Category Archives: fun links

Fun Link Friday: Sôseki’s Kokoro on Hark! A Vagrant

History-comic artist Kate Beaton of Hark! A Vagrant recently drew a series of comics about Sôseki Natsume’s novel Kokoro. Check out the full comic on Hark! A Vagrant.

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Fun Link Friday: Moku Hanga

The exhibit Moku Hanga: The Art of Japanese Woodblock Printing may have ended in August, but you can check out images and a great discussion of the woodblock-print pattern books on Hyperallergic. The items are displayed in just two glass … Continue reading

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Fun Link Friday: The real-life shrines of Sailor Moon

If you’re revisiting classic Sailor Moon or watching Sailor Moon Crystal, check out Rurousha’s post on the Tokyo shrines that appear in the manga and anime. The shrine is written 火川 in the manga, but it’s 氷川 in real life. … Continue reading

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Fun Link Friday: Wagashi Designs from Nature

Japan’s wagashi (和菓子) are gorgeous gems of anko, mochi, and sugar. Get a look at how nature translates into sweets on Spoon & Tamago‘s review of Nakamura Hajime’s wagashi and nature photos from his website and book Wagashi. 

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Fun Link Friday: Meiji Meth: the Deep History of Illicit Drugs

When Breaking Bad was in its full (and justified) hype, a colleague of mine over at Nursing Clio  sent me this link about the invention of meth in Meiji Japan, a factoid of which I was totally unaware. Want to find out … Continue reading

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Fun Link Friday: Three Tales of Okiku

Obon season is fast upon us, so get into a spooky mood with three variations on the one of Japan’s most famous ghost stories over on Hyakumonogatari Kaidankai. Okiku is one of the most interesting yurei in Japan. She is a true … Continue reading

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Fun Link Friday: Bonsai in Space

We’ve seen bonsai of Bag End, but what about bonsai in space? For his Exobiotantic “installation,” Azuma Makoto launched two botanical objects into space from a Nevada launch site. Check out the links to learn more about the construction and the … Continue reading

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