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 . . .
- Superhero time 5-1-12 (from Japanator): Your friends at Japan Pulse are very disappointed that you haven’t kept track of your favorite Japanese superhero tv-shows. This post recaps some of the latest episodes – read it, or no rice balls for you!
- Best ways to cope with routine gaijin questions (from Mutant Frog): As Debito controversially laid out in this week’s JT, the Japanese have conspired to shower gaijin with the same questions all the time, asking about height and chopstick skills. Mutant Frog helps you navigate that gauntlet of awkward friendliness.
- Why do Japanese people talk so fast? (from Tofugu): SometimesitcanbeREALLYhardtodecipherwhatpeoplearesayingiftheytalktoofast. If you feel that way, Japan is a bad place to be.
- Bang A Gong (from Shisaku): It’s award season at the government quarters in Tokyo. A great day of bureaucrats pinning orders on other bureaucrats — unless, of course, the other bureaucrats are women.
- Unmanned Wave-Powered Boat Developed by Tokai University (from Japan for Sustainability): Sure, a boat that can harvest energy from waves and sail unmanned around the world is impressive and everything, but just remember this: One day, when machines have taken control of our civilization, we will look back and blame Japan.