| 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 ...

| Mar 16, 2013

The Sandman and other gift-bearing creatures

Easter is upon us, and you know what that means: chocolate rabbits! Each year on Easter Sunday, a magical rabbit (actually a hare) comes out of the forest and brings baskets full of eggs, candies, toys and chocolate rabbits. The Easter Bunny, as he ...

| Mar 2, 2013

What ever 'appened to the Tamagotchi?

Tamagotchi, the electronic pets that were first released by Bandai in Japan in 1996, have returned. But this time in the form of an app in which you can feed, discipline and even play “rock, paper, scissors” with your not-really-there pet. The bonus is ...

| Feb 23, 2013

What's next for Toto? More toilet humor

What is the next logical toilet model for Toto? After one has invented a toilet that welcomes you by lifting it’s lid automatically when you walk into the bathroom, cuddles you with a heated toilet seat, washes and dries your bum after you’ve done ...