This short film has just about everything about Japanese culture in one cute story: “yuru-kyara” mascots, seemingly fragile yet quite strong old ladies, very funny inefficiences within an efficient society, conformity, earthquakes, elevator girls, technology, traditional bento shops, modern shopping malls, very helpful people (or at least they’re trying to be) working together to overcome difficulties.
Today is 7/10 — which can be read as “natto” so it has become natto day, one of the “faux-lidays” Japan is so famous for.
What’s your favorite way to eat natto?
What other “faux-lidays” do you know about?
Collecting baseball cards used to be a thing. Now it’s soccer stickers. I’ve never been a collector of anything. Have you? I’ve also never played Pokemon Go, but I do know someone who continues to play. To me this seems similar. Am I wrong?
Norkore is what writer Travis Jeppeson calls North Korean pop music. He traveled to NK in 2012 and was the first American to ever enroll in a North Korean university (according to Wikipedia).
“norkore – excerpt from see you again in pyongyang” (from 3:AM Magazine)
He describes NK’s “house band” Moranbong Band, tells us that one of Kim’s favorite songs is the theme from “Rocky”, and more.