True confessions of a <em>bijogā</em> (beautiful jogger)

Jun 15, 2014

True confessions of a bijogā (beautiful jogger)

by Kaori Shoji

This is the story of a 39-year-old female runner who works in advertising and runs six times a week. Actually I was flattered when asked to recount my story, because in Japan, no one wants to hear from an obasan (おばさん, middle-aged woman), least ...

Warming up for the Soccer W-Cup

| Jun 1, 2014

Warming up for the Soccer W-Cup

by Peter Backhaus

For real soccer fans, the upcoming World Cup in Brazil will be the highlight of the past four years. On top of that, many lukewarm supporters will surely soon discover that they are, in fact, true sports fans. But even those who consider it ...

| 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


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