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Japanese News and Culture Blog Roundup: 10/08/09-10/14/09

October 15, 2009

Pink Tentacle

yokai_daizukai_6 10/14/09: Anatomy of Japanese Folk Monsters
A post with great scans of work by manga artist Shigeru Mizuki featuring monsters from Japanese folklore. My favorite here is the Fukuro-sage, which can turn into a rolling sake bottle that can lead people to their deaths. The Kijimunaa is also amusing since it is a forest sprite which intensely fears and hates the octopus, of all things.

Japan Probe

10/14/09: Yamanote Halloween Train 2009
Apparently the yearly Halloween train car in Tokyo is a go this year. The idea is to create a fun mini-Halloween party on a single train car on the Yamanote line, but it quickly gets completely out of hand since the drunk foreigners in costume tend to get belligerent and rude. In past years, there have been reports of vandalism and the train has been halted. Police will most likely be on site to make sure things don’t get out of control, but the whole thing just sounds like a terrible idea given its past.

10/13/09: Hidden camera comedy: your buddies just got murdered!
Hidden camera “prank” in Japan that records your apparently hilarious face as you think you are the sole survivor of a gun massacre. Yeah, I don’t think that this would go over well in America.

Tokyo Times

ushiku2 10/08/09: Ibaraki’s really big Buddha
The Kamakura Daibutsu and the huge Daibutsu in Nara are not the only Buddha statues around. Here are great photos of the tallest standing Buddha statue in Japan in Ibaraki Prefecture. Ah, but can it compare with the Touchdown Jesus statue in my home state of Ohio? The answer is yes. Yes, it can.

Japanese Pod 101

3974018590_e2bdd3729b 10/13/09: Learn Japanese kanji – Everyday kanji (Airport signs)
Another very practical blog post from Japanese Pod 101 regarding signs you might see in the airport while in Japan. Learn how to find baggage claim, your terminal, and customs/immigration all in Japanese!
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