Interesting Items of the Week: 2021 10 10
Short (sometimes) videos or stories about interesting Japanese culture, language, entertainment, and many other things.
If you like making art, or watching other people make art, I recommend “Watercolor by Shibasaki“. A lot of his videos have English subtitles, and he uses fairly easy and straightforward Japanese. Here is a recent video where he tested out a box of metallic and neon crayons from a 100 yen store.
Recently, laws in Japan have made it much more difficult for the Yakuza to make a living. This story says that this is a main reason for the Yakuza’s shrinking membership numbers. These new prefectural laws flip things around and make it illegal for companies or individuals to provide any benefit to Yakuza.
Looking for old vintage books in Japanese or other languages? Get a load of this website that brings together over 130 vintage bookstores in Jimbocho Book Town in Tokyo. Browse the website in Japanese or English. Take virtual tours of the bookstores or the map of the area. You can also search, or browse, for books and then follow a link to a website where you can buy.