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Gear Made to Last: Our 10 Favorite Products With a Lifetime Warranty

The world’s most well known lighter manufacturer, Zippo has pumped out quality USA-made lighters since the 1930s. But when you buy a Zippo, you’re …

Meet the people and organizations who are tackling the problem of childhood hunger in Japan

Tough economic times can and do happen everywhere in the world. Even in wealthy, developed countries like Japan, some folks struggle every day to …

Learning Japanese? Beware these 19 loan words—they're not what they sound like!

Speakers of certain languages sometimes get a leg-up when learning Japanese. For example, Japanese includes Chinese characters, which means Chinese …

Language

13 Fun Facts About Pinky and the Brain

Compared to ruling the entire world, it isn’t much. But after first starring in a recurring one-act segment on the classic <i>Animaniacs</i>, the two …

Hear Neil Young's Offbeat New Eighties Live Album

Latest Archive Series release features previously unreleased tracks, extended "Tonight's the Night"<p>In the fall of 1987, Neil Young launched a …

Pro Evolution Soccer's unforgivable roster problems leave diehard fans booing a champion

PES still hasn't fixed something the lowest-rated games get right.<p><i>Pro Evolution Soccer 2016</i> is rated 87 on Metacritic for the PlayStation 4, its dominant console. By that measure, it's neck-and-neck with <i>NBA 2K16</i> as the best sports video game of this year. Having caught its rival last year, PES …

'Million Cancer Deaths From Fukushima Expected in Japan,’ New Report Reveals

This website is for information purposes only. By providing the information contained herein we are not diagnosing, treating, curing, mitigating, or …

The Yakuza: Photographs Of Japan's Criminal Underground Organization

<b>The Yakuza</b> - Japan's most notorious criminal organization.<p>To the Japanese locals, the Yazuka are noted for their intense brutality, tattoos and …

James Bond tunes: The best 007 theme songs

The theme songs that play during the opening sequence in James Bond films have become a staple of the franchise. Top artists are contracted to perform the tracks that are written specifically for the film, and often times, become chart topping hits on their own merit. A Bond theme, however, is more …

Mental Health

Why is hi-tech Japan using cassette tapes and faxes?

<b>Japan has a reputation for being fascinated by robots and hi-tech gadgets - a nation at the forefront of manufacturing innovation.</b><p>But the technological reality in many offices is strikingly different.<p>This is a country that uses people to do the work of traffic lights and where big-name companies …

Walkman

Festivals of Japan: Hakone Daimyo Gyoretsu

The Hakone Daimyo Gyoretsu is a spectacular autumn cultural festival that takes place at Yumoto Onsen in Hakone, west of Tokyo. Hakone is a …

Goryo Shinko – The Religion of Ghosts

Translated and Adapted from <i>Mishu Shukyo Shisosho</i><p><i>To learn much more about Japanese Ghosts, check out my book Yurei: The Japanese Ghost</i><p>From ancient …

Yūrei: the Ghosts of Japan

When Lafcadio Hearn stepped onto the shores of Japan in 1890, he began writing ghost stories. On assignment from <i>Harper’s Magazine</i>, Hearn was charged …

Japan

Junior Boys Return With New Album Big Black Coat, Share Title Track

<i>Photo by Tom Weatherill</i><p>Junior Boys have announced the follow-up to 2011's <i>It's All True</i>. <i>Big Black Coat</i> is out February 5 via their new label home, City Slang. It features their recently released Bobby Caldwell cover "What You Won't Do For Love". Check out the title track above.<p>"To my ears, it’s the …

British Columbia

tailored design lab crafts a gabled timber home in japan

<b><br>tailored design lab crafts a gabled timber home in japan’s saitama prefecture</b><br>photography by yuji nishijima<p><b>in a rural area of saitama, japan,</b> …

Yakuza crackdown: Leader of Japan's biggest crime syndicate arrested with 30 gang members – report

A leading yakuza gangster has been arrested, along with another influential member of his Yamaguchi-gumi crime syndicate, Japanese media report. The …

Why deer are drawn to train tracks, and how Japan is solving the problem with this simple block

Recently Nippon Steel & Sumikin Metal Products unveiled a new type of deer bait that is not only highly effective, but also works exclusively on …

Relive your childhood Transformers obsession with these headphones

In the section of New York Comic Con's exhibit hall known as "The Block" you'll find goodies galore for collectors and hobbyists with money to burn, ranging from Gundam model kits to cutesy, big-headed figurines of Mario and Luigi. But, at the Good Smile booth, the company was showcasing a …

The photographer breaking ground for Japanese ‘outsiders’

<i>“</i>The first time I saw her work, I felt like somebody kicked me in the gut,” recalls director of San Francisco’s Pier24 Photography Christopher McCall on his introduction to Momo Okabe. He came to know the Japanese photographer through her debut photo book <i>Dildo</i>, published by Session Press, and of …

A Wonderful Movie About the Hardships of Making Manga

<i>Bakuman</i> the movie is based on the manga of the same name by the creators of the popular <i>Death Note</i> manga series. The story is about two high school …

Manga

Is Kumamoto City surpassing Tokyo as the fashion capital of Japan?

<b>Kumamoto City, the capital of the Kyushu prefecture of the same name, has always been in a bit of an awkward position.</b> It doesn’t really have the …

Japan

David Bowie Unveils "The Last Panthers" Theme

It was recently reported that David Bowie and director Johan Renck collaborated on the theme song to the Canal+/Sky Atlantic TV show "The Last Panthers". Now, that theme song has been revealed. Renck previously described the song as "dark, brooding, beautiful and sentimental". It's an excerpt from …

David Bowie

The Snack Poster: Illustrations to spread the love for authentic Japanese foods

For those unaccustomed to Japanese food, even the most common edibles may seem quite odd and, well, unappetizing, at first glance. The first time you …

Japan Dumbs Down Its Universities

Most people who follow news from Japan will be paying attention to the economy, or possibly to the fist-fight that broke out in the Diet over …

Humanities

Japanese princess found secretly living in Leicester

A Japanese princess - described as the country’s Kate Middleton - has been secretly living in England for the past year.<p>Her Imperial Highness …

Japan

Steins;Gate 0 Visual Novel's Opening Movie Previews Kanako Itou's Theme

Follow-up game ships in Japan on PS3/PS4/PS Vita on November 19<p>MAGES and 5pb. Games revealed the opening movie for the Steins;Gate 0 PlayStation 4, …

For The Love Of Ziggy Stardust, These Vintage Photos Of Bowie Are Just Sublime

If anyone can pull off a ghost-like complexion and slick orange hair, paired with leopard print earrings, a blazer stitched from the craft store's reject fabric aisle and a permanent cigarette perch sprouting from his lips, it's the almighty David Bowie.<p>Whether he's flaunting his angular collarbone …

David Bowie

How to be Polite while Eating: Table Manners in Japan – Japan Info

Eating is the funnest part of traveling. However, each country has a set of rules to abide by when it comes to table manners. Following them is very …

Japan