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Trickster: Edogawa Ranpo "Shounen Tanteidan" yori Episode 15 Impression

Source: Spark Blog
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On this episode, Yoshio and his teammates took on a task to escort a prisoner. Meanwhile, Kensuke refuses to be in contact with Yoshio and attempts to live his own life.

Yoshio is just surprisingly becoming a way better character than Kensuke compared to the beginning where it was the opposite. I hope Kensuke can get his act together real soon before the final episode. Other than that, the current case for Yoshio is getting pretty interesting because of how he’s getting smarter to react on certain situations. Now can Yoshio do something about the prisoner and the mysterious people coming after the prisoner? I can’t wait to find out. Overall, interesting prisoner escort case.

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Japan's stock market leads falls but rally may not be over

Markets fell on Monday.

The S&P 500 fell 0.3 percent, the STOXX Europe 600 fell 0.4 percent and the Nikkei 225 fell 1.3 percent.

While Japanese stocks fell on Monday, Russ Koesterich, portfolio manager for BlackRock’s Global Allocation Team, thinks that the Japanese rally may not be over.

Among the positive factors for the Japanese stock market, Koesterich listed reasonable prices (cheapest in the developed world), supportive monetary policy, rising inflation and improving corporate sector

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Chocolate and Valentine's Day in Japan

It’s about that time of year again – Valentine’s Day in Japan.So the story goes, a while back, a western advertisement for chocolates was misunderstood and the tradition was started for women to give men chocolates for Valentine’s Day. (As we all know, that’s not exactly how it goes back home, but some of us don’t mind at all. )In the 70s, the holiday called White Day (March 14th) was started with the intention being for men to respond to the gifts women give by giving white chocolate (or flowers, etc.). It was more of a push from sweets companies for even more sales during this time of year. From what I have seen and heard, this return gift rarely happens.It brings to mind the elementary school Valentine’s Day tradition back home, exchanging small character cards and cheesy heart shaped candies. In Japan, it’s not at all uncommon for girls to give chocolates to male classmates, even at a young age, in addition to moms giving their sons chocolate. We can find cute chocolates targeted towards small kids in addition to the super fancy variety.These kinds of Valentine’s Day gifts would be considered “Giri-Choco,” meaning there is an obligation to give a gift to classmates or coworkers. This isn’t as easily translated as that – plenty of women choose to opt out of this ‘obligation.’ Sometimes opting out of giving giri chocolate to boys who aren’t so popular, students and employees give chocolates to only the classmates and coworkers who are more pushy (or have some power over their jobs). It’s more a matter of obligation to those who are… superior to you, I suppose. Men are supposed to return the favor on White Day, but I haven’t seen it happen in the workplace or in schools, and they …continue reading

    

Travel Tales from Hokkaido Part 2: Discovering a New World

Source: Gaijin Pot

My journey west through Hokkaido continues as the bus snakes its way back and forth along the curving mountain road. We climb upwards, cresting over the peak to reveal an expansive, unspoiled stretch of gently rolling hills below. It’s sublime views like this that make Japan’s northernmost island such a joyful surprise for travelers. The landscape is unlike any other place in the country.

On my third day of travels, having flown up from Tokyo Haneda Airport courtesy of the Japan Airlines Japan Explorer Pass, we’re driving from the friendly town of Obihiro to the small village of Biei. You might not have heard of one, but you’ll probably recognize the other.

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With a population of around 10,000, Biei is disproportionately famous due to the many photographs of its scenic landscapes used regularly in nationwide advertising campaigns, and as default Apple display backgrounds.

Coming out of the mountains and returning to flatter terrain, the small traces of a town reveal themselves from beneath the freshly fallen snow. The bus passes a hot pink pachinko parlor quirkily posed amongst the postcard-perfect surroundings before coming to an unexpected halt. Apparently this is my stop.

A tiny village with a world-famous view

After a short rest at the hotel, my first destination is the Blue Pond. Arguably the most exceptional view in the region, famous worldwide as the mesmerizing stock background for Apple’s iOS 7, I’m looking forward to seeing it in real life.

When the neighboring volcano, Mount Tokachi, erupted in 1988, the townspeople created this pond as a cautionary measure to absorb volcanic flow and prevent it from destroying the residences at the mountain’s base. The incidental addition of aluminum hydroxide to the pond turned the water a …continue reading

    

The Kamakura Mega Guide

Source: Tokyo Cheapo

Whether you want a day of hiking from shrine to temple through beautiful mountains and valleys, a day at the beach or a stroll around a bustling town with its fair share of culture, Kamakura (just south of Tokyo) is perfect. A long-ago political capital alongside Nara and Kyoto, Kamakura shares many of the traditional features and is a great place to get your taste of ancient Japan if you can’t reach Kansai.
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Once a great fortress town thanks to the surrounding mountains and open sea, it is now thriving city filled with quaint shopping streets, stunning temples and peaceful shrines, along with the famous Buddha of course. With a history of inhabitants stretching back 10,000 years, Kamakura developed into the political capit

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