Classical Paintings As Part Of Contemporary Life

For his ongoing series “Art History in Contemporary Life,” Ukrainian artist Alexey Kondakov takes scenes and figures lifted from classical paintings and drops them into modern-​​day life.

Very interesting.

From The Archives: Fire In The Sky!

Japan gets a lot of typhoon every year, at least a handful that hit the mainland. By the time they get to Aichi they are usually little more than rain storms. One thing that does set them apart from simple rain storms, however, is the sky after they have passed. The sky after a typhoon is always amazing. This photo I grabbed here was no exception.

21 Little Things That People Miss After Leaving Japan

An interesting list. Most of these are superfluous, like the kotatsu (nice as they are) and the automatic bathtubs (which, again, are pretty nice things to have), and I probably wouldn’t miss them all that much. A few do jump out. The first one:

A set, non-​​weird, phrase for thanking your colleagues for their hard work

I would really miss. It sounds silly, but there really is a pleasent feeling from hearing everyone shout otsukaresamadeshita at you at the end of the day when you leave and saying it back to others.

(I also agree with 9, 14, 16, and 20)

June Calendar Reminder

Just a reminder: June is coming.

Ok, you probably knew that. I want to remind you, however, of the JapanDave monthly calendars. Here is the calendar for May 2015. I will be releasing the calendar for June in a few days — tomorrow or the next day — for JapanDave members. Not a member? If you want to be, then please read here.

After members, newsletter subscribers will get the calendar on the 1st. You can subscribe to the newsletter here.

Finally, I will post it on the blog for everyone a few days after the 1st. So you will see it released here before long, but if you want it early or on time, be sure to either become a member or subscribe to the newsletter.

Oh, and here is the previous newsletter if you want an idea.

The Fabulous World Of Japanese Socks!

Verity Lane at Tofugu​.com gives us an overview of all the different kinds of socks you find in Japan.

If one toe split was good, five must surely be better. Or at least that’s the thinking behind 5本指の靴下 gohon-​​yubi no kutsushita. Five-​​toed socks are basically gloves for your feet. They were invented in Spain, but popularised in Japan. Japanese researchers at the University of Tsukuba even did research that showed five toed socks improve circulation in comparison with standard socks. They also supposedly help prevent athlete’s foot. Despite their health benefits, five-​​toe socks are not considered very fashionable, but if you visit a sock shop in Japan, there will probably be a five-​​toed sock section.

Both my wife and I love the toe socks. The rest are good too.

Fuji On The Rock

Have you ever stared at the boring ice in your glass and wished it looked like Mount Fuji? You’re in luck!