Tag Archives: Japan

The Man Who Was Godzilla

Haruo Nakajima is perhaps Japan’s most famous actor, but you wouldn’t necessarily recognize his face. That’s because from 1954 to 1972, he was the man inside the Godzilla costume for 12 consecutive films. At 87 years old, many now consider … Continue reading

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The NYC Ramen Rebel That’s Leading America’s Noodle Soup Coup – Foodways, Episode 10

ZAGAT Published on 21 Sep 2017 Ivan Orkin’s journey from Long Island to Japan is a journey of self-discovery, and not just because the chef finally found a way to enjoy soup. Jessica Sanchez caught up with NYC’s ramen rebel … Continue reading

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Gyotaku: The ancient Japanese art of printing fish

How did fishermen record their trophy catches before the invention of photography? In 19th century Japan, fishing boats were equipped with rice paper, sumi-e ink, and brushes in order to create gyotaku: elaborate rubbings of freshly caught fish. K. Erica … Continue reading

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With No Entrance or Exit, a Train Station Designed Solely as a Lookout Spot

the new Seiryū-Miharashi Station, which opened on March 19, 2019 | images courtesy Nishikagawa Railway   The Nishikigawa Railway in Iwakuni (Yamaguchi Prefecture) is a local train that runs along the Nishiki River for roughly 33 km, or about 20 … Continue reading

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A Cherry Blossom-Inspired Torch Will Kick Off the Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Yesterday, on the first day of spring, the Tokyo 2020 Olympics torch was revealed to the public at a press conference in the hosting city. The floral design is inspired by Japan’s cherry blossom, a flower celebrated in festivals across … Continue reading

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Hidden Meaning in Spirited Away (Miyazaki) – Earthling Cinema


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Traditional Kintsugi process(Regular gold) speed-up version

Here is the traditional Japanese kintsugi method. “Regular” kintsugi uses a fine 24Kt. gold powder. This is ideal for a piece that will mainly be looked at. (The fine gold will wear off if you polish it hard, so this … Continue reading

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New Masking Tape Paintings by Nasa Funahara – Spoon & Tamago

Johannes Vermeer’s “Girl with a Pearl Earring” recreated in masking tape. The piece was part of a recent Vermeer Tribute Exhibition in Japan.   The Japanese artist Nasa Funahara’s obsession with masking tape began with the simple hobby of collecting. … Continue reading

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What are the rare earth elements?

Enough rare earth minerals have been found off Japan to last centuries Rare earths are important materials for green technology, as well as medicine and manufacturing Where would we be without all of our rare-earth magnets? Rare earth elements are … Continue reading

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Kirie Octopus Cut From a Single Piece of Paper by Masayo Fukuda

all photos courtesy Masayo Fukuda Kirie (切り絵, literally ‘cut picture’) is the Japanese art of paper-cutting. Variations of kirie can be found in cultures around the world but the Japanese version is said to be derived from religious ceremonies and … Continue reading

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