Tag: Japan

Olympic Foreign Food Survival Training

No Soy Sauce For You! Olympic training includes more than fitness. Athletes need stamina. Focus. Specialized diets. And, apparently, foreign food survival and utensil adaptation lessons. Every Wednesday, a special menu based on the food that will be available at the Olympic Village in Beijing, is served at Japan’s National Training Center. A sign at

Fukuda Tie or Not?

Japan’s annual “Cool Biz” energy-saving campaign began June 1, 2008. The fashion campaign was initiated in 2005 by former Japan environment minister Yuriko Koike. She argued that by getting men out of suits, office building air conditioning thermostats could be raised to 28 degrees Celsius (82 degrees Fahrenheit) and would help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Homes to Homeless: Closet, Internet Cafe, Restaurant

The Blue Shield The one-man shelters that many of Japan’s homeless construct from heavy blue tarpaulins can be found in parks, under bridges, and along river banks. An April 2007 Japan Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare report shows there are 4,213 homeless in Tokyo’s 23 wards, and about 18,500 homeless nationwide. The country has

Automakers Cops Conflicts

Opposite Directions Decreasing auto sales in Japan, combined with new laws targeting elderly drivers and other efforts to prevent pensioners from driving, are making it more difficult for auto manufacturers facing a different demographic future. Newsweek reports automobile sales in Japan have been declining steadily over time. It says aside from minicars and luxury foreign

Olympic Swimsuits Still See-Through

Experiment Confirms Transparent Swimsuit Concern Swimsuits that can be "Photoshopped" see-through may distract Japanese Olympic swimmers at the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics. The Shukan Post quotes a spokesperson for the Japan Swimming Federation. The spokesperson says that following the Athens Olympic Games in 2004, official swimsuit manufacturers were asked by the JSF to "ensure their

Mixed Bath Ladies Steaming Mad

Bathing Gapers Sneak Peeks Mixed bathing at a 320-year-old hot spring is being jeopardized by naked male bathers who stare at the nude females in the onsen. The 260-square-meter bath area at the Sukayu Hot Spring Resort does not have a wall to separate the men’s and women’s sections. Due to recent complaints from female

Tokyo Restaurants Reviewed GQ, Newsweek

Made (Better) in Japan ( Forked, Alan Richman, GQ, March 2008) Also a Newsweek International Special report, The New Food Capital Of The World. This article mentions the fascination with food on TV in Japan, and the 2007 edition of the Michelin Guide, which “gave a total of 191 stars to Tokyo, leaving Paris a

Special Chikan Prevention Collection

From stylish Omote Sando in Tokyo, to the far rural areas of Japan, “Watch for Molesters” signs are a common sight. (above: The chikan sign in Omote Sando: “Chikan attention. Immediately call 110”) [“Watch for Chikan” gallery ]["Watch for Chikan” homemade][Osaka police “Stop Chikan”] Aichi Police – How to Avoid or Catch Chikan in 10

Home Recipes from the Navy

To attract interest from homemakers and young women, and to improve its image, the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force is publishing navy recipes on its website. The MSDF is posting recipes for two dishes each week. Recipes for Japanese, Western and Chinese dishes that are served in the navy are being revealed. The original recipes