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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?

47 Ronin Hollywood Style

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I’ve seen my fair share of 47 Ronin movies from Japan. And they’ve mostly been decent adaptations of the 18th century story of a group of samurai who were left leaderless (becoming ronin) after their daimyo (feudal lord) Asano Naganori was compelled to commit seppuku (ritual suicide) for assaulting a court official named Kira Yoshinaka (wiki article). However, if this is going to be a samurai movie staring Keanu Reeves, as indicated by the poster, I think I’m going to be sick.

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Weaker Yen Drives Tourism

Photo by narumi-lock.

Photo by narumi-lock.

I was amazed when I checked the value of the Japanese Yen versus the Canadian Dollar last week. I haven’t seen the Yen this low in a long time. Even just after the earthquake the conversion rate wasn’t this high. According to News on Japan:

The weaker yen has both positive and negative impacts on Japan’s travel industry, with the number of foreign travelers to Japan increasing but fewer Japanese travelling overseas.

The tourism numbers have already jumped 26% from the previous year. So if you’ve been planning a trip to Japan, now might be a good time to go. I know it’s got me tempted :)

Push to Make Japan More Tourist Freindly

Photo by lestaylorphoto.

Photo by lestaylorphoto.

Just came across this article published by the Yomiuri Shimbun on how Japan wants to put a greater effort into promoting tourism. Of course the devastating tsunami and resulting nuclear scare has certainly effected the tourism numbers, I had no idea how low they actually were.

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Mount Fuji Set to Receive UNESCO Status

Photo by Jokin Sukuntza on Flickr

Photo by Jokin Sukuntza on Flickr

To be honest I had no idea that Mount Fuji wasn’t listed among the United Nations cultural sites already. But thanks to the BBC article Stacey just sent me, I’ve been set straight.

A formal decision is expected when Unesco’s World Heritage Committee meets in Cambodia in June.

This would make Mount Fuji the seventeenth world heritage site in Japan. So we’ll see what happens in June :)

Free WiFi Hotspots in Tokyo

Photo by Davezilla on Flickr

Photo by Davezilla on Flickr

Finding WiFi spots in any major city can sometimes be a royal pain. I’ve spent much time wandering through Osaka and Tokyo looking for a place to connect. Well the good news is that it has got a little easier to find Internet access in Tokyo, at least in the major tourist areas. I just came across this new initiative by NTTEast for offering some free WiFi hotspots to visitors to Tokyo.

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“Gold” is Kanji of the Year

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With 2013 upon us, the 2012 kanji of the year is out. Thanks to Kirai for the story:

At the end of every year the Japanese people choose a kanji character that represents the sentiment of their society during the year that is coming to an end. The most voted character this year has been 金 (kin, きん) which means “gold”. It has been chosen because 2012 has been an olympic year, the year of a total solar eclipse and also in honour of Shinya Yamanaka, which was awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine.

Check out Skeptikai for more details.

Gangnam Style Not Impressing the Japanese

Gangnam Style

With the way the Japanese go crazy over most things coming out of Korea, it seemed like a no-brainer that Japanese would get a kick out of Psy’s Gangnam Style. Strangely enough the collective *yawn* from the Japanese is resounding.

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We’re Back in our House

hammer with two heads

Photo by Coal and Ice on Flickr

Over the past couple of months we’ve been having some house construction done. It’s meant lifting and moving our house off its foundation, building a new basement and then moving the house back on top again. I’m happy to announce that this week we are back in!

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Top Reasons Why You Should Visit Japan

Japan bamboo forest

Photo by Stuck in Customs on Flickr

If you are bored to death by your daily monotonous activities, why shouldn’t you break the monotony by choosing a totally different country for your next vacation? Why not go to Japan? Spend some time there, enjoying everything that this new culture has to offer; I bet that your creativity and imagination will be the first to benefit from such an outstanding experience.

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