Japan

The Huge, Strange Coalition Opposed to an Obama Apology at Hiroshima



A G-7 meeting will take place on May 26-27 at Ise, Japan. This has prompted some discussion about whether or not President Obama will and/or should apologize for the August 6, 1945 bomb-drop. I figure he won’t for the reasons sketched in this essay: basically no one wants him to. The coalition opposed to an apology is huge. The below essay is a repost of my May essay for the Lowy Institute.


The Asakusa area and Senso-ji temple is a tourist trap, but it...















The Asakusa area and Senso-ji temple is a tourist trap, but it has its charm.


Odaiba (お台場) is a large artificial island in Tokyo Bay, Japan,...









Odaiba (お台場) is a large artificial island in Tokyo Bay, Japan, across the Rainbow Bridge from central Tokyo. This is generally known as a date spot. You can either take a driverless train which goes over rainbow bridge, or you can take a boat from Asakusa. Both are pretty nifty. Personally, I’d take one there and the other one back. 


The pictures pretty much speak for themselves, but I’d say the...


Agreeing to go to one theme-restaurant in Japan, we went to...















Agreeing to go to one theme-restaurant in Japan, we went to Kagaya where their motto is “frog is stranger than fiction.” I had no idea what this place was about, but maybe


My favorite neighborhood in Tokyo, Japan is Harajuku because...


The Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden (新宿御苑) in Tokyo, Japan is...









The Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden (新宿御苑) in Tokyo, Japan is massive with a circumference of 3.5 km. We spent hours walking around and viewing the garden’s three distinct styles: French Formal, English Landscape, and Japanese traditional. What a place to run in the grass and get lost!


‎I’ve been to some nice jjimjilbangs (aka public spas) in Korea,...













‎I’ve been to some nice jjimjilbangs (aka public spas) in Korea, but Spa World in Osaka, Japan takes it to a new level.


Then and now, and forever, people just want to read on the...





Then and now, and forever, people just want to read on the subway.


You can’t forget to go to Fushimi-Inari-Taisha Shrine (伏見稲荷大社)...















You can’t forget to go to Fushimi-Inari-Taisha Shrine (伏見稲荷大社) if you’re in Kyoto, Japan. The t


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