Posts Tagged ‘Japan’

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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Hello Tokyo

September 15, 2017

“Hello Tokyo,” a 4-Minute tour of Tokyo by filmmaker Christoph Gelep. Music by Bonobo.

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Trump: Not Big in Japan

June 21, 2016

You know the viral “Japanese Donald Trump Commercial” going around, in which a J-Pop princess swoons over America’s Cheeto-colored emperor? It’s really satire by a yank, Mike Diva. Banzai!

More:

“What’s Going on With That Bizarre Japanese Trump Ad?” Andrew Breiner, Roll Call

Related:

“Why Donald Trump’s plan for Japan would be a nightmare for Asia,” Sheila A. Smith, Vox

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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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Sumo Match of the Century!

May 26, 2016

Sumo Match of the Century!

In sports news, the Haru Basho (Spring Tournament) in Osaka made Sumo wrestling history earlier this month as defending champ Hakuhō Shō faced off with Harumafuji Kōhei. It was over faster than the 2nd Ali-Liston fight.

Harumafuji lunged at Hakuhō, who sidestepped. Harumafuji couldn’t stop, and staggered out of the ring to lose. It was over in 1 second. Hakuhō had won his 36th Emperor’s Cup.

Some Sumo fans are saying that Hakuhō, a 31-year-old veteran, should hang up his mawashi and go out a winner after this wild match, but he plans to fight on for his 37th Emperor’s Cup title.

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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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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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Springtime Sports!

April 6, 2015

Springtime Sports!

April is here, when many a sports fan’s fancy turns to the Major League Baseball opening game Honozumo sumo tournament at the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo. All the sport’s heavyweights were at the ceremonial meet-up on Friday, the top sumo wrestlers from Mongolia, Georgia, Bulgaria and Estonia who currently dominate this quintessentially Japanese sport.

Here are some of the highlights and controversies:

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