Archive for 'Japan'

Japanese Prime Minister’s Motorcade Merges into Traffic

I need these guys in my car!

Travel Tip – Don’t Freak Out at the Airport


Please sit back while I tell you a tale of how you should never be like me at the airport. It is a tale of woe and heartbreak, a tale of curses mumbled under the breath and of total meltdowns in arrival terminals. It is my constant companion whenever I arrive at the airport – my own personal freak out.

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Today we Fly!

Photo Credit: cronus

Photo Credit: cronus

Well we’re just about to depart for another Japan adventure. I’m excited to see what’s changed since we were there 4 years ago. And I’m especially excited to sink my teeth into some sweet tonkatsu and a heaping bowl of ramen :D

I’ll keep you updated as best I can!

Japan’s Independent Children

Interesting and short little documentary on the responsibilities that Japanese children face when getting to and from school. Also, I’ve watched the “My first errand” show before, so now I’m happy to know what it actually was. For the whole time I was wondering what these little kids were doing. I thought they had run away from home with a camera man :)

Tokyo Roar

The juxtaposition of old and new in Japan.

Plans to Head Back to Japan

Photo Credit: Yukinori Hasumi

Photo Credit: Yukinori Hasumi

Well I think I may finally have permission to head back to Japan for a visit next year :) The wife really wants to go to Paris, and we will get there (I promise!), but it looks like we’re on our way to Japan next fall.

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Himeji Castle Construction

Himeji Castle has long been a part of my dream Japan vacation. But I’ve never been able to visit it yet because I’ve either arrived too late or it was under construction. The good news is everything should be complete in 2015. The bad news is, I guess the Japanese are pretty shocked by how white the roof is now. They call it the White Heron castle people! :D

One Japan – Video


Reader Jessica just sent me over this awesome video her boyfriend Davy put together on their recent trip to Japan. It takes a look at the people and places they visited on their journey through Osaka, Nagano, and Kyoto. Check it out :D

Japan 2013 – A Year In Review


Just ran across this great rundown by Neojaponisme on what was happening in Japan for 2013. Some notable items include the fall of AKB48 and the rise of rather disturbing selfie pics (pictured above)…

We finally have a new contender: “kappa mouth,” which takes its name from the flatulent, frog-skinned, bird-beaked yokai with a penchant for sticking slimy fingers into swimmers’ colons. It involves rolling in the lips and pushing down to create a shallow V. Pundits are suspiciously silent as to whether the naming refers to the yokai’s beak, or rather the expression one assumes after having a slimy finger stuck into their backside.


Japan Population Drop

Photo Credit: shibuya246

Photo Credit: shibuya246

The BBC reports that Japan’s population fell by 244,000 in 2013 which makes it a record. An estimated 1,031,000 babies were born last year, which is down some 6,000 from the previous year.

Japan’s population has been shrinking for several years now. If current trends persist it will lose a third of its population in the next 50 years.

Time for more babies Japan?