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Aizuchi Trouble

//By Marika Jackson// For more, visit http://marikascomics.blogspot.com/ and http://mikeandowly.com/

Corporate Kendo Competition: In Photos

//By Jessie Fast//

Not Wholly Whole: Hafu Film Review

//By Keith Ikoma// On May 31st, I attended a showing of the film Hafu in Akita City. Some background about me: I am half-Japanese, and Hafu is about half-Japanese people and their experience in Japan. However, I am from Vancouver, one of the most multicultural cities in the world. There is a significant Asian influence … Continue reading

Rice Cooker Recipes

//By Jessie Fast// Most of us here in Akita find our culinary skills strangled by our tiny kitchens. Without real ovens, without more than one stovetop burner, without freezers big enough for a bag of edamame and a beer, it can be difficult to find interesting meals to cook and interesting ways to cook them. … Continue reading

The Top Ten Things the Internet Does Wrong: Part Five

This is the fourth part of a five-part series. The first part can be found here, the second here, the third here, and the fourth here. //By Andrew Lewis// Top Ten Lists This got rather serious rather quickly.  But what good is a top ten list if it doesn’t escalate? Nice segue, right? Yeah, top ten lists seem like … Continue reading

“Necessary” Errors Which Prove Otherwise

//By Jessie Fast// A few of my neighbors and I have been keeping a book club since last summer. We choose which book to read on rotation, determined by a sophisticated game of junken (Japan’s rock-paper-scissors). When it recently became my turn again and my rock beat everyone else’s paper, I remembered a book I … Continue reading

The Top Ten Things the Internet Does Wrong: Part Four

This is the fourth part of a five-part series. The first part can be found here, the second here, and the third here. //By Andrew Lewis// 4. Interface Changes Every few months, some massively used website changes its look, and everybody and their dog starts complaining about it. We’ve all seen it—your Facebook feed full of … Continue reading

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The Usual Suspects

//By Alistair Frothingham// It’s a snowy December in the year the Mayans predicted to be our last. Bundled in a black wool coat with buttons like wooden sabretooth tiger fangs, I breathe into a cheap blue-contrast-scale knitted scarf poorly hiding my cropped goatee. Marveled by the warmth I am afforded from purchases at a recycle … Continue reading

Tori no Ichi Chicken Festival

//By Bethany Barry Wiens// Wherever you go in Japan, there are specialties. Therefore, wherever you are in Japan, there will inevitably be festivals and celebrations of said specialties. For the town of Hinai in Northern Akita, that specialty is chicken. So it follows that once a year there is a festival celebrating the glory that … Continue reading