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  • Atsugi night flight ban, noise complaint ruling upheld by Tokyo high court - Stars and Stripes

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    30 Jul 2015 | 4:53 pm
    Stars and StripesAtsugi night flight ban, noise complaint ruling upheld by Tokyo high courtStars and StripesThe ruling by the Tokyo High Court also requires the Japanese government to pay almost $76 milllion in damages to residents who live near the base. In an unprecedented move, noise caused by future flights through 2016 were included in the ruling, the ...
  • Marie Yasuko Suzuki Littleton obituary

    Tokyo, Japan News
    30 Jul 2015 | 9:27 am
    Marie was born in Tokyo, Japan and had lived in Port St. Joe since 1966 and was a member of Long Avenue Baptist Church. She is survived by her son, Maury H. Littleton; John's widow Linda Littleton; five grandchildren, Tina Marie DeLeon, Serena Charlene Strickland and Maury H Littleton, Jr.; Ethan Edward Littleton, Samuel Alexander Littleton, three great-grandchildren; her sister, Fimiko Godvout of Hawaii.
  • Current Conditions : 88F / 31C, Partly Cloudy - 10:30 AM JST Jul. 31

    Tokyo, Weather from Weather Underground
    30 Jul 2015 | 6:30 pm
    Temperature: 88°F / 31°C | Humidity: 70% | Pressure: 29.83in / 1010hPa (Steady) | Conditions: Partly Cloudy | Wind Direction: ESE | Wind Speed: 8mph / 13km/h
  • Hello summer 2015!

    Little Gaijin in the Big City
    14 Jul 2015 | 5:35 am
    Hi guys! I gave a speech at the office on how to get started with Yeoman and Generators, so I will post my powerpoint slides here, just so you can see I am keeping my word about contributing to open source projects every few months. ... Basically I joined the development department's hackathon , where I developed a chatbot that would detect if anyone was using Japanese, and chide them into speaking English... Well, it worked a little TOO well and joined every chat group in the company and trolled all the forums, detecting all unicode characters in the Japanese range and saying "English…
  • Toshiba income restatement: corresponds to one full year of average operating income

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    21 Jul 2015 | 5:47 am
    Toshiba’s income restatement announced by the independent 3rd party committee Independent 3rd party committee chaired by former Chief Prosecutor of Tokyo High Court On 12 June, 2015, Toshiba announced corrections to income reports, and at the same time engaged an independent 3rd party investigation committee headed by former Chief Prosecutor at the Tokyo High Court, … Continue reading Toshiba income restatement: corresponds to one full year of average operating income The post Toshiba income restatement: corresponds to one full year of average operating income appeared first on…
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  • Atsugi night flight ban, noise complaint ruling upheld by Tokyo high court - Stars and Stripes

    30 Jul 2015 | 4:53 pm
    Stars and StripesAtsugi night flight ban, noise complaint ruling upheld by Tokyo high courtStars and StripesThe ruling by the Tokyo High Court also requires the Japanese government to pay almost $76 milllion in damages to residents who live near the base. In an unprecedented move, noise caused by future flights through 2016 were included in the ruling, the ...
  • Tokyo 'voice actress' claims serial robberies due to 'another personality' - The Tokyo Reporter

    30 Jul 2015 | 2:28 pm
    The Tokyo ReporterTokyo 'voice actress' claims serial robberies due to 'another personality'The Tokyo ReporterTOKYO (TR) – A woman accused in the drugging and robbery of a number of men in Tokyo said in explaining her innocence that she has multiple personalities, reports TBS News (July 27). On Monday at the Tokyo District Court, Ikki Jin, a 31-year-old
  • Navigating Tokyo's New LCC Terminal 3 - Huffington Post

    30 Jul 2015 | 2:16 pm
    Huffington PostNavigating Tokyo's New LCC Terminal 3Huffington PostLow-Cost Carriers (LCC) now have their own terminal at Tokyo's Narita International Airport, Terminal 3. As you might expect, it's a bit more spartan than other areas of Narita with a real utilitarian look. Might as well get used to the pared down
  • Snoopy Museum scheduled to open in Tokyo's Roppongi - RocketNews24

    30 Jul 2015 | 1:31 pm
    RocketNews24Snoopy Museum scheduled to open in Tokyo's RoppongiRocketNews24As the glitzy center of Tokyo's nightlife scene, Roppongi is best known for its high-profile dance clubs, high-class restaurants, and high-cover charge bars. But even if you've got no interest in dancing, dining, or drinking, there's a new attraction
  • Tokyo Olympic Games logo embroiled in plagiarism row - The Guardian

    30 Jul 2015 | 6:09 am
    The GuardianTokyo Olympic Games logo embroiled in plagiarism rowThe GuardianIn its official release, the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee hailed them as encapsulating the power of Olympic unity. Based on the T in Tokyo, tomorrow and team, the Olympic Games logo was inspired by “the full meaning of coming together as one”.Tokyo's Uninspired Olympics Logo Might Be a Design RipoffWiredTokyo Olympics emblem said to look similar to Belgian theater logoThe Japan TimesTokyo emblem under scrutiny for resemblance to existing logoYahoo Newswwlp.com -The Japan Newsall 179 news…
 
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  • Marie Yasuko Suzuki Littleton obituary

    30 Jul 2015 | 9:27 am
    Marie was born in Tokyo, Japan and had lived in Port St. Joe since 1966 and was a member of Long Avenue Baptist Church. She is survived by her son, Maury H. Littleton; John's widow Linda Littleton; five grandchildren, Tina Marie DeLeon, Serena Charlene Strickland and Maury H Littleton, Jr.; Ethan Edward Littleton, Samuel Alexander Littleton, three great-grandchildren; her sister, Fimiko Godvout of Hawaii.
  • Nomura was just busted for hiding a rogue trader called "Mr. X"

    30 Jul 2015 | 5:18 am
    A woman touches the half body statue dresses as a female Ninja at Tokyo's shopping area Harajuku on August 22, 2008 in Tokyo, Japan. The trader, referred to as "Mr. X," falsified his positions to hide a HK$3.3 million loss on May 23 2013.
  • New Study: Fujifilm Corporation - Pharmaceuticals & Healthcare - Deals and Alliances Profile

    29 Jul 2015 | 5:53 pm
    Fujifilm Corporation is a provider of imaging and information solutions. The company is a subsidiary of Fujifilm Holdings Corporation, a global provider of imaging, information, and document solutions.
  • A Full Service Cafe in Tokyo, Japan That Caters Exclusively to Stuffed Animals

    29 Jul 2015 | 1:44 pm
    While cat cafes , owl cafes and even dog cafes are all the rage in Japan, the proprietors of Yawarakan's Cafe in Tokyo has cornered the market on an obscure but marketable idea - a full-service restaurant and hotel for stuffed animals. No human food is served nor are there any human accommodations, rather the cafe offers an opportunity for a person's favorite stuffed animal to get the royal treatment.
  • "Street Princess!" Lady Aiko 2..

    29 Jul 2015 | 12:39 pm
    As I was leaving Coney island Saturday I noticed that Lady Aiko graced another wall to the Coney Art Walls outside the gate on the street by the Thunderbolt..It was beautiful to see, as Aiko adds a delicate touch to the sometimes harsh streets.. Lady Aiko aka Aiko Nakagawa was born 1975 in Tokyo Japan and has been a resident of NYC, preferably Brooklyn since 1996, when she came to NY to study Contemporary and media art..
 
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    Little Gaijin in the Big City

  • Hello summer 2015!

    14 Jul 2015 | 5:35 am
    Hi guys! I gave a speech at the office on how to get started with Yeoman and Generators, so I will post my powerpoint slides here, just so you can see I am keeping my word about contributing to open source projects every few months. ... Basically I joined the development department's hackathon , where I developed a chatbot that would detect if anyone was using Japanese, and chide them into speaking English... Well, it worked a little TOO well and joined every chat group in the company and trolled all the forums, detecting all unicode characters in the Japanese range and saying "English…
  • stick it to THE MAN

    16 May 2015 | 9:25 pm
    Just found out that two of my US checking accounts have been charging me $12 a month, for years, because I don't have direct deposit or more than $5000 balance in them. Yuck. Like many people I am a casual reader of Cracked, because every now and then they have really insightful articles disguised as humor. http://www.cracked.com/blog/5-things-nobody-tells-you-about-being-poor/ This one stuck with me, because I know these things are 100% true. My friend Astrid Sison gave a devmeet talk about what she took home from Craft conference in Buddhapest. She wanted to emphasize a panel she heard…
  • Gettin' Busy

    9 May 2015 | 8:20 am
    Oh man. I am itching to write about work, but also, slightly terrified this blog will get in the wrong hands and be used against me somehow, as it often goes with the wiley ways of the ol' Internets. I have been back to work for a year now (go me!) and, after shifting around in my department like some sort of ping pong ball, have settled into a non-demanding and technically noninteresting role. Basically I am bored and feeling the lethargy of not learning any new technology. It is settling over me like a hot itchy blanket. A blanket I would like to kick off, poof, into the air, and scratch my…
  • Ray's 2!

    2 Apr 2015 | 9:30 pm
    Oh god you guys, Ray turned two last weekend. What? duh? naturally time will continue to pass and kids will get older? Here he is at the 2 year birthday party for my 'mama-tomo' babies! I know, but jeez! he started talking (still mostly nouns and some adjectives) but in two languages! I used to know how many words he could say, but a month ago he had another vocab explosion and is chatting up a storm! I thought that he would be harder when he's two, but honestly, the ability for him to speak allows for negotiations by both parties, and that really makes life a lot easier. There's only really…
  • Curses!

    22 Mar 2015 | 9:02 pm
    This new years, we went to the Shinkai Jinja in Nagano, which is a major shrine in that area, as well as sharing my inlaws family name. It was a freezing cold crisp morning, but the snow had stopped falling and some sun was filtering through branches of immense pine trees. We went up cobblestone steps and got to the place you're supposed to wash your hands before you enter the shrine itself. I stop and give it a sceptical look. There is an icicle forming on the handle of the ladle used to scoop water, and also there is no way to dry your freezing hands. I guess the gods want you shivering…
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  • Toshiba income restatement: corresponds to one full year of average operating income

    g_fasol
    21 Jul 2015 | 5:47 am
    Toshiba’s income restatement announced by the independent 3rd party committee Independent 3rd party committee chaired by former Chief Prosecutor of Tokyo High Court On 12 June, 2015, Toshiba announced corrections to income reports, and at the same time engaged an independent 3rd party investigation committee headed by former Chief Prosecutor at the Tokyo High Court, … Continue reading Toshiba income restatement: corresponds to one full year of average operating income The post Toshiba income restatement: corresponds to one full year of average operating income appeared first on…
  • How big is Dentsu? US$ 37 billion, or US$ 19 billion or US$ 6 billion sales/year?

    g_fasol
    21 Jul 2015 | 3:04 am
    Dentsu dominates Japan’s media sector and advertising Dentsu switches from JGAAP to IFRS accounting standards with big impact on KPIs Dentsu dominates Japan’s advertising and media industries, and attracts some of the most creative Japanese talent, although Dentsu is not the first advertising agency in Japan – that priority belongs to Hakuhodo. From April 1, … Continue reading How big is Dentsu? US$ 37 billion, or US$ 19 billion or US$ 6 billion sales/year? The post How big is Dentsu? US$ 37 billion, or US$ 19 billion or US$ 6 billion sales/year? appeared first on…
  • Japan mobile operators grow to US$ 25 billion in operating profits for FY2014 (ended March 31, 2015)

    g_fasol
    5 Jul 2015 | 12:40 pm
    Annual revenues exceed US$ 170 billion in FY2014 Japan’s mobile telecommunications sector continues to grow The global mobile internet and smartphone revolution started in Japan in 1999, and Japan’s mobile telecommunications market is the world’s most advanced and most vibrant. Much mobile innovation and inventions, such as camera phones, color screens for mobile phones, mobile … Continue reading Japan mobile operators grow to US$ 25 billion in operating profits for FY2014 (ended March 31, 2015) The post Japan mobile operators grow to US$ 25 billion in operating…
  • Masahiro Morimoto, entrepreneur, CEO and Chairman of the Board, UBIC Inc.

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    20 Jun 2015 | 6:26 am
    UBIC Inc: founded to curb huge losses of Japanese corporations due to litigation abroad From Japanese/Chinese/Korean (CJK) e-discovery, to data forensics, virtual data scientist and predictive coding Masahiro Morimoto founded UBIC Inc. on August 8, 2003 to stem the huge losses he saw Japanese corporations incurring due to litigation abroad. English-only software cannot be used … Continue reading Masahiro Morimoto, entrepreneur, CEO and Chairman of the Board, UBIC Inc. The post Masahiro Morimoto, entrepreneur, CEO and Chairman of the Board, UBIC Inc. appeared first on Eurotechnology…
  • Toshiba accounting restatements in context

    g_fasol
    18 Jun 2015 | 9:06 am
    July 21, 2015: Update – report of the independent 3rd party committee chaired by former Chief Prosecutor of the Tokyo High Court. Corrections amount to 2 1/2 years (31.5 months) of average annual net profits Sales stagnation combined with almost zero net profit of Japan’s top 8 electronics companies creates increasing pressure to improve performance: … Continue reading Toshiba accounting restatements in context The post Toshiba accounting restatements in context appeared first on Eurotechnology Japan.
 
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    Ramen Tokyo

  • Abura Soba Kasugatei/Kanda油そば専門店春日亭/神田

    25 Jul 2015 | 6:48 pm
    "Mega noodles and mega meat" type of chain with several branches in Tokyo. Forgot to take a picture of the outside with its long description of the product and how it is made. Look on Google Maps. Down the street from Waizu. Be sure to tell them no raw egg if you don't want it as the place seems to be a niku soba/maze soba combination. Pretty thick, correctly done noodles, with a good shoyu abura coating and four healthy pies of grilled pork. Could probably have left out the onions too if I had thought of it.Our 400th review.Google MapsShop Home Page
  • Orenchi Beyond/San Francisco

    25 Jul 2015 | 6:31 pm
    Orenchi Beyond - I had the Orenchi Ramen. Excellent. Place is very stylish and modern, with a young waitstaff.Google MapsYelp Page
  • Houkiboushi Plus/Kandaほうきぼうし+/神田

    25 Jul 2015 | 6:22 pm
     Down the street from Edo-ko sushi. Nothing special, decent tokyo-style shoyu with a single piece of passable pork. They also have a tori paitan. Good quality home made noodles. Counter seating very cramped.Google MapsShop Home Page
  • Kirimachi/San Francisco

    21 Jul 2015 | 6:22 pm
     This place has reviews all the way up and down the scale on Yelp. They had tonkotsu gyokai of all things, I've eaten 200 bowls of that in Tokyo but this I have never seen in the US before, full stop. It was excellent - the true true flavor with the slight fishiness and the powdery grittyness. The noodles were correctly done for tonkotsu gyokau but the portion, like other reviewers have seen, was a bit small for the price. I would get the extra noodles for a full meal. The place was a bit empty but I was there early in the afternoon. The woman behind the counter really wanted to please…
  • Ramen Kaito/Kandaラーメン海人/神田

    20 Jul 2015 | 5:32 pm
     This is a combination Chinese and Japanese ramen place with some other Chinese dishes thrown in, the niku tsukemen was not the best I've ever had, but it was good, and the way the meat was presented gyu-don-style chopped up on top of the noodles was very satisfying. Very helpful and fiendly staff. They give you a squeeze bottle of lemon-flavored-abura to put on the noodles prior to dipping - strongly recommended. Also you can get the usual set of Chinese dishes, jin-jya-rosu, ma-op-tofu etc. Good for a party where everyone wants something different. There are no hugely standout chinese…
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  • Etajima to Hiroshima Port Ferry

    27 Jul 2015 | 10:16 pm
    If you are traveling from Hiroshima to cycle around Etajima or visit the Museum of Naval History on the island chances are you will take the ferry from Hiroshima Port to either Kirikushi Port on the northern tip of Etajima or Koyo Port on the east coast. The ferry, operated by Seitonaikai Kisen, transports motor vehicles, bicycles and foot passengers on the 20 minute journey.High speed boats travel between Hiroshima Port and Koyo Port beginning at 6.21am from Koyo and 6.45am from Hiroshima Port.The fare is presently 1060 yen or buy a 1 day ferry pass for 3,300 yen enabling visitors to…
  • A Walk Around Kyushu Day 70 Imari to Arita

    27 Jul 2015 | 7:19 am
    A Walk Around KyushuDay 70, Imari to AritaSaturday March 22nd, 2014 The last two days have been long ones with somewhere between 30 and 40 kilometers of walking each day. Today will be much shorter, only 15 kilometers of pilgrimage, which should take me up to late morning, but then I plan to spend the rest of the day exploring Arita and the surrounding area.I head off from Imari under clear skies but as the morning progresses scattered clouds build up. I am basically heading south along the Arita River. At times I am able to get off the main road and cross to a smaller road on the other bank.
  • Japan News This Week 26 July 2015

    25 Jul 2015 | 3:30 pm
    今週の日本Japan Scraps Olympic Stadium Plan Over $2 Billion Price TagNew York TimesJapan sharpens censure of China disputed sea activity BBCFinancial Times sold to Japanese media group Nikkei for £844m GuardianJapan urges Russian prime minister not to visit disputed islesJapan TimesIntroduction: The Experts Report and the Future of Okinawa Japan FocusLast Week's Japan News on the JapanVisitor blogStatisticsPrime Minister' Abe's approval numbers are in steep decline.Various news outlets released approval ratings this week. The figure in parentheses is for the previous month. Mainichi…
  • Costco Japan

    24 Jul 2015 | 7:51 pm
    コストコCostco, the American wholesale retailer, has a growing number of stores and related businesses in Japan.There are Costco stores in Sapporo in Hokkaido, Iruma, Kanazawa, Maebashi, Makuhari, Chiba New Town, Tsukuba, Kawasaki, Shinmisato, Tamasakai, Zama and Hitachinaka in Kanto, Chubu Airport near Tokoname in Chubu, Amagasaki, Kyoto Iwata, Kobe and Izumi in Kinki, Hiroshima in Chugoku, and Hisayama and Kitakyushu in Kyushu.Shoppers must sign up for membership which is presently 3,500 yen a year for Business membership or 4,000 yen for Gold Star Membership.Costco stocks food and…
  • A Walk Around Kyushu Day 69 Hiradoguchi to Imari

    22 Jul 2015 | 4:00 pm
    A Walk Around KyushuDay 69, Hiradoguchi to ImariFriday March 21st, 2014 Today's lengthy leg of my walk from Hirado to Imari will include just one temple and other than that I have no idea of what I will see or encounter. Sometimes there are things marked on the maps that I know I will want to check out, but there are no tourist sites of any kind in this section.The road is a standard, rural, two lane road not choked with traffic but not quiet. I stop in at a few roadside shrines to see if there is anything to see. Before I started walking pilgrimage routes I used to walk around…
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  • Historic Misgivings – East Asian Yasukunism

    Emma Ota
    29 Jul 2015 | 6:19 am
    As Japan and the world face the heavy task of marking 70 years since the end of WWII, major public museums spotlight representations of conflict through art both in critique and support of war. Works by artists such as Toraji Ishikawa, Kenichi Nakamura, and Saburo Miyamoto (including Miyamoto’s “The Meeting of General Yamashita and General Percival”) give glimpses of hard-lining war propaganda as well as searing condemnations of the suffering brought by warfare. Given the current climate, we can imagine most of these exhibits will play it safe and keep controversy at arm’s length, yet…
  • Sion Sono’s “Whispering Star”—The Return to Present: A Brief Visit to Dystopia

    Jong Pairez
    20 Jul 2015 | 10:20 am
    In their little-known single “Fare Thee Not Well Mutineer” the rock band Grandaddy sing of a ghastly post-apocalyptic future. The dystopian song also tells us reveries of living again in a healthy planet, long-ago obliterated by utopian human progress. In that distant future, amidst the high-rise carcasses and deadened malls there is nothing else to do but to helplessly daydream of another place to live peacefully, however, impossible ideal. The feeling of despair, weariness, and longing portrayed in that song resonates with Sion Sono’s recent films, “Himizu” and “The Land of…
  • 10 Things in Tokyo: July Round-Up

    Emma Ota
    10 Jul 2015 | 11:56 pm
    Composer Erik Satie’s idiosyncrasies in life and work have raised him to a mythical status, apt for a man who refused to be pinned down by the simple term “musician.” His habits sound like something out of a Sophie Calle work – at one point he ate only white foods and bought seven identical shirts, one for each day of the week, so as to unburden himself of any unnecessary decision-making. Satie moved in all kinds of creative circles and was closely associated with the Dadaists, inspiring a whole generation of musical talent from Ravel to Poulenc and the minimalists. Bunkamura explores…
  • The First 100 Years of Japanese Porcelain

    Jennifer Pastore
    8 Jul 2015 | 7:05 pm
    The Toguri Museum of Art, a private porcelain collection tucked away in a quiet corner of Shibuya, is a must-visit for any admirer of ceramics. Assembled in the postwar era to preserve fine Asian ceramics for future generations, it contains some 7,000 works of Japanese, Chinese, and Korean porcelain, around 100 of which are on public display at any one time. This spring the museum launched a series showcasing the evolution of Japanese porcelain from its beginnings in 17th century Kyushu. “Early Imari Ware,” which ran April 4th through June 21st, focused on the origins of Japanese…
  • Asian Agitations—A Time of Unrest

    Emma Ota
    3 Jul 2015 | 2:04 am
    “We are art terrorists,” proclaims “Performance Rising in Rebellion Against Modern Civilization”, an essay penned by Yoshihiro Kato, leader of the radical performance group Zero Jigen (also known as Zero Dimension). In no too uncertain terms, these words reflect the volatilities of an age in which the authority of both the state and art history were placed under increasing scrutiny. As the likes of Allen Kaprow, Josef Beuys and Wolf Vostell were making happenings and George Maciunas was leading Fluxus actions across America and Europe, as struggles for civil rights were reaching new…
 
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  • 28th Tokyo International Film Festival Press Conference – Event outline

    Rohan Gillett
    28 Jul 2015 | 5:04 am
    Here is the latest from Around Tokyo! Today, the run-up started to the 28th Tokyo Internation […] The post 28th Tokyo International Film Festival Press Conference – Event outline appeared first on Around Tokyo.
  • Tanabata at Zojoji

    Rohan Gillett
    7 Jul 2015 | 7:48 pm
    Here is the latest from Around Tokyo! The seventh day of the seventh month in many parts of J […] The post Tanabata at Zojoji appeared first on Around Tokyo.
  • Sanja Matsuri 2015 – Daigyoretsu

    Rohan Gillett
    15 May 2015 | 4:03 am
    Here is the latest from Around Tokyo! The Sanja Festival returned for 2015 and I went along t […] The post Sanja Matsuri 2015 – Daigyoretsu appeared first on Around Tokyo.
  • City of Light: Nishi-Shinjuku

    Rohan Gillett
    3 May 2015 | 8:11 pm
    Here is the latest from Around Tokyo! Over the twenty years I have lived in Japan, there are […] The post City of Light: Nishi-Shinjuku appeared first on Around Tokyo.
  • Wisteria Festival 2015 at Kameido Tenjin

    Rohan Gillett
    26 Apr 2015 | 6:24 am
    Here is the latest from Around Tokyo! I’ve always been lucky with the weather for the W […] The post Wisteria Festival 2015 at Kameido Tenjin appeared first on Around Tokyo.
 
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  • Festivals of Japan: Aomori Nebuta Matsuri

    John Asano
    30 Jul 2015 | 6:00 pm
    The Aomori Nebuta Matsuri is one of Japan’s most colourful and spectacular summer festival and is a must see event in August. The festival is one of Japan’s most famous and is one of the ‘Three Great Festivals of the Tohoku region’ of Japan, called Tohoku Sandai Matsuri in Japanese. The Aomori Nebuta Matsuri is held in Aomori City, Aomori Prefecture which is situated at the northern tip of Honshu in the Tohoku region of Japan. Aomori Prefecture is a beautiful part of Japan famous for its apples and historic castle, Hirosaki-jo. Historian cannot agree on the origins of the festival,…
  • Norimaki: The Easy DIY Sushi You Can Make At Home

    Emma Crabtree
    29 Jul 2015 | 6:00 pm
    My first trip to a sushi bar ended in humiliation and disappointment. Firstly; it was a maki roll less experience and secondly the usual discreet manner of ordering in this apparently shy and reserved nation was a complete contradiction. I had to shout out my order so all ears were on my non existent nihongo and dodgy pronunciation, the latter isn’t too much of a problem these days, but the lack of avocado on menus continues to disappoint me. I know, I know, avocado isn’t traditionally used in sushi but who can blame me, my love of California rolls was sealed a thousand miles from Japan.
  • Tips for Getting Along With a Japanese Mother-in-law

    Louise George Kittaka
    28 Jul 2015 | 9:53 pm
    Mothers-in-law get a bad rap all over the world. In the West, it is the mother-in-law versus son-in-law relationship that is the butt of stand-up comedy jokes. In Asian cultures, however, it is generally the daughter-in-law’s relationship with the family matriarch that grabs the lion’s share of attention, and Japan is no exception. When even Japanese women can find it challenging to get along with their partner’s mother, what is it like for a foreign woman when she marries a local guy? My own story starts off in fairly typical fashion. I was 20 years old, fresh out of university and…
  • Top Jobs in Japan for Week 31 – 2015

    GaijinPot Blog
    28 Jul 2015 | 7:54 pm
    Check back every week 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 Jobs. Native English Teacher ¥2,500 ~ ¥3,000 / Hour Yokohama, Kanagawa English: Native level Must currently reside in Japan Comm Ess is looking for part-time experienced native teachers who are passionate about imparting knowledge to children in the classroom, to join our team. We believe that learning a second language should be fun and stress free. We have…
  • Disrupting Japan: From Professor To Founder

    Tim Romero
    28 Jul 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Yusuke epitomizes the new generation of Japanese startup founders. Of course, that means he is almost exactly the opposite of what most Westerners picture as a startup founder in Japan. Yusuke left a fast-track, high-status job in as a college professor to start one startup after another, in both Tokyo and in San Francisco, and while Yusuke has not achieved a massive Silicon Valley style exit just yet, there is no doubt he is on his way. Yusuke and I discuss his transition from professor, to freelancer, to founder, to founder, to founder yet again. He explains how a one-way ticket to San…
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  • Cheapo Weekend for Aug 1-2: The Sky Goes Boom

    Adriana Mazza
    29 Jul 2015 | 11:38 pm
    If this is your first time spending August in Tokyo, then welcome. Welcome to the hottest, most humid, stickiest, insufferable month of the year. And what better way to get your mind of this thermal atrocity than with thousands upon thousands of fireworks illuminating the night sky for you to ooh and ah at? |credit| This Saturday (Aug 1) will host 5 separate firework festivals (more if you count festival spillage into early next week). To the east of Tokyo is the Edogawa Fireworks celebrating its 40th year, to the north is the Itabashi Fireworks and to the west are the Hachioji…
  • Yanmo: Thrill of the Grill

    Adriana Mazza
    28 Jul 2015 | 9:50 pm
    A snazzy joint only a few minutes’ walk from either Tokyo or Yurakucho Station, Yanmo is serving up some delectable cheapo friendly lunch sets. Yanmo, known for its daily catching and grilling of fish from the Izu Peninsula, is a perfect spot for a sophisticated lunch against a backdrop of sleek, modern Japanese-style decor and ambiance. A visit to this restaurant is similar to some Michelin-star restaurants in that while the dinner prices (5,000-10,000 yen/person) might be a closer match to the swankiness of the place, the lunch prices are an absolute steal. Mainly finely dressed…
  • 8 Recommended Resources for Learning Japanese

    Tiffany
    24 Jul 2015 | 12:20 am
    Whether you want to learn Japanese without enrolling in a language school, or you want to supplement your Japanese lessons, there’s no shortage of learning resources for you, and here are some of them. Keep in mind, though, that since some of these resources work best as supplementary review material, it’s best to use a combination of materials for those planning to study Japanese on their own. Of course, there’s no one surefire way to learn Japanese (different strokes for different folks, after all), but we’ve also got some tips on how to improve your Japanese. Good…
  • Cheapo Weekend for July 25-26: Summer Rush

    Adriana Mazza
    22 Jul 2015 | 11:57 pm
    This particular July weekend is both awesome and awful at the same time. Awesome because it’s full to the brim with must-attend cheapo events. Awful because you’re going to have to pick favorites among a list too good to miss.  We know, we know…muzukashii. We’ll here we go, in no particular order of awesomeness: Fireworks: Sumidagawa Fireworks Festival (Sat. July 25) – This is Tokyo’s biggest fireworks festival in terms of both crowd and number of illuminations. It gets uncomfortably packed very quickly, so be sure to get there way, way early if you want a decent spot. For a…
  • Japanese Cinema Discounts Tokyo

    Selena Hoy
    21 Jul 2015 | 7:29 pm
    photo by Selena Hoy The dog days of summer are upon us, and what better way to escape the heat than in a cool, dark, air-conditioned theater with a frosty drink in hand and some boom bang on the big screen? But movie ticket prices are steep in Japan, clocking in these days at around 1,800 yen per person. Fellow cheapos, there is just about no reason to pay full price for a flick as Japanese cinema discounts Tokyo. The theaters know the prices are ridiculous and the major cinema chains (like 109, Aeon, Toho, and Movix Cinemas) offer a hefty handful of discounts available to the…
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