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"If you have the feeling that something is wrong, don't be afraid to speak up." - Fred Korematsu. Today is the birthday of the Japanese-American civil rights leader who challenged America's internment camps during WW2.

, which authorized that individuals of Japanese ancestry living on the Pacific Coast were to be removed from their homes and forced to live in
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Badass women samurai were "ready to confront a demon or a god."

Most of my generation’s exposure to Japanese culture came heavily mediated by anime and samurai films.
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The reign of terror is about to end.

The Japan Sanitary Equipment Industry Association, a consortium of companies producing plumbing products including Toto, Panasonic, and Toshiba, has agreed to unify the iconography used on the...
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From The NY Times- I didn't write it,
but I totes agree.

Societies roiled by populist anger could take a lesson from their attitude toward labor — and the importance of investing it with meaning.
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If you missed my writing about Japan, good news: Here's a piece I wrote for Tofugu. Hope you dig it!

Learn why the Japanese government hijacked a religion and created State Shinto, and how it changed modern Japan.
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Japan is not great for vegetarians...

The feature at Space World in Kitakyushu is forced to close after anger at ‘disrespect for life’ and ‘lack of morality’
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If you haven't read Tonoharu, you should. If you have, then you'll be excited to know that part 3 is finally available!

The anticipated Tonoharu 3 is hot off the press! About teaching in Japan, it’s more than just a read – it’s like a virtual reality experience.
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Check out some badass amezaiku, the art of Japanese glass candy sculpture.

At 27 years old, Shinri Tezuka may be one of the youngest people still practicing the dwindling art of amezaiku, or candy crafting, in Japan. The self-taught...
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A beautiful look into the process behind some traditional Japanese woodcraft. I had no idea making those patterns could be this complex!

江戸時代後期に箱根山の畑宿で箱根寄木細工が始められましたが、初めのうちは乱寄木や単位文様による寄木細工が主流でした。 明治時代の初めに静岡方面の寄木技法がもたらされ、これが今日の連続文様構成の小寄木として確立。 箱根細工は緻密な手工芸の技法によって広く知られる、国内では唯一の産地です。
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I contributed a short anecdote to this collection of culture shock moments at JapaneseUp, along with other great Japan Bloggers. Check it!

Check out our picks for the best 25 Japan bloggers for 2016 and why YOU should start following them right now!
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Really digging these illustrations designed to promote Little Tokyo in Dusseldorf!

Design agency KittoKatsu has designed an identity for ‘Little Tokyo,’ the Japanese quarter of Dusseldorf. “Little Tokyo is not only a fun place to eat sushi or have a cup of sake after work, it is also a unique fusion of Japanese and Rhineland culture,” says Vera Henco managing director of KittoKats...
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They don't make Philadelphia rolls in Japan, anyway.

There are deep forces that explain the rise of Japanese food all over the country -- and the surprising group of people behind the trend.
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A bit late to hearing about this sign at the Miyazaki shrine in Hiroshima: "Please don't enter the temple buildings, or go inside the stone barriers. Even if you see a Pokémon inside there, those may not be wild Pokémon, but servants of the gods. Don't try to approach them – instead wait for them to come out."

As Pokemon Go hits Japan, parents worry about child safety, Shinto priests worry about playing in temples.
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It's the anniversary of the 3/11 quake and nuclear disaster at Fukushima. From The New Inquiry, here's a story about some ostriches that live there.

A Taste of Cesium By T. Paul Cox Photo courtesy of Ryuichi Hirokawa. Original Caption: 11月12日、限られた報道関係者のみが、細野原発担当相の視察に伴うかたちで福島第一原発に入った。ただし報道陣を乗せたバスから降車することは許されず、原子炉周辺を周回しただけで終わった。このような記者クラブ的な取材では真実に近づくことは難しい。現実は過酷で、10月末に訪れた警戒区域に設定されている原発周囲20km圏内のある町では、相変わらず人の影は見当たらない。代わりに、野生化したダチョウが悠然と闊歩していた Amid…
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Here's a #wikiplaylist about Japanese tool ghosts, the Tsukumogami. Read articles about such horrors as the umbrella ghost, lantern spook, ghost-sandal and tattered futon.

Tsukumogami are Japanese folk tales about the ghosts of discarded household objects. Read about the umbrella ghost, the futon ghost, and more.
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This is a fascinating update on a town that remains evacuated after the Fukushima nuclear crisis.

Savage Minds welcomes guest blogger Pablo Figueroa. Pablo is an assistant professor in the Center for International Education at Waseda University in Tokyo. In this position, he teaches courses on …
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