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Caroline Kennedy — A Role Model for Japanese Women?Date published: July 15, 2013

Photo Courtesy of Metropolitan Transportation Authority of New York [Editor: Caroline Kennedy’s appointment as Japan Ambassador will be announced shortly. A debate has ensued where one side debate her credentials as a diplomat to support where her influence as a strong popular figure in politics can be good for Japan. Check out this opinion from Rochelle Kopp] […]

Oshibori: We Need No Stinking Wet WipesDate published: July 10, 2013

Photo Courtesy of Wikipedia [Editor: Here is a great article of that wet and sometimes warm restaurant towel called Oshibori. On a warm day, a cold Oshibori can be very comforting and a warm Oshibori before a meal can be refreshing. Check out the video below on how to fold a roll your own Oshiburi. A good […]

The Japanese Grill – Secrets of Grilling in JapanDate published: June 27, 2013

[Editor: Just in time for the 4th. How about some Japanese BBQ or Yakitori (焼き鳥)? Give a try yourself with the following article or try YakiniQ or Juban Yakitori Restaurant for some unique Japantown BBQ] Walk out of a building in the afternoon in most any Japanese city and you’re bound to find a Yakitori cart or shop. These […]

Key to Japan’s Recovery? Hire More Non-Japanese WorkersDate published: June 25, 2013

[Editor: Great article on opening Japan to more immigrant workers. Similar debate/discussion going on here in the U.S. Get your passport ready!] Original Article starts here: When the world’s oldest man died recently, no one was terribly surprised to learn that both he and thewoman who assumed the title were Japanese. Whether because of good doctors, […]

Kyohei Sakaguchi’s Zero Yen ProjectDate published: June 19, 2013

[Editor: Interesting interview/story about Kyohei Sakaguichi. who created the Zero Yen House- a flexible living home – Winnebago redifined. The US debut of How to Build a Mobile House will premiere at the  inaugural Japan Film Festival at New People.] Original Article Starts Here: By John H Lee | Issue 11, Fall 2007 Do Good Conventional thinking dictates that people live in houses—but what’s […]

Kei Cars: Japan’s Tiny (But Often High-Tech) MinicarsDate published: June 19, 2013

[Editor: Move over SMART car, the Japanese Kei-class cars are coming.Kei cars are 660cc or less fuel powered or all-electric vehicles with technology rivaling the bigger sized car offerings.] Original Article Starts Here: You don’t need us to tell you that the Japanese car market is about as far-removed from the U.S. market as it’s possible to get. […]

Torii: Sacred Bird GateDate published: June 14, 2013

[Editor: Ever wonder why we call the gate at the entrance of Buchanan Mall – Torii Gate?  The following article explains a few theories on the orgins of the Torii Gates. Our gate was built in 1976] Original Article Here: Torii: Sacred Bird Gate A torii is a gate with two overhead cross bars or […]

Obon in JapanDate published: June 11, 2013

[Editor Note: Coming up this Sunday, June 16 is Japan Day & Bon Odori at the Peace Plaza. Be sure to drop by and visit. Check out this article from About.com on why Japan honors Obon.] Original Article Here: By  Shizuko Mishima Obon is one of the most important Japanese traditions. People believe that their ancestors’ spirits come […]

The Art of Being Choco Moo – Interview & Live Painting in TokyoDate published: June 6, 2013

[Editor: Art, Fashion and J-Pop – That’s what Choco Moo is all about. Great combination. If you are looking for this, check out New People and some new happenings inside like MaruQ, Kusuyama and more.] Choco Moo is everywhere. From her high profile collaborations with Japanese fashion brands and musicians (including Kyary Pamyu Pamyu) to praise from top K-Pop groups […]

Tasting Tour Uncovers Japantown’s Tempting SecretsDate published: June 5, 2013

[Editor Notes: This article was published over a year ago but like time things change. What you will find on the first floor of New People is now Crown and Crumpets – an english tea cafe. Check out this area for other great food articles from around the IT world] Original Article starts here: By […]

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