In Japan, Ping Pong is more than just a sport. And Ping Pong has always been more than just a sport for the entire world. In fact, according to a PBS article, one of the first public hints of improved U.S.-China relations came on April 6, 1971, when the American Ping-Pong team, in Japan for […]
In 1978 Masato Shimon recorded his legendary rendition of the theme from “Star Wars” and added in Japanese lyrics! Otaku and Star Wars fans alike should not feel their lives complete without watching this.
We want to see you pose with the Colonel! Send your pics or videos to colonelpic(monkeytail)bionicbong.com. We’ll post them as they come in!!! Have you seen the Japanese version of KFC’s Colonel Sanders? When I first saw him in Tokyo, I expected to see the Western version — chicken tasted great for sure, but didn’t […]
Bristling with towers and antennae, the 470m high Shimanohoshitakayama, hereafter known as Star Mountain, is visible from up and down the coast and from Rte 9 or the train as one passes through Gotsu. The star on the mountainside, most visible after a snow or when lit up in August, symbolizes a meteor that slammed […]
This is quite a feat. Hazama Kanpei is running and sailing around the world! He has already started working his way across America and is in Arizona at the time of this post. The videos on his site are great inspiration and show how far and much human spirit and generosity abound. As well as […]
Located within Ueno Park, it displays Matsukata’s French collection that survived the second world war and was returned to the Japanese people. The French collection was recognized as French property under the terms of the San Francisco Peace Treaty (1951). As a goodwill gesture, a total of 365 art works were returned to Japan including […]
The monks who greet me at three different temples break the bad news: room rates are out of my tight budget and vacancy is limited. I’m becoming frustrated as the sun sinks behind the forests that rim Koya, my pilgrim’s confidence with it.
This is a great video to help you learn some Japanese. I hope it helps!
My visit to Mt. Takao allowed me to experience Buddhism within a pleasing natural environment albeit if it was thronging with the masses. Living near Mt. Takao, I decided to visit on culture day, a national holiday in Japan. It was a sunny day and there wasn’t a cloud in the sky. I expected crowds […]
I am writing about the silkworm. In my travels in Japan, I had seen the remnants of silk farms. When I lived in Maebashi, Gunma, I discovered that it was once a famous silk production center before the Second World War. I have purchased beautiful second hand silk kimonos for friends in thrift shops. But […]