Links related to Japan presented in somewhat random fashion:
Keirin School: Inside the strict and secret world of bicycle racing in Japan – BBC
Tourists In Kyoto Are Making Geisha’s Lives Difficult
Carefully, Japan Reconsiders the Trash Can
Overseas Visitors to Japan in 2018 Top 31 Million
Suburban ecotours in Japan offer city-goers a stroll off the beaten track
Elsewhere on the Web
Cyberforest Sound Lab
Japan Ecotourism Society
Courant Marin Trip Company
David Lee Photography
Mt. Fuji Nature School (特定非営利活動法人 アースバウンダー 富士山エコスクール）
Peace & Slow Project (ピースロー計画)
Rebuilding Japan for people and nature, IUCN
Japan Mountains, 日本の山
Japanese Food Lovers 大好き! 日本の食べ物!
Japanese Manhole Covers
National Parks, Quasi-National Parks and Undersea Parks of Japan
Japan Tsunami / Earthquake photos 2011
The Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami March 11th 2011
Relief 2.0 – Japan
Japan – the future and the past
Fukushima revelations – New revelations about the Fukushima nuclear catastrophe
Japan streets ahead in global plastic recycling race – At 77%, country’s plastic recycling rate is about twice that of the UK, and well above the 20% figure for the US
Japan’s 20 years of economic stagnation – Why it is that Japan’s economy, one of the most successful of the 20th century, has became a stagnant swamp?
What Tokyo – What is Tokyo? A city of villages or the Bladerunner theme park? With the help of a handful of Tokyo-ites, Tony Barrell investigates.
Japanese philosophy: a short overview – Since the 5th century, Japanese philosophy has assimilated and adapted foreign philosophies to its native worldview: picking and choosing ideas about self, government and social order from Confucianism, Buddhism and Western thought. But does this mishmash of thinking create a unique Japanese philosophy?
From Ghost Town to Boom Town – (By Norimitsu Onishi, published on September 4th, 2008) Home to a silver mine whose production peaked nearly four centuries ago and finally closed in 1923, this tiny rural town in western Japan once seemed doomed to suffer the fate of so many former boomtowns. But after intense lobbying by Japan, the Iwami Silver Mine here, which many Japanese had never heard of, was improbably named a UNESCO World Heritage site last year. Having joined the ranks of the Pyramids, the Taj Mahal, Angkor Wat, not to mention Japan’s own Kyoto and Nara, Omori – population 413 – has been flooded with hundreds of thousands of tourists.
Nagasaki Kunchi, the autumn festival of Suwa Shinto Shrine, is renowned as one of the great festivals of Japan.
Jomon Sugi, a giant cedar on Yakushima Island off the coast of Japan, attracts 250,000 Japanese tourists to the island each year, making Yakushima Japan’s most popular World Heritage Site in terms of domestic travel.
Ainu (アイヌ?) (also called Ezo in historical texts) are an ethnic group of Japan, indigenous to Hokkaidō, the Kuril Islands, and much of Sakhalin. Most of those who identify themselves as Ainu still live in this same region, though the exact number of living Ainu is unknown. This is due to racial issues in Japan resulting in those with Ainu backgrounds hiding their identities and confusion over mixed heritages. Official estimates of the population are of around 25,000, whilst unofficially the number is upwards of 200,000 people.
Some books worth reading pre-trip, especially if it’s your first time in Japan are:
Lost Japan by Alex Kerr – part of the Lonely Planet non-fiction series – this gave me a great insight from a westerners perspective into some of the secrets and disappearing parts of Japan’s traditional culture
Travelers’s Tales Japan – I am a big fan of this series, an edited selection of stories
Unbeaten Tracks in Japan – get lost and get found all at once…
A Traveler’s History of Japan by Richard Tames – a bit dry for my particular taste but a very thorough and interesting background to Japan’s traditional cultural heritage and how it has changed to meets the contemporary demands of a fast-paced modern world.
Nagoya is a showcase of coastal development and city building in Japan, which simply shows change in relationship to biodiversity and human beings. The southern part of the Nagoya International Convention Center was once sea and present day Nagoya has been developed by repeated landfill works since the early modern age. This excursion traces human activity, Higata (tidal wetlands), and forests that were all changed and lost during the course of development
How to build a sumo wrestling ring
Current time in Tokyo
Nakagin Capsule Tower
Kaiseki is a traditional multi-course Japanese dinner
Seikan Tunnel is a 53.85-kilometre (33.46 mile) railway tunnel in Japan, with a 23.3-kilometre (14.5 mi) long portion under the seabed. It travels beneath the Tsugaru Strait and connects the Aomori Prefecture on the Japanese island of Honshū and the island of Hokkaidō.
Japanese traditional dance