How Powerful Was That Earthquake?

My very first earthquake happened in Los Angeles back in the late 1980s, a rather frightening affair. I mean, the while house was moving, despite it being attached to California and the rest of the contiguous...

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Today is the Emperor’s Birthday

February 23 is the emperor’s birthday, a national holiday in Japan. Well, at least that’s the case this time around. As a holiday, it keeps jumping all over the calendar. Something to do with the 126 Japanese emperors...

The Yayoi and the Origins of Modern Japan

The Jōmon, the hunter-gatherer civilization that populated parts of the main Japanese islands for most of its prehistory, had by 300BC almost completely disappeared from the archipelago. Life was always difficult in the...

AmaoJapan Podcast Episode 16

Episode 16 of the AmaoJapan podcast is now available. As with other episodes, this one reviews recent news stories as found on the Yahoo! Japan ニュース web site and other sources.

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The Many Political Parties of Japan

Today I am going to introduce you to the major political parties in Japan. Don’t get too excited; as is the case with other countries, there is little to party about in Japanese politics. Also, politicians here seem...

Japanese in the Wild: 勝手口

Your kitchen is the most selfish room in your home. It exists solely to meet your personal needs. Naturally, some effort is required on your part; you need to wash the dishes instead of just throwing them out every time...