J. News – Breaking News……..

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    • 2/12/2019 – Hiro Murai, director, won the “Grammy Award for Best Music Video as rap artists and women”
    • 2/8/2019 – The Japanese movie of “Shoplifters” has received an “Oscar nomination for best foreign language film
    • 1/23/2019 – Japan’s Epsilon rocket launches 7 tech demo satellites
    • 1/3/2019 – Mag 5.0 earthquake hit Kumamoto, Japan
    • 12/11/2018 – Tasuku Honjo, medical scientist, received the Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine in Stockholm for discovering of a protein on immune cells for cancer treatment
    • 12/8/2018 – Ice skater, Rika Kihira, won the Grand Prix Final women’s title
    • 11/26/2018 – Osaka wins bid to host 2025 World Expo
    • 10/29/2018 – JAXA just launched H-IIA F40 which gets Greenhouse Gases Satellite “IBUKI-2” and KhalifaSat
    • 10/29/2018 – The mission of ESA’s and JAXA’s BepiColombo to Mercury launches on top of an Arianespace Ariane 5 rocket
    • 10/1/2018 – Tasuku Honjo, immunologist, won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for the work of the immune system to attack cancer
    • 9/5/2018 – Mag 6.7 earthquake hit Hokkaido, Japan
    • 8/28/2018 – Momoko Sakura, “Chibi Maruko-chan” manga creator have left us of her breast cancer disease(Sadly!)
    • 8/7/2018 – Japan commemorates 73rd anniversary of atomic bombings in Nagasaki and Hiroshima
    • 7/29/2018 – Students from Japan performed dancing show for Taiwanese earthquake in Taiwan
    • 7/9/2018 – 2 millions has to flee, many houses destroyed, after floods across the nation – Please Help!!! ( – Donation:  1. Japan Red Cross http://www.jrc.or.jp/search/ichiran/index.html  2. Council of Welfare https://www.saigaivc.com/20180709/ 3. Idro Japan  http://www.idrojapan.org/web/ 4. Not Just Mad https://www.facebook.com/ItsNotJustMud  – )
    • 7/7/2018 – Mag 5.9 quake hit closely from Isumi, Chiba Prefecture
    • 6/29/2018 – Japan Football National Team reached round 16 of FIFA World Cup (Congratulation)
    • 6/18/2018 – Mag 6.1 earthquake hit in Osaka, Japan(God bless Japan!)
    • 5/17/2018 – Hideki Saijo, one of the famous J. pop iconic singers with almost singing half century long, has passed away(Sadly!) 
    • 4/8/2018 – Mag 5.9 earthquake hit in Shimane, Honshu, Japan
    • 3/7/2018 -Shinmoedake Volcano erupts in southern Japan
    • 3/6/2018 -Kazuhiro Tsuji, a makup artist, won best makup Oscar in ‘Darkest Hour’
    • 2/25/2018 –  Japan won 13 medals in total: 4 gold, 5 silver and 4 bronze in PyeongChang, Korea of Winter Olympics
    • 1/24/2018 – A volcanic eruption at north of Tokyo destroys a Japanese ski slope 
    • 1/17/2018 – An Epsilon-3 rocket successfully launched a NEC observation satellite into space orbit 

  • 10/19/2017 – Mag. 5.8 earthquake hit about 100 miles away from Amami, Kagoshima
  • 9/3/2017 – Naohisa Takato won gold medal in 60kg title of World Judo Championships in Budapest, Hungary
  • 9/2/2017Princess Mako will marry Kei Komuro but losing the royal status due to her fiance is a commoner
  • 8/24/2017 -Hiroshima/Nagasaki Peace Group visits U. N.  at Geneva

  • 8/1/2017 – A magnitude 5.5 earthquake hit north region of Tokyo

  • 6/1/2017 – Launched the super accuracy of car and mobile navigation systems satellite into space successfully

  • 5/31/2017 – Japan launched “Michibiki-2 satellite” by H-2A space rocket at Tanegashima Space Center
  • 2/1/2017 – The Namco video game creater of ‘Pacman’, Masaya Nakamura, passed away on January 22
  • 1/27/2017 – Ozeki Kisenosato is a first Japan-born sumo ‘yokozuna’ winner of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament in 19 years.sumo-images1

  • 11/22/2016 – 6.9 mag. earthquake (evacuation alert) hit Fukushima, Japan.
  • 10/27/2016 – Prince Mikasa, uncle of Emperor Akihito, left us at the age of 100.
  • 10/23/2016 – Mt. Aso, a volcano on Kyushu island, Japan erupted.
  • 10/3/2016 – Yoshinori Ohsumi, cell biologist, won Nobel Prize in autophagy of medicine.yoshinori-1
  • 8/5 – 8/21/2016 – Japan result at Brazil Summer Olympics: Gold:12; Silver:8; Bronze:21

  • 7/12/2016 – “Sukiyaki” lyricist – Rokusuke Ei has died at the age of 83.
  • 6/9/2016 – Koshuke Morita, a professor scientist, discovered chemical atom 113 – “nihonium” 

 

  • 4/15/2016 – Big Earthquake in Magnitude 6.2 hit in Kumamoto, Japan.
  • 4/1/2016 – The “Cherry Blossom” Festival in Hirosaki Park  is held every year from the end of April to the beginning of May (Very Beautiful!)1-hirosaki-japan-cherry-blossoms-landscapes1
  • 2/6/2016 – A magnitude-6.4 earthquake hit Tainan, Taiwan (God bless them !)
  • 2/5/2016 – Sakurajima volcano Erupts in Japan
  • 2/3/2016JAPAN unveiled its 1st own stealth fighter plane – X2

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  • 11/30/2015 – Gegego no Kitaro(ゲゲゲの鬼太郎) Manga Artist – Shigeru Mizuki  has passed away.
  • 10/6/2015 – Takaaki Kajita has won the Nobel Prize in physics for working and showing that the subatomic(neutrinos) have mass.
  • 8/24/2015 – The European Space Center is going to use the Japanese technology of the special electromagnetic waves to search the atmosphere atom of the signs of life in Ganymede (Jupiter’s moon) in 2020
  • 7/13/2015 – The president of Nintendo Game System Satoru Iwata passed away at 55
  • 6/26/2015 – Japanese Maglev train breaks the record of world speed with 600 km per hourjapan_maglev_train
  • 5/29/2015 – Volcano erupts on the southern island of Kuchinoerabujima, Japan.

  • 5/3/2015 – The massive magnitude 7.8 earthquake in Nepal has killed over 7,000 and injured over 14,000 people. (God bless them !!!!!!!!)

  • 2/28/2015 – Yutaka Katayama, Father of Nissan (Datsun) Z series of Sport Cars passed away at 105 in Japan.
  • 12/10/2014 – The physicists, Nakamura, Akasaki, and Amano, who won the Nobel Prize were awarded in physics field for creating energy-efficient blue light-emitting diodes.n-nobel1
  • 12/3/2014 – JAXA(Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) have launched SMOOTHLY of “Hayabusa2” Asteroid Explorer into space from the Tanegashima Space Center, Japan.   jaxa1
  •  11/22/2014 – 6.2 magnitude earthquake 16 km from Omachi, Nagano, Japan.

  • 11/10/2014 – Hayao Miyazaki (宮崎駿) was honored to receive a “Oscar life time Achievement Award” !200px-Spirited_Away_Kaonashi                                                      <—-  Spirited Away  —>

 

  •  10/1/2014 – The Hongkongese protest marks the BIGGEST demonstration in Hong Kong since it was handed back to China by the British in 1997.

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  •   9/29/2014 – Mt. Ontake, Japan’s second highest volcano, erupts on 9/27 injuring many people and found 31 dead bodies…..


  •    9/12/2014 –  Tokyo wins bid to host 2020 Olympics (’20 年夏季オリンピック)  images2020

  •   8/20 /2014 – Deadly Landslides in Hiroshima, Japan

landslides happened in a residential area near a mountain in the Hiroshima city outskirts


  • 8/ 15 / 2014 –  Japanese sumo legend – Taiho

A ceremony to unveil a statue of the latest Japanese sumo legend Taiho was held in his birthplace – Poronaysk, Sakhalin, Russia. This smart move achieved through a big joint effort of friendship by the Russian and Japanese people.


  •    5/29/2014 – Hatsune Miku EXPO 2014 in Indonesia

Anime Expo was held in Jakarta Convention Center, Jakarta, Indonesia in May,  2014.


  • 5/26/2014 – Two members of AKB48 were hospitalizedakb1Being attacked at the band’s booth meet-the-fans events. Rina Kawaei, Anna Iriyama, both broke bones……caused by a man.  😦

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J. Life – Table Manners: How NOT to use Japanese chopsticks

箸の正しい使い方|How NOT to use Japanese chopsticks – Each culture has the set of rules for table manners. In Japan, try to not be a slob that some of the rules are etiquette for eating or sharing a meal with others. Just much like one putting the elbows or sleep on the dinner table in Western restaurants, violating these rules is considered bad manners but will not matter if anyone is alone to eat dinner at home. However, have a cultural origin that is breaking these rules can be considered very offensive under many situations. To help people to understand dining etiquette, here are just some of the rules for table manners to tell everyone in Japan. For instance, at first, do not stab the food with the chopsticks. Secondly, do not eat like a dog. Thirdly, do not double dip in soy sauces. At fourth, do not transfer food from one chopsticks to other chopsticks. At fifth, do not leave your chopsticks standing up in bowl. At sixth, no licking on the chopsticks. At seventh, do not play around with the chopsticks……..     ………and so on……   ……….

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J. Fashion – Cyber Shironuri Kimonoバズーキスタンのサイバー和風メイク

Cyber Shironuri Kimonoバズーキスタンのサイバー和風メイク– It is a unique fashion style that combines Cyberlook, Shironuri, and Traditional Kimono all together.  The original Shironuri is “painted in white on face” which in the past signify white color as God with the mother nature. This time the style combines modern brand new cyber feeling with Traditional Kimono clothes and accessories. The style is so special that can be also said that Harajuku community fashion is getting to be recognized as one of the most unusual mixing forms of clothing. STILL, Gyaru is the main center of the appeal trend, BUT, a famous artist, Sebasuchan Masuda, acknowledged its uniqueness that consists of colorful and vigorous people around the town………. ……….The structure of Shironuri style borrows lots of inspiration from Lolita, Victorian, Kabuki, Geisha, and others. People like to do their makeup and get together in Laforet Harajuku to enjoy expressing themselves through this fashion. Cyber Shironuri Kimono styles in Harajuku are also never static. The boundaries of the varying styles always integrated from point to the point where a new branch of fashion style was created. During the period of 90s, there are many luxary imported department stores were formed in the heart of Harajuku-land: Omotesando. Kyary Pamyu Pamyu and Misako Aoki are the best ironic makeup ambassadors and getting to inspire people everywhere.

 

 

 

 

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J. Drama – Chihayafuru Part 1ちはやふる(上の句)

Chihayafuru Part 1ちはやふる(上の句) – Chihaya Ayase forms a bond with her classmates: Arata Wataya and Taichi Mashima. Arata is a karuta player whose dream is to become Meijin, the men’s division karuta champion, just like Queen title in women’s division……….    ………..While inspired her to becoming the best of best karuta player, the trio join a karuta society in school’s tournament. They are separated each other before when Arata left while Taichi and Chihaya enroll in different local schools………   ………In order to form the Mizusawa Karuta Club, Chihaya gets together with Taichi, when she is recruiting people to join her for karuta competitions. The student participation in karuta tournaments allows them to reconnect with Arata. But, then the two boys have fallen in love with her. With her best friends helping her, Chihaya tries to strive to become the best of the best karuta school player……….     …………

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J. Culture – World Heritage Site: Nijō Castle二条城

Nijō Castle二条城 It is a castle of Kyoto which consists of different concentric outer wall and different gates for protection. The castle has differeent large palace, like  Ninomaru Palace二の丸御殿 and Honmaru Palace本丸御殿 . It also has several large gardens with groves of cherry and plum trees. While Ninomaru Palace consists of connected different buildings, it has lavish quantities of gold leaf and elaborate carvings that show off visitors with the wealth of the Shoguns. The main building of Honmaru Palace are connected by corridors and courtyards which has different areas, like living quarters, reception rooms, entertainment rooms, main entrance halls, and kitchen rooms. Nijo Castle is one of the Ancient Kyoto which have been designated as a World Heritage Site.

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J. Movie – Like Someone in Loveライク・サムワン・イン・ラブ

The story talks about Akiko who is a student and works as a prostitute. She is supposed to assign to Takashi, an old professor who treats her more like a daughter than a prostitute that is actually one of her customers. Next day, Takashi drives Akiko to her school while encountering her boy friend, Noriaki, who assumes he is Akiko’s grandfather. Noriaki asks Takashi for a permission for their marriage but got rejected by him. With wrong assumption, Noriaki helps Takashi to fix the car so that Takashi can drive Akiko toward a store for shopping. However, Takashi encounters his one of his former students while fixing the car which Akiko knows he reveals the truth to Noriaki. After dropping off Akiko for shopping, Noraiaki slam his girlfriend’s face up and her mouth is bloodied. Takashi knows and decides to take Akiko to his apartment for a diagnosis. Shortly after, Akiko’s crazy boyfriend arrives his home for threatening them………   …………

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J. Fashion – Kuroi Niji黒い虹

Kuroi Niji 黒い虹 – It is a J. fashion style of “Black Rainbow”, especially those in the style of J.Rock bands . It is mainly a mix between different clothes and accessories from the black to rainbow colors. People in Shibuya street like to dress up the Kuroi Niji clothes and decorate up themselves with different adorable and funny creepy items, like plastic vampire heart pins, brass creepy Lolita rings, steel Victorian skeleton earrings……. The makeup of Kuroi Niji is usually common by choosing a creepy dark taste of Kuroi Niji, like black lipstick shades and dark eyeshadow……. People like to dye their hair with a mix of beautiful messy rainbow color. In addition, some like to do handmade items themselves while others look for the professional Kuroi Niji creaters to do handmade clothes and special Kuroi Niji items for them to wear if they have money.

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J. Movie – Flying Colorsビリギャル

Flying Colorsビリギャル – The movie talks about Sayaka Kudo who is senior high student likes to wears mini school shirts with highlighting her hair. However, her school grades are always just only on par with that of elementary school students. Therefore, she kicks out between different schools until a private all-girls high school accepts her where she basically does not study and skips classes all the time. Her mother finally decides to send her to the special Seiho school for university board exam. The director of Seiho school, Yoshitaka Tsubota, promises her mother to help her daughter, Sayaka, to enter the university of Keio University. Although her father labels her will never success into the university, Sayaka wants to become determined to study so hard to prove her father wrong………   ……….

 

 

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