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Celluloid Mickey

Yesterday I painted this study of a celluloid Mickey Mouse toy from the 1930s. This toy was manufactured in Japan and distributed in Europe. It is made from celluloid, a lightweight, fragile, and flammable material that was also used for film. Show More Summary

The Kimono, Examined: A New Book and a Definitive Collection

3 hours agoArts : Hyperallergic

In the West, is there any garment more elegant than a tuxedo, one that makes its wearer, no matter what size or age, almost always look (and feel) great? In the East — specifically, in Japan — the kimono may be a similar, inestimable costume.

This is what a $700 billion bond-market bubble looks like

Two of the most important central-bank governors, Japan's Haruhiko Kuroda and the eurozone's Mario Draghi, have each said there's "no limit" to what they'll do to loosen monetary policy this year. This is because they have set inflation...Show More Summary

What to do when the wind steals your underwear in Japan

OK, so this isn't going to be my finest hour, but in the interests of serving the community I'll reluctantly recount this tale. One evening I did the laundry (yawn), hung it out on my 3rd-floor balcony using one of those 100 yen store peg rack thingys, went to bed, got up the next day and went to work. Show More Summary

US Sending Patriot Missile Battery to South Korea

The United States has deployed an additional Patriot missile battery in South Korea, in response to North Korea’s recent nuclear test and the launch of a long-range rocket into space, The Japan Times reports.

Japanese Men Get All the Candy on Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day in Japan has taken a few twists in translation, adding a gender-role shakeup that is completely foreign to the way the holiday is celebrated in the rest of the world.

The Interesting Story Behind the Famous Japanese Island That Houses Thousands of Feral Bunnies

19 hours agoHumor / odd : Laughing Squid

Great Big Story paid a visit to the famous “Okunoshima Rabbit Island” in Japan to learn why so many feral bunnies have made the beautiful, balmy isle their forever home and why they are as friendly as they are. Imagine an island filled only with rabbits. Okunoshima is a small island in Japan’s Inland Sea. […]

Bushido Batman is the Spiky Hero Feudal Japan Deserves

Square Enix has debuted the latest entry in its Play Arts Variant Kai "Batman Timeless" series, a sword-wielding Bushido Batman.

Caterham's Unlikely Export Hit: Kei Cars To Japan

Justin Gardiner signals his race car (Picture: Bertel Schmitt) Let’s play Jeopardy, cars for $100. “Which race car is so quick that it was banned from most motor sports? Which British race car is not street legal in America? Which British car company has Japan as its largest export market? Who [...]

Chocolate Ramen is here for Japanese Valentine's Day

Japan is one of those places synonymous with odd and interesting food science with their culinary products and here we are again reporting on just that. Chocolate is the common staple for Valentine's day in Japan, and now sweet and savory flavors come together with Chocolate ramen. Show More Summary

See Tekken 7's Akuma in action from Japan's location test

Japan is running its location tests for Tekken 7: Fated Retribution right now, and of course, tons of people are recording their experiences. It looks like Akuma and his standard moveset are in, and you can get a look at both him and...Show More Summary

Japan Display's Upcoming Touch Screens Feature Slimmer Bezels, Wet Finger Support

Apple supplier Japan Display revealed some details on its second-generation "Pixel Eyes" LCD modules over the holidays, providing us with a look at some of the ways the display industry is advancing. Japan Display's "Pixel Eyes" modules...Show More Summary

Ajinomoto MSG Factory tour in Kawasaki-Ku, Japan

MSG might have a bad name these days, but the cute little panda that guides visitors through the Ajinomoto MSG Factory Tour sure does make an adorable case for the seasoning. The origins of Ajinomoto go back to the late 19 th century, their Kawasaki factory having been established in 1914 when they were known as S. Show More Summary

Jill Stuart Summer 2016 Makeup Collection

(images & info from i-voce.jp). Jill Stuart will release its summer 2016 makeup collection in Japan on April 8th. The collection includes: – Mix Blush Compact UV Veil (2 variations, SPF 20, PA++, limited editions, ¥4500)... – Ribbon Couture Eyes (2 new variations, limited editions, ¥5000) (12). (13).. […]

Manchester United Transfer News: Yuto Nagatomo Reveals Approach, Latest Rumours

Inter Milan defender Yuto Nagatomo has revealed he was approached by Manchester United during the January transfer window, but he turned down the opportunity to join the Red Devils on loan. The Japan international made the revelation...Show More Summary

Japan took in just 27 refugees last year. Yes, for the entire year.

23 hours agoNews : BlogPost

Data from Japan's Justice Ministry show that the country received a dramatic surge in applications for refugee status last year, with the total figure almost doubling to 7,586. But despite this surge in applications, Japan only granted refugee status for 27 people. That means that, in total, just 0.4 percent of applications for asylum status were accepted. While […]

The Future is Now: NEIGHBORHOOD ELECTRIC VEHICLES on the Streets of San Francisco

TweetThese things are all over the place these days: It’s like we’re living in Japan or something: Much cheaper to operate than a real car/truck…

Japan took in just 27 refugees last year. Yes, for the entire year.

23 hours agoNews : BlogPost

Data from Japan's Justice Ministry show that the country received a dramatic surge in applications for refugee status last year, with the total figure almost doubling to 7,586. But despite this surge in applications, Japan only granted refugee status for 27 people. That means that, in total, just 0.4 percent of applications for asylum status were accepted. While […]

Nikkei Plummets in Japan on Yen Strength

The benchmark Nikkei 225 average closed 4.8 percent lower, as investors continued their flight from relatively risky stocks.

Autonomous vehicles not that popular in Japan

As this is very closely related to my current work, this survey from Nippon Research Center on autonomous driving is very interesting to me. Demographics Between the 1st and 7th of July 2015 1,200 members of the Japanese public were randomly selected and interviewed face-to-face. 50.3% of the sample were female, 6.0% in their teens, […]

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