Japan

Photo: Matthias Ripp, Kyoto Japan consists of four major islands, surrounded by more than 4,000 smaller islands. The country is located in the Pacific Ocean and nearby neighbors include China, North Korea, South Korea, Russia, and Taiwan. Questions What would locals like visitors to know about Japan? = 地元の人々は日本を知るために何を訪問者のようになるだろうか?(Jimoto no hitobito wa Nihon o shiru …

Japan Links

Japan flag Links related to Japan presented in somewhat random fashion: HeadlinesKeirin School: Inside the strict and secret world of bicycle racing in Japan – BBChttps://www.citylab.com/life/2020/02/japan-lost-and-found-phone-wallet-purse-tokyo-property-law/604645http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20191006-what-japan-can-teach-us-about-cleanlinessTourists In Kyoto Are Making Geisha’s Lives DifficultCarefully, Japan Reconsiders the Trash CanOverseas Visitors to Japan in 2018 Top 31 Millionhttps://www.cbsnews.com/live/video/20181115032536-bilingual-10-year-old-takuto-kawakani-is-now-a-tour-guide-at-korakuen-garden-in-japanhttp://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-42191096http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/latenightlive/japanese-election/9062630http://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/snow-canyon-japanhttp://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-09-03/muscle-suits-push-to-get-japans-elderly-working-again/7794490Suburban ecotours in Japan offer city-goers a stroll off the …

Japanese

Japan Flag Japanese language resources and vocabulary Features HeadlinesPay It Forward: The Top New Japanese Words for 2019 – NipponAmazing new Japanese words – Language Log VocabularyDomo arigato – Thank you – GraciasKonichiwa – Hello or good day – Buen diaKonbanwa – Good nightKiosketene – Take care – CuidateOhi i shi – Delicious – SabrosoKampai …

Tokyo

Photo: Matthias Ripp, Skyline Tokyo … Google Mapsgoo.gl/maps/FxnYURs6SJxizDMR6 HeadlinesThe underground cathedral protecting Tokyo from floods – BBCTake one last stroll through Tokyo’s Tsukiji fish market before it closes – Quartz ReferenceCurrent Local Time Recommended ListeningLost and Found: Tokyo Elsewhere on the WebSake Tours – @saketours Features Planeta.com

Kyoto

Photo: Patrick Lewis Kyoto is the capital city of Kyoto Prefecture in Japan. Located in the Kansai region on the island of Honshu, Kyoto forms a part of the Keihanshin metropolitan area along with Osaka and Kobe. Google Maps goo.gl/maps/phz8pp1eJQbKsEeG7 Headlines Tourists In Kyoto Are Making Geisha’s Lives Difficult Markets Nishiki Market Arashiyama Bamboo Grove …

Rugby World Cup 2019

Japan hosts the 2019 Rugby World Cup September 20 – November 2. South Africa won the championship after beating England in the final, with this being their third title since 1995. Hashtag: #RWC2019 Key Links rugbyworldcup.com qualifying news news Headlines Stadium Guide – Guardian Rugby World Cup: Streaming ‘lag’ means action will appear first on …

Sapporo, Japan

Photo: Luca Sartoni Sapporo, capital of Japan’s mountainous island of Hokkaido, is famous for its beer, skiing, and annual Sapporo Snow Festival featuring enormous ice sculptures. The 2020 Sapporo Snow Festival begins January 30 and ends on February 11. Elsewhere on the Web city.sapporo.jp sapporo.travel Unesco Creative City Photos Google Maps Wikipedia Sapporo Sapporo Dome …

Washi

Image: Bernd Hutschenreuther Washi = decorative paper of kind traditionally handmade in Japan Headlines https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/19/t-magazine/japanese-paper-washi.html Wikipedia Washi Planeta.com Japan Paper

Kattobashi

Buzzwords Kattobashi = Quotes In Japan’s version of the World Series, which begins Saturday in a country meticulous about recycling, cracked and splintered bats may find another use as objects indispensable to life here: chopsticks. Each season, thousands of damaged bats are reprocessed into reusable “kattobashi,” a mash-up of the Japanese word for chopsticks and …

Bon Festival

Photo: Peter Thoeny, Festival Peter writes: “Bon Odori (盆踊り) is a popular dance in Japan to celebrate the spirits of the ancestors. Last weekend we went to the San Jose Japantown to attend the Obon Matsuri (festival). A street was blocked off, and a large group was dancing in an elongated circle in the street. …