Japanese Life & Culture

Raumen Museum Opened Afresh in Yokohama

Let's assume most of you known Raumen, or otherwise spelled Ramen - that popular noodles you' ve heard or tried while in Japan or locally in New York, for instance.

July 10, 2017 at 12:47 am

Life Shift: A Wake-Up Call for New Life Style

Drop in any major bookstores, and you wouldn't miss stacks of a book titled "Life Shift: The 100-Year Life: Living and Working in an Age of Longevity".

July 2, 2017 at 11:42 pm

Duty-free Shops in Arrivals Area to Open this Fall in Narita

The Narita International Airport will be the first domestic airport to install duty-free shops in the arrivals area this fall.

June 27, 2017 at 1:14 am

Sota Fujii Did It at Last!

Don't say you are fed up with Sota and tired of Fujii -because it's well worth reading about him, folks.

June 26, 2017 at 1:18 am

Japanese Dancers Sparkle in Moscow Ballet Competition

Okawa is from Aomori, Japan and belongs to a ballet troupe in the Tatarstan Republic in Central Russia. Чино(Chino) Марк is the eldest son of Masami Chino of Machida, Tokyo of the Russian Ballet.

June 22, 2017 at 11:52 pm

Sota Fujii Stretched Winning Streak to 28 to Tie All-time Record

A historic feat was displayed on June 21 in Osaka as the legendary 14-year-old 4-dan Shogi player, Sota Fujii, won his 28th game of his professional career since his debut in last October to tie the all-time record marked 30 years ago by Hiroshi Kamiya 8-dan.

June 12, 2017 at 11:35 pm

Shogi Progidy Fujii Stretches Winning Streak to 23

You recall our past episodes "14-Year-Old Shogi Prodigy Outplayed 62 Years Older Veteran" and "Rising Shogi Prodigy Fujii Trounced Grandmaster Habu", and now for the third time I am tempted to report on this miraculous shogi (Japanese chess) player of mere 14 years of age who reminds me of the dramatic entry of Bobby Fischer into the stage of the world of chess.

May 17, 2017 at 11:47 pm

Photolike Painting Booming in Japan

A school of super realism in painting is fast finding a unique world of its own here in Japan as even artists in their 30's attract 40 prospective buyers to every work they exhibit.

May 16, 2017 at 4:09 am

How about a Templetel for Lodging in Japan?

Believe or not, many a foreign tourist turns to a Buddhist temple in preference to city hotels for lodging. Umm?

May 9, 2017 at 12:54 am

100-Meter Carp Flying High Up in May Sky

The Japanese celebrate Boys' Day on May 5 as they do Girls' Day on March 3.

May 2, 2017 at 12:36 am

8th World Bonsai Convention in Saitama

In case you are not familiar with Bonsai, a few lines of explanation might be due at the start.

April 27, 2017 at 1:02 am

Tokyo's Public Bath for "School for the Naked" - Um?

Yes, that's right - a school for the naked at a public bath in the heart of Tokyo. The school offers a class once every month - 460 yen per class, no entrance exam.

April 25, 2017 at 9:58 pm

Rising Shogi Prodigy Fujii Trounced Grandmaster Habu

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

LEGO "Babel Tower" Built by Tokyo University Lego Geek

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

Marin Minamiya, the Youngest Grand Slam Explorer at 20

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!

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