Category Archives: fun links

Fun Link Friday: Viscount Hayashi in The Lady’s Realm Magazine

This week’s fun link is a combination of my enjoyment of first-person accounts, historical ladies magazines, and the late Meiji period. This article from The Lady’s Realm (1903-4), a British women’s magazine, details the lifestyle of Viscount Hayashi and his wife Misao. I … Continue reading

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Fun Link Friday: Kanazawa in Spring

This Friday, brush up on your floral vocabulary with this tour of Kanazawa’s early-spring flowers over on かなざわ風便り. There’s dogtooth violet (片栗の花), camellias (椿), and more. Plus a stunning cityscape! Happy spring (and warm wishes for spring to come to colder … Continue reading

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Fun Link Friday: Your Cat as a Cat-Bus

Sweet Ipomoea has done what many cat-owning Miyazaki fans have dreamed of for Halloween: made her cat a Catbus costume from Tonari no Totoro. For more photos and instructions, check out the full post on her blog.

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Fun Link Friday: Japanese Railway Tourism Posters from the 1930s

The nephew of an antique-shop owner discovered a collection of gorgeous Japan Rail tourism posters from the ’30s. Now restored, all 15 posters will be auctioned off on Heritage on March 22. The design is reminiscent both of hanga and … Continue reading

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Fun Link Friday: Nihon no Kaomoji

Today’s FLF Link is JapaneseEmoticons.net, or 日本の顔文字. I’ve been looking for a site like this for a long time. There are quite a few of them out there, to be sure, but this is probably the cleanest, most nicely organized … Continue reading

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Fun Link Friday: Map Design by Yoshida Hatsusaburo

Spoon & Tamago has a feature on the cartographer Yoshida Hatsusaburo (1884-1955) and his gorgeous, detailed maps. I love the Taisho- and early Showa-era design work on these, and how much they look like real towns instead of a contemporary … Continue reading

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Fun Link Friday: Tokyo’s Best Plum Blossom Spots

I’ll confess that I have a personal bias for plum blossoms over sakura. Sure, they aren’t as majestic as the shidare-zakura (枝垂桜), but I love how vividly pink they are and how they smell. I’m most familiar with Kanazawa’s plum … Continue reading

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Fun Link Friday: Wasei-Eigo Poll

Check out the results of the “‘English’ words Japanese don’t realise aren’t English” poll on What Japan Thinks for a list of useful wasei-eigo words. I actually think these lists are great for learning the correct way to use these terms … Continue reading

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Fun Link Friday: The 47 Bronin

Jamie Noguchi of the webcomic Yellow Peril has created one of the best webcomic fillers I’ve ever seen: the tale of the 47 “bronin,” or the classic tale of Lord Asano’s ronin exacting revenge on Lord Kira– but with bros, fistbumps, and dropping … Continue reading

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Fun Link Friday: Osaka Castle 3D Light Show

Over the past month or so Osaka Castle has participated in the Art Festival of Light by putting on an enormous light show projected onto Osaka Castle, complete with fire, tigers, and fireworks. My love of castles aside, it’s totally … Continue reading

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