Category Archives: fun links

Fun Link Friday: Turning Invasive Species into Sushi

  A lot of factors can affect changes in our local and global environments, but one that has become a big problem with little attention paid to it is that of invasive species. Sometimes new species get introduced to non-native … Continue reading

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Fun Link Friday: the Salt Sculptures of Motoi Yamamoto

Sorry for the lack of Fun Link Fridays, everyone! It was a busy holiday season and I hope you all enjoyed it. Today is a quickie fun link, something that I had saved and meant to put up around New … Continue reading

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Fun Link Friday: The Origins of Japan’s Christmas Cake

As the holidays rapidly approach, you may or may not be feeling nostalgic for the spongey, strawberry-laden cakes so well-known in Japan– the Japanese Christmas cake. Orders for this beloved item start being taken all the way back in September in … Continue reading

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Fun Link Friday: Roman Coins Found in Ryukyu Castle

For our archeology and history enthusiasts: Okinawa was a historical trade hub, and recently ten ancient coins, including several from the Roman and Ottoman empires, were excavated in Katsuren Castle, Uruma, Okinawa. “We don’t think that there is a direct link … Continue reading

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Fun Link Friday: Videos of Japan’s Traditional Artisans

Maybe it’s because of my research, maybe because I love art, or maybe because making things with your hands is so dang cool, but I am totally obsessed with a YouTube playlist recently highlighted by Open Culture on production processes … Continue reading

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Fun Link Friday: Rocks with Faces

Sorry for the lag in Fun Link Fridays lately, everybody! Last weekend I was traveling to Chicago to present at a workshop on The Impact of the Digital on Japanese Studies (more to come on Japanese Studies and digital humanities soon!). … Continue reading

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Fun Link Friday: Amezaiku

The self-taught Japanese artist carves, sculpts and paints delicate lollipops into intricate edible sculptures. Continue reading

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