• 7 tips for foreign baseball players from Alex Ramirez
    April 6th, 2012By Category: Outdoor/Sports
    Alex Ramirez is a professional baseball player for the Yokohama DeNA BayStars. In an interview with Nikkan Yakyu Sokuho,  Ramirez mentions seven points that foreign baseball players need to pay attention to in order to succeed in Japan. 1.   Be ready to bury yo ... » Continue Reading
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    Languages and a switch in my head
    April 6th, 2012By Category: Uncategorized
    Before, I didn't like to use an English-Japanese dictionary when I read in public. I thought it wasn't cool. Now I use it and I am happy to do it because I am doing something good for me. It's much faster if I read books without a dictionary by guessing the meaning of ... » Continue Reading
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    Power To Japan
    April 5th, 2012By Category: Play
    The 'Hayate' Shinkansen is one bullet train which services the Tohoku (North Eastern) regions of Japan, which was heavily damaged by the March 11 quake and tsunami just over a year ago. How unfortunate, as I still remember at the time, the Tohoku region had only just la ... » Continue Reading
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    The Kiln Opening (A story of Japanese pottery, Part 3)
    April 5th, 2012By Category: Play
    The Kiln Opening follows from Parts 1 and 2 of this series. If you've just joined us, you may want to read up the following before continuing. Part 1: A Story of Japanese pottery Part 2: The Firing Today is the day, the kiln opening day. Like some great party where ... » Continue Reading
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    TV commercial of the week: Xperia
    April 5th, 2012By Category: Uncategorized
    The video below is a commercial for au smartphone Xperia acro HD IS12S, made by Sony. The commercial shows a contest between badminton and Sepak Takraw players, using a shuttlecock. According to the AD gallery page on Sony's website, the game likens Xperia's multi ... » Continue Reading
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    How to prepare teriyaki chicken in a rice cooker
    April 4th, 2012By Category: Uncategorized
    Have you ever heard of cooking chicken with Coke? It may sound strange, but it's worth a try, according to Rocket News. The important point in cooking teriyaki chicken with Coke is to use a rice cooker, not a pan. Many people think a rice cooker is only good for ... » Continue Reading
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    My Sake Store
    April 3rd, 2012By Category: Play
    Mitsugiya, my place for buying sake in Fussa-shi, Tokyo. Everyone, I suppose, settles on their favorite shops to buy the things they like. Most things I buy online, but this being impossible, and not as fun for sake, in Japan, you must have a reliable retailer to ... » Continue Reading
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    Miyajima Quick Guide
    April 3rd, 2012By Category: Uncategorized
    Miyajima is a 40 minute trip by tram and ferry from downtown Hiroshima. Most people know Miyajima for its famous giant torii gate, which seems to float on top of the water. The island has been deemed a sacred place since ancient times and is now classified as a “Special ... » Continue Reading
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    How do you feel about being a ‘gaijin’ in Japan?
    April 3rd, 2012By Category: Uncategorized
    While Europe and the United States are multicultural and multiethnic, Japan still remains relatively homogeneous. People from other countries and "non-Japanese-looking" people are more conspicuous in Japan than in Western countries. This article in Madame RiRi lo ... » Continue Reading
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    Richard Gere plays Tora-san in ads for Orangina
    April 2nd, 2012By Category: Uncategorized
    American actor Richard Gere is appearing in an advertising campaign for the rebranding of French soft drink Orangina in Japan. In the commercials and on posters, Gere, 62, appears as Tora-san, the lovable loser in Shochiku's popular 48-film series of Japanese comedy ... » Continue Reading
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    Weekly Digest 3/26~3/31
    April 1st, 2012By Category: Uncategorized
    3/26 (Mon.) J-Seed Ventures launches business incubator Venture Generation Other Posts:Interac – Japan’s leading provider of ALTsSony’s new TVs allow users to download videos, music from InternetThe Floating GatewayTV commercial of the week: GREE and EXILE   ... » Continue Reading
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    GranSta Tokyo Station area expands with new food shops
    April 1st, 2012By Category: Uncategorized
    GranSta, a shopping complex in the central concourse in the basement of Tokyo Station, has expanded with several new food shops and restaurants. JR East says the complex is aiming to attract tourists and nearby office workers looking for high quality products and serv ... » Continue Reading