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Final Celebration and Catching Up

Last Thursday, through the magic of Skype, Mrs. McBride’s morning class and I had our final celebration for this Reporting Live from Tokyo blog. I told the class about some of the things that I had been up to since … Continue reading

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Middle School in Japan

Middle school in Japan is serious business – unlike the United States, where most middle and high school students don’t have to worry about serious tests until after they’ve been studying for a while, the Japanese educational system has serious … Continue reading

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Opening the Book on the World of Manga

Last week, I had the rare opportunity to tour the offices of Shogakukan, one of the largest publishers in Japan since 1922. While this is probably the first time you’ve heard of the company, I’d be surprised if many of … Continue reading

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Mapping Tokyo

Tokyo, the world’s largest and most densely populated metropolitan center, has often been called a “city of villages.” While this might sound strange, it makes real sense to me the more I walk around this great city. On days off … Continue reading

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Japan and America

On July 8, 1853, Commodore Matthew C. Perry of the United States Navy landed his ship at Uraga Harbor, near the city of Edo – now modern-day Tokyo. It was the beginning of what would become the forced “opening” of … Continue reading

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Fox Gods, Buddha and A Town Full of Cats: The Temples, Shrines, and Sights of Old Tokyo

Tokyo’s Yanaka neighborhood is truly sacred ground – full of Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines, and also full of history, as one of the few corners of the city to survive both the 1923 earthquake and World War II bombings. … Continue reading

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Celebrations are an important part of every society, and today we’re going to look at two different kinds of celebrations in Japan – one will likely seem very familiar, while the other may surprise you. Over the weekend, I was … Continue reading

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