Archive for the ‘Japan’ Category

Law & Order: Japan

February 11, 2020

Evan Hadfield of Rare Earth discussed Japan’s criminal justice system.

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Aitai Lonely Christmas

December 27, 2019

“Aitai Lonely Christmas,” written by Tsunku, recorded by the Japanese idol group C-ute in 2010.

Related:

“In Tokyo, the ‘war on Christmas’ is led by lonely single men,” Yanan Wang, Washington Post

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Japan’s Tricked-Out Trucks

September 18, 2017

Dekotora:  Japan’s long-haul truckers customize their rigs. From Great Big Story.

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The Golden McNugget of Japan

June 6, 2016

The Golden McNugget of Japan

The culture of Japan, full of mystery. The Tea Ceremony. Zen Buddhism. Hello Kitty. And now an 18-karat gold Chicken McNugget.

To mark introduction of two new dipping sauces, Fruit Curry and Creamy Cheese, McDonald’s Japan is giving away a solid-gold Chicken McNugget weighing 50 grams (1.8 ounces), worth about $1500. Clues are being dropped on Twitter.

More:

“McDonald’s Japan Is Giving Away a Gold Chicken Nugget,” Elizabeth Licata, The Daily Meal

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Isao Tomita, 1932 – 2016

May 25, 2016

Isao Tomita, a pioneer of electronic music, died earlier this month at the age of 84. A composer, he was best known for his analog synthesizer arrangements of the classical music canon.

More:

“Isao Tomita Dies at 84; Combined Electronic and Classical Music,” Margalit Fox, New York Times

“Isao Tomita, Japanese pioneer of synthesizer music, dies at 84,” Daisuke Kikuchi, Japan Times

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Oira no yakyu (Our Baseball Match)

May 22, 2016

 

“Oira no yakyu (Our Baseball Match),” early Japanese animation by Yokohama Cinema Shokai, 1931. Teams: Rabbits versus Tanukis (raccoon dogs).

Yasuji Murata (Director & Animator)
Chûzô Aochi (Director)
Benshi narration by Midori Sawato

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History of Japan in 9 Minutes

March 5, 2016

“History of Japan,” by Bill Wurtz. 14,000 years in 9 minutes.
[Note: Definately NOT for K-12]

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Jin Jin Jingle Bell

December 29, 2015

“Jin Jin Jingle Bell,” by fashion model, actress, and J-Pop star Nozomi Sasaki. Perhaps Pentaphonic is the rapper on this track. This is a cover of a 1995 song by Moritaka Chisato.

In Japan, Christmas means romance, KFC, and gifts for pets.

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Aitai Lonely Christmas

December 24, 2015

“Aitai Lonely Christmas,” written by Tsunku, recorded by the Japanese idol group C-ute in 2010.

Related:

“In Tokyo, the ‘war on Christmas’ is led by lonely single men,” Yanan Wang, Washington Post

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Space Christmas

December 21, 2015

“Space Christmas,” written by Naoko Yamano and performed by her with her group, Shonen Knife (“Boy Knife”).

“I wanna go to Pluto
I wanna go with you
Oh, I bring space food
They are marshmallow and ice cream”

— – “Space Christmas” lyrics

Christmas is a very different holiday in Japan, more about romancegifts for pets, Kentucky Fried Chicken, and sweets:

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