October 25, 2014
I was shocked when I recently read what certain male workers said to female co-workers who became pregnant.
October 24, 2014
One of my senior moments is when I pick up a dictionary to look up a word and immediately forget what I was searching for.
October 23, 2014
In his essay “Fudotoku Kyoiku Koza” (An education course on immorality), published in the late 1950s, novelist Yukio Mishima (1925-1970) preached to young people: “Inwardly, you should hold your school teacher in contempt.”
October 22, 2014
“The Hot Zone” is a 1994 nonfiction bestseller by Richard Preston about the origins of the Ebola virus and the struggles of medical researchers in the United States to contain its outbreak. The book was translated into Japanese the same year.
October 21, 2014
During election campaigns, it is customary for campaign staffers to hand out round pieces of cardboard that are colorfully printed with the candidates’ names, party affiliations and policy statements.
October 20, 2014
Lakes have traditionally been a favorite subject of paintings and poems, and the word “lake” is often used in the lyrics of popular songs. Lakes awaken a yearning for travel and a poetic mood in people, whether in Japan or other countries.
October 18, 2014
The popular manga series "Otoko Oidon" (I'm a man) by Leiji Matsumoto comes to mind when I think of male students living in boarding houses. The series debuted in 1971 and launched Matsumoto's career.
October 17, 2014
"Toire no Kangai" (Deep thoughts on lavatories) is the title of one of the essays in "Sekkyokuteki Sonohigurashi" (Proactively scraping by) by the writer Keiko Ochiai.
October 16, 2014
Last year, Tokyo's Chiyoda Ward enacted a bylaw called "Basic Ordinance concerning Children's Play Areas." The preamble is quite unusual. I have never seen anything like it.
October 15, 2014
Tetsundo Iwakuni, 78, a former mayor of Izumo, Shimane Prefecture, also served four terms as a Lower House lawmaker.
October 14, 2014
A photo of Typhoon No. 19 taken from the International Space Station by a U.S. astronaut reminded me of the Russian folk song "Dark Eyes." I saw it in The Asahi Shimbun's digital version. At the center of a dense, swirling mass of clouds was the clearly defined eye of this superstorm. The astronaut said he had seen many typhoons from space, but this one was unlike any he had witnessed previously.
October 13, 2014
Global Handwashing Day may not be familiar to everyone, but it has been designated for observation on Oct. 15 every year by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). The purpose is to promote handwashing, which is considered the most effective and inexpensive means for protecting children from infectious diseases.
October 11, 2014
At a rally in Tokyo's Hibiya district on Oct. 8, sociologist Chizuko Ueno recited a parody of the well-known tanka poem "Sarada Kinenbi" by Machi Tawara.
October 10, 2014
Language usage evolves with time, sometimes to the extent that an expression comes to mean the exact opposite of what it originally denoted.
October 09, 2014
"Incandescent light bulbs lit the 20th century; the 21st century will be lit by LED lamps." This was the reason given for awarding this year's Nobel Prize in Physics to the three scientists, Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano and Shuji Nakamura.
October 08, 2014
An acquaintance recently fell onto the tracks from the platform at JR Yurakucho Station in Tokyo. He said it was like stumbling into a pit.
October 07, 2014
Hokusei Gakuen University, a long-established institution in Sapporo, stresses character education based on Christian values. The type of individuals the university aims to foster are "open-minded people who respect heterogeneous people and consider everybody at home and abroad as neighbors," according to the university's basic principles.
October 06, 2014
The “nue” is a legendary Japanese supernatural monster. It has the head of a monkey, the torso of a raccoon dog, the limbs of a tiger, the tail of a snake and the cry of a White’s ground thrush. This monster appears in "Heike Monogatari" (The Tale of the Heike), a war epic believed to have been created in the 13th century, and in a Noh play said to be written by master playwright Zeami (ca 1363-1443).
October 04, 2014
The well-known “Yama-otoko no Uta” (Song of the mountain man) contains these lines: “Spring, summer, autumn, winter/ People go to the mountains/ Because they love the mountains/ In the company of good friends.”
October 03, 2014
Children are pretty observant when it comes to their parents and what goes on at home. According to Kenjiro Haitani (1934-2006), an author of children's literature, youngsters' "antennae" pick up and react immediately to familial interactions.