Category Archives: Japan

TCS: English Lessons in Japan – Weird, Alarming – and Funny

Good Morning! ________________________________________________ Welcome to The Coffee Shop, just for you early risers on Monday mornings. This is an Open Thread forum, so if you have an off-topic opinion burning a hole in your brainpan, feel free to add a … Continue reading

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Nuclear Power, Japan, and Korea

By Terry Welshans By the mid-1930s most nations with an interest in such things, were trying to understand how nuclear energy worked. Physicists in Germany, Denmark, Hungary, Japan, England, and the United States were writing and reading scientific papers on … Continue reading

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How High is the Water, Pappa

USS William P. Lawrence (DDG-110) transits the Philippine Sea on March 30, 2016. US Navy Photo Jan. 24 (UPI) — China responded immediately to remarks made by White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer regarding Beijing’s interests in the South China … Continue reading

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Your home heating prices will go up because Giant Yam won’t bring back coal jobs

   By ann summers Clueless natural Gasbag’s “post-truth” promises to cull votes with more coal jobs will now make your home heating prices go up with little effect on returning coal jobs to the US coal belt. But that was … Continue reading

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by NONA BLYTH CLOUD In 1895, Japan was at war with China for supremacy over Korea, which was China’s most important client state. Japan wanted access to Korea’s coal and iron, and to use it as a buffer zone to prevent Chinese or Russian … Continue reading

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Dragonfly Dance

Matsuo Bashō  (松尾 芭蕉, 1644 – 1694): Crimson pepper pod add two pairs of wings, and look darting dragonfly. Kobayashi Issa  (小林 一茶?, 1763 – 1828) The dragonfly! Distant mountains reflected in his eyes. by unknown poets: Meeting in flight, how … Continue reading

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The Coffee Shop – Onbashira Matsuri (御柱祭), “Sacred Pillars Festival” (video)

The Coffee Shop is an open thread-style discussion forum for human interest news of the day. From OH! MATSURi, a film about Onbashira Matsuri (御柱祭), i.e., the “Sacred Pillars Festival”:  Every six years for 1,200 years, people in Japan’s Nagano Prefecture risk … Continue reading

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Google versus GO – it’s enough to commit seppuku

By ann summers Like John Nash’s humiliation in A Beautiful Mind, it may be the case that like Mishima’s loss to Kawabata for the Nobel Prize, our lives may be determined by more banal activities. In Nash’s case it’s a … Continue reading

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Word Cloud: OBSCURED

by NONA BLYTH CLOUD Each poem comes in its own way. Finding the rhythm and shape of a poem can be as natural as breathing, or as difficult as giving birth. Some poems emerge full-grown like Athena from the head … Continue reading

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73 Years Ago Today: Memories of my cousin, Jimmy Gates

By: Chuck Stanley I remember where I was and what I was doing shortly after one o’clock in the afternoon on December 7, 1941. My dad called me in to where he and a couple of his friends were sitting … Continue reading

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