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Japan Blog - Tokyo Osaka Nagoya Kyoto

What's happening in Tokyo, Nagoya, Kyoto, Osaka, Shimane Japan, updates on sightseeing, museums, temples, shrines and Japan news.Sounds of the real Japan

Last Build Date: Wed, 18 Apr 2018 04:45:40 PDT

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Japan News This Week 4 March 2018

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 03:06:15 PST

今週の日本 A Maverick of Japanese Photography, Bound Tight to Ritual New York Times Japan's worries about North Korea's 'charm offensive' BBC Saying 'Me Too' in Japan has risk of being bashed, ignored The Mainichi Japan: American tourist arrested after female body parts found across Osaka Guardian Japan’s ‘Izumo’ was designed as aircraft carrier from start: Asahi Asia Times “The Comfort(image)

Japanese Dolls The Fascinating World of Ningyo

Wed, 28 Feb 2018 00:55:12 PST

Japanese Dolls: The Fascinating World of Ningyo by Alan Scott Pate Tuttle ISBN: 978-0804849777 Hardback, 272 pp Dolls, models - usually small - of humans and used by children for play but also used in magic and religious ritual, seem to be fairly universal and are found all over the world and date back millennia. Collecting dolls is also a widespread phenomenon not limited to any(image)

Tokyo Marathon 2018 in Asakusabashi

Wed, 28 Feb 2018 01:00:06 PST

東京マラソン Sunday morning in Tokyo was Marathon time again. This was the 11th Tokyo Marathon, which began in 2007. Man and Superman, Tokyo Marathon 2018 Like most Tokyo Marathons, the weather wasn't great, being overcast, but, also unlike most Tokyo Marathons, it didn't rain. The rat race, Tokyo Marathon 2018  This year's winner was Kenya's Dickson Chumba, who also won in 2014, and, with a(image)

Japan News This Week 25 February 2018

Wed, 28 Feb 2018 18:27:26 PST

今週の日本 In Japan, A Liberal Maverick is Seeking to Lead New York Times Reality Check: Has Shinzo Abe's 'womenomics' worked in Japan? BBC Japan wins Olympic gold in women's speed skating team pursuit The Mainichi A-peeling? Japanese farmers invent edible banana skin Guardian Japan’s steel industry warns against Trump’s tariffs Asia Times Five Okinawan Views on the Nago Mayoral(image)

Getting Tired of It in Japanese

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 07:46:51 PST

飽きる You may be familiar with the word “aki” 秋 in Japanese as meaning “fall, autumn,” but there is another “aki” 飽きthat appears often in Japanese conversation and writing that means “sick of, tired of, have enough of, lose interest in, become bored with.” The noun aki means "boredness with something, being sick of something." The verb is akiru, as in “I’m sick of it already,” Moh akita.(image)

Old Kyoto Tales A Fox's Gratitude

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 19:32:22 PST

白いキツネ Once upon a time, there was an old couple who lived at the foot of a mountain on the Shirakawa River. One day, when they were at home, a white fox suddenly appeared in their house and said, "Please hide me from the hunter." This couple was kind, and so they hid the fox in the closet. Soon after, the hunter appeared and asked about the white fox, but the couple told them that they(image)

Japan News This Week 18 February 2018

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 01:03:16 PST

今週の日本 At Site of Japanese Volcano’s Supereruption, an Immense Lava Dome Lurks New York Times Japan's worries about North Korea's 'charm offensive' BBC Figure skating: Hanyu wins men's title for Japan's 1st gold The Mainichi Mysterious snow scenes in Japan – in pictures Guardian Why Japan and Russia never signed a WWII peace treaty Asia Times “The Comfort Women were Prostitutes”:(image)

Primetree Akaike

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 02:07:01 PST

プライムツリー赤池 Primetree Akaike is a new shopping mall close to Akaike Station, the last stop on the Tsurumai Line of the Nagoya subway in the eastern suburbs of Nagoya city. Primetree Akaike opened in November, 2017 after over a year in construction. The small lake that gave Akaike ("Red Lake") its name was drained and a managed forest was partially cut to create the space for this large, new(image)

Cutting Back

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 00:31:18 PST

Cutting Back: My Apprenticeship in the Gardens of Kyoto Timber Press by Leslie Buck ISBN: 978-1604697933 279 pp In her mid-thirties, Leslie Buck dropped out of her California life and into a new one in Japan. She moved from a progressive, alternative West Coast milieu to medieval Kyoto. Already an accomplished landscaper prior to making this decision, she had always wanted to go to Japan(image)

Japan News This Week 11 February 2018

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 16:48:55 PST

今週の日本 Japan’s Women’s Hockey Team Wants to Be Known for Wins, Not Smiles New York Times Japan's Princess Mako postpones wedding to commoner Kei Komuro BBC Nearly 700 cars still stranded in heavy snow in central Japan The Mainichi Japan lays groundwork for boom in robot carers Guardian Okinawa electing a ‘pro-base’ mayor shouldn’t be a surprise Asia Times U.S. Marine Corps Sexual(image)

Allpress Espresso Tokyo Roastery & Cafe near Kiyosumi-Shirakawa

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 19:30:30 PST

オールプレスでロースター Kiyosumi-Shirakawa is an atmospheric old area of Tokyo that attracts visitors with its big beautiful Kiyosumi Teien Gardens, the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, numerous picturesque shrines and temples, and, more recently, with its up and coming cafe culture. Allpress Espresso Tokyo Roastery & Cafe, Kiyosumi-Shirakawa We visited the Allpress Espresso Tokyo Roastery & Cafe in,(image)

Kabuki: A Mirror of Japan

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 17:45:24 PST

by Matsui Kesako Translated by David Crandall JPIC, 2016 ISBN: 4-9160-5558-6 Hardback, 242 pp Kabuki: A Mirror of Japan by Matsui Kesako was originally written as a television script for an NHK educational series on kabuki. Novelist Matsui brings her story-telling talent to bear as she selects ten of the most famous and influential kabuki plays of the Edo Period beginning with Danjiro I's(image)

Japan News This Week 4 February 2018

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 15:54:43 PST

今週の日本 Eleven People Killed in Fire at Japanese Seniors Welfare Facility New York Times Japan's amazing snowmen will blow your mind BBC Drastic relaxation of restrictions proposed for indoor smoking sparks criticism The Mainichi Japan cryptocurrency exchange to refund stolen $400m Guardian Japan, South Korea scramble fighters to intercept Chinese military planes Asia Times Nanjing(image)

Cool Tokyo Guide: Adventures in the City of Kawaii Fashion, Train Sushi and Godzilla

Fri, 02 Feb 2018 04:09:25 PST

Let's face it: product manuals, while incredibly useful, are not compelling reading, no matter how invested we are in the product itself. And let's also face it, no matter how much you've invested in your trip to Tokyo, the guide book you also invested in might not be as get-into-able as you'd like it to be. Cool Tokyo Guide: Adventures in the City of Kawaii Fashion, Train Sushi and Godzilla,(image)

Japanese Inns & Hot Springs Book Review

Sun, 28 Jan 2018 22:52:02 PST

by Rob Goss & Akihiko Seki (Photographer) Tuttle ISBN: 4-8053-1392-7 240 pp There are thousands of ryokans and onsens in Japan, filled with everything from kitsch to classic, from plastic to natural, and from relatively cheap to "how much have you got?"Akihiko Seki and Rob Goss have written a beautiful book (published in 2017) elaborating on what they consider to be the 40 best of(image)

Japan News This Week 28 January 2018

Sun, 28 Jan 2018 04:34:23 PST

今週の日本 Japan Volcano Eruption Kills Soldier and Injures Skiers at Resort New York Times Camera captures deadly avalanche's ash cloud in Japan BBC Okinawa Gov. Onaga denounces US military as 'crazy' after latest chopper incident The Mainichi Stairway to heaven: hiking ancient pilgrimage trails in southern Japan Guardian Does Japan really want nuclear weapons? Asia Times From Nanjing(image)

Bending Over Backwards in Japanese: Nokezoru

Fri, 26 Jan 2018 06:05:33 PST

仰け反る A month or so ago I got a horrifically bloodshot left eye, which meant I had to wear sunglasses day and night for about three weeks to avoid frightening people. I have never been prone to bloodshot eyes, and can only surmise that it was caused by a recent addition to my daily exercise regime. Hands placed on buttocks, I would bend over backwards as far as I could then rhythmically(image)

Kawashima textiles from the village of Ichihara

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 23:59:07 PST

川島織物セルコン The textiles made by the famous firm of Kawashima are everywhere in Japan - in its trains, planes, homes and offices. From traditional obi, painstakingly crafted by hand, to huge theater curtains, Kawashima textiles are synonymous with quality. They've even earned themselves the approval of the Imperial Household which has commissioned Kawashima tapestries for the Akasaka, Showa(image)

Japan News This Week 21 January 2018

Wed, 24 Jan 2018 15:01:14 PST

今週の日本 Japan Balks at Calls for New Apology to South Korea Over ‘Comfort Women’ New York Times Japan warns over North Korean 'charm offensive' BBC 3 hibakusha recognized as having A-bomb diseases by Osaka High Court The Mainichi 'Dementia towns': how Japan is evolving for its ageing population Guardian Decoding Softbank’s mercurial chief, Masayoshi Son Asia Times U.S. Military Base(image)

The Alley Lu Jiao Xiang in Shinjuku

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 19:01:17 PST

鹿角巷 The Alley ("It's Time for Tea") is a tea cafe that opened in Taiwan just four years ago, in 2013, and with a presence now in seven other countries, including Japan, where there are five branches, all in Tokyo. The Alley Lu Jiao Xiang in Lumine 1, Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan. We visited the Alley cafe in the Lumine 1 building in Shinjuku on Saturday evening. In Japan, the chain is known as(image)

Baien no Sato

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 02:44:18 PST

梅園の里 Baien no Sato is an onsen resort in the remote Kunisaki Peninsula of northern Oita, located on a mountain ridge in the southern part of the peninsula, somewhat north of Kitsuki. As well as a hotel there is also a campsite and comfortable two storey, self catering log houses. The rooms in the hotel are all Japanese-style with tatami and futons, and they all have en-suite toilets. The(image)

Japan News This Week 14 January 2018

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 02:26:57 PST

今週の日本 Japanese Comedian Who Used Blackface Comes Under Fire Online New York Times Okinawa tension: US apologises to Japan over repeat accidents BBC Civic group proposes bill for Japan to exit nuclear power The Mainichi Japanese kayaker banned eight years for spiking rival's drink Guardian Japan's Bomb in the Basement Asia Times Gunkanjima / Battleship Island, Nagasaki: World(image)

Japanese Anime in Sao Paulo

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 06:25:44 PST

サンパウロ アニメ Rua Galvão Bueno, Liberdade, Sao Paulo, Brazil. Brazil has the world's biggest ethnic Japanese population outside of Japan. Most of the immigration to Brazil to Japan happened in the 1930s, during the Great Depression before the Second World War. Most Japanese immigrants were from rural Japan, and took up agriculture in Brazil, becoming a prominent presence in Brazilian farming,(image)

47Regions Manhole T-shirts

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 21:46:54 PST

Visiting Japan can often be a vertical experience. From the majestic peak of Mount Fuji, to the skyscrapers of Tokyo, without forgetting the cherry blossoms in the spring, people find themselves looking up to experience Japanese culture and sights. The mountains of Nagano, the phone wires of suburbs, cranes flying over beautiful gardens. It is easy to forget that there is a whole world to(image)

Japan News This Week 7 January 2018

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 17:27:57 PST

今週の日本 Japan's Emperor Greets Cheering Crowd at Palace for New Year New York Times The Castle that Defied History BBC Couple hit with fresh arrest warrant over death of daughter kept in tiny room for 15 years The Mainichi Raze, rebuild, repeat: why Japan knocks down its houses after 30 years Guardian Japan mulls deploying F-35B fighters on helicopter carrier Asia Times The(image)

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