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SO WHAT THE HECK IS THAT

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Jul 19, 2011
Japan's incompatible power grids
Dear Alice,As Japan sweats through this summer of inadequate power, many more people now know that there are different electrical supply systems in eastern and western Japan, and that the two systems are incompatible. This is such a crazy situation that I'd really be interested to know the history behind it. Can you find out how the heck it came about? Scott H., Tokyo
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Jun 21, 2011
Kinpū
Dear Alice,I am fascinated by the elaborately decorated envelopes offered for sale in Japan. I know they are used for giving money, because the first time I came to Japan to study martial arts a friend taught me to put my lesson fees into an envelope, rather than just hand bills to my teacher. I'd like to use fancy envelopes on my next visit but I've heard some are only for weddings or funerals and I'm afraid I'll make a mistake. Can you explain the differences? Actually, can you explain why the heck money has to go into envelopes in the first place? Daniel A., Lisbon, Portugal
Japan Times
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May 17, 2011
Bridges with names
Dear Alice, I've noticed something that no one has ever been able to explain to me: It seems that absolutely every bridge in Japan has a name! Size, length and location don't seem to have anything to do with it: I once saw two tiny bridges out in the middle of nowhere, one after the other, and each had its own name on a sign nearby. Even bridges that span highways almost always have a name. If living in Japan has taught me anything, it's that there's probably a reason for this. The problem is that no one knows what the heck it is! Would you be able to help?Rosalind C., Hokkaido
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Apr 21, 2011
Setsuden
Dear Alice, Everywhere I go now I see signs for setsuden (conserving electricity). There's a notice at my local convenience store explaining that the lights are down for setsuden. My post office has shortened its hours for setsuden. And the subway is running with fewer trains — you guessed it — for setsuden. So, what the heck is setsuden, really? Is this different from run-of-the-mill energy conservation? What should I be doing to help? Deborah N., Tokyo
Japan Times
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Mar 17, 2011
Yokobue
Dear Alice, Last November, I went to Kyushu to see the Karatsu Kunchi festival. It was a wonderful spectacle, with huge, flamboyant floats pulled through crowded streets to the rhythmic accompaniment of drums, music and shouts of "Enya! Enya!" I loved it all, but if I had to designate one aspect as my favorite, it would be the handsome young men on every float who were playing some kind of flute with a high pitch. So, what the heck is that instrument? Philippa J., Hyogo Prefecture
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Feb 17, 2011
Bloomers
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Jan 20, 2011
Wagashi
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Dec 16, 2010
Kiribi
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Nov 18, 2010
Shrine tags
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Oct 21, 2010
Nature's air freshener
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Sep 16, 2010
Laundry logic
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Jul 15, 2010
Ladies' plans
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Jun 17, 2010
Vader ladies
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May 20, 2010
A traditional Christian pattern?
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Apr 15, 2010
Ear rakes
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Mar 18, 2010
Dump-truck identification numbers
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Feb 18, 2010
Logo for recyclables
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Jan 21, 2010
Landlocked 'lighthouse'
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Dec 17, 2009
Scary crow
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Nov 19, 2009
Keikaisen (guard ships)
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