Tokyo Named World’s Safest City

Photo Credit: JanneM

Photo Credit: JanneM

Tokyo has been named the world’s safest city according to a 2015 Safe Cities Index by The Economist. Stuff.co.na website reports:

The index, which looks at digital security, health security, infrastructure safety and personal safety, ranks the Japanese capital ahead of Singapore second and Osaka third. European capitals Stockholm and Amsterdam complete the world’s top five safest cities.

Nice to see Osaka come in third place :D

Cat News Network

I would definitely watch more news and debate programming if they did it like this! :D

100 Japanese Maids : 1Pancake

Don’t know what to say about this one, other than the Japanese sure have a delightful and strange sense of humour :D

Japan Law to Force Workers to go on Holiday

Photo Credit: Bertrand Tran.

Photo Credit: Bertrand Tran.

Yeah I know that’s pretty wild and crazy, but according to The Telegraph, the Japanese Government has recently introduced a law to make sure workers are taking their vacation time.

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The Tech Behind Conveyor Belt Sushi

Some pretty amazing tech goes into conveyor belt sushi. And here I though they were just counting your different color plates at the end of the meal :P

Low Yen Makes it a Great Time to Visit

Photo Credit: THEMACGIRL*

Photo Credit: THEMACGIRL*

I was just reading this morning about the drop in the yen and decided to check out how the Canadian dollar stacked up with the exchange rate. I was super surprised to see it a $1 to ¥106. I’ve never it seen it that low! What a great time to head to Japan. I’m not sure if this will last till our next trip, but I sure hope it will :) The Japan Times has more information and the mathy bits if you’re interested.

Fried Shrimp Gun

Fried shrimp anyone? Here’s a quick and easy way to make it. Please enjoy! :D

Astro Boy Crossing Signal

Photo from Kotaku

Photo from Kotaku

I’m just going to come out and say it…this is the greatest crossing signal ever. If you’re in Kanagawa Prefecture, outside Tokyo, you can check it out. Personally I would prefer if Astro flew out of the sky and carried me across the street when I push the button, but this is pretty cool, too :D

Osaka Gets New Glico Man Sign

Photo Credits: Muza-chan.

Photo Credits: Muza-chan.

Photographing Osaka’s Glico running man was a must do on my trip almost 5 years ago. Unfortunately, due to the Fukushima Power Plant issues, the singn was turned off before I had a chance to take a night time picture. Mission failed. The good news is that not only did the sign get turned back on, but they’ve also just released a new version, making this the sixth version of the famous running man born in 1935. I look forward to photographing him in all his new LED glory…I hope :)

Book Review: A Guide to Reading and Writing Japanese

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As anyone who has started studying Japanese will know, reading is really, really hard. With 3 different writing systems and thousands of tiny and complicated kanji to learn, it’s easy to view reading Japanese as too high of a mountain to climb.

Today we’re going to quickly review a guide that will hopefully make that climb a little easier.
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