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What Japan Can Teach You About Living A Long, Healthy Life

Posted 11.10.2014 | Healthy Living

Want to know where to look to live a long, prosperous, healthy life? It’s simple. Just look east. Japan, the land that gave us such treasures as ...

Takashi Murakami's Smiley Faces On A Mushroom Cloud

Pico Iyer | Posted 07.05.2014 | World
Pico Iyer

Every time I look at the work of Takashi Murakami, I see both the super cute, charming surfaces for which Japan is rightly famous and all the demons that peek out behind them. He dreams up lovable blobs and dolls and oversized cuties to ask his compatriots what might be the cost of holding onto such childish things.

13 Photos Of Japanese Vacation Spots Reveal A Very Different View Of Relaxation

Posted 02.20.2014 | Arts

Japanese photographer Nobuto Osakabe's series "Holiday Making" captures popular relaxation destinations sprinkled around Japan, from pristine snowy mo...

You Have To See These Japanese Game Shows To Believe Them. But Even Then You Won't.

The Huffington Post | Amanda Scherker | Posted 01.25.2014 | Comedy

To the West, the world of Japanese game shows is best known as a technicolored whirlwind of half-naked bodies, sadomasochistic physical challenges, an...

What Americans Can Learn from the Japanese

Monique Svazlian, CPCC | Posted 11.03.2013 | World
Monique Svazlian, CPCC

I recently took a trip to Japan, and got a first hand look at this centuries-old culture. Although only there for a week, it was enough time to leave a hugely positive impression and inspired thinking about what we as Americans can learn from the Japanese.

On Japanese People and Whales

Hiroshi Yamaguchi | Posted 10.07.2013 | World
Hiroshi Yamaguchi

It is OK to discuss the issue from the viewpoints of biodiversity or environmental balance as long as they remain scientific arguments. If some kinds of whales are on the brink of extinction, we should stop the whaling of them. But if the criticism comes from cultural difference or preference, I would argue that there are other cultures in other places.

The Desperate Cover-Up of a Shame Culture: The Provenance of Mayor Hashimoto's Incendiary Comments about the Necessity of Comfort Women

Kalliope Lee | Posted 08.03.2013 | World
Kalliope Lee

Japan's war crimes have incurred a debt that must be paid--not only in reparation to the victims of neighboring countries, such as Korea and China, but for the sake of its own future.

ANA Airways Gives Visitors a 360° Look Into Japan

Gail Nakada | Posted 07.13.2013 | Travel
Gail Nakada

ANA had a tough time this year with the grounding of their shiny new fleet of Boeing 787 Dreamliners. Recently they've been given the go ahead for test flights and should soon be cleared for passengers again.

The Thinnest Latex Condom and Other World Records Held by Japan

Amy Chavez | Posted 04.27.2013 | Weird News
Amy Chavez

Here are 10 world records held by Japan for the shortest, thinnest, fewest, daintiest, briefest and smallest.

Happy New Year!

Los Angeles Daily News | Susan Abram | Posted 03.09.2013 | Los Angeles

Taiko drums and a traditional rice cake pounding ceremony ushered in the Japanese New Year Sunday as part of the free Oshogatsu Family Festival in Los...

Coffee Life in Japan: The Exotic and the Apparently Familiar

Fabio Parasecoli | Posted 12.09.2012 | Books
Fabio Parasecoli

When it comes to food, Japan has lost some of its mystery. Restaurant patrons are conversant with sushi, sashimi, and tempura. Still, there are still layers and layers that some Western foodies have yet to consider.

7 Insider Tips For Enjoying Japan

Amy Chavez | Posted 12.04.2012 | Travel
Amy Chavez

If you're traveling to Japan, slide right in with the culture with these seven tips.

"Sakura:" Final Event to Mark Centenary of Japan's Gift of Cherry Trees to U.S.

Gil Asakawa | Posted 09.14.2012 | Denver
Gil Asakawa

It was the right song for the occasion: "Duo Sokyo" ended a brief concert marking the 100th anniversary of Japan's gift of more than 3,000 cherry trees to the U.S. as a symbol of friendship.

Making Friends in Japan

Juliana Zajicek | Posted 10.08.2012 | Teen
Juliana Zajicek

Ever wanted to feel like a movie star? All you need to do is hop on a plane and come to Japan! Easy, right?

Insanely Surreal Body Art

Posted 06.27.2012 | Arts

These days we are all a little jaded when it comes to special effects; even the most over-the-top of horror movie gore can't really bring on the goose...

Colorado Gets Its Own Cherry Trees for Japanese Blossom Viewing

Gil Asakawa | Posted 06.18.2012 | Denver
Gil Asakawa

Japanese culture is all about rituals, like the ritual of "hanami" or flower-viewing. It'll take a while for Coloradans to be able to picnic under the trees at Green Valley Ranch, but it'll be a beautiful ritual when they do.

Japan's Toughness In The Face Of Disaster

Thomas Shomaker | Posted 05.11.2012 | Travel
Thomas Shomaker

Seeing the Japanese care for each other and refuse to fall into despair always leaves me with hope for their culture and country.

Architect Designs Museum Dedicated To Himself

Posted 01.04.2012 | Arts

Conceptual architect Toyo Ito is known for his combination of reality and fantasy, attempting to create a "simulated city." Taking this concept to hea...

Why I Love the Colorado Dragon Boat Festival

Gil Asakawa | Posted 10.03.2011 | Denver
Gil Asakawa

The dichotomy between tradition and today, between preserving our cultural past and embracing our pop present, is what the Colorado Dragon Boat Festival has crystallized for 11 years.

WATCH: 'PONPONPON' Gives Us A Kawaisa Seizure

Posted 09.26.2011 | Home

PONPONPON: what is it? No, really, we'd love to know. We've spent the entire day staring at the candy-coated video of a Harajuku beauty bouncing aroun...

Ephemera and Experience: Ori Gersht

Posted 08.30.2011 | Arts

Israeli artist Ori Gersht has two new shows at Angles Gallery in Los Angeles, which both examine cultural heritage and memory. "Falling Petals" examin...

Obon Dance an Annual Highlight of Cherry Blossom Festival

Gil Asakawa | Posted 08.21.2011 | Denver
Gil Asakawa

Wherever you find Japanese-American communities, you'll find summertime festivals where people gather to dance to old-style Japanese folksongs in circular formations.

Meetings With Remarkable People in Japan: Jozan Sugita

Steve Beimel | Posted 07.09.2011 | Arts
Steve Beimel

Thanks to a mentor in the late 1940s, Jozan Sugita has performed a kind of "alchemy" by transforming life's hard knocks into opportunities for successful, creative and truly inspiring living.

BLOG WATCH> 40 Years Of Japanese Protest Posters On Pink Tentacle

Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

From radioactively mutated objects to flaming butterflies, the Japanese imagery of protest has developed its own unique themes. In this selection of p...

No Baggage Challenge for Charity Visits The Best Bar in Asia

Matt Browner Hamlin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
Matt Browner Hamlin

s an avowed cocktail geek, one of the most exciting things about traveling in Japan is the opportunity to visit some of Tokyo's legendary cocktail lounges.