History in your pocket

We still have no women on U.S. paper currency. In 2016, a decision was made to put abolitionist Harriet Tubman on the front of the $20 bill and move former president Andrew Jackson to the back, but the current administration so far seems unwilling to do this.

There are plenty of other women who might also be appropriate, and Google has a new app out that uses A.R. to help you visualize this new faces on currency.

A research idea:

Find out how many women are on currency around the world, or in a country you’re studying about.

A writing / speaking prompt:

Which Japanese women do you think would be good to put on paper currency here? Who would you trade out and why?


The Yamanote Line game gets harder

image from JR East press release(PDF) and you can read more details here

Practice your summarizing skills by making a summary of this short article from Japan Today (click on the headline below), and then suggest your own ideas for the new station name. You can submit your ideas here (in Japanese) until the end of June.





Japan is famous for its fancy toilets, which are getting fancier all the time. But one problem with this modernization of bathrooms is that we don’t squat as much anymore. Is the increasing number of foreign tourists to blame? Even though many Westerners (well, Americans) don’t really get them?

Even if we lose the squat toilets, we still need to put squatting into our exercise routine, says this article: “What Western people stand to gain from squatting more often” (from Big Think)

Just dance around like Beyonce: