The Crying Game.
The Japanese proverb Naku ko wa sodatsu
says that "A crying child thrives." During the annual Konaki Sumo
("Crying Sumo") festival held at certain temples
in Japan, babies are held facing each other and encouraged to cry
by priests and sumo wrestlers. The one who bawls first, or loudest, is the winner, thought to be blessed by the gods with good health.
posted by gottabefunky
on Apr 30, 2007 -
The familiar story of 20th century philosophy is one of analytic
philosophies. In spite of this, behind the exaggerated differences
is the common history
that these two traditions often forget. In failing to remember this common history, it's easy to forget that for all its supposed universality, philosophy is so distinctly western. It's naive to think that this narrow-mindedness is due to western intellectuals being unable to hear the wisdoms of the world over the din of their own arguments. Rather, it is only that these wordly traditions don’t have that flavour
– that hardness of crystal
. [more inside]
posted by Alex404
on Apr 20, 2007 -
"Fortunately nobody was using the toilets when the fire broke out and there were no injuries," a company spokesman said.
"The fire would have been just under your buttocks." The flaming toilets
of Japan! Of course, if these kinds of problems with new-fangled techno-toilets continue, people might be advised to go back to the traditional
Japanese toilet. In which case, this refresher course in How to Use Japanese Style Toilet Bowel
] might come in handy. Happy squatting!
posted by flapjax at midnite
on Apr 19, 2007 -
TV in Japan.
A hyper representation of what airs, or has aired on Japanese TV. Ranging from action packed to truly awesome (and from monkeys to ninjas), set your eyes to "dazzled" and brain to "frazzled".
posted by myopicman
on Apr 13, 2007 -
Comedy duo, Ramenz
(ラーメンズ), aka Kobayashi Kentaro and Katagiri Jin, also known as the Japanese versions of Mac and PC
, have recently done a number of shorts collectively called "The Japanese Tradition." Apparently, these tongue-in-cheek pseudo-instructional vids about famous aspects of Japanese culture (Tea
, and Relationships
) have been fooling a lot of non-natives into thinking they are actual guides. (YouTube, each approx 4-6 min).
posted by ikahime
on Mar 29, 2007 -
[youtube] Anyone who's ever been to Tokyo or any other big city on Earth knows how hard it is to navigate crowded, narrow sidewalks, especially when you have to "take a dump."
posted by KokuRyu
on Mar 15, 2007 -
The old and the new Japan in one frame
. The delicate relationship of Oyako, parent and child. In 1982 American photographer Bruce Osborn
began what has become his lifelong work. For the last 25 years he took pictures of one parent with one child in a white studio setting.
posted by nickyskye
on Feb 1, 2007 -
From 1977 to 1983, between 16-70 Japanese citizens were abducted
in their home country by agents of the North Korean government. 13-year-old Megumi Yokota was the youngest. This is her story
posted by JPowers
on Jan 22, 2007 -
All you "Talk like a pirate day"
keyboard swashbucklers take heed: The Sea Shepherd Society's
flagship Farley Mowat is now officialy a pirate vessel
after Canada, Britain, and Belize revoked their registration. As the Japanese winter Antarctic whale hunting season begins (previously)
, the M/V Farley Mowat is setting sail to meet them, armed with a hydraulic "can opener" battering ram
, a pie cannon
, and moral conviction
. With the Japanese whaling fleet now majority owned by the Japanese government
, a subject of international diplomatic intrigue
, and after last year's confrontations
, this could get ugly!
posted by anthill
on Jan 14, 2007 -
In America, some rang in 2007 by watching (a propped-up) Dick Clark
rockin' the Eve away alongside Ryan Seacrest & his crush (yeah, right)
, Christina Aguilera. Ho hum. Japanese television on the other hand? Well, my friends... television viewers in Tokyo enjoyed this little extravaganza (It's SFW, they're wearing bodysuits.) Yokatta koto!
posted by miss lynnster
on Jan 1, 2007 -
of several galleries full of Japanese "urban ruins" photos, including abandoned amusement parks
, apartment blocks
, bowling alleys
, & much more, including Battleship Island
, the (previously posted
) abandoned coal mining island off the coast of Nagasaki. Via
posted by jonson
on Dec 5, 2006 -
It's the season once again for the annual dolphin drives
in Japan, the appallingly cruel
(see "Les massacres" video) practice of herding into shallow waters and brutally slaughtering these highly intelligent, self-aware and emotional creatures. There are those
trying to stop it, and should you be so inclined, you can sign their petition
posted by flapjax at midnite
on Nov 20, 2006 -
- Latin music by Japanese artists from the 40s, 50s and 60s. "Mambo, rumba, cha cha cha, bossa nova, calypso, you name it... it was big in Japan. The exodus of Japanese migrants to Brazil ensured a lasting connection with South American culture as many Japanese artists toured Brazil."
posted by carter
on Oct 9, 2006 -
Geiko of Kyoto
is a stunning photo gallery of Kyotos's Geisha - both the mature Geiko and the apprentice Maiko. Melissa Chasse annotates many photos with fascinating details and offers an account of her tea party with Mamechika
, a lovely Maiko. For more, this lovely Geisha site
offers a brief history from the era of the floating world, more photos, Ukiyo-e art, and links. Also see y2karls' prior definitive post on ukiyo-e
posted by madamjujujive
on Sep 23, 2006 -
The Afghan Elvis
(with YouTube clip
), the Soviet Elvis
(played by Tom Hanks
), the French Elvis
(now seeking Belgian citizenship
), the Mexican Elvis
, the Swedish Elvis
, the Filipino Elvis
, the Chinese Elvis
, the Sikh Elvis
, the Japanese Elvis
who became a Prime Minister, and other foreign Elvii
posted by jonp72
on Aug 21, 2006 -