Posts Tagged: Japan



“We fled to the Philippines, which was under American occupation at the time. But it wasn’t long before the Japanese took over the islands. We were living in Manila, and when the Japanese occupied the city, they began to teach us to read and write Japanese. When the Americans came to retake the city, they invaded from the north, and the Japanese blew up the bridges and barricaded themselves in the southern part of the city where we lived. Shells were falling all around us, because the Japanese had stationed a gun encampment across from our house. One morning, we decided to make a run for the hospital, so that we could put ourselves under the protection of the Red Cross. Our neighbors were running in front of us, pushing their belongings on a pushcart, when they stepped on a land mine and the whole family was killed. We kept running, but when we got to the main street, there was a checkpoint and we weren’t allowed to cross. So we hid beneath a house, and soon we were discovered by Japanese soldiers. They lined us all up against the wall to be executed. We begged and begged and begged for our lives. They finally allowed my mother and the children to step aside, but they told my father to stay. My mother dropped to her knees and asked the Japanese commander to imagine it was his family. And he finally let all of us go.”

another story for the “Japanese soldiers committed no war crimes” crowd: executing civilians? and children?

Source: humansofnewyork


One of the biggest Japanese news stories of 2014 has been the saga of Dr. Haruko Obokata, a scientist whose discovery made her an overnight celebrity only to fall from grace when her findings and methods came into question. But the real villain of this story has been the Japanese media and its sexist coverage of Dr. Obokata from the start.

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The Japanese city of Nara is renown for its deer. Thanks to their legendary history, they’re regarded as heavenly animals, messengers of the gods according to Shinto belief, and guardians of both the city and Japan itself. A population of over 1000 remarkably tame Sika Deer reside in Nara Park, where they roam freely and visitors may feed them special biscuits, and every summer they do something strange and awesome. They leave the park and swarm the streets, lounging together on the sidewalks and sometimes right in the road, looking like they haven’t got a care in the world and the middle of the road is the perfect place to be.

YouTube user Blue Bells 9999 shot video of this marvelous phenomenon in 2013 and describes it as a regular occurrence in late July:

"…with the deer strolling out of the park to “enjoy the coolness of the street.” Given that the concrete sidewalk and asphalt road surface would ordinarily retain heat during the summertime, we’re guessing that the surrounding cityscape and topography creates either a cooling wind tunnel or an inviting patch of shade.

Although it might seem like an alarming event, Nara residents seem very used to the presence of the deer. It’s been happening for so long now that the city posts warning signs to drivers about deer crossing the road. No one honks at them or suddenly swerves to avoid them. We’d be so amazed by the sight of them that people would be honking at us for blocking traffic ourselves.

[via RocketNews24]

I’ve been there!

So have I, but I’ve never seen them take to the streets in great numbers!

also, for any curious parties, the deer are “tame” but they will TAKE YOUR SHIT. You have food? Now it’s deer food. You have something in your hands that might be food? Now it’s deer food.

Source: archiemcphee


the more you clap, the less funny it gets

Source: ijustcanttoday
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Sure. Let’s just go down to the Anus Hole and get some ice cream

Their ice cream is shitty and the ambiance stinks.

Source: kyarumii
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「日本にいる人のための「ドクター・フー」ガイド ~初心者編~」


and it sums up the show SO well

(you can read an English translation here)

but this is important because Doctor Who isn’t well known here at all

and if you look at the last panel, you can see it’s only available online or on out-of-print DVDs (Matt Smith’s entire run is apparently forthcoming)

Source: question-no6



The Tokyo Subway over the years. Looks simple enough, but it adds up to this:


which makes me


(original post via Brian Ashcraft)

Source: yeshi


The Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry will develop a system to show Japanese TV programs with subtitles in foreign languages, including English and Chinese, to provide a more comfortable viewing experience for foreign visitors, according to sources.

Behind the ministry’s decision were requests from foreign visitors for more foreign-language subtitles for domestic TV programs. The envisaged system will be offered for news programs related to visitors’ safety and security during their stay, as well as variety shows.

A TV station broadcasts a program in the original Japanese, then the contents are automatically translated by a system to produce the foreign-language subtitles. Finally, the subtitles are sent to TV screens via the Internet.



where do I begin with this?

I know that Japan has more foreign tourists than foreign residents, but I still don’t understand why broadcasts related to “safety and security” are going to be translated for tourists’ sake rather than the millions of non-Japanese who actually live here.Obviously anyone living in Japan should be actively studying Japanese, but think about what subtitles could mean to foreign-born residents. All my early Japanese studies were supplemented with English-subtitled Japanese pop culture. Putting subtitles on everyday TV programming would send a message to non-native speakers, a acknowledgement that they exist and that they deserve to know what’s happening even if they’re new here.Who is writing these subtitles? The word “automatically” suggests a machine translator, but that would be a disaster. Machine-translated Japanese becomes gibberish in English, presumably that goes for other languages as well.I would understand the need for on-the-fly translation for live news broadcasts, but what about variety shows? They are filmed weeks even months in advance and are heavily edited (to add Japanese subtitles, for one thing). Shouldn’t they prep English subtitles in advance? They could be broadcast as closed captions.But all this leads to the biggest question of all: is writing subtitles for Japanese variety shows my DREAM JOB or my WORST NIGHTMARE? Because the shows are awful and this would mean closely watching them for a living but if I were writing the subtitles I could have fun with it on some level. Maybe every “おいしい!” could be a different synonym for “delicious” instead of the same word over and over this point it sounds more interesting than teaching english, anyway(link to news story, via Sandra Barron)


Good news everybody: SILENT SCOPE is back! Arcade sniper games are always fun and I look forward to trying this new one called BONE EATER.. I’m a bit disappointed that the “gun” is just a scope & handle this time (look at the “how to play" page). Maybe that makes it easier to sell abroad, where fake guns aren’t as fun because real guns kill so many people?

But here’s the bad news staring us in the face: why did that woman shrink wrap her tits? I don’t know if having a woman in the game is a new feature (my memory of past Silent Scope characters is populated with burly American dudes) but jesus, unless her tits play a dramatic role in the story I don’t think they need to be squeezed and lifted in that fashion.

There’s an equally absurd drawing of a second woman on the characters page. She’s Russian, so that means she loves Vodka! Welcome to Japan where “stereotypes” and “tradition” go hand in hand.

Does it count as progress that neither one of them is sporting cleavage or is dressed like a schoolgirl? Nah, those are probably unlockable extras.