Bunka no hi / 文化の日

In Japan, today is Day of Culture (Bunka no hi, 文化 の 日). The Japanese culture is very diverse. It ranges from the traditional arts such as calligraphy, tea ceremony and ikebana to typical Japanese sports such as sumo and karate to the modern pop culture. What are you interested in the most? Copyright: Botschaft […]

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The Buddy Bear at the Japanese Embassy in Berlin gets a facelift

The buddy bear in the entrance area of the Japanese Embassy’s cultural department gets a facelift: after he has been thoroughly cleaned and scratches and scrapes fixed. Copyright: Botschaft von Japan in Deutschland / 在ドイツ日本国大使館

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Uniqlo opening in West Berlin

After the pop up store in East Berlin, Uniqlo was scheduled to open its flagship store in West Berlin today. However, it is postponed to April 11 and the pop up store is extended until March 22. Official Facebook Page here.

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BERLINIPPON edition #1

This week’s edition features stories about a new festival in Shinjuku celebrating the cultural connection between Japan and Germany, an art project changing the faces of people in Berlin and Tokyo, a GoPro video of a screaming skier at Mt. Niseko in Japan, hilarious azuki bean beards and a collection of Japanese commercials featuring foreign […]

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How Hitoshi Yamauchi deals with evil

Here is an amazing story about a Japanese mathematician who was assaulted in a vicious racist attack in a subway station in central West Berlin. He went back to the scene of the crime and placed a poster with a job offer to the attacker. The job is intended to teach the assailant humanity and […]

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First debris from Japanese earthquake/tsunami reaches US West Coast

The first piece of debris that could be identified as washing up on the West Coast from the March 11 tsunami in Japan — a large black float — was found on a Neah Bay beach two weeks ago, Seattle oceanographers Curtis Ebbesmeyer and Jim Ingraham said Tuesday night. Since then, the two researchers, known […]

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Experience the tsunami-affected areas of Japan through Street View

From Lat Long Blog: By Kei Kawai, Senior Product Manager, Street View Back in July, we announced our initiative to digitally archive the areas of Northeastern Japan affected by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. Today, we’re making good on that promise—after driving more than 44,000 kilometers through the affected regions, 360-degree panoramic imagery of […]

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