Poetry boxing and the art of the verbal jab

It's no secret that technology has grown exponentially over the past decade. But has human interaction suffered because of that growth? There are some in Japan who say yes. A decade ago, as a response...

Record-chasing Japanese ballonist reportedly missing

Hot-air ballonist Michio Kanda was trying to break distance and duration records by traveling from Tochigi, Japan to Portland, Ore. Instead, the 58-year-old man has been missing for nearly a week, with his last...

The six thousand dollar watermelon, Eastwood and Takei

It's Aloha Friday and what better way to prepare for the weekend than by reading about Star Trek alumni, Clint Eastwood and high-end watermelons? Star Trek alum George Takei speaks to NASA's Goddard Space Flight...

There’s nothing like a tall glass of Placenta juice in the morning

The idea might sound shocking if you have never tried it, but according to this blog in Wired, the Japanese love drinking Placenta. Yes, I am talking about a health drink made from "that" placenta. Although...

Australian activists hunt down Japanese whalers

If you haven't heard about it already, Japanese fishermen have defied - or at least circumvented - international law and resumed whaling. Mark Schliebs, from Australia's Herald Sun, writes that some Australian activists are ready...

Finally . . . a pen-spinning champion is crowned

Who among us hasn't spun a pen in our fingers when we are bored? It's almost a requirement during tedious high school classes and long work meetings. Well, Japan has turned that pastime into...

Monday bullets

Break out your calendars, the Japanese new wave band, Polysics has announced the dates of its upcoming North American tour. Bad news for drinkers of sake and sho chu. Japanese and Native Hawaiians are two of...

Japanese mushroom helps cancer, diabetes research

Professor Albert Heck from Utrecht University in the Netherlands has discovered that the enzyme from the Japanese mushroom Grifola frondosa can help the study of diseases such as cancer and diabetes. This article in Science...

How do you say “ohana” in Japanese?

In an article in the Wall Street Journal, "Lilo & Stitch," the popular Disney duo, will be adapted into a Japanese television show called "Stitch" this October. Only instead of Lilo, the orphan who...

Apparently Okinawans love their spam, too

It's no surprise to anyone in Hawaii that local residents like their spam, rice, eggs and root beer. Well, according this article in the New Zealand-based Stuff, so do Okinawans. In Okinawa, large square "onigiri"...

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