| May 18, 2014

Silk mill endorsed for World Heritage site

A UNESCO advisory panel has recommended giving World Heritage status to the Tomioka Silk Mill, a historic factory building in Gunma Prefecture symbolizing Japan's industrialization from the 19th century, the Agency for Cultural Affairs announced April 26.

On drinking, May and battling the blues

| May 11, 2014

On drinking, May and battling the blues

by Kaori Shoji

According to T.S. Eliot, April is the cruelest month. But in Japan May ushers in some pretty heavy blues, too. The dual combination of haru no megumi (春の恵み, spring blessings) and haru no utsu (春の鬱, spring depression) makes for a challenging 31 days. That ...

| May 4, 2014

Rifōmu-suru rashii-no-yo. It seems they are having their house remodeled

Rifōmu-suru rashii-no-yo. It seems they are having their house remodeled. Situation 1: Mr. Okubo returns from taking out the garbage 夫; 近所の山本さん、最近、ゴミの日に家具とかいろいろ捨てているね。 妻: リフォームするらしいのよ。このごろ、大工さんがよく出入りしているの。 Otto: Kinjo-no Yamamoto-san, saikin, gomi-no hi-ni kagu-toka iroiro sutete-iru-ne. Tsuma: Rifōmu-suru rashii-no-yo. Konogoro, daiku-san-ga yoku dehairi-shite-iru-no. Husband: Recently, our neighbor ...

| Apr 27, 2014

Japan whaling future in doubt

The future of whaling in Japan was thrown into doubt after the International Court of Justice ruled March 31 that the nation's annual hunt in the A ntarctic was not really for scientific purposes, as Tokyo had claimed, and ordered it halted.