• Japan Myth Expo in Shimane 2012
    June 27th, 2012By Category: Arts & Entertainment, Culture, Travel
    The Izumo Taisha (Izumo Grand Shrine) is one of the most ancient and most important Shinto shrines in Japan. It is located in Izumo, Shimane Prefecture, which is home to two major festivals. This year, Shimane Prefecture will be the venue for the Japan Myth Expo, whic ... » Continue Reading
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    Tokyo Midtown holding many summer events to keep cool
    June 26th, 2012By Category: Uncategorized
    Tokyo Midtown, which is marking its 5th anniversary, is holding a special summer event - “MIDTOWN SUMMER 2012” - from July 20 to Sept 2. As part of its campaign to conserve power, the event features activities that let you enjoy a cool summer through Japanese traditio ... » Continue Reading
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    Japanese Hair Washing Robot
    June 26th, 2012By Category: Uncategorized
    Photo © Reuters Japanese giant Panasonic has come up with a robot that can wash and blow dry hair. The product due for release next year is aimed to help the elderly population in Japan, and is seen as being a great aid to the rapidly increasing ageing ... » Continue Reading
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    Tokyo Steampunk, Hayao Miyazaki’s NI-TELE Really BIG Clock
    June 25th, 2012By Category: Uncategorized
    The term Steampunk was coined in April 1987 by the American writer Kevin Wayne Jeter, in a letter to the Locus magazine. Defined as a sub-genre of science fiction, alternate history and speculative fiction, steampunk is characterized by worlds using all kind of steam-po ... » Continue Reading
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    Commuters’ tolerance tested in face of declining public manners
    June 22nd, 2012By Category: Uncategorized
    On May 21, the Shibuya Fukutoshin subway station was the scene of a knife assault. When the perpetrator was arrested two days later, he reportedly told police he had lost his temper after the man “had bumped into him.” Spa! (June 19) uses this incident to con ... » Continue Reading
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    Takashi Murakami and the World of Pop Art
    June 22nd, 2012By Category: Uncategorized
    Japan is a colorful country and its artworks are proof that they are creative people. They easily incorporate art with fashion and many other things. Others may think it odd or loud, but it's one of the things that sets them apart. For example, anime--Japan owns ... » Continue Reading
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    ICA Summer Networking Tokyo Bay Cruise
    June 22nd, 2012By Category: Uncategorized
    WHEN: AUGUST 30, 2012, THURSDAY Escape the summer heat by joining the ICA (International Computer Association) for a fun-filled evening aboard ship cruising Tokyo Bay on Aug 30. Enjoy the elegant surroundings of the Tokyo night skyline while connecting with p ... » Continue Reading
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    Driving Illegally
    June 21st, 2012By Category: Uncategorized
    Lease Japan puts a lot of people behind the wheel of a new or used car every year. Recently, we have noticed an increase in the number of people who are inadvertently driving illegally in Japan with International Driver’s Permits. Many people, especially those w ... » Continue Reading
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    20 Signs You’ve Been in Japan Too Long
    June 20th, 2012By Category: Uncategorized
    1. You still call non-Japanese "Gaijin" even when you're outside Japan. 2. You see a gaijin get on the train and think "Wow, it's a Gaijin!" 3. Most of your photos show you giving the peace sign 4. Most of your vacations are geared towards taking hot baths ... » Continue Reading
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    June 20th, 2012By Category: Uncategorized
    I’m going to let you all in on a little secret. . . I’m not a real blonde. Gasp! Shock! The horror! I get all kinds of reactions after telling Japanese people this. They all just assume that my hair is natural, with it’s lightened colour and it’s subtle highlights. Per ... » Continue Reading
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    Art is Everywhere, Even on Sewer Covers
    June 18th, 2012By Category: Uncategorized
    Japanese art has a wide range of style. There's ancient pottery, wood and bronze sculpture, silk and paper. These all show one thing: Japanese artists are extremely talented and resourceful. You don't need to go to museums just to see for yourself. In Japan, the ... » Continue Reading
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    TV commercial of the week: KFC Krushers and Kyary pamyu pamyu
    June 18th, 2012By Category: Uncategorized
    This commercial is for a popular item on KFC's menu called Krushers which is like an ice cream flurry. Kyary pamyu pamyu, who is a popular fashion model/singer, is the main character featured in the Krushers commercial. (You can read about her in previous articles. ... » Continue Reading