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· January, 2011

Stories about Japan from January, 2011

Qatar: Thousands of ticket-holders turned away from Asian Cup final

Qatar hits a snag with Asian Cup final, as thousands of ticket-holders are banned at the gate for security reasons. Irate, disappointed and heartbroken fans fill the Internet with their...

Japan: Free Press Association

Carrying on the mission of abolishing the monopoly in information in Japan [en], a group of freelance and online journalists founded the Free Press Association of Japan (日本報道協会, Nihon Hohdoh...

Video: Shoemakers of the World

Today's videos focus on the artisans around the world still making shoes by hand. From Mexico to Japan: we'll take a look at how different shoes, slippers and sandals are...

Taiwan: Don't be a lousy traveler

Blogger Mochadango(抹茶糰子) who lives in Kyoto, Japan, condemns the ignorance and nearly-criminal acts(zht) of a Taiwanese traveler who recently took photos and videos of other travelers while taking a hot...

China: Police and Japanese porn star

Many regional police departments have launched their micro-blogs at Sina for promoting their image and public relations. Recently netizens found out that Xigang Branch Office of Dalian Police Department has...

Japan: 16th Anniversary of Great Hanshin Earthquake

Today is the 16th anniversary of the Great Hanshin earthquake, and many prayed for lives lost. Blogger nikisuke quietly reflected on the passing of the years and quotes a Tweet...

Japan: Advising someone to give up on their dream

What if someone asked for advice on their dream path and you felt it wasn’t the best choice for them? What is the right thing to do?

Japan: Office Photos of Major Internet Companies

The Sooey blog rounded up photos of the office spaces belonging to some of Japan's most well known Internet companies, wondering about the trend of having fancy entrances and desk...

Japan: Coming of Age Day 2011

It's Coming of Age Day in Japan today and Buddhika Weerasinghe has posted street snaps of people celebrating in colorful kimono. 1.24 million Japanese turn 20 years old this year,...

Japan: Tokyo's Art Scene in 2010

William Andrews at the Tokyo Art Beat blog posted his annual Year in Review of the Tokyo contemporary art scene.

Japan: New Landmark “Tokyo Sky Tree” is Growing

The year 2011 in Tokyo started with a sunny blue sky, and it was the perfect day to mark the beginning of a fresh new year. Japanese people have customs...

Japan: Ryuichi Sakamoto Experiments with Social Music Experiences

Ryuichi Sakamoto, one of Japan's most respected musicians, is experimenting with new ways for fans to enjoy his music with skmtSocialproject. His piano concert held in Seoul today was broadcast...

Japan: Android Conference

The Japan Android Group is hosting the “Android Bazaar and Conference 2011 Winter” at Tokyo University today, and many people are tweeting about it with the hashtag #abc2011w.

Japan: Being Neighborly

The Good and Bad Japan blog details his insight about community obligations in a Japanese han through his experience of attending a neighbor's funeral.

Japan: Firewalking Festival

A blogger at The Roving Ronin Report posted videos and pictures [en] of the Firewalking Festival (Akibasan Gongen Hibuse Matsuri) in Odawara, where “Buddhist Priests dressed as Yamabushi – mountain...

Japan: Yearning for death

Daniele at The East Asia Gazette analyzed the “state of suicides in Japan” [en]. The post reads like a short essay on the sociological and cultural causes of suicide in...

Japan: 2010 in Manga

A look back to 2010 with Neojaponisme's Matthew Penney who “presents [en] some highlights of 2010 that speak to different directions in contemporary manga” [en]. Among those also Saint Young...

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