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· January, 2007

Stories about Japan from January, 2007

Japan: winter purification rituals

David Weber in Japundit blogs about the winter purification-through-freezing-water rituals in Japan.

Japan: marriage stats

Adamu highlights some figures in the recent marriage statistics in Japan: In 1995, most internationally marrying Japanese men (35%) took Filipina brides, while a quarter of them married Chinese women....

Japan and South Korea: waves from both sides

Ampontan blogs about the recent Japan wave from South Korea in term of tourism to Kyushu. Korean tourists, by taking the high speed jetfoils across the sea of Japan, can...

Trinidad & Tobago: Soca podcast

The latest soca podcast features 2007 tracks by several Trinidadian artists and by Japanese soca sensation Minmi.

Japan: Namba Yasaka Shinto Shrine

Ampontan introduces the Namba Yasaka Shinto Shrine in Osaka: The outdoor structure is called the Ojishi-den, or Palace of the Great Lion. Visitors say it’s about the size of a...

Japan: kogal phenomenon

Neomarxism has an informative post about the kogal phenomenon in Japan: For foreigners looking at Japan from abroad, the kogal appeared to be empowered young women forming a revolutionary army...

Japan: Strange festivals

Ampotant introduces the culture of strange festivals, kisai, in Japan.

Japan: Strange festivals

Ampotant introduces the culture of strange festivals, kisai, in Japan.

Japan: Kawaii signs

Overoften from Japundit presents a selection of the very special signage.

Japan: karakuri dolls

Karakuri dolls are ancient little robots from Edo made out of wood and porcelain with no metal screws or anything. Paul Nicholls from Japundit introduces a website that sells the...

Japan: fire fighting flower

Lee in Tokyo Times explains the design of fire fighting flower.

Japan: Foreign Minister's cultural diplomacy

Adamu from Mutantfrog blogs an interesting photo of Japan Foreign minister Taro Aso: If Foreign Minister Taro Aso can keep wonderful photo opportunities like this up, I would support him...

Japan: white collar exemption

Adamu in Mutant frog has a nice article discussing the recent debate on white collar exemption, which means office workers who earn 4 million yen or more annually could no...

Japan: Gross National Cool

Neomarxisme blogs about his experience in Japanese popular culture in terms of Gross National Cool: the idea is that this kind of pop cultural influence will translate into a “soft...

Japan and Korea: tunnel

Goh Kun, a former prime minister of Korea, is proposing a Japan-Korea tunnel as part of his campaign for president. Joe from Multant Frog gives some historical background on the...

Japan: free English-language online sources on Japanese politics

Adamu from Multant frog gives his readers very good information on free English-language online sources on Japanese politics.

Japan: first mosque in Kyushu

Ampontan explains the process about how the decision of building the first mosque in Kyushu managed to get concensus from the local community. It takes 8 years and the construction...

Japan and Korea: Ramen Noodles Politics

The asia pages has some interesting conversations concerning the debate over the invention of instant noodles between Japanese and Korean.

Japan and South Korea: sea of peace

South Korea's president's suggestion to name the sea between Japan and Korea (East of Korea) Sea of peace instead of Sea of Japan, has stirred up much reactions and comments....

Japan: environmental Furoshiki

Paul Nicholls in Japundit blogs about Furoshiki, a traditional wrapping cloth, which has easily been adapted in modern Japanese society. The ministry of environment recently promoted Furoshiki as an ancient...

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