| Oct 25, 2014

Wakudoki

A heart-racing dance craze has been the rage since Toyota launched two music videos for an ad campaign in July that features techno-pop outfit World Order.

Subtle humor of haiku's cousin senryū is on a roll

| Oct 20, 2014

Subtle humor of haiku's cousin senryū is on a roll

by Mark Schreiber

“Therefore, since brevity is the soul of wit,” philosophizes the long-winded Polonius in Shakespeare’s “Hamlet.” That’s also a fitting description of senryū — a form of short poetry defined by the Merriam-Webster dictionary as “a three-line unrhymed Japanese poem structurally similar to haiku, but ...

| Oct 20, 2014

Earth's ozone layer on track to recover

There are signs that the Earth's protective ozone layer is recovering due to the regulation of ozone-damaging gases, according to a new report jointly released by the U.N. Environment Program and World Meteorological Organization on Sept. 10.

| Oct 6, 2014

Emperor Hirohito's annals released

The Imperial Household Agency has compiled the annals of the late Emperor Hirohito, known posthumously as Emperor Showa, into 61 volumes that portray him as being distressed that he could not stop his country from going to war, according to Kyodo News.

| Sep 22, 2014

A peculiar perspective on the capricious word hen

by Mark Schreiber

One major event in Japan’s 16th-century civil war — which is the focus of “Gunshi Kanbei (Strategist Kanbei),” NHK’s current Sunday-night drama series — involves the duplicitous warlord Akechi Mitsuhide. Probably moved by personal jealousy, Mitsuhide betrayed his lord and ally, Oda Nobunaga, by ...