Here are the latest Pulsations, links to fresh stories and visuals about Japan, shout-outs to fellow bloggers, and highly clickable stuff that we think you might enjoy.
In no particular order, they are . . .
- The escape of the penguin (from Shisaku): A penguin grabs headlines when it suddenly showed up in a Tokyo River. But how did it escape the zoo? And, more importantly, how is it elaborating on the meaning of soteigai (inconceivable)?
- Facebook in Japan in 2012 (from What Japan Thinks): More than half of survey respondents joined Facebook last year, over 10 percent of the users don’t have any friends at all and the most favored activity: updates about food.
- Inside the Nagakin Capsule Tower (from Tokyo Times): In the 1970s, Japanese architects envisioned the future being dominated by cubicles. The future didn’t agree.
- Putting the ‘fortune’ back in fortune telling (from Yen for Living): The fortune tellers forgot to tell their customers that they would be bankrupt in the near future.
- Green Cast by Kengo Kuma (from Spoon and Tamago): How would you like a vertical garden?
- The one-joke wonders of Japan (from Tofugu): Japanese love their gyagu, but comedians who can’t live past their gags run the risk becoming a laughingstock … in a bad way.
- Experiment: Can You Identify Twitter Users In Tokyo? (from Asiajin): You really want to tweet where you are, なう？