The Linguistic Hurdles of Covering an Assassination

News outlets cover events from around the world and often have to work to get information as quickly as possible to release in their native languages. This can lead to some interesting translation errors or highlight linguistic differences. I want to make it very clear that I am only focusing on those linguistic elements, and... Continue Reading →

JIMOTO Frappuccino: Starbucks drops 47 unique frappe flavors for each prefecture of Japan

Starbucks Japan is celebrating their 25th anniversary this year, and dropped some very surprising and exciting news this week to help commemorate the event. Using local flavors, landmarks, and ideas from baristas across the country, Starbucks has designed a special commemorative Frappuccino for Every. Single. Prefecture. So that's 47 unique flavors of Frappuccino being released... Continue Reading →

Python on the lam in Yokohama

This week, the news cycle in Japan finally got a break from the endless coverage of the pandemic, the Olympics, and how they're both being handled badly. Instead, we got to sit around and watch daily update reports on the police search for.....a 3.5 meter (11.5 ft) 13 kg (29lbs) reticulated python (アミメニシキヘビ) that escaped... Continue Reading →

Watching the Olympic Torch Relay

Yesterday, I took the afternoon off work to go watch the Olympic Torch being carried through Naganohara, a town about 20 minutes away from mine. The torch was in Gunma on March 30th and 31st, and had separate legs in every major area of the prefecture, culminating in two celebration events in the evenings -... Continue Reading →

US Forces Japan evades NHK fees

A few days ago, I found this article trending on Japanese social media. It turns out, US Forces Japan installations have successfully dodged paying NHK fees since 1978. Talk about playing the long game. Anyway, I thought that this was interesting enough to share and want to talk about, and as I couldn't find an... Continue Reading →

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