Opinion: why?

The tag line reads: a third of people are unable to see this advertisement.

There is a weird theme in Japan which rarely surfaces, and when it does it almost needs to be celebrated and that is weird media.

This is most noticable when googling Japanese game shows, or seeing strange pages of manga or viewing weird anime but it can make its’ way into newspapers.

The advertisement is nothing special- as you could expect it just talks about their products. But here’s a challenge (if you can understand any Japanese), please look at the image and try to make out what is said- either what kana you know, what kanji or if you can read the whole thing. It shouldn’t take more than 2 minutes- but your eyes will not thank you for this experience.

Ride the Noble Prize wave

Japan continues to ride the Nobel prize wave

The door to science, a feature of Asahi Newspaper

Japan’s interest in science and technology has always been at the forefront of reporting and a key highlight of day time talk shows. However, what I found interesting was this piece on the history of batteries and the explanation as to why the Nobel prize was such a deserved one.

The picture above accompanied the article its self and if you can, please do read the article. It’s an extremely interesting explanation of a seemingly boring subject: batteries. The thing that we are using but never take note unless there is a problem.

The most famous problem was the lithium-ion batteries that were exploding due to it overheating. Interesting fact: the explosions and spontaneous combustion was not caused by the lithium in the battery but the chemical surrounding the cell is extremely flammable at high temperatures.

One of the key aspects of the article was the promotion of of the スマ―トホウス (smart house) concept, where individual homes fitted with solar panels generate and store energy for later use either in the home or to help charge one’s electric car.

One thing the article does mention is that the use of rechargeable products does help reduce CO2 emissions by up to half per household but it does not seem to take into account the CO2 produced at time of manufacture.

Japan will continue to ride the Nobel wave as there has been a Japanese laureates every year since 2014, in multiple fields, and it is likely to continue.

Thank you for reading and happy exploring.

What’s on: Iga and Nabari

When you live in another country, occasionally it seems as if there is nothing going on. But I would like to quell that idea and give you an idea of local events going on in Nabari and Iga.

The information on local events comes from the regional free newspaper “You!”. There are quite a few events in the area but I’ll cherry pick a few.

On November 17th (Sunday) the rainbow group will be performing a concert starting at 14:30 at Yamato Fuji Hall. The group has hosted a charity concert every year since the 2011 disaster and precedes go to support these groups. For more information, or booking, please call 090-6911-9818 (Japan).

On Saturday the 16th, Nabari High school tea ceremony club will be hosting a free event at Nabari library (booking is not required). The event will be taking place in the tatami room and starts an 1330.

On November 16th from 1530 to 1830, Nabari kindergarten are hosting a winter illumination event. Participation is free.

Classically trained Ayaka Tanimoto is taking part in an Opera in Nabari at ads Hall in Masasaki-cho (a 15 minute walk from Nabari station). Doors open at 1400 and tickets are 3,000 JPY for adults and 1,000 JPY for high school students and younger and are limited to 80. For more information call (Nabari) 64-3478.

Finally, the asd Hall are hosting the 10th Cancer awareness event which offers to give further information on cancer, types and diagnosis. This is to be hosted on Thursday the 28th from 1430 to 1630.

There are a lot more events happening, and if you are interested please check out some of the listed events.

I hope you enjoyed reading and happy exploring.