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  • 7 Habits You Learn After Living in Japan

    GaijinPot
    Kelsey Leuzinger
    24 Aug 2014 | 11:52 pm
    When you first arrive in Japan, it’s easy to make a lot of rookie mistakes. Japan’s history dates back thousands of years, and their culture shows it. From greetings to eating habits, everything about Japanese customs takes time to learn. But what happens after you’ve lived in Japan a while? Here are some habits you gain after becoming a veteran of Japanese life. 1) Using a Japanese toilet When first arriving in Japan, most foreigners cringe at the thought of using the dreaded Japanese-style squat toilet. We happily rush for the western-style one, only to find what seems like a robot…
  • Onigawara – Japanese roof tiles at Toji-in temple in Kyoto

    90 days in Kyoto
    Jenny Feuerpeil
    24 Aug 2014 | 5:19 pm
    When I left the temple, I saw a lot of Japanese roof tiles (kawara 瓦), ornamental end pieces and ogre tiles called onigawara (鬼瓦) arranged on the ground under a tree. The temple just underwent major restoration work and the tiles were probably stored/exhibited there. The first thing that caught my eye was a row of neatly arranged roof end tiles with a typical Japanese ornament. These symbols are called Kamon (家紋) – emblems used by a family, a temple or an individual, much like a family crest in the western world. This one is made up of three comma shapes that move clockwise…
  • Japan airports' Wi-Fi allows snooping

    News On Japan
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:07 am
    Users of free wireless Internet connections at Japan's Narita, Kansai and Kobe airports are vulnerable to electronic eavesdropping of their e-mail and web browsing, a study by an information and communications specialist showed Tuesday. (Bangkok Post)
  • Learn English with Darth Vader

    i heart japan - Japan travel tips and info about Japan
    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
  • In a first, Japan records fewer than 500,000 births in first half of year

    News On Japan
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:01 am
    The number of babies born in Japan in the January to June period dropped 2.7 percent from a year earlier to 496,391, pointing to the possibility of the annual figure slipping below the 1 million mark for the first time on record, government data showed Tuesday. (Japan Times)
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    JCN Newswire

  • DOCOMO and Huawei Confirm LTE Network over Unlicensed Spectrum

    21 Aug 2014 | 12:37 pm
    NTT DOCOMO, INC., a personalized mobile solutions provider for smarter living, together with DOCOMO Beijing Communications Laboratories Co., Ltd. and Huawei announced today that their joint test has successfully demonstrated that LTE can be deployed over the 5GHz unlicensed spectrum, which is widely used for wireless LAN networks in many countries today.
  • NEC Ranks First in NIST Fingerprint Matching Technology Benchmark Test

    21 Aug 2014 | 6:04 am
    NEC Corporation's fingerprint identification technology has garnered the top place for matching accuracy in the Proprietary Fingerprint Template Test (PFT II), a benchmark test conducted by the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to measure performance of fingerprint matching software by utilizing vendor proprietary fingerprint templates.
  • Suprema Launches Enhanced IP Access Control Device

    20 Aug 2014 | 10:04 am
    Suprema Launches Enhanced IP Access Control Device
  • City of Tigre Renews Use of NEC's Face Recognition Technology

    18 Aug 2014 | 7:39 am
    The Municipality of Tigre in Argentina has announced that it is using NEC Corporation's NeoFace Watch face recognition software, combining the high speed, high accuracy face recognition algorithms from NEC with a scalable, high performance, next-generation face matching software application.
  • Fujitsu Enhances Big Data Analytics Solution to Facilitate Decision-Making on the Front Lines of Business

    14 Aug 2014 | 3:54 am
    Fujitsu Limited today announced that QlikView, a business intelligence (BI) tool from data visualization product market leader Qlik Technologies, Inc., has been embedded into the data analysis model provided by FUJITSU Business Application Operational Data Management & Analytics, a Fujitsu solution that enables the effective use of big data.
 
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    News On Japan

  • Japan airports' Wi-Fi allows snooping

    27 Aug 2014 | 12:07 am
    Users of free wireless Internet connections at Japan's Narita, Kansai and Kobe airports are vulnerable to electronic eavesdropping of their e-mail and web browsing, a study by an information and communications specialist showed Tuesday. (Bangkok Post)
  • In a first, Japan records fewer than 500,000 births in first half of year

    27 Aug 2014 | 12:01 am
    The number of babies born in Japan in the January to June period dropped 2.7 percent from a year earlier to 496,391, pointing to the possibility of the annual figure slipping below the 1 million mark for the first time on record, government data showed Tuesday. (Japan Times)
  • Japan to lower cap on juvenile bluefin tuna catches

    26 Aug 2014 | 11:24 pm
    With mature Pacific bluefin tuna nearing record lows due to overfishing, Japan announced Tuesday that it will limit hauls of young tuna by region, a move that is likely to keep prices high. (Nikkei)
  • Embattled Japanese lab fails to reproduce STAP cells

    26 Aug 2014 | 11:23 pm
    Scientists at Riken, the Japanese institute behind claims of an ingeniously novel method of creating stem cells, have been unable to duplicate the process despite multiple attempts, sources said Tuesday. (Nikkei)
  • Japan July services producer prices up 3.7 pct

    26 Aug 2014 | 11:17 pm
    Japan's services producer price index in July rose 3.7 pct from a year before, the Bank of Japan said Tuesday. (Jiji Press)
 
 
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    An Eternal Thought in the Mind of Godzilla

  • Tokyo Wars: 8/28 - 9/30

    Patrick Macias
    11 Aug 2014 | 1:18 pm
  • Anison and Harajuku Collide at "Heavy Pop" Club Event

    Patrick Macias
    6 Aug 2014 | 3:26 pm
    Fun fact: I barely go out at all when I’m here in San Francisco. I like my Xbox and HDTV waaaaay too much. But when in Tokyo – which is where I spent most of June this summer – I’m continually running around, bugging people if they “know of any events”, and hightailing it to whatever weird scene or place makes itself available. Case in point: Heavy Pop Vol. 16, a head spinning mix of crazy outfits, Anison delights, packed with assorted jpop and techno highlights. Heavy Pop, organized by Ray Ochiai, is a regular club party event with strong ties to the Harajuku scene. To wit: a…
  • Anison Disco event at Shibuya WOMB / アニソンディスコ @渋谷WOMB 6.28.14

    Patrick Macias
    31 Jul 2014 | 3:02 pm
    Glowstick trails… anime themes at warp speed bpms… legions of cosplayers dancing and laughing in the dark… My heads-spinning summer of Anison (otaku-speak for “anime songs”) began last month in Tokyo with a visit to a club event called AniLOVE!!, which you can read about here.   And it was at AniLOVE!! that the gang there suggested that we check out another regular anison event that’s been active in Japan for nearly 4 years now… Anison Disco, a name which conjured up images of big afros, funky platform heels, and wide lapel shirts. While there was a giant…
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    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.
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    Japan Economy Watch

  • Abenomics - What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

    Edward Hugh
    14 Aug 2014 | 8:05 am
    If this week's economics news is positive then that is good.  But if it's bad then that's even better, since there is more potential for it to improve next week, and if it doesn't, well that's doubly better since there will be  even more reason for central banks to step in and push up asset prices. Maybe all this sounds peculiar, even perverse, but it would seem to be how many people working in
  • Japan Inflation At A 32 Year High?

    Edward Hugh
    29 Jun 2014 | 12:23 pm
    Just in case anyone was in any doubt last weeks newspaper  headlines blared it out for us loud and clear - Japanese inflation is back, and has even hit levels last seen in 1982. (Click on image below for better viewing). In fact consumer prices in Japan rose at an annual rate of 3.4% in May according to the Bank of Japan's preferred measure, driven higher from one month to another by the
  • Will Japan Re-enter Deflation in April 2015?

    Edward Hugh
    20 Jun 2014 | 3:20 am
    Reading the most recent statements from Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda or Finance Minister Taro Aso you would get the impression that the days of deflation are now well and truly numbered in Japan. Martin Schulz, economist at Fujitsu Research Institute in Tokyo, goes even further. “Deflation is over in Japan,” he told Bloomberg Television First Up’s Angie Lau . Even Japan’s industrial
  • The Growing Mess Which Will Be Left Behind By The Abenomics Experiment

    Edward Hugh
    2 Mar 2014 | 3:30 am
    According to wikipedia, "overdetermination is a phenomenon whereby a single observed effect is determined by multiple causes at once, any one of which alone might be enough to account for ("determine") the effect.That is, there are more causes present than are necessary to generate the effect".  In this strictly technical sense Japan's deflation problem is overdetermined - there are multiple
  • The Real Experiment That Is Being Carried Out In Japan

    Edward Hugh
    13 May 2013 | 9:06 am
    The future never resembles the past - as we well know. But, generally speaking, our imagination and our knowledge are too weak to tell us what particular changes to expect. We do not know what the future holds. Nevertheless, as living and moving beings, we are forced to act. - John Maynard Keynes Discussions of the population problem have always had the capacity to stir up public sentiment much
 
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    Culture Japan - Your portal to Japan - Posts

  • CJ Night Jakarta 2014

    danny
    13 Aug 2014 | 10:18 pm
    Photos from last years CJ Night Jakarta which we will be doing again this year - same venue (Jakarta Design Centre, Lotus Room) on Mon 18th from 6 - 9PM. I'll be at AFAID for all 3 days and hope to see you there. If I'm not at my booth then I will most likely be on stage MC'ing. If we don't manage to catch up with each other at AFAID, we can certainly do so at CJ Night. CJ Night is a place for like minded comrades to mingle and get to know each other. I love spending time with readers and will be doing the usual signing and photo sessions and hunting for talent too ^o^ Also feel free to bring…
  • AFAID 14 Merchandise

    danny
    11 Aug 2014 | 12:35 am
    Its that time of year again - Asia's biggest anime event AFA (AFAID) returns to Indonesia for the 3rd consecutive time this weekend 15 - 17th August. There will be a ton of seiyuu, anime producers/directors and a huge hall full of exhibitors which includes us ^o^ This first photo is of the Culture Japan booth at AFAID which got rather crowded at times ^^;Here's a quick overview of what we have available this year for AFA Indonesia! Prices are all in IDR and includes tax.4 designs of T-shirts will be available, 3 of which are new in Indonesia. Prices go down the more you buy. Save up to…
  • Uchimizu 2014

    danny
    8 Aug 2014 | 12:59 am
    Uchimizu [打ち水] - the tradition where water is sprinkled over the roads is not only done to cool down the temperature but to also subdue dust from flying about. Every year there is an uchimizu event held in Akihabara and this year's one took place last weekend. Usually there is a maid theme but this year it was all Yukata. Following are photos from the event. All are HD 1920px x 1080px so you can use em as wallpaper too.If you want to see what it was like with the maids then check out the first Uchimizu post I done - it was a while ago though so the photos are kinda small ><Find…
  • Kancolle Anime

    danny
    4 Aug 2014 | 5:27 pm
    You've been playing the game and buying the figures - now you can watch the anime too - but will have to wait until early next year. Until then you can check out the trailer which was released yesterday. This post contains a video, click here to view. If the video was eaten, try this Youtube search query.Kantai Collection [艦隊これくしょん -艦これ-], also known as "Kancolle", is an upcoming anime based on the Kantai Collection online social card game. The anime will be directed by Kusakawa Keizou [草川 啓造] (Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha series, Campione!) with series…
  • Kyoto Traditional Hotel

    danny
    31 Jul 2014 | 11:10 pm
    Before I start - want to let you know about the new HD template which this post uses. You can add annotations as usual from the link in the bottom right of the photo. If you dont want to see annotations then just move your mouse to the scroll bar or menu bar at top of page. All photos are HD but resize with the browser and should make good wallpapers for many of you. Dont scroll on the map or you will just zoom in and out. Will talk more about these changes in a separate post soon. If you are travelling to Kyoto then I presume you are after more of the traditional sights of Japan in which…
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    japan running news

  • Incheon Asian Games Unveils 15000-Person Athletes' Village

    Brett Larner
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:28 pm
    http://www.47news.jp/smp/CN/201408/CN2014082601001851.html translated by Brett Larner With one month to go until the start of track and field competition, the 2014 Incheon Asian Games athletes' village where competitors will stay during the Games was unveiled to the media on Aug. 26.  With 2200 rooms in 22 newly-built apartment buildings in Incheon, South Korea, the village is capable of
  • Kikuchi and Takenaka Join Farah, Kiprotich, Kiplagat and Keitany at Sept. 7 Great North Run

    Brett Larner
    25 Aug 2014 | 3:19 pm
    by Brett Larner photos by rikujolove 2014 Copenhagen World Half Marathon Japanese national team members Masato Kikuchi (Team Konica Minolta) and Risa Takenaka (Team Shiseido) will join London Olympics and Moscow World Championships 5000 m and 10000 m double gold medalist Mo Farah (GBR), London and Moscow marathon gold medalist Stephen Kiprotich (Uganda), Daegu and Moscow World Championships
  • Onogawa and Takamatsu Take Gold at 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympics - Day Five and Six Japanese Results

    Brett Larner
    25 Aug 2014 | 7:28 am
    by Brett Larner Following up on Sunday's double silver medal haul, girls' 3000 m favorite Nozomi Musembi Takamatsu and 10000 m race walk entrant Minoru Onogawa delivered PB performances to bring Japan a pair of gold medals on the fifth day of athletics competition at the 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympics. #1-seeded Takamatsu, 4th at the Eugene World Junior Championships in a then-PB 9:02.85, showed
  • Ndirangu Wins Hiroshima Cross-Country Meet

    Brett Larner
    24 Aug 2014 | 3:23 pm
    by Brett Larner Despite weeks of heavy rains that brought fatal landslides across the Hiroshima region, the 2014 Hiroshima Cross-Country Meet went ahead as planned under relatively good conditions.  Charles Ndirangu (Team JFE Steel), a graduate of the local Sera H.S. ekiden program that previously produced the likes of sub-27 man Bedan Karoki (DeNA RC) and 2012 Fukuoka International Marathon
  • Osako and Hanyu Chase Records in Europe While Tayama Twins Take New Caledonia

    Brett Larner
    24 Aug 2014 | 2:44 pm
    by Brett Larner Waseda University graduate Suguru Osako (Team Nissin Shokuhin) turned up at Sunday's Birmingham Grand Prix to run with sometimes training partner Mo Farah in pursuit of fellow Waseda grad Kensuke Takezawa's Japanese national record of 8:24.69.  While Farah went out way ahead of the field to set a European area record of 8:07.85 for the win, Osako came up a few seconds short of
 
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    Reuters: ワールド

  • スウェーデンの経済成長率予想を下方修正=政府系シンクタンク

    27 Aug 2014 | 1:49 am
    [ストックホルム 27日 ロイター] - スウェーデンの国立経済調査研究所(NIER)は27日、2014年の経済成長率予想を下方修正した。NIERは6月時点の予想で2014年の成長率を2.2%、2015年を3%としていたが、今回2014年を1.8%、2015年を3.1%とした。
  • 韓国が2022年までに退職年金導入を義務づけ、142万社対象

    27 Aug 2014 | 1:39 am
    [ソウル 27日 ロイター] - 韓国の企画財政部は、高齢化で増え続ける社会福祉コストの軽減を目指し、2022年までに全ての国内対象企業に退職年金の導入を義務付ける方針を明らかにした。
  • トルコ新内閣、29日に発表へ=エルドアン次期大統領

    27 Aug 2014 | 12:54 am
    [アンカラ 27日 ロイター] - トルコのエルドアン次期大統領は27日、ダウトオール次期首相による新内閣が29日に発表されると明らかにした。エルドアン氏は与党支持者らに対し、「ダウトオール氏に明日組閣するよう指示し、新内閣は29日に発表される」と述べた。
  • タイ輸出7月は予想外の減少、輸入は13カ月連続減

    27 Aug 2014 | 12:19 am
    [バンコク 27日 ロイター] - タイ商業省が発表した7月の貿易統計によると、輸出は前年同月比0.85%減と、予想外の減少となった。ロイターがまとめた予想は4.0%増だった。
  • 周氏捜査は法の適用例外ないことを示す=中国最高人民法院長

    26 Aug 2014 | 11:25 pm
    [上海 27日 ロイター] - 最高人民法院(最高裁)の周強院長は、中国共産党が周永康・前党政治局常務委員への捜査開始を決定したことは、どの党員も法の適用対象から逃れられないことを明確に示したとの見解を明らかにした。政府系通信社の中国新聞社が報じた。
 
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    ITpro総合

  • 富士通、米Tintriの仮想サーバー向けストレージをOEM販売(ニュース)

    27 Aug 2014 | 1:11 am
     富士通は2014年8月27日、VMware仮想マシン環境に特化したストレージ装置「ETERNUS TR series」を発表、同日販売を開始した。9月26日から出荷する。米Tintriの「Tintri VMstore T600シリーズ」のOEM(相手先ブランドによる生産)に当たる。最小構成時の価格(税別)は、初年度サポート込みで1621万1000円から。
  • LINE、「LINE グループ購入」など“つながり”を生かすECの新機能(ニュース)

    27 Aug 2014 | 12:51 am
     LINEは2014年8月27日、スマートフォン向けECサービス「LINE MALL」に関する新機能を発表した。メッセージングアプリ「LINE」でつながりのある人と共同で割安に商品を購入できる「LINE グループ購入」、LINE上の友人に贈り物を送れる「LINE ギフト」などを通じて、LINE上の“つながり”を消費につなげる。こうした機能の公開に合わせて、企業による出店も増やす計画だ。
  • 米シーゲイト、8テラバイトのHDDを出荷(ニュース)

    27 Aug 2014 | 12:02 am
     米シーゲイトテクノロジーは2014年8月26日、8テラバイト(TB)のHDDの出荷開始を発表した。3.5インチ型でインタフェースはSerial ATA 6Gbps。3.5インチ型は、これまで6TBモデルが最大で、8TBのHDDは世界初となる。
  • 【FeliCa Connect 2014】FeliCaを世界に、来日客へのおもてなしに活かす(インタビュー&トーク)

    26 Aug 2014 | 11:22 pm
     2014年7月17日、18日に東京・渋谷のヒカリエで開催された、FeliCa/NFC関連のイベント「FeliCa Connect 2014」の基調講演では、FeliCaやNFCを活用した企業や日本の将来像を占う講演が続いた。NTTドコモでiモードの誕生から発展を担った夏野剛氏が「FeliCaは中央銀行が発行する電子マネーになり得る」と大きな視点で将来像を見据えて講演したほか、スターバックス コーヒー…
  • 米CapyがSaaS型リスクベース認証、1ユーザー当たり月額10円で提供(ニュース)

    26 Aug 2014 | 10:42 pm
     米Capyの日本支社は2014年8月27日、Webサイトへの不正ログインを防止するSaaS型サービス「Capyリスクベース認証」を発表、同日提供を開始した。ログイン時の時間帯や場所といった情報から“ユーザー本人である確率”を数値化してWebサイトに通知する。
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    SourceForge.JP Magazine

  • 汎用ビルドツール「Qt Build Suite 1.3」リリース

    末岡洋子
    26 Aug 2014 | 11:01 pm
     フィンランドDigiaのQt Projectは8月26日、汎用ビルドツール「Qt BQuild Suite 1.3.0」をリリースした。ソースコードおよびWindows向けのバイナリパッケージが公開されている。 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Javaビルドツール「Apache Ant 1.9」がリリース、Java 1.5が必須に Java/Groovyベースのビルドツール「Gradle 1.5」リリース、依存性解決機能の強化や性能改善などが行われる…
  • 科学計算処理向け動的言語「Julia 0.3」リリース

    末岡洋子
    26 Aug 2014 | 3:13 am
     科学技術計算分野向けの高水準プログラミング言語「Julia」開発チームは8月20日、「Julia 0.3」をリリースした。性能を改善したほか、ライブラリにもさまざまな強化が行われている。 ニュース オープンソース プログラミング 末岡洋子 プログラミング言語 関連記事アートやグラフィックデザイン向けのプログラミング言語「Processing 2」リリース…
  • 米Sencha、モバイルアプリ開発フレームワーク「Sencha Touch 2.4」リリース

    末岡洋子
    25 Aug 2014 | 10:22 pm
     米Senchaは8月25日、さまざまなモバイルプラットフォーム向けアプリケーションを開発できるJavaScriptベースの開発フレームワーク「Sencha Touch 2.4」をリリースした。オープンソース版を同社のWebサイトより入手できる。 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 モバイル 関連記事リッチアプリ用JavaScriptライブラリの「Sencha Ext JS 5」がリリース、タッチをサポート 米Sencha、性能強化やIE10サポートが加えられた「Sencha Touch…
  • 電子書籍管理ソフト「Calibre 2.0」リリース、EPUBとAZW3に対応した編集エディタを導入

    末岡洋子
    24 Aug 2014 | 11:06 pm
     オープンソースの電子書籍管理ソフトウェア「Calibre」開発チームは8月21日、メジャーアップデート版となる「Calibre 2.0」をリリースした。EPUBおよびAZW3の両フォーマットに対応した電子書籍エディタなど、さまざまな機能強化が加わっている。 ニュース オープンソース 末岡洋子 関連記事細かい機能強化が加えられた「Calibre 1.4」リリース 電子書籍管理ツール「Calibre 1.0」リリース、Word形式ドキュメントの変換をサポート…
  • MariaDBベースの完全同期型レプリケーション「MariaDB Galera Cluster 5.5.39」リリース

    末岡洋子
    21 Aug 2014 | 10:54 pm
     MariaDB Foundationは8月21日、MariaDB向けのマルチマスタークラスターシステム「MariaDB Galera Cluster 5.5.39」をリリースした。最新のMariaDBをベースとし、wsrep(WriteSet Replication) APIも更新した。 ニュース オープンソース デベロッパー データベース 末岡洋子 関連記事並列レプリケーションを導入、MySQLフォークの「MariaDB 10」がGAに MariaDBがクラスタ「MariaDB Galera Cluster」のGA版リリース LGPLのMySQL/MariaDBクライアントライブラリ「MariaDB Client…
 
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    IDEA*IDEA

  • 昔から気になっていた「HDR写真」についてきっちり学べた『HDR写真 魔法のかけ方レシピ』

    taguchi
    27 Aug 2014 | 1:25 am
    「HDR写真 魔法のかけ方レシピ」を献本いただきました。感謝! さてHDR。個人的には「なんかパキッとした写真になるやつでしょ?」というふわっとしたイメージしか持っていなかったのですが、この本を読んでいろいろ勉強になりました。そういうことだったのね…。 HDR(Hight Dynamic Range)は HDRを使えばあとは調整次第でアーティスティックな表現も可能。 明度の差が激しい風景写真などはいいけど、動きのある写真、人物系には不向き。…
  • VFXを駆使して子供をアクション映画に登場させている『Action Movie Kid』

    taguchi
    25 Aug 2014 | 9:21 pm
    素晴らしいお父さんw。VFX技術を駆使して子供をアクション映画に登場させているようです。たくさん動画があがっていますが、パート1とパート2でまとめられていますね。 ↑ 3分ほどの映像です。よく出来てる。 ↑ こちらはパート2。こちらも3分弱。 » Action Movie Kid – YouTube
  • このサイトのこのポート空いている?がわかる『Port Checker』

    taguchi
    24 Aug 2014 | 9:48 pm
    ↑ IP or ドメインとポート番号を入力すればOK。 » Port Checker – Check Port forwarding
  • ブレスレット型のスマホチャージャー『Q』

    taguchi
    24 Aug 2014 | 9:43 pm
    ↑ サイズは3つ。AndroidにもiPhoneにも対応しています。お値段は$80ぐらい。 ↑ 充電するときはこうすればOK。 ちなみにバッテリー容量は1,160mAh。このブレスレットを充電するには90分かかるようです。 » Q Designs | Stylish Utility
  • ヴァニラ画廊でオリエント工業のアレを見てきた

    taguchi
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:19 pm
    前から行ってみたかったヴァニラ画廊で気になる展示があったのでちょっと寄ってみましたよ。銀座8丁目なので新橋から行ったほうが近いですね。 ↑ 雑居ビルの地下2Fです。 なんというか、よく話題にあがるオリエント工業のアレですね。なお、展示場は18禁&写真撮影禁止です。入場料は1,000円ですが、なかなか濃いパンフレットがもらえたので満足ですw。 展示はRoom AとRoom B。こじんまりとしているので15分ぐらいで見られるのでは。…
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    キャリアクロス外資系求人サイト

  • 【要英語力】プロデューサー/ Producer - デジタルマーケティングエージェンシー

    27 Aug 2014 | 12:12 am
    「プロデューサー」として、デジタルマーケティングエージェンシーで実力を発揮!英語力のある方を求めます。 ▽FICCの魅力 クライアントは大手グローバルクライアント: キリン、シック、ユニリーバなどの大手メーカーと、直接コミュニケーションを取りながら、デジタルマーケティング施策を提案! 英語力を活かせる: 企画書作成やプレゼンテーション。ビジネス英語のスキルをお持ちの方には魅力的なポジション! スキルアップ:…
  • ディレクター / Director

    27 Aug 2014 | 12:11 am
    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。…
  • パフォーマンス コンサルタント / Performance Consultant

    27 Aug 2014 | 12:10 am
    <このポジションの魅力> ミニマムターゲットはないため、自分のパフォーマンス次第。コミッションは上限がなく、一定以上のセールスを達成した方であれば、自分の成果が高ければ高いだけ報酬が与えられるシステムとなっています。また、コミッションは1~3ヵ月後支払いが一般的ですが、弊社ではすぐにお支払いします。…
  • 【NEW】Recruiting Specialist in Japan / 日本 リクルーティング スペシャリスト

    27 Aug 2014 | 12:10 am
    クエストグローバルではリクルーティングスペシャリストを募集しております!外資系企業での採用経験業務(必須ではありません)を持ち、且つ英語力をお持ちの方は必見です!グローバル企業で採用を担当することで、仕事の幅も広がります。どうぞ奮ってご応募ください!
  • バイオ製品の大手。営業職--北海道地区担当

    26 Aug 2014 | 11:46 pm
    ------北海道勤務-----バイオ関連の機器、試薬の日本市場への導入 最新
 
 
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  • MTVアワードで脚光のホームレスに逮捕状、M・サイラスは擁護

    27 Aug 2014 | 12:13 am
    [ポートランド(米オレゴン州) 26日 ロイター] - 24日に開催された「MTVビデオ・ミュージック・アワード」授賞式で、米歌手マイリー・サイラスの代わりに賞を受け取った若いホームレスに、執行猶予中の違反行為により逮捕状が出されていたことが分かった。
  • 米エミー賞の視聴者数減少、平日夜の開催が影響か

    26 Aug 2014 | 10:48 pm
    [ロサンゼルス 26日 ロイター] - 米テレビ界の最優秀作品に与えられる第66回エミー賞の授賞式の視聴者数は1560万人で、昨年の1760万人から減少した。前年は日曜の夜に放送されたが、1カ月前倒しの開催だった今年は平日夜だったことが影響したもようだ。
  • 米エミー賞授賞式、B・クリスタルがR・ウィリアムズを追悼

    26 Aug 2014 | 3:11 pm
    [ロサンゼルス 25日 ロイター] - 米テレビ界の最優秀作品に与えられる第66回エミー賞授賞式が25日に開催され、コメディアンで俳優のビリー・クリスタルさんが、2週間前に死去したロビン・ウィリアムズさんを追悼した。
  • 米エミー賞、連続ドラマ部門で「ブレイキング・バッド」が2連覇

    25 Aug 2014 | 11:01 pm
    [ロサンゼルス 25日 ロイター] - 米テレビ界の最優秀作品に与えられる第66回エミー賞授賞式が25日開催され、連続ドラマ部門の最優秀賞に、余命わずかの教師が麻薬密造に手を染める物語「ブレイキング・バッド」が2年連続で選ばれた。
  • 米ディズニーが空中ショーに無線操縦導入へ、特許を申請

    25 Aug 2014 | 10:46 pm
    [オーランド 25日 ロイター] - 米メディア・娯楽大手ウォルト・ディズニーが、無線操縦関連の特許3件を申請した。空中の映画スクリーンや実物より大きな操り人形が空を舞う時代がやってくるかもしれない。
 
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    Intercultural Twilight Zone

  • Aloha in the Aftermath of Iselle

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

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

    Tim Sullivan
    19 May 2014 | 11:30 am
    The Intercultural Twilight Zone just hit a milestone: 100,000 hits. Granted, lots of those hits were bogus bots, or seekers of illicit material (boy they must’ve been disappointed when they stumbled onto my anthropological ramblings without the naked pictures), or perhaps fans of the Twilight Zone series? I didn’t set out to accumulate x number of hits when I started writing my blog in 2008. I started blogging because writing is a therapeutic outlet for me, and it’s an incredible feeling to know you’ve connected with people through words. (You know it when you get lots…
  • One Japan…Scratching the Surface

    Tim Sullivan
    17 May 2014 | 4:32 pm
    Just got an email from a lady who stumbled onto my blog. She attached a vimeo link and asked me to check it out, says she’s promoting it out of love  ;) (her boyfriend made the movie) and because “it’s really very good.” Happy to report that love wasn’t blind on this one: I think it’s better than “very good.” Anyone interested in modern Japan will love this clip, a story told with beautiful visuals, and a soundtrack to match. Thanks for sharing Jes, and well done Davey Martin! Shot in Osaka, Nagano, and Kyoto…Enjoy.
  • If I Could Turn Back the Clock & Talk to My Mom Once More

    Tim Sullivan
    11 May 2014 | 1:42 pm
    A philosophy professor told me years ago that the essence of culture is transmitted from generation to generation through mothers. Indeed the magnitude of a mother’s influence over her children runs deeper than any other influence imaginable. But motherhood is so much larger than culture. Without mothers, human life grinds to a halt and our species is gone. That’s one heavy burden to bear. And yet here we are, precisely why we celebrate the very people who shoulder the burden of humanity: our mothers. For the record, I’m not big on commercialized “Hallmark-greeting-card…
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  • Survey Provides Update on Corporate Social Responsibility Activities of Japanese Companies

    26 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Image by Yahho. A research team with the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Study Project established by the Tokyo Foundation, a non-profit independent private think tank in Japan, conducted a survey to gauge the status of enterprises' CSR activities in Japan in 2013. The survey focused on the relationship between social issues that Japan and the world are facing and the CSR activities of enterprises, and covered about 2,000 companies, including those listed in the first section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange, major unlisted companies, and major foreign companies operating in Japan. The…
  • Community-Led Energy Association Launched to Promote Renewable Energy

    25 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Copyright Institute for Sustainable Energy Policies All Rights Reserved. The National Local Energy Association announced on May 23, 2014, its official launch after the inaugural meeting held on the same day. The purpose of the association is to create sustainable local communities by promoting renewable energy development and energy-saving initiatives by local citizens.
  • Let's Use Rainwater! Recent Trends in Rainwater Use in Japan

    23 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Image by oseigt Some Rights Reserved. In recent years, a growing number of municipalities in Japan have been making use of rainwater. Blessed with a large amount of rainfall compared to other countries, since the post-war urban development period Japan has tended to deal with this abundance by "disposing" of rainwater. Over the years, however, this thinking has gradually shifted toward taking advantage of rainwater as a natural resource. In this article, we will introduce the recent trends in rainwater use in Japan.
  • Waste to Food Network Holds Third Meeting in Saga

    22 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Copyright Japan Sewage Works Association All Rights Reserved. As part of the BISTRO Waste to Food Team initiative, the network of local governments engaged in the resource recovery from sewerage system, a third meeting was held in Saga City on February 13 and 14, 2014. The participants were the municipal officials and local farmers who promotes the recycle of biosolids. The BISTRO team was established in 2013 by the national government, MLIT and the Japan Sewage Works Association, JSWA.
  • Tokyo Gas Achieves Dramatic Peak Power Use Reduction in Smart City Project Demonstration

    20 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Copyright Tokyo Gas All Rights Reserved. Tokyo Gas Co. announced on June 10, 2014, that the received electricity (electricity supplied from power companies) at peak times was successfully reduced by 58% in summer and by 49% in winter during its demonstration test of a smart housing complex. The test was part of an initiative called the Yokohama Smart City Project.
 
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  • World’s Most Peaceful Contries

    Travis
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:56 pm
    Japan has long been know for being a peaceful country, and I know I felt really safe pretty much everywhere I went. The Vision of Humanity website just release their 2014 index of global peace with some very interesting results. While I wasn’t surprised to see Japan listed in the top 10 at position 8, I was surprised to find Canada at position 7. Perhaps it’s just my perception, but Japan feels safer to me :) Thanks to Skeptikai for the link! Related Posts:The Amazing Voyage of OtokichiCountry Names in JapaneseEnglish Words That Don’t Appear on TestsRecommend Your Favourite…
  • Book Review: Japan’s World Heritage Sites

    Travis
    8 Aug 2014 | 9:21 am
    I’ll be honest, I’m not really aware of many World Heritage sites. I’m sure Canada has their share, but I wouldn’t be able to tell you what they are. I do know, thanks to the book Japan’s World Heritage Sites, that Japan has a ton of them. Maybe it’s a normal amount in comparison to other countries, but I do know it will take you a long time if you want to see them all :) What’s Inside If there was ever a book that you could leave out on your coffee table for people to flip through, this would probably be a great choice. The book is packed full of…
  • 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
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  • CJ Night Jakarta 2014

    danny
    13 Aug 2014 | 10:18 pm
    Photos from last years CJ Night Jakarta which we will be doing again this year - same venue (Jakarta Design Centre, Lotus Room) on Mon 18th from 6 - 9PM. I'll be at AFAID for all 3 days and hope to see you there. If I'm not at my booth then I will most likely be on stage MC'ing. If we don't manage to catch up with each other at AFAID, we can certainly do so at CJ Night. CJ Night is a place for like minded comrades to mingle and get to know each other. I love spending time with readers and will be doing the usual signing and photo sessions and hunting for talent too ^o^ Also feel free to bring…
  • AFAID 14 Merchandise

    danny
    11 Aug 2014 | 12:35 am
    Its that time of year again - Asia's biggest anime event AFA (AFAID) returns to Indonesia for the 3rd consecutive time this weekend 15 - 17th August. There will be a ton of seiyuu, anime producers/directors and a huge hall full of exhibitors which includes us ^o^ This first photo is of the Culture Japan booth at AFAID which got rather crowded at times ^^;Here's a quick overview of what we have available this year for AFA Indonesia! Prices are all in IDR and includes tax.4 designs of T-shirts will be available, 3 of which are new in Indonesia. Prices go down the more you buy. Save up to…
  • Uchimizu 2014

    danny
    8 Aug 2014 | 12:59 am
    Uchimizu [打ち水] - the tradition where water is sprinkled over the roads is not only done to cool down the temperature but to also subdue dust from flying about. Every year there is an uchimizu event held in Akihabara and this year's one took place last weekend. Usually there is a maid theme but this year it was all Yukata. Following are photos from the event. All are HD 1920px x 1080px so you can use em as wallpaper too.If you want to see what it was like with the maids then check out the first Uchimizu post I done - it was a while ago though so the photos are kinda small ><Find…
  • Kancolle Anime

    danny
    4 Aug 2014 | 5:27 pm
    You've been playing the game and buying the figures - now you can watch the anime too - but will have to wait until early next year. Until then you can check out the trailer which was released yesterday. This post contains a video, click here to view. If the video was eaten, try this Youtube search query.Kantai Collection [艦隊これくしょん -艦これ-], also known as "Kancolle", is an upcoming anime based on the Kantai Collection online social card game. The anime will be directed by Kusakawa Keizou [草川 啓造] (Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha series, Campione!) with series…
  • Kyoto Traditional Hotel

    danny
    31 Jul 2014 | 11:10 pm
    Before I start - want to let you know about the new HD template which this post uses. You can add annotations as usual from the link in the bottom right of the photo. If you dont want to see annotations then just move your mouse to the scroll bar or menu bar at top of page. All photos are HD but resize with the browser and should make good wallpapers for many of you. Dont scroll on the map or you will just zoom in and out. Will talk more about these changes in a separate post soon. If you are travelling to Kyoto then I presume you are after more of the traditional sights of Japan in which…
 
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  • Eggplants and Cucumbers in Obon

    kirai
    26 Aug 2014 | 5:15 am
    A couple of weeks ago, from the 13th to the 15th of August, Obon お盆 was celebrated around Japan. Matsuris took place all around the country to honor the spirits of the people’s ancestors. One of the traditions during Obon consists on introducing wood sticks into eggplants and cucumbers like shown on the pictures below. Cucumbers represent horses and eggplants represent cows. Legend has it that the spirits of one’s ancestors travel to our world riding on cows and horses. In the following pictures that I took in a coffee shop in Kichijoji there’s no incense, but usually…
  • Mario at Yamanote Line

    kirai
    24 Aug 2014 | 7:03 pm
    The other day I had to use the Yamanote line and found a little nice surprise. The whole line has been decorated with Mario themes as part of a campaign to promote the collaboration between Nintendo and Suica by JR. Nintendo eShop users can now use the e-money of their Suicas on the Wii U to buy games and other items. Related posts: Trains decorated by kids Odakyu Doraemon
  • Ghost in the Shell: Arise

    kirai
    24 Aug 2014 | 12:34 am
    Ghost in the Shell: Arise is an OVA divided into four parts based on the Ghost in the Shell universe 攻殻機動隊. I recently finished watching the third part “Ghost Tears”. In September the fourth part, “Ghost Stands Alone”, will be released and will complete the series. Masamune Shirow has not been involved in the production team and for that reason the style of Arise has changed from the style of the movies and Stand Alone Complex. One of the most significant changes is that instead of having blue tachikomas now there are red logicomas. Arise begins just at the…
  • Nagashi Soumen

    kirai
    16 Aug 2014 | 7:49 am
    Nagashi Soumen 流し素麺 is a Japanese Summer tradition which consists on putting noodles (Soumen, 素麺) on a bamboo cane and leaving them fall along together with water. If you participate you will have to catch the noodles with your chopsticks as they pass in front of you. The more you catch the more you eat! Last week in Osaka a 30 meters Nagashi Soumen was organized.
  • How Much Japanese People Sleep?

    kirai
    13 Aug 2014 | 7:22 pm
    According to data from an OCDE study, Japan and Korea are the countries in the world that sleep the least hours, 469 and 470 minutes per day respectively, around 7 hours and 50 minutes. The French are the ones that enjoy more sleep time (8 hours and 50 minutes), while Americans get to sleep also quite well (8 hours and 38 minutes). My home country Spain ranks 3rd in the world enjoying 8 hours and 34 minutes sleep on average every day. Maybe this data is one of the reasons why when you come to Japan you can see so many people sleeping in trains or on the streets. How many hours do you sleep on…
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  • Tokyo summer festival soaking

    Lee
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:30 pm
    People pouring buckets of ice water over themselves for charity may well be a thing at the moment, but at the Fukagawa Hachiman Matsuri in Tokyo, they have been doing something very similar for much, much longer. A simple bit of festival fun that many look forward to. Even getting all dressed up just to get a good soaking. And as such, it’s enjoyed by people of all ages, although sulking little lads are sometimes an exception.
  • Shinjuku: Saturday night and Sunday morning

    Lee
    24 Aug 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Shinjuku’s Kabukicho red light district operates around the clock, meaning those who want a drink, or a dalliance of any conceivable description, will never be disappointed. The only real restriction — apart from money of course — being the stamina of one’s chosen partner.
  • Tokyo corner shop conversations

    Lee
    21 Aug 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Supermarkets pretty much stock everything you could ever want; all under one roof. And convenience stores are exactly what their name suggests — a blessing on so many occasions. But neither of them can come anywhere close to offering the conversation and companionship that a traditional corner shop does.
  • Japanese scarecrows: Sinister, serene and also cyclists

    Lee
    19 Aug 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Due to their chosen line of work, it’s apt that Japanese scarecrows are somewhat on the sinister side. Sometimes even going as far as disturbing. But times change it would seem, even if their job title doesn’t. And with cycling clearly now a thing. There are hints at what could be described as serenity. Possibly even joy.
  • Yasukuni Shrine on August 15: The anniversary of Japan’s surrender

    Lee
    17 Aug 2014 | 4:30 pm
    On National Foundation Day, events at Tokyo’s controversial Yasukuni Shrine are surprisingly low-key, with only a gathering of uniform-clad nationalists for a a brief ceremony, along with a smattering of more conventional visitors and curious onlookers. The anniversary of Japan’s surrender at the end of World War Two, however, is a very different affair altogether. There are more people to begin with. Way more. Including all manner of far right factions. Then there’s an impeccably observed and very moving minute’s silence held at noon. Plus later on in the day, disturbing…
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  • The cutest dog bums in Japan

    Ken Y-N
    17 Aug 2014 | 9:05 am
    Let’s skip the usual niceties and soon head to the details of this survey conducted by iBRIDGE’s Research Plus for goo Ranking, looking into, as it were, cute dogs’ rears. Ranking result Q: What dog breeds do you think have cute bums? (Sample size=500, multiple answer) Rank   Percentage 1 Shiba 39.0% 2 Corgi 20.6% 3 Chihuahua 19.8% 4 Pug 14.0% 5 Poodle 11.8% 6= Pomeranian 9.8% 6= French bulldog 9.8% 8 Dachshund 8.8% 9 Papillon 8.4% 10 Golden retriever 6.8% 11 Maltese 6.0% 12 Shi-tzu 5.4% 13 Beagle 5.2% 14 Yorkshire terrier 4.2% 15 Collie 3.2% 16= Bull terrier 2.6% 16=…
  • Erotic men bits, according to Japanese women

    Ken Y-N
    10 Aug 2014 | 6:49 am
    With the real summer upon us, goo Ranking took a look at what bits of men’s bodies on display in summer do women find erotic. If a female body version appears, I will of course report it, although I suspect the answers will be much more limitied… Demographics goo Rankings seems to have switched permanently to a different research company, iBRIDGE’s Research Plus, where between the 7th and 10th of July 2014 500 members of their monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. The sample was split 50:50 male and female, but no further demographics were given.
  • Japanese sleep patterns

    Ken Y-N
    4 Aug 2014 | 9:43 am
    The company Aisin Seiki recently conducted a survey into sleep. Demographics Between the 24th and 26th of June 2014 1,206 people aged between 18 and 69 (and implied to be in paid employment) completed an internet survey, although details of whether it was a closed or open survey were not reported. Detailed demographic was similarly unavailable. Further information on sleep patterns of 100 people with 100 different jobs is available, as is a sleep monitoring device which they presumably used to collect said 100 people’s data. Well, I’d hate to say how little sleep I get on…
  • Wives’ disappointments after five years of marriage

    Ken Y-N
    3 Aug 2014 | 9:04 am
    I’m still trying to get back into the swing of blogging, so here comes another stopgap from goo Ranking, looking at what changes in their husbands wives were disappointed to see after five years of marriage. Demographics goo Rankings seems to have switched permanently to a different research company, iBRIDGE’s Research Plus, where between the 27th and 30th of June 2014 500 members of their monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. The sample was split 50:50 male and female, but no further demographics were given. This question was for the females only, and…
  • 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…
 
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  • Biwako Wind

    Shibuya246
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:26 am
    An afternoon out feeling the breeze at Lake Biwako Related posts: Biwako Morning A calm view of Biwako lake in the early morning... Biwako Ohashi Taking a look at the Biwako Ohashi bridge from Kome... Biwako Cycling I have been cycling around Lake Biwa in Shiga-ken for...
  • Summertime in Kyoto

    Shibuya246
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    Walking down the banks of the Kamogawa in summer is always a nice way to cool down. Sitting up on the wooden decks with a cool drink in your hand is another good way. Related posts: Kamogawa Walking As summer cools off and the Autumn breezes arrive, it’s... Summer dining on Kamogawa Summer along the Kamogawa river in Kyoto is always busy.... Kamogawa, Kyoto The Kamo river (kamogawa) runs through Kyoto, historically providing an...
  • Mountain Trail

    Shibuya246
    4 May 2014 | 7:57 pm
    Heading up the trail on Mount Kongou in Osaka Related posts: Mount Hiei This is a view of the mountain in the morning... Mount Hieizan, Sunset I took a spur of the moment trip up Mount... Ropeway, Cable car on Mount Hiei Following on from the earlier post, I wanted to show...
  • 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…
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    Skeptikai

  • The World’s Most Peaceful and Dangerous Countries of 2014

    Ryo
    15 Aug 2014 | 2:10 am
    Countries that are extremely peaceful and those in utter political disarray are subjects of much fascination all across the world. Luckily, the Vision of Humanity came out with their eighth edition of the Global Peace Index (GPI), a ranking of … Continue reading →
  • In Tokyo, Dancing is a Crime

    Ryo
    8 Aug 2014 | 12:33 am
    Police raids on clubs in Tokyo have been gradually increasing in recent years. This isn’t particularly abnormal, because in virtually every country in the world, clubs often close down (and often open later under a different name) for certain things … Continue reading →
  • 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 →
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    Shibuya246

  • Biwako Wind

    Shibuya246
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:26 am
    An afternoon out feeling the breeze at Lake Biwako Related posts: Biwako Morning A calm view of Biwako lake in the early morning... Biwako Ohashi Taking a look at the Biwako Ohashi bridge from Kome... Biwako Cycling I have been cycling around Lake Biwa in Shiga-ken for...
  • Summertime in Kyoto

    Shibuya246
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    Walking down the banks of the Kamogawa in summer is always a nice way to cool down. Sitting up on the wooden decks with a cool drink in your hand is another good way. Related posts: Kamogawa Walking As summer cools off and the Autumn breezes arrive, it’s... Summer dining on Kamogawa Summer along the Kamogawa river in Kyoto is always busy.... Kamogawa, Kyoto The Kamo river (kamogawa) runs through Kyoto, historically providing an...
  • Mountain Trail

    Shibuya246
    4 May 2014 | 7:57 pm
    Heading up the trail on Mount Kongou in Osaka Related posts: Mount Hiei This is a view of the mountain in the morning... Mount Hieizan, Sunset I took a spur of the moment trip up Mount... Ropeway, Cable car on Mount Hiei Following on from the earlier post, I wanted to show...
  • 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…
 
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    supermerlion

  • Lettr

    Chad
    12 Aug 2014 | 6:55 am
    Despite all of the online social changes, the long standing tradition of sending postcards to family and friends from overseas lives strong thanks to that nice feeling you get from receiving a real post card. Now, sending post cards while on holiday is about to get a whole lot easier thanks to the new internet startup Lettr. Lettr is a online custom postcard service that aims to help travellers send personalized postcards from and to anywhere in the world with as little fuss as possible. Given how much we travel, this seems like a wonderful idea, and thanks to a collaboration with Lettr,…
  • 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…
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    The Japanofiles Podcast

  • Episode 62

    Japanofiles
    4 Aug 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Nick Harling, host of the Let's Talk Japan podcast, visits the Japanofiles from Washington, DC, via Skype. Nick shares many interesting experiences from his time in Japan, and he also explains how he has been able to remain connected to Japan since returning to the US.          
  • Episode 61

    Japanofiles
    1 Jul 2014 | 3:33 am
    Today Dave talks with Shuhei Fukawa. Shuhei grew up in the US, and then he moved to Japan to attend university. Shuhei is now a first-year student at Shinshu University in Matsumoto.
  • Episode 60

    Japanofiles
    22 May 2014 | 5:24 pm
    For today's Japanofiles Podcast, Dave talks with Wayne Douglas, a New Zealander currently residing in Matsumoto. Wayne recently launched a Japanese and English bilingual website devoted to raising awareness about benzodiazepine drugs. Wayne's story has been featured in The Japan Times, the Yomiuri Newspaper, and the New Zealand Herald.
  • Episode 59

    Japanofiles
    24 Apr 2014 | 5:43 pm
    Kevin Leahy, a long-time Matsumoto resident, revisits the Japanofiles Podcast to talk a little about his work as teacher and as translator of the popular Vampire Hunter D novels, and then to explain his favorite pastime.
  • 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.
 
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    Asian Lifestyle Design

  • How Do We Teach Asian Respect to Children in Today’s World

    Jenny Hones
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Today I heard that a friend of mine is going to be a new grandparent!  How exciting to welcome new life into this world! It just seems like yesterday when my husband and I were going to be new parents.   With each birth, I experienced excitement and anxiety combined with the physical discomforts of pregnancy.   Welcoming our little babies into this world has been one of the greatest joys in our life. Nobody teaches you how to become a parent.  We learn from our parents, friends, and relatives, from watching TV or the media, from reading books, and from trial and error.   We go to…
  • What to Consider When Choosing Paint Colors for Your House

    Jenny Hones
    14 Aug 2014 | 8:59 pm
    This spring, before we moved, we decided that our home was in need of a new coat of paint.  What color was I going to paint our house?  No worries.  I was all prepared with the perfect color and ready to go…. so I thought. Before color – gray beige When painting a house, you first have to decide if you want to keep the existing colors or have a completely new look.  For me, I knew that I wanted to change the main color of the house because it didn’t do justice to the house.  For others, the color of their home looks great and is a perfect match with their…
  • Our Downsizing Story – From 3,700 sq. ft. to 1,190 sq. ft.

    Jenny Hones
    5 Aug 2014 | 6:50 pm
    I must apologize for not writing for nearly three months.  It’s been a very trying three months for me. After twelve years, we have sold our home and downsized.  With three boys, our 3,700 sq. ft. suburban home was spacious with a huge deck that commanded a fabulous view of the Olympic Mountains and Seattle in the distance.  In addition, it had three garages and 500 sq. ft.  of storage.  The open kitchen was a gathering place for friends and family, and often felt like Grand Central Station when all the boys had their friends over.  Everyone helped out in the kitchen. We had…
  • Mobile Game for Learning Japanese Kanji – Kanjilicious on Kickstarter

    Jenny Hones
    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 Hones
    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…
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    GaijinPot

  • No English Please, We’re Foreigners

    Grace Buchele Mineta
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:20 am
    I have a friend and for the sake of this story, let’s say she’s from Russia. She has blonde hair and blue eyes… and doesn’t speak a word of English (aside from the typical “Hello, My name is…”, “Thank you”, and “How much?”). In fact, the only English sentence she knows is “I’m sorry, I am Russian. I don’t speak English.” My Russian friend speaks Japanese (close to) fluently. She works part-time at a Japanese company, has lived in Japan for a while, and studies Japanese every day. We make quite a pair…
  • The Little Streetcar That Could

    Lisa Hong
    25 Aug 2014 | 11:35 pm
    One of the first things people notice when visiting Hiroshima are the streetcars. Chugging through the streets among cars, pedestrians, and cyclists, it adds character to the city. As a tourist, taking the street car was an adventure, but I did notice that it was a bit slow. I was amused with the thought of how a society that is always on the go was able to put up with some of the transportation’s inefficiencies. During a visit to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, our guide pointed to a wall sized photo of the atomic bomb’s aftermath – a grim image of a city flattened and in…
  • Where Are The IT Jobs In Japan?

    Dennis Ludena
    25 Aug 2014 | 6:26 pm
    Japan is one of the most technologically advanced countries on the planet. Around the world, I believe it’s the country where technology is being used everyday and it plays an important role in every aspect of Japanese society. Therefore, if technology is all around us, what skills do we need to get inside this market? Or, how can we use our own skills to shine? Well, it is a very tricky question but the number one skill to develop is communication. Language abilities will not only help you to overcome the difficulties in daily life but also will give you the necessary skills to present…
  • 7 Habits You Learn After Living in Japan

    Kelsey Leuzinger
    24 Aug 2014 | 11:52 pm
    When you first arrive in Japan, it’s easy to make a lot of rookie mistakes. Japan’s history dates back thousands of years, and their culture shows it. From greetings to eating habits, everything about Japanese customs takes time to learn. But what happens after you’ve lived in Japan a while? Here are some habits you gain after becoming a veteran of Japanese life. 1) Using a Japanese toilet When first arriving in Japan, most foreigners cringe at the thought of using the dreaded Japanese-style squat toilet. We happily rush for the western-style one, only to find what seems like a robot…
  • What Kind of English Teacher Are You?

    Liam Carrigan
    24 Aug 2014 | 5:44 pm
    In a previous article, I talked a little about my experiences living in Japan for 9 years as a writer and English teacher. In this article I will go into more detail about teaching English in Japan. I will look at the industry, and try to help you make sense of the job choices that lie ahead. Teaching at an Eikaiwa An Eikaiwa, or English conversation school, is typically a small to medium-sized school, usually part of a larger regional or national chain of schools. There are many individual, family run Eikaiwas, but they generally don’t recruit from overseas. At Eikaiwa, you can expect…
 
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    Izakaya Politics

  • LDP Will Ride On Current Fukushima Governor’s Coattails, Even Though This Election Probably Doesn’t Matter

    Stephen Stapczynski
    25 Aug 2014 | 7:07 pm
    Fukushima Governor Yuhei Sato Showing Off New Secret Handshake with IAEA Director Yukiya Amano After 3/11, Fukushima Governor Yuhei Sato wasted no time by lashing out at Tepco and rejecting a personal apology from President Masataka Shimizu. To this day Sato demands that all nuclear reactors in the prefecture be dismantled, including the four that are still intact at the Fukushima Daini plant, located miles south of the damaged Daiichi reactors. Just like the people in his district, the Fukushima disaster forced him to change his stance toward nuclear energy. In 2010, he was reelected by…
  • Historical and Territorial Disputes are Keeping Japan and South Korea from Greater Economic Integration

    Stephen Stapczynski
    22 Aug 2014 | 9:55 am
    Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made an ill-timed “Your Mama” joke, derailing recent high level bilateral talks. Saying that Japan and South Korea have strained relations would be an understatement. Despite them both being developed, democratic East Asian nations with world renowned high-tech industries, historic- and regional-fueled disputes have derailed efforts by both governments to better integrate the two economies . Strains in Japan-South Korean relations have put a large roadblock in front of building stronger economic ties. Trade between South Korea and Japan is declining, and…
  • Japan’s Drop in GDP is Temporary and Won’t Delay 2015 Tax Hike

    Stephen Stapczynski
    14 Aug 2014 | 8:42 pm
    Abe Ain’t Stopping Dat Consumption Tax Hike In the April – July quarter, the government estimates that the gross domestic product (GDP) shrank about 6.8% on an annualized basis – the biggest drop since the March 2011 triple disaster. The drop is primarily tied to the consumption tax increasing from 5% to 8% on April 1st. This contraction was expected and shouldn’t be seen as a surprise. Some people are wondering whether the sharp decline will carry over into the next quarter and affect Abe’s plan to increase the sales tax in 2015. However, there are already signs that the…
  • Abe Isn’t Going Anywhere Anytime Soon

    Stephen Stapczynski
    12 Aug 2014 | 1:41 pm
    Prime Minister Shinzo Abe singing “I Will Survive” at his favorite karaoke spot. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s popularity at home is “tanking,” according to just about everyone outside of Japan (See: The Washington Post, Business Week, The Economist, Foreign Affairs, and Quartz). In July, Abe’s approval ratings fell to a record low, and it is likely due to his decision to reinterpret Japan’s pacifist constitution to allow for collective self-defense (CSD). There is also a good chance that Abe’s lackluster growth strategy revisions and desire to restart nuclear reactors…
  • Abe and Modi are Already BFFs, but a Rising China is Making Them Even Closer

    Stephen Stapczynski
    11 Aug 2014 | 3:19 pm
    Modi and Abe meeting in 2012. In the first week of September, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be meeting up with his best buddy, Shinzo Abe. I have written a little about Abe’s other bromance with Russia’s Vladimir Putin, but I think that his relationship with Modi is the strongest of any international leader. And with a rising China on the horizon, I expect the meeting between Abe and Modi in September will lead to a number of substantive outcomes, like the signing of a civil nuclear agreement, an expansion of defense cooperation, and further economic integration. Even though…
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    90 days in Kyoto

  • Onigawara – Japanese roof tiles at Toji-in temple in Kyoto

    Jenny Feuerpeil
    24 Aug 2014 | 5:19 pm
    When I left the temple, I saw a lot of Japanese roof tiles (kawara 瓦), ornamental end pieces and ogre tiles called onigawara (鬼瓦) arranged on the ground under a tree. The temple just underwent major restoration work and the tiles were probably stored/exhibited there. The first thing that caught my eye was a row of neatly arranged roof end tiles with a typical Japanese ornament. These symbols are called Kamon (家紋) – emblems used by a family, a temple or an individual, much like a family crest in the western world. This one is made up of three comma shapes that move clockwise…
  • Grumpy Dumpty – Daruma paintings at Toji-in (等持院) in Kyoto

    Jenny Feuerpeil
    1 Aug 2014 | 4:15 pm
    The first thing you see when after you take off your shoes at Toji-in temple is a huge daruma painting at the end of a long wooden corridor. The comical rendition of a seemingly grumpy Bhodidharma, with eyes wide open, surprises and and reliefs some of the heavy, solemn atmosphere one expects when entering a temple. The high contrast of white, red and black certainly made an impression on my the first time I visited the temple in 2012. This time, I was looking forward to see the Daruma again. The Japanese call the legendary Buddhist monk Daruma (達磨 or だるま) after the Indian short…
  • 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…
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