Five Japanese Bakery Snacks

From Nippon.com, a brief look at some of the most popular types of bread snacks in Japan.

Japan was once inextricably associated with rice, but bread—known as pan, from the Portuguese word pão—has caught on in a big way. Today small bakeries can be found just about everywhere you turn.

That isn’t hyperbole. There are three bakeries just a block from my home and dozens more within walking distance. There are more bakeries in any Japanese city I’ve visited than in my hometown in America. Japan loves bread more than one unfamiliar with the country might assume.

In Japan – 2015

A fantastic video from Vincent Urban:

This film is a collection of audiovisual moments and memories of a 3-week railway journey through Japan in 2015. We were whizzing through the country with the Shinkansen visiting Tokyo, Osaka, Hiroshima and Kyoto as well as lots of wonderful little places along the way, meeting the most friendly people and experiencing a culture that somehow balances its rich tradition with a very futuristic present.

Man Survives 78 Days On Wild Berries Looking For Shinjuku Station Exit 27K

Michael Leggart was confident heading from his Shinagawa hotel to Shinjuku Station that he would be able to find his desired exit with a cutting edge GPS tracking device and several maps of Tokyo.

Neraly three months later Leggart has yet to find his destination and is barely surviving on onigiri bought with his last yen and any wild fruits he can find growing in the less frequented parts of the station.

It’s a big and confusing station.

Rebranding The DPJ

Japan’s newest political party, the Democratic Party (Minshintō) seems awfully similar to the now dissolved Democratic Party of Japan (Minshutō). Nippon.com looks at the details.

Seeking to improve their electoral fortunes, the Democratic Party of Japan and Japan Innovation Party merged on March 27. The product of this union, comprising 156 politicians in both houses of the Diet, was christened the Minshintō in Japanese and the Democratic Party in English. But can a new name and a handful of new politicians erase the stigma of the DPJ’s past failure?

Nik Collection By Google

Photo enthusiasts all over the world use the Nik Collection to get the best out of their images every day. As we continue to focus our long-term investments in building incredible photo editing tools for mobile, including Google Photos and Snapseed, we’ve decided to make the Nik Collection desktop suite available for free, so that now anyone can use it.

Back in the day, these filters cost $300 all together. Now free. Go download them now before Google changes their mind.

Former Residents Of A Fukushima Ghost Town Return Home In Emotional Photo Series

Katsuyuki Yashima is sitting in his own workshop. At the time of the accident, he and his wife employed 15 people. His company will not reopen, and he does not think they will go back to live in Namie even after the city reopened. “I will not go back because I can not restart my business. In 10 years, Namie will be a ghost town.

Speaking of fantastic photos, this is a powerful series of images here.

San Francisco In The Great Depression

Among the cities Lange focused her lens on was San Francisco, where she made over 100 photos for the FSA between 1935 and 1939. Here’s a selection of her best photos showing San Francisco during the Great Depression[.]

Some fantastic photos here.

The Definition Of Kawaii

From the Spoon & Tamago blog:

In a wildly entertaining new video, ad agency Dentsu seeks to visually define the term kawaii. The video is really well done and definitely worth your time. If if you do decide to watch it, lets play a game. This video was made as an advertisement. Before the video gets to the end, will you be able to guess what it’s advertising?

What a strange commercial.

A Boy Band Apology

Brian Ashcraft:

This is SMAP. Sorry, SMAP. Last night, the pop stars appeared on television to apologize, garnering massive television ratings, and resulting in a comment from the Prime Minister of Japan. This is a very big deal.

What other boy band in the world could cause so much of a ruckus? SMAP is a pretty big deal in Japan, making this a big story for even thoes (like me) who couldn’t care less for boy bands.

Like Some Cat From Japan: A Tribute To David Bowie

The late David Bowie’s appreciation of Japan and its culture was strong. Following his recent death, The Japan Times asked five people who share that connection with the country, and who witnessed the decades-spanning trajectory of this starman, to recall what his sound and vision meant to them.

In addition to some good writing, there are some great older photos of Bowie from his Japan trips.