culture and communication
Just came across RocketNews24 Bringing you yesterday’s news from Japan and Asia, today. where I found the following, which I hadn’t heard of: A student from a private integrated junior high/ high school in Tokyo filed a complaint with the Tokyo Metropolitan Police as a victim of bullying. It was later learned that the 15 [...]
If everyone reading this donated ¥1000, our fundraiser would be done within an hour. But not everyone can or will donate. And that’s fine. Each year just enough people decide to give.This year, please consider making a donation of ¥1000, ¥1500, ¥2000 or whatever you can to protect and sustain Wikipedia. Thanks, Jimmy Wales Wikipedia [...]
Feeling the heat? Then get out of the kitchen and check out these two great blog posts by my Nara Lady English bloggers: wind chime temple by Nara storyteller, and have a bit of coolness, by Sarah Need still more cooling? Check out these Nara Lady English Bloggers: Heaven @ 2700 metres Alpine Meadow and [...]
A modern update finds the famous sleuth and his doctor partner solving crime in 21st century London. via Sherlock (TV Series 2010) – IMDb. I don’t watch TV except for major soccer games. Oh, and the new BBC Sherlock Holmes series. The first series was just re-shown on Japanese TV (NHK Satellite) Sunday, Monday and [...]
Impress your friends: tell them where the best spots for “hanami” (cherry-blossom viewing) and exactly what stage the blossoms are at, just using this nifty cell-phone app.
I subscribe to Bob Bly’s marketing newsletter. Even though I’m not a marketing guy, I always learn something useful about marketing (and teaching involves marketing, even if it’s the basic “know your audience” thing) and about good writing, as you can no doubt tell by the scintillating prose on this blog. Mike Rogers has ranted [...]
Scorsese’s “Hugo” – a great film for all the family, whether you watch in 2D or 3D. Based on a real person. Who? Read more to find out.
Konpeito or kompeito, tiny colorful star-like rock candies, were once dream sweets for most Japanese people. The word konpeito comes from the Portuguese word confeito. They were first introduced to Japan by Portuguese adventurers in the 16th century. via Through the Sapphire Sky: Luster of Konpeito－jewel-like rock candy from the 16th century. So begins another [...]
Asahi Shimbun journalist justifies his (and Japan’s) paper’s coverage of the 3-11 disasters. When traces of radioactive caesium were detected at Tokyo’s water-treatment plants, all the expert opinion told us that it was still at levels that would not pose any danger to the public. Now, if we had wanted to sell as many copies [...]
Update: Though she would never have put it so indelicately, in this quote (from a letter, August 16, 1849 ), Charlotte Brönte kicks ass, with spirit and decision! I do not respect an inconsistent critic. He says, ‘if Jane Eyre be the production of a woman, she must be a woman unsexed.’ In that case [...]