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    How did Japan’s Whalers Of The Past Feel About Their Job & The Whales They Killed?






    Despite the popular opinion that Japan’s dedicated pro-whaling community comes from a background of legendary, barbaric whalers who slaughtered whales without mercy, some reports show that pre-harpoon whalers were actually very considerate for the feelings of these giant creatures. Sociologist Hiroyuki Watanabe’s book titled Japan’s Whaling, takes a broad look at the entirety of the […]




  • The bands on the lineup for Shimokitazawa's youth voting and rock event for Sunday's election.

    Governmental Parties to Youth: ‘We can be cool too!’











    Prime Minister Abe and opposing parties have been vying, sometimes with music, to attract the first-time youth voters to join their sides.







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    Your red dress is waiting. love and leukemia and coming home











    Michiel “Mimi” Brandt passed away on July 9th 2012, from complications of her third bone marrow transplant. She was thirty years old. She was one of the founders of this blog and my BFF (Best Friend Forever). If you’ve read Tokyo Vice, you’ll find the following acknowledgement: “Michiel Brandt, the most cheerful researcher and two time leukemia survivor in the world. She’s inspirational”.

    I’ll have to correct that.

    “She was the most cheerful researcher and four-time leukemia survivor in the world. She was inspirational and the best friend I have ever had.”







  • Check out our review of Benjamin Boas' story of how he got interested in Japan through games and manga.

    Manga and Dating Sims: The Real Path to Japanese Mastery











    Boas also provides some useful vocabulary for the basic Japanese learner, particularly while exploring manga and anime’s odd visual effects to communicate emotion, such as veins popping to signal anger which often resemble traffic intersections, and teardrops the size of ostrich eggs to symbolize embarrassment. Boas also touches on the fact that characters often respond to getting excited by girls’ underwear by getting intense nosebleeds or 鼻血(hanadji), which I first thought to be chopsticks sprouting from their noses (pictured below).







  • Japan Loves Trump! Banzai!











    TOKYO—Japan loves Donald TrumP—so much it wants to hug and kiss him—at least that’s the impression you might get from the Japan Supports Donald Trump For World President 2016 Banzai! video that has now been seen over 14 million times on Facebook and 3 million times on YouTube







whales kissing

How did Japan’s Whalers Of The Past Feel About Their Job & The Whales They Killed?






Despite the popular opinion that Japan’s dedicated pro-whaling community comes from a background of legendary, barbaric whalers who slaughtered whales without mercy, some reports show that pre-harpoon whalers were actually very considerate for the feelings of these giant creatures. Sociologist Hiroyuki Watanabe’s book titled Japan’s Whaling, takes a broad look at the entirety of the […]




The bands on the lineup for Shimokitazawa's youth voting and rock event for Sunday's election.

Governmental Parties to Youth: ‘We can be cool too!’











Prime Minister Abe and opposing parties have been vying, sometimes with music, to attract the first-time youth voters to join their sides.







31447.c10b82eed62069fbe4b54feb07ab5abb

Your red dress is waiting. love and leukemia and coming home











Michiel “Mimi” Brandt passed away on July 9th 2012, from complications of her third bone marrow transplant. She was thirty years old. She was one of the founders of this blog and my BFF (Best Friend Forever). If you’ve read Tokyo Vice, you’ll find the following acknowledgement: “Michiel Brandt, the most cheerful researcher and two time leukemia survivor in the world. She’s inspirational”.

I’ll have to correct that.

“She was the most cheerful researcher and four-time leukemia survivor in the world. She was inspirational and the best friend I have ever had.”