Dear Gentle Reader,
All of us at Japan Subculture Research Center would like to thank you for your reading the articles posted here this last year, your contributions, and your comments. Here are some of the articles we thought were the most amusing, edifying, or just fun, grouped together in general order. We had some outstanding outside contributions which made for some excellent reading–and to those contributors thank you as well. Whether you’re interested in Japanese culture or pop-culture, Japan’s nuclear problems, or yakuza and the Japanese underworld—there’s something for everyone. Enjoy!
Just For Fun
It’s a fuckin sale!
A little English goes a rong way
The most read piece we posted last year. And the one we put the least amount of effort into.
Young Japanese Men and Women Reject Marriage, and Ultimately Each Other : Japan Subculture Research Center
Love: Japan style.
The Tears of a Cat: Hello Kitty’s Guide to Japan, English and Japanese/ ハローティの英語で紹介する : Japan Subculture Research Center
Hello Kitty is an international refugee?
British or Japanese?
“You would be cute, IF you had a tiny face.” Japanese facial corset promises cuteness in just 3 minutes! : Japan Subculture Research Center
The most painful article ever.
Let’s Convenience Store! The Musical: コンビニへ行こう！ : Japan Subculture Research Center
A great piece by Mr. Noah-sama, a contributor to the blog. The best of Japanese life.
Coffee & Cigarettes Together At Last : Speak Lark, Drink up : Japan Subculture Research Center
What could be better? Manju and Green Tea? I think not.
Facebook Is Stalking You, Baby. (Notes From The Uncanny Valley, Japan) : Japan Subculture Research Center
How are we feeling today? A little paranoid, perhaps. Maybe not.
The Fallout from 3/11 and Japan’s nuclear industry
Another photo of the now famous Fukushima ostrich (2011) photo: Naoto Matsumura
The Buddha of Fukushima’s Forbidden Zone: A Photo Essay : Japan Subculture Research Center
A tribute to one man who will not go quietly.
Independent Commission on Nuclear Accident: Earthquake, TEPCO negligence, Myth of Safety Caused Meltdown : Japan Subculture Research Center
We hope someone in the Japanese government is paying attention.
The Melting Sun: Japan’s Nuclear Follies : Japan Subculture Research Center
History not only repeats itself, sometimes it predicts the future. A long essay on Japan’s nuclear industry by Professor Jeff Kingston worth reading.
Japan’s historical anti-nuclear protest on July 29th, 2012, a photo essay : Japan Subculture Research Center
The protest movement is heard. The follow up is here on The Daily Beast.
Nuclear Power Protests In Japan Are Finally Heard.
Every Friday night thousands gather to call for an end to nuclear power in Japan.
Misao Redwolf working with the police to keep the protests peaceful.
The Underworld and The Yakuza
The Last Yakuza: A Life In The Japanese Underworld coming in 2014 : Japan Subculture Research Center
I know–total self-promotion. What else do you think pays the costs of running this labor of love? Book sales, some donations, and whatever else I can scrounge up. All that aside, I’m hoping this will be a good read with a moral to the tale. All good stories have something to teach.
The Centers For the Elimination of Organized Crime will be able to launch legal proceedings to shut down yakuza offices under the new laws, if the group is designated “extremely dangerous.”
The $1,000 Pineapple. Japanese Police Offer Rewards For Hand Grenades : Japan Subculture Research Center
Those Southern Yakuza are pretty ornery!
Yakuza Go On The Record About 3/11 Relief Efforts In July Fanzine (実話時代） : Japan Subculture Research Center
When I wrote about this in 2011, it was a taboo. Not anymore. Sometimes even the bad guys do good things.
Yakuza Comix: An Illustrated Guide To The Front Company フロント企業図解 : Japan Subculture Research Center
Pictures and words
Yakuza Comix #2: The Buck Stops With The Boss : Japan Subculture Research Center
It’s not easy being a yakuza chief these days.
Everything I Ever Needed To Know In Life I Learned From the Yakuza or The Cops That Kick Their Ass in 7 Lessons : Japan Subculture Research Center
Live and learn. Sometimes we die and learn.
On Modern Slavery: Thoughts on Human Trafficking : Japan Subculture Research Center
Published posthumously. Michiel Brandt, rest in peace.
Little Mermaids & Little Fingers: An illustrated yakuza tale : Japan Subculture Research Center
Even Yakuza have kids and sometimes try to be good fathers.
Meet Japan’s Nuclear Mafia: Yakuza, deadbeats, and security risks welcome
TEPCO and the Yakuza
Japanese Culture and Cultural Events from 2012
Along the Tamagawa 多摩川 today, the cherry blossoms reached full bloom. (April 15th 2012)
Sakura Time 2012: A photo journey of Tokyo’s awesome cherry blossom viewing : Japan Subculture Research Center
The beauty of April in Japan.
Graduation Day: Goodbye to 虐め (いじめ）？ : Japan Subculture Research Center
“Ijime” bullying is a part of the culture. Unfortunately.
O-bon: Festival of The Dead or “Please Feed The Hungry Ghosts Day” : Japan Subculture Research Center
Halloween in Japan–in the traditional sense.
Annular Eclipse: After 173 Years A Dark Sun Rise In The Land Of The Rising Sun : Japan Subculture Research Center
Do we have to wait another 173 years? There are some great photos here.
Journalism In Japan (and the world)
Our lawyers are watching you.
Protecting Sources & Risking Lives: The Ethical Dilemmas of Japanese Journalism : Japan Subculture Research Center
Why we are reluctant to use the names of our sources in Japan–and for good reason.
The Trial Of Minoru Tanaka: The high cost of investigative journalism in Japan & “the nuclear mafia” : Japan Subculture Research Center
Do you want to be an investigative journalist in Japan? You’ll need a good lawyer. Increasingly, litigation is used to shut up voices of dissent.
The Journo Blues: A Song Inspired By Arianna Huffington : Japan Subculture Research Center
The HuffPost and Google News have started to turn the business into a con game–the con being that “exposure” will get you a real job as a journalist. Better think twice on that. If journalism is your calling, you may need to have a second job.
Meet the Rupert Murdoch of Japan: Tsuneo Watanabe
Ray Bradbury, Journalism & Mr. Dark. “You can’t act if you don’t know.” : Japan Subculture Research Center
Yes, Ray Bradbury was a novelist but sometimes people can say greater truths in fiction than they can in an essay. I was sad to see him go and this is my small essay on what I find inspiring in his best novel, as a journalist, and as a father.