Tanaka Hisashige – Today’s Google Doodle

Today’s Google Doodle commemorates the 213th birthday of Tanaka Hisashige, a Japanese engineer and inventor during the late Edo and early Meiji periods. In his time, he was known as “the genius of mechanical wonders”. Some people refer to him as “the Thomas Edison of Japan”. He was famous for a number of things, but […]

The Daily Mail's headline declaring "bagelheads" a beauty trend

Settle down, InterTubes: “bagelheads” is NOT a trend in Japan

At the best of times, it’s hard to find a decent bagel in Tokyo (trust me, I’m from Toronto, I know bagels); but, suddenly, the other day, there was nothing but bagel news coming out of Japan. Unfortunately, it was not the fact that someone in Tokyo had finally built a wood-fired oven for Montreal […]


Rainy Season Flowers in Tokyo (yes, I know, rainy season was months ago)

Rainy season has come and gone, and this post has been sitting in my drafts folder for AGES, but today was a bit reminiscent of rainy season: it was gloomy and rainy all day long. It kind of looked like this (although the blur is an exaggerated version of my brain’s impression this morning):   […]

Apple iPhone 5-Japan

Want an iPhone 5? There’s already a line at the Apple Ginza store

I was in Ginza yesterday afternoon (which is rather usual for me as I live nearby) and was only mildly surprised to see that there are already four or five people camped out and waiting for Friday morning’s iPhone 5 launch. The weather’s been good and looks like it’ll be decent for the next few […]