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  • Why Vending Machines Are So Popular in Japan

    Japan News
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:37 am
    Right now, I am visiting New York. There are not many vending machines here, like there are in Osaka, where I live.
  • Why foreign men dislike Japanese women’s gait

    世論 What Japan Thinks
    Ken Y-N
    23 Jan 2015 | 7:06 am
    Omron, a healthcare electronics manufacturer, published a survey that serves to advertise their new female-oriented device that diagnoses one’s walking style, with this survey asking foreign men what they think of Japanese women’s way of walking. Demographics Between the 23rd and 31st of October 2014 the company Neon Marketing, on behalf of Omron and underwear manufacturer Wacoal, asked a mere 50 foreign men who had lived in Japan more than a year to fill out a private internet-based survey. I think Japanese women in high heels, on the whole, are extremely clumsy-looking. Often,…
  • Hello Kitty 40th Anniversary McDonald’s Happy Meal Toy Promotion

    Hello Kitty Hell
    Hello Kitty Hell
    8 Nov 2014 | 7:20 pm
    As if anyone really needed another reason to avoid going to McDonald’s…
  • Japan TPP offer chops beef tariffs to 9% over 15 years

    The Japan Times: News & Business
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    Japan has proposed during negotiations with the United States to slash its 38.5 percent tariff in imported beef to 9 percent over 15 years under an envisioned Pacific Rim free trade deal, negotiation... Read more ...
  • Fujitsu to Construct New Facilities at Its Tatebayashi and Akashi System Centers

    JCN Newswire
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:43 am
    Fujitsu today announced plans to construct new annexes at its Tatebayashi System Center and Akashi System Center, its main data centers in Japan, to serve as the core facilities for accelerating its IoT and cloud businesses.
 
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    Japan News

  • Japanese Muslims pray at the Tokyo Mosque. Photo: AP

    29 Jan 2015 | 3:38 pm
    The call to prayer from the Tokyo Mosque goes largely unremarked in the leafy Oyama-cho district of west Tokyo, where a house of worship for the city's Muslim population has stood since 1938. Even today, when a Japanese hostage has already been executed in the name of Islam and another, Kenji Goto, is facing an uncertain fate at the hands of Islamic State extremists, Muslim residents of Japan insist that they are still welcomed by local communities.
  • Balloon crew shifting course toward Mexico due to weather

    29 Jan 2015 | 11:34 am
    In this photo provided by the Two Eagles Balloon Team, Troy Bradley of New Mexico and Leonid Tiukhtyaev of Russia set off from Saga, Japan, shortly before 6:30 a.m. JST Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, in thei... . In this photo provided by the Two Eagles Balloon Team, Troy Bradley of New Mexico and Leonid Tiukhtyaev of Russia set off from Saga, Japan, shortly before 6:30 a.m. JST Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, in thei... For years, animal activists have campaigned to free a killer whale that was captured from Puget Sound waters in 1970 and has been performing at Miami Seaquarium in Florida for over four…
  • Paul McCartney announces new Japanese tour dates, Grammy rumor update

    29 Jan 2015 | 9:32 am
    Paul McCartney announced in a video posted on YouTube Jan. 29 that he'll be playing a string of concerts in Japan this coming April. The concerts begin April 21 at Kyocera Dome in Osaka.
  • Why Vending Machines Are So Popular in Japan

    29 Jan 2015 | 5:37 am
    Right now, I am visiting New York. There are not many vending machines here, like there are in Osaka, where I live.
  • Germantown command master chief pleads guilty to prostitute procurement conspiracy

    29 Jan 2015 | 1:17 am
    The former command master chief of the USS Germantown admitted Wednesday at a court-martial that he oversaw a prostitution research ring operated by four senior chief petty officers aboard the ship. Command Master Chief Petty Officer Jesus Galura pleaded guilty to conspiracy to procure prostitutes, violation of a general order and making a false official statement to a law enforcement agent.
 
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    News On Japan

  • Nikkei gains on strong corporate earnings

    30 Jan 2015 | 7:17 am
    Japan's Nikkei share average rose on Friday as strong company earnings led by Nomura Holdings and Advantest Corp buoyed the sentiment, but a sell-off in index-heavyweight SoftBank Corp limited the gains. (thehindubusinessline.com)
  • Woman attacks group of young boys with knife

    30 Jan 2015 | 7:11 am
    Police in Higashi-Osaka said Friday that a 44-year-old woman attacked a group of elementary school boys walking home from school, injuring some of them. (Japan Today)
  • Japan likely to gain UNSC non-permanent membership

    30 Jan 2015 | 7:07 am
    UN member nations in the Asia-Pacific region have chosen Japan as their sole candidate for non-permanent membership of the UN Security Council for the next 2-year term. (NHK)
  • Japan Dec. job availability rises to 1.15, best in 22 yrs

    30 Jan 2015 | 2:17 am
    Japan's job availability rose in December to its best level in 22 years while the unemployment rate improved to 3.4 percent, suggesting that companies are willing to hire more workers as corporate profits recover, the government said Friday. (Kyodo)
  • Harvard Business School has a 'Japan problem'

    29 Jan 2015 | 10:26 pm
    MBA applicants to the prestigious business school from Japan have dwindled to a precious few. Harvard is beefing up its admissions presence in Tokyo to counter the trend. (fortune.com)
 
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    Néojaponisme

  • Public Domain Day 2015

    nj@neojaponisme.com
    5 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Matt Treyvaud looks at the latest works of Japanese literature to hit the public domain, including a guide to rakugo argot. Every year Japan puts older creative works into the public domain — something that no longer happens in the United States. For works of literature, the tireless website Aozora Bunko celebrates Public Domain Day each year on January 1 by presenting a neat list of newly free works. (Note, however, that these works may not be considered public domain in other jurisdictions, including the U.S., because Japanese copyright — “life + 50 years” — is on the…
  • The Year 2014 in Japan

    nj@neojaponisme.com
    28 Dec 2014 | 5:40 pm
    2014: Plurality Power / W. David MARX Japan — a country that once prided itself on a “new middle mass” of “100 million middle class” — now finds its direction from passionate minority factions rather than a set of shared mainstream values. In 2014, there is no mass majority in Japan, only powerful pluralities. The LDP won the election after no one turned out other than their solid bloc of older voters. The right-wing maintained its ruling coalition thanks to the gains of another powerful minority — Kōmeitō, a political party that mobilizes the devoted believers of its…
  • Murakami Haruki's Advertorial Short Stories

    nj@neojaponisme.com
    19 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Daniel Morales and W. David Marx look at a series of lesser-known short stories from famed Japanese novelist Murakami Haruki, written as part of advertising campaigns from Ivy League clothier J. Press and pen company Parker. The J. Press Stories In 1974, Tokyo-based apparel giant Onward Kashiyama licensed the traditional American gentleman’s brand J. Press for the Japanese market. In the U.S., J. Press was well-known as a campus retailer for the Ivy League and its graduates on Madison Avenue, but in Japan, Onward took the brand to the masses, opening J. Press corners in dozens of department…
  • Misruptions / Disruptions

    nj@neojaponisme.com
    15 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Ian Lynam introduces one of his latest projects — an interactive timeline of Japanese graphic design magazines. I recently put together an interactive timeline of Japanese graphic design publications called Misruptions/Disruptions: A Japanese Graphic Design History Timeline. The timeline is shown in graphic slices of information: World Events: Sociopolitical and socioeconomic events for greater context Graphic Design Events: Historical events that helped shape the continuum of Graphic Design History in Japan Graphic Design Publications: A fairly granular review of graphic design…
  • History of the Regent

    nj@neojaponisme.com
    8 Oct 2014 | 3:15 pm
    The “regent” pompadour has been the go-to hairstyle for Japanese delinquents for more than eight decades. W. David Marx looks at how the infamous coiffure got its pseudo-English name and morphed from slick imitation of British royalty to fluffy blond biker parody. In Japanese, the riizento (リーゼント) — written in English as “regent” — describes a men’s hairstyle where the sides are slicked back and top is left long and put up over the head in a pompadour. The term encompasses anything from the refined look of Ginza cocktail bartenders to the wild do’s of Hamburg-era…
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  • Why Bitcoin is and isn't like the Internet

    Joi
    22 Jan 2015 | 7:45 pm
    In the post that follows I'm trying to develop what I see to be strong analogues to another crucial period/turning point in the history of technology, but like all such comparisons, the differences are as illuminating as the similarities. I'm still not sure how far I should be stretching the metaphors, but it feels like we might be able to learn a lot about the future of Bitcoin from the history of the Internet. This is my first post about Bitcoin and I'm really looking more for reactions and new ideas than trying to prove a point. Feedback and links to things I should read would be greatly…
  • Beyond "The Uncanny Valley"

    Joi
    21 Jan 2015 | 2:40 am
    This year's annual Edge question was "What do you think about machines that think?" Here's my answer: "You can't think about thinking without thinking about thinking about something". --Seymour Papert What do I think about machines that think? It depends on what they're supposed to be thinking about. I am clearly in the camp of people who believe that AI and machine learning will contribute greatly to society. I expect that we'll find machines to be exceedingly good at things that we're not--things that involve massive amounts of data, speed, accuracy, reliability, obedience, computation,…
  • Why I joined PureTech

    Joi
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:11 am
    When I became the director of the MIT Media Lab three years ago, my previous primary "occupation" was investing in and advising startup companies. I invested in mostly Internet-related software and service companies (e.g., Twitter, Flickr, Kickstarter). Joining the Media Lab and MIT was bit of a "pivot"-academia was a fundamentally different model for impacting the world, focused more on fundamental science and technology that wasn't as easily commercialized. In order to focus on the Media Lab after joining, I decided I would stop investing in startup companies. (I invested in Media Lab…
  • Antidisciplinary

    Joi
    2 Oct 2014 | 12:39 pm
    One of the first words that I learned when I joined the Media Lab was "antidisciplinary." It was listed an a requirement in an ad seeking applicants for a new faculty position. Interdisciplinary work is when people from different disciplines work together. An antidisciplinary project isn't a sum of a bunch of disciplines but something entirely new - the word defies easy definition. But what it means to me is someone or something that doesn't fit within traditional academic discipline­­­-a field of study with its own particular words, frameworks, and methods. Most academics are judged by…
  • Gurus, goals and mindfulness

    Joi
    25 Sep 2014 | 12:06 pm
    I remember my 24th birthday very clearly. It was 1990. I had just finished working as the associate to the executive producer on the film The Indian Runner. I was running a nightclub in the Roppongi district of Tokyo at the time together with my team fromThe Smart Bar in Chicago. Madonna had just released "Vogue," Chicago House music had evolved into Acid House and the rave scene was going strong. It was a fun and tumultuous time in the world and in my life. I met Timothy Leary for the first time through a mutual friend, David Kubiak, the editor of The Kyoto Journal at the time. I remember…
 
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    Hello Kitty Hell

  • Hello Kitty Birthday Gift Diamonds

    Hello Kitty Hell
    14 Jan 2015 | 12:42 pm
    There is nothing worse than when a Hello Kitty fanatic is about to have a birthday. That’s because the fanatic is expecting a gift, and the expectation is that you will get her a gift covered with images of the evil feline all over it. It’s really a no-win situation in every respect. If you buy what she wants, then you drive yourself further into the depths of Hello Kitty Hell. If you don’t buy what she wants, then you will suffer the consequences of hearing daily for the entirety of 2015 about how much happier she would have been if you would have just bought her that Hello…
  • What All Men with Hello Kitty Fanatics Fear Will happen to Their Home

    Hello Kitty Hell
    19 Nov 2014 | 9:44 pm
    This is what all men fear will happen when they date and marry Hello Kitty fanatics…
  • Hello Kitty 40th Anniversary McDonald’s Happy Meal Toy Promotion

    Hello Kitty Hell
    8 Nov 2014 | 7:20 pm
    As if anyone really needed another reason to avoid going to McDonald’s…
  • Katy Perry Gets a Hello Kitty Tattoo

    Hello Kitty Hell
    31 Oct 2014 | 10:14 am
    Katy Perry decided to get a tattoo for her birthday, and she decided wrong. She ended up getting a tattoo of the evil feline on her finger which she assumed would be “cute,” but in reality ended up highlighting exactly what the cat with no mouth stands for. She got it on her middle finger so the only way she can show anyone it is to flip the person off…exactly what Hello Kitty does to everyone she comes in contact with… (sent in by kpfan)
  • Hello Kitty Men Project

    Hello Kitty Hell
    10 Sep 2014 | 8:28 am
    So, my worst nightmares are coming true in far too many ways (more on that in the coming days). The fact that the people at Sanrio have come to the conclusion it’s time to release a dedicated Hello Kitty brand for men certainly isn’t making these nightmares any less frightening. Apparently, they believe there’s a body of men who still don’t have a “preconceived idea” of the evil feline that associates it with little girls. They also think an image with a male model with a huge cartoon bow across his face to advertise the new brand is somehow going to appeal…
 
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    Culture Japan - Your portal to Japan - Posts

  • Taiwan Update

    danny
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:52 pm
    I've been in Taiwan for about a week now and we have already done two events - the Kadokawa Contents Academy talk and CJ Night Taipei. It's been 3 years since my last visit to Taiwan and things have changed a lot - I didn't know just how popular Mirai was until my day 1 talk at Kadokawa Contents Academy followed by CJ Night. Despite being on a weekday, many comrades still managed to attend CJ Night Taipei and we also sold out of everything (Smart Doll, Moekana, Moekanji, T-shirts) on the night >< Right now I'm running to and forth various meetings with my team and when we get a breather…
  • Mirai x Kinokuniya Singapore

    danny
    22 Jan 2015 | 12:14 am
    Thanks to all those who went to a branch of Kinokuniya in Singapore to either get a new or exchange their Privilege Card (KPC) for the Mirai one ^o^ All stock depleted in a jiffy and while they wont be making anymore of the old design, Kinokuniya Singapore have released a new design for their new customers.The Singapore Kinokuniya Card is only valid in Singapore. Malaysia have their own Mirai KPC and I'm working on getting other Kinokuniya stores around the world to converted to the Mirai designs. Not all Kinokuniya have privilege cards though and depends on the local laws about discounting -…
  • Taipei Event Details

    danny
    18 Jan 2015 | 9:59 pm
    I'm leaving for Taiwan this Friday for what I guess would be a Taipei Tour. We got 3 events that we need to do which are Kadokawa, CJ Night and Fancy Frontier - and to top it off we will also be meeting distributors of CJ merchandise, Smart Doll and also be filming an episode of "Japanese Pop Culture in Taiwan."Kadokawa have started to open their schools around the world - Kadokawa Contents Academy. I will be teaching at their Taiwan school this Saturday and Sunday (Jan 24th+25th). For folks who are interested please check out this entry at Kadokawa. Anybody can attend so if you are…
  • A Week in Dubai

    danny
    17 Jan 2015 | 5:33 pm
    I was invited to Dubai last April to attend the Middle East Film & Comic Con - I had been wanting to attend the previous two years and was so glad that I could finally make it. Dubai is a wonderful international city and even though the main language is Arabic, English is the second language that is spoken by the majority of folks who power the service sector so if you are thinking of traveling and feel more comfy speaking in English then you wont have any probs making your way around. April had a good climate to visit - not too hot (when in the shade) with cool evenings - felt a lot like…
  • Tokyo Temple Visit

    danny
    15 Jan 2015 | 12:21 am
    At the beginning of each year, wifey and I visit our local temple to pay respects and exchange our amulets which we picked up the previous year. Today's photos are taken on the Sony RX1 which I use to take all Smart Doll photos.Our local temple is called Meguro Fudoson Ryusenji [目黒不動尊龍泉寺] and is located in Meguro Tokyo at the following location. The nearest station would be Fudomae [不動前] on the Tokyu Meguro Line which is two stops away from JR Meguro on the Yamanote Line. 〒153-0064 Tokyo, Meguro, Shimomeguro, 3 Chome 20 26View location with Google MapsBefore we enter…
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    japan running news

  • Beppu-Oita, Marugame and Kanagawa Lead Weekend Action

    Brett Larner
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:45 pm
    by Brett Larner It's a busy and snowy weekend across Japan with at least three major races leading the way. On the southernmost main island of Kyushu, defending champion Abraham Kiplimo (Uganda) returns to the 64th running of the Beppu-Oita Mainichi Marathon as the probable favorite after the withdrawal of top domestic contender Kentaro Nakamoto (Team Yasukawa Denki) with injury earlier this
  • Kawauchi vs. Adachi at Nobeoka Nishi Nippon Marathon

    Brett Larner
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:47 pm
    by Brett Larner The Nobeoka Nishi Nippon Marathon organizers have announced the field for their 53rd running on Feb. 8.  Run on the home ground of the Takeshi Soh-led Asahi Kasei corporate team, Nobeoka is primarily a developmental race focusing on first-timers and young athletes trying to get the marathon right and typically sees winning times in the 2:12~2:13 range.  It's noteworthy outside
  • 'The Pharmaceutical Industry and the Fight Against Doping: New Developments for Clean Sport and Society'

    Brett Larner
    26 Jan 2015 | 4:31 pm
    A JADA-sponsored conference taking place tomorrow in Tokyo:  http://cleansport-conf-wada-jada.org
  • Nakamoto Withdraws from Beppu-Oita Mainichi Marathon

    Brett Larner
    26 Jan 2015 | 1:39 am
    http://www.jiji.com/jc/zc?k=201501/2015012600546&g=spo translated by Brett Larner On Jan. 26 the organizers of the Feb. 1 Beppu-Oita Mainichi Marathon announced that elite athlete Kentaro Nakamoto (Team Yasukawa Denki) has withdrawn from the race with pain and nerve problems in the gluteus and quadraceps of his left leg.  Nakamoto was 6th in the men's marathon at the 2012 London Olympics and
  • Chida and Kamitanida Win Katsuta Marathon

    Brett Larner
    25 Jan 2015 | 9:45 pm
    http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/local/ibaraki/news/20150125-OYTNT50223.html translated by Brett Larner The 63rd running of the Katsuta National Marathon took place Jan. 25 in Hitachinaka, Ibaraki.  A total of 20,280 runners took part in the combined men's and women's marathon and 10 km divisions.  In the men's marathon, Yosuke Chida (Team Hitachi Butsuryu) claimed his first win in 2:18:15, while 2013
 
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    Reuters: ワールド

  • ロシア中銀が予想外の利下げ、17%から15%に

    30 Jan 2015 | 4:23 am
    中銀は昨年、為替市場の混乱やインフレの進行を受けて、政策金利を計11.5%ポイント引き上げていた。昨年12月中旬には緊急理事会を開催、政策金利を6.5%ポイント引き上げ17%とした。
  • ヨルダン軍、24時間体制でパイロットの情報収集

    30 Jan 2015 | 4:10 am
    [アンマン 30日 ロイター] - ヨルダン軍スポークスマンは30日、「イスラム国」の人質となっているヨルダン空軍のパイロットに関する情報収集を24時間体制で進めているとの声明を発表した。
  • ウクライナ親ロ派、政権側などとの協議に代表者がミンスク入りへ

    30 Jan 2015 | 3:08 am
    [キエフ 30日 ロイター] - ウクライナの親ロシア派分離主義勢力の代表者は30日、ウクライナ政府とロシア、欧州安保協力機構(OSCE)の代表者との協議に臨むため、ベラルーシの首都ミンスクに向かっていると明らかにした。
  • 第4四半期のスペインGDPは前期比0.7%増、7年ぶり高水準

    30 Jan 2015 | 1:57 am
    [マドリード 30日 ロイター] - スペイン国家統計局が発表した第4・四半期の成長率は、原油価格の下落が支援し、約7年ぶりの高水準となった。一方、原油安は物価を押し下げ、消費者物価指数(CPI)は2009年7月以来の大幅な下落を記録した。
  • BHPビリトン、南オーストラリア州の鉱山で人員削減を計画

    30 Jan 2015 | 1:05 am
    [メルボルン 30日 ロイター] - 英豪系資源大手BHPビリトンは30日、南オーストラリア州のオリンピック・ダム鉱山で人員を削減する計画を明らかにした。国際商品価格の下落に対応する。
 
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    SourceForge.JP Magazine news

  • JavaScriptクライアントフレームワーク「Aurelia」が登場

    末岡洋子
    28 Jan 2015 | 10:21 pm
     1月26日、ECMAScript(ES)6および7で実装された新しいJavaScriptクライアントフレームワーク「Aurelia」が発表された。AngularJSの元開発者が開発したもので、早期プレビュー版が公開されている。 ニュース オープンソース デベロッパー フレームワーク 末岡洋子 ライブラリ JavaScript 関連記事Webアプリケーションフレームワーク「AngularJS 1.3」リリース 米Telerik、HTML5ベースのWeb/モバイルアプリ向けUIライブラリ「Kendo UI」をオープンソース化…
  • JVM上で実行できる動的言語「Golo 2.0」リリース

    末岡洋子
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:02 pm
     JVM上で実行できる軽量の動的言語「Golo」開発プロジェクトが最新版「Golo 2.0.0」をリリースした。Goloは弱い動的型付け機構を持つシンプルな言語で、習得が容易という特徴があるという。 ニュース デベロッパー プログラミング 末岡洋子 関連記事Facebook、JavaScript用の静的型付けチェッカー「Flow」をリリース プログラミング言語「Ceylon 1.1」リリース、多くの新機能を含む Googleの開発するプログラミング言語「Go 1.2」リリース
  • Opera創業者らが新しいWebブラウザ「Vivaldi」を発表

    末岡洋子
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:55 pm
     Webブラウザ「Opera」のオリジナル開発者の一人、Jon Stephenson von Tetzchner氏らが1月27日、新しいWebブラウザ「Vivaldi」を発表、技術プレビューを公開した。WindowsおよびMac OS X、Linuxに対応、プロジェクトのWebサイトよりダウンロードできる。 ニュース Webブラウザ 末岡洋子 関連記事WebRTC「Firefox Hello」を強化した「Firefox 35」がリリース 米Google、WebKitベースの新レンダリングエンジン「Blink」を発表、Chromeでの導入を視野に…
  • 電子書籍エディタ機能を強化した「Calibre 2.17」リリース

    末岡洋子
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:46 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1月23日、最新版となる「Calibre 2.17」を公開した。電子書籍エディタ機能を強化し、電子書籍が使用するファイルや画像のサマリを表示するレポートツールが加わった。 ニュース オープンソース 末岡洋子 関連記事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 電子書籍管理ソフトウェア「Calibre 1.27」リリース、DeVu形式のサポートを強化…
  • 米Google、「Chrome 40」をリリース。SilverlightなどNPAPIプラグインを無効化

    末岡洋子
    25 Jan 2015 | 9:28 pm
     米GoogleがWebブラウザ「Google Chrome」の最新安定版「Chrome 40(Chrome 40.0.2214.91)」をリリースした。SSL 3.0の無効化やNetscape Plugin Application Programming Interface(NPAPI)ベースのプラグインのブロックなどが特徴となる。 ニュース Google Webブラウザ 末岡洋子 関連記事米Googleが「Chrome 39」をリリース、セキュリティ強化が中心 64ビットWindowsに対応した「Google Chrome 37」安定版リリース 米Googleが「Chrome 35」をリリース、JavaScript強化
 
 
 
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    Reuters: エンタテインメント

  • 遠藤周作原作のスコセッシ監督映画、セット崩落で3人死傷

    29 Jan 2015 | 11:18 pm
    [29日 ロイター] - マーティン・スコセッシ監督の映画「Silence(原題)」の撮影準備中、台湾でセットの天井が崩落し、契約スタッフのうち1人が死亡、2人が負傷した。
  • T・ペティ、ヒット曲の「類似」でS・スミスと和解

    29 Jan 2015 | 11:04 pm
    [ロサンゼルス 29日 ロイター] - 米ロック歌手のトム・ペティ(64)は29日、英ソウルポップ歌手サム・スミスのヒット曲が自身の1989年のヒット曲に似ているのは「音楽的な偶然」だと述べた。
  • 深夜長寿番組のD・レターマン、降板前にライバル司会者を招待か

    29 Jan 2015 | 12:59 am
    [ロサンゼルス 28日 ロイター] - 報道によると、米人気司会者デービッド・レターマンが、自身の深夜トーク番組「レイト・ショー」のゲスト出演者として、ライバル司会者のジェイ・レノを招待した。レターマンは5月20日に同番組を降板する。テレビ番組の情報サイト「tvinsider.com」が伝えた。
  • 東京ディズニーランドが4月1日から値上げ、1日券は大人6900円に

    29 Jan 2015 | 12:13 am
    [東京 29日 ロイター] - オリエンタルランドは29日、「東京ディズニーランド」「東京ディズニーシー」で、4月1日から全券種で値上げを実施すると発表した。14年4月の消費増税を除けば、全券種での値上げは11年4月以来4年ぶりとなる。
  • J・デップが「やり直し」会見、前日の中止理由はインフルか

    28 Jan 2015 | 7:57 pm
    [東京 28日 ロイター] - 新作映画「チャーリー・モルデカイ 華麗なる名画の秘密」(日本公開2月6日)の宣伝のため来日した米俳優ジョニー・デップは28日、東京都内で記者会見を行った。会見は前日に予定されていたがキャンセルされ、28日に再びセッティングされた。
 
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    [en01]Japan for Sustainability(ニュース記事)

  • The UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development: Achievements and Prospects from the Perspective of Citizens' Initiatives in Japan

    29 Jan 2015 | 9:48 pm
    JFS Newsletter No.149 (January 2015) Copyright Japan Council on the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development All Rigts Reserved. The year 2015 has now begun. The decade starting from 2005 was designated by the United Nations as the "UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (DESD)." What have you heard about efforts for promoting new types of education under the aegis of the DESD around the world during the past 10 years? Towards the end of 2014, a World Conference was held in Japan to mark the end of the DESD. Japan Council on the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable…
  • Growing ESG Investment Leading to Transformation of Japanese Companies

    27 Jan 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Image photo The environment surrounding the CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) activities of Japanese companies is changing significantly. In response to increasing social expectations calling for companies to disclose their achievements related to the creation of long-term value and sustainable development, practical movements are arising. Here is a summary of the current situation in Japan, compiled by Toshihiko Goto, Chief Executive of Sustainability Forum Japan.
  • Ajinomoto Group Opens New Base for "Fureai Red Apron Project" in Iwaki City

    25 Jan 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Copyright Ajinomoto Co. All Rights Reserved. The Ajinomoto Group, a major Japanese manufacturer of food and beverage products, opened a new base for its "Fureai Red Apron Project" in Iwaki City, Fukushima Prefecture on August 1, 2014. "Fureai" means "communication" in Japanese. The project, started in October 2011, supports the three prefectures in the Tohoku region that were damaged by the Great East Japan Earthquake. The main activity of the project is to hold "health and nutrition" seminars in temporary houses. Following Tono City in Iwate Prefecture and Sendai City in Miyagi Prefecture,…
  • Achievements of Japan's Feed-In Tariff Scheme and Challenges for Power System Reform

    23 Jan 2015 | 1:00 pm
    JFS Newsletter No.148 (December 2014) Image by gridsurfer Some Rights Reserved. As JFS reported in an article released on November 3, 2014, Japan's power companies have put on hold their responses to renewable energy applications. JFS article: Japan's Power Utilities to Suspend Responding to Clean Energy Applications
  • Younger Generations Showing Lower Happiness Levels -- Caused by Stress from Work?

    20 Jan 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Image by mrhayata Some Rights Reserved. According to a 2014 White Paper by the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, a survey conducted by the ministry targeting men and women from their 20s to 80s on their awareness about health showed that the younger the generation is, the lower their happiness levels are. What is the cause of the lower happiness levels of the younger generations? Here is an analysis of the survey.
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    i heart japan - Japan travel tips and info about Japan

  • Cat News Network

    Travis
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:35 am
    I would definitely watch more news and debate programming if they did it like this! :D Related Posts:Living in JapanThe State of Social Networking in JapanHimeji Castle ConstructionLow Yen Makes it a Great Time to VisitJapanese Bridge Washes up in Oregon
  • 100 Japanese Maids : 1Pancake

    Travis
    13 Jan 2015 | 7:51 am
    Don’t know what to say about this one, other than the Japanese sure have a delightful and strange sense of humour :D Related Posts:The Days of HanakoEat Curry. Win Money.Kawaii FabricJapanese Idiom: Even a Dog Wont EatThe Japanese Ski Season – When, Where and Why?
  • Japan Law to Force Workers to go on Holiday

    Travis
    10 Jan 2015 | 7:55 am
    Photo Credit: Bertrand Tran. Yeah I know that’s pretty wild and crazy, but according to The Telegraph, the Japanese Government has recently introduced a law to make sure workers are taking their vacation time. Japanese workers are so reluctant to leave their offices that they took less than half their holiday entitlement in 2013. The government now wants to raise that total to 70 per cent by 2020, according to the Yomiuri newspaper. One of the big work issues with Japan is the culture of working late and putting in big unpaid overtime out of a sense of commitment to the company. I was…
  • The Tech Behind Conveyor Belt Sushi

    Travis
    26 Dec 2014 | 7:11 am
    Some pretty amazing tech goes into conveyor belt sushi. And here I though they were just counting your different color plates at the end of the meal :P Related Posts:5 Most Famous Sushi Bars In JapanHow to Eat SushiHigh Speed SushiLearning the Proper Way To Eat SushiBudget Backpackers Guide to Tokyo
  • Low Yen Makes it a Great Time to Visit

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

  • I wanna rock ‘n’ roll all night, and be kawaii, ev-er-y day

    Tom Hanaway
    25 Jan 2015 | 9:48 pm
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ivJZljEostE After the major success of Babymetal, who fused Japanese idol culture with head-banging metal and opened for the likes of Metallica, Slayer and Lady Gaga, another J-pop unit is setting their sights on overseas fame and getting a helping hand from rock giants. The teen idol group Momoiro Clover Z just released a new song, “Yume no Ukiyo ni Saite Mina,” with the help of legendary rockers . . . Kiss. What? The Satanic pantomimes? The subterranean lizards of Detroit Rock City? Yes, that Kiss. On Jan. 19, the two released a music video that is…
  • Rewinding some of Japan’s top YouTubers

    Tom Hanaway
    21 Dec 2014 | 7:08 pm
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zKx2B8WCQuw At the end of 2014, YouTube took a look back at some of the fun, freaky and unforgettable videos that went viral over the past year. Titled “YouTube Rewind,” the official retrospective (which has 50 million views) gave special recognition to dozens of online personalities, including Kid President and Jenna Marbles, who YouTube decided were the top of class in 2014. Japan was well represented with 14 YouTubers joining the global ranks. Their talent ranges from makeup tutorials and video game walkthroughs to clever pranks and English lessons.
  • J-blip: Doraemon hard boiled eggs soften your heart

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

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

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

  • Taiwan Update

    danny
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:52 pm
    I've been in Taiwan for about a week now and we have already done two events - the Kadokawa Contents Academy talk and CJ Night Taipei. It's been 3 years since my last visit to Taiwan and things have changed a lot - I didn't know just how popular Mirai was until my day 1 talk at Kadokawa Contents Academy followed by CJ Night. Despite being on a weekday, many comrades still managed to attend CJ Night Taipei and we also sold out of everything (Smart Doll, Moekana, Moekanji, T-shirts) on the night >< Right now I'm running to and forth various meetings with my team and when we get a breather…
  • Mirai x Kinokuniya Singapore

    danny
    22 Jan 2015 | 12:14 am
    Thanks to all those who went to a branch of Kinokuniya in Singapore to either get a new or exchange their Privilege Card (KPC) for the Mirai one ^o^ All stock depleted in a jiffy and while they wont be making anymore of the old design, Kinokuniya Singapore have released a new design for their new customers.The Singapore Kinokuniya Card is only valid in Singapore. Malaysia have their own Mirai KPC and I'm working on getting other Kinokuniya stores around the world to converted to the Mirai designs. Not all Kinokuniya have privilege cards though and depends on the local laws about discounting -…
  • Taipei Event Details

    danny
    18 Jan 2015 | 9:59 pm
    I'm leaving for Taiwan this Friday for what I guess would be a Taipei Tour. We got 3 events that we need to do which are Kadokawa, CJ Night and Fancy Frontier - and to top it off we will also be meeting distributors of CJ merchandise, Smart Doll and also be filming an episode of "Japanese Pop Culture in Taiwan."Kadokawa have started to open their schools around the world - Kadokawa Contents Academy. I will be teaching at their Taiwan school this Saturday and Sunday (Jan 24th+25th). For folks who are interested please check out this entry at Kadokawa. Anybody can attend so if you are…
  • A Week in Dubai

    danny
    17 Jan 2015 | 5:33 pm
    I was invited to Dubai last April to attend the Middle East Film & Comic Con - I had been wanting to attend the previous two years and was so glad that I could finally make it. Dubai is a wonderful international city and even though the main language is Arabic, English is the second language that is spoken by the majority of folks who power the service sector so if you are thinking of traveling and feel more comfy speaking in English then you wont have any probs making your way around. April had a good climate to visit - not too hot (when in the shade) with cool evenings - felt a lot like…
  • Tokyo Temple Visit

    danny
    15 Jan 2015 | 12:21 am
    At the beginning of each year, wifey and I visit our local temple to pay respects and exchange our amulets which we picked up the previous year. Today's photos are taken on the Sony RX1 which I use to take all Smart Doll photos.Our local temple is called Meguro Fudoson Ryusenji [目黒不動尊龍泉寺] and is located in Meguro Tokyo at the following location. The nearest station would be Fudomae [不動前] on the Tokyu Meguro Line which is two stops away from JR Meguro on the Yamanote Line. 〒153-0064 Tokyo, Meguro, Shimomeguro, 3 Chome 20 26View location with Google MapsBefore we enter…
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    Tokyo Times

  • An immaculately turned out Tokyo rockabilly

    Lee
    29 Jan 2015 | 3:30 pm
    If you are going to go for a particular look, it’s probably worth doing properly, and that’s exactly what this immaculately turned out Tokyo rockabilly has done. His pristine-right-down-to-the-purple-lining-of-his-coat appearance making him seem almost alien-like in the cluttered, cobbled together nature of his surroundings.
  • An abandoned Japanese school boasting a life-size anatomical figure

    Lee
    27 Jan 2015 | 3:30 pm
    Pretty much all abandoned buildings have a distinct character and atmosphere, but schools – especially the older, wooden ones – have a silence all their own. A surprising serenity that the likes of homes, villages and most certainly clinics, don’t always have. And E Elementary School, tucked away in a rural community a few hours drive from Tokyo, was no different. Established in 1872, the school underwent various changes, both in an administrative and structural sense — including a fire in the early years that completely destroyed the fledgeling institution. The final, and now…
  • Shinjuku glamour

    Lee
    25 Jan 2015 | 3:30 pm
  • Stares and beers in a Tokyo bar

    Lee
    22 Jan 2015 | 3:30 pm
    Some places are way more photogenic than others, and despite the limited space, the bar below is definitely one to go back to — hence its numerous appearances on these pages over the years. It has arguably the grubbiest lamp one could ever imagine. Character and customer-wise it sometimes seems like it’s stuck in the past. Plus inquisitive stares are often an additional part of the scene. The latter of which I got lucky with again in this latest photo.
  • Pink-haired, blue-eyed Japanese host

    Lee
    20 Jan 2015 | 3:30 pm
    Or at least I’m guessing he’s a host: the elaborate hairstyle, non-standard suit and him coming from the direction of Kabukicho, Tokyo’s infamous red light district. But, love thief — the moniker given to those in that profession by this must-see documentary — or not, what definitely isn’t up for debate is his wonderfully distinctive appearance.
 
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    世論 What Japan Thinks

  • What not to do when being introduced to your Japanese partner’s parents

    Ken Y-N
    25 Jan 2015 | 6:46 am
    goo Ranking published an entertaining survey on the worst faux pas when visiting your boyfriend or girlfriend’s parents’ home. Demographics goo Rankings asked iBRIDGE’s Research Plus to conduct this survey, where between the 9th and 11th of December 2014 500 members, 250 male and 250 female, of their monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. No further demographics were given. When I visited my wife’s parents before we got married, fortunately I got a pass on any faux pas I might have committed for be foreign. I could have done with this list,…
  • Why foreign men dislike Japanese women’s gait

    Ken Y-N
    23 Jan 2015 | 7:06 am
    Omron, a healthcare electronics manufacturer, published a survey that serves to advertise their new female-oriented device that diagnoses one’s walking style, with this survey asking foreign men what they think of Japanese women’s way of walking. Demographics Between the 23rd and 31st of October 2014 the company Neon Marketing, on behalf of Omron and underwear manufacturer Wacoal, asked a mere 50 foreign men who had lived in Japan more than a year to fill out a private internet-based survey. I think Japanese women in high heels, on the whole, are extremely clumsy-looking. Often,…
  • One in five Japanese internet users have a tablet computer

    Ken Y-N
    20 Jan 2015 | 7:20 am
    Lifemedia Research recently conducted a survey into tablet computers. This is the sixth time they have conducted this annual survey; last year 18.8% of the sample owned a tablet, so ownership has grown, but of the non-owners, 46.0% last year wanted one, whereas this time the interest has dropped to 38.5%. Demographics Between the 26th of December 2014 and the 7th of January 2015 2,400 members of the Lifemedia research panel completed a privagte internet-based questionnaire. The sample was exactly 50:50 male and female, and exactly one-sixth in each of the age bands of twenties, thirties,…
  • What foreigners love and hate about Japanese public toilets

    Ken Y-N
    16 Jan 2015 | 8:34 am
    Japanese public toilets are something that almost every visitor to Japan will experience, so this survey from the toilet manufacturer Toto looked at foreigners and toilets to see what issues there were. Demographics During September and October of 2014 600 foreign residents of Japan aged 20 or older completed an internet-based survey; ten countries were represented; South Korea, Taiwan, China, Hong Kong, USA, France, UK, Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia. No further demographics were presented. I’ve used a Japanese-style toilet for number twos exactly once, at a bowling alley when I had…
  • New adults look at the state of Japan

    Ken Y-N
    13 Jan 2015 | 7:30 am
    Macromill Research released their annual look at the views of new adults yesterday, Japan’s Coming of Age day where new adults celebrate their new-found resposibilities by hanging out at Disneyland, dressing up in gang colours and assaulting police with fists and coffee cans. Demographics Over the 9th and 10th of December 2014 500 members of the Macromill Monitor group who would be eligible to attend a 2015 Coming of Age ceremony (that is, born in 1994 or 1995) completed a private internet-based questionnaire. The sample was exactly 50:50 male and female. In Q15, I am very surprised to…
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    Frugalista Japan

  • How to make money online without any investments?

    Daniel
    25 Jan 2015 | 10:27 am
    There are two ways to balance your budget – either through saving by spending less or by making some extra cash each month to cover for your expenses. Saving might sound easier, but often you realize that you are already at the limit, and you can’t afford to reduce your spending any more. If this is the case, there is nothing left but to make an extra buck. Some methods need an initial investment – like getting involved in a multi level marketing scheme or starting to trade Forex from home – but there are others that don’t. I will try to present some of these…
  • How and when should you refinance your vehicle?

    MJTM
    3 Oct 2014 | 6:01 am
    While you are in a financial crisis finding it very hard to manage the budget, you can consider refinancing the car to satisfy your requirements. Most of the home owners look to refinancing opportunities when the rates of interest on loans drop down. For those who have been paying huge interest on the existing loans, the refinancing option is a great idea if it comes with comparatively lower interest rates. This is so even with a car loan. Those who have availed high interest car loans can also go for the option of refinancing the car loans if lower interest rates are possible. How is…
  • Beginner’s Guide To Forex Trading

    Daniel
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:49 am
    Trading on the foreign exchange markets, better known as Forex trading, is one of the most popular in the world and has probably benefited more than any other market from the trading allowed to smaller investors by the Internet. Forex trading basically means that foreign currency is bought and sold by a trader in the hope that a movement in the foreign exchange market will increase the value of a specific currency over another. The advent of 24 hour trading that has taken place since the Internet brought investing into the homes of everybody and everybody with an Internet connection has led…
  • Casino Gambling in Japan – All Bets are Off

    MJTM
    8 Sep 2014 | 6:17 am
    Image by  Chatham House, London  The current controversy over whether or not casino gambling should be legalised in Japan continues to rumble on. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has committed to trying to get his pet project through parliament by the end of the autumn, but its success is far from guaranteed. There are a host of objectors who, for one reason or another, simply do not want Japan to open up this particular sector of the leisure industry. The good news for those of us who do not want to go the time and trouble of dressing up and physically travelling to enjoy the casino experience is…
  • Never Hit The Trade Show Without Considering These Considerations

    MJTM
    11 Jun 2014 | 8:35 pm
    Whenever your boss tasks you with bringing home business from the trade exhibition, you have one task: you must wow everyone at the trade show with a presentation all week long that may be above and beyond, and really shows everyone that your business is the one and only one who anyone with any sense may wish to associate with. How in the world can you do that, with a bit time to prepare and a product similar to everyone else’s? It may seem like an arduous task, but with a few industry secrets, your booth can be a home run and you can generate the accolades you deserve home. Make absolutely…
 
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    The Japanofiles Podcast

  • Episode 67

    Japanofiles
    12 Jan 2015 | 2:59 am
    For Japanofiles 67, Dave talks with Judd Goff. Judd has lived in Japan on three separate occasions, and he has done three very different types of work in Japan. In his present position, he is in charge of a facility where almost all of the employees are Japanese. Key Words: Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture; Japan-related podcasts; discussion about life in Japan; Gero Onsen, Gifu Prefecture; Salt Lake City, Utah; Taimatsu Matsuri Festival; podcasts about Japan
  • Episode 66

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

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

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

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

  • Asian Design, the Star of Casinos Today, Casinos seeking to draw in the Asian affluent with Asian influence

    Guest
    22 Jan 2015 | 12:13 pm
    This is a guest post on Asian Design Influence. Casinos have always been known for their extravagance. From the majestic Casino de Monte Carlo in Monaco to the centuries-old Hippodrome Casino in London, many casinos are feats of architectural marvel. And inside these casinos, we see beautiful room and magnificent décor fit for a king. Lately, however, casinos seem to be shifting their designs in favor of Asian influences. Following some decline in the amount of business they get in American and European markets, casino operators have begun looking towards Asian markets to start making…
  • Mini Feng Shui Lecture Series for 2015

    Jenny Nakao Hones
    17 Jan 2015 | 2:13 pm
    I will be teaching the Mini Feng Shui Lecture Series offered by the Blue Mountain Institute. Are you interested in feng shui?  Would you like to learn about this ancient knowledge? Come and learn feng shui tips for your home to improve the chi flow! All lecture hours are from 7pm to 9pm Location:  Bellevue, Washington Tuition: $40.00 per lecture To register or for more information please email me at jenny@threefrogsdesign.com  Classes for 2015 January 27 (Tuesday) Feng Shui Living Room Workshop  (1) February 3rd (Tuesday) Feng Shui Living Room Workshop (2) February 17 (Tuesday) Clutter…
  • How to Bring Chi to an Office with No Windows

    Jenny Nakao Hones
    14 Jan 2015 | 4:15 pm
    Several clients have lamented that they have no windows in their office. One shared, “I don’t know if it’s sunny or raining. After a while, I have to get out of my office so I can see outside. I don’t know why, but I just want to know what the weather is like.” Imagine sitting in a small room with no windows. There is no natural light. There is no view of greenery. There is no view of the sky. How would you feel? Now imagine a room with windows, filled with sunlight, with a view of trees and sky. How do you feel now? Several years ago I read a book on the study of biophelia whereby…
  • One-Day Health Workshop – Start 2015 with Better Health for Life!

    Jenny Nakao Hones
    5 Jan 2015 | 10:58 am
    Happy 2015!   New years is a great time to make changes in life.  Why not start 2015 with the goal to improve your health for life! Dr. Shan-Tung Hsu, will be leading a One-Day Health Workshop:   MindBodyChi Health Workshop – Ancient Eastern Wisdom of Self-Healing Date:  January 24, 2015  Time:  9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Place:  Mercer Island Community Center, Mercer Island, WA Investment $150.00, register by the end of January 5th, 2015 for a 10% discount Register:  shantunghsu@gmail.com or you can email me at jenny@asianlifestyledesign.com  I’ve been to Dr.
  • Happy New Year to All!

    Jenny Nakao Hones
    30 Dec 2014 | 6:25 pm
    Wishing everyone a very Happy and Healthy 2015! Selling our home in July was a big move for our family. We are still in a small apartment and I just couldn’t get myself into the holiday mood.  One thing I learned being in a small apartment is that if you buy anything for your home, it becomes crowded and cluttered very quickly!  When your children come home, it also becomes very crowded. But, I’m not complaining. It’s just wonderful to see them healthy and happy. As space in our home is limited, we had Christmas dinner with friends in their home.  We’re also…
 
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    GaijinPot

  • Snow, Yams and a Dragon at Nyuto Onsen

    Lynn Allmon
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:00 pm
    My trusty travel friend and I were trying to come up with ideas for a winter trip. We’d already settled on going to a snowy onsen somewhere far, far away from Tokyo. In the middle of our conversation, a box of bath powder caught my eye. The bath powders would, in theory, turn your bath into one of several famous onsen. I picked out a packet at random. It read: Nyuto Onsen, Akita Prefecture. Our eyes locked. Not only would our trip have an amusing origin as a bath powder lottery, but it would also be to a place that literally meant “Nipple Hot Spring.” About one month and one…
  • Aimai: A Dynamic Intertwined in Japanese Culture and Language

    Kyle Von Lanken
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:00 pm
    In a culture where unspoken rules, manners and words abound, any newcomer is likely to be nothing less than confused. These very aspects of Japanese and even some other Asian cultures tend to indirectly contribute to unfortunate stereotypes of Asian inscrutability. But is Japanese culture truly so inscrutable? Is it really so mysterious that foreigners can’t possibly understand it? The short answer of course, is no. All aspects of a culture have some rhyme or reason, no matter how strange its origins may be. However, vagueness is a part of Japanese culture that draws at least partially from…
  • My Experience Taking the JLPT Overseas

    Kelsey Leuzinger
    28 Jan 2015 | 10:00 pm
    When I first heard of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) being offered outside of Japan, I was ecstatic. Finally, all of my efforts with learning Japanese would be officially tested; and better yet, I would have a specific goal to work towards in my language study. Here are a few things that I learned through taking the JLPT N5 overseas. Why take it overseas? When I told people in America that I was taking the JLPT, I was met with a lot of blank stares and heard the question “why?” more than a few times. At first, it was hard to muster up an answer, seeing as I’m not…
  • Going “Walkabout” In Osaka: Part 2

    Liam Carrigan
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Having completed an energetic and enthralling morning of walking around Osaka, taking in Minato Ward, Namba and Nipponbashi, and having enjoyed a light lunch in one of the delicious bento restaurants around Kuromon Ichiba, it was time to continue our Osaka Walkabout and start our afternoon adventure. From Nipponbashi station, take the Sakaisuji Line (the brown one on the subway map) two stops to Dobutsuen Mae station. Once you reach Dobutsuen Mae station, change to the Midosuji Line (red line) and travel one stop to Tennoji Station. If you’re feeling particularly energetic you can walk from…
  • 4 Delicious Foreign Restaurants In Fukuoka

    James Darnbrook
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Whether its Sushi or Somen, Karaage or Kinako Mochi, Japanese cuisine has so much variety that it offers something for everyone. But having lived in Japan for a while, sometimes my appetite forgets all this. Sometimes, I get the urge for absolutely anything, as long as it’s NOT Japanese food. At these times a spicy Green Curry, a Chicken Aloo Baigan or some Gado Gado can help soothe my raging appetite and put a smile on my face. I doubt I am the only person that feels like this from time to time. Luckily, for its size Fukuoka has an incredible amount of foreign restaurants for you to choose…
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    Izakaya Politics

  • How much does crude oil actually affect Japan’s rate of inflation?

    Stephen Stapczynski
    28 Jan 2015 | 10:34 pm
    BOJ Governor Kuroda illustrating where he wants to inflation to go. (Source: Fox News) Tomorrow the internal affairs ministry will announce December’s consumer price index (CPI), which will be used to gauge Japan’s rate of inflation. After the data is released, economists and pundits around the world will use it as a yardstick to rate the current effectiveness of the monetary policy from the Bank of Japan (BOJ) and Abenomics as a whole. For the last few years, BOJ Governor Haruhiko Kuroda has been trying to boost inflation so that it hits the 2% target, but to no avail. In…
  • Potential Breakthrough in US-Japan TPP Talks Could Make Completing the Trade Pact in 2015 a Reality

    Stephen Stapczynski
    25 Jan 2015 | 8:27 pm
    Wendy Cutler, acting Deputy US Trade Representative, walking and talking with Hiroshi Oe, Japan’s deputy chief TPP negotiator On Monday,chief negotiators involved in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade talks will be meeting in New York City (weather permitting). High-level officials will meet for the entire week, as the 12 participating countries try to come to a consensus on a number of remaining issues. For the last few years, TPP progress has been frozen by the US and Japan’s inability to see eye-to-eye. Little to no progress was made between the two countries in…
  • An Okada-Led DPJ

    Stephen Stapczynski
    19 Jan 2015 | 8:25 pm
    Katsuya Okada following his victory. (Source: Renho’s Twitter lol) On January 18th, Katsuya Okada beat Goshi Hosono and Akira Nagatsuma to become the next head of the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ). As the leader of Japan’s biggest opposition party, he is now tasked with unifying the party to get it in good enough shape  to take on the seemingly unstoppable Liberal Democratic Party (LDP). In a speech he delivered after the runoff, Okada stated:  “[The DPJ must] ride over the challenges of the forthcoming unified local elections, the next House of Councillors election…
  • Reading Japan’s IPO Tea Leaves

    Stephen Stapczynski
    4 Jan 2015 | 7:49 pm
    Japan Display had one of the largest (and messiest) IPOs this year. (Source: New York Times) In 2014, 80 companies held initial public offerings (IPOs), the most since 2007. The Asahi Shimbun reports that economists are forecasting over 100 IPOs in 2015, which they view as an important milestone. For most of the 1990s and 2000s, there were well over 100 IPOs a year. When the financial crisis hit, the number of IPOs dropped significantly. Japan had a grand total of 19 IPOs in 2009, the lowest in over 30 years. It was a 61% decrease in activity from 2008, and a whopping 84% decrease from 2007.
  • Nuclear Power in 2015: Approvals to Nowhere

    Stephen Stapczynski
    29 Dec 2014 | 6:24 pm
    Reactor restarts at the Sendai Nuclear Power Plants will likely occur in 2015. It is looking like 2015 will see the return of some of Japan’s nuclear power capacity. Although it is still too early to say exactly how many reactors will resume operations next year, it is almost certain that the Sendai 1 and 2 nuclear power plants will begin operations in the next few months. These plants, which are owned any operated by the Kyushu Electric Power Co., are the first to be approved by the newly establish Nuclear Regulatory Authority (NRA). Earlier this month, the NRA approved review report…
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