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A prankster comes to Okinawa

The Okinawa International Movie Festival caters mainly to local fans, bringing some of the biggest names in Japanese comedy and filmmaking way down south for annual celebrations. But the festival has always done a good job of attracting some impressive foreign stars as well. The standout international guest for this year’s event was Jackass chief...

Apr 9, 2014 | No Comments | 639 views
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Giving seasonings a new meaning

One fact that is not a secret—and that you will never be allowed to forget if you live in this country—is that Japan has four distinct season. Now you can remind yourself even in your kitchen with the Four Seasons Spice Shakers (¥3,780 for a set of 4) available from the MoMA Design Store. The...

Apr 5, 2014 | No Comments | 929 views
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Apr 2, 2014 | No Comments | 124 views
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Learn these secret characters

With the enactment of the state secrets law (see feature, pp 6-7), secrets, ironically, are everywhere. Here’s how to crack the code.   • 秘密 himitsu = secret, conceal + carefulness, minuteness = secret • 内緒 naisho = inside/between + beginning/end/strap = secrecy, confidentiality, privacy • 秘訣 hiketsu = mysteries, key • 企業秘密 kigyo himitsu = trade secret • 秘密兵器 himitsu...

Apr 2, 2014 | No Comments | 1,010 views
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What are nail art trends for the season?

Dear AMA, “I love gel nails and get them done when I can, but I find it hard to figure out what the biggest trends are for the seasons since most of the Japanese magazines are just advertising—opposed to editorial about what to look for. Can you tell me what the big nail trends for spring...

Apr 2, 2014 | No Comments | 270 views
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Language mistakes Japanese women find cute

Anyone learning a foreign language is bound to make mistakes, and Japanese is especially tricky. But sometimes language mistakes can be endearing to native speakers. Here’s what some Japanese women found kawaii coming from the lips of foreigners. “An American guy would always use sou ne when actively listening. I guess his teacher must have been...

Mar 29, 2014 | No Comments | 1,041 views
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