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What kind of country is Japan? This site aims to become a guide to Japan and Japanese culture by introducing various information about Japan, from basic information such as its location, climate, transportation, food, language and manners, to whats and whys about the local traditions and customs.

Caterpillar's Murmur

Big Day for Scotland

(THU) September 18th, 2014

2:59 p.m. Scotland is having a big day.

The referendum for their indepedence is going to take place this afternoon, Japan time. News says we'll be informed of the results as soon as tomorrow afternoon. My friend has been busy doing volunteer work for this day for a year now, and I hope her hard work would be rewarded. Independence or no independence, this referendum might accelerate other ethnic mnovements which I hope, will not escalate to any conflicts or worse, warfare.

On the other hand, I'm simply jealous of the Scots' situation that they can decide their own future by holding a referendum. Don't think I've ever expereienced such a thing in Tokyo as far as I can remember. The closest thing, I believe, was the the Lower House general election in 2005.

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Food Catalog

Cream Anmitsu
Cream Anmitsu

Fed up with the heat? Here's a nice cold Japanse-style sweets to cheer you up! Cream Anmitsu is a delux version of Anmitsu, Kanten(Japanese gelatine) jelly and fruits with ice cream topping and Kuromitsu caramel sauce poured over it. And what's great, it's low calorie!


Holidays of August

  • September 15st (MON)
  • Respect for the Aged Day
  • September 23rd (TUE)
  • Autumnal Equinox Day


Watch out for "SAMURAI" Tamesue!

'People' would like to cheer and support someone who is working hard to achieve his or her goal. This time 'People' would focus on Japanese "Samurai" hurdler Dai Tamesue who recently went into a full-fledged training for the Peking Olympics.


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Manned flight by oxyride dry-cell batteries project

The Tokyo Institute of Technology in cooperation with Panasonic, has led the project 'Manned Flight by Oxyride Dry-cell Battery' into the world's first success. On July 16th this year (2006), they made success in a trial of manned flight using commercially available oxyride batteries, in a project that they had been bringing forward together.