Stories about Japan from January, 2006
Japan: Jellyfish vs. Whale
Mutant Frog Travelogue suggests that rather than hunt whales, Japan ought to focus on snaring jellyfish which have been multiplying in its waters.
Japan, Korea: Grateful Colonies
Oranckay rebuts an article in the Japan Times that argues, among other things, that Japanese colonial rule benefited Korea. “It’s one thing to know that mentioning “Japan’s contribution to Korea’s modernization… only creates anger in Korea,” but it’s another to understand that one of the reasons it angers Koreans so...
Japan, Taiwan: Cute Culture
An article about Japan's cultural obsession with cute things leads the leaky pen to write on Taiwan's own version of “cute culture.”
Japan: Locked Out
Mutant Frog Travelogue fumes at being blocked from accessing content from the Japanese download sites: “Listen up, Japan: I would gladly PAY for a lot of this stuff! PAY! MONEY! And I know there are thousands if not millions of Japanese and non-Japanese people who would similarly pony up. So...
Japan: Winter Wonderland
Over the weekend, Tokyo was blanketed with the heaviest snow in five years. Antipixel and Japundit have pictures.
China, Japan, Korea: The Uses of Anti-Japan Sentiment
Two contributors at Japundit hold a frank conversation about why China and sometimes South Korea find anti-Japanese sentiment so useful: “It allows people to indulge their emotions…It has nothing to do with today’s reality. Imperial Japan no longer exists. It was annihilated, and everyone in Japan knows it.” It's a...
The Moveable Feast: Eat the World in Ten Blogs
#1Have you ever wondered how the soldiers in Iraq spent the holiday season? This is the day when you will get the scoop, first hand by Chairbone Stranger, an American soldier deployed somewhere very dusty in Iraq. His Christmas eve dinner report will leave you speechless, well, at least for...
Japan: Why I Photo Blog
The man behind JapanWindow.com, a Japan photo blog, explains why he (photo) blogs.
Japan, Southeast Asia: Old Notes
Mutant Frog Travelogue directs us to images of banknotes used during the World War II Japanese occupation of Southeast Asia.
China, Korea, Japan: Bad Start
The Asia Pages observes that 2006 is starting off poorly for China-South Korea-Japan relations.
Trinidad and Tobago: Paper carnival
Richard Bolai posts photos of the results of Trinidadian Carnival artist Marlon Griffith's work at the Mino Paper Village Artist Residency in Japan. Griffith created carnival costumes and other objects out of washi, a variety of handmade paper.
Cooking up the World!
How many people that are lactose-intolerant do you know? Well, I have good news for them: “Raw Milk”. Verdant San Francisco tells us his story about how he became vegan trying to find an answer to his problem, and how now, after 10 years without drinking milk, he becomes a...
Japan: Failure of Xbox 360
4 color rebellion, a gamer blog, reacts to articles blaming Japanese for the poor reception of the Xbox360 at its recent launch. His post starts a long discussion about anti-Americanism, racism and how Japanese react to U.S. products.
Japan: History Lessons
The Japan History Blog reflects on a revealing exercise by a history teacher in Fukuoka: the teacher passed out mock draft cards and asked students to mark whether or not they would go to war for their country.