“People in order”

More interesting than statistics? The real people behind them.

Here are three videos showing people “in order” — the first is 48 couples in order of the length of their relationship. The second is 100 people in order of age. The third is 73 households in order of income. I would really like to see a student create something like this to show the world more of Japan.

Past and present

Yesterday’s topic was about how our language affects our view of past and future. Today, here’s a video of the past and present of New York City. This won’t give you English input, but it might inpsire you to go in search of past/present photos or videos of Tokyo, your hometown, or another city you’re interested in.

“A World Without People”

This photo series from the Atlantic highlights sometimes beautfiul, often eerie pictures of places that have been abandoned. Lots of research topics here: find out more about how one of these places got this way. Or more general topics: about how Olympic cities use the venues after the games are over, about how countries recover from disasters, about war, about the resilience of plants and animals.

There are 35 photos in the series. Here are a few, with their captions.

Four years of trash in a Mason jar

It’s an idea for a 30 Day Challenge. See how little trash you can produce in one month and how many of the changes you make to your daily life are sustainable for you.

It’s also a good research project theme: how much trash and food waste do Japanese businesses produce, and how easy would it be to change policy in ways to encourage them to produce less waste? A lot of supermarkets now charge ¥2 or ¥5 or ¥10 for plastic bags, but convenience stores don’t. Should they?