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The Most Loyal Dog Ever — Commemorated as The Hachiko Pin

Wrote about Hachiko Pin at our "site" at Medium.com It's a short one: In 1924, Professor Hidesaburo Ueno took the train to the University of Tokyo and didn’t make it back. He passed away at work. His dog Hachiko would routinely meet him at the station for his return home, and kept the daily pattern for over nine years until his death. Since then, stories have been written, Japanese films made, and recently, an American movie, Hachi celebrated the story. Yet one of the most popular aspects of the dog’s memory is in statue form. It was created in 1934, melted down, and reconstructed after World War II. I’ve visited the Hachiko statue at Tokyo’s Shibuya station many times over...

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Access Denied

Back in October, the building home to Chongryon (the General Association of Korean Residents in Japan) in downtown Tokyo’s Chiyoda district went up on the auction block for a second time. The winning bid went to the mysterious Mongolian Avar LLC for 5.01 billion JPY (about 49 million USD). The Korean residents that Chongryon was established for have long been known to be North Korean sympathizers, and the headquarters has been referred to as a de facto embassy in Japan. Yesterday, it was reported that Avar’s bid to purchase the building was denied by the Tokyo District Court. The court blamed it on photocopies of required documents being submitted instead of originals, but there were also rumors that the business...

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Access Denied

Back in October, the building home to Chongryon (the General Association of Korean Residents in Japan) in downtown Tokyo’s Chiyoda district went up on the auction block for a second time. The winning bid went to the mysterious Mongolian Avar LLC for 5.01 billion JPY (about 49 million USD). The Korean residents that Chongryon was established for have long been known to be North Korean sympathizers, and the headquarters has been referred to as a de facto embassy in Japan. Yesterday, it was reported that Avar’s bid to purchase the building was denied by the Tokyo District Court. The court blamed it on photocopies of required documents being submitted instead of originals, but there were also rumors that the business...

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Gift Ideas for the Beauty Conscious

Some holiday gift ideas for the beauty conscious in your life, or for the people who are into weird body appliances to do… stuff with…. These items are all available at Japan Trend Shop. Although, if you aren’t looking to seriously frighten your friends and family, do your holiday shopping at Giant Robot instead. There’s Face Yoga, and then there are these tools to aid you – maybe more like Face Pilates.   This is the Face Slimmer Exercise Mouthpiece. It’s like a Thigh Master for your face. The manufacturer recommends using it for three minutes a day. Practice pronouncing vowels and work your way to a slimmer, firmer face. Your loved ones may enjoy the Pupeko Anti-Ageing Mouthpiece. This...

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Gift Ideas for the Beauty Conscious

Some holiday gift ideas for the beauty conscious in your life, or for the people who are into weird body appliances to do… stuff with…. These items are all available at Japan Trend Shop. Although, if you aren’t looking to seriously frighten your friends and family, do your holiday shopping at Giant Robot instead. There’s Face Yoga, and then there are these tools to aid you – maybe more like Face Pilates.   This is the Face Slimmer Exercise Mouthpiece. It’s like a Thigh Master for your face. The manufacturer recommends using it for three minutes a day. Practice pronouncing vowels and work your way to a slimmer, firmer face. Your loved ones may enjoy the Pupeko Anti-Ageing Mouthpiece. This...

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