Random Japan

by: mishima

Sat Feb 16, 2013 at 08:15:25 AM EST



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THIS JUST IN...
The NPA says 33 people around the country were arrested for voting improprieties in December's general election-the lowest figure since current election laws were enacted in 1950.

An online survey by research group Macromill found that 75 percent of 20-year-olds "expect little from the country's politics."

In a breakthrough that could help endangered species, Japanese scientists have "artificially reproduce[ed] a kind of fish using surrogate parents from another related species."

The Council for Cultural Affairs recommended two additions to Japan's roster of important cultural assets: traditional hunting equipment from Akita and a tug-of-war event in Saga known as "Yobuko."

mishima :: Random Japan
stats

36,000
Estimated number of mah-jongg parlors in Japan in 1981, according to the National Police Agency

12,000
Estimated number in 2011

76
Number of high-school girls arrested in a raid of massage parlors in Tokyo late last month

Oh Dear. And We Thought Pokémon Was for Kids
I admit it's been a long time since I last watched an episode of kids' favourite Pokémon, but I don't recall outdoor rutting being a common theme.

The following image, allegedly taken from an episode of the show that aired earlier this week, surfaced on Japanese bulletin boards sometime yesterday and has been causing quite a stir. Those poor, poor sheep. We'll spare you the sight of the awesome/upsetting uncensored animated gif until after the jump.

 

No Guns No Problem  

Guam

I Need Chocolate

 I'm So Lonely

 Japan Has The Right To Plan For This

But Won't Plan For This

Grief gives counselor reason to help others
Medical worker lends ear, advice to those facing loss, and death
  KYODO
Breast cancer patients and family members gather in a room on the 10th floor of Tokyo Kyosai Hospital to sit down and share their troubles, while Kaori Osawa, a medical social worker, acts as moderator and answers questions.

"When I first told my children that their mother may not live long, they became scared. But now, they've gotten used to that," one of the patients said.

Those with severe conditions also take part in the sessions in Meguro Ward, but the conversations take an upbeat tone - even when serious issues are raised that require the intervention of Osawa, 46.

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Random Japan | 7 comments
where is the rutting vid? (2.00 / 5)
heh

The Lego pop up temple was awesome - I wonder how long (2.00 / 4)
it took to make?

The first picture is nifty - one of your own?

Thanks so much!


That picture was drawn by some guy who calls himself (2.00 / 2)
MIshima :)

[ Parent ]
Thank you. (2.00 / 5)
I love the art work.

One of the things I follow about Japan is the jazz and jazz fans.

It is interesting to me that it is an export from the U.S. that has a devoted following and some very talented young performers,



"If you're in a coalition and you're comfortable, you know it's not a broad enough coalition"

Bernice Johnson Reagon


There was a taxi in Obedai Tokyo (2.00 / 3)
which played Jazz and could be hired for special ocassion's .

[ Parent ]
I have fond memories of Japan. Lived in Wakkanai from (2.00 / 5)
1969-1971/72.  I still have many treasures from there, including real tabi.  I remember them being so soft on the feet.  I'm still pretty pathetic at using chop sticks though.

Probably my favorite jazz LP that I bought in college (2.00 / 2)
and finally found on CD a few years ago was Dave Brubeck's Jazz Impressions of Japan. I am transported and emotionally defibrillated every time I listen to it.  

I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train.


-- Oscar Wilde


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