Activities to ring in year of the sheep

Jan 1, 2015

Activities to ring in year of the sheep

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Usually, the New Year holiday season in Japan is a time to spend with family and many people go back to their hometowns, while others stay indoors for television-watching marathons. Therefore, with the exception of some shopping areas, Tokyo is relatively quiet compared with ...

Do you have what it takes to become a ninja?

Oct 17, 2014

Do you have what it takes to become a ninja?

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From Oct. 1, the Hanayashiki Ninja Dojo started offering lessons in the way of the ninja. While participants won’t exactly become fully fledged assassins, there is a strong chance that laughter will sneak up on them. The training sessions consist of four parts: sword ...

New markets may save Japan's manga exports

| Sep 26, 2014

New markets may save Japan's manga exports

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The North American manga business took a beating last decade. After peaking around 2005-06, the lethal storm of oversaturated shelves, a collapsing U.S. financial industry and the bankruptcy of major American bookstore chain, Borders, left publishers and distributors in a panic. Downsizing, restructuring and ...

Haruki Murakami's Cool Japan

| Aug 22, 2014

Haruki Murakami's Cool Japan

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I was in New York last week to host a launch event for the English translation of Haruki Murakami’s latest novel, “Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage.” My good friend and Murakami translator Ted Goossen, professor at York University in Toronto, joined ...

Happy birthday, Sailor Moon!

Jul 3, 2014

Happy birthday, Sailor Moon!

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In 1992, a 14-year-old Japanese girl set out to save our universe from total annihilation. She became a hero for young women around the world, saving them from evil and from the macho male heroes that permeated the media at the time. Her name ...