I'm sure that most of us know that ukiyo translates as "floating world." But what exactly does this mean?
Our mother planet, Earth, is indeed floating somewhere in the Milky Way--or the River of Heaven (amanogawa), Ganges of the Sky, Birds' Path, Straw Way and countless other ways us earthlings refer to our galaxy.
Fleece is sheared from sheep, then scoured, carded, combed and spun into yarn. Teeny-tiny cotton fibers are picked from the plant, then stretched and twisted and made into thread. Linen is harvested, dried, threshed, retted, scutched and then spun. The resulting thread or yarn is woven or knitted and made into a textile.
An NHK survey shows that more than 40 percent of the people living around nuclear power plants across Japan have not yet received iodine tablets as a precaution in the event of a nuclear accident.
Radioactive iodine may be released into the environment during an accident at a nuclear plant. The substance could cause cancer when taken into the thyroid gland. Use of iodine tablets is a preventive measure.
With the Nintendo Switch offering up a bigger display and more powerful hardware, it made sense that many believed that the Switch was designed to replace not just the Wii U, but also potentially the 3DS due to the fact that it could be taken around just as easily as it could be plugged into a TV.
However Nintendo has continued to maintain its 3DS lineup of hardware and also games, and recently in an interview with Kotaku, Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime explained why they are continuing to keep the 3DS around, suggesting that it was a more affordable device compared to the Switch, and that it would appeal to the younger crowd.
Tremors believed to be aftershocks of Monday's major earthquake have rattled the western Japanese prefecture of Osaka.
The magnitude-6.1 quake hit before 8 AM on Monday in northern Osaka. On Japan's seismic intensity scale of zero to seven, it's categorized as a six-minus. The quake left 4 people dead and at least 376 injured.
"It's nothing personal, but really? This ... is ... not a pleasant place," I muttered to myself when I checked out the local library near my new apartment in a new ward.
Last year, I moved to an area in Tokyo that shall remain unnamed, except to say that it is a short bicycle ride to the Imperial Palace.