

    Stephen Stapczynski
    10 Jul 2014 | 9:58 pm
    On July 1st, Japanese local politician Ryutaro Nonomura held a press conference to provide explanation for his suspected misuse of over 3 million yen. During the three hour address, Nonomura broke down in tears, wailing uncontrollably and obviously trying his hardest to become an internet meme. A television channel recorded Nonomura’s tantrum and had the brilliant idea of posting it on the internet. Just like Gangnam Style, the video broke into western media, and is being covered by nearly every channel, newspaper, and blog (around the world). But who is this 47-year-old Hyogo Prefectural…
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    90 days in Kyoto

  • Day 1 – Simple flower arrangement at Toji-in (等持院)

    Jenny Feuerpeil
    30 Jul 2014 | 7:58 pm
    A simple flower arrangement in a reception room near the entrance of Toji-in temple (等持院)
  • Day 1 – Texture

    Jenny Feuerpeil
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:40 pm
    Japanese work days start early – very early. By 7:15 usually all the trucks have left the company and are on the way to the genba (現場 – another word that is not easily translated – it means scene, site, the place where stuff happens – in other terms: construction site for gardens). I arrived at 8 and missed Oyakata (親方 – the master), but his wife welcomed me and begged me in for tea. After introducing myself and answering questions about my life, I was told that one of the company’s employees would pick me up around noon. Oyakata’s wife…
  • Day Zero – The Kyoto adventure begins (with the help of time travel)

    Jenny Feuerpeil
    25 Jul 2014 | 12:41 pm
    After you returned from a vacation, have you ever let your packed suitcase sit for a few days? I do that all the time. I do it so I can enjoy the lingering fragrance of a foreign country a bit longer. If I just unpacked the suitcase immediately, it would feel as if the journey never happened, right? Well, it’s been four weeks since I returned from my 90 days in Japan. I unpacked my suitcase by now, but haven’t touched the more valuable souvenirs yet: the pictures and diaries. Upon my arrival in SF, I decided not to sort my photos or read my notes for a while. I wanted to let…
  • Dedication, Obession – what I learnt from SOMM

    Jenny Feuerpeil
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:40 am
    I spent the last weekend in Napa Valley, probably America’s most famous wine region. We met some wine enthusiasts, and they mentioned the documentary SOMM. It is about a group of four professional sommeliers who prepare for “the hardest test you’ve never heard of” to earn the Master Sommelier diploma, the highest ranking certificate a wine professional can obtain. These guys are “maniacs” (quote of one guy’s wife), “some of the most dedicated, obsessed people” (quote of a master sommelier). But see for yourself: When I see how they study,…
  • My Japanese Nata (鉈) – pride, joy and pain

    Jenny Feuerpeil
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:38 pm
    One of the things that impressed me most during the first weeks in Japan was how my co-workers treated their tools. Every morning each gardener carried his or her heavy tool bags from our company’s garage and placed them carefully on the back of the truck. Garden tools, scissors, shears, knives, wood-working tools, heavy masonry and stone working tools. Levels, steel squares, strings. You name it. In the evening, after work when we waited for the last team to come back, everyone would clean their tools, sharpen them if necessary, repair them. Some built their own tools, or their own…
 
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