Category Archives: fun links

Fun Link Friday: 100-Year-Old Glass Plates in an Abandoned Japanese Home

Many people in Japan are big fans of haikyo, literally meaning “ruins,” but more broadly meaning the exploration of abandoned sites in Japanese cities of countrysides. There’s even entire sites dedicated to it! One recent article I came across on PetaPixel was … Continue reading

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Fun Link Friday: Japanese Pronouns

Still working through the international move and accompanying jetlag– sorry for lack of Fun Link Fridays lately! Here’s a quickie fun link for the linguistic nerds among us! Sure, if you’ve studied Japanese you know some of the basic pronouns … Continue reading

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Fun Link Friday: Living inside the active volcano Aogashima

Japan contains some of the most breath-taking natural scenery in the world, but also is prone to a great number of natural perils like earthquakes and tsunami. But would you trade off living in a dream-like island setting where you can … Continue reading

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Fun Link Friday: ‘Tokyo-ized’ Cities

As I wrap up my two years of research here in Tokyo (and miss Fun Link Fridays in my haste, sorry!), I’m left thinking about how one of the biggest culture shocks will simply be the change in urban scenery. Even … Continue reading

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Resources / Fun Links: Flying

I am no wizard at finding special deals on flights. Just a regular guy. There are dozens of articles and blog posts online purporting to offer tips on “The Cheapest Days to Fly and Best Time to Buy Airline Tickets” … Continue reading

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Fun Link Friday: A History of the World in 100 Objects

Back in 2010, the British Museum put out a series of 100 short podcasts, using objects from their vast collection to highlight episodes or thematic aspects in world history. Right: A helmet from Sutton Hoo, one of the most famous … Continue reading

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Fun Link Friday: Samurai Problems on Twitter

This July, a new Twitter account appeared, and began tweeting out incredible small-scale, everyday, “truth is stranger than fiction” sort of stories about life in Edo period Japan. I tried to commit a drowning love-suicide with a Shinagawa prostitute, but … Continue reading

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