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  • Abe’s war statement panel to call for multi-nation study of history

    The Japan Times: News & Business
    7 Jul 2015 | 6:43 am
    Members of an advisory panel on the World War II anniversary statement that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will issue this summer plan to call for multi-nation research of history involving not only China... Read more ...
  • "Lady Maiko," or how to say "the rain in Spain" in Japanese

    Japan News
    7 Jul 2015 | 1:32 pm
    Masayuki Suo, best known for his original Japanese version of the Hollywood hit "Shall We Dance?," has directed a new movie musical that might best be described as "My Fair Lady" in a kimono. Suo's "Lady Maiko" tells the story of a simple country girl, Haruko, who travels to Japan's ancient capital Kyoto with the ambition of becoming a polished "maiko," or apprentice geisha, one of the most familiar yet mysterious figures in Japanese culture.
  • Prosecutors will not indict ex-Toyota exec Hamp over painkillers

    News On Japan
    7 Jul 2015 | 10:21 am
    Former Toyota Motor Corp. executive Julie Hamp will not be charged with illegally importing a controlled painkiller, investigative sources said Tuesday. (Japan Times)
  • King Jim - Pitrec - Digital Biz Card Holder

    AkihabaraNews - JAPAN & ASIA TECH • COOL AND CULTURAL NEWS
    Editor
    7 Jul 2015 | 2:30 am
    King Jim announced the released of a new model of its digital business card holder device called Pitrec.With Pitrec, you are able to take a photo of business cards using the built-in camera to scan the data and to digitally manage about 5,000 to 6,000 business cards.It has a 3.5-inch touch panel (480x380), 200MP camera and microSD card slot. You can write a note directly on the scanned data with your fingers or stylus pen.
  • How to Enjoy Your Conveyor Belt Sushi

    Japan Blog
    Teresa Te
    26 Jun 2015 | 6:30 am
    Sushi is one of Japan’s most famous dishes. This is served not only in Japan but as well as in other Japanese restaurants around the world. But when you’re in the land of the rising sun, a dining place you should experience is the conveyor belt sushi restaurant. This type of restaurant is also referred as a sushi train or kaiten-zushi in Japanese. As its name suggests, conveyor belt sushi restaurants are eateries where dishes are served using a conveyor belt floating past your seat. In short, no waiter serves your food so you have to serve yourself by simply picking the dish you…
 
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  • "Lady Maiko," or how to say "the rain in Spain" in Japanese

    7 Jul 2015 | 1:32 pm
    Masayuki Suo, best known for his original Japanese version of the Hollywood hit "Shall We Dance?," has directed a new movie musical that might best be described as "My Fair Lady" in a kimono. Suo's "Lady Maiko" tells the story of a simple country girl, Haruko, who travels to Japan's ancient capital Kyoto with the ambition of becoming a polished "maiko," or apprentice geisha, one of the most familiar yet mysterious figures in Japanese culture.
  • Japan attracting foreigners, manufacturers to boost its tourism sector

    7 Jul 2015 | 12:28 pm
    In a recently held 'Visit Japan Asia Travel Mart 2015', an expo organised by the Japan National Tourism Organisation, many Japanese private and public sector representatives interacted with the travel agencies from Asia. Shuichi Kameyama, Executive Director, Inbound Promotion Department, Japan National Tourism Organisation, said, "The most popular places in Japan are Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka and Mt.
  • The monster design legend behind Godzilla and the Google doodle: Eiji Tsubaraya

    7 Jul 2015 | 7:10 am
    He was born 114 years ago in Fukushima, Japan and worked as a director of special effects for film and TV. Godzilla first appeared in 1954 in a country rebuilding barely eight years after two atomic bombs were dropped, described as a "violent, prehistoric sea monster awakened and empowered by nuclear radiation".
  • Japan reactor refuelled for restart, despite opposition

    6 Jul 2015 | 11:50 pm
    This handout picture released by International Atomic Energy Agency on February 17, 2015 shows IAEA mission team members inspecting TEPCO's Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station in Okuma, Fukushima prefecture. AFP PHOTO / IAEA TOKYO: Atomic fuel was being loaded into a reactor in southern Japan Tuesday as its operator prepared to restart operations despite widespread public opposition to the technology.
  • Toyota Prison Ordeal Offers Lesson on Declaring Meds in Japan

    6 Jul 2015 | 8:36 pm
    Connecting decision makers to a dynamic network of information, people and ideas, Bloomberg quickly and accurately delivers business and financial information, news and insight around the world. Three weeks ago, Julie Hamp was Toyota Motor Corp.'s highest-ranking female executive.
 
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  • How to Enjoy Your Conveyor Belt Sushi

    Teresa Te
    26 Jun 2015 | 6:30 am
    Sushi is one of Japan’s most famous dishes. This is served not only in Japan but as well as in other Japanese restaurants around the world. But when you’re in the land of the rising sun, a dining place you should experience is the conveyor belt sushi restaurant. This type of restaurant is also referred as a sushi train or kaiten-zushi in Japanese. As its name suggests, conveyor belt sushi restaurants are eateries where dishes are served using a conveyor belt floating past your seat. In short, no waiter serves your food so you have to serve yourself by simply picking the dish you…
  • Seijinshiki: Rite of Passage for Japanese Girls

    Teresa Te
    29 May 2015 | 8:03 am
    Japan has many traditional rites that up to now are still being practiced. One of them is Seijinshiki or the coming of age of Japanese girls. This so-called Coming of Age Day honors Japanese ladies as they turn 20 years old and enter adulthood. It is a yearly national holiday that takes place every second Monday of January. To celebrate their becoming adults, the ladies are encouraged to develop self-reliance to become responsible citizens of their society. Ladies qualified to attend the Coming of Age Day are those whose 20th birthday is between April 2 of the past year and April 1 of the…
  • The Cherry Blossom Phenomenon

    Teresa Te
    15 Apr 2015 | 7:50 am
    The cherry blossoms or sakura are one of Japan’s gems that attract millions of tourists from around the world each year. But they can only be experienced during spring time hence, people from foreign countries wishing to see them should plan well for their trip. These flowering trees bloom at different times every year depending on their location. Generally though, the blossoms bloom early in areas with milder climates. Those in sunny areas bloom earlier than those in shadowy places. Blooming Season On the southern island of Okinawa, for instance, the cherry blossoms open in January…
  • Schoolchildren Bike to School in Japan

    Teresa Te
    11 Feb 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Japan is one Asian country that boasts of an active bicycle lifestyle for kids and adults. As such, one would see specific bicycle lanes around the country’s major cities and these are widely used by people of all ages and social standings every day. Among the active bicycle users in Japan are the schoolchildren. Even in their uniforms, these young kids notably those already in the higher level are urged to pedal to and from school on a daily basis. Schools in Japan prohibit parents from dropping off their kids by car. If they do, they have to drop off the child a few meters away from…
  • Australian Model Miranda Kerr Becomes a Geisha for Vogue Japan Cover

    Maki
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:45 am
    Geishas have always been held in high regard in traditional Japanese culture, and while what the world may know about them may mainly come from the movie Memoirs of a Geisha, these female entertainers and hostesses are highly trained in a wide array of Japanese arts including classical music, dance, games, and the art of conversation. They were – are – truly one of the symbols of Japanese culture. Source Perhaps that is why the new Vogue Japan cover is making waves. Australian model Miranda Kerr is the cover girl for the November issue of Japan’s Vogue magazine, and even one…
 
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    An Eternal Thought in the Mind of Godzilla

  • Bulldoss

    Patrick Macias
    6 Jul 2015 | 6:32 am
    We ask that you don’t scare the children (what few there are left) with stories or even warnings about the Evil Producer, the disembodied black entity that trumps all others in the circus of Taishomei cash grab who devours you whole but can never be satisfied, taking hotel room money bath in whatever is left of you after. Stories there are so many, and yet he was real once, circling the block after dark on a Monday night after the rain, gas stations and Gusto, even the Royal Host himself feeling hermetic. A few fighter pilots from pizza delivery roll into action as rocket powered scooters…
  • appropriate density and electrolytes

    Patrick Macias
    4 Jul 2015 | 2:13 am
    We roll around and tumble inside of Shinjuku station, the earthquake going strong for 30 weeks beneath our feet now. Lights out, probably never going back on so we sneak around looking for lost tickets and recharging stations, exit and entrance gates, on our hands and knees. Pulls fast hard slow and sideways motion. An old man in bucket hat slides around on the floor, an angry turtle on its back, mumbling to himself with much annoyance, clicking noises coming out of the corners of his mouth. Arms and legs poke out of broken debris. Station agents have stacked them into piles and traffic cones…
  • Who put the Boss in the Boss Coffee?

    Patrick Macias
    27 Jun 2015 | 4:24 pm
    Out of a sensory input node and evolutionary chart we appear, leaning on a bar on Meiji dori for hours soon after, strange quality of light in the sky above: rusted cotton candy low organ sound. Shopping bag and shuffling population, girl in an afro wig with a sales sign and relentless smile. Here a baby cart filled with tiny dogs: imperial army bullet shells strewn over the side of the pram as a decorative motif. We could go to the beach, but it’s all dried up and polluted there now. This place endlessly replicates and repeats itself for reasons unknown, some kind of automated process was…
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    Culture Japan - Your portal to Japan - Posts

  • AX 2015 Merchandise

    1 Jul 2015 | 5:21 am
    Its that time of year again - America's largest anime and Japanese culture convention Anime Expo opens doors at the LA Convention Center to zillions of fans from around the world. I've just arrived in LA and have been setting up booth a wee bit. I've also been able to get around without a wheelchair - for now >< Our booth is located in the South Lobby cleverly concealed behind a huge pillar which is actually the weak point of LACC - if that pillar falls then everything falls. For this reason, that pillar is heavily guarded by CCTV from all angles and they put us there due to the amount…
  • Culture Japan Online Store

    29 Jun 2015 | 3:18 am
    It gives me great pleasure to announce that our first online store is now open ^o^ The Culture Japan Store lives at shop.culturejapan.jp where you can find our flagship products Smart Doll which ships between 3 - 8 days after one has placed their order. We also got a small selection of T-shirts for humans too which we will be increasing over time.This is Smart Doll 001 Mirai Suenaga - we launched her this time last year and I completely underestimated the demand - it took us a year to clear the backlog of pre-orders >< Since launch we have learned a lot especially about how to scale our…
  • Shinjuku By Day And Night

    27 Jun 2015 | 2:44 am
    Shinjuku - a bustling region in Tokyo filled with offices and retail stores. This was my hub when I first moved to Japan. Wife and I lived in West Tokyo and commuted to Higashi Fushimi Station on the Seibu Shinjuku Line. Then my hub became Shibuya when I worked for Amazon. My hub then switched back to being Shinjuku again when I started to work for Microsoft. How many of you live in Tokyo and what's your hub? Today we take a lookie at Shinjuku by day and night starting with Night!And this is me in Shinjuku 21 years ago which you can read more about in the My First Visit To Japan post. Check…
  • Smart Doll Crash Test Dummies

    26 Jun 2015 | 8:10 am
    I just thought I'd show you the Smart Doll Crash Test Dummy version which we use to test our products strength - next up will be the impact videos in slow motion ^^The Female Smart Doll body is due for release late July at the Culture Japan Store. The Male Smart Doll body will also be released as a stand alone product but after Eiji is released. Folks can get hold of the current Male Smart Doll body before it's released in the Developer Program. I was supposed to announce it last week but nature called ><Eiji will have a bust with headlights but sold separately just like Mirai. Its…
  • Eiji Seiun Faceup Tests

    23 Jun 2015 | 6:39 am
    Eiji Seiun Smart Doll Faceup TestsFaceup Test 1 Mold 1 (T1M1) I'm still working on faceup, eye, wig and head mold tests for Eiji. I've got a few more molds and faceups in the pipeline and plan to release all heads unpainted too so that folks can customise themselves. I will observe feedback and reflect in final product but probably won't try to reflect *all* feedback for example when folks want thick *and* thin eyebrows, round & square & pointed chins, bigger *and* smaller eyes etc. Although it would be interesting to see what a head that took into account all feedback looked like ^^…
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    japan running news

  • Kenyan Men and Japanese Women Sweep Gold Coast Airport Marathon, Deki and Wellings PB in the Half

    Brett Larner
    4 Jul 2015 | 7:55 pm
    by Brett Larner It was a big day for records at Australia's Gold Coast Airport Marathon, high-quality fields and the relative absence of the Gold Coast's infamous winds combining for a day to remember.  Japan's Takehiro Deki (Team Chugoku Denryoku) got things started in the men's half marathon, running alone after just 7 km to drop a 1:02:11 PB for the win, the 5th-fastest winning time in the
  • Gold Coast Airport Marathon Race Weekend Elite Field Highlights (updated)

    Brett Larner
    2 Jul 2015 | 2:42 am
    by Brett Larner Japanese athletes feature in two of the three races at Australia's Gold Coast Airport Marathon in its second year as an IAAF gold label race.  Former Aoyama Gakuin University captain Takehiro Deki (Team Chugoku Denryoku) leads the men's half marathon, with cancer survivor Remi Nakazato at the top of the women's list. Deki's 58:51 best for 20 km translates to 1:02:15 for the
  • Hakodate Half Celebrates 25 Years With Wins From Gizae and Kato

    Brett Larner
    30 Jun 2015 | 2:13 am
    http://www3.nhk.or.jp/sapporo-news/20150628/5792931.html translated by Brett Larner Now in its 25th year, 4500 runners from across the country ran Hokkaido's Hakodate Half Marathon on June 28, coming for the seaside course and staying for the legendary hot spring resorts.  A fall race up to now, this year the Hakodate Half saw its entry numbers swell by 1000 this year with a move to a June race
  • Hara and Mochizuki Win Second Lake Saroma 100 km Titles

    Brett Larner
    29 Jun 2015 | 12:45 pm
    http://dd.hokkaido-np.co.jp/news/area/doto/1-0151017.html http://www.sankei.com/affairs/news/150628/afr1506280022-n1.html translated and edited by Brett Larner A total of 3827 people took part in the 30th anniversary Lake Saroma Ultramarathon in Hokkaido on June 28, challenging their own limits as they ran with support and warm cheering from volunteers, local residents of the towns of Yubetsu,
  • Preliminary Japanese Team Announced for Beijing World Championships

    Brett Larner
    29 Jun 2015 | 1:51 am
    by Brett Larner National Championships results, videos and reports: Day 1 ・ Day 2 ・ Day 3 Following this weekend's National Track and Field Championships in Niigata, the Federation announced a preliminary lineup of athletes of 23 athletes, 17 men and 6 women, for the Japanese national team for August's World Championships in Beijing.  Other athletes who finished in the top 3 in their events at
 
 
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  • JSフレームワーク「Sencha Ext JS 6」リリース、モバイル対応を強化

    末岡洋子
    6 Jul 2015 | 11:12 pm
     米Senchaが7月1日、JavaScriptフレームワーク「Sencha Ext JS 6」と管理ツール「Sencha Web Application Manager 6」(旧名称「Sencha Space」)の2製品について一般公開(GA)となったことを発表した。モバイル対応の強化などが加わっている。 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 JavaScript 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 チャート機能がプラグインフリーになった「Ext JS…
  • Firefox 39リリース、「Firefox Hello」などを強化

    末岡洋子
    5 Jul 2015 | 11:31 pm
     Mozillaは7月3日、オープンソースのWebブラウザ「Firefox 39」をリリースした。WebRTCを使ったビデオ/音声通話機能「Firefox Hello」の強化などが行われている。 ニュース オープンソース デベロッパー 末岡洋子 firef 関連記事「Firefox 38.0.5」リリース、あとで読む機能「Pocket」を統合 MozillaのFirefox担当が辞職、Firefoxとクラウドサービスの2グループが合体へ ルビ表示に対応、設定画面がタブベースになった「Firefox 38」リリース 「Firefox…
  • 米Microsoft、天体観測ソフトウェア「WorldWide Telescope(WWT)」のコードを公開

    末岡洋子
    2 Jul 2015 | 11:41 pm
     米Microsoftは7月2日、天体観測ソフトウェア「WorldWide Telescope(WWT)」のソースコードをMIT Licenseで公開した。今後.NET Foundationの下で独立したプロジェクトとして開発を行っていくという。 ニュース オープンソース Microsoft 末岡洋子 関連記事米Microsoft、天体観測ソフト「WorldWide Telescope」をオープンソース化 天体アプリ「Google Sky Map」がオープンソースに 米Google:「Google Earth」新版で天体表示機能を追加…
  • Windows 10に対応した「Qt 5.5」がリリース

    末岡洋子
    2 Jul 2015 | 12:15 am
     The Qt Companyは7月1日、クロスプラットフォームのUI/アプリケーション開発フレームワーク「Qt 5.5」をリリースした。次期「Windows 10」のサポート、グラフィック関連の強化など、多数の機能が加わっている。製品体系も簡素化されている。 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 関連記事オープンソースのIDE「Qt Creator 3.4」リリース Web開発機能にフォーカスした「Qt 5.4」がリリース 「Qt…
  • 米Amazon、オープンソースのTLS実装「s2n」を公開

    末岡洋子
    1 Jul 2015 | 12:30 am
     米Amazon.com傘下でクラウドサービスを提供するAmazon Web Services(AWS)は6月30日、オープンソースのTLS(Transport Layer Security)実装「s2n(Signal-to-Noise)」プロジェクトを発表した。シンプル、軽量、小型を特徴とし、OpenSSLの複雑さの解決を図るという。 ニュース オープンソース セキュリティ デベロッパー 末岡洋子 関連記事「Heartbleed」セキュリティ問題を受け、OpenBSDがOpenSSLフォークの「LibreSSL」を開発 OpenBSD、OpenSSLからフォークした「LibreSSL…
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  • IGBTとダイオード機能を集積した6.5kVパワーモジュール

    6 Jul 2015 | 5:00 pm
    インフィニオンテクノロジーズは、IGBTとフリーホイールダイオード機能をシングルチップに集積した、6.5kVパワーモジュールを発表した。同じ実装面積の従来型モジュールに比べて電流密度が33%向上し、高い放熱性能を備えた。
  • PR: ハイエンド金属3Dプリンタによる高品質な量産を支援――NTTデータエンジニアリングシステムズ

    6 Jul 2015 | 4:00 pm
    CAD/CAMを中心としたトータル・ITソリューションおよび粉末床溶融結合方式の3Dプリンティング技術で製造業分野を支援するNTTデータエンジニアリングシステムズ。2015年6月24〜26日に東京ビッグサイトで開催された「第26回 設計・製造ソリューション展(DMS2015)」では、同社が取り扱う独EOS社製のハイエンド3Dプリンタの「品質」にフォーカスした展示を行い、量産で安定して使えるメリットを来場者へ訴求した。
  • 3万円のオシロスコープを修理する

    5 Jul 2015 | 7:30 pm
    修理の仕事を始めた2012年に“3万円”というとても安い値段のオシロスコープを購入した。値段こそ安いが、かなり役に立ったオシロスコープ。しかし、試作した高電圧パルス電源を評価するときに壊れてしまった。今回はこの3万円で購入したオシロスコープの電源基板の修理を報告する。
  • PCIe Gen4仕様を想定した3.3V PCIeクロックジェネレータ

    5 Jul 2015 | 5:00 pm
    IDTは、クロックジェネレータの低電力PCI Express(PCIe)に、6出力と8出力の3.3 Vクロックジェネレータ「9FGL06」「9FGL08」を追加した。従来のPCIeクロックデバイスの約1/5の電力となる約100mWで動作する。
  • 従来比24%低背化した0.50mmピッチFFC/FPCコネクタ

    2 Jul 2015 | 8:45 pm
    日本モレックスは、独自のダブルボトムコンタクトターミナル設計を採用した0.50mmピッチFFC/FPCコネクタ製品に、従来比24%低背化した「505110」シリーズを追加した。
 
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  • ARROWS NX F-04Gに関する一問一答

    taguchi
    3 Jul 2015 | 8:03 am
    さて一ヶ月ほどARROWS NX F-04Gを使ってきたので一問一答方式にて使い勝手やら感想やらをまとめてみます。ざっといきますかね。 Q. ARROWS NX F-04Gで一番気に入っているところは? Q. ARROWS NX F-04Gで微妙なところは? 発熱…。感覚的には10分ぐらい使っているとほんのり熱くなってくる感じですかね(天候にもよりますが)。 Q. 虹彩認証どうですか? Q. TransferJetどうですか? Q. Android 5.0はどうですか?…
  • Steve Jobsの映画がまた出るみたいですな・・・

    taguchi
    3 Jul 2015 | 12:52 am
    ↑ 10月公開らしい(米国で)。 » Steve Jobs – Official Movie Site | Universal Pictures
  • ドットインストールにスポンサードレッスン『超速アプリ開発!ニフティクラウド mobile backend 入門』を追加しました #dotinstall

    taguchi
    2 Jul 2015 | 12:25 am
    » プログラミング学習サイトのドットインストールが動画広告「スポンサードレッスン」の提供を開始 – 株式会社ドットインストール また第一弾としてニフティ社にご協力いただき、『超速アプリ開発!ニフティクラウド mobile backend 入門』をリリースしました。サーバー側の開発が不要になるのでスマホアプリをクラウド対応させたいときにとても便利です。…
  • 2点間をつなぐストリートビューをGIFアニメにしてくれる『Google Maps Streetview Player』

    taguchi
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:53 pm
    会社案内とかにいいかも?Google Maps Streetview Playerを使えば2点間をつなぐストリートビューをGIFアニメにしてくれますよ。 ↑ 2点間の住所を適当にいれればOK。 ↑ プレイヤーの操作。「Download」すればGIFアニメになります。 GIFアニメはメール添付とかもできるので便利かもですね。知っておいてもいいかも。 » Googleマップのストリートビュープレーヤー
  • ドットインストールの『JavaScriptで5秒当てゲームを作ろう (全6回)』をモダンな感じで再収録しました #dotinstall

    taguchi
    29 Jun 2015 | 11:29 pm
    シンプルなゲームですが「JavaScriptで5秒当てゲームを作ろう」もモダンな感じで再収録しました。すっきりまとめられたかと思います。 ↑ JavaScriptコンソールで動作確認したりもしています。 しかし旧版をみていると「1/1000秒のタイミングでピタリと当てたら」といったシビアな判定していますね汗・・・。今回は0.1秒の誤差を許容したりといった処理も盛り込んでいます。JavaScriptの勉強にいかがですかね。 »…
 
 
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  • 「スター・ウォーズ」の英雄ハン・ソロ、スピンオフ映画で主役に

    7 Jul 2015 | 5:32 pm
    [ロサンゼルス 7日 ロイター] - SF映画「スター・ウォーズ」で主人公ルーク・スカイウォーカーを数々の場面で救った英雄ハン・ソロを主役とするスピンオフ映画が制作される。ウォルト・ディズニーが7日明らかにした。
  • レディー・ガガとT・ベネット、モントルー・ジャズ祭で熱唱

    6 Jul 2015 | 10:17 pm
    [モントルー(スイス) 6日 ロイター] - スイスで開催中の「第49回モントルー・ジャズ・フェスティバル」で6日夜、米歌手レディー・ガガ(29)とトニー・ベネット(88)がステージに上がり、約1時間40分にわたって30曲を披露し集まった観客を沸かせた。
  • 訂正-グレイトフル・デッド50周年、再結成ライブにファン7万人

    6 Jul 2015 | 6:22 pm
    [シカゴ 6日 ロイター] - 米国のロックバンド、グレイトフル・デッド(訂正)が結成50周年を記念して再結成し、3─5日のシカゴのソルジャー・フィールドでのコンサートでツアーを締めくくった。最終日の5日、会場を埋めた約7万人のファンは、グループとしてはおそらく最後となるライブに酔いしれ、涙で別れを惜しんだ。
  • 女子W杯決勝の米視聴者数は2540万人、サッカー試合で過去最多

    6 Jul 2015 | 6:07 pm
    [6日 ロイター] - 調査会社ニールセンによると、サッカーの女子ワールドカップ(W杯)カナダ大会決勝戦の米国内視聴者数が2540万人となり、サッカーの試合では過去最多を記録した。
  • 音楽療法の英チャリティイベント、デュラン・デュランらが受賞

    5 Jul 2015 | 9:46 pm
    [ロンドン 3日 ロイター] - 音楽療法を奨励する英チャリティー団体のノードフ・ロビンズは3日、資金集めのために毎年開催するイベントで「O2シルバー・クレフ・アワード」の受賞者を表彰した。あらゆるジャンルのミュージシャンがロンドンで一堂に会した。
 
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    Japan for Sustainability

  • Tokyo Gas Teaches Children Power and Benefits of Fire

    2 Jul 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Copyright Tokyo Gas All Rights Reserved. The number of children who have never handled fire has increased in recent years. Adults tend to keep children away from it, believing it to be unsafe. One reason may be that with the changing times, number of opportunities for children to see and handle fire in their daily lives has declined sharply.
  • MOE Forecasts 33% Renewables by 2030, Nuclear Plants Not Prerequisite for Energy Mix

    2 Jul 2015 | 2:00 pm
    The Ministry of Environment (MOE) foresees that by implementing effective measures in addition to existing policies, renewable energy sources will expand to 33% of the domestic power mix by 2030. With permission from Smart Japan, which releases information on the latest developments in energy efficiency, storage, and generation, JFS has summarized an article, provided below, introducing MOE's forecast for renewable energy, which is more optimistic than that of the Ministry of Economics, Trade and Industries (METI).
  • Illegal Logging Issues - Significance and Challenges: Pertinence of Forest Management Governance in Japan & Other Countries

    30 Jun 2015 | 1:26 am
    JFS Newsletter No.154 (June 2015) Image by Maky Some Rights Reserved. Ever since the global decrease in tropical forests became a matter of concern in the 1980s, timber-importing countries have been making efforts to draw up a framework for timber import and procurement designed to prevent illegal logging and to promote appropriate forest management. This issue of the JFS newsletter will introduce Japan's responses to illegal logging issues, courtesy of Dr. Takashi Fujiwara, President of the Woodmiles Forum, a general incorporated association that investigates environmental impacts during…
  • Minamisoma Releases Non-Nuclear Power Declaration, Targeting 64% Self-Supplied Power by 2020

    26 Jun 2015 | 8:00 pm
    This map prepared by JFS is based on a map made by Lincun some rights Reserved. Minamisoma City in Fukushima Prefecture became the first city in Japan to release a non-nuclear power declaration on March 25, 2015. More than 10 thousand citizens of Minamisoma continue to experience life as evacuees as the result of the Fukushima nuclear accident in 2011. The article to follow is reproduced in edited form with permission from Smart Japan. Smart Japan is an online publication specializing in energy conservation, storage and generation.
  • Fukushima Solar and Agriculture Experience Association to Foster Next Generation of Reconstruction Leaders

    24 Jun 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Copyright Fukushima Solar and Agriculture Experience Association All Rights Reserved. The Fukushima Solar and Agriculture Experience Association won an award for utilizing renewable energy in the Tohoku on January 15, 2015. The award is given by the Director-General of the Tohoku Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, to local initiatives that accelerate carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions reductions in Tohoku.
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  • Wow. Much News! Such Informed.

    Travis
    29 Jun 2015 | 7:42 am
    Related Posts:Cat News NetworkHimeji Castle ConstructionLow Yen Makes it a Great Time to VisitAstro Boy Crossing SignalFacetime While Eating Ramen
  • Using Airbnb for your Japan Vacation

    Travis
    19 Jun 2015 | 9:57 am
    I’ve written before about the difficulties of finding fully furnished accommodations in Japan. But that was over five years ago and things ave been improving for the better; particularly with the introduction of Airbnb Japan. What is Airbnb? Airbnb probably doesn’t need explaining to most of you. At its core, Airbnb allows people to offer their homes, apartments or even rooms for rent to travellers. The Airbnb website describes it this way: Airbnb is a community marketplace where guests can book spaces from hosts, connecting people who have space to spare with those who are…
  • Godzilla Becomes Japanese Citizen

    Travis
    3 Jun 2015 | 8:11 am
    After all the hard work he did helping/destroying Japan, it looks like Godzilla has finally become a Japanese Citizen. According to the NYT: Godzilla has stomped so many buildings in Japan that the irradiated monster was appointed special resident of and tourism ambassador for Tokyo’s Shinjuku ward. Good on ya mate! Related Posts:Japanese Idiom: Turn Your Body into PowderFree WiFi Hotspots in TokyoMust-See Non-Tourist Attractions in JapanWeaker Yen Drives TourismBook Review: Tuttle Travel Pack – Japan
  • Tokyo Roar

    Travis
    1 Jun 2015 | 7:28 am
    The juxtaposition of old and new in Japan. Related Posts:The Four Top Tokyo Day TripsFree WiFi Hotspots in TokyoTokyo Named World’s Safest CityTop Ryokan in TokyoWhat Is Public Transportation Like in Tokyo?
  • Osaka Bang – Best Street Game Ever

    Travis
    4 May 2015 | 8:51 am
    This is why I love Osaka. I may have to try this out and see if it works :D Related Posts:Neko AtsumeThe Best Ways to Get Around in OsakaMy Dream Japan Vacation – KinashiMeetup and Guide App for Japan TravellersOsaka Gets New Glico Man Sign
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  • The new face of Japanese beauty products

    Melynie Yoneda
    1 Jul 2015 | 7:56 pm
    Face-off: Japan Times interns model the wide array of beauty masks now available in Japan. A wise woman once said that beauty is pain, but that doesn’t mean that it has to be boring. With designer face masks, even the simple act of skin moisturizing can become fun. Face masks rose to popularity after the 2011 Korean BB Cream craze. Over the past four years, the “lazy girl” alternative to traditional, time-consuming facials has been gaining prominence worldwide. Coated in serums containing everything from collagen and hyaluronic acid to more adventurous ingredients such as snail extract,…
  • Dominique Ansel caters to Tokyo’s (semi)sweet tooth with cronuts and s’more

    Mio Yamada
    19 Jun 2015 | 3:34 am
    Dominique Ansel Bakery opens June 20, but expect extremely long queues because Ansel has brought to Japan not only his famed Cronut, but also a vast array of unusual and creative desserts. Though Ansel has said that he’ll be toning down the sugar levels for the Japanese clientele, this is still definitely a must-do for people with a sweet tooth as we discovered on a recent press preview event. The bakery’s celebrated Frozen S’more — huge chunks of toasted marshmallow-covered vanilla ice cream on sticks — and Cookie Shot — chocolate-lined cookie cups filled with milk — are…
  • Load up YouTube because it’s morphin’ time!

    Tom Hanaway
    9 Jun 2015 | 3:58 am
    //www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJtcf0wDwGs Summon your Megazord because the Power Rangers are heading to YouTube — and it’s all in Japanese. The Rangers are back. “Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers” was a hit children’s show back in the ‘90s that featured campy acting, ridiculous monsters and possibly the best theme song of all time. It was actually based on the long-running “Super Sentai” TV series in Japan, with the Western version featuring American actors mixed with action sequences from Japan. Toei is now celebrating “Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger,” the season that was adapted…
  • Bra-maker’s Cinderella Taxis aim to deliver the perfect fit

    Delaney Lake
    3 Jun 2015 | 8:40 pm
    If you’re sick of waiting for your pumpkin to turn into a carriage, hail a Cinderella Taxi to get a little extra bibbidi-bobbidi-boo in your life. Find your perfect look in the Cinderella Taxi. Coming to Tokyo in June and Osaka in July, this special taxi offers riders bra fittings and makeover services to spread the magic of lingerie-maker Wacoal and its Cinderella campaign. Just as Cinderella’s glass slippers are perfectly fitted for her feet, Wacoal wants to offer women the chance to get a bra perfectly tailored to their bodies using a 3-D scanner. Before-and-after images are then…
  • Wear Japan’s past this summer with yukata and monpe

    Tom Hanaway
    22 May 2015 | 4:38 am
    Japan’s summer fashion are starting to appear on store shelves, and increasingly retailers are turning to tradition for new yet tried and true ideas. This week clothing chain Uniqlo launched a line of colorful yukata for women and girls who don’t have the time or budget for a custom-made outfit. The yukata comes in a variety of colors and designs inspired by Japan’s past. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=vN1D7EF9MHs As Uniqlo often does, the motifs of the women’s yukata are borrowed from famous artists, in this case, the roses and polka dots of Yumeji Takehisa (1884-1934) and the fields and…
 
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    Culture Japan - Your portal to Japan - Posts

  • AX 2015 Merchandise

    1 Jul 2015 | 5:21 am
    Its that time of year again - America's largest anime and Japanese culture convention Anime Expo opens doors at the LA Convention Center to zillions of fans from around the world. I've just arrived in LA and have been setting up booth a wee bit. I've also been able to get around without a wheelchair - for now >< Our booth is located in the South Lobby cleverly concealed behind a huge pillar which is actually the weak point of LACC - if that pillar falls then everything falls. For this reason, that pillar is heavily guarded by CCTV from all angles and they put us there due to the amount…
  • Culture Japan Online Store

    29 Jun 2015 | 3:18 am
    It gives me great pleasure to announce that our first online store is now open ^o^ The Culture Japan Store lives at shop.culturejapan.jp where you can find our flagship products Smart Doll which ships between 3 - 8 days after one has placed their order. We also got a small selection of T-shirts for humans too which we will be increasing over time.This is Smart Doll 001 Mirai Suenaga - we launched her this time last year and I completely underestimated the demand - it took us a year to clear the backlog of pre-orders >< Since launch we have learned a lot especially about how to scale our…
  • Shinjuku By Day And Night

    27 Jun 2015 | 2:44 am
    Shinjuku - a bustling region in Tokyo filled with offices and retail stores. This was my hub when I first moved to Japan. Wife and I lived in West Tokyo and commuted to Higashi Fushimi Station on the Seibu Shinjuku Line. Then my hub became Shibuya when I worked for Amazon. My hub then switched back to being Shinjuku again when I started to work for Microsoft. How many of you live in Tokyo and what's your hub? Today we take a lookie at Shinjuku by day and night starting with Night!And this is me in Shinjuku 21 years ago which you can read more about in the My First Visit To Japan post. Check…
  • Smart Doll Crash Test Dummies

    26 Jun 2015 | 8:10 am
    I just thought I'd show you the Smart Doll Crash Test Dummy version which we use to test our products strength - next up will be the impact videos in slow motion ^^The Female Smart Doll body is due for release late July at the Culture Japan Store. The Male Smart Doll body will also be released as a stand alone product but after Eiji is released. Folks can get hold of the current Male Smart Doll body before it's released in the Developer Program. I was supposed to announce it last week but nature called ><Eiji will have a bust with headlights but sold separately just like Mirai. Its…
  • Eiji Seiun Faceup Tests

    23 Jun 2015 | 6:39 am
    Eiji Seiun Smart Doll Faceup TestsFaceup Test 1 Mold 1 (T1M1) I'm still working on faceup, eye, wig and head mold tests for Eiji. I've got a few more molds and faceups in the pipeline and plan to release all heads unpainted too so that folks can customise themselves. I will observe feedback and reflect in final product but probably won't try to reflect *all* feedback for example when folks want thick *and* thin eyebrows, round & square & pointed chins, bigger *and* smaller eyes etc. Although it would be interesting to see what a head that took into account all feedback looked like ^^…
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  • Sculpture In Toranomon Hills By Jaume Plensa

    kirai
    7 Jul 2015 | 11:28 am
    An sculpture by Jaume Plensa, an artist born in Barcelona, decorates the outside part of Toranomon Hills, one of the most emblematic buildings in Tokyo. The structure is 10 meters high and at night the illumination from within brings a magical touch to the gardens.
  • Hebocon – The Crappy Robots Competition

    kirai
    4 Jul 2015 | 8:09 am
    I was not aware of the existence of Hebocon, but then just today I found the video shown below. Hebocon is a robot competition in which the important thing is not to have the most sophisticated robot as in the Robocup, what matters is the originality and above all the crappiness of the robots. In fact “Hebo” ヘボ, within the name of the competition “Hebocon”, means “Crappy”. The rules are so simple that even kids younger than 10 years old participate.
  • Virtual Fitting Room

    kirai
    3 Jul 2015 | 1:02 pm
    Does someboody know what company is developing the following “magic mirror”? It seems that some people has started spotting them at some shops in Omotesando, but I still don’t know where exactly. Via: imgur.
  • Hoverboard By Lexus

    kirai
    29 Jun 2015 | 10:46 am
    Lexus (Toyota) has just launched this teaser video to show an hoverboard similar to those that appeared on Back to the Future. It looks like magic but it’s just the meissner effect in action. The surface looks like concrete but it isn’t. Toyota is promising to explain how it works in the official website of the project.
  • Tama The Cat Dies

    kirai
    25 Jun 2015 | 10:43 am
    Tama the cat is probably the most famous cat in Japan. So popular that her recent death just after turning 16 years old has been important news in Asahi, one of the most read newspapers here. Tama was an abandoned cat that used to live around the Kishi station in Wakayama. With the passing of time the neighbors liked her so much that in 2007 they made her the “Station Chief”. The station was remodeled with a cat shape and the trains were decorated with Tama drawings. Since Tama became the station chief, the amount of travellers has risen and the economy of the area has improved.
 
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  • An old style Tokyo convenience store

    Lee
    5 Jul 2015 | 4:30 pm
    Convenience stores are everywhere in Tokyo. Inside their bright, modern interiors, they stock pretty much everything too. But their older, more traditional counterparts, are very different. So different in fact that it’s amazing they still exist. But exist they do. And they will no doubt continue to exist for as long as their owners do.
  • Tokyo bar in what’s basically a shed

    Lee
    2 Jul 2015 | 4:30 pm
    In what is little more than a converted shed situated beside a suburban station’s bicycle parking space, several men of a certain age regularly gather to drink and eat. The place probably seats about seven. Any more would be uncomfortable cozy. And the toilet is in another shed at the other end of the bike park. But these aspects are simply a part of its charm. As is the owner, who for the last twenty years or so has served drinks, chatted amiably and cooked simple, very reasonably priced food. All done after a daytime cleaning job at a nearby private school. A tough life it would seem, but…
  • Tokyo contrast: A deal and the discarded?

    Lee
    30 Jun 2015 | 4:30 pm
  • Vending machines and vinyl umbrellas

    Lee
    28 Jun 2015 | 4:30 pm
    In the sprawling, concrete surroundings of Japan’s cities — or even amidst the rice fields that cover a lot of the countryside — the vending machine is an ever-present sight. And in June, when rainy season uncomfortably dampens the capital, clear vinyl umbrellas are just as ubiquitous. But genuine characters combining the two, are sadly nowhere near as common.
  • A cat huddle

    Lee
    25 Jun 2015 | 4:30 pm
    Or is it actually more akin to a cuddle?
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    世論 What Japan Thinks

  • Inventions Japanese should boast to the world about

    Ken Y-N
    5 Jul 2015 | 6:46 am
    goo Ranking had a relatively sensible survey this week, what inventions Japan should boast to the world about. Demographics goo Rankings asked iBRIDGE’s Research Plus to conduct this survey, where between the 1st and 3rd of June 2015 500 members, 50:50 male and female, of their monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. No further demographics were given. I didn’t realise Japan first developed boil-in-the-bag curry! Here’s the latest advert for Chicken Ramen: Ranking result Q: What inventions should Japan boast to the world about? (Sample size=500) Rank…
  • Cup Noodle deserving of World Heritage status?

    Ken Y-N
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:11 am
    An interesting survey from Video Research Ltd looked at awareness of washoku (Japanese food), with a focus on rather than the traditional Intangible Cultural Heritage of Washoku full meals, new foods and fast foods. Demographics Between the 27th of February and the 7th of March 2015 1,000 people aged between 15 and 69 from all over Japan completed a private internet-based questionnaire. No further demographics were presented. I’m not sure on what basis people are identifying Cup Noodles or Teriyaki burgers as Washoku, but to me, Washoku is about meals matching the season, whereas the…
  • Surprising stuff kids could buy in post-war Japan

    Ken Y-N
    28 Jun 2015 | 8:38 am
    goo Ranking recently published a list of stuff people were surprised to learn kids could buy in post-war Japan, specifically the Showa Era, up to 1989. Demographics goo Rankings asked iBRIDGE’s Research Plus to conduct this survey, where between the 23rd and 27th of April 2015 500 members, 50:50 male and female, of their monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. No further demographics were given. Here is the closest kids these days can come to number 6, Kids’ Beer, or more correctly since it has recently been renamed, Kids’ Drink. Ranking result Q:…
  • Beer manufacturer finds beer popular for stress relief

    Ken Y-N
    24 Jun 2015 | 5:52 am
    Asahi Group Holdings, the parent company of the Asahi beer brewers, recently published the results of a survey into people’s means of relieving stress, their 551st weekly survey, although this is the first one I’ve heard of! Demographics Between the 3rd and 9th of June 2015 1,236 people of both sexes aged 20 or older completed a private internet-based questionnaire. No further demographics were given. Stress doesn’t seem the right work for the rainy season, just I get a little depressed. Commuting used to stress me out, but I’ve now moved to a much shorter train ride,…
  • Mutton dressing as lamb

    Ken Y-N
    21 Jun 2015 | 7:13 am
    goo Ranking recently published a look at when people think older women overdo trying to look young. Demographics goo Rankings asked iBRIDGE’s Research Plus to conduct this survey, where between the 23rd and 27th of April 2015 500 members, 50:50 male and female, of their monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. No further demographics were given. I was going to add a photograph, but then I thought that the subject might not be too pleased to know that they had been tagged as mutton. Instead here’s an older woman with a lamb. Ranking result Q: What are the…
 
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  • Top Jobs in Japan for Week 28 – 2015

    GaijinPot Blog
    6 Jul 2015 | 10:09 pm
    Check back every week as we look through the database of jobs in Japan that have been posted to GaijinPot and pick out the ones that we think are the most interesting. Apply directly to these companies by creating a profile on GaijinPot Jobs. English Pre-School Teacher ¥220,000 ~ ¥250,000 / Month Hyogo English: Native level Visa sponsorship available Blue Dolphins International Pre School is now hiring! We are looking for teachers, for our schools in Kansai, Osaka and Hyogo. Candidates that can work on Saturdays only are also welcome to apply! Apply   Relocation Consultant ¥265,000 ~…
  • Disrupting Japan: Journey from Programmer to Manga Artist to CEO

    Tim Romero
    6 Jul 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Akiko Naka takes you by surprise. When you first meet Akiko, her reserved and unassuming manner makes you wonder if she really understands how potentially transformative her ideas and her company really are. As the interview progresses and you get to know her, however, it becomes more and more clear that she knows exactly what she’s doing. She’s just decided to do things her way. Japan is still very much a male-dominated society, so when journalists get a chance to talk to a female entrepreneur there is a tendency to focus on the novelty of her gender rather than the substance of her…
  • Bargain Spotting in Japanese

    Matthew Coslett
    5 Jul 2015 | 6:00 pm
    When you think of thing to do in the summer, chances are you think of beaches and hot weather. However, for many Japanese people July and August have another meaning: it’s a time to pick up items for cheap in the annual summer sales. For me, this is an exciting time as I get a chance to update my electrical goods () at a reasonable price. A useful grammar point to listen out for in this season is うちに. While うち has a lot of meanings, this time it has a meaning similar to ‘while’ in English. During the sales, you will often hear the phrase いうちに which has a meaning…
  • This Week in Tokyo July 6 – 12, 2015

    Leslie Lee III
    4 Jul 2015 | 7:48 pm
    Even with the summer rainy season in full force, here at Gaijin Pot our spirits can’t be drenched. So here this week’s best means to a sunny disposition. If you’re doing something fun or interesting, be sure to leave us a comment or email us to have your event listed. Japan vs. USA Women’s World Cup Viewing Party Date: Monday, July 6th Time: 07:00 open, 08:00 kickoff Location: Club Womb, 2-16 Maruyama-cho, Shibuya-ku Admission: ¥1000 See Japan take on the US in the finals of the Women’s World Cup this Monday morning at Club Womb. Join other soccer fans for what will surely be…
  • Why do Japanese women cover their mouth while laughing?

    Yumi Nakata
    4 Jul 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Have you ever wondered why Japanese women cover their mouth with their hand when they laugh or even smile? This is not a cultural phenomenon as Japanese men laugh without covering their mouth but as a Japanese woman, I can tell you that there’s more to it than that. In this article, I want to explore why we cover our mouth when we laugh. Reason #1: Unlike American culture that cherishes beautiful smiles, Japanese women smiling while showing their teeth showing are often frowned upon. Why? Because Japanese women aren’t supposed to laugh out loud, which is considered lacking grace and…
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  • Meet Ivy Search, the Associative Search Tool that Uses the Haziness of Memory to Look Up Images

    IGNITION Staff
    6 Jul 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Meet Ivy Search, the Associative Search Tool that Finds the Image from Your Hazy Memory(This article was previously published in TechCrunch Japan. It has been modified from the original.) If you’ve ever tried to manage your image files with folders or file names, chances are you’ve also asked yourself “where the heck did I put that picture?” Likewise, if you’ve ever tried to manage your image files with a tag-based search engine, chances are you’ve also forgotten which tags you put on which images, and wound up unable to find the one picture you’re looking for. This summer,…
  • Inside “8bitcafe,” A Game Concept Bar in Shinjuku, Tokyo

    IGNITION Staff
    5 Jul 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Inside “8bit cafe”A Game Concept Bar in Shinjuku, TokyoTen minutes away from Shinjuku Station, on the fifth floor of a multitenant building, you’ll find 8bit cafe. The Tokyo café bar, which celebrates its tenth anniversary this December, offers a relaxed atmosphere for members of the “Famicom generation” (people, now in their 30s, who grew up with the Nintendo Entertainment System) to drink and share stories at the end of a long day. The owner, Nao Fukuda is a modest, generous man who seems to love not only video games, but all 80s and 90s pop culture. Ensconced in an atmosphere…
  • “Jisaku” Games Leverage Quirky Concepts to Build Popularity

    IGNITION Staff
    4 Jul 2015 | 5:00 pm
    “Jisaku” Games Leverage Quirky Concepts to Build Popularity(This article was previously published in ITmedia News. It has been modified from the original.) In the last few years, more and more gamers and industry experts have begun paying attention to the market for “jisaku” games, independent games created by single developers or small teams and distributed via online marketplaces. The typical jisaku game tries to build a grassroots following through publicity in fan communities, and many have achieved major success as the subject of walkthrough videos (geemu jikkyō) on Niconico…
  • Take a Stroll Through the Backstreets of Japan

    Nevin Thompson
    3 Jul 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Take a Stroll Through the Backstreets of Japan(This article was previously published in Global Voices under CC BY 3.0. It has been modified from the original. Top photo by Nevin Thompson.) In the age of ubiquitous smartphone cameras and free online video storage, Slow TV has become a phenomenon. In this emerging genre, videos featuring complete train journeys are popular, as well as three-hour videos of tropical fish. Artist Kees Colijn has embarked on a video project that documents his “walk to the East.” One Japanese YouTube user, satobo3104, has uploaded hundreds of videos documenting…
  • Tama-chan’s Palate-pleasing Palette of Sushi Art

    IGNITION Staff
    2 Jul 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Tama-chan’s Palate-Pleasing Palette of Sushi Art(Top image: Edvard Munch The Scream. Photo: Toshihiko Sakagami. (Image courtesy of Tama-chan)) Maki zushi (sushi roll) is a traditional Japanese dish and a variation on the standard fish + rice combo we’ve come to love. Making a sushi roll can be as simple as taking some seafood or vegetables, placing them on a bed of vinegared rice and then rolling them up in a sheet of dried seaweed. This handy meal, popular among all generations, is now being used as a canvas to express a wide range of subjects. Known as maki zushi art, this unique art…
 
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    City-Cost | Real advice and cost data for your life in Japan.

  • Combat Summer Sweat And Smell In Japan

    6 Jul 2015 | 6:11 pm
    One of the common laments for many an expat in Japan is the relative paucity of deodorant. It's understandable. Japan's motley collection of sprays and roll-ons appear moribund in comparison to the sprightly and exotic odors we may have at our disposal back home, where shelves heave with scents from around the world, all full of booming bravado and promises of a choice encounter with the opposite sex. That said, here we have a nation whose workforce refuses to slow down even in insanely hot summers. As such, the nation's shelves are well stocked with wipes, tissues, sprays and pads to combat…
  • The Kenko Shindan/Health Check In Japan: Is It Mandatory?

    2 Jul 2015 | 4:29 pm
    In our earlier article, Kenko Shindan - The Japanese Health Check, we broke down the process of getting through an annual health check at work. Whilst some people welcome the prospect of a poke and prod on the company's money, for many, being ordered by the suits to the hospital remains something of a sore point. These things should be optional, shouldn't they? Well, that's a debate for another time (and possibly another country). What we're concerned with here is … The kenko shindan/health check in Japan: Is it mandatory? Why are we asking anyway? When articles cover the ins and outs of a…
  • Living In Japan: Troubleshooting Common Train Problems

    29 Jun 2015 | 6:17 pm
    Without doubt, Japan can boast loudly and proudly about having one of the best train systems in the world. But I'm a worse person for it. The regularity and reliability of trains over here has turned this writer into something of a spoilt brat. It used to be that I could patiently wait twenty minutes or more for a train to show up. Years of being lavished with impeccable service in Japan though, have reduced my patience levels to that of a hyperactive child. Waiting more than five minutes has become torture! Whilst this is something of a personal issue, as good as train systems are over here,…
  • Tourist Info, Eats, And Attention Seekers In Harajuku/Omotesando

    25 Jun 2015 | 6:09 pm
    If you've tired of tourist information centers that have the vibe of place where you’d file a tax return, Moshi Moshi Box in Tokyo’s Harajuku district will be a welcome change. This pint-sized operation on Meiji Dori (just on your left as you force your way out of Takeshita Dori), certainly packs a punch, visually at least. The building's main facade looks like kawaii had too much to drink. A massive, mad clock adorns the wall, surrounded by smaller (but no less mad) timepieces, indicating the hour from around the world. It was designed by ‘kawaii culture’ promoter and pioneer,…
  • Want To Live In Rural Japan? The Countryside Could Do With A Hand!

    22 Jun 2015 | 7:35 am
    Inaka/田舎 - countryside. Ask young people from this writer’s native land what their image of the countryside is, and they'll probably say something about grumbling farmers, and picturesque villages sponging up leftover money from the city. Either way, there's a lot of greenery. Here in Japan, the countryside is becoming a forgotten place. So much so that youngsters will often refer to the suburbs of Tokyo as inaka despite there not being a blade of grass in sight. It seems that an abundance of greenery has been replaced by an abundance of old people as the default meaning for the term.
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