| Jun 1, 2014

Gourmet comic stokes Fukushima ire

The popular manga series "Oishinbo" came under fire again on May 12 after a character based on a real-life former mayor refers, in the manga's latest issue, to Fukushima Prefecture as unlivable because of the radiation leaking from the ruined power plant there.

Learning Japanese by singing along

| May 25, 2014

Learning Japanese by singing along

by Mark Schreiber

Several years before I was taught to read and sing the traditional song 「さくら、さくら」(“Sakura, sakura“) in introductory Japanese class, I recall driving my father’s 1963 Ford Galaxie and humming along to the melody of Kyu Sakamoto’s “Sukiyaki Song,” broadcast over WFAY AM radio in ...

| May 24, 2014

Crowdfunding

Crowdfunding is defined as "the practice of soliciting financial contributions from a large number of people, especially from the online community."

| 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 ...