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Tanaka Hisashige: Father of Toshiba, Edison of Japan

Tanaka Hisashige is one of Japan's most prolific inventors. Creating everything from mechanical dolls to weapons of destruction, this guy did it all. He even started the company that later became known as Toshiba. Yeah, … [Read more...]

What Japanese Kids Want To Be When They Grow Up (And What They End Up Becoming)

Children. So young! So full of promise! The world is their oyster and they haven't been crushed by life's merciless sky fist... at least not yet. Still though, it's fun to hear a child's hopes and dreams before they turn … [Read more...]

Rachel’s Top 10 J-Pop Artists

In seventh grade I had my half-Japanese friend burn me a CD full of her favorite Japanese music. That CD, full of Japanese boy bands, ballads, technopop, and anime themes, was my first introduction to J-Pop. That music was … [Read more...]

Japanese Historical Figure Shares Name With Fast Food Clown

It's always strange to see which Westerners are famous in Japan yet unheard of in their own homelands. Aside from foreigner tarento who appear on TV shows, commercials, and magazines today, there are a lot of historical … [Read more...]