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· April, 2008

Stories about Japan from April, 2008

Japan: Fertility Festival

Gimmeabreakman posted a video about the Tagata Fertility Festival at Japundit.

Japan: Stick-puppet Animation

Edo from Pink Tentacle posted a stick puppet animation, “Mononoke Dance”, by manga artist Masakazu Amahisa. The video shows a traditional Japanese monsters party.

Japan: Candle Night for Tibetan

Martin J Frid wrote an account for a candle night event in a Buddhist temple for showing their concern and support for Tibetan.

Japan: Architect bloggers stand against redevelopment plan

One of the most prominent modern architectural works in Japan is facing possible demolition. Japan Post, privatized last October, announced last year its plan to build a 200m building in...

Video on Flickr: An apple of dischord

Seventeen hours after its creation, the Flickr group "NO VIDEO ON FLICKR!!!" already has more than 5475 members and 670 items. What is even more amazing is that another group,...

Japan: Penis Pandemonium

Lee from Tokyo Time posts photos of the annual fertility festival at Hachiman-gu Shrine.

South Korea: How the Dead are Remebered Differently?

Matt discusses about how the dead are remembered and forgotten in South Korea.

Japan: Major Parties Cooperate to Legislate Regulation of “Harmful” Internet Content

Japanese bloggers have been making noise the past few days in reaction to two separate bills, submitted first by the ruling Liberal Democratic Party of Japan (LDP) and next by...

Japan: Next generation advertising communication

Japanese blogger Tokuriki Motohiko at reviews the book [ja] “Next generation advertising communication” (次世代広告コミュニケーション) by Yokoshima Ryuji [ja]. The book considers the gap between the methods of mass marketing...

Japan: Kyoto Goal

Hisane Masaki from Ohmynews International has an update on the Japan goal in greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction.

Japan: Blogs a dangerous business?

Japanese blogger Akihito at Shirokuma Nikki picks up a New York Times article about the stress of 24/7 blogging, reflecting on the attraction of blogs as a medium to connect...

Japan: Family registry system and same-sax couples

Blogger Maruyama Teruno discusses the gay-unfriendly nature of the Japanese family registry system, referred to as koseki, and argues that the system lacks consideration for the privacy of individuals. Even...

Japan: 7th Tokyo Pride Parade announced

7th Tokyo Pride Parade (TTP7th) has been announced and the official blog [jp]has been launched. Scheduled for August 9, the theme for this year's TPP is “matsuri”, or festival in...

Japan in full bloom

Spring has come to Japan with the first cherry blossoms of the year. People anxiously wait for the blossom forecast announced by the Meteorological Agency, while marking their calendar for...

Japan: Ikeda Nobuo on new Internet censorship bill

Blogger Ikeda Nobuo writes in English about a new bill submitted by LDP legislator Takaichi Sanae to censor “harmful” content on the Japanese Internet. He writes that “mainstream media are...

Japan: New Internet regulation bill sparks reactions from bloggers

A new legislative bill aiming to regulate access to “harmful” web content by minors (under age 18), presented to a government panel on March 19th by LDP member Takaichi Sanae...

Japan: Otaku Research #1

Matt Alt at Neojaponisme translates a 1983 article by Japanese essayist Nakamori Akio, the first part of the “Otaku Research” series entitled “The City is Full of Otaku”, referring to...

Japan: Bottle Tea

Ad Blankestijn from Japan Navigator wrote about the bottle tea business.

Korea and Japan: Korea's Role in WWII

Ampontan referred to a Korean newspapers article titled Were Koreans Oppressors in the War, or its Victims? and carried on the discussion about politics and history writing.

Japan: the Japanese School Uniform

PingMag has a feature article on the Japanese School Uniform fashion.

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