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Monthly Archives: March 2016

31Thu 2016

The “flip” side of Sakura

Actually, “Sakura”, cherry tree blossom, is not the main culprit, contrary to one may think. Cedar trees (“sugi”) are, as are cypresses (“hinoki”). As beautiful as Spring season is in Japan (and by now, we assume you have heard of Sakura

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30Wed 2016

Making your own Anime like Ghibli Studio (or almost!)

Great news for all Anime fans and those planning to pursue a career in this field. You can now use the Software that Ghibli Studio uses (at least the basic features of it). An open source version of Toonz has been

23Wed 2016

Travel insurance: a new service for tourists in Japan

As the number of tourists in Japan is reaching – and soon exceeding – 15 millions, a Japanese insurance company (Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Insurance) has launched a new service for foreign tourists. As the Japanese Travel Agency claims that 30% of

22Tue 2016

About Japan, Nobel Prizes and Yamatodamashii

Japanese GDP is the third in the world and its advanced technologies are worldly known. Yet the number of Japanese Novel Prize winners is only 24. That’s seventh in the world – though it is top for Asian countries. As far as natural sciences