A quick photo from California

We went back to the ancestral homeland (well, mine, anyway) for about 10 days of fun, burritos, and respite from Tokyo’s summer weather. Great times. Here’s the girl at China Camp, on the bay in Marin County. (Click through to see it on Flickr.)

Wanna Translate a Book?

The money involved in this project is not at all in line with the effort it will involve, but there might be someone out there who wants to get his or her name on a published translation and has the free time to make it happen. Forwarded from the JAT mailing list: * * * […]

Random Wednesday Journalism Rant

I’m fascinated by the disappearance of the Malaysian airplane. All this communications technology onboard the thing, and nobody has been able to use that to pinpoint the place where we can find it now. So strange. Such fertile ground for talk of terror, or war, or other exciting reasons for 200+ people to vanish from […]

Ise Shrine, Racism, and Reporting

The former president of Akafuku, a traditional Japanese confectioner that sells its goods in the Okage Yokochō shopping area adjacent to Ise Shrine, apparently doesn’t seem to want foreigners coming around the place. According to this article, Hamada Masutane stated at a November 26 forum held in the city of Tsu:  “I don’t want to […]