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  • Spring Weather

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    Shibuya246
    9 Apr 2014 | 11:37 pm
    Such great weather out today. It was nice to see the temperature reach 20 degrees and enjoy the sunshine. Related posts: Tokyo Weather Wonderful weather in Tokyo today. The sun was out, the... Spring weather, Autumn reflection The Spring weather seems to be hiding just around the... Spring Walk, Kyoto Gosho The Kyoto Gosho, Imperial Palace and gardens are a great...
  • The Joy of Gnarly Cross-Cultural Gigs and Reducing Secret Meetings

    Intercultural Twilight Zone
    Tim Sullivan
    8 Apr 2014 | 6:58 pm
    The client approached me for help. Productivity was down, tensions were high, the American staff felt disrespected, and Japanese managers were perceived by the locals as arrogant and unwilling to adapt their management style to American culture. Same old story. This time I really did have my work cut out for me. More accurately, the client’s staff had their work cut out for them. But it was too early to break the news that outside consultants can’t solve a company’s internal problems, that my job is to help them better define their “current situation” so they can figure…
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    Lee
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:30 pm
  • Kurashiki

    Shibuya246
    Shibuya246
    1 Apr 2014 | 1:02 am
    Ohara Museum of Art Canals Swans on the canal Streets are narrow here but it all adds to the charm Spring colors Ivy Square Museums and shops Inside the main area of Ivy Square Wonderful character in old streets Plenty of interesting shops Full of charm Sidestreets Ready for a ride Setting sun Time travelling Peaceful scene A little bit of sakura Related posts: Shimokitazawa Shimokitazawa is a popular area on the Odakyu and Inokashira... H&M v Uniqlo, Shibuya After a lot of construction to complete the building, H&M... Shibuya Streets Vol. 2 It’s been a while since we have had…
  • Musical Chairs on a Rush-Hour Train: Connecting Cultures Through Storytelling

    Intercultural Twilight Zone
    Tim Sullivan
    5 Feb 2014 | 10:05 am
    “If you want a message to burrow into a human mind, work it into a story.” –Jonathan Gottschall I come from a family of storytellers—parents, siblings, cousins, aunts, uncles, all of them—it’s in our Irish blood. My favorite childhood story was dad’s annual Christmas-Eve yarn about how our grandfather saved Santa’s life. Dad’s narrative had all the classic elements of a compelling story: good guy, bad guy, problem, climax, and resolution. The good guy of course was grandpa. The bad guy was grandpa’s crazy next-door neighbor Seamus O’Toole…
 
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    Osaka News

  • Japanese Nuclear Plants For Sale

    17 Apr 2014 | 9:48 am
    I don't understand why people are not talking about this but here it goes. Japan has been working hard to export nuclear plants. That's odd, right? After what happened in Fukushima? I mean ...
  • Counting the effects of Japans sales tax hike

    17 Apr 2014 | 9:47 am
    The recent increase in the national sales tax in Japan from 5% to 8% is expected to result in a?drastic drop in consumption. Citing a new report by Credit Suisse, Japan's The Straits Times said ...
  • Japan firm offers glowing fingernails for those phoning home

    17 Apr 2014 | 9:46 am
    (MENAFN - AFP) If you thought a finger that glows when you phone home was strictly the preserve of extra-terrestrials, think again: a Japanese firm has unveiled nails that light up when you make a ...
  • Tokyo Stocks End Flat

    17 Apr 2014 | 9:45 am
    1 ? sliceDeferred.call(arguments, 0) : value; if (!(--count)) { // Strange bug in FF4: // Values changed onto the arguments object sometimes end up as undefined values // outside the $.when ...
  • Tokyo 2020 announce marketing agency

    17 Apr 2014 | 9:43 am
    April 17 - Tokyo 2020 has appointed Dentsu Inc. as its marketing agency, with organisers revealing they want to make 150 billion Japanese yen (?870 million/$1.46 billion/EUR1 billion) from domestic ...
 
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  • 4 Popular Japanese Board Games

    Teresa Te
    7 Apr 2014 | 6:06 am
    There may be universal board games that people love to play during their leisure time. They are normally played by two people although there are some that allow multiple players. Each country, however, has its own traditional board games for adults that its citizens have grown to love. Japan is no exception. This land of the rising sun may be known to be a leader in technology including the popular electronic gadgets a lot of people own today but it also boasts of board games that have a cultural significance to the country and its people. Gomoku Gomoku is an abstract strategy board game…
  • Top Japan Blogs in English

    Teresa Te
    22 Jan 2014 | 7:07 pm
    Japan is among the top tourist destinations in Asia. It has so much to offer its visitors in terms of attractions, products and even its rich culture. Today, however, people around the world eager to learn more about this land of the rising sun need not spend a fortune and book a trip to the country. Thanks to the internet, the world has become smaller allowing users of all ages to travel the globe in the comforts of their home. There’s so much information about Japan available online these days. And contrary to what others think that they’re mostly in the Japanese language, there…
  • Famous Japanese Garden Designs

    Teresa Te
    9 Jan 2014 | 6:23 am
    Japanese gardens are some of the world’s most beautiful. They’re designed for special purposes with certain traditions being applied and most of the time, they appear as mini landscapes with clean lines. Being the zen type, they are most ideal for meditation. The Chinese gardens had an initial influence but eventually particularly during the Edo period, Japan developed its own style using indigenous materials and by applying their own culture. Contrary to what some people believe, it’s not all the time that a Japanese garden involves rock and water. There are some designs…
  • Washoku Japanese Food Culture now a World Heritage

    Teresa Te
    30 Dec 2013 | 6:11 am
    Japan boasts of many traditional food that involves a set procedure in preparing and cooking the ingredients. Some are known worldwide while the others are known only to the Japanese. The washoku cuisine is just one of the traditional cuisines of the land of the rising son. It is popular for being healthy and pleasant to the eyes. Just recently, UNESCO designated the washoku as an intangible cultural heritage. Right now, 21 Japanese assets approved by the country’s government are in this prestigious list. Washoku is the first asset related to food included in this list. The Washoku…
  • Top Bathtub Ingredients for the Japanese

    Teresa Te
    26 Dec 2013 | 10:31 pm
    The Japanese love to use their bathtubs as often as they can. In fact, they have a bathing culture known worldwide. Additionally, they have a choice between pampering themselves in the comfort of their homes or in a public bath. People from the land of the rising sun believe in the healing power of a hot bath. Also, they don’t just use pure water because most often than not, they include some natural ingredients that help keep their body warm even during the cold winter months. Here are the most popular bath add-ins you might be interested in using yourself. Ginger Apart from its…
 
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    An Eternal Thought in the Mind of Godzilla

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    Patrick Macias
    4 Apr 2014 | 5:44 pm
  • HOT TEARS OF SHAME Podcast #41: Active Mischief Shindig

    Patrick Macias
    3 Apr 2014 | 3:23 pm
    HOT TEARS OF SHAME podcast (right click HERE or on the pic above to download) Episode #41: Active Mischief Shindig Partrick Macias and Sailor Bee kill time at a table in Shibuya, Tokyo while waiting for RinRin Doll to emerge from the streets below.  Topics include: Elleanor Tokyo Fashion Scooby Doo Wrestlemania Mystery Wake up Girls Patrick's Instagram Sailor Bee’s Instagram RinRin Doll Acid Panda Cafe Hirari Ikeda Anime Japan Alodia Hiroyuki Takahashi Kenji Terada Salt Face Other scintillating podcasts by Patrick Macias here
  • What going to Tokyo with me is like (the ESPY edit)

    Patrick Macias
    17 Mar 2014 | 10:00 am
    ...was uncovered quite by accident on July 7, 2XXX when an employee of Boeing Aircraft Co. purchased a surplus IBM copier for scrap parts at a sale, and discovered inside details of a plan, hatched in the embryonic days of the "Taishomei Jidai"  1.       COMFY SHOES You will be on your feet pretty much all fucking day and night. Don't ache or complain about how much it hurts. Wear something comfortable. May I suggest rubber ducks? 2.       GET CASH 50% of the places you will want to go won't take…
  • 東京に行くよ!3月20日から3月31日まで!よろしく。

    Patrick Macias
    9 Mar 2014 | 8:18 pm
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  • Bonsai!

    13 Apr 2014 | 7:16 pm
    A bonsai for sale at Takamatsu's Tamamo park, where a huge bonsai convention is held every fall. Photo © A.D. Smith If you're a fan of bonsai, now's time to start planning for a trip to Japan in the fall when the massive bonsai convention takes over Tamamo park in Takamatsu on Shikoku island. Bonsai! originally appeared on About.com Japan Travel on Monday, April 14th, 2014 at 02:16:33.Permalink | Comment | Email this
  • Crafting a Good Beer

    11 Apr 2014 | 2:31 pm
    Just a reminder that on April 19 Hiroshima's craft beer festival begins. The month-long event -- called the "I Love Beer Microbrewery Beer Festa" -- on the old Hiroshima Municipal Baseball Stadium will include all kinds of local brews. (If you're in the area, it's also a great time to try out the local variety of oranges -- before they're out of season.) For more info, call 082-248-2657. The stadium is at 5-44 Motomachi, Naka ward, Hiroshima city.Crafting a Good Beer originally appeared on About.com Japan Travel on Friday, April 11th, 2014 at 21:31:35.Permalink | Comment | Email this
  • Flying High

    10 Apr 2014 | 6:31 pm
    For many readers, vacation time is fast approaching. So, if you're planning a spring or summer trip to Japan, here are a few stories that might help make the flight a bit easier: 5 Tips for Taking Domestic Flights How to Avoid Pitfalls of Jetting to Japan Taking Your Pets With You Flying High originally appeared on About.com Japan Travel on Friday, April 11th, 2014 at 01:31:40.Permalink | Comment | Email this
  • Another Flower Springs Up ...

    9 Apr 2014 | 12:48 pm
    Nanohana is thought of as a weed as it grows in the wild, often along rivers, as is the case in the photo above. But the yellow flowers that spring up around April and May are cherished in Japan. Photo © A.D. Smith With all the hype around sakura -- or cherry blossoms -- right now, I thought it'd be a good time to give some credit to the nanohana flowers that also bloom in the wild around Japan at this time. You can see from the photo above that the nanohana's burst of yellow flowers is pretty ... well, pretty. The plants, known as rapeseed in English, are also delicious as a cooked…
  • Touring Tokyo's Top Sakura Spots

    1 Apr 2014 | 2:11 am
    Sakura in Japan. Photo © A.D. Smith It's official: Cherry blossom season is taking over Japan. If you need help knowing when to see flowers blossom where, check the sakura forecast. As for the best tours for you -- depending on whether you'll be with the kids, looking to party, keeping an eye on history or taking a date -- here's the list: 1. Seeing sakura with your sweetheart 2. Hot hanami party spots 3. Taking the traditional route for cherry blossoms 4. Seeing sakura with your kids Touring Tokyo's Top Sakura Spots originally appeared on About.com Japan Travel on Tuesday, April 1st, 2014…
 
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  • Akihabara Shops 14

    danny
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:03 am
    Its that time where we go walkies around the holy land - Akihabara in Tokyo! Get off at Akihabara station on the JR Yamanote line to place yourself instantly in the center of Japanese Pop Culture.Places visited today includes Radio Kaikan, Mulan, Kotobukiya, Sega, Sofmap, Akiba Cultures Zone, Animate, Toranoana, Gamers and other small otaku stores in the back alleyways. First up is Mulan - the entire building is dedicated to new and second-hand otaku goodies.Remember that "the accounts become every each floor."Basement floor stocked with second hand prize figures - most of the ichiban kuji…
  • Moekana Second Edition

    danny
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:41 pm
    What is Moekana? Moekana is a set of illustrated flash cards to help you learn the basic Japanese syllabaries, hiragana and katakana. The pack of 56 different Moekana cards feature cute Japanese stylized illustrations that make learning Japanese fun and easy - but don't take my word for it......just ask one of the tens of thousands of folks worldwide who own a pack of Moekana!What's new in the Second Edition? This is the 2nd edition of Moekana which means that its not an entirely new product but a revamp of the previous one - just like there are 2nd editions of Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings…
  • Kizuna Yumeno

    danny
    13 Apr 2014 | 10:53 pm
    Since Chitose got an upgrade to her profile page on her birthday, many Kizuna fans have asked me to do the same for Kizuna-chan as well. Kizuna also seems to be getting popular lately. Like Chitose, Kizuna gets a fresh set of wallpapers too. 1 2 3 4 Profile Name: Kizuna YumenoJapanese Name: 夢乃きずな (ゆめのきずな)Birthday: November 1stHeight: 162cm3 size: B91cm W57cm H87cmAge: 17Blood type: B Kizuna Yumeno is a beautiful girl who all the boys at school adore. She always scores top marks in all her classes and also excels in her after school activities. Kizuna attends the same…
  • Japan Cherry Blossom

    danny
    12 Apr 2014 | 12:40 am
    Tis nearing the end of the cherry blossom (Sakura) season in Japan right now and here are a collection of this years bloom. Today we take a lookie around Nakameguro, Ueno Park, Negishi Forest Park (Yokohama) and Musashikoyama.Cherry blossoms in Japan only last a couple of weeks. Folks usually flock to spend time walking and talking under the blossoms - this is known as Hanami [花見]. The blossoms are beautiful to look at - especially at night when they are lit up. but as they say, "All good things come to an end" and before we know it the ground is scattered with petals and its all over…
  • Online Japan Store

    danny
    12 Apr 2014 | 12:37 am
    When I was studying Japanese many moons ago during an era when there was no Internets, I had to get myself along to a book shop called the Japan Center in London to hunt for magazines. This photo was taken way back then showing you what type of magazines I bought. Unfortunately no ecchi 2D girly magazines at that time which is always tough for strapping young lads who want to stay healthy...Online Japan store J-List however seem to be focused on the well being of everybody and have a load of health related magazines ^^; Following are a bunch of photos taken of a batch of magazines sent over…
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  • World-Class 19-Year-Old Reia Iwade Features at Hyogo Relay Carnival

    Brett Larner
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:24 pm
    http://www.kobe-np.co.jp/news/sports/201404/0006869505.shtml translated by Brett Larner 19-Year-Old Big Hope Reia Iwade (Team Noritz) Riding the Wave to Hyogo Relay Carnival Grand Prix Women's 10000 m Just 19, Iwade will be showing off her best stuff on home ground in Hyogo prefecture this weekend.  In her first year in the corporate leagues she went through tremendous growth that took her all
  • Kawauchi Headlines May 11 Sendai Half Marathon

    Brett Larner
    14 Apr 2014 | 2:46 pm
    http://www.kahoku.co.jp/tohokunews/201404/20140415_14014.html translated by Brett Larner On Apr. 14 the Sendai International Half Marathon released the names of the invited athletes for the event's 24th running on May 11.  Civil servant runner Yuki Kawauchi (27, Saitama Pref. Gov't) leads the field, with former Hakone Ekiden uphill star Ryuji Kashiwabara (24, Team Fujitsu), a native of Iwaki,
  • Weekend Track Update - Kiryu Makes University Debut, A Meet Record in Kyoto and More

    Brett Larner
    13 Apr 2014 | 1:40 pm
    by Brett Larner videos by toyosina2008, komazawaOB and Ekiden News Track season continued to build up momentum with the first Nittai University Time Trials meet in Yokohama and a handful of other meets around the country. The biggest news of the weekend was the debut of teen sprint star Yoshihide Kiryu in the Toyo University uniform. Kiryu ran third for Toyo's 4x100 m relay team at the
  • Weekend Japanese Road Results

    Brett Larner
    13 Apr 2014 | 5:26 am
    by Brett Larner The biggest domestic road action of the weekend took place in Shizuoka at the Yaizu Minato Half Marathon where Yoshiki Koizumi of 2013 Hakone Ekiden winner Nittai University battled last year's winner Tomoyasu Matsui (Meiji Univ.) from start to finish, both breaking the course record as Koizumi claimed the win in 1:03:26. 2013 National University Men's Ekiden champion Komazawa
  • Shimizu Hoping to Have Fun in Debut at Sunday's London Marathon

    Brett Larner
    10 Apr 2014 | 10:57 pm
    http://www.nikkansports.com/sports/athletics/news/f-sp-tp0-20140411-1283502.html translated by Brett Larner In an April 10 interview ahead of her marathon debut at Sunday's London Marathon as an invited elite, Yuko Shimizu (Team Sekisui Kagaku) was cautiously ambitious as she said, "However it turns out, I want to have fun running it.  I want to race at a good pace I can sustain."  Last year's
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  • Japan Baseball Weekly Podcast

    Patrick
    14 Apr 2014 | 10:53 pm
    This weekend I had the pleasure of filling in for Jim Allen as a host of the Japan Baseball Weekly Podcast. You can download here, from the top of the list. John Gibson and I had to contend with the head cold I’ve been suffering, time zone differences and flakey Skype performance, but we battled through and had a great discussion about Lastings Milledge and the Yakult Swallows, the juiced ball controversy du jour, and the state of the Pacific League. I hope you’ll enjoy listening to it. Thanks John for having me on! I’m looking forward to taking part again!
  • 3/11

    Patrick
    10 Mar 2014 | 11:08 pm
    It’s been three years since the devastating Tohoku Earthquake. I’ll never forget where I was when I found out, but more than that I’ll never forget the tension of the next several weeks, with the instability of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant and the many significant aftershocks looming over Tohoku, Japan, and the extended region. While the subsequent weeks and months came and went without an additional tsunami-scale disaster, the Tohoku region is still recovering, and the threats of Fukushima’s irradiation linger. “Ganbarou Tohoku” remains an important…
  • Following Japanese Baseball, Part 3: Watching Online

    Patrick
    7 Mar 2014 | 11:49 pm
    This is part 3 in a multi-part series. Part one on English-language news sources and blogs on Japanese baseball can be found here; part two on online communities is here. During the season, the question I am most frequently asked is “how can I watch Japanese baseball games?” Unfortunately NPB’s online media efforts to date aren’t quite on part with mlb.tv; this is an area where NPB collectively should take a good, hard look at what MLB Advanced Media has done and try to emulate it. But fortunately, there are a few options out there: The Pacific League streams games…
  • Following Japanese Baseball, Part 2: Pro Yakyu Communities

    Patrick
    6 Mar 2014 | 10:30 pm
    This is part 2 in a multi-part series. Part one on English-language news sources and blogs on Japanese baseball can be found here. Back in the nascent years of Pro Yakyu otaku-ism, when I was interested in Japanese baseball but lacked the requisite language skills, I had one source of information: JapaneseBaseball.com. I discovered it one day in 1997 or ’98, when I decided to type japanesebaseball.com into Netscape’s location bar and see if there was anything there. To my great benefit, there was, and over the years I learned a lot from reading through the forum postings.
  • Following Japanese Baseball, Part 1: Online Text

    Patrick
    2 Mar 2014 | 11:22 pm
    Back when I announced my return to writing, one of the topics I intended to pursue was some guidelines for how to follow Japanese baseball without know the Japanese language. It took me almost a year to get to it, but here we are. One of my frequently asked questions is “how can I follow Japanese baseball from the US?” I’m happy to say that thanks to the Web, it’s pretty doable. But unfortunately some of this stuff is fairly well-hidden, my hope is to have something of a guide available. My plan is to break this into three or four posts: this one for writers, another…
 
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  • スポーツ業界から学ビッグデータ分析ビジネスの着眼と方法

    17 Apr 2014 | 8:53 pm
    半年前まで好調だった売り上げが、先月あたりから下降しはじめた。『不景気たから仕方のないこと』と言ってしまえば、それまでだが、不振に陥った原因は、どこかに潜んでいるはずである。広告に対するレスポンス、来店客数、購入単価、リピート率など、その原因を究明するためのヒントは、店の各所に眠っているはずで、それを掘り起こして分析することが、起死回生の一手になる。…
  • 子どもの飲食代をフリーにするレストランの集客マーケティング

    16 Apr 2014 | 12:30 am
    ネットビジネスに限らず、リアルなローカルビジネスの中でもフリーミアムの導入例はある。米国のレストランでは、子どもの食事代金を無料にする「キッズイートフリー・プログラム(Kids Eat Free)」により、ファミリー客を集客する方法が流行ってきている。…
  • ゆるキャラ・ライセンスビジネスの形態と資産価値(会員限定)

    15 Apr 2014 | 8:24 am
  • コストを切り下げたハウツービデオ制作会社の舞台裏と収益構造

    15 Apr 2014 | 8:12 am
    ビデオコンテンツの中で人気の高いカテゴリーに、生活に役立つニッチな知識や、日曜大工などDIYの技術を解説する「ハウツー(How to)ビデオ」の分野がある。 それを専門に制作することで大量の視聴者を集め、広告を中心とした収益モデルを築いている業者が幾つかあるが、米デマンド・メディア社(Demand…
  • 中古車画像をスマホで撮影して保存できるクラウドサービス開始

    15 Apr 2014 | 1:57 am
    中古車検索サイト「車選び.com」を運営する株式会社ファブリカコミュニケーションズ(本社所在地:愛知県名古屋市中区、代表取締役社長:谷口 政人)は、パソコン・スマートフォン間で写真の同期が簡単に行える業界初の中古車フォトストレージサービス「symstorage(シムストレージ)」を本日4月14日にリリースしました。
 
 
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    SourceForge.JP Magazine

  • 米Coverityが毎年恒例のソフトウェア品質レポートを発表、オープンソースとプロプライエタリソフトウェアを比較

    末岡洋子
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:30 pm
     米Coverityは4月15日(米国時間)、オープンソースのソフトウェア品質調査レポート「2013 Coverity Scan Report」を発表した。過去最大レベルのコードサンプルを対象に品質の分析を行ったとのことで、C/C++プロジェクトでは初めてオープンソースがプロプライエタリを上回る品質に到達したという。 ニュース オープンソース デベロッパー 末岡洋子 関連記事米Coverityが年次オープンソースソフト品質レポートを発表、Linuxは低い不具合率をキープ…
  • 「Qt Creator 3.1」リリース、iOSサポートがデフォルトで有効に

    末岡洋子
    15 Apr 2014 | 11:30 pm
     フィンランドDigiaは4月16日、クロスプラットフォームに対応する統合開発環境(IDE)「Qt Creator 3.1.0」をリリースした。Clangベースのコードモデルが統合され、iOSサポートが正式サポートされるなどの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 開発ツール 末岡洋子 関連記事iOSとAndroidに正式対応した「Qt 5.2」リリース Androidサポートが実験的に加わった「Qt Creator 2.6」リリース WebブラウザベースのIDE「Eclipse Orion 5.0」が登場
  • Mozilla、暫定CEOとしてマーケティングトップのChris Beard氏を任命

    末岡洋子
    14 Apr 2014 | 10:20 pm
     Mozillaは4月14日、マーケティング部門トップのChris Beard氏が暫定CEOに就任したことを発表した。今月初めの新CEO退任を受けてのもので、Beard氏およびMozilla幹部は社内やコミュニティとの関係修復を図りながらリーダーシップを実行していくことになる。 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Mozilla新CEOのEich氏、コミュニティからの反対を受けて約10日で辞任へ JavaScriptの開発者、Brendan Eich氏がMozillaのCEOに就任 Modern…
  • オンラインストレージBoxがオープンソースサイトを立ち上げ、Pythonユニットテスト生成「Genty」など公開

    末岡洋子
    13 Apr 2014 | 11:30 pm
     オンラインストレージサービスを提供している米Boxが、同社が提供するオープンソースソフトウェアをまとめた専用サイト「Box OpenSource」を立ち上げた。Python向けのユニットテストツール「Genty」などの新プロジェクトを披露したほか、PHP拡張の「PHP Augmented Types」などの既存の取り組みも紹介している。 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 末岡洋子…
  • 「Dart SDK 1.3」リリース、サーバーサイドでの処理性能が大きく向上

    末岡洋子
    11 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
     米Googleは4月9日、プログラミング言語「Dart SDK 1.3」を公開した。サーバーサイドでの処理性能を大きく改善したという。 ニュース オープンソース デベロッパー プログラミング 開発ツール プログラミング言語 関連記事米Google、JavaScript代替目指す「Dart」をChromeに統合した「Dartium」を公開 米GoogleがWebアプリ向け言語「Dart」を発表、JavaScriptへのコンパイルにも対応 JavaScriptの性能を改善、米Googleが「Dart 1.1」リリース…
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  • 【SF旅行2014】 サンフランシスコで行っておいしかったお店まとめ

    taguchi
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:52 pm
    ■ Dosa(インド料理) » Dosa on Valencia – Mission – San Francisco, CA | Yelp ■ Mission Chinese(モダンな中華) こちらは現地の人に教えてもらった中華。ですが、本場中華、というよりもかなりモダンな感じ。あるシェフが実験的にミッション地区で週に1度お店を開いたら行列できちゃって、結局その店を買いとって営業をはじめた、という逸話ありげなレストランです。 ↑…
  • 【SF旅行2014】 dropcamを使った『WaitCast』が賢いと思った件

    taguchi
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:45 pm
    サンフランシスコに行った時に「WaitCast」なるものを発見しました。これ、わりと賢いですね。 ↑ なにやら黒板の上にURLが・・・。 仕組みは簡単で、WiFiとつないで監視カメラ的に使えるdropcamを使い、お店の待ち人数リスト(っていうんだっけ?)をネット中継する、というものです(中継の仕組みもdropcamが提供)。…
  • ドットインストールの『LESS入門 (全8回)』を再収録しました #dotinstall

    taguchi
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:06 am
    収録した時よりずっと高機能になっているとの噂を聞いていたので「LESS入門」を再収録しました。たしかにextendも使えるようになっていますし、mixinの関数的な使い方とかガードとかあって勉強になりました(このあたりは中級者向けなので省きましたが)。 ↑ 今回収録したLESSのバージョンは1.7.0。 ↑ Gruntなどと使われることも多いですよね。 » LESS入門 (全8回) – プログラミングならドットインストール
  • 【ドットインストール】 ユーザーヒアリング2014/04へのお誘い #dotinstall

    taguchi
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:43 pm
    平日の朝、都内近郊にて30分ほどお話をきかせていただけるドットインストールユーザーの方(社会人、学生問わず)。 30分ほど以下のことについてお話をお聞かせください。 それからドットインストールステッカーも差し上げます(円形2枚+長方形2枚)。…
  • CSSのこの用語って具体的には?がよくわかる『CSS Vocabulary』

    taguchi
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:46 pm
    ありそうでなかった解説サイト。CSS用語をクリックすると、それが実際のコードでどこにあたるのかを教えてくれます。 » CSS Vocabulary
 
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  • IT Support Technician

    17 Apr 2014 | 7:21 pm
    ITサポートエンジニアの正社員での採用です。国際的な職場でITスキルを磨いていく熱意ある方を募集します。
  • Managed Services Database Administrator

    17 Apr 2014 | 4:50 pm
    当社の製品であるTeradata Databaseを使用したシステム開発、Teradata利用顧客向けのDWH構築のプロジェクトマネジメントを担当していただきます。 プライムコントラクタとしてプロジェクトに参画できるため、手がけた業務が顧客企業の経営にどのような効果をもたらすかを直接知る事ができます。
  • Project Manager/ プロジェクト・マネージャ

    17 Apr 2014 | 4:50 pm
    当社の製品であるTeradata Databaseを使用したシステム開発、Teradata利用顧客向けのDWH構築のプロジェクトマネジメントを担当していただきます。 プライムコントラクタとしてプロジェクトに参画できるため、手がけた業務が顧客企業の経営にどのような効果をもたらすかを直接知る事ができます。
  • プロジェクトエンジニア

    17 Apr 2014 | 4:50 pm
    現在国内自動車メーカーの設計開発部門と、弊社ドイツ本社設計開発との連携を一層強化する事を目的に、優秀なエンジニアを探しています。 業務内容 ■各自動車メーカー担当のプロジェクトエンジニアとして技術営業活動(国内・海外出張多) ■OEM及びTIER1の設計開発スタッフや耐久試験グループとのプロジェクトプラン管理 ■自動車メーカー及びドイツ本社スタッフと協力し開発・設計・試作・評価・量産を支援…
  • 英文IR及び会計財務関連の翻訳業務担当者(英訳・和訳)

    17 Apr 2014 | 4:50 pm
    APアウトソーシング株式会社では、英文IR及び会計財務関連の翻訳業務(英訳・和訳)を担当するスタッフを募集しています。 ●IR任意開示:英文での開示資料作成(決算短信、運用報告書、招集通知、アニュアルレポートほか) ●IFRS、監査、内部統制関連文書、社内規程、契約書 ほか ●翻訳業務に係るアドミニストレーション ●その他会計アウトソーシング業務
 
 
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  • Chinese Court Rejects Lawsuit Over Lanzhou Water Pollution

    Abby
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:57 pm
    A Chinese court has rejected a lawsuit filed by five residents against a water supply company in Lanzhou over excessive levels of carcinogenic benzene found in the tap water. The Lanzhou Intermediate People's Court said the individuals don't meet legal criteria to sue on the public's behalf over pollution under Article 55 of the Civil Procedure Law. The article states that “only agencies and organizations that are stipulated by the law” are allowed to file pollution-related lawsuits. In such cases, only the China Environment Federation under the…
  • Facing Economic Challenges, China's Growth Slows

    Holly
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    China's gross domestic product (GDP) grew 7.4 percent in the first quarter of 2014, the slowest rate since the third quarter of 2012, a sign for some that the world’s second largest economy is on a downward trajectory. The growth beat earlier forecasts, but was down from the 7.7 percent rate from the same period last year.  Shanghai city skylines. Screen grab from Youku. Other data released showed that industrial output rose by 8.8 percent in March compared with a year earlier, a figure lower than expected. Retail sales in March registered a growth rate of 12.2 percent,…
  • Would Confucius Support the Sunflower Movement in Taiwan?

    I-fan Lin
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:06 pm
    Opinions are divided in Taiwan following the end of #CongressOccupied protests against a secretly negotiated trade deal with China. Members of the movement left the country's legislature on April 10, 2014 after occupying the building for more than three weeks. Protesters conceded after the speaker of the Legislative Yuan, as the Taiwanese Congress is called, promised to pass legislation monitoring future agreements proposed by the executive branch before deliberating on the current Cross-Strait Service Trade Agreement (CSSTA). Some had worried the deal would make Taiwan vulnerable to…
  • Historical Overview of Cambodia's Land and Housing Problem

    Mong Palatino
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:31 pm
    Hallam Goad analyzed the problems and issues that plagued Cambodia's urban development in the past two decades: Phnom Penh has followed the clichéd patterns of newly emerging nations almost to the letter with the urban poor shouldering many of the downsides. What few people recognise is that most of it could have been avoided. With over 150,000 residents displaced since 1990 the story has been far from positive and in many cases has compounded and exacerbated what was already a very precarious existence. Written by Mong Palatino · comments (0) Donate · Share: facebook…
  • State of Political Blogging in Vietnam

    Mong Palatino
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:11 pm
    Doan Trang observed that a growing number of Vietnamese bloggers have been tackling human rights and other political issues by writing commentaries and analyses, even finding supplementary facts. Despite the emotional style which may sometimes reveal their non-professionalism, they filled the vacuum left by the mainstream media which in most cases would only report news without producing any in-depth analysis. But only few are writing in English: Though much progress has been made, alternative media in Vietnam still aims mostly at the Vietnamese audience. In other words, bloggers still…
 
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    Intercultural Twilight Zone

  • The Joy of Gnarly Cross-Cultural Gigs and Reducing Secret Meetings

    Tim Sullivan
    8 Apr 2014 | 6:58 pm
    The client approached me for help. Productivity was down, tensions were high, the American staff felt disrespected, and Japanese managers were perceived by the locals as arrogant and unwilling to adapt their management style to American culture. Same old story. This time I really did have my work cut out for me. More accurately, the client’s staff had their work cut out for them. But it was too early to break the news that outside consultants can’t solve a company’s internal problems, that my job is to help them better define their “current situation” so they can figure…
  • Lessons in Culture from Twenty-Four Japanese Hula Dancers

    Tim Sullivan
    3 Mar 2014 | 8:07 pm
    It was going to be a fun gig. Twenty-four hula instructors from Japan were to visit the Island of Hawaii to study traditional Hawaiian Kahiko-style hula from a local kumu hula. Our job was to facilitate communication and cooperation between the local hosts and our Japanese guests. Upon arrival we placed a lei around the necks of our guests, then broke the Japanese “no-hug rule” with each and every one of them. (Freaked them out a little but made everyone smile.) Next stop was the local hotel where they rested and freshened up for our opening ceremony that evening. The next four days our…
  • Musical Chairs on a Rush-Hour Train: Connecting Cultures Through Storytelling

    Tim Sullivan
    5 Feb 2014 | 10:05 am
    “If you want a message to burrow into a human mind, work it into a story.” –Jonathan Gottschall I come from a family of storytellers—parents, siblings, cousins, aunts, uncles, all of them—it’s in our Irish blood. My favorite childhood story was dad’s annual Christmas-Eve yarn about how our grandfather saved Santa’s life. Dad’s narrative had all the classic elements of a compelling story: good guy, bad guy, problem, climax, and resolution. The good guy of course was grandpa. The bad guy was grandpa’s crazy next-door neighbor Seamus O’Toole…
  • American Customer Service Means Never Having to Say You’re Sorry

    Tim Sullivan
    11 Jan 2014 | 8:54 pm
    A couple months ago I went shopping for new car insurance. Got a quote from a reputable company that turned out to be cheaper than my incumbent insurer. So I made the switch. Fast-forward to last week when my new agent informed me my premium was going up because, according to their underwriters, my traffic abstract indicated “two recent speeding tickets,” the last one a year ago, the prior one three months before that. This was news to me. I clearly remembered getting one ticket in the recent past, but couldn’t for the life of me recall two. My initial reaction was to…
  • Was Einstein Completely Cuckoo?

    Tim Sullivan
    31 Dec 2013 | 12:27 pm
    “Einstein is completely cuckoo!”—J. Robert Oppenheimer I’m not a big reader of biographies but just wrapped up Einstein, His Life and Universe by Walter Isaacson. A friend recommended it, it was on kindle, so I took a chance and downloaded it, albeit with some doubts: Would the life of history’s most famous genius hold my attention? What nudged me into buying it is the guru-like mystique surrounding Einstein’s persona (if only in my imagination). What fueled my curiosity is that I did not understand Einstein at all, and couldn’t for the life of me imagine…
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    [en01]Japan for Sustainability(ニュース記事)

  • 'Foodloss Challenge Project' Launched

    17 Apr 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Image by allegro Takahi All Rights Reserved. The Foodloss Challenge Project, an organization established in Japan in December 2012, aims to raise awareness and seek solutions to the food loss (also known as "food waste") issue by bringing knowledge and resources together from various stakeholders such as consumers, businesses, producers, nonprofit organizations, and experts.
  • NPO Opens Community Center for Intergenerational Exchange

    16 Apr 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Dreamtown, a Japanese non-profit organization (NPO) involved in community activities, opened in Tokyo on March 24, 2013, "Community Living Room Plus-One," where people of all generations can interact for the purposes of mutual aid and learning.
  • Student-Led Micro Hydro Power System Being Expanded Worldwide

    15 Apr 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Image by L26 Some Rights Reserved. Students of Kyoto Municipal Fushimi Industrial High School successfully developed a micro hydropower system using a spiral water turbine in February 2012. Their hydro power technologies are now used both locally and outside of their region. Under the concept of producing the system using readily available materials at minimal costs, they experimentally produced a hydropower system using wood from the maintenance of local forests and used bike components. Their hydropower systems have now been expanded to supply power for electric fences that prevent damage…
  • Tokyo's Adachi Ward to Recycle Bulky Wood Waste, First in Japan

    14 Apr 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Image by Kirsten Pauli Some Rights Reserved. Adachi Ward in Tokyo announced on January 30, 2014, that it will begin recycling bulky wood waste, a first for a Japanese municipality. Aiming at recycling 40 percent of bulky, oversized waste from households, the ward plans to recover 400 tons of valuable wood resources per year from discarded waste.
  • Toyota Aqua is World's Most Efficient Hybrid Car

    13 Apr 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Toyota Motor Corporation began sales of an improved model of its Aqua compact hybrid vehicle on December 2, 2013. As a result of the upgrade, the company achieved a fuel efficiency of 37.0 km/L, the world's highest for a gas-powered passenger vehicle, which does not include plug-in hybrid vehicles (according to Toyota; as of November 2013).
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    LinguaLift blog

  • Shukatsu: The nightmare of job hunting in Japan

    Greg Scott
    14 Apr 2014 | 1:47 am
    College is a blast for Japanese kids. After all of the time spent studying for entrance exams, they get to cut loose, party, hang out with friends, and occasionally attend class. But in the last year and a half of school, it’s time to get down to brass tacks. This is when it’s time for shukatsu (就活 – job hunting), another outdated tradition that’s a total waste of time. Please fail me The actual term is shushoku katsudo (就職活動 – the activity of job hunting) but it’s more commonly used in the truncated form shukatsu. Like the wasted last year of…
  • Kokuji – Kanji that’s made in Japan

    Greg Scott
    10 Apr 2014 | 9:51 am
    Writing came to Japan from China, and Japanese still uses the Chinese characters along with their own native alphabets adapted from them. It was part of the massive cultural importation that occurred over the course of several hundred years. However, there are also hundreds of kanji characters that were made right here in Japan. These native Japanese characters are called kokuji (国字 – national characters). They’re also referred to as wasei kanji (和製漢字 – kanji made in Japan). It’s hard to know exactly how many kokuji there are out there since most aren’t…
  • Tsutomu Yamaguchi – The man who survived two atomic bombs

    Greg Scott
    3 Apr 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Photo by Justin Mccurry Tsutomu Yamaguchi was a man that held a unique place in history. He survived the atomic bombings at both Hiroshima and Nagasaki that led to the end of World War II. While hundreds of thousands perished, he lived to tell the tale. Tsutomu Yamaguchi was on a business trip in Hiroshima. He had left the office to return home, but realized that he’d forgotten his hanko (はんこ – Stamp used for signatures ). As he went back to get it, he noticed a small plane flying in the sky above. That small plane was the Enola Gay, which was right about to drop the bomb. He…
  • B-grade gourmet: Japan’s comfort food

    Greg Scott
    26 Mar 2014 | 8:00 pm
    The Japanese tend to pride themselves on their sophisticated dining tastes, but there’s a new foodie craze that celebrates the regional downhome cooking you find in kitchens across the country. This food is called bii kyu gurume (B級グルメ – B-grade gourmet). B-grade gourmet is simple, accessible and delicious. Its simplicity is what makes it B-grade and also what makes it wonderful. Common B-grade dishes include variations on ramen, udon, curry, soup, donburi and the like. Unlike the subtle flavors of sushi and other high class fare, B-grade dishes hit you over the head with…
  • Owl cafes are quite a hoot

    Greg Scott
    19 Mar 2014 | 11:14 am
    Wouldn’t be nice if you could go somewhere and enjoy a cup of coffee or small triangular sandwich in a café with an owl hovering over you? Well, now you can. Owl cafes are hot in Japan right now. Photo by Danielle Lingat Owl cafes are the latest trend in bizarre dining options in Japan. The term is fukurou kafe (フクロウカフェ – owl café). These are theme restaurants that serve owl-themed food items and drinks, and have actual owls hanging around. You can observe them while you’re eating and drinking your coffee. Or if you’re like me, you can be mildly freaked out by…
 
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    i heart japan - Japan travel tips and info about Japan

  • Here’s how you Make Curry Rice

    Travis
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:52 am
    I haven’t updated for a bit. Sorry! Here’s a great Japanese curry rice commercial to tide you over :) Related Posts:Eat Curry. Win Money.Japanese Restaurant Review – Curry House CoCo…Japanese Idiom: To Eat Cold RiceCute Stuff From Japan: My First Bento Part 1Learning the Proper Way To Eat Sushi
  • Japanese Idiom: Pour Water into the Ear

    Travis
    1 Apr 2014 | 8:17 am
    Photo Credit: Maʝicdölphin Here’s another funny Japanese idiom – to pour water into the ear of someone sleeping. Can you guess what it means? It probably means you need to find better friends :) Nemimi ni mizu – 寝耳に水 (ねみみにみず) Meaning: Water into the ear of someone sleeping This idiom is a difficult one to guess the meaning of, but it is slightly similar to the English idiom of pouring cold water on someone. To pour water into the ear of someone sleeping basically means to get a surprise right out of the blue, or to be shocked with new information.
  • The Benefits of Learning Japanese as a Second Language

    Guest Writer
    28 Mar 2014 | 7:57 am
    Photo Credit: Nomadic Lass Learning a second language is a brilliant addition for your CV and your general set of skills. Being bilingual positively affects your life and can open you up to numerous amazing opportunities. You will develop your mental capacities in that you will become much more attentive and your problem solving skills will become much sharper and quicker. The determination that is vital for learning a new language becomes a transferable skill in the workplace and will be very noticeable once employees are aware that you know another language. Being fluent in another language…
  • This is How I Get to Work

    Travis
    20 Mar 2014 | 7:17 am
    Waaaaaay too good not to share :) Related Posts:Japanese Idiom: Turn Your Body into PowderMonkey Loves MagicBizarre Japan – The $100 MelonWe’re Back in our HouseFake Rhino Escapes from Tokyo Zoo
  • My Re-ment Collection- Part 4

    Stacey
    18 Mar 2014 | 9:16 am
    It’s time for….what Re-ment does Stacey have? What a great time! So this is the 4th set in my Re-ment collection. This set if from the “Snack of Paris – Natalie chan” series. It is the 7th one out of 8. This is one of my earliest re-ments. So it has a Paris and a treat theme. I made an attempt to translate what the little description says that is included with it. Now I am certainly not fluent in any way in Japanese, so if anyone feels like passing on a better translation. Please feel free. But as far as I can tell this says: Natalie-chan’s Paris Snacks 7. A French baked pastries…
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    Japan Pulse

  • Hanami! Sakura! Spring snacks have also sprung

    Emily Balistrieri
    27 Mar 2014 | 2:07 am
    I am not one to require too much of a reason to throw a mini cream puff party in the office, but Beard Papa‘s announcement of karintō cream puffs was a good one; so, I take the liberty of starting this spring snack write-up with our impressions. If you’re not familiar, karintō are those things in the snack aisle or local dagashi-ya (sweet shop) that look like dirty twigs. The dirt, however, is brown sugar and the twig is best explained as “fried.” Not fried “something” but just . . . fried. The main ingredient besides sugar is flour, and…
  • Pulsations 3.25.14

    Emily Balistrieri
    26 Mar 2014 | 1:58 am
    Here’s a new batch of Pulsations, links to fresh stories and visuals about Japan, shout-outs to fellow bloggers and highly clickable stuff that we think you might enjoy. In no particular order . . . No Objections to Resident Evil’s “Deaf Composer” in Ace Attorney (from Kotaku): A fan-made satire video puts Mamoru Samuragochi on trial in a popular courtroom videogame series. Sprint Turns to Spokes-Hamster (from Japan Realtime): Is the wireless carrier taking a cue from parent-company SoftBank’s talking dog? 252 Pocky lovers gather in Shibuya to set world record (from…
  • Bump of Chicken x Hatsune Miku, plus two other ‘must-see’ J-pop music videos

    Emily Balistrieri
    12 Mar 2014 | 5:04 am
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m0N9szI19BA Bump of Chicken‘s seventh album, “Ray,” came out today along with the announcement of a Hatsune Miku duet remix of the titular track. It’s available now under the artist name “Bump of Chicken Feat. Hatsune Miku” on iTunes and Recochoku and is the first time the band has done a collaboration of this type. Not only that, but Crypton Future Media is producing a video using tons of new tech, including a “14 [ichiyon] model” of their virtual idol. Hatsune Miku will not be edited in later, but perform in real…
  • Pulsations 3.7.14

    Emily Balistrieri
    6 Mar 2014 | 6:48 pm
    Here’s a new batch of Pulsations, links to fresh stories and visuals about Japan, shout-outs to fellow bloggers and highly clickable stuff that we think you might enjoy. In no particular order . . . Bird’s Eye View Maps of Cartographer Hatsusaburo Yoshida (from Spoon & Tamago): Google celebrated the hard-working map-maker’s birthday with a doodle homage. Tokyo luxury hotel offering special Galaxy Express 999 anime guestroom (from RocketNews24): Spend a night surrounded by artwork featuring Maetel and other characters at Hotel Grand Pacific Le Daiba. (from JDN Station):…
  • Chocolate & honey mustard: the Valentine’s Day pair to avoid

    Emily Balistrieri
    11 Feb 2014 | 7:53 pm
    “But there’s mole sauce, right?” my boss remarked when I expressed my initial disgust at Lotteria‘s chocolate & honey mustard grilled chicken burger. There is mole sauce, it’s true. And I love mole! Spicy chocolate is great! In fact, why not just do a mole burger? That would have been fine. What was not fine was . . . Honey mustard grilled chicken and Ghana Chocolate sauce, the horror. It could just be that I am not built to eat Lotteria. The chicken sandwich was offensive before I even opened the chocolate. Half of the meat was actually fat and skin, and the…
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    East Asia Student

  • 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…
  • Book review: Tuttle Reading and Writing Chinese

    Hugh Grigg (葛修远)
    18 Oct 2013 | 5:50 am
    The publishers of ‘Tuttle Reading and Writing Chinese‘ were kind enough to send me a copy to review, so I’ve written up my thoughts on the book here.‘Reading and Writing Chinese’ bills itself as “a comprehensive guide to the Chinese writing system”. It wasn’t immediately clear to me what this book actually was, and I assumed it was going to be a textbook on learning to write Chinese. It’s actually something a lot cooler than that, and I’m genuinely impressed with it.What struck me quite quickly was that this book is almost a book…
  • 李白 宮中行樂詞 一 translation: Lyrics for Wandering in the Palace I, by Li Bai (小小生金屋)

    Hugh Grigg (葛修远)
    12 Oct 2013 | 12:26 am
    This is a very rough translation and annotation of the poem 宮中行樂詞 一 (Gōngzhōng Xínglè Cí), ‘Lyrics for Wandering in the Palace I’, by the Tang Dynasty Chinese poet 李白 (Lǐ Bái). The poem is often referred to by its first line: 小小生金屋.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.The only ‘conversion’ type translation of this poem I’ve seen is this one by Herbert Allen Giles.
 
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  • Akihabara Shops 14

    danny
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:03 am
    Its that time where we go walkies around the holy land - Akihabara in Tokyo! Get off at Akihabara station on the JR Yamanote line to place yourself instantly in the center of Japanese Pop Culture.Places visited today includes Radio Kaikan, Mulan, Kotobukiya, Sega, Sofmap, Akiba Cultures Zone, Animate, Toranoana, Gamers and other small otaku stores in the back alleyways. First up is Mulan - the entire building is dedicated to new and second-hand otaku goodies.Remember that "the accounts become every each floor."Basement floor stocked with second hand prize figures - most of the ichiban kuji…
  • Moekana Second Edition

    danny
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:41 pm
    What is Moekana? Moekana is a set of illustrated flash cards to help you learn the basic Japanese syllabaries, hiragana and katakana. The pack of 56 different Moekana cards feature cute Japanese stylized illustrations that make learning Japanese fun and easy - but don't take my word for it......just ask one of the tens of thousands of folks worldwide who own a pack of Moekana!What's new in the Second Edition? This is the 2nd edition of Moekana which means that its not an entirely new product but a revamp of the previous one - just like there are 2nd editions of Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings…
  • Kizuna Yumeno

    danny
    13 Apr 2014 | 10:53 pm
    Since Chitose got an upgrade to her profile page on her birthday, many Kizuna fans have asked me to do the same for Kizuna-chan as well. Kizuna also seems to be getting popular lately. Like Chitose, Kizuna gets a fresh set of wallpapers too. 1 2 3 4 Profile Name: Kizuna YumenoJapanese Name: 夢乃きずな (ゆめのきずな)Birthday: November 1stHeight: 162cm3 size: B91cm W57cm H87cmAge: 17Blood type: B Kizuna Yumeno is a beautiful girl who all the boys at school adore. She always scores top marks in all her classes and also excels in her after school activities. Kizuna attends the same…
  • Japan Cherry Blossom

    danny
    12 Apr 2014 | 12:40 am
    Tis nearing the end of the cherry blossom (Sakura) season in Japan right now and here are a collection of this years bloom. Today we take a lookie around Nakameguro, Ueno Park, Negishi Forest Park (Yokohama) and Musashikoyama.Cherry blossoms in Japan only last a couple of weeks. Folks usually flock to spend time walking and talking under the blossoms - this is known as Hanami [花見]. The blossoms are beautiful to look at - especially at night when they are lit up. but as they say, "All good things come to an end" and before we know it the ground is scattered with petals and its all over…
  • Online Japan Store

    danny
    12 Apr 2014 | 12:37 am
    When I was studying Japanese many moons ago during an era when there was no Internets, I had to get myself along to a book shop called the Japan Center in London to hunt for magazines. This photo was taken way back then showing you what type of magazines I bought. Unfortunately no ecchi 2D girly magazines at that time which is always tough for strapping young lads who want to stay healthy...Online Japan store J-List however seem to be focused on the well being of everybody and have a load of health related magazines ^^; Following are a bunch of photos taken of a batch of magazines sent over…
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    Kirainet.com - A geek in Japan

  • Lolita Fashion in Shinjuku

    kirai
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:03 am
    Since so many tourists were attracted to the Harajuku bridge, it has become more and more difficult to spot young Japanese people dressed following the style of Tokyo urban tribes. Some years ago if you went on a Sunday to Harajuku it was very easy to see lolitas walking around and showing off. Nowadays it is much more difficult but if you are lucky you can still spot some small groups dressing as if they had came out of a fantasy animation movie set in an alternative Victorian era.
  • Patlabor in Kichijoji

    kirai
    14 Apr 2014 | 10:46 am
    Yesterday an 8-meter Patlabor mech appeared right in the middle of Kichijoji. It was part of the marketing campaign to promote the new Patlabor Next Generation. Photos via Huffingtonpost.jp Related posts: Giant Gundam in Odaiba
  • Kameido Tenjin

    kirai
    13 Apr 2014 | 12:37 am
    We ended our walk around Kameido in the Shintoist shrine Kameido Tenjin 亀戸天神. As it is open 24 hours every day, it can be visited at night and you can take great pictures with night illumination and with almost no tourists/visitors spoiling the photo. The first bridge right after the main torii is the bridge of the woman (Onnabashi 女橋: woman, bridge). The second bridge, right before arriving to the shrine area is the bridge of the man (Otokobashi 男橋: man, bridge) We visited it during the blossoming of the plum trees 梅 as you can see in the night photos, but the ideal moment…
  • Japanese Sleeping – 15

    kirai
    5 Apr 2014 | 4:42 am
    15th edition of my favorite photo series with brand new pictures of Japanese people caught sleeping in public. As always with all my respect and affection to the Japanese people, after so many years in Japan I also enjoy taking power naps in public places! This one was caught by @zordor This one was caught by Javilop. Other posts of Japanese people sleeping: Japanese Sleeping – 14 Japanese Sleeping – 13 Japanese Sleeping – 12 Japanese Sleeping – 11 Japanese Sleeping – 10 Japanese Sleeping – 9 Japanese Sleeping – 8 Japanese Sleeping – 7 Japanese…
  • Walking Around Kameido

    kirai
    20 Mar 2014 | 7:05 am
    Kameido is a neighborhood in east Tokyo (JR Sobu line from Akihabara to Chiba) which is not very touristy but it’s worth to take a stroll around its alleys. Nowadays the eastern part of Tokyo is the youngest and most lively part of the city (Shibuya, Shinjuku, Harajuku, etc), however during the Edo era the areas west and south of the Imperial Palace were the busiest ones. Even though Kameido, in east Tokyo, was destroyed during the Second World War it still maintains certain aura of past times. Kameido is very popular for its gyoza and horumon ホルモン restaurants. We had dinner in…
 
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  • Timeless Tokyo?

    Lee
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Tokyo changes incredibly quickly — so quickly in fact it arguably doesn’t have time to appreciate what it has in the first place. Buildings go up and down at a ferocious pace. Plus trends come and go in what seems like the blink of an eye. And yet for all its attempts at modernity, along with what’s often rather dubiously dubbed ‘progress’, some spots remain mercifully unchanged.
  • Female Asian faces

    Lee
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:30 pm
  • A rabid Japanese ultra-rightist

    Lee
    14 Apr 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Repressive powers of secrecy and the attempted re-writing of Japan’s wartime history are now the new norm under right-wing Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe. Add to that a new like-minded and supportive chief of NHK, the national broadcaster, plus an ongoing bid to change the country’s pacifist constitution, and Japan is in real danger of heading in a very worrying direction indeed. But for the man below, it must feel like his moment has finally come. A chance to instil hatred and spread further lies. A chance to ignorantly repeat history. And a chance to at last turn the clock back to a…
  • A 50-year-old Tokyo bar still run by its original owner

    Lee
    13 Apr 2014 | 4:30 pm
    At a youthful 24, the man below opened a little izakaya (Japanese bar) in a suburb of western Tokyo. A simple affair selling equally simple fare. And remarkably, 50 years down the line, they are both still there. Still with the same setup too. Only the faces have changed.
  • An incredibly disturbing doll

    Lee
    10 Apr 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Tokyo has its fair share of antique markets, many of which offer an interesting look into Japan’s past — both of the fairly recent variety, and much further back. But they can also offer you a look at something you’d rather not have seen, either in the past, or the present.
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    世論 What Japan Thinks

  • Takarazuka fans’ surprising unwritten rules

    Ken Y-N
    13 Apr 2014 | 8:22 am
    With Takarazuka Theatre celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, goo Ranking took a look at surprising unwritten rules of Takarazuka fan clubs and the stereotypical behaviour of Takrazuka fans. Demographics The survey was conducted from the 22nd to the 24th of February 2014, and 1,141 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 used to live just down the road from Takarazuka theatre, so every morning and evening going to and coming from work I could…
  • What men think women should have less of

    Ken Y-N
    30 Mar 2014 | 8:35 am
    A fun survey today from goo Ranking, a look at what men think women should be able to cope with decreasing. There was no female equivalent, but I’ll try to bring it to you if I see it. Demographics The survey was conducted from the 27th to 30th of January 2014, and 1,141 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. This question was obviously for the men only. Here’s some random out-of-focus women shopping: I cannot really find much to disagree…
  • Forgivably-cute self-centred utterances from your Japanese girlfriend

    Ken Y-N
    23 Mar 2014 | 9:34 am
    Sorry for being away for a couple of weeks, but I’ve been busy at work and unable to dedicate enough time to translation here. However, I’m back with goo Ranking looking at forgivably-cute self-centred things one’s girlfriend says. Demographics The survey was conducted from the 27th to the 30th of January 2014, and 1,141 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. Only the males in the sample answered this question. Here’s a Korean…
  • Bad table manners in others that Japanese cannot abide

    Ken Y-N
    9 Mar 2014 | 9:18 am
    goo Ranking recently published a survey looking at which bad table manners in other people just cannot stand. Demographics The survey was conducted from the 24th to the 27th of December 2013, and 1,076 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. Here’s a random foreigner doing a number 10 and perhaps 20 too, as the middle finger looks a bit out of alignment. Pretty much all of them annoy me to a certain exten; on the other hand, I can also be guilty of…
  • One in eight Japanese using two-factor authentication

    Ken Y-N
    6 Mar 2014 | 8:15 am
    japan.internet.com recently reported on a survey conducted by goo Research into two factor authentication, a security method that usually consists of a web site sending you an access code to your registered mobile phone when you try to log onto their services. Google also provide an Android application that generates the access codes locally. Demographics Between the 20th and 25th of February 2014 1,078 members of the goo Research online monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 53.5% of the sample were male, 13.4% in their teens, 15.8% in their twenties, 21.3% in their…
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  • Spring Weather

    Shibuya246
    9 Apr 2014 | 11:37 pm
    Such great weather out today. It was nice to see the temperature reach 20 degrees and enjoy the sunshine. Related posts: Tokyo Weather Wonderful weather in Tokyo today. The sun was out, the... Spring weather, Autumn reflection The Spring weather seems to be hiding just around the... Spring Walk, Kyoto Gosho The Kyoto Gosho, Imperial Palace and gardens are a great...
  • Kurashiki

    Shibuya246
    1 Apr 2014 | 1:02 am
    Ohara Museum of Art Canals Swans on the canal Streets are narrow here but it all adds to the charm Spring colors Ivy Square Museums and shops Inside the main area of Ivy Square Wonderful character in old streets Plenty of interesting shops Full of charm Sidestreets Ready for a ride Setting sun Time travelling Peaceful scene A little bit of sakura Related posts: Shimokitazawa Shimokitazawa is a popular area on the Odakyu and Inokashira... H&M v Uniqlo, Shibuya After a lot of construction to complete the building, H&M... Shibuya Streets Vol. 2 It’s been a while since we have had…
  • Amanohashidate in the rain

    Shibuya246
    26 Mar 2014 | 6:31 pm
    Amanohashidate Station Nice walk passed the shops even in the rain Lakes and Mountains Getting the big picture first Walking through the pathways Marking one of the 3 great scenery sites in Japan Bridges a plenty Taking the boat around to the end of the trail Slightly retouched to at least feel like the sun was shining Hitting the trail Pathways were very relaxing to walk Mix of water, mountains and trees Trying to find some sunshine casual eating areas Looks like a good place to hide Hard to escape the rain A family enjoying the day out as the sun makes a brief appearance Related posts:…
  • Hatake Sunset

    Shibuya246
    23 Mar 2014 | 6:30 am
    A quick glimpse of the fields as the sun starts to set Related posts: Kyoto Station Sunset As the summer months get warmer the sunsets in Kyoto... Shikoku Sunset The shibuya246 has been down for a few days and... Kamogawa Sunset We are into the rainy season now, but towards the...
  • Snow on Hieizan

    Shibuya246
    21 Mar 2014 | 6:35 am
    I went for a drive late in the day and caught some snow on Mt Hiei about half way up. Related posts: Morning Walk in the snow I took a quick morning walk to catch some sun... Snow in Tokyo The weather had got warmer for a while, but as... Japan Snow Train Just got back from my one night trip to Yokote...
 
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  • Spring Weather

    Shibuya246
    9 Apr 2014 | 11:37 pm
    Such great weather out today. It was nice to see the temperature reach 20 degrees and enjoy the sunshine. Related posts: Tokyo Weather Wonderful weather in Tokyo today. The sun was out, the... Spring weather, Autumn reflection The Spring weather seems to be hiding just around the... Spring Walk, Kyoto Gosho The Kyoto Gosho, Imperial Palace and gardens are a great...
  • Kurashiki

    Shibuya246
    1 Apr 2014 | 1:02 am
    Ohara Museum of Art Canals Swans on the canal Streets are narrow here but it all adds to the charm Spring colors Ivy Square Museums and shops Inside the main area of Ivy Square Wonderful character in old streets Plenty of interesting shops Full of charm Sidestreets Ready for a ride Setting sun Time travelling Peaceful scene A little bit of sakura Related posts: Shimokitazawa Shimokitazawa is a popular area on the Odakyu and Inokashira... H&M v Uniqlo, Shibuya After a lot of construction to complete the building, H&M... Shibuya Streets Vol. 2 It’s been a while since we have had…
  • Amanohashidate in the rain

    Shibuya246
    26 Mar 2014 | 6:31 pm
    Amanohashidate Station Nice walk passed the shops even in the rain Lakes and Mountains Getting the big picture first Walking through the pathways Marking one of the 3 great scenery sites in Japan Bridges a plenty Taking the boat around to the end of the trail Slightly retouched to at least feel like the sun was shining Hitting the trail Pathways were very relaxing to walk Mix of water, mountains and trees Trying to find some sunshine casual eating areas Looks like a good place to hide Hard to escape the rain A family enjoying the day out as the sun makes a brief appearance Related posts:…
  • Hatake Sunset

    Shibuya246
    23 Mar 2014 | 6:30 am
    A quick glimpse of the fields as the sun starts to set Related posts: Kyoto Station Sunset As the summer months get warmer the sunsets in Kyoto... Shikoku Sunset The shibuya246 has been down for a few days and... Kamogawa Sunset We are into the rainy season now, but towards the...
  • Snow on Hieizan

    Shibuya246
    21 Mar 2014 | 6:35 am
    I went for a drive late in the day and caught some snow on Mt Hiei about half way up. Related posts: Morning Walk in the snow I took a quick morning walk to catch some sun... Snow in Tokyo The weather had got warmer for a while, but as... Japan Snow Train Just got back from my one night trip to Yokote...
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  • Yokohama Winter 2014 Day 8

    Chad
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:31 am
    Christmas is a particularly big deal in Japan, thought not exactly for the right reasons. In past trips, we’d often barely miss the Christmas season. This time round however we had planned specifically to spend Christmas in Japan since the last visit. Randy and I were keen to experience Christmas here and I was looking forward to their famous illuminations.  Christmas and Christmas Eve aren’t public holidays in Japan. Randy had an appointment with a particularly famous Japanese game developer in the morning, so we headed over to Shibuya for the Shibuya Hikarie in the morning for…
  • Tokyo Winter 2014 Day 7

    Chad
    7 Apr 2014 | 6:39 am
    After checking out of the hotel this morning, it was time to head over to Nagasaki Airport for our flight over to Tokyo. As our luck would have it, there was actually a Rev. from DVL live over in Nagasaki this afternoon which we would have to miss. It would had been nice to see what all the hype was about. Headed over to the bus stop by Nagasaki Station to catch a coach bus to Nagasaki Airport, as per Google. However, after waiting around for quite a while with no bus in sight, check with the information staff there only to find out that we were on the wrong side of the road. The information…
  • Nagasaki Winter 2014 Day 6

    Chad
    25 Mar 2014 | 8:47 am
    It was our last full day in Nagasaki, but despite this, we had already covered most of the main sights in the small town yesterday, save for Clover Garden, churches and the Peace Park. We weren’t that interested in the first two however, since we’ve already done quite a bit of historical sightseeing, but the last was still a must visit. So once again, leaving early, we caught a tram from in front of the hotel a few streets north to the Nagasaki Peace Park which commemorates the atomic bombing of the city. Even though we’ve been seeing trams running all around Nagasaki (they…
  • Nagasaki Winter 2014 Day 5

    Chad
    15 Mar 2014 | 11:01 pm
    Today we would be exploring some of the popular destinations at Nagasaki, including Dejima and Mount Inasa. The day started with some light rains again, but according to the weather report, would let up later in the day. But before that, we had to return to the train terminal to see if we could recover the towel Gage left on the train yesterday. The train station was too small to have a dedicated lost and found area, so after asking at the information counter, was pointed to the main control station. After explaining our case, she went over to a bunch of carton boxes are emerged with the…
  • Nagasaki Winter 2014 Day 4

    Chad
    26 Feb 2014 | 8:03 am
    Checked out from our hotel in the morning, but we’d stay in Fukuoka for the afternoon. Hadn’t had time to plan ahead for the trip, so when we did book our hotels, there weren’t any affordable rooms available for the weekend in Hakata. To get around this, we’d spend the rest of the week at Nagasaki, but after researching at this last minute, we found out that there really wasn’t enough to fill up 3 full days at Nagasaki, thus the decision to spend the day in Hakata. The first thing we did in the morning was to check out the shrine below that our hotel shared a…
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    Lets Japan

  • 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,…
  • Beauty face pack masks looks like Kabuki facial expressions

    MW
    9 Dec 2013 | 3:26 am
    Beauty face packs that look like the facial contortions of Kabuki performers are being sold by a company that specializes in Kabuki-related products. The face pack patterns mimic the bright striped makeup worn by the actors in the bold aragoto style of Kabuki.   The mask sheets contain natural moisturizers and also have a whitening effect. Usage instructions are in Japanese and English. The Kabuki 2-sheet facial packs are for sale at the Kabuki-za theater in Tokyo, Haneda Airport in Tokyo, and Tokyo Midtown Galleria. The price is JPY 880. photos: Sankei MSN
  • Disaster cape for dogs has cushioned head hood

    MW
    28 Nov 2013 | 6:56 am
    A company that makes fashions for dogs has created the "Patent DIsaster Cape" earthquake and fire protection suit for dogs. The silver flame-retardant outfit is padded on the top to protect the dog’s head and back from falling objects. The wind-resistant cape is trimmed with reflective piping and comes in a compact flame-resistant storage bag. Price: JPY 19,800   More photos
 
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    The Japanofiles Podcast

  • Episode 58

    Japanofiles
    24 Mar 2014 | 2:37 am
    For today's Japanofiles Podcast, Dave talks with Steve Rubin and Tomoko Oguchi about their move from New York City to Matsumoto last year, their experiences working in both cities, and their plans for the future.
  • Episode 57

    Japanofiles
    26 Feb 2014 | 5:00 pm
    What do you do if you’re an English-speaking foreigner in Japan and you don’t teach English? Today John Koons, erstwhile language teacher, revisits the Japanofiles Podcast to talk about why he has taken a ‘leave of absence’ from English teaching, and then he shares some of the many interesting activities he's been pursuing the past several years.  
  • Episode 56

    Japanofiles
    27 Jan 2014 | 6:34 pm
    Today Dave goes downtown Matsumoto to visit Matsumoto Backpackers and talk with the owners, Brian and Shuko, about running a business in Japan. 
  • Episode 55

    Japanofiles
    28 Jul 2013 | 5:32 pm
    In a slight departure from the usual single-interview format, Dave talks with a number of people for a short audio piece about Matsumoto, and then Winifred Bird shares a story from her neighborhood. 
  • Episode 54

    Japanofiles
    26 Jun 2013 | 3:57 pm
    The Japanofiles Podcast is back!  In today's program, Alan and Sarah Lamberg discuss their experiences living and working in rural Nagano Prefecture, and they also talk about volunteer work for the Japan Cat Network in Tohoku. 
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  • nekoblog is moving!

    nekochan
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:40 am
    see you on the other side www.dieknoblauchkatze.ch
  • Red and suede

    nekochan
    13 Apr 2014 | 11:00 am
    Es war Liebe auf den ersten Blick und seit dem ich sie bei Mango vor etwa drei Wochen gekauft habe, habe ich sie jeden Tag an und könnte mir ein Leben ohne sie gar nicht mehr vorstellen. Ich wollte schon immer mal eine Lederjacke, aber irgendwie ist es nie dazu gekommen. Nun hab ich eine und fühl mich richtig wohl darin. Als ich an einem Sonntagmorgen meinen Freund weckte, um Fotos zu schiessen, war es noch ganz leer, aber auch noch ziemlich kalt, was mich aber nicht davon abhielt, meine knappsten shorts anzuziehen und rauszugehen. Die Location war eine Bar, ganz in unserer Nähe. Ich war…
  • Ikea Babies and a happy cloud

    nekochan
    2 Apr 2014 | 2:12 pm
    Das Versprechen, keine Plüschtiere mehr zu kaufen, kam irgendwann mal vor 4 Jahren auf Okinawa, wo ich mir mein angeblich letztes Plüschtier, eine Mantaroche aus dem Churaumi Aquarium, kaufte. Natürlich ist es nicht bei diesem letzten Plüschtier geblieben und zur Mantaroche haben sich viele andere Tiere gesellt. Warum ich euch das alles erzähle? Nun ja, mit Mirjam war ich heute Nachmittag in der Ikea, und wieder ein Mal ist mir bewusst geworden, was für ein Mädchen ich doch immer noch bin. Alles was irgendwie hübsch aussah, rosa, bunt, blumig, niedlich und was Mädchen eben sonst noch…
  • Strawberry cocktails, oysters & a Ducati

    nekochan
    29 Mar 2014 | 10:35 am
    Hallo Mädels! Gestern hat in Zürich die “Lange Nacht der Mode” stattgefunden. Eigentlich war ich zu nem Starbucksevent eingeladen, aber ich hab kurzentschlossen meine Pläne geändert, mich mit Mirjam von Chic und schlau getroffen und Laura von Laurita.ch gleich mitgenommen. Der Abend ging mit einem Abstecher im Globus los, wo mutig Unterwäsche an nicht mehr ganz so jungen Models präsentiert, und Erdbeercocktails geschlürft wurden. Nach dem zweiten Erdeebercocktail war die Stimmung bereits gelockert und das Eis gebrochen. Ich war nicht sonderlich gut vorbereitet und hatte…
  • John Lemon meets the Poppies

    nekochan
    22 Feb 2014 | 11:05 am
    Hey there Cutie Pies! How have you been doing all week long? I had some pretty busy days but am looking forward to a few days of snowboarding now! I don’t exactly know why but last week I spontaneously decided to actually give it a try and bake something myself. If you’re a reader of this blog, you probably know, that I’m not the most diligent baker and that I always fail at sticking to recipes, but since it was Valentine’s day I felt like overcoming myself and make muffins for my love and family. Since I didn’t have any chocolate but many lemons, I looked-up a…
 
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    Asian Lifestyle Design

  • Ancient Eastern Wisdom of Self-Healing Workshop in Seattle

    Jenny
    9 Apr 2014 | 4:41 pm
    MindBodyChi Health Workshop – Ancient Eastern Wisdom of Self-Healing Date:  April 19, 2014, Saturday Time:  9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Location :  Belltown Community Center, 415 Bell Street, Seattle, WA  98121 ($5.00 parking across the street) Cost $150 - register through me at jenny@asianlifestyledesign  for a 10% discount! – lunch included This is a One-Day Health Workshop led by Master Shan-Tung Hsu, Ph. D, my feng shui master that I always refer to in my blog!  You can now come and hear him live,  and learn the Eastern wisdom of self-healing. You will learn: Breathing…
  • What the Feng Shui of Trees can Teach Us about Life

    Jenny
    1 Apr 2014 | 12:24 pm
    Every time I visit family in Hawaii, I always marvel at the vegetation.  There are just so many beautiful trees.  I don’t know if it’s because of the climate, blue skies or ocean, but why do the trees there look better than the ones where I live?  Or is it just my personal biases. While taking in its beauty I began to wonder what makes a tree grow to its potential?  Why does the same species of tree grow to different sizes? Common sense tells us  it all depends on the environment it’s placed in.  And that’s feng shui.  So we can say, the feng shui of the plant…
  • Chinese Pollution is a Reality

    Jenny
    25 Mar 2014 | 1:09 am
    The Chinese have a wonderfully rich culture that I love to learn about and I’ve always dreamed about visiting the country.  My only concern about going there is the pollution.  Growing up in Tokyo, I remember we had really bad days of pollution.  I don’t know how they cleaned it up, but it got better as the years went by.  Now that we live in the Pacific Northwest, we are blessed with lots of trees and greenery.  We take all this clean air for granted now. Okay, China is a very big country and every city is different.  But, in general the air quality in major cities compared…
  • Rice with Chinese Sausage and Bok Choy

    Jenny
    18 Mar 2014 | 12:49 am
    Growing up in Hawaii, we used to eat Chinese sausage, or lap cheong, just thinly sliced and fried with plain white rice.  I liked that sweet taste.  It brings back memories of our childhood. Lap cheong is a fatty sausage, that’s a little sweet, not savory.  It’s pretty readily available on the West Coast, and keeps quite well in the refrigerator.  It’s sold in a package like the one in the photo and they come 2 in a vacuum pack.   I like to have this handy in my refrigerator. This is Winnie’s recipe with lap cheong using a rice cooker.  She adds bok choy, or…
  • Chayote – Buddha’s Palms/Hands – Salad

    Jenny
    11 Mar 2014 | 12:30 am
    I first came across chayote in Costa Rica, as it’s commonly sold on the street.  It tastes like a mild squash.  The outside green skin is thin and can be peeled using a peeler.  The inner white flesh is rather firm, but very mild in flavor and reminds me of a cucumber.  It also has a sort of pit/seed in the center, that must be removed.  Apparently, this fruit is native of Central America, where they often consume it cooked.  I fried mine and they were similar to squash, but it retained it’s firmness.  However, the Chinese also enjoy it raw and I like the crunchy texture.
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    GaijinPot

  • GPod 19: Anime Addicts Anonymous Podcast

    Anthony Joh
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:41 pm
    Download the Podcast | Follow on SoundCloud | Subscribe on iTunes The genre of anime films have exploded in popularity around the world recently and to help us understand this phenomenon Anthony has invited Mitsugi and Chiaki from the Anime Addicts Anonymous Podcast to discuss their top five landmark films that have helped define the world of anime. Akira Director: Katsuhiro Otomo Release Date: July 16th, 1988 A film that was so influential it helped create an anime distribution system in America, Akira is considered a forerunner of the second wave of anime fandom that began in the early…
  • NOA CAFE Ginza, The Waffle District

    Lynn Allmon
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:41 pm
    Ginza is best known as a shopping district, with streets upon streets of expensive, brand-name stores to back up this perception. Personally, though, I’d like it to be known for its small, cozy cafes. Those with a sweet tooth will be delighted to know that Ginza’s cafes have a strong focus on dessert. From cakes to parfaits, there’s no shortage of sweets to choose from in Ginza, but one of the items most favored by locals is the humble NOA CAFE waffle. NOA CAFE has a very popular morning set which consists of a drink, waffles or toast, and a salad. The morning set is only…
  • The Sake Breweries of Hida Takayama

    John Asano
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:22 pm
    Hida Takayama is an Edo Period castle town tucked away in the beautiful Japan Alps. It is located in northern Gifu Prefecture in an area known as the roof of Japan. One of the great things about Hida Takayama is that it can be tackled on foot or bicycle with most of the main sights located around the center of town, and within easy walking distance from the station. It has a unique culture that takes influence from both Kyoto and Edo (Tokyo) along with its own unique customs and traditions. A great stop on the way to Hida Takayama is the onsen resort town of Gero Onsen. Hida Takayama is…
  • Tiny Trees: The Art of Bonsai in Omiya-Koen

    Cynthia Popper
    13 Apr 2014 | 7:07 pm
    Festivals, tea ceremony, hanami: any research you do on cultural goings-on in Japan will turn up a load of options and activities, but one that most Westerners know about yet few have really experienced is the art of bonsai. While researching this article, I told a few friends living here what I was up to, and their responses were something like “Oh YEAH…bonsai. Tiny trees. Cool.” Cool indeed. The legacy of bonsai has real historical underpinnings to Japanese culture, and the once flourishing practice of bonsai making has dwindled down to a very small, but incredibly impressive…
  • Tokyo’s Pedestrian Paradises

    Lynn Allmon
    12 Apr 2014 | 7:04 pm
    Finally, spring has graced Tokyo with its presence. Evenings may still require a coat, but afternoons are warm enough to walk around outside with just a light jacket between you and the atmosphere. Some may be content to spend their free afternoons this spring exploring Tokyo by walking along the sidewalks. For those who aren’t content with only sidewalks, Tokyo has another option: Pedestrian Paradises. The Japanese word for these majestic once-a-week occurrences is 歩行者天国 (hokousha tengoku). If you want to sound hip, you can used the shortened version, ホコ天 (hokoten). Of…
 
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