Japanese Life & Culture
You recall an episode last year "14-Year-Old Shogi (chess) Prodigy Outplayed 62 Years Older Veteran" (December 27, 2016) of the fast-rising Shogi (chess) prodigy who defeated an elderly master Hifumi Kato in a historic upset.
April 25, 2017 at 10:15 am
An attractive exhibition is ongoing in Ueno, Tokyo, "Collection of museum Boijmans Van Beuningen Bruegel's "The Tower of Babel" and Great 1th Century Masters, April 18 through July 2.
April 23, 2017 at 9:30 pm
A solid line drive over the centerfielder into the grandstand will make a grand slam in baseball; so will a clean sweep of four major tournaments be good enough for a grand slam in tennis - but you would have to climb the highest peak in each of the seven continents and visit the magnetic north and south poles to accomplish a grand slam. What a game!
April 5, 2017 at 12:12 am
After Go comes Shogi, Japanese chess, as Grandmaster Amahiko Sato suffered a humiliating loss in 71 moves to AI Shogi PONANZA in the first of the scheduled two games in the Denou Sen - a PC vs. human shogi head-on match.
March 30, 2017 at 4:41 am
Like it or not, the manga is getting to be a near dominant part of Japanese culture for sure, as a local but major university library is now to house over 20,000 titles of manga to help invigorate books-shy students.
March 26, 2017 at 10:49 pm
The 3-Nation Round Robin in the game of Go closed with the Korean master Park Junghwan carrying away the grand prize of 30 thousand yen - the Chinese master Ban Yuting finished 2:1, Deep ZenGo 1:2 and Japan's Yuta Iyama boobied 0:3.
March 22, 2017 at 12:55 am
The Japanese have led the world for some years in the average life span.
March 8, 2017 at 11:39 pm
Here's a news for those of you who fancy manga culture.
March 5, 2017 at 9:03 pm
Japan traditionally features every 3rd of March to wish girls of all ages good health and well-being.
February 26, 2017 at 9:24 pm
Effective from February 2017, the last Friday of the month, the Japanese are to look at Fridays from a fresh perspective - one different from another.
February 15, 2017 at 9:22 pm
Shogi is an Asian version of chess just as popular in Japan as the game of Go.
February 6, 2017 at 12:01 am
February 3 features a unique ritual in Japan: parched beans are thrown to drive evils away and invite good fortune in.
January 30, 2017 at 11:15 pm
In the town of Chantancho, Okinawa, a rare piece of clayware of the Jomon Era (14000 BC - several centuries BC) was unearthed - the kind that has been found hitherto only in Aomori, the northernmost mainland region.
January 15, 2017 at 10:10 pm
Over sixty Japanese high school students called on the outgoing US Ambassador to Japan Caroline Bouvier Kennedy at her official residence January 13 to join a "Hyakunin Isshu Karuta" game held in conjunction with the annual New Year's poetry reading at the Palace.
January 9, 2017 at 11:55 pm
The traditional Oriental calendar signifies the year 2017 a "Year of Bird" when everything starts afresh high up into the sky.