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11 Games You Didn't Know About (But Should)

We cover a <i>lot</i> of games here on IGN, but amid all the noise it can be difficult for some of the most quietly creative games to be heard.<p>Here are 11 …

Library of Congress Makes Over 2,500 Japanese Woodblock Prints Digitally Accessible

As a part of the Library of Congress‘ latest and largest digitization project, the esteemed institution has published over 2,500 reproductions of Japanese woodblock prints. Available for free on the Library of Congress' website, each beautiful work of Japanese art can be accessed, viewed, and …

Genealogy

The Japanese skill copied by the world

Mindfulness has become trendy around the world in recent years – but in Japan, it’s been ingrained into the culture for centuries.<p>As the sleek shinkansen bullet train glided noiselessly into the station, I watched a strange ritual begin. During the brief stop, the conductor in the last carriage …

Japan

Sample Behavioral Job Interview Questions and Tips for Answering

In a behavioral job interview, the company asks questions about your past work experiences in order to find out if you have the skills needed for the …

Employment

Is talking to yourself a sign of mental illness? An expert delivers her verdict

Being caught talking to yourself, especially if using your own name in the conversation, is beyond embarrassing. And it’s no wonder – it makes you …

Japan is suffering from a ninja shortage amid huge demand from foreign tourists

Japan's legendary ninjas are famous for their stealth and were said to possess a supernatural gift for invisibility.<p>But now martial arts experts are …

Robert Pirsig dies at 88; wrote counterculture classic 'Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance'

In the nearly five years it took Robert Pirsig to sell "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance," 121 publishers rejected the rambling novel.<p>The 122nd gently warned Pirsig, a former rhetoric professor who had a job writing technical manuals, not to expect more than his $3,000 advance.<p>"The book is …

The Great Hokusai - Why do We Still Obsess over that Japanese Wave Painting ?

April 15, 2017<p>Smirna Kulenović is an Art History and Philosophy graduate, developing video and sound art projects, in love with improvisational …

SimCity 2000 Is The Most Important Game I've Ever Played

The same game can be different things to different people, with gender, history, age, cultural background and political beliefs working to influence …

Venmo's wacky M.O.: Pay the rent, get likes and jokes

I think it's extreme oversharing and toxic for our culture.<p>Raman Deol

15 smart home essentials under $100 we absolutely love

<i>— Our editors review and recommend products to help you buy the stuff you need. If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. Our picks and opinions are independent from USA TODAY’s newsroom and any business incentives.</i><p>Smart-home technology can make …

Smart Homes

Savor Local Dishes! A Trip On The Orange Restaurant Express Train In Kagoshima | MATCHA - JAPAN TRAVEL WEB MAGAZINE

Japan's Kyushu region is where a number of the unique and tasteful <b>sightseeing trains</b>, such as the Seven Stars and Aru Ressha run.<p>In this article, we …

Rare Color Photographs Document Everyday Life in Japan in the Late 1940s, Just After WWII

After Japan’s surrender in World War II, the country rapidly changed from an imperial nation under an emperor, to a democratic and demilitar...

World War II

This $150 device lets you play Xbox and PlayStation games with a keyboard and mouse

I've always preferred playing video games on PC over consoles because I can't get used to console controllers for the types of games I play, including first-person shooters (FPS) like the "Battlefield" series, as well as third-person games like "GTA V" and "The Division."<p>I simply don't get the same …

Gaming

The Best Aquarium Apps for Android to Keep Your Aquarium Clean and your Fish Happy and Well-fed

1<p>Aquarium Note<p>Aquarium Note is a multifaceted aquarium logger capable of keeping track of a wide range of data essential for aquarists striving to …

Apps

Hands on with jimmyCASE, a top-notch iPhone case with great materials

For the last few weeks I’ve been using jimmyCASE for iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone 6/6s. This iPhone case has a unique mix of materials including mahogany, silicone, and high performance elastic that work well together both aesthetically and functionally. Keep reading after the break to learn more and …

Japan’s fantastic emerald green algae

These great balls of fuzz, look lovely, are zero maintenance and keep water clean<p>Think of Japanese gardens and candyfloss clouds of cherry blossom, canopies of bronze-leaved maples and arched red lacquer bridges might come to mind. Yet to me the understated beauty of Japanese horticulture goes far …

When Your Child Is Obsessed With Video Games

The squeals and hollering under the Christmas tree in 1988 were epic at my house. As my brothers unwrapped the big box they’d been eyeing for days, …

Watch the Ancient Technique That Produces Incredibly Intricate Geometrical Designs

The designs look as through they made by machinery, but the craft is so much simpler than that.<p>Looking at some of the designs produced by the Japanese <i>Yosegi-zaiku</i> marquetry technique, you'd be forgiven for assuming they were printed out, or cut by a CNC machine. But as this video shows, this art …

Watch: Japanese Craftsman Creating A Traditional Box Is Oddly Satisfying

<b>The Japanese</b> are revered for many things, especially their meticulous culture and immaculate craft.<p><b>If you have</b> ever been to a traditional craft …

10 great Steam games that only cost $1

As my ongoing series highlighting five new games on Steam each week makes clear, there are a helluva lot of good games that most people don't even …

Retrogaming

Anthony Bourdain explains why, even after touring 80 countries, his favorite destination will always be Japan

Over the course of 15 years and four travel shows, Anthony Bourdain has toured 80 countries, delving into their histories and eating as much of their food as possible.<p>If you ask him, as Business Insider did earlier this year, what his favorite destination is, he will immediately tell you it's Japan.<p>…

Anthony Bourdain

Nick Offerman on The Politics of Ron Swanson and the Zen of Woodworking

<b>Nick Offerman</b> is often tied to his hyper-masculine, outspokenly libertarian character Ron Swanson, a role he played on seven seasons of NBC's "<b>Parks and Recreation</b>." <b></b>And though Offerman has distanced himself from the fictional character, they do share a mutual passion: woodworking.<p>In his latest …

Have You Played… Setting Up A New PC?

<i>Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives noodling about PC-related experiences. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all</i> …

Build a MakerSpace in Your Home, Learn About Japanese Handsaws, Hack Your Car Horn and More

Part 2 of this week's Makers Roundup<p><b>Building a MakerSpace in Your Home, Part 1</b><p>Linn from Darbin Orvar tackles a massive project: Building a makerspace …