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Daniel Morales
Japan Times
LIFE / Lifestyle / Japan Pulse
May 5, 2010
Big (only) in Japan? Tape as proof of purchase
While Japan loves packaging, it makes an exception with proof-of-purchase tape.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Media / Japan Pulse
Apr 22, 2010
Major beer companies diet excessively while craft brewers beef up
While major beer companies are in dead heat, churning out suds at lower prices, the craft brewers are bulking up on flavor and still winning the race.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Media / Japan Pulse
Apr 19, 2010
The knock-on effect of Murakami’s “1Q84” series
The third installation of Haruki Murakami's '1Q84' is bound produce another ripple effect in the book/music biz.
Japan Times
LIFE / Digital / Japan Pulse
Apr 11, 2010
With Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker, is a hit for the PSP at hand?
Konami bets the farm on mobile gaming and product tie-ins with the highly anticipated release of Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker for the PSP.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Media / Japan Pulse
Apr 9, 2010
Kings of comedy yuck it up on April Fools
While satire isn't a staple among Japanese humorists, two kings of comedy are leading the way.
LIFE / Language / BILINGUAL
Mar 31, 2010
Take your taimingu when translating loan words
The English translation of the manga "Death Note" by Tsugumi Ōba has sold millions of copies around the world — with barely a mention anywhere of the glaring translation error in the title and throughout the work: "Death Note" should in fact be "Death Notebook."
Japan Times
JAPAN / Media / Japan Pulse
Mar 29, 2010
Will a coven of Witch Girls grow in Japan?
Joining Japan's girls of the Forest, Swamp and Mountain are the Witch Girls. Question is, how potent will their spell be?
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink / Japan Pulse
Mar 24, 2010
Big (only) in Japan? Beer salesgirls
The 'beer girls' (uriko) are a familiar sight to any baseball fan. Pulse asks are they big (only) in Japan?
Japan Times
JAPAN / Media / Japan Pulse
Mar 12, 2010
How to make a Big Bang in show business
J-pop labels might learn a thing or two from Big Bang, a Korean boy band that gives it up for the fans.
JAPAN / Media / Japan Pulse
Mar 9, 2010
Internet Go BOOM: Visual Kei's Deep Throat
In a long interview with Tokyo Damage Report, an anonymous music executive familiar with the Visual Kei scenes lights a short fuse.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink / Japan Pulse
Feb 25, 2010
Baum cake blitz
Baumkuchen, known as the 'king of cakes,' can be had for pittance at Muji, and its konbeni partner, Family Mart.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Japan Pulse
Feb 24, 2010
Pulse Rate: 社畜 (shachiku)
In our new series, Pulse Rate looks at why everyone seeking info on 'corporate cattle' and black-listed companies in Japan's search engines.

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Traditional folk rituals like Mizudome-no-mai (dance to stop the rain) provide a sense of agency to a population that feels largely powerless in the face of the climate crisis.
As climate extremes intensify, Japan embraces ancient weather rituals