Goodness gracious, great c-notes of fire!

Anyone who has ever taken piano lessons as a child has probably toyed with the idea of smashing the piano in frustration, or maybe even burning it. Well, 66-year-old Japanese pianist Yosuke Yamashita did...

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...

Tiny Monday bullets

A Japanese-style garden aims to bring tranquility to the people of Nikkei Senior Gardens in Arleta, CA. TIME takes a look at the Japanese town of Kuzumaki, which kicked its dependence on oil. Not so great...

Meet Japan’s newest foreign ambassador: Hello Kitty

It's no secret that Japan's famous Hello Kitty is popular. Well, the world renowned Sanrio product just jumped another notch on the popularity scale. The New York Times' Mike Nizza reports here that Japan's...

Japanese baseball vs. MLB, things get ugly

The other day we blogged about the MLB's opening day between the Red Sox and the Athletics in Japan. We also linked to an article in which Chiba Lotte Marines manager Bobby Valentine called...

Tainted gyoza dumplings: The plot thickens

The Chinese-made frozen gyoza that has sickened scores of Japanese residents may have been intentionally contaminated with pesticide, Japanese police say. According to this Kyodo News article, police are "looking into the possibility the...

Meet Japan’s newest oldest boxer Kazumi Izaki

In case the earlier post on Japanese rugby didn't make you feel punchy enough, here's another interesting story from the world of Japanese sports. Just one week shy of her 45th birthday, Kazumi Izaki has...

Mariah Carey’s blooper in Japan

Ahh, throwing out the first pitch. It's a long-time tradition in baseball that dates back to President William Howard Taft in 1910. The ceremonial act has expanded beyond Presidents to celebrities and various persons...

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...

Tohoku University Hospital Fundraiser

Tohoku University Hospital in Sendai, Japan is the beneficiary of a fundraiser titled “With Aloha” on April 9 (Saturday evening from 5-9 p.m.) at the Pagoda Hotel in the Ala Moana area. Pagoda Restaurant...

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