Day One Hundred Fifty Four

Three Things I Learned:

1. After the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the government blocked off this area of Japan and basically ignored the victims. Also, Americans took victims to hospitals to be examined for medical documentation but did not treat them.

2. Tokyo Rose was a name given to a group of English speaking Japanese radio hosts who were assumed to be war criminals, the  most famous being Iva Toguri, who was the first woman tried for treason.

3. An American program called Hiroshima Maidens took 17 women from Japan who were mutilated from the bombings and gave them plastic surgery to restore their faces.

Day One Hundred Fifty One

Three Things I Learned:

1. Yet again…the release plate is the easiest and most frustrating thing to lose from your equipment.

2. Sometimes it is better to ignore someone than to feed the fire.

3. As a correction/explanation to an earlier post, Natsume Soseki was actually on the older 1000yen bill– the newer bill has a picture of Hideyo Noguchi.

Day One Hundred Fifty Three

Three Things I Learned:

1. In many parts of Africa there are different standards as to who is called “white” or “black” not actually based on visual skin color. For example, Asians are deemed “honorable whites”.

2. Vagabond is another word for someone without a home, like a traveller, outsider, nomad, etc. Not some weird word that you should be afraid to Google when someone says it.

3. During the wars in Japan, schoolgirls and women were trained how to march and use sharpened bamboo spears to fight.

Day One Hundred Fifty Two

Three Things I Learned:

1. It is an old Japanese belief that red meat increases sex drive, so when sukiyaki is mentioned in literature it is usually a symbol for sex. Also, if you eat red meat on your first date with a Japanese person, it might be an unintentional message…

2. A woman who is sent abroad to work and send money back to Japan is called a karayuki-san. 

3. During the wars in Japan, there were women hired as “comfort women” (*ahem* prostitutes) for the soldiers by the government (who believed that ‘men have needs’) but the Japanese government denies this today.

Day One Hundred and Fifty

Three Things I Learned:

1. Oden is a popular dish in Japan, which contains a bunch of processed fish cakes. If you live in a building with all Japanese people, they might force feed it to you when they’re drunk.

2. The verb to chop or cut up is kirikizansuru.

3. When a body is alive it is called karada, but when it is dead, it is called shitai. 

Day One Hundred Forty Eight

Three Things I Learned:

1. The Japanese word meiwaku means to be a bother but arigatameiwaku means to be unhelpful in an attempt to be helpful but actually causing more annoyance than assistance in the end.

2. Anyone is daredemo and someone is dareka.

3. There are laundry detergents in Japan that are “Dubai” scented. The packaging has a little bear wearing a traditional keffiyeh and riding a camel.