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Artist. Foodie. Otaku. 七ころび八おき ★
Artist. Foodie. Otaku. 七ころび八おき ★

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Japan: Land of Carbs
In a couple days, I'm moving to Japan to begin working toward another degree at  北海道大学 ( ほっかいどうだいがく - Hokkaid ō  Daigaku ), Hokkaido University . With my studies of Japanese language, culture, and society--not to mention actually living in  札幌 ( さっ ぽろ - Sap...
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My own little piece of Ueno Park, right here in Indy
It's 桜 (さくら - sakura ), or cherry blossom, season in Japan, a popular time for getting outside with friends, family, lovers, and coworkers. All over the country, throngs of picnickers can be seen participating in 花見 (はなみ - hanami ), or flower viewing, as th...
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Sexism and sushi: how women are challenging gender stereotypes in a male-dominated field
Every year, International Women's Day is celebrated on March 8. The day honors women worldwide for their contributions to a better society and future, and strives to highlight social issues including the fight for gender equality.  In light of celebrations ...
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Despite the silence, their lives mattered: exploring attitudes toward disabilities in Japan through the lens of the Sagamihara massacre
In the early morning hours of July 26, 2016, 26-year-old Satoshi Uematsu broke into his former employer, Tsukui Yamayuri-en, a care facility for developmentally disabled adults in Sagamihara, Kanagawa prefecture.  Armed with several knives and sharp tools, ...
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Experience Japanese culture with NHK World and Japanology Plus
Reading about Japanese culture is a great way to learn about Japan's customs and traditions, but sometimes it's nice to be able to kick back and watch something about it on TV. While it hasn't always been easy to find consistent programming on the topic out...
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It's my Qwertee debut! Get "Le Chat Magique" for a few more hours at www.qwertee.com on T-shirts and other apparel, starting at just $12!
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A friendly cashier and shidare-zakura
At a certain supermarket on the edge of Tokyo's Toshima ward, there works an especially friendly cashier. While other cashiers may balk at the sight of foreigners, this one doesn't: she always greets us with a smile and a hearty こんばんはー!( konbanwa! - good ev...
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Emoji 101: Let's celebrate Hina Matsuri 🎎
March 3 in Japan is Hina Matsuri-  雛祭り「ひなまつり」- the annual holiday honoring and celebrating girls. As with a handful of other special cultural occasions in Japan, it has its very own emoji! The Hina Matsuri emoji, found in the "Objects" category on iPhones...
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Coming up: the true meanings behind emoji
Recently used emoji from my Snapchat A significant part of the industrialized world has access to smartphones, and a standard feature with those are hundreds of tiny, colorful icons used to convey thoughts and emotions. I'm talking, of course, about emoji, ...
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Leap Day in Japan: the realm of yokai?
Right now, it's February 29 in Japan--Leap Day, or  閏日「うるうび」 --that strange inbetween day that only appears on calendars once every four years. Leap Day is a unique date that exists in the realms of both reality and fiction. If you're born on Leap Day, for ...
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