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· August, 2008

Stories about Japan from August, 2008

Japan: Paper Art

Ryoko from Pingmag interviews Kanako Yaguchi, who brings the art of classic cutting paper techniques to textile and clothing designs.

Japan: Ministry study on biological roots of withdrawal and rage

Starting next year, a team of researchers recruited by the Japanese Ministry of Education will commit themselves to studying the connection between brain structure and sociability. Their aim will be...

Japan: Virtual Temple

Martin J Frid from Kurashi highlight a local news concerning the creation of a virtual temple online.

Japan: Animal Garbage Bag

Edo from Pink tentacle blogs about an animal garbage bag project for promoting environmental awareness.

Japan: Pet Culture

Lee from Tokyo Times blogs some photos showing Japanese pet culture in daily consumption.

Japan: Food Safety

Martin J Frid from Kurashi blogs about the changing attitude towards food in Japan.

Japan: Shopping for Funny Items

Mari introduces some funny Japanese items that can be found in online shop.

Japan and Thailand: Children of the Dark

Roy Berman from Multant frog elaborated his comments on a newly released film “Children of the Dark” which is about how children in Thailand are exploited by developed countries.

Japan: Ikeda on Everything is Miscellaneous

Well-known Japanese blogger Nobuo Ikeda (池田信夫) reviews [ja] the recently released translation of David Weinberger's book “Everything is Miscellaneous” (インターネットはいかに知の秩序を変えるか?), translated to Japanese by Rei Kasiwano (柏野零).

Japan and China: Angry ‘Olympic Ojisan’ leaves Beijing

James from Japan Probe highlights the mainstream media reports about the early departure of Olympic super fan, 82-years old “Olympic Ojisan”.

Japan: Bathhouse Culture

Verena from Pingmag has written a feature about Japanese bathhouse culture.

Japan: Intangible Cultural Heritage

Ampontan blogs about the nomination of 14 cultural expressions by the Agency of Cultural Affair as Intangible Cultural Heritage. One of the items is chakkirako.

Japan: Yasukuni Shrine on August 15th

James from Japan Probe has a sum-up on the demonstration at Yasukuni Shrine on August 15, the anniversary of Japan’s defeat in the Pacific War.

Japan: To Japanese women, WaiWai was sexual harassment

Since it exploded on the Japanese Internet less than two months ago, the scandal at Mainichi surrounding the newspaper's former English-language column “WaiWai” has taken on epic proportions. While much...

Japan: Foreign Population

Adam from Mutant frog blogs about the increase of foreign population on Japan society.

Japan: Gaijin Stereotype Debate

Eric from Japan Probe opened a debate with another blogger Debito over the issue of Gaijin stereotype.

Japan: Soft Machines

Edo from Pink Tentacle blogs about the development of elastic electronic circuits which makes soft machines / robot become possible.

Japan: Rural City

Tony Boys wrote a photo essay about Japanese rural city.

Japan: Debate over Google Street View continues

Less than two weeks after Google rolled out Street View in Japan, debate continues in the blogs over whether the new service is an appropriate match for Japanese culture and...

Japan: Rumors of idol photo in Olympics press kit

From 2channel, rumors [ja] that a photo of Japanese idol Yuko Ogura appears hidden in the press kit handed out at the Olympics in Beijing.

About our Japan coverage

Nevin Thompson is our Japan editor. Email him story ideas or volunteer to write.


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