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  • Japan Airlines reports hacker attack

    News On Japan
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:19 am
    Japan Airlines Co. said it has become the latest target of hackers, with the information of up to 750,000 customers possibly stolen. (Wall Street Journal)
  • North Korea asks Japanese to go to Pyongyang for abduction briefing

    The Japan Times: News & Business
    Masaaki Kameda
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:03 am
    Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Tuesday that North Korea has asked Japanese officials to visit Pyongyang to receive the latest information on its probe into the fate of Japanese abductees. Abe was... Read more ...
  • DOCOMO, SYSTRAN and FueTrek Form Joint Venture to Develop Translation Services

    JCN Newswire
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:03 am
    NTT DOCOMO, INC., SYSTRAN INTERNATIONAL Co., Ltd. and FueTrek Co., Ltd. announced today a three-way agreement on September 29 to set up Mirai Translate, Inc., a joint venture to develop and market machine translation technology and services with the highest accuracy in the industry.
  • Recovery of Japan volcano victims suspended amid signs of rising activity

    Japan News
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:16 am
    Firefighters conduct rescue operations at mountain lodges, covered with volcanic ash as volcanic smoke rises near the peak of Mt. Ontake, which straddles Nagano and Gifu prefectures, central Japan, in this handout photograph released by Nagoya City Fire Bureau and taken September 28, 2014.
  • Alert level system applied to 30 volcanoes

    News On Japan
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:37 pm
    Of a total of 110 active volcanoes in the nation, the Japan Meteorological Agency's Coordinating Committee for Predictions of Volcanic Eruption identified 47 volcanoes in June 2009 that have the possibility of eruption within about a century and therefore need stronger surveillance and supervision. (The Japan News)
 
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  • Recovery of Japan volcano victims suspended amid signs of rising activity

    30 Sep 2014 | 10:16 am
    Firefighters conduct rescue operations at mountain lodges, covered with volcanic ash as volcanic smoke rises near the peak of Mt. Ontake, which straddles Nagano and Gifu prefectures, central Japan, in this handout photograph released by Nagoya City Fire Bureau and taken September 28, 2014.
  • Sultan Qaboos University officials all set to visit Japan

    29 Sep 2014 | 10:56 pm
    Muscat: Dr Ali bin Saud Al Bimani, vice chancellor of SQU, and Her Highness Sayyidah Dr Mona bint Fahd Al Said, assistant vice chancellor for international cooperation, will attend the third symposium for Sultan Qaboos Scientific Chairs, organised by the Sultan Qaboos Higher Centre for Culture, with Tokyo University in Tokyo, Japan, on October 2 and 3, 2014, under the theme "Water Resources Management for Sustainable Development". Subsequent to attending the symposium, the SQU officials will visit different universities and research institutions in Japan to explore prospective academic and…
  • Photo of Japanese Isis Fighter Released - "Sheikh Hasan Konakata"

    29 Sep 2014 | 7:10 pm
    Konakata was a professor of Islam before joining ISIS. From a 2010 interview : Ko Nakata was born in Okayama, Japan, in July 1960.
  • Japan's volcanoes: Could Fuji be next?

    29 Sep 2014 | 3:23 pm
    The sudden eruption of Mount Ontake over the weekend, which is believed to have killed at least 31 people, was a reminder of Japan's vulnerability to its many active volcanoes. Gas continued to pour from the ruptured crater Monday, as emergency workers tried to reach the bodies of hikers trapped on the peak when it spat into life.
  • Death toll from Japan volcano climbs to 36

    29 Sep 2014 | 3:23 pm
    Death toll from Japan volcano climbs to 36 Five more bodies found near summit of Mount Ontake. Check out this story on USATODAY.com: http://usat.ly/YF2Xcd Rescue crews recovered bodies from atop Japan's Mount Ontake Monday.
 
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    News On Japan

  • Alert level system applied to 30 volcanoes

    30 Sep 2014 | 10:37 pm
    Of a total of 110 active volcanoes in the nation, the Japan Meteorological Agency's Coordinating Committee for Predictions of Volcanic Eruption identified 47 volcanoes in June 2009 that have the possibility of eruption within about a century and therefore need stronger surveillance and supervision. (The Japan News)
  • NTT Docomo to launch smart fitness service in Dec.

    30 Sep 2014 | 10:26 pm
    NTT Docomo Inc. said Tuesday that it will launch a workout data management service in December that is compatible with smartphones and smart sportswear. (Jiji Press)
  • Tokai villagers unite in prayer

    30 Sep 2014 | 10:24 pm
    Tokai Mayor Osamu Yamada joined others in prayer Tuesday for the victims of a criticality accident at a nuclear fuel processing facility in Tokai village 15 years ago. (The Japan News)
  • Japan plans to send officials to N. Korea for abduction details

    30 Sep 2014 | 10:21 pm
    Japan is planning to send government officials to North Korea to learn about details of its investigations into the fates of Japanese nationals abducted by Pyongyang, government sources said Tuesday. (Kyodo)
  • Japan Airlines reports hacker attack

    30 Sep 2014 | 8:19 am
    Japan Airlines Co. said it has become the latest target of hackers, with the information of up to 750,000 customers possibly stolen. (Wall Street Journal)
 
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    Japan Blog

  • 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…
  • Comfort Women: Who and Where are They?

    Teresa Te
    7 Sep 2014 | 12:38 am
    In Asia, the words “comfort women” strikes a chord to people who are aware of such reference to older females. Although a reality, the term often causes an unpleasant emotion particularly among female citizens of Asian countries occupied by the Japanese Imperial Army during the Second World War. It was during World War II when tens of thousands of young women mostly teenagers were forced to become the sex slaves of Japanese soldiers. This was not limited to a single country as the trade was done in China, Taiwan, Korea, Indonesia and the Philippines. Even the Dutch women were not…
  • Tensions in Asia Stoke Rising Nationalism in Japan

    Teresa Te
    23 May 2014 | 7:26 am
    Tension is high in Asia as several countries in the region are involved in territorial disputes particularly in the China Sea. China is in the forefront for being in conflict with Japan and other Asian nations. China has been in a row for years now over islands which it claims to be part of its territory. It claims most parts of the South China Sea and does not accept any claims to any part of those areas from countries such as Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam. China-Japan Islands Dispute While China insists it owns most of the islands in the South China Sea, it is also…
  • 4 Popular Japanese Board Games

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

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

  • 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…
  • Kitchen counter bio hacking

    Joi
    1 Sep 2014 | 12:09 pm
    I first heard about Synbiota at SXSWi this year, when they won an Accelerator Award. According to the announcement, "Synbiota is a virtual collaboration site that connects scientists, researchers, universities and others from around the world to solve complex problems using genetic engineering." That week they announced the world's first Massive Open Online Science (MOOS) event. Called #ScienceHack, hundreds of researchers from around the globe (some as clueless as us!) would use a new "wetware" kit to produce prohibitively expensive medicine at a fraction of the price. A month later I got…
  • Shenzhen trip report - visiting the world's manufacturing ecosystem

    Joi
    1 Sep 2014 | 12:04 pm
    Last year, a group of Media Lab students visited Shenzhen with, bunnie, an old friend and my hardware guru. He's probably best known for hacking the Xbox, the chumby, an open source networked hardware appliance, and for helping so many people with their hardware, firmware and software designs. bunnie is "our man in Shenzhen" and understands the ecosystem of suppliers and factories in China better than anyone I know. With his help, my students saw and experienced a ecosystem that we all benefit from, but mostly don't see or even realize exists. I have been living vicariously through the…
  • My answers to six questions

    Joi
    4 Feb 2014 | 8:42 pm
    Recent Media Lab grad Drew Harry and co-founder Frances Yun have launched a site called Six Questions. I recently participated and answered my six questions. Here they are.
  • Designing Around Little Minds

    Joi
    2 Oct 2013 | 1:13 pm
    Andy Rubin - Photo by Joi Ito In designing user interfaces, we aim to empower the "user" to understand and control the system at hand. Output via screens and speakers, with input from a keyboard, a touch screen or gestures. Between them, the "user" is understood to be our conscious "mind" - the logical bit of our brain that thinks it's in charge. This "mind" is actually not nearly as "in charge" as it thinks it is. In fact, our larger and often much more wise mind - the emotional, sub-conscious, parallel-processing, pattern recognizing part of our nervous system even manipulates and deceives…
 
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    An Eternal Thought in the Mind of Godzilla

  • SDI 20XX

    Patrick Macias
    22 Sep 2014 | 5:44 pm
    We think about a world, hollowed out, surrounded by silent invisible super weapons in space. Billions of biological processes below hung on tiny first person perspectives to what end… can’t ever be shown; field of vision always too small. Draped and un-structured. The inability to execute much beyond consuming what is front of you; minefields of miscommunication, dominated by landscapes someone else made decades ago, went home to their own rabbit hutch night after night trying to pass the time without incident. Red missile outlines pouring down on us from assorted points on the compass,…
  • COLORFILM welcome

    Patrick Macias
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:27 pm
    Walking to Asakusa through deserted cityscape. Stores are shuttered. Very few people streaking by on bicycle or scattering to conbini safety. It’s a holiday and the sky is heavy and grey. Time wave zero vibrations flowing out from the subways, water rushing through dark and secret passages under heavy steel manhole covers. Ghosts we can’t see in the street. Going in the wrong direction so I get a cab. Figuring Sensoji and Kaminarimon will be the last places effected by the flow, I tell Archery Bow Child to meet me at the Nakamise gate. For once we both arrive at the same time.
  • 13 Sep 2014 | 6:17 pm

    Patrick Macias
    13 Sep 2014 | 6:17 pm
  • Shibuya dog on Basketball Street

    Patrick Macias
    12 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    We live in the gap: dead center in the middle of disparity between what is promised and what we actually get. Surrounded by oversized menu photos from a million chain izakaya; obscured faces identified by false names and phone numbers; the pet on the poster, the one you wind up with; ads on the trains promising happy news, happy mail, happy places. The distance between things is probably why everyone looks so constantly beat down, hard work and a full time job trying to make up the difference.
  • Paranoia Girls / パラノイア·ガールズ

    Patrick Macias
    8 Sep 2014 | 5:31 am
    Ok, so PARANOIA GIRLS, my experimental psychedelic suburban surreal science fiction opus about teenage girls and acid fried army colonels, has begun serializing on tumblr. Features art by Yunico Uchiyama with translation and a lot of behind the scenes support by the incredible Marie Iida. We will be updating the main story bi-weekly and posting apocrypha and related artifacts whenever we find them or the Extra Dimensional Reality Archive can be bothered to loan them out. So yeah, here we go… English version   Japanese version
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    Hello Kitty Hell

  • 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…
  • Hello Kitty Eminem Rap God Cat God Video

    Hello Kitty Hell
    30 Dec 2013 | 9:59 pm
    How do you know that the world is about to end? When the cat-with-no-mouth suddenly finds that she has one upon deciding that it’s a good idea to take Eminem’s song Rap God and do her Cat God interpretation. No, I’m not making any of that up — and you would be wise to trust me on that and just walk away from your computer screen because if you choose to watch the video, it can never be unseen. There has never been any doubt that the evil feline she’s herself as a God (or Jesus), and this video only proves it. If this is the way that 2013 is ending, I don’t…
  • The Hello Kitty McDonald’s McArch

    Hello Kitty Hell
    12 Dec 2013 | 5:00 pm
    Well, let’s certainly hope that this isn’t a trend that catches on and spreads to other countries. Apparently the evil feline decided to sleep with Ronald McDonald and the result was the ugliest thing you can imagine. Yes, it appears that their night of romance (apparently Kitty chan forgot to tell Ronald to use her branded condoms — or more likely, she did and they simply failed to work) produced the Hello Kitty McArch: I see that this as further proof that the end is near, and when it comes, it’s not going to be pretty… Sent in by McD lover
  • Hello Kitty Butt Plugs Should Make You Cringe

    Hello Kitty Hell
    4 Dec 2013 | 8:28 pm
    When you live in the type of hell that I do, it’s a major risk opening up email each morning. While I never escape completely unscathed from the torment that the evil feline throws my way, there are definitely some days that are much worse than others. Today was one of those days. That’s because you absolutely know that things have gone terribly wrong in the world when you open up an email to see Hello Kitty butt plugs (clear and pink) staring back at you… Now, I think that we can all agree that there’s more than a bit of irony in the fact that the cat-with-no-mouth…
  • Hello Kitty Sea Cruise

    Hello Kitty Hell
    23 Nov 2013 | 4:31 pm
    As if having airplanes covered with the cat-with-no-mouth wasn’t bad enough, the shipping industry feels that they should also get into the act of torturing most of society. A company called Star Cruises has launched a Hello Kitty themed cruise on two of its ships (the SuperStar Virgo and SuperStar Libra) that will run through December 29, 2013. The excruciating painful trip will include having to spend time on the ship with Dear Daniel, My Melody and Bad Batz Maru along with the evil feline, as well as a musical show, breakfast meetings, teatime parties and story telling time. No doubt…
 
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    Japan Economy Watch

  • Does Abenomics Work? - The Doubts Grow

    Edward Hugh
    18 Sep 2014 | 12:35 pm
    Is something in the air? Do I detect a change in consensus on the way things are going in Japan? Certainly a slew of articles have been published in the financial press over the last month questioning where the Abenomics experiment is headed for. The general conclusion seems to be that wherever it is it is certainly not the originally designated endpoint. Thus the Economist. "It is crisis mode
  • Abenomics - What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

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

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

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

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

  • Japan Matsuri

    danny
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:17 pm
    Its that time of year again. Autumn is here which means festival time. Festival in Japanese is "Matsuri" [祭り[まつり]] and the ones during Autumn are mostly held to thank the heavens for a good harvest for the previous season. Today's bunch of photos are taken last weekend at Himonya Matsuri which I've been attending for the past 10 years. You can see what festivals take place in the Autumn around this neck of the woods at the Meguro City website. There is a load to see, do and eat at a matsuri. The food is served at hawker stands where you can find a variety of noms such as Yakitori…
  • Tokyo Photo Walk 2014/09

    danny
    9 Sep 2014 | 6:49 am
    Forgive me folks for the radio silence! After Anime Expo I came back to Japan to prepare for Anime Festival Asia Indonesia and during that period I had to look for bigger offices and then move in. After coming back from Indonesia we had to work on and ship the current outstanding orders of Smart Doll. Moving office was a huge life project that took up a load of time - it was not possible to focus on the move, the business and update the site at the same time. I did manage to post regular quick updates to my social networks Facebook, Twitter and Instagram though. I wanted to post a quick…
  • Mid-Autumn Festival

    danny
    8 Sep 2014 | 6:06 am
    To all folks out there who celebrate - happy Mid-Autumn Festival! Here we have Mirai and Kizuna Smart Doll celebrating by om nomming on some Mooncakes.Got these Smart Doll sized Mooncakes from Hong Kong.While taking these photos I completely forgot to take photos of the human sized ones we got in the office ><My girls love some Vitasoy with their Mooncake.This is the near production ready version of Kizuna - the eyes and makeup color may change slightly.Some folks said they prefered the first version of Kizuna - this *is* actually the first version ^^; I wont take pre-orders until I can…
  • CJ Night Jakarta 2014

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

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

  • Kawauchi Arrives in South Korea for Friday's Asian Games Marathon (updated)

    Brett Larner
    29 Sep 2014 | 12:43 am
    http://www.sponichi.co.jp/sports/news/2014/09/29/kiji/K20140929009015030.html http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20140929-00000559-san-spo translated and edited by Brett Larner Incheon Asian Games marathoner Yuki Kawauchi (27, Saitama Pref. Gov't) arrived by plane at Seoul International Airport on Sept. 27.  The gold medal-aspiring civil servant runner had a stony expression as he showed
  • Weekend Racing Roundup - University Ekiden Season Gets Going

    Brett Larner
    28 Sep 2014 | 2:16 pm
    by Brett Larner Along with the Berlin Marathon, where Moscow World Championships bronze medalist Kayoko Fukushi (Team Wacoal) turned in the fastest Japanese women's performance overseas so far this year at 2:26:25 for 6th and 2014 Nobeoka Nishi Nippon Marathon winner Kazuki Tomaru (Team Toyota) cracked the top ten with a 2:11:25 PB, the fall season got underway for real all across Japan. The
  • Berlin Marathon - Japanese Results

    Brett Larner
    28 Sep 2014 | 3:56 am
    by Brett Larner top Fukushi photo by Victah Sailer, c/o Horst Milde other photos by Werner Philipp and Hannes Uhtoffs, c/o Dr. Helmut Winter 2013 Tokyo Marathon winner Dennis Kimetto (Kenya) shook the world with his incredible 2:02:57 world record at today's Berlin Marathon, running a 1:01:12 second half that brought the concept of a low-2:02 marathon into the realm of possibility.  2014 Tokyo
  • Asian Games Athletics Day One - Japanese Results (updated)

    Brett Larner
    27 Sep 2014 | 6:53 am
    by Brett Larner Athletics competition at the 2014 Asian Games got rolling today with medals handed out in three distance events.  The women's 10000 m started conservatively but ground steadily down to a pack of three, Alia Mohammed Saeed Mohammed (U.A.E.), Changqin Ding (China) and this year's #1-ranked Japanese woman, Ayumi Hagiwara.  Mohammed led much of the way except for a brief challenge
  • Weekend Preview: Asian Games, Berlin Marathon, Nittaidai and the Start of Ekiden Season

    Brett Larner
    26 Sep 2014 | 12:31 am
    by Brett Larner There is a truckload of action just waiting to dump on fans of Japanese distance around the world this weekend.  Along with the Incheon Asian Games, where athletics kick off Saturday with the women's 10000 m and 3000 mSC and the men's 5000 m, Sunday's Berlin Marathon offers more international exposure to the stealthy Kayoko Fukushi (Team Wacoal) in the women's race and the solid
 
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    [注目] - MSN産経ニュース

  • 【御嶽山噴火】地震計壊れ、計測できず 山頂近くに長野県設置

    30 Sep 2014 | 8:27 am
     長野県が御嶽山の山頂近くに設置していた地震計が昨年8月に老朽化のため壊れ、地震を観測できていなかったことが30日、長野県への取材で分かった。機器の調達や予算の関係で、10月中旬ごろに更新する予定だったという。
  • 【日朝協議】「詳細は平壌で」宋大使が表明 政府、職員派遣へ

    30 Sep 2014 | 8:20 am
     安倍晋三首相は30日、日朝外務省局長級協議で宋(ソン)日昊(イルホ)・朝日国交正常化交渉担当大使から、拉致被害者らの再調査の現状について平壌で特別調査委員会から直接報告を受けるよう提案があったことを明らかにした。政府は、担当職員を北朝鮮に派遣する方針を決めた。1日に開く拉致被害者家族会らへの説明会で、今後の対応を説明する。
  • 「痩せる」効果に根拠なし ワコールの下着 米当局指摘で1億4千万円返金へ

    30 Sep 2014 | 7:54 am
     ワコールホールディングス(HD)は30日、米国などで「着用するだけで痩せられる」とうたい販売していた女性用下着で、米連邦取引委員会(FTC)から「科学的な根拠がない」と指摘され、130万ドル(約1億4千万円)を利用者に返金することで合意したことを明らかにした。
  • 香港政府打つ手なし 民主派「雨傘革命」 デモ参加10万人超か 1日の「国慶節」焦点

    30 Sep 2014 | 7:03 am
     【香港=河崎真澄】香港で「真の普通選挙」を求める民主派の学生や市民による抗議デモは、3日目となる30日も幹線道路を占拠して続いた。地元紙はデモ参加者が最大で10万人を超えたと伝えた。今月1、2の両日は、香港でも中国の国慶節(建国記念日)の祝日で、参加者が増える可能性がある。解決に有効な手立てを打ち出せない香港政府は、事態収拾を急がせたい中国政府の意向との板挟みにあっている。
  • 「あってはならない、恥ずかしい事態」 報ステの川内原発報道、テレ朝社長が謝罪

    30 Sep 2014 | 2:40 am
     テレビ朝日の吉田慎一社長は30日の定例会見で、報道番組「報道ステーション」の九州電力川内(せんだい)原発(鹿児島県)に関する事実誤認報道について、「あってはならない、恥ずかしい事態。全面的におわびして取り消したい」と謝罪した。
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    JNEWS.com

  • 従業員の実力を最大限に引き出すパフォーマンスボーナス制度

    28 Sep 2014 | 8:52 pm
    フィリピンの公務員には「13ヶ月目」と呼ばれる、年間給与+1ヶ月分のボーナスが一律支給されることが長い習慣になっていた。しかし、公務員の人件費削減と、有能な人材の“やる気”を引き出すために、2012年から、仕事のパフォーマンスに連動した賞与制度への改革を進めている。 たとえば、公立学校の教員も、学力テストのスコアや生徒の中退率などを評価の対象として、それがボーナスの支給額に反映されるし、警察官も同様だ。…
  • 新たな入居者を開拓するルームシェアの仲介と家賃の決済代行

    28 Sep 2014 | 8:51 pm
    空き物件の増加問題は、一般住宅にも及んでいる。全国賃貸住宅新聞社の調査によれば、2010年の時点で、日本国内の賃貸住宅数(1773万戸)に対して、409万戸が空いており、空室率は23%という状況で、大家にとっては深刻である。…
  • FLと人時売上高を基準に組み立てる飲食ビジネスの限界点(会員限定)

    23 Sep 2014 | 8:46 pm
  • 株式投資よりもローリスクで1億円を貯める複利投資スタイル

    22 Sep 2014 | 1:29 am
    年に何度か発売される「宝くじ」の購入ファンは多く、総務省の統計によると、昨年の購入者人口は5,500万人。年間の平均購入額は3万円前後と想像以上に高額で、月に1回以上の頻度で購入している人も 1,200万人いる。逆に、過去に宝くじを買ったことがない人は、18歳以上人口の1/4と少数派だ。…
  • ローカリストの新たな購買力を生み出す第4セクタービジネス

    18 Sep 2014 | 8:36 pm
    自分の住んでいる地域で積極的な買い物をすることで、地域経済に貢献しようとする消費者は「ローカリスト」と呼ばれている。ローカリストが増えることで、地域の雇用を牽引する効果も期待できることから、NPO、自治体、地元メディアなどによるバイローカルキャンペーンが展開されている。…
 
 
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    SourceForge.JP Magazine

  • 優れたオープンソースソフトウェアを選ぶ年次アワード「Bossies 2014」発表

    末岡洋子
    29 Sep 2014 | 11:33 pm
     米IDG傘下の出版事業InfoWorldは9月29日、優れたオープンソースプロジェクトを選ぶ年次アワード「Bossies Awards 2014」を発表した。今年は6カテゴリから合計130以上のプロジェクトが選ばれた。全体として、クラウドやコンテナなどのトレンドを反映した内容となっている。 ニュース オープンソース デベロッパー 末岡洋子 関連記事InfoWorld、2009年のオープンソースソフト・ベスト40を発表 InfoWorldの年次オープンソース賞「Bossies…
  • 「オープンソース化する」と発表するも未だソースは公開されていない「Lightworks」、バージョン12.0がリリースされる

    末岡洋子
    28 Sep 2014 | 11:15 pm
     米EditShareは9月25日、ノンリニア動画編集ソフトウェア「Lightworks 12.0」をリリースした。LinuxとWindowsに加えてMac OS Xに対応したほか、コンテンツマネージャーが新しくなるなどの強化が加わった。 ニュース オープンソース デベロッパー マルチメディア 末岡洋子 関連記事オープンソースのDAW「Ardour 3.2」リリース、動画の音声トラック編集をサポート フリー動画編集ツール Avidemuxの使い方: 動画のカットと結合
  • 「GNOME 3.14」が公開、Waylandサポートを強化「日常で利用できるレベルに」

    末岡洋子
    24 Sep 2014 | 11:39 pm
     GNOME Foundationは9月24日、デスクトップ環境GNOMEの最新版「GNOME 3.14」をリリースした。Waylandサポートの強化、マルチタッチの対応など多数の特徴が加わっている。 デスクトップ ニュース オープンソース デベロッパー Linux 末岡洋子 関連記事GTK+にデバッグ機能を組み込む「GtkInspector」公開、GTK+次期版にマージ 「GNOME 3.12」リリース、関連アプリケーションやWaylandサポートが強化される GNOME 2系フォークのデスクトップ環境「MATE 1.8」がリリース
  • 米Adobeがフォント開発ツールのAFDKOをオープンソースに

    末岡洋子
    24 Sep 2014 | 11:11 pm
     米Adobe Systemsがフォント開発ツール「Adobe Font Development Kit for OpenType(AFDKO)」をオープンソースで公開した。Adobe Typeチームがフォントのデザインと更新に利用しているツールで、コード公開によりフォントツールの改善などに貢献したいという。 ニュース オープンソース デベロッパー 末岡洋子 フォント 関連記事米Adobe、Googleと共同開発した日中韓3か国語に対応するオープンソースフォント「Source Han Sans」を発表…
  • 性能を強化したPythonインタプリタ「PyPy 2.4」がリリース

    末岡洋子
    24 Sep 2014 | 12:47 am
     PyPy開発チームは9月22日、Pythonで実装されたPythonインタプリタ「PyPy」の最新版「PyPy 2.4.0」(開発コード「Snow White」)をリリースした。さらなる高速化を図っているという。 ニュース オープンソース デベロッパー プログラミング 末岡洋子 Python 関連記事「PyPy 2.3」リリース、新たにOpenBSDをサポート 米Dropbox、LLVMベースのPython実装「Pyston」を開発 インクリメンタル・ガベージコレクターを導入した「PyPy 2.2」リリース
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    IDEA*IDEA

  • DOOMの世界観をLEGOで表現した『LEGO Doom』

    taguchi
    29 Sep 2014 | 1:06 pm
    なんだか懐かしくなったのでご紹介。DOOMをLEGOで表現したアーティストさんがいるようです。 ↑ 1分半の映像もあります。 » LEGO Doom – Neatorama
  • 【書評】 ツイッターで学んだいちばん大切なこと

    taguchi
    29 Sep 2014 | 12:56 pm
    彼のツイッターでの役割はPR、もっと本質的にはコミュニティ構築だと思うのですが、 のですが、彼はきっと笑わそうと思って書いているんじゃないんだな、というところがとても良いです。 普通はマークに会ったら興奮するとか、すごいところを見出そうとするかと思うのですが、ビズは実に冷静にと素直に表現しています苦笑。…
  • 『Go言語入門 (全24回)』をドットインストールに追加しました #dotinstall

    taguchi
    29 Sep 2014 | 12:15 am
    プレミアム専用ではありますが話題のGo言語についてまとめてみました。 ↑ Googleが中心となって開発しているモダンな言語です。 個人的には「変数のあとに型を記述」「ループはfor一択」「空のインターフェース型」のあたりにグッと来ました。プレミアム専用ではありますが、ご興味のある方はどうぞ。 » Go言語入門 (全24回) – プログラミングならドットインストール
  • Yoにインスパイアされた『Beer?!』

    taguchi
    26 Sep 2014 | 9:25 pm
    はは、確かに。「Beer?」「Beer!」で会話は通じますものね。 » Beer?!
  • GmailからGithubの「View Issue/Pull Request」ボタンが使えるようになっていた

    taguchi
    25 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    なにこれ、便利。今日気づきましたが。メールの一覧からGithubのIssueやらPRに飛べるようになっているようです。 ちなみにGmailの機能みたいですね。これはレッスン作りたいような・・・!? » Actions in the Inbox — Google Developers Githubのお知らせはこちらね。 » View Issue/Pull Request buttons for Gmail
 
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    キャリアクロス外資系求人サイト

  • Global Retail Company-UX Specialist -7M JPY (No Japanese required)

    30 Sep 2014 | 12:50 pm
    Design web interfaces as part of the product development process. The primary deliverables are interactive wireframes and website designs, based on a deep experience with digital UX best practices, analytics, and user feedback. Should also prepare a UX strategy & plan, provide user insights and p...
  • SAP導入プロジェクトマネージャー

    30 Sep 2014 | 12:49 pm
    ・SAP導入プロジェクトのデリバリーの責任者としてプロジェクトをリードする ・効果的にプロジェクト範囲内の時間、コスト、品質とリスクのバランスを、各顧客の組織構造と文化の中で調整する。 ・クライアントの信用と信頼を獲得し、プロジェクトをリードする
  • Executive Assistant

    30 Sep 2014 | 12:48 pm
    ・Provide advanced business operation and administrative support to the CFO ・Coordinate high-level business meetings and cooperate with other executive board members ・Screen and prioritize e-mails, calls and messages ・Manage all logistical details in collaboration with internal colleagues and ext...
  • ネットワークセキュリティサポート

    30 Sep 2014 | 11:35 am
    ・パートナーやエンドユーザーに対し電話やメール、face to face meeting等にてメーカーテクニカルサポートを提供 ・自社ネットワーク防御製品のトラブルシューティング、質問への回答、運用のアドバイス等を実施 ・海外エスカレーション、問題解析 ・技術面に限らず、顧客とのコミュニケーションを取り案件やタスクをマネージする ・担当製品群は、主に、Firewall,IPSを中心としたネットワークディフェンス製品です
  • Network Engineer - Leading Telecom Infrastructure Manufacturer - Flex Salary

    30 Sep 2014 | 11:35 am
    - Be responsible for fixed network products (WDM/SDH/Router/Firewall) engineering implementation and technical support in Japan. - The Network Engineer can be engaged in the whole process from pre-sales testing to service delivery and acceptance. - Keep effective communication customer and TAC (T...
 
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    Youtubeアニメ無料動画+

  • バディ・コンプレックス 完結編 後編

    Youtubeアニメ
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:42 am
    バディ・コンプレックス 完結編 後編 「-あの空に還る未来で-」
  • 魔法少女大戦 第26話

    Youtubeアニメ
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:14 am
    魔法少女大戦 第26話「Episode8 島根県 榊天音の場合」
  • マジンボーン 第27話

    Youtubeアニメ
    30 Sep 2014 | 4:45 am
    マジンボーン 第27話「動きだした野望」
  • 曇天に笑う

    Youtubeアニメ
    30 Sep 2014 | 4:36 am
    1878年(明治11年)。明治維新以降、日本国内は士族反乱などで多くの犯罪者を抱えるようになり、彼らの多くが送り込まれた監獄からの脱獄も後を絶たなかった。そこで政府は滋賀県の琵琶湖に浮かぶ巨木の中に絶対脱獄不可能な監獄「獄門処」を作り、重罪者を容赦なく送り込んだ。護送の最終段階となる「橋渡し」を担当するのは湖畔にある「曇神社」の曇三兄弟だった。(wikipediaより)
  • ガンダムビルドファイターズ トライ

    Youtubeアニメ
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:55 am
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    Reuters: エンタテインメント

  • ネットフリックス、映画「グリーン・デスティニー」続編を共同製作

    30 Sep 2014 | 2:07 am
    [30日 ロイター] - オンライン映像配信の米ネットフリックスは、米アカデミー賞作品賞などを受賞した映画「グリーン・デスティニー」の続編について、ワインスタイン・カンパニーと共同製作を手掛けていると発表した。これにより長編映画製作分野に参入する。
  • パリで「葛飾北斎展」、10月1日から

    29 Sep 2014 | 10:40 pm
    [29日 ロイター] - パリのフランス国立グランパレ美術館で葛飾北斎の展覧会が10月1日から開催される。展覧会では、1760年から1849年までの生涯にわたり制作された絵画や版画、本などが展示され、版画家や画家としての北斎の才能を紹介している。
  • アングル:ドリームワークス買収交渉で狙われる独立系映画会社

    29 Sep 2014 | 9:51 pm
    [ロサンゼルス 29日 ロイター] - ソフトバンクが米映画製作大手ドリームワークス・アニメーションSKGと買収交渉を進めていることが明らかになり、規模の小さい独立系米映画製作会社の直面する課題が浮き彫りになった。今回の案件をきっかけに、映画業界で比較的規模の小さい独立系制作会社を標的にした買収が相次ぐかもしれない。
  • クルーニーさんとアラムディンさん、元ローマ市長のもと正式に結婚

    29 Sep 2014 | 8:38 pm
    [ベネチア 29日 ロイター] - 米俳優ジョージ・クルーニーさん(53)と英国の弁護士アマル・アラムディンさん(36)が29日、イタリアのベネチアで民事婚を行い、正式に結婚した。
  • トラブル続きの米女優A・バインズ、薬物使用で運転か

    29 Sep 2014 | 8:32 pm
    [ロサンゼルス 29日 ロイター] - 米カリフォルニア州当局は29日、女優アマンダ・バインズ(28)が薬物を使用して車を運転した疑いで逮捕されたと明らかにした。カリフォルニア・ハイウエー・パトロール(CHP)は、バインズが28日午前4時10分頃に拘束されたと発表。当局者によると、バインズの車は交差点で止まっていた。
 
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    Intercultural Twilight Zone

  • Ramblings from the Wrong Side of a Lava Flow

    Tim Sullivan
    28 Sep 2014 | 11:26 am
    Plume from the lava flow approaching Pahoa Town As a kid growing up on the north side of Chicago I never imagined my house might one day be in the path of a lava flow. (Lava only flowed in Saturday morning movies, and usually involved dinosaurs). Never once did I entertain the notion that I’d someday live on an active volcano; it was an undreamt future that, against all odds, somehow came true. It happened eight years ago when my family decided to trade in the brutal Chicago winters for life in the subtropics. We up and moved to the Puna district on the Big Island of Hawaii, at the…
  • Aloha in the Aftermath of Iselle

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

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

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

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

  • The bizarre world of Russian numerals

    Philip Seifi
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:25 am
    Article by Anna Rudycheva A friend of mine has lived in Russia for about 8 years and speaks the language as a real pro. There is only one detail about Russian that still drives him bonkers. ‘I will only consider myself a near-native speaker when I come to grips with your perverse numeric declensions. Holy cow, couldn’t you just make it any more complicated?’ Indeed, grammatically, numerals in Russian are classified into cardinal, ordinal and collective, each group with its set of case endings and exceptions from rules. Ordinal numbers, such as первый, второй, десятый…
  • Tips on raising a bilingual child

    Greg Scott
    25 Sep 2014 | 2:42 am
    This is a topic that's a real and personal concern to me because I'm raising two little ones in Japan and as hard as I try, I still feel like they're not learning English. That is, except when they really want something from grandma and grandpa. It's amazing the words and phrases that come out of nowhere when they want something. So, I'd like to share a few things from my own personal experience as well as some research I've done for myself about raising a bilingual child. A few myths… First of all, there are a few bilingualism myths that many people believe. One is that two or more…
  • Sing your way to fluency: Learning languages through music

    Philip Seifi
    17 Jun 2014 | 5:59 am
    I can't tell you how many of my Japanese friends learned English through song lyrics. Karaoke isn't just fun but can be serious study as well. There's no better teacher than Joey Ramone to show you how to use 'wanna' and 'gonna' correctly. Learning languages through song lyrics is a great way to sharpen your ear and get some vocabulary and grammar under your belt. Best of all, it's fun, and if you've ever studied a language, you know that fun is important in keeping the motivation going. Why learn languages through music Music is great for language learning because, as my friends demonstrated…
  • English words in Japanese

    Philip Seifi
    12 Jun 2014 | 8:51 pm
    A Japanese friend once said to me, "If you want to speak like us, it's not enough to just learn Japanese. You have to relearn English, too." While the reality is perhaps not quite that extreme, it is true that there are a ton of English words and phrases used in a uniquely Japanese way. These words, called gairaigo (外来語), or ‘words of foreign origin’, are not only pronounced in a way the average English speaker wouldn't understand, but often have entirely different meanings as well. There are even some completely made up ‘English’ words and phrases, called wasei eigo…
  • 5 best books to plan your trip to Japan

    Philip Seifi
    6 Jun 2014 | 12:36 pm
    Whilst the internet is awash with great travel tips about what to do in Japan (including right here on the LinguaLift blog!), there’s something quite satisfying about breaking the spine of a newly-bought travel guide whilst taking off in an aeroplane, and then subsequently touching down with a well-thumbed, annotated and loved version of the same some time later. Here are five books which I think you should consider when you plan your trip to Japan this year. 1) Lonely Planet Japan Great for: The first-time time traveller who isn’t looking to do their trip on the cheap There isn’t much…
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    i heart japan - Japan travel tips and info about Japan

  • Japanese Idiom: Start with a Dragon end with a Snake

    Travis
    26 Sep 2014 | 9:02 am
    Photo Credit: Christopher Chan At first glance, I had no idea what this Japanese idiom was about. Can you guess what it is? :) Ryuto dabi ni owaru – 竜頭蛇尾に終わる (りゅうとうだびにおわる) Meaning – Start with a dragon’s head and end with a snake’s tail. This is a pretty visual idiom and it can be most compared to the idea of starting something off big but petering out at the end. If you’re like me, you probably have a closet full of projects that looked like they were going to be dragons, but ended up being measly little snakes in the…
  • How to Eat Sushi

    Travis
    14 Sep 2014 | 8:13 am
    Saw this video over on Lifehacker and thought it was worth sharing these tips on how to best eat sushi. It looks like I’ve been doing some of the steps wrong :) Also, Chef Naomichi Yasuda seems like a pretty fun guy. Related Posts:Learning the Proper Way To Eat Sushi5 Most Famous Sushi Bars In JapanThe Unique Characteristics of Japanese CuisineHigh Speed SushiAll You Wanted To Know About Sushi
  • Plans to Head Back to Japan

    Travis
    5 Sep 2014 | 9:30 am
    Photo Credit: Yukinori Hasumi Well I think I may finally have permission to head back to Japan for a visit next year :) The wife really wants to go to Paris, and we will get there (I promise!), but it looks like we’re on our way to Japan next fall. Prep Work With any travel plans, there’s going to be a ton of prep work to tackle. While I’m only in the brainstorming stage right now there are a few things I thinking about. Like when I should book the apartment, and if it will be easier this time getting a prepaid SIM card for my phone. I’ve heard that things have…
  • World’s Most Peaceful Contries

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

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

  • J-blip: Morphing time for Okamoto’s ‘Tower of the Sun’

    Tom Hanaway
    26 Sep 2014 | 1:50 am
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O9Fh5A9JGWA Bandai has created toy robot versions out of virtually everything from Hello Kitty to Mickey Mouse. Now it’s morphing time for Osaka’s iconic “Tower of the Sun.” Taro Okamoto’s “The Tower of the Sun” was created to commemorate the 1970 World Exposition in Osaka and represents Japan’s past, present and future. Okamoto was known for his promotion of peace in works such his “The Myth of Tomorrow” mural, which depicts the horrors of the atomic bombings. So we’re not sure how Okamoto would take his reflective tower becoming a…
  • Pulsations 9.25.14

    Florian Meißner
    26 Sep 2014 | 12:58 am
    Here’s a new batch of Pulsations, links to fresh stories and visuals about Japan, shout-outs to fellow bloggers and highly clickable stuff that we think you might enjoy. In no particular order . . . Japanese Rice Cakes Shaped Like Cute Japanese Rice Cakes Shaped Like Olaf, Pokémon, Iconic Cartoon Characters(from ufunk): Do you really have the heart to eat these cuties? The Cicada’s Song: Japan’s Summer Soundtrack (from Tofugu): Whether you hate them or love them, it’s not summer in Japan without the symphony of semi. Top 10 tricks for cheap traveling in Japan(from kirai)There’s no…
  • We are the World Cup: anthems from pitches past

    Patrick St. Michel
    12 Jun 2014 | 1:15 am
    Brazil soccer fans pose with a replica of the World Cup trophy on June 11 inside a metro station near Arena Corinthians stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (AP PHOTO) Japan plays its first match of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, against Côte d’Ivoire this weekend. Although the tournament kicks off two days earlier in São Paulo, for many the Samurai Blue’s opening game ushers in the event, along with the activities that would normally raise eyebrows but get a pass every four years, such as waking up at 2 a.m. to watch football and drinking before noon. It will also unleash a new batch of World Cup…
  • UTme!: Want your own Uniqlo T-shirt? There’s an app for that!

    Florian Turgeon
    29 May 2014 | 10:36 pm
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o4VBfwMwxSE Fast-fashion titan Uniqlo had already ventured into the domain of smartphones applications with not-so-exciting Uniqlo Calendar, fashion-style browsing Uniqlooks or again Uniqlo Wake Up applications. However, the Japan-based brand has finally released something that speaks directly to its target customers with UTme!, an application that lets smartphone users design their own T-shirts. The idea is simple, and all you need is an iPhone or Android device. You input text, a picture or draw some shapes on your screen to make the design to be printed on…
  • Ultra Hawai’i: Even superheroes need a vacation

    Daphne Mohajer-Va-Pesaran
    24 May 2014 | 9:27 pm
    The Ultra tourists get a quick lesson before hitting the waves In a stroke of genius, travel-deal website TravelZoo, in collaboration with the Hawaii Tourism Authority and tokustasu pioneers Tsuburaya Productions, has enlisted serious star power to promote its current Hawaii travel packages. Targeting a wide range of would-be travelers, the “Ultra Hawai’i ” campaign follows the well-loved characters from the generation-spanning Ultra series as they engage in classic tourist activities on the main Hawaiian islands of Maui, O’ahu, Kaua’i and Hawai’i. For a look at how the Ultra…
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    Culture Japan - Your portal to Japan - Posts

  • Japan Matsuri

    danny
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:17 pm
    Its that time of year again. Autumn is here which means festival time. Festival in Japanese is "Matsuri" [祭り[まつり]] and the ones during Autumn are mostly held to thank the heavens for a good harvest for the previous season. Today's bunch of photos are taken last weekend at Himonya Matsuri which I've been attending for the past 10 years. You can see what festivals take place in the Autumn around this neck of the woods at the Meguro City website. There is a load to see, do and eat at a matsuri. The food is served at hawker stands where you can find a variety of noms such as Yakitori…
  • Tokyo Photo Walk 2014/09

    danny
    9 Sep 2014 | 6:49 am
    Forgive me folks for the radio silence! After Anime Expo I came back to Japan to prepare for Anime Festival Asia Indonesia and during that period I had to look for bigger offices and then move in. After coming back from Indonesia we had to work on and ship the current outstanding orders of Smart Doll. Moving office was a huge life project that took up a load of time - it was not possible to focus on the move, the business and update the site at the same time. I did manage to post regular quick updates to my social networks Facebook, Twitter and Instagram though. I wanted to post a quick…
  • Mid-Autumn Festival

    danny
    8 Sep 2014 | 6:06 am
    To all folks out there who celebrate - happy Mid-Autumn Festival! Here we have Mirai and Kizuna Smart Doll celebrating by om nomming on some Mooncakes.Got these Smart Doll sized Mooncakes from Hong Kong.While taking these photos I completely forgot to take photos of the human sized ones we got in the office ><My girls love some Vitasoy with their Mooncake.This is the near production ready version of Kizuna - the eyes and makeup color may change slightly.Some folks said they prefered the first version of Kizuna - this *is* actually the first version ^^; I wont take pre-orders until I can…
  • CJ Night Jakarta 2014

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

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

  • Tokyo Bay Aqua-Line – Crossing Tokyo Bay

    kirai
    26 Sep 2014 | 12:19 pm
    Since I looked up Tokyo bay for the first time in Google Maps in 2005, I have always been wondering what is that tower that comes out of the sea, more or less on the middle of the bay. If you zoom in this is what you get: Its name is 風の塔 “Tower of the Wind” and was built by Kajima Corporation. It seems like an antenna but it turns out that it is a ventilation system for the highway that crosses the bay under the sea. The name of the highway is Tokyo Bay Aqua-Line and it is actually a combination of a bridge and a tunnel. The Tower of the Wind can’t be visited, but the…
  • Top 10 tricks for cheap traveling in Japan

    kirai
    21 Sep 2014 | 8:07 pm
    This is a guest blog post written by Matt Baxer from Cheapo Japan, I follow his blog/site since a while ago. He is very good at finding ways to not only survive but also to move around Japan very cheaply. I asked him to compile his top 10 tricks for cheap travelling in Japan, here is the result! By Matt Baxer / Cheapo Japan Many say Japan is too expensive a country to travel in, but there are some great ways to keep costs down. Cheapo Japan is here to show you the best tricks for travelling in Japan cheaply. Here are my top 10 tips: 1 – Get a free guide There are a huge number of…
  • 167 People Playing The Matryomin

    kirai
    19 Sep 2014 | 12:03 am
    The matryomin is a musical instrument based on the theremin that is shaped as a matryoshka doll. It is interesting to see the video below with 167 Japanese women dressed in black moving their hands in the air in front of matryoshka doll, with stethoscopes and all of them crossing their legs… Let me say it’s a little bit scary!
  • Rabbit Island

    kirai
    14 Sep 2014 | 8:44 pm
    Okunoshima is an island similar to Tashirojima, the difference being that instead of being full of cute cats it is invaded by rabbits. According to Treehugger it is an island were chemical weapons were produced during Second World War. Nowadays there’s no industry in the island anymore and there’s not many people living there. There are more rabbits than people! The island has a perimeter of 4 kilometers, one hotel, one camping, one golf course and hundreds of rabbits. Map with the location of rabbit island Continue reading: Cat Island.
  • Giant Space Invaders Attacking Tokyo

    kirai
    10 Sep 2014 | 8:41 pm
    Several years ago I came across several small Space Invaders in the streets of Tokyo. It seems that this kind of street art is growing and now the Invaders are becoming larger. They are easier to find! Have you seen any around? In this Instagram account you can see Space Invaders art around the whole world. This one was taken by my friend @lluisgerard Astroboy with the same style as the Invaders. This one doesn’t have the same style as the Invaders but I liked it
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    世論 What Japan Thinks

  • The most awful ways to die in Japan

    Ken Y-N
    28 Sep 2014 | 8:49 am
    goo Research recently published a bit of a strange topic for a survey, ways the Japanese would absolutely hate to die. Demographics goo Rankings have switched permanently to a different research company, iBRIDGE’s Research Plus, where between the 18th and 23rd of July 2014 500 members of their monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. The sample was split 50:50 male and female, but no further demographics were given. I often say life in Japan resembles Monty Python, so let’s see about death – here’s number 15: And here’s a good way to die:…
  • Erotic women’s summer fashion, according to Japanese men

    Ken Y-N
    14 Sep 2014 | 10:11 am
    As promised, as a follow-up to what bits of men’s bodies on display in summer do women find erotic, goo Research took a look at a slightly differently-worded question for the men, what summer fashions do Japanese men find erotic. Demographics goo Rankings seems to have switched permanently to a different research company, iBRIDGE’s Research Plus, where between the 10th and 14th of July 2014 500 members of their monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. The sample was split 50:50 male and female, but no further demographics were given. This question was for…
  • The cutest dog bums in Japan

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

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

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

  • Wanna Change Someone’s Mind? Agree With Them

    Ryo
    10 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    Everyone has the experience of trying to convince someone of something. It could be for something as trivial as renting the movie you want, to something as important as deciding on whether or not to give your child a vaccine. … Continue reading →
  • Are Japanese Teachers Less Competent than their Foreign Counterparts?

    Ryo
    27 Aug 2014 | 3:04 am
    I know what you’re thinking – how could you suggest that the average teacher in any country is incompetent? Such things depend on the way you define “competence,” and how you measure it. How could you suggest that one of … Continue reading →
  • The World’s Most Peaceful and Dangerous Countries of 2014

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

    Ryo
    8 Aug 2014 | 12:33 am
    Police raids on clubs in Tokyo have been gradually increasing in recent years. This isn’t particularly abnormal, because in virtually every country in the world, clubs often close down (and often open later under a different name) for certain things … Continue reading →
  • Is Atheism a Religion? (Hint: No)

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

  • 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…
  • Calculate The Amount Needed To Retire | How Much Do I Need To Retire?

    MJTM
    30 Apr 2014 | 9:07 pm
    Trying to calculate the amount of cash savings and other assets you’re going to need in place so that you can enjoy your upcoming retirement? You’re not alone. There are loads of financial planners’ advice columns available to learn from. Each of them have their own specific recommendations, but there’s something you should know: Nobody can tell you “the best” way to calculate your retirement amount. It’s not possible! Here’s why How much do I need to retire comfortably? You can plug your information into any online retirement fund calculator, and get…
  • Don’t Order Your Checks From The Bank

    Daniel
    3 Sep 2013 | 3:54 pm
    In order to save some money there is a great option for you.  It won’t cause you any suffering due to the savings, meaning, I am not telling you to stop eating out or to sell your prized possessions.  All I am telling you do it start ordering your personal checks and business checks online! It’s that simple.  You were probably expecting something big.  While it is something small and you won’t be saving tons, it’s something easy to do so why not make the move.  No, you won’t be able to quit your day job with this kind of move, but it’s a start for your…
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    Lets Japan

  • 3D breasts popping up on gadget accessories; Big thumb swipe - personal parts popular in Japan

    MW
    29 Sep 2014 | 11:55 pm
      Handy tablet thumb stylus, pointy stick-on teeth and other gadgets and products that look like body parts help Japanese have a convenient and happy daily life.   All thumbs not the same A thumb-shaped slip-on stylus extender that provides more thumb and makes it easier for small hands to navigate the new big-screen smartphones and other devices is just the latest body part-inspired product made in Japan. The prosthetic Yubi Nobiru thumb stylus is made by novelty goods maker Sanko and sells for JPY 1480. The finger debuted in May this year but has attracted attention now due to the…
  • Weather girls go watch guerilla thunderstorms

    MW
    25 Sep 2014 | 1:47 am
    A TV weather channel in Japan has added staff "Guerilla Thunderstorm Girls" to its volunteer force of citizens who report weather conditions around the country. A "guerilla storm" refers to a severe thunderstorm which occurs with little warning – and is hard for forecasters to predict – and which has the potential for heavy downpours, high winds and tornadoes. Weathernews has utilized volunteers nationwide to monitor the weather and developing thunderstorms since 2008. The 50,000 "Guerilla Thunderstorm Guards" use the "Guerilla Thunderstorm…
  • Bicycle helmet hat combo appeals to elderly bike riders

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

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

  • 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.
  • Episode 62

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

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

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

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

  • Groovy Osaka: The Forgotten Landmarks

    Quincy B. Fox
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:06 pm
    From 1903 to 1944, Coney Island, in the Brooklyn borough of New York City, was home to a number of popular amusement parks. One of the original parks is called Luna Park, named after a ride that simulated a fictional lunar visit. Luna Park was the second major park to be built in the area and its popularity led to the opening of several other locations in the United States and Europe. Eventually, the park had locations all over the world, with the name Luna Park becoming synonymous with “amusement park.” The first park to open in Japan opened in 1910 in Asakusa, a suburb of Tokyo. It was…
  • Top Jobs in Japan for Week 40 – 2014

    GaijinPot Blog
    29 Sep 2014 | 8:46 pm
    Check back every Tuesday 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. English Instructor (Zoo-Phonics Academy) ¥250,000 / Month Minami Urawa, Tokyo Minimum Education – Bachelor’s degree Japanese: None Zoo-phonics Academy provides fully integrated preschool and elementary level courses for children 2 – 11 years. Our programs are designed to promote each child’s physical, social, emotional, academic and…
  • Using Your Noodle: Yokohama Cup Noodle Museum

    Mark Guthrie
    29 Sep 2014 | 12:50 am
    For one of my first assignments in a Japanese high school I was asked to teach a lesson based on Japanese inventors. Not such a difficult task, I considered, what with Japan’s reputation for creativity, yet my main concern was how this would connect with your average high school kid. I mean, would I have given a toss about British RAF pilot Frank Whittle, who at the age of 21 ushered in the modern jet age by inventing the jet engine, when I was their age? My fears proved founded. My mention of Daisuke Inoue (karaoke machine) brought no sign of recognition. Yoshiro Nakamatsu (floppy disk,…
  • Adventures in EFL: The Lesson Plan of Doom

    Quincy B. Fox
    28 Sep 2014 | 6:14 pm
    At some point in your English teaching adventure, you may encounter small setbacks that seem quite catastrophic at the time. One of the most common setbacks is the Lesson Plan of Doom. Maybe it’s a plan you devised yourself. Maybe it was bestowed upon you by Those Who Sit Above in Shadow. Maybe you didn’t even get a lesson plan. Either way, sometimes lessons fall flat on their faces. One of the best skills to hone in our epic journey is to learn how to roll with the punches, jump over the hurdles, and climb out of the various pits we fall into. As I said before and will say a…
  • 2014 Yokosuka Sakana Matsuri

    Kelsey Leuzinger
    27 Sep 2014 | 8:15 pm
    Have you ever seen a huge tuna carved, in real life? How about a live Japanese fish auction, just like you’ve watched on television? At the Yokosuka Sakana Matsuri, you can see these events and more as the city celebrates its annual “Yokosuka Fish Festival.” 
 Of course, we’ve all heard about the famous Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo, but not as many are aware of the Yokosuka Fish Market and Port Market that provide a large source of seafood to the surrounding areas throughout Kanagawa. Various parts of Yokosuka Port bring in タコ ([taco] octopus), イワシ ([iwashi] sardines),…
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    Izakaya Politics

  • Abe’s Trip to Sri Lanka: Another Country, Another Opportunity to Contain China

    Stephen Stapczynski
    8 Sep 2014 | 7:14 pm
    Abe responds with his patented “Oh no he didn’t,” after totally epic story was told by Rajapaksa. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe just wrapped up his trip to Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, further establishing himself as the most-traveled Japanese prime minister in history. Although his trip to Bangladesh went well, I found Abe’s trip to Sri Lanka to be a little more notable. Not only was it the first visit by a Japanese prime minister to Colombo in 24 years, but it also resulted in an important maritime deals with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Ontop of that, Abe agreed…
  • As Expected, Abe’s Reshuffle is Popular with the Ladies

    Stephen Stapczynski
    7 Sep 2014 | 3:43 pm
    Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Promoting His Favorite Topic: Single Ladies. I am about a week late to the cabinet reshuffle party. Everyone in the blogosphere covered the reshuffle (Michael Cucek did an exceptional job over at Shisaku), so I won’t be going into too much detail regarding who Abe picked. One of the most notable aspects of Abe’s September 3rd reshuffle was his appointing five women.  There are already early signs that this gesture has translated to increased nationwide support, particularly among Japanese women (cue the “duh”). With five women in his cabinet, Abe…
  • LDP Faction Politics Alive and Well

    Stephen Stapczynski
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:01 pm
    Yuko Obuchi Shaking Hands With Someone Who Isn’t Shinzo Abe Over the weekend, a few media outlets reported that former Cabinet Minister Yuko Obuchi emerged as the frontrunner to replace Shigeru Ishiba as secretary general of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP). Many would see Abe tapping Obuchi as a way of supporting his “womenomics” strategy. After all, Obuchi served as the special minister in charge of improving Japan’s low birthrate (but it is questionable as to whether she did a good job). But Abe picking Obuchi is more than just a gender thing, as it is also a play by the…
  • LDP Will Ride On Current Fukushima Governor’s Coattails, Even Though This Election Probably Doesn’t Matter

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

    Stephen Stapczynski
    22 Aug 2014 | 9:55 am
    Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made an ill-timed “Your Mama” joke, derailing recent high level bilateral talks. Saying that Japan and South Korea have strained relations would be an understatement. Despite them both being developed, democratic East Asian nations with world renowned high-tech industries, historic- and regional-fueled disputes have derailed efforts by both governments to better integrate the two economies . Strains in Japan-South Korean relations have put a large roadblock in front of building stronger economic ties. Trade between South Korea and Japan is declining, and…
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    90 days in Kyoto

  • Day Zero – Why am I on this plane?

    Jenny Feuerpeil
    20 Sep 2014 | 8:02 pm
    Today, I opened my diary for the first time since I returned from Japan 11 weeks ago. It helped me to travel back in time and although I don’t recall a lot of details of the flight, I can certainly feel how I felt then and there. So now I am sitting on the plane, the engines are running and we are literally in… the… air… now. [...] As I blow into the nozzle of my inflatable travel pillow, I am asking myself what I am doing here. It won’t be the last time. The honest answer is: I don’t know. It is a sunny SF morning, the SF bay is blue & beautiful……
  • Onigawara – Japanese roof tiles at Toji-in temple in Kyoto

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

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

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

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