Friday, 29 June 2012
Wednesday, 27 June 2012
It tells you that the vending machine will accept new 500 yen coins, but not old ones. That's because old 500 coins were susceptible to easy counterfeiting, especially in vending machines.
Today, as a follow-up to Dom's wonderful guide to Japanese coins, let's learn a bit about the history of counterfeit 500 yen coins in Japan.
Monday, 25 June 2012
Not long ago, Dan shared an awesomely detailed article about being careful about bandwidth usage on your super high speed fiber optic Internet line in Japan.
Although Internet providers in Japan have for several years kept an eye out for excessive file sharing or downloading and used Terms of Service violations to cut such users' connections, in Japanese law it had not been illegal for users to download copyrighted content--only uploaders of such content could face legal charges... until now.
Friday, 22 June 2012
Wednesday, 20 June 2012
Tuesday, 19 June 2012
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Monday, 18 June 2012
5. Baisen Goma (Roasted Sesame)
by Kewpie, etc.
A number of companies put out creamy roasted sesame dressings in Japan. I like all of them quite a bit, and usually the store's generic brand just as much as the well-known Kewpie brand. This is also one of the few flavors your grocery store is likely to stock in a large container, by which I mean a container that will last for more than just five or six salads. If you are interested in other flavors of dressing in larger containers, quite a variety is available on Amazon.co.jp.
Friday, 15 June 2012
Event news and entertainment site WalkerPlus just listed its annual Fireworks Display Calendar, with a cute (and highly distorted) little map of Japan you can click on to find dates and locations for fireworks and summer festivals going on wherever you live or are visiting in the country.
Once you pick an event, take care to arrange your method of travel and accommodations beforehand. Large displays in Japan are well-known for their massive crowds, blocking off whole segments of cities from vehicular traffic, tying up mass transit lines for hours following the grade finale, and booking their city's hotels solid.
But if you are one of those people who actually likes to savor their sochu as opposed to using it as a cheap binge drinking accessory, then you are in luck as there are tons of local varieties avaliable to please your pallet.
Wednesday, 13 June 2012
Monday, 11 June 2012
Both appropriately use the kanji 豆 (mame), which means "beans." And the other two kanji in question here are 腐, which is used in words like "to spoil" (腐る, kusaru), and 納, which refers to something fitting neatly into a designated space. (Yes, seriously. That's a meaning of 納まる, osamaru).
So, we've got tofu, all packed into its neat little white squares, and natto, rancid and fermenting, but the kanji don't line up. Sure seems like somebody screwed these two words up, doesn't it?
Turns out there's an urban legend in Japan to just that effect:
Sunday, 10 June 2012
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Friday, 8 June 2012
Wednesday, 6 June 2012
Monday, 4 June 2012
Today we'll learn a bit about what sets もめん and きぬ apart!
Friday, 1 June 2012
While local beer is not easy to come by (or cheap, for that mater), it does in fact exist for those with a sharp eye and discerning pallet.
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