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“Candy” Pop Music Posted by on Aug 30, 2012

As many of you already know, the Japanese pop music scene is rather… eccentric. The variety is huge: Rock pop bands like: Tokio Solo pop singers like: 浜崎 あゆみ (はまさき あゆみ/Hamasaki Ayumi)  or 宇多田 ヒカル (うただ ひかる) Utada Hikaru (not the most recent I know, but I don’t know the names of anyone more current) A huge number of…

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Hakone – Ryokan and Onsen (Video) Posted by on Aug 17, 2012

Just a few hours from Japan’s capital city of Tokyo lies the mountainous area known as Hakone. From the big city, you can take a bullet train, switch to a scenic train, and finally take a short cable car ride to get here. With such beautiful scenery, the ride is half the fun! Two of…

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The National High School Baseball Championship Posted by on Aug 11, 2012

What’s 日本 (にっぽん/Japan’s) national sport? If you answered 相撲 (すもう/Sumo), you’d be right, at least on paper. If you rank by popularity though, 野球 (やきゅう/baseball) is far and away 日本’s most popular sport. 男の子 (おとこのこ/Boys) start playing in 小学校 (しょうがっこう/elementary school) with the dream of joining one of the 12 teams in Japan’s professional league…

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