Tagged: japan

Why Japan has so many vending machines

In Japan, vending machines are everywhere. Looking into it a little deeper, Vox discovered that there’s a very interesting answer to why Japan has so many vending machines. It’s an economic story but it’s...

How Japanese soy sauce is made

See how Japanese soy sauce has been made for 750 years in this fascinating short film by Mile Nagaoka. Japanese soy sauce, or Shoyu Stand in the international foods aisle of a mainstream grocery...

Japanese sex catalog from the 1930’s

This is a Japanese sex catalog from the 1930’s that features numerous scary looking implements. And while it is visually quite striking, perhaps the best characteristic is the fractured version of English that the...

Is Reiki healing for real?

Perhaps you’ve heard of Reiki, a type of “laying on of hands” energy practice that is being used in some hospitals and other mainstream medical settings. While proponents say it promotes relaxation and overall...

Sony: a tale of innovation

Sony Corporation is one of the best-known names in consumer electronics, famous for innovations like the Walkman and the Playstation. Since its establishment shortly after World War II, Sony has introduced a stream of...

Standards I

Standards is a two-volume set of jazz albums released by the Keith Jarrett trio in 1983. Originally released by ECM, they have been multiply re-issued, including by Universal/Polygram. The two volumes present performances of...

Okonomiyaki

Okonomiyaki is a Japanese savoury pancake containing a variety of ingredients. The name is derived from the word okonomi, meaning “how you like” or “what you like”, and yaki meaning “grill”. Okonomiyaki is mainly...

Unit 731

Unit 731 (731部隊 Nana-san-ichi butai, Chinese: 731部队) was a covert biological and chemical warfare research and development unit of the Imperial Japanese Army that undertook lethal human experimentation during the Second Sino-Japanese War (1937–1945)...

The magic of miso

Miso is a fermented soybean paste used in Asian, especially Japanese, cuisine. It’s traditionally made by combining soybeans with salt and a special fungal starter culture called koji (Aspergillus oryzae) and then left to ferment...