Kjeld Duits, Thursday, January 24, 2008 Posted: 06:25 AM JST
The Japanese government has had to face some serious questioning since the opposition's historic landslide win last year that landed them a majority of the seats in Japan's Upper House (House of Councilors). This Jan 11 the Japanese cabinet, for the first time, was questioned about the events of Sep 11, 2001, which claimed the lives of 24 Japanese nationals. Upper House member Yukihisa Fujita (Democratic Party of Japan) gave a presentation for over half an hour, questioning Prime Minister Fukuda and two ministers. Quite intriguing to see the questions asked by conspiracy theorists, being discussed in the Japanese diet. The presentation was carried live by NHK, but as far as I know no Japanese media have reported on this. However it is now available, with English subtitles, on these video clips:
Kjeld Duits, Wednesday, January 23, 2008 Posted: 12:07 PM JST
As a professional photographer I like to keep my eyes open for new items that make my live easier. Three caught my eye recently:
Eye-Fi is a wireless memory card. It automatically uploads pictures from your digital camera to your PC or Mac and to your favorite photo sharing, printing, blogging or social networking site.
Fotoflōt is a service that allows you to make your photographs into big beautiful prints mounted without frames, mates, glass or glare.
Smug Mug is a photo sharing service like flickr. It allows you to use fotoflot.
Kjeld Duits, Wednesday, January 23, 2008 Posted: 11:46 AM JST
If you have ever been to a real Japanese sushi shop, you will love this video clip. It takes a little time before it really gets going, but I almost fell off my chair laughing. Enjoy!
Kjeld Duits, Wednesday, January 23, 2008 Posted: 09:44 AM JST
New York's The Puffin Room is exhibiting Into the Atomic Sunshine -- Post-War Art Under the Japanese Peace Constitution Article 9 through Feb. 10, 2008. Japan's article 9 renounces war as a sovereign right of the nation. In a climate in which the Constitution is faced with the possibility of being revised, "Into the Atomic Sunshine" attempts to highlight issues and raise awareness of the great influence of the Peace Constitution.
Kjeld Duits, Friday, January 18, 2008 Posted: 09:14 AM JST
(by Rumi Sakamoto) - As a study of the influence and nature of popular nationalism in Japan, this article examines the relationship between nationalism and history in Kobayashi Yoshinori's best-selling manga comic, Sensoron (On War, 1998).
The now legendary Sir Ernest Mason Satow (1843-1929) was a member of the British legation in Tokyo for twenty-one years. This classic book is based on the author's detailed diary, personal encounters, and keen memory. In it, Satow records the history of the critical years of social and political upheaval that accompanied Japan's first encounters with the West around the time of the Meiji Restoration. Fascinating.
Stone Bridge Press