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“Japanese Only” Osaka Nishinari-ku Izakaya Bar “Marufuku Honten” brags on Instagram about refusing foreign customers service for a laugh!


Here’s what you get when you allow places legally to refuse service to Non-Japanese, as Japan does. Eventually it becomes so normalized (after all, it’s been more than twenty years since Japan signed the UN Convention on Racial Discrimination, and we still have no law against racial discrimination) that people no longer even bother to feel any form of guilt or shame about it. Here’s an example where exclusionism becomes a selling point for an Osaka tachigui bar — gleefully bragging about it on Instagram with “gaikokujin okotowari” hashtags — where the proprietor even mentions how he elicited big laughs from other customers by refusing foreigners! Clearly a nice place, publicly denigrating paying NJ customers at their own expense.

Name: Marufuku Honten (Izakaya bar)
Address: 1-6-16 Taishi Nishinari-ku Osaka 557-0002
Phone: 050-5890-9648 or 06-6641-8848 …continue reading


Kills, Thrills, Love and Loss: New Titles from Japan Make Great Summer Reads

Source: Gaijin Pot

Wherever you find yourself this summertime — at home, at the beach or scrambling to find anywhere with air conditioning — there’s no better way to relax, indoors or out, than in the company of great summer books.

Here we give you all our recommendations of the best new books in, on, from, or about Japan to fill your free time and your imagination during the hottest of days. So, wherever you are, pull out that book, digital or paper and let it whisk you away.

Suspense and Mystery

If you need a little excitement to fill your summer then a mystery or suspense novel might do the trick and these three may well be the best ones released so far this year.

Fuminori Nakamura delves into the mysterious disappearance of a young girl who slipped into the cracks of an ominous local group in Cult X (May 2018, Soho Crime, 512 pp., ¥2,794). Noir and mystery ooze out of Nakamura’s writing, while the book is revealing in its examination of a cult that can’t hide similarities to the Aum Shinrikyo cult that led the sarin gas attacks on the Tokyo subway and others — a story still making headlines this summer. You’ll be kept on edge to the very end and even after it’s finished you’ll be happy to know that many of Nakamura’s other novels have been recently released in English, including the Akutagawa prize-winning The Boy in the Earth.

Another wild ride with connections to true events is Hideo Yokoyama’s newly released Seventeen (February 2018, Riverrun, 416 pp., ¥1,417), centered around the real life experiences of the author as a journalist during the 1985 JAL Flight 123 crash into the mountains in Gunma. …continue reading


Western Japan Floods: Photos From Affected Areas Show Gravity Of Disaster

The devastating torrential rains which struck western Japan last week, leading to subsequent deadly flooding and landslides, have left 200 people dead, over 60 missing, and thousands with no homes and no property, becoming Japan’s worst rain-related disaster in decades. The most severely affected areas are Hiroshima, Okayama, Ehime, Fukuoka, Yamaguchi, Kyoto, Hyogo, Gifu, Shiga, Kagoshima, Kochi and Saga, with many towns there still struggling with water and power outages, while over 6,000 people are still being evacuated.

The photos below were posted on social media by people — ranging from mothers to pet owners to reporters — who are currently in the affected areas and show the disaster from the people experiencing it. Also below are what you can do to help the affected regions regardless of where you are in the world.


Yano-higashi district, Aki-ku, Hiroshima city— “My hometown, the place I’ve been born and raised, has now changed to this.” This Instagram user writes that she attempted to clean up a nearby kindergarten which had been destroyed and covered in mud after the heavy rains. Her post describes in detail how she and other people struggled to clean up the area, yet the damage scale was so high that no matter how hard they worked, they didn’t feel that they had advanced much. She also writes that the weather conditions make the work much more difficult — the heat after the rain is unbearable. The post ends with a warning to volunteers to understand the situation well before going to assist.

生まれ育った街の変わり果てた姿がそこにはありました。 矢野幼稚園のお手伝いができたらと思って午前中はそこの土砂をひたすらスコップでかき出し作業 昼休憩に近所の方のSOSでもっと被害が酷い所があるんですとの話…行かないわけにはいかない… 土砂をみんなでスコップですくいバケツリレーで土嚢を積んでの繰り返し、女性の力では少し無理がある作業を誰一人愚痴らず交代しながら土砂を片付けました。 高校生、大学生若い力は頼りになります! 二、三時間作業をしてたら上の方で危険な箇所が見つかったため避難指示が出ましたので私達も高い所に避難しました。 沢山のボランティアの方がいましたが一歩裏道に入ったら大変な状況のまま手付かずな場所ばかりです。やはり人出が足りてないようです! しかしどこが危険かともわからないままボランティアするのもなと感じました。 情報が欲しいですね… そしてこの暑さ!なめてました…自宅に戻って呼吸がとても苦しくなり吐き気まで…過呼吸みたいになってしまいました…今は元気になりましたが… ボランティアに行かれるかた無理せず休憩取りながらされてください。自分の体力を過信したらダメだと反省してます。 そして自分の管理はしっかりとして行ってください、トイレ、水分、食事など被災者に迷惑かからないように準備して行ってください。 写真も不謹慎だと思われるかとおもいますが現状を知ってボランティアに向かってください! まだまだたくさんの人の力が必要だなと思いました。 明日も元気なようならお手伝いしてきます 自己責任でボランティアしていただけるかたお願いいたします。 . #西日本豪雨 #矢野東 #ボランティア

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Hiroshima city, Aki ward, …continue reading


Hospitals in Nagoya Atsuta Ward

Nagoya Eye Clinic – 名古屋アイクリニック

Branch of medicine: Ophthalmology
Telephone: 0120-758-049 / 052-872-0490
Address: Meitetsu Kanayama Dai 1 Bldg. 3F, 25-1 Namiyose-cho, Atsuta-ku, Nagoya
Map link:


Hours: Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
8:00-12:00 ×
14:00-18:00 × ○*
Saturdays: 1:00 – 17:00
Closed on Thursdays, Sundays and public holidays

– Dr. Nakamura and Dr. Kojima speak English.
– Please inform them that you are an English speaker when you make an appointment.

Kanayama Family Clinic – 金山ファミリークリニック

Branch of medicine: Internal, pediatrics, surgery
Telephone: 052-678-7700
Address: 6F Towa Kanayama Building, 1-503 Kanayama-cho, Atsuta-ku, Nagoya
Map link:


Hours: Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
8:00-12:00 ×
15:00-19:00 × ×
◎- Open from 9:00 to 12:30
△- finish at 12:30, Afternoon open for vaccination
x- closed on Thursday and Sunday afternoons

– Appointment required.
– Appointments made between 7:30 and 18:30.

Yamanaka Dental Clinic – 山中歯科医院

Branch of medicine: Dentistry, Oral Surgery
Telephone: 052-652-2804
Telephone: 070-5032-2230 (English)
Address: 1-27, 2-chome, Rokuban, Atsuta-ku, Nagoya
Map link:
Website: (English)

Hours: Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
8:30~19:30 × ○*
*Saturday afternoons: 8:30-14:30
Closed on Thursdays, Sundays and public holidays

Atsuta Ward Holiday Emergency Clinic – 熱田区休日急病診療所

Branch of medicine: Internal medicine, pediatrics
Telephone: 052-682-7854
Address: 1-5-4 Tenma, Atsuta-ku, Nagoya
Map link:


Hours: Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
9:30 – 12:00 × × × × × ×
13:00 – 16:30 × × × × × ×
20:30 – 23:30 × × × × × × ×
Consultation hours start 30 minutes later

Please be aware that there may not be an English speaking member of staff available, so it is advisable to bring an interpreter if at all possible.

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