Category Archives: Japan

The Watermelon Watchers

Summer is now well underway here in Japan, and I’ve had a chance to see what it’s like. Before we get too much further through it, I thought I’d talk about some of the more idiosyncratic experiences you get in … Continue reading

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Tastes of Japan

Japanese food is famous worldwide. In fact, it is listed as one of the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Treasures: teishoku meals are probably what most people think of when Japanese cuisine is mentioned, but other types of food such as sushi … Continue reading

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Art vs. Reality pt2: Not Matching Up

Some time ago, Artemis and I collaborated on an article about accurate portrayals of Japan as seen in anime. From school buildings and their bells and the sound of cicadas, to the general look of streets and overhead cables, we … Continue reading

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Hydraulic Power

Here in Japan the rainy season has started, and if you live in a rural area – like yours truly – its effects are fairly obvious. What might be less obvious are the ways in which those effects have shaped … Continue reading

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Liebster Award Nomination

I was recently surprised to learn that I had been nominated for a Liebster Award. Frankly I hadn’t even realised that the competition was open (or for that matter existed), so this is completely unexpected. The rules apparently are to … Continue reading

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Art vs. Reality: When Anime Gets It Right

Anime is a medium that loves to exaggerate. From the overlarge eyes and sometimes hilarious facial expressions to the often outright fantastical stories that occur in ‘real life’ situations, there’s clearly a lot about anime that is in no way … Continue reading

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A Very Japanese Christmas

Christmas is now well behind us, and we’re getting through 2015 at a steady pace (60 seconds per minute, more or less). Before it gets too much further away, I thought I’d talk a little about some of the more … Continue reading

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