Friday Dec 13
Christmas holiday wreath vs Japanese New Year Shimenawa wreath
Everybody is quite familiar with Christmas wreaths that are displayed on the front door and walls over a fireplace etc.
Archinect School Blog
KSA Japan Day 2-3: Tokyo
The tour continues. For the past 3 days, we've been exploring the city by subway, and on foot, stopping briefly in front of each building on the itinerary, to chat a bit about the design, the architects, and the historical context.
When harvest festivals go completely crazy
At the end of the rice harvest, farmers in the West Sumatra race their cows while surfing behind on a wooden plank.
New York Daily News
Katy Perry's AMAs opening act called out as racist
Vulture.com let viewers decide: 'Was Perry's Great Wave of Japanese signifiers offensive, simply stereotypical or harmlessly deferential in an inert Katy Perry maximalist way?' Katy Perry opened the American Music Awards on Sunday night dressed as a geisha while belting out her latest single "Unconditionally."
The Japan Times
Back to the future: Shinto's growing influence in politics
A small organization, little known to the public, has helped restore much of Japan's controversial past - and it is only getting started Immaculate and ramrod straight in a crisp, black suit, Japan's education minister, Hakubun Shimomura, speaks like a schoolteacher - slowly and deliberately.
Shyness or acting ?
With the last photograph, I posted the portrait of the little girl of Shichi-Go-San.