9 hrs ago
Ichikawa Danzo VIII
There is one last story of Shodo to tell, and it is appropriate to save it for now, for it was on a night like this, on a ferry departing Shodo for the mainland, that an eighty-four-year-old man - a pilgrim - walked out onto the deck and, quietly, unobtrusively, slipped away.
16 hrs ago
Japan's new Series E7 bullet train: Understated, luxurious
The Series E7 will do up to 160 mph on the Hokuriku Shinkansen railway, which links Tokyo and the Sea of Japan.
Mon Dec 16, 2013
Asia News Network
TOKYO: Japan to unveil luxurious sleeper trains
A new luxurious and leisurely sleeper train service operating in the southern Japanese island of Kyushu looks set to become the latest travel icon in Japan, a country known for its high-speed trains.
South China Morning Post
Abenomics short on real reforms after one year
Prime minister's stimulus measures have cut into yen strength, but he has yet to take bold steps needed to increase Japan's business confidence Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has targeted real growth of 2 per cent per year, more than double the rate the country has seen in recent decades.
The Japan Times
Kyojima: Tokyo's epicenter of disaster risk?
One of Kyojima's many narrow streets lies in the shadow of an apartment block built in the neighboring Hikifune district.
UPDATE 1-Lone Star bid for Osaka railway firm blocked by local govt
Lone Star Funds' $755 million bid to buy an Osaka-based train and warehouse operator was blocked by a municipal government on Monday, derailing what would have been a big comeback acquisition for the U.S. private equity firm in Japan.
Fri Dec 13, 2013
The Japan Times
Eliminating pension discrimination
Some aspects of Japan's social security programs are still built on the assumption that the husband is always the breadwinner in a household and that the wife stays at home to take care of family matters.
Japanese swimsuit manufacturer unveils anti-radiation underwear, wetsuits
In response to the continuing Fukushima nuclear crisis, an Osaka-based company has developed several articles of clothing that effectively block radiation.
Aussie Weakens as Japan Stock Futures Rise, Yen Declines
The Australian dollar fell after the nation's central bank Governor Glenn Stevens signaled a weaker currency is preferable to lower interest rates to help spur economic growth.
Thu Dec 12, 2013
Serenity now by Elizabeth Licata
Who knew that this forward-thinking garden center was only 15 minutes or so from my house? Make no mistake, Western New York is relatively wealthy in excellent independent garden centers and seasonally open greenhouses.
Japan Seeing Record 2013 Tourism Despite Nuclear Fallout and Islands Spat with China
Dec. 11--Radiation contamination still afflicts large swaths of Japanese land and water nearly three years after the Fukushima nuclear disaster.
The Washington Post
Osaka Seeks to Lure Biggest Pension Fund to Airport Concessions
New Kansai International Airport Co. is seeking to attract Japan's state-run retirement fund to a sale of two airport concessions that could raise as much as 1.2 trillion yen .
Wed Dec 11, 2013
Raymond Lam's exorbitant Japan holiday
To celebrate his 34th birthday, Hong Kong actor Raymond Lam was speculated to have chalked up HK$1 million in expenditure on a nine-day holiday to Tokyo and Osaka with girlfriend Karena Ng.
Kazami Ranki Interview
Thanks to the continued support of the Devil's Mask Society, Graydancer is joined on the Ropecast by Kazami Ranki, a Japanese bondage performer and teacher based in Osaka.
Higashikokubaru to resigns as member of lower houseDecember 11, 2013...
Hideo Higashikokubaru, a member of Nippon Ishin no Kai , said in his blog on Wednesday that he will resign as a House of Representatives lawmaker and leave the major opposition party.
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Masataka Taketsuru, The Father of Japanese Whiskey And His Two Loves
So here it is. It involves a fine beverage, a man who made it his life's works, and a story of enduring love against the odds.) Whiskey first became widely available in Japan in the 19th century, mostly in and after the 1870s, although it seems to have been introduced in the 1850s.
Osaka-Style Okonomiyaki From 'Japanese Soul Cooking'
Okonomiyaki are Japanese pancakes, but they're nothing like American flapjacks. Think scallion pancakes, but add cabbage, pork, bonito, nori, fried eggs, and even mayonnaise.
Mon Dec 09, 2013
The Japan Times
Otaku culture gets under the skin
Tattoos in Japan have long moved on from the kind often romanticized by the West - that imagery of flamboyant yakuza that so many seem reluctant to relinquish.
Eric Chu coy on Taipei Mayor aspirations
On Sunday New Taipei City Mayor Eric Chu brushed off questions about the possibility he might become involved in the election for mayor of Taipei City launching into a story about proposals that the cities of Taipei and New Taipei be merged into a "Double Taipei" City.
Sun Dec 08, 2013
Japan makes a future bet on maglev trains
The maglev train being tested in central Japan could cut travel time between Tokyo and Osaka, or New York to D.C. to one hour.