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Japan – A County of Low-Tech Posted by on Apr 6, 2021

When you hear “Japan,” what do you think first?  Anime?  Sushi? Some may think of  “high tech” (ハイテクhaiteku) first.  But sadly, the Fukushima incident and COVID-19 have revealed that Japan was a pretty low-tech (ローテクro-teku) country. Japan has been famous for (〜で有名な de yuumeina) robots for factory automation and entertainment (娯楽goraku).  But none of their technologies worked when the…

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A Restaurant that is Gentle to Women Posted by on Oct 29, 2020

Gender inequality (男女不平等) still seems to be alive and strong in Japan.  But now it has become discreet without also being ill-intentioned.  What I mean is that nobody seems to have any idea that s/he is discriminating (差別する) or is being discriminated against. Perhaps discrimination may be too strong of a word.  Stereotyped, or over-generalized may be more…

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March 20th: Spring Equinox in Japan Posted by on Mar 15, 2020

Photo by Philip Gregory

March 20th is fast approaching, and with it comes the annual spring equinox. In Japan, this event is a national holiday called “Shuubun no HI” (春分の日). In technical terms, an equinox is “either of the two times each year (as of about March 21 and September 23) when the sun (太陽) crosses the equator and…

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Coronavirus: Is Japan Safe? Posted by on Mar 9, 2020

Coronavirus (コロナウイルス) fears are sweeping across the world and there is a lot of information (情報) – and misinformation (誤報) – concerning the virus, and how to respond. Recently, there has been a shortage of (不足) masks and toilet paper, as panicked people continue to stockpile items. Though the fear of infection (感染) is understandable…

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Hakone Video Tour Posted by on Apr 27, 2017

Hakone Video Tour

With a few extra days to spare on a trip to Tokyo, you should head out to the scenic town of Hakone. Situated on Lake Ashi and surrounded by mountains, it’s a great place to spend a few quiet days. Stay in a traditional ryokan, soak in the onsen theme park, ride a pirate ship…

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Streets, Beats & Eats – Tokyo Posted by on Mar 27, 2017

Streets, Beats & Eats - Tokyo

Tokyo is a fascinating city. It’s not only the Japanese capital, but the largest metropolitan area in the world. As it’s made up of 23 wards that are all unique, it’s basically a collection of cities. On a short visit to Tokyo, you can check out a few of them and have a totally different…

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Exploring Tokyo Posted by on Mar 15, 2017

Exploring Tokyo

The capital of Japan, Tokyo is not only a massive, sprawling city, but it’s also the largest metropolitan area in the world. It’s officially known as Tokyo Metropolis (東京都 – Tōkyōto), which came to be in 1943 when the prefecture merged with the city. What used to be considered the city of Tokyo remains in…

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