Scilla Alecci · August, 2010

Latest posts by Scilla Alecci from August, 2010

Japan: iPads in the Sumo stables

  27 August 2010

Steven Sande at TUAW reports [en] on the reasons that induced the Japan Sumo Association to distribute iPads to the “big-fingered sumo-wrestlers”. He says the aim is to make the internal communication process smoother after the scandals that hit the association [en] recently.

Japan: Eyebrows raised by China’s rise to number two

  27 August 2010

This month the Japanese government admitted that spending China has stolen its thunder becoming the second largest economy after the US. But this announcement hasn't surprised many Japanese people who had been expecting it to happen sooner or later, and has made many bloggers raise their eyebrows and say: so what?

Japan: Lost generation

  19 August 2010

Tanaka Hidetomi reflects [ja] on the meaning of lost generation (失われた世代) and the origin of such phenomenon.

Japan: Where taking a vacation is a no-no

  15 August 2010

Lying lazily in the shadow of an umbrella on a beach, being a tourist and wandering around the streets of an unknown city with a guide book in your hands, or just relaxing at home enjoying free time. These seem to be the trivial options for holidaymakers – that is, if they don't live in Japan.

Japan: A manga to celebrate the US-Japan alliance

  15 August 2010

Jamaipanese reports [en] that the US military in Japan have published the first chapter of a manga to celebrate 50 years of Japan-US alliance. The first chapter is titled “Our Alliance – A Lasting Partnership” and can be read online (Japanese only).

Japan: Blogger roll-call

  11 August 2010

Yonasu shouts out [en] to a dozen of English writing bloggers, who used to be active in the Japanese blogosphere, but haven't posted anything in the last few months.

Japan: An ancient Roman at the Japanese public bath

  9 August 2010

What could two cultures as distant in time and space as ancient Rome and the modern Japan have in commom? Such a question might sound like a riddle to many but is actually what inspired manga author Mari Yamazaki to create Thermae Romae , a manga said to inaugurate a new genre - the ‘bath’ manga.

Japan: On A-Bomb Day, one minute of silence on twitter

  5 August 2010

Some twitter users will observe a minute of silence [ja] in remembrance of the victims of the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki 65 years ago [en]. No tweets will be posted on Friday 6 at 8:15 a.m. and on Monday 9 at 11:02 a.m. (local time).