Rice Paddy Art Features Two Beautiful Women from Art History
https://www.spoon-tamago.com/2022/07/27/inakadate-rice-paddy-art-mona-lisa/, posted Jul '22 by peter in art culture food japan
Inakadate, the village in northern Japan’s Aomori prefecture famous for their rice paddy art, today unveiled their latest creation. The seeds of their labor, which were planted in June, have now grown and filled out the canvas, rendering versions of Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa” and Seiki Kuroda’s “Lakeside,” which depicts his wife Taneko Kaneko.
Why Russians do not smile
https://www.chicagomaroon.com/2002/04/12/why-russians-do-not-smile/, posted May '21 by peter in culture people russia usa
Western people perceive the smile as a sign of a positive approach while Russians necessarily identify the smile with laughter. Western people perceive a smiling person as "happy" and "well-off" person. For Russians happiness and prosperity are not associated with the smile, at least not to the extent they are in the United States. A happy person is not obligated to smile. On the other hand, the smiling man is not necessarily happy or more prosperous than anyone else. Sometimes these states coincide, sometimes not.
That "Five Monkeys Experiment" Never Happened
www.throwcase.com/2014/12/21/that-five-monkeys-and-a-banana-story-is-rubbish/, posted 2020 by peter in culture science
This story has been doing the rounds since 1996, and it has never been verified. It seems to have first appeared in a book called Competing For The Future by Gary Hamel and C. K. Prahalad, and by “appeared” I mean it was just made up. The authors never provided a source. None of the authors who have referred to the experiment in the past eighteen years have provided a source either. None of the appealing memes or infographics that describe the story now provide a source. Suffice to say, there is no source, because the experiment never happened.
11 different ways to say “father” in Japanese
https://soranews24.com/2020/06/21/11-different-ways-to-say-father-in-japanese/, posted 2020 by peter in culture japan language
Well, actually, there are a ton of different ways to say “father” in Japanese, and what better day to take a look at them than today?
"Today" being yesterday, the third Sunday in June, or Father's Day (父の日).
Watch a kabuki classic at home: National Theatre uploads Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura for free【Video】
https://soranews24.com/2020/04/09/watch-a-kabuki-classic-at-home-national-theatre-uploads-yoshitsune-senbon-zakura-for-free%e3%80%90video%e3%80%91/, posted 2020 by peter in culture free japan kabuki online theater
Japan’s National Theatre has risen to the occasion after the cancellation of Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura (Yoshitsune and the Thousand Cherry Trees), which was originally scheduled to open for audiences in Tokyo on March 3 of this year. Instead, the performance, sans audience, will be posted to the theatre’s online YouTube channel. In fact, the play, split into three videos, is available for viewing right now, and will be free to watch to your heart’s content until April 30, 3:00 p.m. JST.
How Different Cultures Understand Time - Business Insider
https://www.businessinsider.com/how-different-cultures-understand-time-2014-5?op=1&r=US&IR=T, posted 2020 by peter in cognition culture management people toread
Time is seen in a particularly different light by Eastern and Western cultures, and even within these groupings assumes quite dissimilar aspects from country to country.
Kabuki Play Guide
enmokudb.kabuki.ne.jp/en, posted 2019 by peter in culture japan kabuki reference theater
The Kabuki Play Guide provides synopses and highlights of major works in the Kabuki canon for those interested in learning more about Kabuki theater.
Kabuki A to Z
www2.ntj.jac.go.jp/dglib/modules/kabuki_dic_en/letter.php?init=01, posted 2019 by peter in culture japan kabuki reference theater
A handy dictionary of kabuki terms, plays and characters from the Japan Arts Council.
Why Are Little Kids in Japan So Independent?
https://www.citylab.com/transportation/2015/09/why-are-little-kids-in-japan-so-independent/407590/, posted 2017 by peter in culture japan parenting
In Japan, small children take the subway and run errands alone, no parent in sight. The reason why has more to do with social trust than self-reliance.