Dominating the lighter side of the Japanese news/blogosphere this week – the arrival of two pandas in Tokyo. They definitely make the cut into this week’s reading list, along with a cat, Harajuku girls, bananas and more…
Panda pair arrive for Ueno debut
The Ueno Zoo is renting a pair of pandas from China, and they made their triumphant entry into Japan on Monday night. But what I loved from this Japan Times article was the lovely panda paint job on the ANA jet that ferried the creatures to Tokyo.
Sushi and Harajuku girls in Portland, Oregon
I can’t quite wrap my mind around the Harajuku girls sketch from new TV series Portlandia. While it is completely baffling, it is also very watchable. And rewatchable. I think I’m up to 3 or 4 viewings by now…
TSE unveils new mascot
Meet Arrows Boy, the Tokyo Stock Exchange’s new mascot! This rather sad attempt to “attract more young people and women to stock trading” has been the butt of many a joke on Twitter this week.
Music makes bananas fit for the long run
The Tokyo Marathon is this Sunday and the fine folks at Dole have been busy prepping the racecourse bananas for their role with a tough regimen of ripening and ‘90s pop music. Uhm, OK.
Happy Cat Day!
Here’s our most popular post of the week, in case you missed it. It’s our special Cat Day video post. If you like watching crazy cat antics, you will not be disappointed!
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