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Culture Japan Night Tomorrow

See you at Culture Japan Night tomorrow Friday Dec 1st from 6 - 9ish at Mirai Store Tokyo. Come and le...

Sprucing Up Mirai Store Tokyo

Sprucing up Mirai Store Tokyo with new center tables - 8 legs instead of the previous 32! ??????????...

Symphony Smart Doll

Thanks to @aipaoampu on Instagram who helped name the tea color of Melody - we now call her Symphony....

Mirai Suenaga Privilege Card

Folks in Singapore! The Mirai Suenaga Privilege card is available now at Kinokuniya. ???????????????...

Culture Japan Night

Culture Japan Night this Friday Dec 1st at Mirai Store Tokyo. Starts at 6pm and lasts till just past 9...

Experimenting With Looks

Experimenting with looks. Which makeup & which hairstyle do you prefer? For example “right for makeup...

The zealous solicitor

Two years ago, a man selling English language learning supplies stopped by our house. He was so enthusiastic about getting his marketing across, I let him come in and give his spiel. Two hours later, even through my son's nap, this guy was still trying to sell his product to a native Englishspeaker. Show More Summary

Dentsu to pay 2.4 billion yen to employees for overtime work

TOKYO - Japanese advertising giant Dentsu Inc. said Tuesday it will pay about 2.4 billion yen ($22 million) to its employees next month in unpaid overtime for the two years up to March 2017 following its conviction of labor practiceShow More Summary

Will online English classes in Japan’s public schools pose a threat to ALTs?

Reports emerged this week that the government of Tokyo suburb Tama City is to partner with Japan’s largest correspondence education provider in the provision of online English conversation classes across all of the city’s public junior...Show More Summary

Planning our Honeymoon in Okinawa

I traveled to Japan for the first time in 2010, already having the dream of visiting all the 47 prefectures of the country one day. Nearly on top of this list was Okinawa, but I still couldn’t manage to visit there. At least I had the chance to visit 33 other prefectures so far. Show More Summary

Funny things I have seen

There is something about all the signs in Japan that I just find amusing. Sometimes because the translation is odd, incorrect, or straight up inappropriate. Sometimes they are intentionally amusing. They can be the names of stores or posters on trains. Show More Summary

Radio signals suggest N. Korea possibly preparing for missile launch

TOKYO - The Japanese government has been on alert after catching radio signals suggesting North Korea might be preparing for a ballistic missile launch, government sources said Monday."North Korea might launch a missile within the next...Show More Summary

Rikugien Autumn Leaves Illumination 2017

Rikugien, one of Tokyo’s most celebrated Edo-era gardens, switches on the mood lighting again in 2017 to enhance the autumn leaves experience.Before we had TV or the Internet people used to “watch” gardens, like Rikugien (???, Rikugi-en) a much-vaunted Edo period garden northwest of central Tokyo. Show More Summary

Children of parents with mental illnesses launch support group

TOKYO - People raised by parents with mental illnesses are launching a group in Japan to share their experiences and support each other through their mutual difficulties in understanding their parents' diseases.Nursing professionalsShow More Summary

Uncommon words make for odd signage!

To me, one of the elements that makes up an "odd sign" or badly worded phrase is when the English words that are used in the sign are over the top. Perhaps they're words that you'd only see in a textbook, or something that would never be heard of in a person's everyday vocabulary. Show More Summary

New amphibious bus tour launched in Tokyo Bay

TOKYO - A new Tokyo Bay amphibious bus tour was launched Monday to service the expected influx of foreign tourists drawn to the city ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.Fuji Kyuko Co. operates the 12-meter-long bus named "TOKYO NO KABA" (Tokyo's Hippo). Show More Summary

8 bodies found on washed-up boat in northern Japan

AKITA, Japan - Eight bodies were found Monday on a boat that has been washed ashore on the Sea of Japan coast of Akita Prefecture in northern Japan, the Japan Coast Guard said.The wooden boat, which was spotted on a beach Sunday morning, may have come from North Korea, according to the coast guard. Show More Summary

My favorite time of year

I'll probably post about this every year, but we went to pick mikan again. I talked about it here, and this is now our third year going.The weather was wonderfully sunny and favorably warm. Usually its pretty chilly up in the mountains.But hunkered down enjoying some fruit, it was a lovely day.There is about one weekend left of the season.Go stuff your faces!

Japan to encourage med schools to train doctors with donated bodies

TOKYO - The government will encourage medical schools to introduce surgical training for practicing doctors and dentists using donated bodies in a bid to reduce malpractice, health ministry sources said Sunday.The ministry has requested...Show More Summary

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