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· December, 2005

Stories about Japan from December, 2005

Japan: Gaudy Game Paddles

Japanduit has colorful photographs of hagoita, wooden paddles used in a traditional Japanese game much like badminton that is played around New Year's. The paddles are adorned with Kabuki images,...

Japan: Hard Gay Toy

Controversial but popular Japanese TV character Razor Ramon HG, a.k.a. Hard Gay now has a toy inspired by him. A “sexual minority” teacher's network has complained that the toy, which...

Japan: Odd Survey

What Japan Thinks is a blog that translates quite interesting Japanese public opinion polls to English, such as on the popularity of mobile phones as gaming platforms or the market...

Japan: Animator's Son Talks

Mutant Frog Travelogue translates from the Japanese the first blog post by the son of famed animator Hayao Miyazaki, who is coming out with his own animated film that his...

Japan: Remembering Ronin

David Weber at Japundit writes about the Dec. 14 commoration in Japan of the deaths of 47 ronin — an annual tribute to the samurai way.

Japan: Sushi Documentary

Making the rounds on the blogs is this spoof documentary on how to eat sushi. It's funny but also surprisingly informative.

China, Japan: Zhang Ziyi is a Race Traitor?

the leaky pen discusses the outrage on Chinese blogs over local actress Zhang Ziyi's role as a Japanese courtesan in a new Hollywood movie. He fumes: “A problem almost as...

Japan: Correcting “Lost in Translation”

David Weber at Japundit watched a Tokyo showing of the movie “Lost in Translation” and has some suggestions on how it could be more representative of Japan's overwhelming capital.

Japan: Drag Racing

MasaManiA has pictures of street car racing on a Saturday night in Tokyo.

Japan, Thailand: Sushi Stall

The sight of a nighttime sushi stall in Thailand recalls Preetam Rai to old-time Edo, which had similar stands until the stalls went extinct after World War II.

China, Japan, Korea: Critiquing Critics

The Asia Pages comments on Asian critics’ negative reactions to Hollywood's choices in bringing the book Memoirs of a Geisha to the screen. “While it would be nice to see...

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