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  • Drunken toilet FAILs of the Japanese

    世論 What Japan Thinks
    Ken Y-N
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:30 am
    I’ve not had a failure ranking for a while, so here’s a rather good one from goo Ranking looking at what toilet-related failures people have had while drunk. Demographics goo Rankings asked iBRIDGE’s Research Plus to conduct this survey, where between the 18th and 20th of August 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. Looking at the list, I don’t need to be drunk to do number 5, and as for number 6, back in my student days I got locked…
  • Tsunami-hit Miyagi mulls casino to hasten recovery

    The Japan Times: News & Business
    Ritsuko Ando
    25 Oct 2014 | 2:40 am
    Business and political leaders in the northeast are betting on a casino as the brightest hope to speed reconstruction in a region battered by the devastating 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Supporters... Read more ...
  • Fujitsu Builds New Communications Platform to Transform Work Style for Kaga Electronics

    JCN Newswire
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:38 am
    Kaga Electronics Co., Ltd. and Fujitsu Limited today announced that 14 Kaga Electronics' locations in Japan have commenced use of an upgraded communications platform built by Fujitsu for the company when it transferred its headquarters in March 2014.
  • Japanese government censorship on World War II crimes

    Japan News
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:35 pm
    Three Japanese ministers visited the notorious Yasukuni Shrine on Saturday, continuing the push by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's right-wing government to revive militarism and whitewash the war crimes committed by the Japanese army during World War II. Saturday's visit came a day after 110 lawmakers went to the shrine.
  • 'Mandala' Buddhist paintings rarely seen by public set to go on display

    News On Japan
    25 Oct 2014 | 9:16 am
    Two rarely shown painted "mandala" that depict the Buddhist universe will go on public display at Toji temple, a World Heritage site, on Oct. 31. (Asahi)
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    The Japan Times: News & Business

  • Tsunami-hit Miyagi mulls casino to hasten recovery

    Ritsuko Ando
    25 Oct 2014 | 2:40 am
    Business and political leaders in the northeast are betting on a casino as the brightest hope to speed reconstruction in a region battered by the devastating 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Supporters... Read more ...
  • Fukuda, Xi plan second meeting at Boao Forum in Beijing

    25 Oct 2014 | 2:36 am
    Former Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda will meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping next Wednesday in Beijing, diplomatic sources said. As chairman of the nongovernmental Boao Forum for Asia, Fukuda will... Read more ...
  • Can hydrogen drive a society?

    25 Oct 2014 | 2:04 am
    With the better-known renewable sources of energy, another relatively clean form of energy transfer and storage is being explored in Japan and deserves continued support — hydrogen fuel... Read more ...
  • School bullying on the increase

    25 Oct 2014 | 2:02 am
    Bullying and violence increased in Japanese schools, particularly for younger students, in fiscal 2013, although better reporting of incidents explains some of the increase over the previous... Read more ...
  • World’s rapidly expanding millionaire club

    Robert Samuelson
    25 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Time was that "being a millionaire" was a mark of unimaginable success. Not anymore. The post World’s rapidly expanding millionaire club appeared first on The Japan Times. Read more ...
 
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    Japan News

  • Japanese government censorship on World War II crimes

    24 Oct 2014 | 4:35 pm
    Three Japanese ministers visited the notorious Yasukuni Shrine on Saturday, continuing the push by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's right-wing government to revive militarism and whitewash the war crimes committed by the Japanese army during World War II. Saturday's visit came a day after 110 lawmakers went to the shrine.
  • Japan warns of increased activity at volcano near nuclear plant

    24 Oct 2014 | 1:02 am
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  • Japan - 1965

    23 Oct 2014 | 9:11 pm
    In 1965 Charlene Farnsworth and her parents embarked on an adventure that is not uncommon today, but rather unique at that time - a world tour, including the Orient. Moreover, the ladies did their traveling in dresses and high heels, and the Japanese bullet train, Shinkansen, was only a year old.
  • A2-B-C, The Truth about Fukushima in a New Film by Ian Thomas Ash

    23 Oct 2014 | 5:17 pm
    Three years after Japan's worst nuclear meltdown in history, life in Fukushima, Japan has returned to normal. If normal means epidemic numbers of children routinely suffering severe nose bleeds, skin rashes, thyroid cysts and nodules, all common side effects of radiation poisoning.
  • China accuses US of damaging regional stability with Japan defense radar

    23 Oct 2014 | 1:23 pm
    China accused the United States of undermining stability in the Asia-Pacific region by positioning an X-band missile defense radar in Kyoto, Japan. The statement highlights simmering tensions over a small, disputed archipelago in the East China Sea.
 
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    Osaka News

  • Mazda2 wins Japan’s COTY 201415

    24 Oct 2014 | 11:31 pm
    THE newly-launched fourth generation Mazda2 compact hatchback has been named Japan's Car of the Year (COTY) 2014/2015. The award comes ahead of the model's European debut scheduled for next ...
  • Japans Machida wins Skate America short program

    24 Oct 2014 | 11:29 pm
    HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. (AP) Jason Brown was all revved up, ready to put on a show for his home crowd. <br>It didn't quite work out. <br>Brown fell early in his routine, and ...
  • Japanese Cabinet pick again under fire

    24 Oct 2014 | 11:24 pm
    <br>Japan's trade minister was under renewed pressure on Friday over his stake in the company that operates the Fukushima nuclear plant he oversees, just a day after admitting his ...
  • Japan US key to end TPP deadlock

    24 Oct 2014 | 11:23 pm
    With another round of ministerial talks starting Saturday in Sydney, the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade talks are entering their final phase with the aim of reaching a broad agreement by the ...
  • Airports to screen travelers for visits to Ebola-hit nations

    24 Oct 2014 | 11:16 pm
    <br>Japan will check the recent travel histories of all people arriving at international airports in the country to identify those who have visited Ebola-affected West African countries, the ...
 
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    Néojaponisme

  • Misruptions / Disruptions

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

    nj@neojaponisme.com
    8 Oct 2014 | 3:15 pm
    The “regent” pompadour has been the go-to hairstyle for Japanese delinquents for more than eight decades. W. David Marx looks at how the infamous coiffure got its pseudo-English name and morphed from slick imitation of British royalty to fluffy blond biker parody. In Japanese, the riizento (リーゼント) — written in English as “regent” — describes a men’s hairstyle where the sides are slicked back and top is left long and put up over the head in a pompadour. The term encompasses anything from the refined look of Ginza cocktail bartenders to the wild do’s of Hamburg-era…
  • Japanese Economic Mythbusting

    nj@neojaponisme.com
    14 Jan 2014 | 4:30 pm
    We interview Noah Smith, finance professor at Stony Brook university and economics blogger, on lingering misperceptions of the Japanese economy and what is going to happen with Abenomics. Noah Smith is a finance professor at Stony Brook university in New York. He blogs at Noahpinion and writes for several magazines about economics and public policy. Before he went to grad school, Noah lived in Osaka for two and a half years. He now works two months out of the year in Japan, doing research with professors at Keio, Aoyama Gakuin, and Osaka University. MYTHS OF THE JAPANESE ECONOMY Can you help…
  • The Year 2013 in Japan

    nj@neojaponisme.com
    27 Dec 2013 | 4:30 pm
    2013: A New Hope / W. David MARX This website shall reward no high fives to Prime Minister Abe Shinzō (especially after his Yasukuni visit), but we will admit that the Abe Regime Redux successfully implanted a hypnotic suggestion, both in Japan and overseas, that the Japanese economy may be heading towards its long-awaited recovery. Looky, looky — the Nikkei cracked 16,000! Of course the skepticism index grows in parallel. Normal Japanese people suspect that the Abenomics momentum will not deliver higher wages, and herein lies a threat of serious sugar crash. At no time was the air more…
  • RIP Yanase Takashi

    nj@neojaponisme.com
    20 Oct 2013 | 5:30 pm
    Néojaponisme Literature Editor Matt Treyvaud steps back to examine the basic themes of beloved Japanese children’s character Anpanman on the death of its original creator. Yanase Takashi, creator of Anpanman, passed away on October 13 at the age of 94. Today, Anpanman stands at the center of a vast mandala of characters and stories, crisply drawn and intricately differentiated. The original books published in the 1970s, however — the Pali canon of Anpanman, if you will — bear no resemblance to any of this. The art is shockingly crude, and the villains have little in common…
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    Joi Ito's Web

  • Why I joined PureTech

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

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

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

  • 14 Oct 2014 | 5:18 pm

    Patrick Macias
    14 Oct 2014 | 5:18 pm
    Trying to wonder now what good it all did me. Still here in this place where I have to test it out every day. Hand out the window, neighbors wondering what’s wrong. We never ask, we never see each other. Running from sidewalk to doorway. Inverted giant triangle pointed downwards like sword point at the park, diorama sized palace where the empress lives only a few blocks away. Probably just playing a TV game, lost in SNS bullshit, giving half-attention to someone in the same room, getting older, waiting until the wrinkles around your eyes expand into frowns, upset at the fact that you are…
  • Happy Price

    Patrick Macias
    12 Oct 2014 | 10:32 am
    Sharp Fox Face. She is walking past ruins of burnt building behind koban, moving away from Basketball Street and towards Spain zaka and from there points unknown. Pinpoint vector lines connecting motion of muscle tissue to cloud shapes overhead. Giant hands in the sky above cupping the Yamanote line below, maintaining the tiny gardens with mass humidity, the moisture coming from you and me as we work ourselves to get on and off the trains to take us to department stores escalators, lines for theme cafes, fast food places with foreign staff, stuff to look and buy on an endless gauntlet…
  • How we spent our summer vacation

    Patrick Macias
    2 Oct 2014 | 11:03 am
    Paranoia Girls launched a few weeks ago and we are three pages in. English and Japanese versions are available. All hail artist Yunico Uchiyama for making my psychedelic suburban surrealist daydreams a semi-reality.    I fulfilled a freelance fantasy of mine and started writing for MTV81. My latest piece for them is on THE BLOCK PARADE's epic all night club event. Read here.   I guess I am featured on the extras for the Target Exclusive Blu-ray / DVD of GODZILA (2014). Keep in mind that I was interviewed *before* I saw the film...
  • 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.
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    Japan Economy Watch

  • Is Japan Back In Recession?

    Edward Hugh
    8 Oct 2014 | 8:39 am
    “People should seriously consider that Japan’s economy may have fallen into recession despite the weaker yen and a stock rally from the BOJ’s easing and the flexible fiscal policy by Abe’s administration,” said Maiko Noguchi, senior economist at Daiwa Securities. “Initial expectations that the economy could withstand the negative effects of a sales tax hike through a virtuous circle seem to be
  • 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
 
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    Culture Japan - Your portal to Japan - Posts

  • Halloween Anime

    danny
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:40 pm
    Nope - not a post on the current season of anime but I could not think of a better title for this post ^o^ Tis that time of year when folks get dressed up as spooky ghouls n ghosts n witches and wot not. Looks like Mirai and the gang are up to some Halloween shenanigans too. I've uploaded the 3000px x 3000px high res original images to Flickr (PNG with transparency) for you to make cards, cutouts, stickers, T-shirts etc for the festive season - use them as you wish but for non-commercial reasons please >< If you do make cool stuff then upload photos of it with the hashtag #MiraiSuenaga…
  • MoeManga 00F: Kizuna Yumeno

    danny
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:37 pm
    *Kizuna is often also referred to as Kizuna-chan, where "-chan" is a suffix which expresses that the speaker finds the person endearing. MoeManga Japanese Learning Here are some of the keywords you may want to remember for your Japanese studies. 友達 [ともだち (tomodachi)] - friend. ライバル [raibaru] - rival. 新た・新しい [あらた・あたらしい (arata・atarashii)] - new. Note how the reading of the kanji "新" changes depending on the hiragana that comes after it. "新た"is a na-adjective, while 新しい is an i-adjective. 党首 [とうしゅ (toushu)] - leader.
  • My First Visit To Japan

    danny
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:54 am
    Born and raised in the UK, I fell in love with Japan towards the end of the eighties and discovered a culture that was to change my life forever. My first contact with Japanese culture was through anime (specifically Macross) and games (specifically Strider for the Mega Drive). I started to self study Japanese and as I was doing so discovered that Japan was not just about anime and games but was also a rich culture that had so much to explore and learn. I saved up enough money through my part time jobs which enabled me to visit Japan every year in the Summer to absorb the culture - each visit…
  • Bhinneka X Mirai Suenaga

    danny
    6 Oct 2014 | 10:26 pm
    On the scale of Amazon.com, Bhinneka - one of Indonesia's largest (if not *the* largest) E-commerce websites has chosen our mascot Mirai Suenaga to be the ambassador for some of the Japanese products that they carry. Mirai is Future!The intro page features illustrations by our resident illustrator Ikkyuu-sensei and designed by our Creative Director Linus Lim.Mirai introduces product lines such as Computers & Peripherals, Toys n Collectibles......Musical Instruments and Photography too. More products and product lines to come.Some blurb about Mirai - for folks who don't know who she is…
  • 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…
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    japan running news

  • Plans Announced to Move Yokohama International Women's Marathon to Saitama With Mass-Participation Race

    Brett Larner
    25 Oct 2014 | 7:10 am
    http://www.hochi.co.jp/sports/etc/20141024-OHT1T50300.html translated by Brett Larner On Oct. 24 it was announced that plans are in their final stages for a successor event to the Yokohama International Women's Marathon, facing its final running on Nov. 16, to be held in Saitama beginning next year.  The new event is planned as a joint operation between the Saitama metropolitan and Saitama
  • Yokohama International Women's Marathon to be Discontinued After November's Sixth Running

    Brett Larner
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:20 am
    http://www.sanspo.com/sports/news/20141022/ath14102221220003-n1.html translated and edited by Brett Larner On Oct. 22 the organizers of the Nov. 16 Yokohama International Women's Marathon revealed that the event, jointly operated by the JAAF and the Asahi Newspaper group, will be discontinued after this year's sixth running due to ongoing financial difficulties with the race.  As a continuation
  • Comparing the Incomparable: The Wisconsin adidas Invitational Cross-Country Meet and the Hakone Ekiden Yosenkai 20 km Road Race

    Brett Larner
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:07 am
    by Brett Larner videos by sk002000 and naoki620 The world's two leading university men's distance running systems each held some of their fall seasons' major events this weekend.  In the U.S.A.'s NCAA, 36 university teams lined up at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational 8 km cross-country meet, with other top teams competing at the Pre-Nats meet later in the weekend.  In Japan's KGRR, the 11th
  • Ngandu Repeats at Takashimadaira 20 km

    Brett Larner
    19 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    http://www.nikkansports.com/sports/athletics/news/f-sp-tp0-20141019-1384249.html translated by Brett Larner 1229 people ran in the 39th edition of the Takashimadaira Nikkan Sports Road Race Oct. 19 on a 5 km loop course in Takashimadaira, Tokyo.  In the men's open division, last year's winner Benjamin Ngandu (23, Team Monteroza) ran solo from the first lap to defend his title in 1:00:01.  His
  • Feeling Free Despite Hate Mail Burying Him at Work, Kawauchi Wins Chiba Aqualine Half

    Brett Larner
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:03 am
    http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20141019-00000091-spnannex-spo translated by Brett Larner Enough with the hate mail.  Marathoner Yuki Kawauchi (27, Saitama Pref. Gov't) returned to the Chiba Aqualine Marathon, where he is the course record holder, to run its half marathon on Oct. 19, winning in 1:04:22 and beating 2nd place by more than 5 minutes.  "I had fun today!  I was grinning the whole
 
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    Reuters: ワールド

  • 米NY空港で21日間の隔離措置義務付け、全医療従事者など対象

    24 Oct 2014 | 11:14 pm
    [ニューヨーク 24日 ロイター] - エボラ出血熱の感染国から米ニューヨーク(NY)の空港に入国するすべての医療従事者などに21日間の隔離措置が義務付けられることになった。
  • 北朝鮮、ミサイル搭載可能な核弾頭製造能力ある=在韓米軍司令官

    24 Oct 2014 | 4:26 pm
    [ワシントン 24日 ロイター] - スカパロッティ在韓米軍司令官は24日、北朝鮮は弾道ミサイルに搭載可能な核弾頭を製造できる能力を有しているとの見方を示した。国防総省での会見で述べた。ただ、こうした見方を裏付ける証拠があるわけではないとした。
  • エボラ熱二次感染の米看護師、2人目も完治 

    24 Oct 2014 | 1:10 pm
    [24日 ロイター] - 米アトランタ市内のエモリー大学病院は24日、米国でエボラ出血熱に二次感染した2人目の看護師、アンバー・ビンソンさんが完治したと明らかにした。
  • 核協議なくして駐留軍縮小検討せず=米国務長官

    24 Oct 2014 | 1:06 pm
    [ワシントン 24日 ロイター] - 米国のケリー国務長官は24日、朝鮮半島に駐留する米軍について、北朝鮮との核開発プログラムの終了に向けた信頼の置ける協議なくしては、規模縮小の検討は時期尚早との考えを示した。
  • イスラム国に塩素ガス使用疑惑、米調査中=国務長官

    24 Oct 2014 | 12:56 pm
    [ワシントン 24日 ロイター] - 米国のケリー国務長官は24日、イラクとシリアの一部を支配するイスラム過激派組織「イスラム国」がイラクの治安部隊に対し塩素ガスを使用したとの報道について、政府が調査を進めていることを明らかにした。
 
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    SourceForge.JP Magazine

  • Appleの新言語「Swift」をオープンソースで実装するプロジェクトがスタート、GNUStepの開発者も参加

    末岡洋子
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:26 pm
     米Appleが今年発表したプログラミング言語「Swift」をオープンソースで実装するプロジェクト「Phoenix」が立ち上がった。オープンソース実装を用意することで、iOSとMac OS X以外でのSwiftの利用を可能にすることを目指す。 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 プログラミング言語 関連記事米Appleが開発言語「Swift 1.0」を発表、iOS向け開発環境が正式版という位置付けに 「GNUstep LiveCD 2.0」が登場 米280…
  • Webブラウザを内蔵した「Emacs 24.4」リリース

    末岡洋子
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:27 pm
     テキストエディタEmacsの開発チームは10月20日、最新版となる「GNU Emacs 24.4」をリリースした。Webブラウザ機能の内蔵などの新機能が加わっている。 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EmacsのマルチメディアプレイヤーEmmsが7年ぶりに最新版をリリース バージョン24系初となる正式版「Emacs 24.1」リリース、パッケージ管理システムの導入などが行われる EmacsでGPL違反が発覚、Stallman氏曰く「悪い間違いを犯した」…
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    admin@sourceforge.jp
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:27 pm
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  • 「OpenStack 2014.2 Juno」公開、データ処理サービス「Sahara」が正式版に

    末岡洋子
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:22 pm
     オープンソースのクラウド基盤「OpenStack」の開発母体であるOpenStack Foundationは10月16日、最新版となる「OpenStack 2014.2」(開発コード「Juno」)をリリースした。データ処理サービス「Sahara」プロジェクトが正式プロジェクトとなり、ネットワーク仮想化機能「NFV」の初期サポートも加わっている。 ニュース オープンソース デベロッパー グリッド/クラウド 末岡洋子 関連記事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…
  • 米Docker、コンテナオーケストレーションツール「Fig 1.0」をリリース

    末岡洋子
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:49 pm
     米Dockerは10月17日、Dockerと組み合わせて利用するオーケストレーションツール「Fig 1.0」をリリースした。初のメジャーリリースとなり、Dockerとの統合が強化されている。 ニュース オープンソース デベロッパー 仮想化 管理/監視 末岡洋子 関連記事Linuxコンテナ技術のDockerがついに正式版に、「Docker 1.0」リリース Docker管理を容易に、オープンソースの管理ツール「Panamax」が登場 米Red Hatが「RHEL 6.5」を発表――Docker対応、仮想化KVMも強化…
 
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    IDEA*IDEA

  • 『Androidでメモアプリを作ろう (全24回)』をドットインストールに追加しました #dotinstall

    taguchi
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:03 am
    シンプルに作ったはずが全24回になってしまいましたが汗、『Androidでメモアプリを作ろう』をドットインストールに追加しました。 ↑ Javaでガシガシ書いていきます。 » Androidでメモアプリを作ろう (全24回) – プログラミングならドットインストール
  • アベンジャーズ新作の予告編が公開中・・・

    taguchi
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:36 pm
    ↑ 2分ちょっとの映像です。 ぱっと見た感じ、「ハルク大丈夫かな」「キャプテンの盾、壊れてね?」が気になる感じです。2015年5月に公開ぽいですな。 » 10 Huge Reveals From the ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ Trailer Leak
  • 『iOSでおみくじを作ろう (全6回)』をドットインストールに追加しました #dotinstall

    taguchi
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:25 am
    今週はiOSアプリを追加してみました。お約束ではありますが、まずはシンプルなおみくじアプリを…。 ↑ Auto Layoutにも対応しつつ部品を配置。 ↑ Swiftは楽ですよねぇ・・・。 プレミアム専用ではありますが、iOSアプリ開発のとっかかりにいかがでしょうか。さてどんどん作らねば…。 » iOSでおみくじを作ろう (全6回) – プログラミングならドットインストール
  • Android 5.0に対応させるために行ったAndroid Studioの設定まとめ

    taguchi
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:08 am
    Android 5.0が出たのでAndroid StudioのSDK周りを更新しましたよ的なメモ。なお、Android Studioは0.8.9を利用中。 まずはSDKマネージャを開いてこのあたりをインストール。 ↑ 5.0のSDKと、Buildツールは最新版まわりをば。 ↑ Extrasはこんな感じ。Google Mapsとか使うなら「Google Play Services」も。最後のHAXMは必須!…
  • ハロウィンで使えそうなポリゴン風ガイコツマスク

    taguchi
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:18 pm
    欲しいかも。型紙と説明書がEtsyで販売中です。800円ぐらい。ちょっと買ってみようかな・・・。 基本的にPDFでダウンロード、A4に印刷、厚紙などに転写して作成って感じっぽいですよ。やってみたい・・・。 » Skull mask easy to make and perfect for Halloween by Wintercroft
 
 
 
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    Intercultural Twilight Zone

  • Glimpses of Culture Through a Lava Flow: Bomb the Crater or Clean Your House?

    Tim Sullivan
    12 Oct 2014 | 10:43 am
    Kalapana lava flow (photo by Kurumi Sullivan) A contrived reality show couldn’t be more compelling. Survivor’s got nothing on this. If I made documentaries or movies or even cheesy reality shows, I’d be camped out in Pahoa right now. Since yesterday our friendly neighborhood lava flow has advanced a paltry 50 yards, the continuation of a gradual slowdown that’s been happening over the past several days. Just days before that the flow had advanced a whopping 150 yards in a single day, and right before that it had stalled for almost a week. There’s no rhyme or reason…
  • 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…
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    [en01]Japan for Sustainability(ニュース記事)

  • Study Shows Growing Number of Young Japanese Urbanites Want to Settle in Rural Areas

    24 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Image by Toshihiro Gamo Some Rights Reserved. Japan is one of the first countries in the world to face, head-on, the serious issues of depopulation and an aging society. We introduce here the results of a public opinion poll on the changing attitudes of Japanese urban youth, which perhaps could point to a resolution of the problem of population over-concentration in the Tokyo Metropolitan area (outlined previously in an article in the June 2014 issue of the JFS Newsletter, titled "Depopulation of Society: Debate in Japan, One of the World's First Countries to Face the Issues").
  • Kochi's Challenge -- A Prefecture Tackling Depopulation (Part 2)

    20 Oct 2014 | 8:00 pm
    JFS Newsletter No.145 (September 2014) Copyright Kochi Prefecture All Rights Reserved. A previous issue of the JFS Newsletter (No.144) introduced comprehensive efforts by Japan's Kochi Prefecture, quoted from a speech by Governor Masanao Ozaki promoting industry, entitled "Kochi's Challenge -- A Prefecture Tackling Depopulation." Kochi has been experiencing the problem of depopulation, which is common throughout the nation, but it is happening earlier here than in other prefectures. This article introduces a variety of other ideas being considered and efforts being made by this prefecture.
  • What We Must Do before the Tokyo Olympics

    18 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Copyright Junko Owada All Rights Reserved. Through the Yui-Yui Project, an initiative to support victims of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, JKSK Empowering Women Empowering Society, a certified non-profit organization, submits weekly reports on the reconstruction of the quake-hit areas in the Tokyo Shimbun, a regional newspaper covering eastern Japan. Titled Tohoku Fukko Nikki (Tohoku Reconstruction Diary), the article series started in August 2012. The Yui-Yui Project was launched by JKSK, a certified non-profit organization. With consent from JKSK and the Tokyo Shimbun, Japan for…
  • Recent Japanese Trends in Energy Self-Sufficient Architecture

    11 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Image by keyaki All Rights Reserved. To address the challenge of reducing energy consumption and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of architectural structures, various efforts are being made both in Japan and elsewhere. In the JFS Newsletter issue of August 2014, JFS introduced efforts being made in Japan, using excerpts from a book written by Hideharu Niwa, the title of which translates as "Energy Self-Sufficient Architecture Supporting Sustainable Low-Carbon Cities (published by Kousakusha in 2013)."http://www.japanfs.org/en/news/archives/news_id035035.html This article features recent…
  • Planning for an Ethical Focus for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo

    8 Oct 2014 | 8:00 pm
    JFS Newsletter No.145 (September 2014) Image by kazutan3@YCC Some Rights Reserved. Ryoichi Yamamoto (professor emeritus at the University of Tokyo and also a director of Japan for Sustainability) was among a group that tendered a proposal on August 12, 2014, to Yoshiro Mori (former Prime Minister of Japan and now president of the Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games) to make the 2020 Tokyo Olympics an "ethical Games" by employing the Japanese approach of "sampo-yoshi" (meaning beneficial in three ways).* We think that the concepts and initiatives are very…
 
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    LinguaLift blog

  • Why travellers should study minority languages

    Philip Seifi
    14 Oct 2014 | 12:24 pm
    I was stuck in the desert at midnight. Kilometers away from any civilized settlement, surrounded by sand, and with 10 armed policemen at the checkpoint. I had crossed the border between Iran and Pakistan just about 10 hours prior to this, hopped on a bus and was hoping to find myself in the next big town the following morning hours. However, at midnight we stopped at one of the checkpoints and the guards told me that due to Taliban activity in the area it would be not safe for me to travel beyond this point at night. ’No!’ the mustached man replied strictly to all my hectic objections. It…
  • Stop hoarding language learning resources and start studying

    Greg Scott
    7 Oct 2014 | 10:30 am
    There is a dizzying array of tools to help you learn a language. This is wonderful but it can also be a pitfall. With so many texts, card sets, apps, software programs, podcasts, YouTube channels, language exchange websites, forums, etc., you can easily spend all of your time hoarding resources, downloading and bookmarking… and never getting any actual studying done. I know this because I recently fell face-first into this pitfall. I decided to make a real go of Spanish and started downloading apps and podcasts. I found a language exchange website and started madly writing introductory…
  • 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…
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    i heart japan - Japan travel tips and info about Japan

  • Book Review: A Guide to Reading and Writing Japanese

    Travis
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:33 am
    As anyone who has started studying Japanese will know, reading is really, really hard. With 3 different writing systems and thousands of tiny and complicated kanji to learn, it’s easy to view reading Japanese as too high of a mountain to climb. Today we’re going to quickly review a guide that will hopefully make that climb a little easier. Any proper Japanese learning library should include a kanji dictionary. The only problem is, most of these dictionary are large and confusing. While I’ve learned to use, and love my Kanji Learners dictionary, it did take me a while to…
  • Japan’s Coffee Making Robot

    Travis
    15 Oct 2014 | 9:44 am
    Pretty cool, but I don’t think I could wait this long for a coffee. After a couple of minutes I may need to be pulled off the robot. I need it now! Related Posts:Honda Unveils Upgrades to their Asimo RobotCoffee in Japan – The KissatenRobotic Comedy DuoBook Review: Japan’s World Heritage SitesA Stroll Through Japan in 8 Minutes
  • The Days of Hanako

    Hanako
    3 Oct 2014 | 9:51 am
    Hi, my name is Hanako! I have been drawing cartoons about funny moments in my life, and I have been sharing them on my blog, The Days of Hanako. I was born and raised in Aomori, which is a small city in northern japan. I met my Canadian husband Kevin while he was working in Aomori, and eventually, I moved to Toronto. Living together in both Japan and Canada has provided me with many stories about our experiences. I have a lot of funny moments to share about when we first met and the challenges we had understanding each other, often miscommunicating with funny results. Then we had to overcome…
  • 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
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    Japan Pulse

  • J-blip: Kokoro Scanner knows what’s in your heart of hearts

    Fletcher Jones
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:53 am
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sgk8PNvR9uA The recently released Kokoro Scanner (“mind scanner”), from Takara Tomy, is attracting attention with its simple yet clever concept. The head-mounted toy supposedly monitors small heart rate changes and flags fibbers with a colored light system. A green light means you’re in the clear; yellow means you’re only telling half the truth; red means guilty as charged. The fact that user can’t see what color the light is just adds to the fun. Retailing at a mere ¥2,700, this is clearly a poor man’s lie detector. Does it work? We’ve yet to…
  • J-blip: Cornered by strong men and sweet pudding at ‘kabe-don’ cafe

    Tom Hanaway
    10 Oct 2014 | 12:53 am
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8hj6gJ3q72g Ah, the classic kabe-don move. Many young women daydream about having their school crush pull them aside and slam his arm against the wall to create an intimate scene. Kabe- (wall) don (the onomatopoeia for a loud thud) has become so established through numerous TV shows and manga series that the move itself has spawned a spin-off meme and its own Wikipedia page. Girls tired of waiting for their own kabe-don moment can now take matters into their own hands. Morinaga Milk has concocted a promotional campaign that involves a suave man for the coffee…
  • J-blip: You TOO can be a ‘konbini’ manager of your dreams

    Tom Hanaway
    9 Oct 2014 | 1:12 am
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sF-8QfnC-vw Ever have the urge to shriek “Irasshaimase!” and microwave meals for salarymen? You’re in luck as you can now control a Japanese convenience store right in the palm of your hands. “Konbini Dream” lets users manage a typical Japanese konbini — complete with bowing employees and cheap snacks. Players can hire workers, rearrange the layout of the store and decide which items are up for sale for your anime-inspired customers with big eyes and stubby legs. In addition, players receive experience points for every successful purchase. After…
  • 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…
 
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    Culture Japan - Your portal to Japan - Posts

  • Halloween Anime

    danny
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:40 pm
    Nope - not a post on the current season of anime but I could not think of a better title for this post ^o^ Tis that time of year when folks get dressed up as spooky ghouls n ghosts n witches and wot not. Looks like Mirai and the gang are up to some Halloween shenanigans too. I've uploaded the 3000px x 3000px high res original images to Flickr (PNG with transparency) for you to make cards, cutouts, stickers, T-shirts etc for the festive season - use them as you wish but for non-commercial reasons please >< If you do make cool stuff then upload photos of it with the hashtag #MiraiSuenaga…
  • MoeManga 00F: Kizuna Yumeno

    danny
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:37 pm
    *Kizuna is often also referred to as Kizuna-chan, where "-chan" is a suffix which expresses that the speaker finds the person endearing. MoeManga Japanese Learning Here are some of the keywords you may want to remember for your Japanese studies. 友達 [ともだち (tomodachi)] - friend. ライバル [raibaru] - rival. 新た・新しい [あらた・あたらしい (arata・atarashii)] - new. Note how the reading of the kanji "新" changes depending on the hiragana that comes after it. "新た"is a na-adjective, while 新しい is an i-adjective. 党首 [とうしゅ (toushu)] - leader.
  • My First Visit To Japan

    danny
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:54 am
    Born and raised in the UK, I fell in love with Japan towards the end of the eighties and discovered a culture that was to change my life forever. My first contact with Japanese culture was through anime (specifically Macross) and games (specifically Strider for the Mega Drive). I started to self study Japanese and as I was doing so discovered that Japan was not just about anime and games but was also a rich culture that had so much to explore and learn. I saved up enough money through my part time jobs which enabled me to visit Japan every year in the Summer to absorb the culture - each visit…
  • Bhinneka X Mirai Suenaga

    danny
    6 Oct 2014 | 10:26 pm
    On the scale of Amazon.com, Bhinneka - one of Indonesia's largest (if not *the* largest) E-commerce websites has chosen our mascot Mirai Suenaga to be the ambassador for some of the Japanese products that they carry. Mirai is Future!The intro page features illustrations by our resident illustrator Ikkyuu-sensei and designed by our Creative Director Linus Lim.Mirai introduces product lines such as Computers & Peripherals, Toys n Collectibles......Musical Instruments and Photography too. More products and product lines to come.Some blurb about Mirai - for folks who don't know who she is…
  • 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…
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    Kirainet.com - A geek in Japan

  • New Rurouni Kenshin Movies

    kirai
    11 Oct 2014 | 10:16 pm
    Last 1st of August the movie Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno (Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Taika-hen) opened in movie theaters across Japan. It quickly became the highest grossing live-action Japanese movie release of the year. It was the second of the trilogy of Rurouni Kenshin live-action movies. The action is set in Kyoto during the 19th century where an ex-member of the Shinsengumi plans a covert operation. Battosai finds out about what is going to happen in Kyoto and once again has to fight them using his double bladed sword. Just one month later, on September 13th, Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend…
  • 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.
 
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    Tokyo Times

  • Japanese video game addiction?

    Lee
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:30 pm
    When his mother told him to go outside and play, this is probably not what she had in mind.
  • Shinjuku in monochrome

    Lee
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:30 pm
    A hint of the past without the distracting hues of the present.
  • In Tokyo, the real price of poverty?

    Lee
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:30 pm
    No matter how many times one may hope for a different outcome, the total of nothing multiplied by nothing is unfortunately always nought.
  • Contemplation in a Tokyo shopping arcade

    Lee
    19 Oct 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Super convenient they may not be, but quiet shopping streets do allow for similarly quiet moments.
  • Old Tokyo?

    Lee
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:30 pm
    No robots. No neon. No super busy crossings. Just Tokyo as it once was, and in so many ways, still is.
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    世論 What Japan Thinks

  • Drunken toilet FAILs of the Japanese

    Ken Y-N
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:30 am
    I’ve not had a failure ranking for a while, so here’s a rather good one from goo Ranking looking at what toilet-related failures people have had while drunk. Demographics goo Rankings asked iBRIDGE’s Research Plus to conduct this survey, where between the 18th and 20th of August 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. Looking at the list, I don’t need to be drunk to do number 5, and as for number 6, back in my student days I got locked…
  • Hobbies your partner cannot understand

    Ken Y-N
    12 Oct 2014 | 9:53 am
    goo Ranking recently published a survey looking at what hobbies that one’s partner is into that people just cannot understand, for both men looking at women and women looking at men. Demographics goo Rankings asked iBRIDGE’s Research Plus to conduct this survey, where between the 18th and 20th of August 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. Fortunately, I suppose, I only have one hobby, online games, that appears on the male list, and I…
  • How over-sensitive sunfish die

    Ken Y-N
    5 Oct 2014 | 8:20 am
    Apparently, sunfish are rather sensitive animals, so are quite prone to keeling over dead. goo Ranking decided to ask people to rank over-sensitive ways that sunfish may die. Demographics goo Rankings asked iBRIDGE’s Research Plus to conduct this survey, 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. Here’s a living sunfish, just in case you’re not sure what they look like: Ranking result Q: Which of these are…
  • 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…
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  • Jidai Matsuri

    Shibuya246
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:54 pm
    The Jidai Matsuri event is taking place again right now in Kyoto. The weather seems to have dipped a bit and is providing some rain today. Not too bad but a lot of umbrellas were on show. Don’t get that cloth wet Kyoto colors Nice day out for a ride in the city Lots of various people participating On parade Keeping the horses under control Always nice to see these festivals and events from a long time ago still survive and have meaning in todays modern world. Related posts: Gion Matsuri One of the most important festivals of the year, and... Aoi Matsuri The Aoi Matsuri is one of the…
  • City Hall Robots

    Shibuya246
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:01 am
    Looks what’s hanging out near City Hall I got a tip from @taro3yen about this after I posted it on Twitter @shibuya246 The Torayan baby-bot returns to Kyoto City Hall after a triumphant galactic tour! http://t.co/1OU3DC5hYX pic.twitter.com/V2bvgPAuGT — taro3yen (@taro3yen) October 17, 2014 Related posts: Kyoto City Hall – Electric Sunrise I got up early today for some reason and was... Otsu City, Shiga Prefecture Last year at the end of summer I visited to... Autumn Season Change As the breeze starts to get cooler in the middle...
  • Photography in Japan 1853-1912

    Shibuya246
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:02 pm
    I was asked recently whether I would like to introduce a book detailing the history of Japanese photography from the period 1853-1912. The book is a recent publication by Tuttle Publishing which gives quite an in depth and amazing look into both the photography at the time and also the photographers behind the scenes. As may be expected the first photographers tended to be foreigners to Japan who brought with them the early camera models. Having lived in Japan for a long time, I was interested to think of what life must have been like as a foreigner back in late 1800’s pointing an…
  • Biwako Wind

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

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

  • How and when should you refinance your vehicle?

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

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

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

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

    Shibuya246
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:54 pm
    The Jidai Matsuri event is taking place again right now in Kyoto. The weather seems to have dipped a bit and is providing some rain today. Not too bad but a lot of umbrellas were on show. Don’t get that cloth wet Kyoto colors Nice day out for a ride in the city Lots of various people participating On parade Keeping the horses under control Always nice to see these festivals and events from a long time ago still survive and have meaning in todays modern world. Related posts: Gion Matsuri One of the most important festivals of the year, and... Aoi Matsuri The Aoi Matsuri is one of the…
  • City Hall Robots

    Shibuya246
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:01 am
    Looks what’s hanging out near City Hall I got a tip from @taro3yen about this after I posted it on Twitter @shibuya246 The Torayan baby-bot returns to Kyoto City Hall after a triumphant galactic tour! http://t.co/1OU3DC5hYX pic.twitter.com/V2bvgPAuGT — taro3yen (@taro3yen) October 17, 2014 Related posts: Kyoto City Hall – Electric Sunrise I got up early today for some reason and was... Otsu City, Shiga Prefecture Last year at the end of summer I visited to... Autumn Season Change As the breeze starts to get cooler in the middle...
  • Photography in Japan 1853-1912

    Shibuya246
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:02 pm
    I was asked recently whether I would like to introduce a book detailing the history of Japanese photography from the period 1853-1912. The book is a recent publication by Tuttle Publishing which gives quite an in depth and amazing look into both the photography at the time and also the photographers behind the scenes. As may be expected the first photographers tended to be foreigners to Japan who brought with them the early camera models. Having lived in Japan for a long time, I was interested to think of what life must have been like as a foreigner back in late 1800’s pointing an…
  • Biwako Wind

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

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

  • Battle of black buns: Burger King vs. McDonald’s in Japan

    MW
    4 Oct 2014 | 8:52 pm
    Ikasumi squid ink colors lots of foods long time in Japan   A McDonald’s double cheeseburger that has black buns, and is topped with fried onions, yellow chipotle sauce and yellow cheddar cheese will go on sale at all McDonald’s Japan stores October 8. The special "Ikasumi Burger", colored black with squid ink, is available now at 3 McDonald’s outlets in Tokyo. The contrasting yellow ingredients on a black bun is intended to be a Halloween color scheme. McDonald’s is also offering its Chicken Fileo on a white bun topped with Camembert sauce.
  • 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…
 
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    The Japanofiles Podcast

  • Episode 64

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

    Japanofiles
    24 Sep 2014 | 4:46 pm
    In today's Japanofiles Podcast, Nate Shelton, a student at Shinshu University in Matsumoto, talks about his experiences living and studying in Japan. Key Words: Shinshu University; international studies; Salt Lake Sister City; Matsumoto; Nagano Prefecture; podcast about Japan; interview; English language podcast
  • 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.  Key Words: Japan-related podcasts; interview; from Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture, Japan; Dave Carlson, podcast host; podcasting
  • 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. Key Words: Shinshu University; kikokushijo; English-language interview; Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture, Japan; Japan-related podcasts
  • 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. Key Words: benzodiazepines; Benzo Case Japan; Raising Awareness about benzodiazepine drugs; dangers of misprescribing drugs; Japan court case; English-language interview; Matsumoto; Nagano Prefecture, Japan; Japan-related podcast; Dave Carlson,…
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    Asian Lifestyle Design

  • Can Coconut Oil Reverse Dementia?

    Jenny Nakao Hones
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Japanese are known for their longevity. The average life expectancy for Japanese males is 82 while for females it’s 87 years old.  I’m very fortunate that my parents have reached this average.  In fact, my Dad has passed it by ten years!  Living a long life is a gift. But, I think most of us will agree that we also want to have our memory. Recently, my Dad had a minor stroke and his memory began to fade.   At times he’s extremely sharp, yet at other times he can’t recall if he had lunch.  This loss of memory is difficult for not only my father to accept, but…
  • Pollution Should Be Considered in Feng Shui Analysis

    Jenny Nakao Hones
    14 Oct 2014 | 5:08 am
    Feng shui is the study of how to live in accord with nature through understanding our environment and its inherent chi-energy.  We search for places that strengthen and enrich our lives.  Feng shui is a tool to help us design spaces that enhance our well-being. Dr. Hsu teaches us that Form School Feng Shui is always evolving with the times.  Just as new technology, materials, and lifestyles, are constantly changing, where and how we live are also constantly changing. If we think back to when feng shui began in China over 3,000 years ago, there were no such things as mirrors or many…
  • Japanese Design – Art, Aesthetics & Culture

    Jenny Nakao Hones
    7 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    As I love and appreciate Japanese Design, this a book review. Japanese Design – Art, Aesthetics & Culture by Patricia J. Graham Japanese design and sensibility is complex and difficult for many to grasp. Yet, the book Japanese Design  — Art, Aesthetics & Culture by Patricia J. Graham has managed to capture the essence of Japanese art and aesthetics through a deep understanding of the culture and traditions that has evolved through influences of social and economic changes. The book is categorized into three chapters, The Aesthetics of Japanese Design, The Cultural…
  • How Do We Teach Asian Respect to Children in Today’s World

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

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

  • Digging Sweet Potatoes With School Kids

    Grace Buchele Mineta
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:03 pm
    After three years of living in Japan (Sapporo, Hyogo, and now Tokyo), I’ve done a little bit of everything. Most recently, I went to a farm on the outskirts of Tokyo to dig up sweet potatoes with a small group of elementary-age children. Regular, working adults are too busy to spend their Saturday afternoon digging sweet potatoes. Or perhaps it is a combination of a lack of interest and the fact it would be socially awkward (for most people) to be the the only adult in a group of children/retirees. This seems to be the “downside” of participating in cultural events in Japan…
  • The Arakawa Line Is The Streetcar You Desire

    Lynn Allmon
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:09 pm
    A truly unique way to experience Tokyo, the Arakawa Line is the only remaining Tokyo Toden streetcar line. This streetcar line spans from the shitamachi of Minowabashi, through both residential and commercial areas and finally to the Toden Waseda Station. A ride along all 12.2 kilometers of tracks takes 53 minutes and at 400 yen for an all day pass, a romantic afternoon streetcar journey costs less than a bowl of ramen. Riding the Arakawa Line The Arakawa Line has 30 stations, which means that it has enough attractions along the way to fill a book. Who gets on and off at each stop will give a…
  • Beginners Guide to Supermarket Shopping in Japan

    James Darnbrook
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:19 pm
    When I first came to Japan I had no knowledge of Japanese and zero understanding of a country’s language means that at any time, a normal day to day task can turn into a frustrating experience because you just can’t beat the language/cultural barrier involved. For me, this happened most often in the supermarket. I can still remember the heartbreak of my third day in Japan; desperate for a taste of home, I bought some strawberry donuts to cheer myself up. Instantly revitalized, I rushed home to eat them, only to find out when I bit into them that they weren’t filled with strawberry, but…
  • Entranced by the Autumn Colors of Kyoto

    Lisa Hong
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:07 pm
    Mid to late November is a great time to make a trip to Kyoto. The temples are amazing, but the backdrop of brilliant fall colors, or Koyou, is STUNNING. An autumn trip to Kyoto is candy for the eyes and soul. Two popular ways to arrive to Kyoto Station are by JR Shinkansen or Overnight Bus (such as Willer Express). Either way, once you arrive at the station, tourist information centers can help you with maps, routes, bus tickets – all in English. The ease of travel and Japanese hospitality will enhance your experience so you can focus on enjoying your destinations. To get around, you…
  • Top Jobs in Japan for Week 43 – 2014

    GaijinPot Blog
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:40 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. Experienced Chef for Irish Pub & Restaurant ¥1,000 ~ ¥1,100 / Hour Kamiyacho, Minato-ku, Tokyo Fun outgoing personality English: Conversational International Bar and Restaurant Management company hiring an experienced chef for Irish Pub & Restaurant.Must have an energetic and can-do attitude. English and Japanese conversation skills required.
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    Izakaya Politics

  • Death by Fan: Justice Minister Steps Down Because the DPJ is Petty

    Stephen Stapczynski
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:32 pm
    Renho Murata accusing Midori Matsushima of illegally distributing fans. When it rains it pours for the Abe administration. Just a few hours after METI Minister Yuko Obuchi resigns, Justice Minister Midori Matsushima follows suit and resigns over election law rules as well. Abe’s cabinet is now wrought with scandals while he is trying to garner much-needed support for two unpopular policy objectives: raising the consumption tax and restarting nuclear reactors. Matsushima’s scandal is unfortunate but makes for the amusing headline: “Japan’s justice minister undone by cheap…
  • Ding dong, Obuchi is Dead

    Stephen Stapczynski
    18 Oct 2014 | 2:27 pm
    Minister Yuko Obuchi is the first casualty of Abe cabinet 2.0. (Source: Reuters) METI Minister Yuko Obuchi, who was voted by some as most likely to become first female prime minister, will likely be stepping down from her position over irregularities in the spending of her political support groups (get the whole story here). She was appointed less than two months ago and was considered a rising star in the Liberal Democratic Party. Her impending resignation comes as a bit of a surprise, considering that she was one of the more squeaky clean members of Abe’s cabinet. Obuchi is quickly…
  • TPP Could Save Japan, But Agriculture Continues to Get in the Way

    Stephen Stapczynski
    17 Oct 2014 | 11:53 am
    Let’s Make a Deal. (Source: Japan Times) The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) has the potential to save Japan’s economy. In fact, it is easy to see how TPP would benefit the economies of all negotiating members. Understanding the value of wrapping up TPP talks sooner rather than later, President Barack Obama recently called Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to discuss US-Japan TPP negotiations, among a few other topics. Although the specifics of their discussion aren’t known, Obama likely urged Abe to drop tariffs on sensitive agricultural products, which has been the largest barrier…
  • Kyushu Electric Halting Renewable Energy Applications Shows Urgent Need for Electricity Reform

    Stephen Stapczynski
    8 Oct 2014 | 2:04 pm
    A new solar installation in Kyushu. (Source: Juwi) A few months back, I blogged about Japan’s feed-in tariff (FIT) and how it led to an enormous amount of growth in Japan’s solar industry. I noted that the government approved too many projects and that “some are worried that the grid won’t be able to support such a large influx in solar power generation.” Well, it is looking like Kyushu Electric Power Co. and a handful of other utilities are not only worried, but are actually going to do something about it. At the end of September, Kyushu Electric announced that they will suspend…
  • 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…
 
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