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Stories about Japan

26 June 2016

Japan This: The Ultimate Online English-Language Guide to Authentic, Historical Tokyo

Japan This is a quirky historical photoblog that examines parts of Tokyo not normally covered by English-language guidebooks.

24 June 2016

Japan Gears Up for a Hot, Humid Rainy Season

"Good morning. Isn't it muggy? With all this rain. Kyushu seems to be having a hard time again. I wonder if they're all right. Be careful. OK?"

22 June 2016

Updated and Translated, ‘Hiroshima Archive’ Preserves Eyewitness Testimony of Atomic Attack

"Few survivors remain today and soon there will be none. Who then can speak from personal experiences of the effects of nuclear war upon humanity?"

15 June 2016

The Less Sleek, More Timeworn ‘Bits of Tokyo’

'Bits of Tokyo' is a Twitter photo blog devoted to capturing the minute details of surviving postwar life in Japan.

14 June 2016

Japan's Love Affair With Capybaras

In Japan, there is an online subculture devoted to capybaras, the friendly giant rodent from South America.

10 June 2016

US Church Members Stage Roadside Vigil Amid Outrage Over Japanese Woman's Murder

"When I left my hotel and started driving down Route 58, there were Americans standing under the torrid sun with their heads bowed. They seem to be in deep pain."

What Stereotypes Do Europeans Have of Japan? Google Autocomplete Offers a Clue

A new series of maps shows what Europeans may really think of Japan, and what the Japanese people may really think about other parts of the world.

8 June 2016

The Quirky Tranquility of Japanese Suburbia in Photos

Japan isn't just Mount Fuji, neon landscapes and bullet trains. One Tumblr photo blog has set out to document the country's quiet residential streets.

5 June 2016

The Student Group in Japan That's Made It Cool to Protest

There's a negative image of protesters in Japan, but one student group is changing that.

3 June 2016

Japanese Are Uploading Photos to Twitter to Prove They Live in the Boonies

From crab crossing signs to pheasant strolling through town, these photos show life in Japanese countryside.

2 June 2016

No Apologies, But Most Japanese View Obama's Historic Visit to Hiroshima Positively

Despite some complaints, most Japanese people appear to have reacted favorably to President Obama's May 27 visit to Hiroshima.

28 May 2016

How Beauty Trends Have Changed in Japan Over the Past 100 Years

From long hair to short, from heavy make-up to more subtle, beauty conventions in Japan have undergone a fascinating transformation over the past century.

27 May 2016

‘I Do Not Want Any Children to Develop Cancer Like Me’, a Fukushima Resident Says

An independent filmmaker interviewed a young woman from Fukushima Prefecture, ground zero of the March 2011 nuclear disaster, who has been diagnosed with thyroid cancer.

23 May 2016

In Japan, the Panama Papers Are Met With a Collective Shrug

"If the government doesn't get mad and stays quiet, it's the Japanese people who will have the last laugh."

20 May 2016

On Not Becoming a Buddhist

The Bridge

Did a visit to the Japanese Buddhist temple of Tada-ji and the statue of Yakushi Nyorai help save a sick infant? Is it even possible to know?

19 May 2016

A Japanese City Uses Frightening CGI to Teach Residents Tsunami Survival

Do you know where to run if a tsunami strikes? The city of Kamakura has created a simulation that aims to help residents answer this question.

15 May 2016

Taking Back Japan, One History Textbook at a Time?

The Bridge

By pushing for the omission of certain ideas from history textbooks, the current Japanese administration is promoting a revisionist view of the country's past. Will they succeed?

13 May 2016

Striking Google Satellite Photos Show Landslide Damage in Japan After Earthquakes

At least 49 people died in collapsed buildings and landslides, and tens of thousands more were evacuated as the result of frequent and violent aftershocks.

12 May 2016

Twitter Provides a Treasure Trove of Photos of China and Japan During World War II

Two Twitter accounts provide a much-needed look back at World War II in China and the rest of Asia.

7 May 2016

Meet Japan's Biggest YouTube Star

Who is one of the most popular YouTube stars you have never heard of? Here's a hint: he lives in Japan.

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