| Jun 1, 2013

Everyone's own path to enlightenment

What is Buddhism? In Australia, Buddhism can be found in a cup of coffee. So waste no time and start your journey to awakening at Buddha Espresso, a cafe in Perth. If you haven’t reached enlightenment by the end of the cup, accept this ...

| May 25, 2013

English education and English sheepdogs

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe aims to globalize Japan’s workforce and says that Japan must become more competitive in the English language. This has touched off a debate among native English teachers, Japanese who teach English, Japanese speakers who don’t speak English, and English sheepdogs ...

| May 11, 2013

There are plenty more fish jokes in the sea

The Go Fish! Foundation is an international organization for the protection of fish, their parents, family and friends. Go Fish! rescues, rehabilitates and gives sanctuary to fish in need. Our services include protection of species, sheltering in state-of-the-art aquariums and access to secret spawning ...

| Apr 27, 2013

Welcome to the Japan Jalapeno Hotline

It’s April, which means new recruits in companies across Japan. And as the new school year starts, new foreign English teachers all over Japan are settling into their positions in Japanese public schools, getting shocked out of their socks. The newbie English teacher social ...

Doraemon trumps Hello Kitty for Olympic Games ambassador

| Apr 20, 2013

Doraemon trumps Hello Kitty for Olympic Games ambassador

Japan’s most lovable anime character, el gato cosmico (the cosmic cat) has been chosen to be Japan’s ambassador in Tokyo’s bid for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic games. It’s the first time Japan has chosen an anime character for an Olympic ambassadorship. Congratulations Doraemon! ...

Who turns a company into a 'wonderful place to be'?

| Apr 6, 2013

Who turns a company into a 'wonderful place to be'?

Kazuhiro Tsuga, president of Panasonic Corp., addressed his new recruits on Monday telling them that he hopes they will turn the company into “a wonderful place to be.” President Akio Toyoda encouraged his recruits at Toyota Motor Corp. to exhibit “the strength seen in ...

The <em>sakura </em>season is here, but which one?

| Mar 30, 2013

The sakura season is here, but which one?

The sakura season is here! The question is, does this refer to the horsemeat season or the cherry blossom season? It’s hard to tell when the Japanese use the word “sakura” to describe horse meat, which is pink. Sakura nabe is not nabe made ...