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  • iPhone Camera Supplier Sony Investing $345 Million to Boost Image Sensor Production

    23 Jul 2014 | 10:58 am
    As hinted at in an earlier report from Nikkei , Sony today confirmed it is investing 35 billion yen to increase the production of image sensors for smartphones and tablets, reports Reuters .
  • Reds beat Tokushima 2-0 to widen lead in J-League

    23 Jul 2014 | 6:49 am
    Tomoaki Makino opened the scoring for Urawa in the 13th minute with a left-footed shot from close range, and Shinzo Koroki doubled the advantage 10 minutes after the break with his fourth goal of the season.
  • 'Monster' Terrifies People In Kyoto, Japan

    23 Jul 2014 | 6:49 am
    Japan is a nation that has had more than its share of monsters -- well, in the movies anyway.
  • Can Abe and Kim work together?

    23 Jul 2014 | 2:49 am
    When Japanese and North Korean officials met in Beijing on July 1, the North Korean delegation agreed to organise a special investigation committee to locate all Japanese citizens living in North Korea, including abductees.
  • Chinese Food Scandal Spreads To Japan

    22 Jul 2014 | 10:40 pm
    A food scandal involving Chinese meat supplier Shanghai Husi Food Co. Ltd. has spread to Japan with at least two companies halting sale of products supplied by the firm.
 
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    Osaka News

  • Chinese meat scam now hits Japanese supermarket chain

    23 Jul 2014 | 4:30 am
    The 24-hour Japanese convenience chain FamilyMart announced Wednesday it has stopped buying chicken from the Chinese company Husi, which was shut down after selling meat past its expiry date, even as ...
  • Will Ferrell Adam McKay and Jimmy Miller to come together for Manimal

    23 Jul 2014 | 4:15 am
    Jimmy Miller from Mosaic and Will Ferrell and Adam McKay's Gary Sanchez Productions is set to produce 'Manimal' for Sony Pictures Animation. The feature, which is based on the 1983 TV series about a ...
  • Encephalitis claims 75 lives in Gorakhpur UP

    23 Jul 2014 | 4:15 am
    An outbreak of Japanese encephalitis has affected more than 300 and claimed lives of 75 people in Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh. The disease usually occurs during the monsoon season. Uttar Pradesh ...
  • Japanese Market Pares Early Gains

    23 Jul 2014 | 12:41 am
    The Japanese stock market opened on a positive note Wednesday, tracking cues from Wall Street where the major averages moved higher overnight on some upbeat economic and earnings reports.However, ...
  • Tokyo stocks close down 0.10pc

    23 Jul 2014 | 12:24 am
    The benchmark Nikkei 225 index slipped 14.72 points to 15,328.56, while the Topix index of all first-section issues edged down 0.07 percent, or 0.88 points, to 1,272.39. Japanese companies are ...
 
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    An Eternal Thought in the Mind of Godzilla

  • AniLOVE!! event in Tokyo / アニLOVEっ!!@池袋mismatch 6.13.14

    Patrick Macias
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:14 pm
    Ok, so I spent last month running around being a maniac in Tokyo. Since time is valuable (it’s all we have, really...) I will spare you the dull details, like the flight, the hotel, the rain, the heat and just get to the good stuff. Expect more such reports in the days ahead as I sift through the wreckage of 30+ days and nights in the land of the rising FUN. And first up on the hit list is… AniLOVE!! AniLOVE!! is all-night club event held monthly in Tokyo. Nope, I had never gone to an AniLOVE!! session, let alone been to the club where the event was held: a funky dark space called…
  • MTV81 Special: So, Just How Japanese is the USA These Days?

    Patrick Macias
    18 Jul 2014 | 7:01 am
    So, Just How Japanese is the USA These Days?By: Patrick Macias
  • 「パラノイア·ガールズ」

    Patrick Macias
    14 Jul 2014 | 8:08 am
    Yet more concept art from my upcoming collaboration with artist Yunico Uchiyama. I write, he draws. I haven’t come up with an English title yet, but it will be called「パラノイア·ガールズ」in Japperknees. Characters Laura (left) and Larissa (right) depicting a second stage transition into Extra Dimensional Reality (EDR). Again, online later this summer….
  • Psy/Ops

    Patrick Macias
    10 Jul 2014 | 8:38 am
    Ok, time to announce my upcoming creative collaboration with artist Uchiyama Yunico. His pictures + my text = weird girls. We will start dishing it out on the web starting this August. Keywords: Mind Control, Paranoia, Hallucination, 1985. For people who have been around here a while, it will incorporate elements of my long-threatened Espionage Rejects stories and L vs. L. Go! Now! Suburban Surrealist Science Fiction! Fight! Please look forward to it! Uchiyama Yunico Links: Official homepage Blog Tumblr Instagram
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    Patrick Macias
    7 Jul 2014 | 10:21 am
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    Japan Economy Watch

  • Japan Inflation At A 32 Year High?

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

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

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

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

    Edward Hugh
    1 May 2013 | 11:02 am
    And the world said "Let Shinzo Abe be", and all was light. A new craze is sweeping the planet. Known by the title "Abenomics" over the last couple of years it has been steadily gathering adepts in financial markets across the globe. Despite the fact Abe's move fits comfortably within the austerity vs growth policy axis, at the heart of the new approach lies not a strategy to directly create
 
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    Culture Japan - Your portal to Japan - Posts

  • Robot Pulley Systems

    danny
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:02 am
    For the past few months we have been working on a different approach to building Smart Doll Automatic Version - using a system of pulleys which are controlled by servo motors - rather than having servos placed in all the limbs. The main problem we faced with the servos in the limbs was the lack of torque needed to be able to move the limbs especially when they are clothed. Then where was things like overheating issues too. I told myself that there just had to be a better way to do this - most probably with pulleys. It turns out that somebody had done something similar back in 1988! This photo…
  • AX2014 Culture Japan Booth

    danny
    18 Jul 2014 | 10:36 pm
    Anime Expo - one of the worlds largest anime/japan events. This years event took place between the 3rd and 6th of July at the Los Angeles Convention Center and was filled to the brim with anime fans - over 80,000 of them! Just like last year, we had a booth in the South Lobby. Unlike last year however, I was finally able to show the world the final version of Smart Doll which we also sold at the booth - sold out in the first 5 mins >< Thank you to all who dropped by the booth - it was a ton of fun! Also thanks to all those who helped out at the booth too ^o^Read more about Kizuna…
  • Japan Dentist

    danny
    12 Jul 2014 | 9:52 pm
    One day I woke up with a pain on the side of my face and thought that maybe I had slept in an odd position to cause the pain (like with my foot in my face). I thought that the pain would go away after a while but it gradually became worse. I then noticed that I couldn't grind my food properly and that I could only chew on my food with my front two teeth - my teeth had somehow become misaligned and it was incredibly painful to eat anything. After spending some time with Google-sensei, I came to the conclusion that a remaining molar tooth grew to a point where it started to push my upper set of…
  • Hanayamata

    danny
    12 Jul 2014 | 9:40 pm
    Hanayamata [ハナヤマタ] is a new anime series adapted from the manga of the same name. I stumbled across the illustrations of the cute girlies by Hamayumiba Sou-sensei and whipped up a copy of the manga.And here is the style of illustrations you will find inside - really nice!The anime is directed by Ishizuka Atsuko [いしづかあつこ] (No Game, No Life, Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo), and animation production is handled by Madhouse [マッドハウス] (Chihayafuru, No Game, No Life). Hanayamata will began airing on TV Tokyo July 7th. How many of you have picked up the series?Average…
  • Smart Doll Guy

    danny
    30 Jun 2014 | 12:51 am
    Folks who follow any one of my social networks (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook) will not only be getting regular updates but also know that I'm developing a Smart Doll Guy ^^;Smart Doll Guy will be based on our Culture Japan character Eiji Seiun. Still don't know what to call the doll model but some have suggested Smart Dolphin.Here are some screenies of progress so far. I gathered that in the future, Mirai Frame would be used for a wide variety of applications so I designed it in a way which would make it easy for me to modify. I will be using it for the guy version too. From the designs of…
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    japan running news

  • World Junior Championships Day One - Japanese Results

    Brett Larner
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:50 pm
    by Brett Larner The men's 10000 m rounded out the day as the only final on the first day of competition at the 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships in Eugene, U.S.A.  After a slow first lap Keisuke Nakatani of 2013 National University Ekiden champion Komazawa University went to the front to get the race moving, tailed only by 2014 Hakone Ekiden winner Toyo University's Hazuma Hattori.  Ranked
  • Otona no Taimu Toraiaru - Time Trials for Grown Ups

    Brett Larner
    20 Jul 2014 | 6:30 pm
    by Brett Larner Japan is unique in having one of the most highly-developed elite running systems in the world, an enormous and growing population of amateur runners, and mass popularity among the general public in elite racing as a spectator sport.  But like anywhere else there is separation between those elite and amateur worlds, the university and corporate teams, out of sight except for
  • Imai Wins Second-Straight Shibetsu Half

    Brett Larner
    20 Jul 2014 | 7:01 am
    by Brett Larner Continuing a solid 2014 that saw him break 2:10 for the first time at February's Beppu-Oita Mainichi Marathon, course record holder Masato Imai (Team Toyota Kyushu) returned to successfully defend his title at Sunday's Shibetsu Half Marathon.  Running in sunny and humid conditions with temperatures around 30 degrees, Imai had no trouble dropping main competition Yusuke Ogura (
  • Yoshihide Kiryu Named Captain of Japanese Men's World Juniors Team

    Brett Larner
    17 Jul 2014 | 6:47 pm
    http://www.sponichi.co.jp/sports/news/2014/07/18/kiji/K20140718008583590.html translated and edited by Brett Larner A 9-second time would give Japan a jolt of momentum.  100 m sprinter Yoshihide Kiryu (18, Toyo Univ.) left Narita Airport for the World Junior Track and Field Championships starting July 22nd in Eugene, Oregon, U.S.A.  Based on his experience at last summer's World Track and Field
  • Omuta H.S. Second-Year Shota Onizuka Heads to World Juniors: "I Want to Test My Strength"

    Brett Larner
    15 Jul 2014 | 7:57 pm
    http://www.nishinippon.co.jp/nnp/f_chikugo/article/101635 translated by Brett Larner photo by rikujolove Omuta H.S. second-year Shota Onizuka, 16, is bound for Eugene, Oregon in the U.S.A. where he will compete in the July 22-27 World Junior Championships.  The meet features outstanding under-20 competitors from around the world including 43 from Japan selected from among the country's best
 
 
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  • OpenGLサポートを強化した「GStreamer 1.4.0」がリリース

    末岡洋子
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:50 pm
     GStreamerチームは7月21日、オープンソースのマルチメディアフレームワーク「GStreamer 1.4.0」をリリースした。新しいAPIが多数加わり、OpenGLとの統合も強化した。 ニュース オープンソース デベロッパー マルチメディア フレームワーク 末岡洋子 関連記事オープンソースのマルチメディアフレームワーク「GStreamer 1.0」がリリース GStreamerの組み込みをより容易にするSDK「GStreamer SDK」登場 「FFmpeg 2.3」がリリース、Opusデコードにネイティブ対応
  • 「Firefox 31」リリース、世代別ガベージコレクションを搭載

    末岡洋子
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:54 pm
     Mozillaは7月22日、WebブラウザFirefoxの最新版「Firefox 31」をリリースした。大きな機能変更はなく、安定性やセキュリティの強化、マルウェア対策機能の追加などが行われている。デスクトップ版のほか、Android版も同時にリリースされている。 ニュース オープンソース デベロッパー Mozilla 末岡洋子 Firefox 関連記事「Firefox 30」リリース、新たにサイドバーボタンが導入される FirefoxのNightlyビルドに開発環境「WebIDE」が統合される…
  • XWaylandを導入した「X.Org Server 1.16」リリース

    末岡洋子
    17 Jul 2014 | 11:18 pm
     X.Org FoundationのKeith Packard氏は7月17日、「X.Org Server 1.16.0」を公開した。Waylandとの互換レイヤー「XWayland」の導入、OpenGLを利用する汎用2Dグラフィックスドライバ「Glamor」やsystemsdの統合など、大きな変更を多数含むものとなっている。 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 X11 関連記事X11の置き換えを目指すディスプレイサーバー「Wayland 1.0.0」がリリース カラーマネジメント機能が加わった「Wayland 1.2」リリース…
  • 「FFmpeg 2.3」がリリース、Opusデコードにネイティブ対応

    末岡洋子
    17 Jul 2014 | 3:14 am
     FFmpeg開発チームは7月16日、オープンソースのマルチメディアコーデック実装の最新版「FFmpeg 2.3」(開発コード「Mandelbrot」)をリリースした。Opusデコードのネイティブ対応、よりいっそうの最適化など多数の機能追加や強化が行われている。 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「FFmpeg 2.2」リリース、H.265のエンコードにも対応 オープンソースのマルチメディアフレームワーク「FFmpeg 2.1.3」リリース…
  • 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

    末岡洋子
    16 Jul 2014 | 11:16 pm
     米Adobe Systemsは7月15日、オープンソースのフォント「Source Han Sans」を発表した。米Googleとの共同開発により実現したもので、単一のフォントで日本語、中国語、韓国語の3か国語の漢字に対応するPan-CJK(汎中日韓)Typefaceファミリーとなる。 ニュース オープンソース Adobe 末岡洋子 フォント 関連記事 IPAフォントの派生フォント「Takaoフォント」リリース 米Adobe、見えないフォント「Adobe Blank」をオープンソースで公開…
 
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  • 『Androidでウェブブラウザを作ろう (全12回)』をドットインストールに追加しました #dotinstall

    taguchi
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:24 pm
    今回はシンプルなウェブブラウザをAndroidで作ってみました。WebViewとかOptionsMenuについて触れています。Patternsクラスとか便利すね(URLの妥当性チェックに)。 ↑ URLを入力するとサイトが表示されます。 ↑ いろいろ@Overrideしていくことで実装を詰めていきます。 WebViewまわりはAPIのバージョンによっていろいろ変わってきているのですが、まずは基本的な動作まわりをざっと説明してみました。よろしければどうぞ。 »…
  • 円形回転イリュージョン

    taguchi
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:55 pm
    ↑ 2分弱の映像です。 » Circumrotation as Optical Illusion – Neatorama
  • 2014年7月におけるSublime Textの開発状況について

    taguchi
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:28 pm
    みんな大好きSublime Textですが、最近は開発が滞っているように見えますよね・・・。そうした状況なのですが、開発元から公式に「現状はこんな感じ!」とのアナウンスがありました。 atom.ioに売却する予定もないし、開発者(Jon)は死んでないし、TextWranglerにのっとられたりもしないよ! 現状、開発者はJonひとりだけになってしまったんだ。開発以外の業務でてんてこまいでもろもろ遅れているのは事実だよ!…
  • さまざまなアプリケーションが導入された状態の開発環境をさくっと試せる『Terminal』

    taguchi
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:18 pm
    ↑ 例えばこういった感じの環境が。Node.js+Redisとか、確かに一から入れるの面倒ですよね。 ↑ 映像のほうがわかりやすいかな。3分半ほどの映像です。 なお、いじった環境をスナップショットで保存したり、それをもとにPublishすることもできるようです。なるほど。…
  • リチャード・ブランソンの『ライク・ア・ヴァージン』を読んで元気出た

    taguchi
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:27 pm
    積ん読になっていた「ライク・ア・ヴァージン」を読了。Virginグループのリチャード・ブランソンさんの著書、というかコラム集ですね。ひとつひとつのコラムはコンパクトにまとまっているのでちょっとずつ読み進めるのにいいですよ。…
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  • HR Generalist / HRジェネラリスト

    23 Jul 2014 | 1:27 am
    人事総務本部 企画・業務グループに所属し、主にCompensation & Benefit、HR Business Partnerの業務に従事頂きます。
  • Bilingual Oracle EBS Functional Consultant

    22 Jul 2014 | 10:09 pm
    Oracle EBS Consultant who can anchor the Oracle EBS Implementation at the client place single-handedly and liaise the customer stakeholders from a functional point of view on Identifying the gaps, mentoring and training the team on the functionalities and regularly reporting to the stakeholders.
  • SAP Consultant / SAPコンサルタント

    22 Jul 2014 | 7:21 pm
    SAP海外展開コンサルタント職を募集しています。 海外出張、海外勤務があります。 貴殿のグローバル経験が活かせます。 SAP implementation for Japanese companies in Asia and Europe. International environment and potential for overseas business travel.
  • システムズ・エンジニア / Systems Engineer (Pre-Sales 職)

    22 Jul 2014 | 6:45 pm
    EMCジャパンでは、弊社のパートナーであるサービス・プロバイダー企業との協業による、新しい情報インフラ・ソリューションを日本市場で展開していきます。 Systems Engineerとして、クラウドや仮想化に関わる最先端のソリューションを経験し、新規ビジネスの開拓にチャレンジできるチャンスです。
  • Pricing Analyst

    22 Jul 2014 | 6:45 pm
    EMCジャパンではPricing Analystを採用致します。 主に以下の業務に従事頂き、ビジネスをサポート頂きます。 EMC Corporateの価格戦略の日本への周知徹底 Corporate/APJ PricingとJapan Leadership/Field間の橋渡し・コミュニケーション 案件ごとの割引申請の承認プロセスの管理・実行 Pricingに関わる分析
 
 
 
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    [en01]Japan for Sustainability(ニュース記事)

  • Tokyo Announces CO2 Emissions, Confirms Continued Implementation of Energy-Saving Measures

    22 Jul 2014 | 2:00 pm
    The Tokyo Metropolitan Government (TMG) compiled preliminary reports on reductions in greenhouse gas emissions in fiscal 2012 submitted by over 30,000 small and medium-sized companies and on March 6, 2014, announced its findings. The small and medium-sized companies decreased CO2 emissions by 11 percent compared to fiscal 2010 levels.
  • Energy-Saving Effort with Peak-Shift Vending Machine Wins 2013 Energy Conservation Award

    20 Jul 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Image by Junnosuke Fukui Some Rights Reserved. The Energy Conservation Center, Japan, announced on January 22, 2014, the winners of the 2013 Energy Conservation Awards. The Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Prize was awarded to a peak-shift vending machine developed by Coca-Cola Japan Co. The Director-General Natural Resources and Energy Prize was awarded to an energy-saving air-conditioner called the Five Star Zeas Series, which was developed by Daikin Industries for office use. Both companies are corporate members of Japan for Sustainability.
  • Solar Power Project to Meet All Household Electricity Needs in Japanese Town

    19 Jul 2014 | 2:00 pm
    The government of Shizukuishi Town in Iwate prefecture announced on January 22, 2014, that it entered into a cooperation agreement with Etrion Corporation, a solar power producer based in Switzerland, and Hitachi High-Technologies Corporation, a subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., to develop a large-scale solar power generation project with an output of about 25 megawatts. The companies will jointly establish a special-purpose company dedicated to the project in Shizukuishi Town and will construct a solar park on 51 hectares of private land in the town's Numagaeshi district.
  • Japanese Institute to Develop Forest Management System called e-forest

    17 Jul 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Copyright Mie Prefecture Forestry Research Institute All Rights Reserved. The Mie Prefecture Forestry Research Institute is researching and developing a system known as e-forest, a forest management system that simplifies forest management plans and regenerates healthy forests. The study period is scheduled to last five years, from fiscal 2010 to 2014.
  • "Udon made from udon," and "Boiling udon using udon-derived fuel," --The Udon Marugoto Junkan (Total Udon Cycle) Project

    14 Jul 2014 | 2:00 pm
    JFS Newsletter No.142 (June 2014) Copyright The Udon Marugoto Junkan (Total Udon Cycle) Project 2014 All Rights Reserved. Kagawa Prefecture in Shikoku Island is very famous for udon noodles. Annual consumption of udon in Kagawa is 230 servings per person, which means that local people eat udon almost every day. The prefecture has over 800 udon noodle shops that serve Sanuki udon, specialty of the prefecture. People across Japan visit Kagawa to eat tasty udon.
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    i heart japan - Japan travel tips and info about Japan

  • School Girl Ninjas

    Travis
    18 Jul 2014 | 8:15 am
    Fun schoolgirl ninja/parkour that I came across. Of course it’s a hidden viral video attempt for a soft drink company, but it’s fun to see the mix of acrobatics and wire work. Related Posts:Qualifications for Teaching English in JapanJapanese Fashion: Forest GirlTeaching English In Japan – What Every Newbie Should KnowBizarre Japan – Underwear that Helps you Lose WeightHigh Tech Japanese Vending Machines
  • The Four Top Tokyo Day Trips

    Travis
    9 Jul 2014 | 1:42 pm
    Photo Credit: Hendrik Schicke Just came across this article on the Forbes website on the top four day trips from Tokyo. It has a nice mix of suggestions for foodies, outdoor types, and history fans. When you visit Tokyo, give yourself time for a day trip to explore the other facets of Japan—after all, the island is made up of 47 prefectures, each with its own slew of offerings. Check it our here. Related Posts:Your Own Personal Japanese GuideDancing from all 47 PrefecturesTokyo Art Events in June 2012Top 5 Hiking Trails in JapanTop Ryokan in Tokyo
  • Powder and wonder on Japan’s Northern Island: A trip to Hokkaido

    Krystal
    25 Jun 2014 | 9:30 am
    Photo Credit: Beckywithasmile It has been almost ten years since I first saw videos of snowboarders floating through on a foot of powder through perfectly spaced trees in Japan. At first I was mesmerized, and quickly began to question where in Japan this was. The 1972 Winter Olympics in Sapporo first blew the lid on the amazing skiing conditions and culture on Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido. Slowly over the next 40 years, and especially in the last 10, the mountains surrounding Sapporo have moved increasingly higher on any major skier or snowboarders list of must visit locals. Yet…
  • Time to Get Fit

    Travis
    16 Jun 2014 | 9:41 am
    It’s time for me work on my core. I never realized how many times I would need it! Related Posts:Japanese Idiom: Turn Your Body into PowderWe’re Back in our HouseLearning Japanese with iKnowSkiing in Japan; Niseko and RusutsuMy Re-ment Collection- Part 3
  • Gamer’s Guide to Akihabara

    Travis
    27 May 2014 | 7:21 am
    Saw this Gamer Buyer’s Guide to Akihabara that I thought was well done. Akihabara can be a pretty confusing place, so hopefully this can help you navigate some of the madness. At least if you’re a gamer :) Related Posts:Book Review: Tuttle Travel Pack – JapanCat Cafés in JapanResources for Finding a Tour Guide in JapanYour Own Personal Japanese GuideGuide Book Review: Okinawa and the Ryukyu Islands
 
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  • 李白 早發白帝城 translation: Setting Off Early from Baidi City, by Li Bai (下江陵)

    Hugh Grigg (葛修远)
    11 Jul 2014 | 8:24 pm
    This is a very rough translation and annotation of the poem 早發白帝城 (Zǎo Fā Báidì Chéng), ‘Setting Off Early from Baidi City’, by the Tang Dynasty Chinese poet 李白 (Lǐ Bái).If you have any suggestions, please share them in the comments at the end of the page. Note that the goal here is to make the original text more accessible, not to provide a conversion into English.  Zǎo Fā Báidì Chéng [early] [set off] [White] [Emperor] [city] Setting Off Early from Baidi City  Cháo cí Báidì cǎiyún jiān, [morning] [take leave] [White] [Emperor] [colour]…
  • 李白 勞勞亭 translation: Pavilion of Misery, by Li Bai

    Hugh Grigg (葛修远)
    12 May 2014 | 5:45 pm
    This is a very rough translation and annotation of the poem 勞勞亭 (Láoláo Tíng), ‘Pavilion of Misery’, by the Tang Dynasty Chinese poet 李白 (Lǐ Bái).If you have any suggestions, please share them in the comments at the end of the page. Note that the goal here is to make the original text more accessible, not to provide a conversion into English.  Láoláo Tíng [sad] [sad] [pavilion] Pavilion of Misery  Tiānxià shāngxīn chù, [heaven] [under] [hurt] [heart] [place] The world’s place of heart-breaking; láo láo sòng kè tíng. [sad] [sad] [see off]…
  • China to abolish Chinese characters, replace with pinyin

    Hugh Grigg (葛修远)
    31 Mar 2014 | 5:23 pm
    Just seen this article on BBC News:http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-42674542.htmlBad times. I guess I should’ve seen it coming, really. The CCP are planning to abolish all use of Chinese characters in the PRC, and replace them with pinyin.Chinese characters, or hanzi, are arguably the most famous emblem of Chinese culture.During their 5000 year history, they have developed into one of the most recognisable written scripts in the world.The Chinese government, however, has decided that the ancient writing system is out-dated and needs replacing with a more modern, efficient…
  • 《时间都去哪儿了》 lyrics translation: Where Has the Time Gone?

    Hugh Grigg (葛修远)
    14 Mar 2014 | 7:30 pm
    The song 《时间都去哪儿了》 has been popular recently in China, especially since it was performed by 王铮亮 (Wáng Zhēngliàng) on 春晚. It came up on the radio again just now so I thought I’d have a go at annotating the lyrics in English.The lyrics were written by 陈曦 (Chén Xī) and the tune by 董冬冬 (Dǒng Dōngdōng – I know, right?).As always, this is an annotation not a translation – the English here isn’t supposed to work as lyrics.One thing I wasn’t too sure of was whether to translate certain lines into first or second person in…
  • A “Chinese” puzzle sent to me by a reader: 冊月水三 了口臼尺 山月了 七口…

    Hugh Grigg (葛修远)
    10 Jan 2014 | 8:56 pm
    A reader sent me this “Chinese” text and asked if I could translate it, apparently having found this ancient post about free Chinese translation.It was pretty clear from the start this wasn’t standard Chinese! I did wonder for a moment if it was some sort of bizarre Classical Chinese poem, before I remembered all of that Chinese alphabet nonsense I’d written about before.Then it was just a job of writing out the substitutions:月 a 官 b 匹 c 力 d 三 e 下 f 巨 g 升 h 工 i 水 k 心 l 冊 m 內 n 口 o 戶 p 尺 r 弓 s 七 t 臼 u 人 v 山 w 了 yI’m lazy…
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    Culture Japan - Your portal to Japan - Posts

  • Robot Pulley Systems

    danny
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:02 am
    For the past few months we have been working on a different approach to building Smart Doll Automatic Version - using a system of pulleys which are controlled by servo motors - rather than having servos placed in all the limbs. The main problem we faced with the servos in the limbs was the lack of torque needed to be able to move the limbs especially when they are clothed. Then where was things like overheating issues too. I told myself that there just had to be a better way to do this - most probably with pulleys. It turns out that somebody had done something similar back in 1988! This photo…
  • AX2014 Culture Japan Booth

    danny
    18 Jul 2014 | 10:36 pm
    Anime Expo - one of the worlds largest anime/japan events. This years event took place between the 3rd and 6th of July at the Los Angeles Convention Center and was filled to the brim with anime fans - over 80,000 of them! Just like last year, we had a booth in the South Lobby. Unlike last year however, I was finally able to show the world the final version of Smart Doll which we also sold at the booth - sold out in the first 5 mins >< Thank you to all who dropped by the booth - it was a ton of fun! Also thanks to all those who helped out at the booth too ^o^Read more about Kizuna…
  • Japan Dentist

    danny
    12 Jul 2014 | 9:52 pm
    One day I woke up with a pain on the side of my face and thought that maybe I had slept in an odd position to cause the pain (like with my foot in my face). I thought that the pain would go away after a while but it gradually became worse. I then noticed that I couldn't grind my food properly and that I could only chew on my food with my front two teeth - my teeth had somehow become misaligned and it was incredibly painful to eat anything. After spending some time with Google-sensei, I came to the conclusion that a remaining molar tooth grew to a point where it started to push my upper set of…
  • Hanayamata

    danny
    12 Jul 2014 | 9:40 pm
    Hanayamata [ハナヤマタ] is a new anime series adapted from the manga of the same name. I stumbled across the illustrations of the cute girlies by Hamayumiba Sou-sensei and whipped up a copy of the manga.And here is the style of illustrations you will find inside - really nice!The anime is directed by Ishizuka Atsuko [いしづかあつこ] (No Game, No Life, Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo), and animation production is handled by Madhouse [マッドハウス] (Chihayafuru, No Game, No Life). Hanayamata will began airing on TV Tokyo July 7th. How many of you have picked up the series?Average…
  • Smart Doll Guy

    danny
    30 Jun 2014 | 12:51 am
    Folks who follow any one of my social networks (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook) will not only be getting regular updates but also know that I'm developing a Smart Doll Guy ^^;Smart Doll Guy will be based on our Culture Japan character Eiji Seiun. Still don't know what to call the doll model but some have suggested Smart Dolphin.Here are some screenies of progress so far. I gathered that in the future, Mirai Frame would be used for a wide variety of applications so I designed it in a way which would make it easy for me to modify. I will be using it for the guy version too. From the designs of…
 
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    Kirainet.com - A geek in Japan

  • Pokémon Coffee Shop

    kirai
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    The coffee shop located at the Mori museum in Roppongi Hills has been remodeled for the Summer. All the food served until September 1st will be based on Pokémon. If you want to order something you will have to wait in line for around two hours, however you can visit the exhibition about Pokémon next door without having to wait. Pikachu burger!
  • Giant Cat Chewing Gum Commercial

    kirai
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:18 am
    Fit’s (by LOTTE) is one of the most well-known chewing gum brands in Japan. Their TV commercials are usually pretty awesome. This time their new TV commercial features a giant cat!
  • 66 Doraemon Statues

    kirai
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:29 am
    66 Doraemon statues have recently shown up in Roppongi Hills, each one of them with a unique different face expression. If you are coming to Tokyo this Summer you will get the chance to see them if you come before the 24th of August. These are my photos of the Doraemons at Roppongi Hills, always happy! Related post: Doraemon inventions that have become a reality
  • Godzilla in Tokyo Midtown

    kirai
    20 Jul 2014 | 2:14 am
    If you go to the gardens at Tokyo Midtown before the end of August you will have the chance to meet Godzilla. Well, to be honest, you will only have the chance to see half Godzilla with an exact height of 6.6 meters (22 feet). The statue has been built to commemorate the 60th anniversary of Godzilla and also to promote the latest Godzilla movie, which is being released in Japan next week. Yes! Many movies arrive quite late to Japan!
  • Ninja Schoolgirls

    kirai
    18 Jul 2014 | 2:36 am
    The new Suntory commercial for this Summer to promote the C.C.Lemon drink features Japanese schoolgirls with ninja abilities.
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    Tokyo Times

  • A young Japanese woman feeding a pigeon

    Lee
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:30 pm
    To many people, pigeons are nothing but pests. But not for this young woman. Instead, they are creatures to be cared for and fed leftover bar snacks.
  • A slightly disheveled Tokyo stare

    Lee
    20 Jul 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Some days are most definitely better than others.
  • Summer in Tokyo: A boy in a bucket

    Lee
    17 Jul 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Sometimes, pleasure really does come from the simple things in life. Like a bucket and some water on a suffocatingly hot summer’s day.
  • Buddhist monk and mesmerised boy

    Lee
    16 Jul 2014 | 4:30 pm
    This young boy may well have been in desperate need of a pee, but for a moment at least, his bladder concerns were put on hold by the mesmerising sight of a Buddhist monk praying in the middle of the street. Praying, perhaps, that the little lad in question could find somewhere to go before things got too desperate.
  • An old Tokyo bar and its no-nonsense Mama-san

    Lee
    14 Jul 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Her native Okinawa that she left over 40 years ago must have changed enormously, but the bar this strong-willed Mama-san runs in Tokyo most certainly hasn’t. Or at least not since the 1970s. A space that in many ways is more like an extended living room than a bar, allowing customers, with the accompaniment of a couple of beers, to feel completely at home.
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    世論 What Japan Thinks

  • Japanese’ worst drunken moments

    Ken Y-N
    20 Jul 2014 | 10:19 am
    I’m back with more nonsense from goo Ranking, taking a look at the most horrible drunken incidents they have experienced. Demographics Between the 27th and 30th of June 2014, 500 members of not the goo Research monitor group, but instead a company named iBridge, more specifically their Research Plus monitor group, completed a private internet-based questionnaire. The sample was exactly 50:50 male and female, and rather than award 100 points to the top answer, they chose to report the results as a percentage of the total. I guess the drunken train sprawl is too commonplace to feature in…
  • Bad stuff other people do on the internet

    Ken Y-N
    22 Jun 2014 | 7:59 am
    goo Ranking recently published a survey looking at what internet-based actions by other people might be considered bad behaviour. Demographics The survey was conducted between the 26th and 28th of March 2014, and 1,088 people completed a private web-based questionnaire. I have finally found where they hid the demographic information, so I can also inform you that 52.6% of the sample were female, 22.2% in their teens, 25.7% in their twenties, 26.5% in their thirties, and 25.6% in their forties. Note that the score in the results refers to the relative number of votes for each option, not a…
  • Knocking big knockers

    Ken Y-N
    15 Jun 2014 | 9:58 am
    goo Ranking took a look at big breasts, specifically the problems with them. Demographics The survey was conducted between the 26th and 28th of March 2014, and 1,048 people completed a private web-based questionnaire. Note that the score in the results refers to the relative number of votes for each option, not a percentage of the total sample. I think the survey was for the women in the sample only, but it is not clear from the description. A fine pair of knockers yesterday: I translated this survey in the first person, but non-big-breasted people also answered. Ranking result Q: What are…
  • Japanese expectations for the World Cup

    Ken Y-N
    14 Jun 2014 | 8:39 am
    With Japan about to kick-off their World Cup tournament playing Cote D’Ivoire in just over seven hours time, I just have time to squeeze in this survey from @nifty looking at people’s expectations for the World Cup. Demographics Between the 30th of May and the 5th of June 2014 4,694 members of the @nifty service completed a private internet-based questionnaire. No further demographics were provided. I’m probably going to watch the match tomorrow morning, although I might just have to listen in on audio as Sunday morning is my vacuuming time. For the final match against…
  • Facebook clickbait Japanese cannot resist

    Ken Y-N
    8 Jun 2014 | 9:14 am
    goo Ranking had another fun survey, this time looking at what dodgy link topics on SNS’s people end up clicking on. Demographics The survey was conducted between the 26th and 28th of March 2014, and 1,048 people completed a private web-based questionnaire. Note that the score in the results refers to the relative number of votes for each option, not a percentage of the total sample. Sadly, “Translations of dodgy link topics” does not feature on the list. Ranking result Q: What dodgy link topics on SNS’s do you end up clicking on? (Sample size=1,048) Rank   Score 1…
 
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    Skeptikai

  • The Psychology of Studying – Writing vs. Typing Your Notes

    Ryo
    13 Jul 2014 | 11:50 pm
    When it comes to studying, time is a major issue. For students with a high volume of information to study, cramming is sometimes required. For example, medical students don’t have the luxury of time to study one subject and absolutely … Continue reading →
  • Wanna Be a Doctor? You Need Psychology – Guide to the new MCAT

    Ryo
    23 Jun 2014 | 7:16 pm
    Psychology has finally become recognized as an study necessary to become a doctor, according to the non-profit organization AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges). This has ramifications for the rest of the world, as its famous medical exam – the MCAT … Continue reading →
  • Read a Bible, Become an Atheist (in That Order)

    Ryo
    9 May 2014 | 5:18 am
    Atheists and Christians may not agree on everything, but one thing is certain: They want you to read the bible. When I first decided to write this article, I was planning to compare quotes about why a Christian and an atheist … Continue reading →
  • Did I Just Lose my Blogger’s Virginity?

    Ryo
    5 Feb 2014 | 7:29 am
    Forgive me father, for I have sinned. I took the words of a fellow Christian in an article I wrote almost a year ago without permission. Plagiarism? Such blasphemy would not escape my fingers, no. Linking to the very page the … Continue reading →
  • Edward Snowden: A Man of Peace

    Ryo
    30 Jan 2014 | 8:22 am
    Edward Snowden has just been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize – an award that has certainly lost credibility because of some of the recent recipients, including U.S. President Obama. Snowden is a man who gave up his cozy life … Continue reading →
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  • Nagano Winter 2014 Day 16

    Chad
    15 Jul 2014 | 7:35 am
    Woke up to our first morning at Yudanaka Onsen with a filling breakfast that had been prepared for us which we enjoyed thoroughly. After, we’d get ready and head out to the station to book tickets for a mountain bus up towards the ski slopes at the nearby Shiga Kogen. We’ll be spending the rest of the day at one of the many ski resorts here, which were previously used to hold the 1998 Winter Olympics. Breakfast was prepared by the time we woke up. Buses to Shiga Kogen leave once every hour from Yudanaka so we were sure to leave the inn on time. Tickets for the next bus could be…
  • Nagano Winter 2014 Day 15

    Chad
    5 Jul 2014 | 4:22 am
    We were finally headed over to Nagano today. Since the cities cease to operate during the New Year, the lot of us would be spending the holidays over at a traditional resort in the northern snow covered Japanese alps. On our 3 day itinerary was a nice onsen ryokan stay, skiing, and a visit to wtiness the famous hot spring monkeys. Been wanting to visit the Japanese alps for years after learning of the Tateyama Kurobe Snow Route, but unfortunately the snow route was only open during Spring. We had initially hoped to visit Shirakawago or Ainokura as well to stay at one of the grass…
  • Hakkeijima Winter 2014 Day 14

    Chad
    30 Jun 2014 | 1:33 am
    Today we’d visit Hakkeijima Sea Paradise for the first time. Been wanting to visit here for years, but its out of the way location at the south east corner of Yokohama meant that I’ve never found the chance. Hakkeijima is an entire theme park island which combines ride attractions with a number of aquariums, restaurants and shops. What makes Hakkeijima unique is that its completely free to enter, though you will have to purchase passes if you wish to make use of the various attractions. Hakkeijima Sea Paradise is highly popular with local families looking for an affordable place…
  • Tokyo Winter 2014 Day 13

    Chad
    20 Jun 2014 | 9:56 pm
    While many of our readers tend to have concerts already in mind when visiting Japan, for different reasons each year, we often have to leave it up to fate for events to clash on the days we happen to be there. This year, we weren’t so fortunate with concerts or theater ballots and the only event which we’d make was at the eastern suburbs of Tokyo, where Avex’s flagship idol project SUPER☆GiRLS were having a free mini-live event. In the morning, picked up the JR Tokunai Pass which gives unlimited rides on JR train lines within Tokyo for 1 day for just 730 yen. It would…
  • STGCC 2014 Announced

    Chad
    18 Jun 2014 | 9:11 pm
    The dates for this year’s Singapore Toy Game and Comic Convention are out! Singapore’s largest comics convention returns for the weekend of 6th and 7th September 2014 and is set to once again bring a wide range of guests and attractions to satisfy a variety of hobbies. The first wave of guests were also announced last week which includes new faces such as Threadless’s Alex Solis, and Humberto Ramos the acclaimed artist of the newly relaunched Amazing Spider-Man series. From Japan, the trio of Akihabara anime, games and VOCALOID DJs INU, D.Watt and sasakure. UK…
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    Lets Japan

  • 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…
  • McDonald’s gives more pickles, onions, ketchup free on request

    MW
    15 Apr 2014 | 8:40 am
    McDonald’s in Japan is giving extra condiments free to customers who request the extras at the time of ordering. The items on the so-called “Back Menu” include pickles, onions, ketchup, tartar sauce (for the Filet-O-Fish sandwich) and teriyaki sauce (for the Teriyaki burger.) The Back Menu is not advertised and there is no information about the free extra toppings in McDonald’s stores. Word that McDonald’s will add more condiments upon request is spreading via twitter. Normally there is one pickle slice on a McDonald’s hamburger. Customers can get two…
  • Fat gal marshmallow girls are chubby idols

    MW
    18 Dec 2013 | 1:38 am
    A "chubby chubby boom" of popular fat female celebrities in Japan has led to the debut of Japan’s first fashion magazine for plus-sized women. The chubby lady models of La Farfa magazine are called "Marshmallow girls."   A new idol group of heavyset female models/spokespersons called "Chubbiness" has been assembled by CanCam woman’s magazine and Avex entertainment company. The average weight of the gals in the group is 55 kilograms (121 pounds.) Anyone who drops below 50 kilograms (120 pounds)  will be fired from the group.   Big, sexy,…
 
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    The Japanofiles Podcast

  • Episode 61

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

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

    Japanofiles
    24 Apr 2014 | 5:43 pm
    Kevin Leahy, a long-time Matsumoto resident, revisits the Japanofiles Podcast to talk a little about his work as teacher and as translator of the popular Vampire Hunter D novels, and then to explain his favorite pastime.
  • Episode 58

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

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

  • Mobile Game for Learning Japanese Kanji – Kanjilicious on Kickstarter

    Jenny
    8 Jul 2014 | 7:04 pm
    I am all for education and as an enthusiast for Asian culture, I truly believe that learning a language also allows one to get a better understanding of a culture. For all of you who have thought about learning Japanese kanji, but never got around to it or thought it was too difficult, have a look at this. This is a project on Kickstarter called Kanjilicious – a mobile game for learning Japanese Kanji. This won’t become a reality until they reach their funding goal and you can part of this exciting project. Although I can speak Japanese fluently, my reading and writing skills are…
  • Are High Ceilings Better than Low Ceilings?

    Jenny
    9 May 2014 | 3:15 pm
    High ceilings bring about a sense of grandeur.  Ballrooms, theaters, arenas, cathedrals, and castles all come to mind.  These are all public spaces but how do high ceilings feel in a residential setting?  How do you feel in a home with a tall ceiling?  Are you impressed?  Do you feel cold? Many people rave about high ceilings, thinking that they are always better than low ceilings.   Loft spaces with 12′ ceilings and higher may look cool and expansive, but from a design perspective, it’s not easy to work with.  As in all design, it just depends on the situation.  Often…
  • The Asian Philosophy of Nature as a Lifestyle

    Jenny
    29 Apr 2014 | 10:37 am
    As a student of Master Hsu, I’ve come to appreciate Asian philosophy more and more.  It has become part of my lifestyle.  It affects how I think, live, and feel. In his teachings Dr. Hsu always tells me, “nature has all the answers.”  Well, okay, I understood the words, but it didn’t really mean much.  How does it relate to my problems?  my life? my family? I didn’t really get it. Now, close to ten years have gone by.   I’m finally beginning to understand what he means.  Yes, you read that right, it’s ten years!  It’s rather embarrassing…
  • 2014 Pantone Color of the Year – Radiant Orchid

    Jenny
    25 Apr 2014 | 3:53 pm
    Spring is here and I’m finally feeling Pantone’s color of the year – Radiant Orchid.  It’s fresh and uplifting.  However, I would prefer to call it a clean, intense lavender.  By clean, I mean it’s not muddied, there is no strong influence of yellow, red, blue, or black.  Maybe it’s just me, but the name, radiant orchids, brings to mind a deeper red undertone, producing a magenta or purple-red.  It isn’t meshing with my feelings.  So much for my color analysis. This intense lavender,  is sharp, clear and refreshing.  It feels like spring, a…
  • Ukranian Easter Eggs

    Jenny
    21 Apr 2014 | 11:20 am
    Hope you all had a Happy Easter! Although, I am not a practicing Christian any longer, I do love the symbolism and traditions of all cultures.  Traditionally, eggs are a symbol of birth, new beginnings, and fertility.  Today, my dear Ukrainian friend Taras, sent me their beautifully decorated Easter Eggs. They are absolutely gorgeous and creative, and made me so happy, I had to share them with everyone.  Wishing everyone new beginnings and thank you Taras!
 
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    Japan Real Time

  • Tokyo Governor Seeks Better Ties With Seoul

    Alexander Martin
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:02 am
    Tokyo Gov. Yoichi Masuzoe arrived in Seoul on Wednesday for a three-day trip aimed at thawing frosty ties between Japan and South Korea through "city-to-city diplomacy."
  • Korean Battle Movie Gets Tailwind From Diplomatic Spat With Japan

    Jeyup S. Kwaak
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:52 am
    In 2011, South Korean director Kim han-min made the year’s highest-grossing movie, based on the tale of 17th-century Korean warriors battling Chinese invaders. His next period film turns cannons against a Japanese naval incursion and is likely to find a favorable reception amid increasing animosity against Korea’s neighbor to the east.
  • Japan Sees Record Number of Foreign Travelers

    Jun Hongo
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:43 am
    The Japan National Tourist Organization on Wednesday said 6.26 million travelers from overseas visited Japan during the first half of 2014, a pace that puts the nation on track to shatter the annual record of 10.4 million visitors reached last year.
  • Asian Startups Field Interest From Japan Investors

    Mayumi Negishi
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:54 pm
    To understand the interest Asian technology companies are drawing from Japanese investors, listen to Tomas Laboutka, chief executive of Hong Kong-based startup HotelQuickly.
  • ‘Frozen’ Shatters Records in Japan

    Moeko Fujii
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:43 pm
    Released to Japanese audiences in March, the popularity of Disney's "Frozen" is at its peak. The movie topped the country's box office for 16 straight weeks and its Academy Award-winning song “Let It Go” seems to be on an almost constant loop on TV screens, in karaoke rooms and as background music in convenience stores.
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    GaijinPot

  • 6 Things To Know About Teaching Private Lessons

    Mark Guthrie
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:42 am
    While teaching English in Japan no longer reaches the heady financial peaks it once did, it is still a pretty good way to earn a living. However, whether it be to counteract a weakening yen, pay off university debts, or to simply go out and buy something pretty, many teachers find ways of adding to their earnings. Perhaps one of the best ways to do this is taking on private lessons. There are plenty of students desperate to find a good, reliable one-on-one teacher and, thanks to private teaching’s intimate nature of close contact and personal discussion, private students can soon become…
  • The Top 5 Konbini Countdown

    Rebecca Quin
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:21 pm
    Ah the Japanese convenience store. Is there any greater, artificially-lit 24h heaven-on-earth than this? Convenience stores are what got me through my first two years in Japan. They had food that I could understand and that didn’t look like it was trying to talk to me (I’m looking at you – marinated cuttlefish); ATMs for when my bank randomly closed at 4pm; and erasers, shampoo and photocopying services in case I wanted to cover up a crime scene. In fact, convenience stores are so convenient that they are even called ‘konbini’ so you don’t have to waste time pronouncing those…
  • Team Up With HandsOn Tokyo

    Cynthia Popper
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:39 pm
    Here’s the situation: you’re an expat worker bee with a bit of free time. You’d like to do something to help your fellow man in Tokyo, but want to flex your sports/arts/outdoorsy muscles and be a part of the change. Where do you go? What do you do? How do you have fun and help out those who need it? HandsOn Tokyo, that’s how. A non-profit that’s been around since 2006, HandsOn Tokyo brings foreign residents and local folks together to work on a variety of charitable and social issues. There’s a wide variety of events and activities available: bowling, basketball, onigiri making,…
  • Why Do The Japanese Love Kawaii Culture?

    Yumi Nakata
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:03 am
    Japan is heaven if you are into all things cute. It is the Mecca of kawaii culture! I am one of those typical Japanese girls who has a cute iPhone case, cute handbag, Hello Kitty accessories etc. Since I hardly see cute stuff in America, I get overly excited whenever I go to a local Japanese supermarket. Cuteness is everywhere in Japan. When I visited my friends and sisters apartments, they decorated their rooms with all sorts of cute items. Their toothbrush holder had a cute mascot attached to it, my sister had different kinds of cute stuffed animal displayed on her piano. I love it but I…
  • Fukuoka Avispa: A Taste Of Japan’s Soccer Culture

    James Darnbrook
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:44 am
    Like thousands of people in Japan, for me the last month has been a period of waking up crazily early or going to bed crazily late. This was all so that I could watch as many World Cup Soccer games as I could. But now the final game has been played and the tournament is over. I’m upset, I want more, and if you’re anything like me, maybe you do too! Thankfully, Japan’s soccer season is in full swing and that makes the country’s stadiums the perfect place to get your soccer fix, or the perfect place to try watching soccer for the first time! Fukuoka’s soccer team is called the Fukuoka…
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  • TPP Won’t Include Monetary Policy, But Tsuruoka Suggests It Should Be In The Future

    Stephen Stapczynski
    20 Jul 2014 | 10:25 am
    Koji Tsuruoka, Chief Negotiator for the TPP On July 15th, Koji Tsuruoka, Japan’s chief negotiator for the Trans-Pacific Partnership, theoretically asked at the CIGS-EHESS日仏財団 International Symposium: “Why aren’t monetary and fiscal policies subject to economic partnership agreements?” By monetary policy, he is referring to strategies used by central banks, like the implementation of quantitative easing to guide currency and control lending rates.  Having returned from TPP negotiations in Ottawa and Washington DC a week before, he notes “this is a question we may be…
  • The LDP Lost in Shiga Because of Their Stance on Nuclear Power, Not Collective Self-Defense

    Stephen Stapczynski
    16 Jul 2014 | 5:22 pm
    Mikazuki with Kada by his side partying like its 1999. (Source: Asahi Shimbun) On July 13th, Taizo Mikasuki won Shiga prefecture’s gubernatorial election by a little more than 10,000 votes, beating out Takashi Koyari, who was backed by the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and had served as an adviser to the Abe Cabinet. Many political pundits thought that Koyari – a former Economy Trade and Industry Ministry official — would win the election because the LDP and its coalition partner, New Komeito, secured more than half of the votes in the prefecture during the Upper House election…
  • The Man Behind the Sobs: The Tale of Ryutaro Nonomura

    Stephen Stapczynski
    10 Jul 2014 | 9:58 pm
    On July 1st, Japanese local politician Ryutaro Nonomura held a press conference to provide explanation for his suspected misuse of over 3 million yen. During the three hour address, Nonomura broke down in tears, wailing uncontrollably and obviously trying his hardest to become an internet meme. A television channel recorded Nonomura’s tantrum and had the brilliant idea of posting it on the internet. Just like Gangnam Style, the video broke into western media, and is being covered by nearly every channel, newspaper, and blog (around the world). But who is this 47-year-old Hyogo Prefectural…
  • The New Japan-Australia Trade Agreement is Yet Another Weak Japanese FTA

    Stephen Stapczynski
    9 Jul 2014 | 11:29 pm
    Abe Showing Abbott All The Industries Exempt From the New FTA (Source: Thanhnien News) Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told Australia’s parliament on Tuesday that the two nations were about to launch into a “special relationship” with the ratification of two long-awaited agreements. Abe and his Australian counterpart, Tony Abbott, agreed to sign off on the transfer of military equipment and technology (which I wrote about a few weeks back), as well as a long-awaited free-trade agreement (FTA) dubbed the Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement (JAEPA). The FTA signed…
  • Lifting of Ban on Collective Self-Defense Won’t Change Geopolitics in Asia-Pacific

    Stephen Stapczynski
    8 Jul 2014 | 8:54 pm
    Japan Self Defense Forces Visiting Yasukuni Shrine Last week Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s cabinet approved a plan that effectively cleared the way for the government to reinterpret the constitution to allow Japan’s Self-Defense Forces to engage in collective self-defense (CSD) under special conditions. Although the decision wasn’t unexpected, it came after weeks of intense discussions between the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and their coalition partner, the New Komeito Party, which has been reluctant about expanding the role of the military. The Japanese public seems split on whether…
 
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