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Modern Japanese design shops & studios

My wife and I are visiting Japan soon and would like to visit interesting shops or design studios that specialise in uncommon and/or beautiful products, specifically for homewares, textiles and children’s toys and decor. We’re interested in contemporary design and want to get a feel for the modern Japanese aesthetic. [more inside]
posted by timshel on Sep 9, 2014 - 11 answers

Movie & Black & White & Japanese & Modern?

I recently saw Rashōmon, and was wondering if the hive-mind had suggestions for more (live-action, not anime) Japanese movies that are black and white, but set in more modern-ish times? [more inside]
posted by slater on May 20, 2014 - 17 answers

What is the term for this jacket?

I'm wondering what the proper term for this jacket is. I am told it is Japanese. It is made of heavy cotton and is hand stitched. [more inside]
posted by fozzie_bear on Apr 4, 2014 - 4 answers

Japanese Twitter, 分んない

I have a four letter twitter username. Several times a week, different Japanese twitter users will send me more than 100 mentions, usually gibberish or numbers. I think it's a sort of game or trolling, but I want to understand why. [more inside]
posted by clearlydemon on Feb 17, 2014 - 6 answers

Where can I find this brand of buckwheat tea?

Where can I find this brand of buckwheat tea? I tried Googling the phone number without any luck. All the text is in Japanese, I think, so I can't dig any deeper than that.
posted by archagon on Jan 19, 2014 - 8 answers

I love Japanese movies - but how???

How can we, in Australia, get access to Japanese films (with English subtitles)? Is there a Japanese movie place in Sydney? We're happy to pay, stream, download, and maybe even buy... but I'm not finding much. Any hints? Help! and Thank you! [more inside]
posted by jrobin276 on Sep 7, 2013 - 7 answers

Other games using Karuta Cards?

When I lived in Japan I spent new years with a family and we played a card game using Karuta cards. It wasn't a variation of Karuta... it had something to do with the portraits of the people on the cards? Like, whether they were princesses, ladies or lords. Sort of like Old Maid maybe? Does anyone know what this was?
posted by Caravantea on Apr 10, 2013 - 4 answers

Help me identify this music video

I'm thinking of a music video by a Japanese rock band that starts with a long tracking shot of a huge guitar effects pedal chain. I know it is an amazing song but I can't for the life of me recall the name.
posted by mhjb on Mar 24, 2013 - 4 answers

Postcard to Japan

I want to send a postcard from France to this restaurant in Japan where my friend is a cook. There appears to be an address on the front page of the website, but I'll be damned if I can make out what it says, much less recreate it on a postcard in a way that the French post can parse. I'm sure I could ask him myself, but I would prefer to surprise him. Can anyone help me with this?
posted by Evstar on Mar 11, 2013 - 9 answers

What is the title of this old Japanese Superman record?

I collect Superman memorabilia and recently bought a Japanese Superman children's story record, but I can't actually read Japanese beyond vague recognition of the characters that make up the name Superman. What is the title of this record?
posted by MegoSteve on Feb 2, 2013 - 4 answers

Japanese documentaries: help me find more!

Japanese documentaries: help me find more! [more inside]
posted by ninjew on Dec 11, 2012 - 15 answers

It's the kind of J-pop you could really sumo wrestle to.

Which Japanese band / song is used in this video? They're very New Order'y, and I know the missus would like them a lot. Extra credit: Is there a pattern / design / instructions out there for making and playing with paper doll sumo wrestlers like this? Because, frankly, this has Rock'em Sock'em Robots beat all to hell.
posted by markkraft on Dec 8, 2012 - 8 answers

Japanese translation help in guitar search

I've been looking for a certain guitar (a Yamaha SG 3000) and have lately been looking on Japanese web sites to see if I can have one shipped from there. I've found one I like the look of, but Google Translate isn't being particularly helpful. Could anyone translate the description for me? [more inside]
posted by Put the kettle on on Nov 1, 2012 - 3 answers

90s japanese film about love in faceless corporate world

Looking for a Japanese film I saw prior to 2003. It was a dystopian picture of some people trying to have an office romance in the corporate office landscape of Tokyo - lots of shots of bleak urban concrete and highways and faceless office parks full of conformist white collar employees - in the final scene of the film one of the characters is stranded walking along the edge of a highway. It dealt with a complicated love triangle. I know this isn't the title, but it was something like "Kiss me twice, now hold me I love you" or something a little crazy like that- I believe this film was made in the 90s or the early 2000s. It was in Japanese language with subtitles. There is a slight chance it may have been Korean, but I'm pretty sure it was Japanese. This film may have been discussed by Fredric Jameson in one of his essays as it was screened in a graduate school class on Japanese cultural critique.
posted by cmp4Meta on Sep 24, 2012 - 4 answers

Japanese Houseboy - WTF?

What is the story behind the pop-cultural trope of the "Japanese Houseboy?" [more inside]
posted by Miko on Sep 22, 2012 - 12 answers

Bento newbie seeks sensei

Help me find the perfect bento box. [more inside]
posted by digitalprimate on Sep 16, 2012 - 17 answers

What's hot in Japanese drama?

What are the recent most popular Japanese dramas? [more inside]
posted by smilingtiger on Aug 31, 2012 - 3 answers

Japanese film with poison gas and windmills?

Japanese film...colored clouds of poison gas...a village of windmills...what movie am I half-remembering? [more inside]
posted by mediated self on Jul 4, 2012 - 9 answers

Finding a non-teaching job in Japan in limited time

Searching for a job in Japan... Can speak Japanese, but have only gotten job offers from low-paying ALT dispatchers so far. Visa running out. Other venues to search? [more inside]
posted by Kamelot123 on Jun 19, 2012 - 10 answers

Can regular Japanese folk read English words?

Work-related question: Can the average Japanese-only speaker read and pronounce English words? [more inside]
posted by ashtabula to opelika on Jun 1, 2012 - 13 answers

Tsukemono / Japanese pickle recipes needed

Give me your favorite tsukemono recipes, please. [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard on May 9, 2012 - 8 answers

What is this Japanese thing?

What is this mystery Japanese product? [more inside]
posted by ninazer0 on Mar 24, 2012 - 5 answers

What is this Japanese musical style, and how can I find more of it?

What is this Japanese musical style, and how can I find more of it? [more inside]
posted by eotvos on Mar 10, 2012 - 7 answers

Learning Japanese in Osaka?

In Osaka – Japanese language courses or schools? [more inside]
posted by krilli on Sep 18, 2011 - 1 answer

How can I maintain and improve my Japanese translation skills?

I am a professional translator, Japanese to English. I work almost entirely in comics and novels, at home, alone. My Japanese language skills are atrophying, and I don't know what to do about it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 15, 2011 - 25 answers

Identify Japanese woodblock print of kabuki actor, possibly by Kunichika, possibly set on Tokaido Road

Need help identifying this Japanese woodblock print of a kabuki actor. I think the artist is Kunichika, and the print is set somewhere on the Tôkaidô Road. At the top of the page is a large box of Japanese text -- I'm hoping someone can read this, or otherwise identify any hints about the location, actor and character. (Two more translatable things inside) [more inside]
posted by LobsterMitten on Jul 30, 2011 - 15 answers

Me Talk Pretty (Japanese) Someday

Can you give me strategy and tactics for maximizing my spoken Japanese interactions, towards the goal of language ability, while in Japan? Those of you who have reached exceptional/native-level fluency speaking, can you give me some tips, and share your experiences of the things that helped the most along the way, in terms of speaking ability? [more inside]
posted by dubitable on Jul 15, 2011 - 12 answers

Blues in Japan?

Why are the blues (the music genre) so popular in Japan? [more inside]
posted by andrewpcone on May 29, 2011 - 9 answers

How do I use mixi?

How do I use mixi? [more inside]
posted by reductiondesign on May 29, 2011 - 1 answer

Is "What's your favorite lunch menu?" appropriate question for ESL textbook?

ELT-filter: I'm arguing that "What's your favorite lunch menu?" is Japanese-English phrasing that shouldn't be included in an English textbook. [more inside]
posted by planetkyoto on May 9, 2011 - 37 answers

ID this painting's artist, please!

Possible-longshot-filter: Can you identify the artist who made this painting? [more inside]
posted by a box and a stick and a string and a bear on Apr 9, 2011 - 4 answers

(Contemporary) Japanese karaoke hits

Karaoke in Japanese. Am looking for tracks with a karaoke version on YouTube for an event. This old post has some great ideas, but sadly half of them have been removed from YouTube. What Japanese language songs do you sing at karaoke at the moment?! The more contemporary the better
posted by 0bvious on Apr 1, 2011 - 6 answers

Japanese girl travels country with griddle TV show?

Once upon a time I saw a few episodes of a japanese TV show about a girl who runs an okonomiyaki restaurant (I think?) in Japan who travels the country with her cast-iron griddle looking for her father. Every episode ends with her in a cook-off against some random person. It was on TV in the Bay Area and subtitled. What the heck was this show? It has defeated even my powerful google-fu.
posted by GuyZero on Feb 10, 2011 - 6 answers

Help me find the ending

I'm trying to find a Japanese short film about two guys in a sushi restaurant who try to out-order an older man. There's no dialogue and it was weird and quite funny, finishing with a radioactive wasabi show-down. [more inside]
posted by ninazer0 on Nov 5, 2010 - 5 answers

Title of a documentary regarding Japanese appropriation of Western stuff

Looking for the title of an obscure documentary about the Japanese adaptations of Western products and traditions as they have been commodified in japan. [more inside]
posted by codybaldwin on Nov 4, 2010 - 2 answers

Help me get mad in Japanese?

Is it possible for a foreigner living in Japan to express his/her dissatisfaction with a work situation? [more inside]
posted by TrishaLynn on Oct 24, 2010 - 7 answers

Cute Japanese flash game.

I'm trying to find a little Japanese flash game I found in either 08 or 09. It was a cute, quirky thing where you were a little sumo and you had to smash small things to build up your strength - eventually going to to smash very large things like temples and bits of mountain. [more inside]
posted by ninazer0 on Oct 4, 2010 - 3 answers

What are these posters?

Are these awesome posters in Japanese? If so, what do they say? Found them at an estate sale and the guy there thought they were from WWII. I don't think they're that old, but not sure. [more inside]
posted by allthewhile on Sep 25, 2010 - 14 answers

Frustration leads to anger, anger leads to shame, lather, rinse, repeat

I've lived in Japan for some time now, but I'm not very good at the language. When I encounter anything beyond the simple, and I don't understand what's going on, I feel frustrated, then angry, then ashamed, which undermines any confidence I have to speak the language, which makes it less likely that I'll do better the next time. What can I do to break this cycle? [more inside]
posted by MShades on Aug 8, 2010 - 15 answers

Looking for Japanese bank address

Can any of you less-frustrated Japanese readers or super sleuths find the address of my former bank in Japan? It is moneykit.net, the all-electronic division of Sony Bank (ソニー銀行). So electronic, I can't find a physical address, which is required for US tax forms. All documentation is in boxes, the account is since closed, I am no longer in Japan, and my eyes are burning from all the googling in Japanese. お願い致します。
posted by whatzit on Jun 11, 2010 - 3 answers

What's the name for the art of not talking about what you're talking about?

In Japan, there was—and maybe still is?—a practice of communicating via allusion. I figure there must be a name for that, so tell me what it is. [more inside]
posted by Su on Apr 29, 2010 - 3 answers

Wanted: "Programmatic Handwriting Recognition for Dummies".

How can I learn how to programmatically recognized Japanese handwriting? [more inside]
posted by Vorteks on Apr 13, 2010 - 9 answers

Japanese Translation

Can anyone translate these Japanese antidepressant ads and this book cover? [more inside]
posted by daninnj on Apr 2, 2010 - 7 answers

Double-barreled given names in Japan: Just how inconvenient are they?

I want to learn more about how Japanese bureaucracy handles Japan-born kids registered with "double-barreled" given names (like MIYASHITA Jamie Shizu 宮下ジェイミー静). If you have personal stories, please share. [more inside]
posted by No-sword on Feb 7, 2010 - 9 answers

Help me find winter haiku with translations

俳句フィルター:Help me find great winter haiku in their original Japanese, but with English translations. [more inside]
posted by Cogito on Dec 22, 2009 - 3 answers

What is the REAL name of the Japanese pranks show people are calling "Panic Face King"?

There is a video making the rounds that is supposedly from an extreme Japanese pranks show called "Panic Face King." I have been unable to find any additional information on this show, which leads me to believe this is not the real name (or not the correct translation). [more inside]
posted by phonepimpster on Oct 27, 2009 - 7 answers

I guess I'm a 400 year old otaku.

There's something about an Edo period setting. Recommend to me some [more] books/movies/anime/video games. [more inside]
posted by lilnublet on Oct 6, 2009 - 27 answers

Are there audiobooks for manga (in Japanese)?

Does anyone know of any web sites that provide you spoken manga? Specifically what I'm looking for is audio files for manga, read in Japanese, so I can listen to it and follow along in the manga I already own. Sometimes I have my Japanese wife read a manga to me, but often she is too busy or unwilling. I can read it myself, of course, but my Japanese is not yet good enough to know proper pronunciation, intonation and rhythm, and so on, so I find it helpful if someone reads to me. Anyways, any ideas?
posted by dbooster on Sep 13, 2009 - 1 answer

Gifts for Japanese Families?

What are some good gifts for Japanese families? Also, are there any cultural taboos that I should be particularly sure to avoid breaking while staying in Japan? [more inside]
posted by bassooner on May 3, 2009 - 23 answers

(Japanese?) female cover of Queen's "Don't Stop Me Now"?

This is going to be a bit of a longshot, but when I was in Japan a few months ago, I heard a cover of Queen's "Don't Stop Me Now" sung presumably by a Japanese female, and I've been trying to find it ever since. [more inside]
posted by wander on Mar 12, 2009 - 6 answers

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