Archive for October 2008

Traveling to Japan? Look Beyond The Usual

Oct 31st, 2008 | By Shane Sakata | Category: Travel

If you are planning a trip for pleasure it can be daunting to choose an itinerary.  Should you plan a trip to the vibrant city of Tokyo or bypass it for the history and culture of Kyoto?  It’s possible to combine some of both by utilizing the country’s vast transportation network but before you […]

Ishidoro in Kasai Rinkai-koen Park

Oct 30th, 2008 | By Shane Sakata | Category: Photo Gallery

A Japanese stone lantern, or ishidoro, found within Kasai Rinkai-koen park.

Kateigaho International Edition (KIE)

Oct 30th, 2008 | By Shane Sakata | Category: Reading Room

Japan’s Art’s & Culture is the theme of this great magazine that is published quarterly in English. Every edition of Kateigaho International Edition includes great photographs that are matched with equally gripping in-depth articles.

Welcome to The Nihon Sun

Oct 30th, 2008 | By Shane Sakata | Category: Featured Articles

No matter where you are, or what you think about Japan, one thing can be said with certainty – people are watching Japan – they want to understand it and they want to emulate the best it has to offer. Today it is fashionable to pick up sushi at a 7-11 in California, to read […]

Get a Degree in GOMI – Mastering Your Garbage in Japan

Oct 30th, 2008 | By Shane Sakata | Category: Lifestyle

GOMI is an acronym for the Garbage Organization & Monitoring Institution and you can get your degree right here!

A funny yet informative piece about recycling and trash disposal in Japan.

Chrysanthemum Festivals & Exhibits – Fall 2008

Oct 30th, 2008 | By Shane Sakata | Category: Events

The Chrysanthemum, kiku in Japanese, has a prominent place in Japanese culture and its blooms are celebrated with festivals and exhibits throughout Japan each fall.

Check this listing of events around Japan to find out where you can see these fabulous blooms this fall.

The Chrysanthemum – Of The Highest Order in Japan

Oct 30th, 2008 | By Shane Sakata | Category: History & Culture

The Chrysanthemum is a flower of the highest order in Japan – the Emperor’s mon, or seal, is a graphic representation of the bloom and The Supreme Order of the Chrysanthemum (pictured in the right) is the most prestigious award that can be bestowed by the Japanese Government.

Ancient Japanese Art Forms & Modern Technology

Oct 30th, 2008 | By Shane Sakata | Category: Featured Articles, History & Culture

From the Karakuri doll to an eco-friendly robot that improves the efficiency of today’s assembly lines and factories and from the Makyoh or "Magic Mirror" that protected Christians from persecution to a machine that ensures the quality of today’s silicon chips.  These are just two examples of modern technology based on ancient art forms perfected […]

Mashrooms on Pizza & More Fun Engrish from Japan

Oct 30th, 2008 | By Shane Sakata | Category: Featured Articles, Food, Lifestyle

Whether you are visiting or living in Japan it won’t take long for you to realize that there is a fascination with the English language here. You will actually see a lot of English on advertising, clothing and stationery in Japan but they don’t always get it right. It’s a good thing that the advertising […]