This Cherry Tree Sprouts Blossoms of Hope

It’s time in many parts of Japan for people to hang out under the cherry trees and eat, drink, and be merry as beautiful blossoms fall on their heads. Last … Continue reading

April 6, 2013 · 5 Comments

Photo Studio: Shrink-Wrapped Love!

KIDS! Don’t try this at home! Japanese photographer Haruhiko Kawaguchi had a great idea – why not find a bunch of couples in Tokyo nightclubs and invite them to come … Continue reading

April 5, 2013 · 4 Comments

The World’s Smallest Bowl of Ramen

One of the first things you notice when you come to Japan is that a lot of things are smaller than what you might be used to. If you’re even … Continue reading

April 4, 2013 · 1 Comment

Music Hall: YUKI

YUKI (all caps, please) is one of the more prolific singers to have captured the Japanese imagination. She first hit the big time in 1991, when she formed a band … Continue reading

April 4, 2013 · Leave a comment

Laser Lights Brighten Up Japan-Jordan Soccer Game

If you think soccer isn’t exciting enough, you may appreciate the latest innovation – laser lights. There were so many laser lights at last week’s Japan-Jordan World Cup qualifying showdown … Continue reading

April 4, 2013 · 3 Comments

Are Casino Resorts Coming to Japan?

Pachinko is a huge industry in Japan. It’s hard to miss the palatial structures that dot the urbanscapes of virtually every Japanese city. While pachinko is clearly a form of … Continue reading

April 3, 2013 · 1 Comment

Music Hall: Shizuko Kasagi

One of the most popular jazz singers to emerge in the post-war days of the American occupation of Japan was Shizuko Kasagi. She was heavily influenced by American jazz and … Continue reading

April 3, 2013 · Leave a comment