Category Archives: Lists

As Seen on Japanese TV

Tune in to Japanese television, and chances are that you’re likely to have come across one of the following: a bunch of “talents” (tarento) riding trains and buses and stopping by scenic spots, restaurants, shops, onsen, hotels, and ryokan a … Continue reading

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5 Books on Japan’s Role in World War II

August 15 this year marks the 71st anniversary of Japan’s surrender and the end of a war that had cost so many lives and continues to cast a long shadow over relations between Japan and its neighbors (particularly China and … Continue reading

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Recommending Readings in Philippine Studies (Updated)

Jose Rizal, Noli me tangere (1887) and El Filibusterismo (1891) These two novels, written in Spanish and published in Berlin and Ghent respectively by national hero Jose Rizal, are arguably the most important literary works produced by a Filipino, “foundational … Continue reading

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10 Foods that Japanese Don’t Mind Standing in Line For

The other week, a television show featured restaurants from all over Japan that regularly attract long lines of Japanese customers. Here are some of the food for which Japanese will happily wait in line for as much as four hours: … Continue reading

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8 Genius Recipes …

… from Food52’s Genius Recipes: 100 Recipes That Will Change the Way You Cook by Kristen Miglore Spiced Red Wine. I first heard of mulled wine, a long time ago, from a friend whose older boyfriend took her to the kinds … Continue reading

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A Guide to Choosing the Right Onsen

Come October, the air turns cool and thoughts turn to the warm pleasures of onsen (hot springs) once more. There is a foolproof set of criteria for rating the onsen that one has tried or wants to try. Onsen may … Continue reading

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Whatever You Desire

In Japan, you can hire someone to do your gardening, fix your water pipes and sewage tanks, clean your house, and pack and move the entire contents of your house. There are plenty of companies that specialize in each of … Continue reading

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