For everyone who is stuck at home. I hope this brings a smile to your face. Pikotaro's YouTube hit Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen has a new updated version called “PPAP 2020” which encourages us all to wash our hands against the coronavirus.

A university in used remote-controlled robots to hold a virtual graduation ceremony.

I'm required to go in person to the Tokyo Immigration Bureau to pick up my renewed residency visa. The line to get in the building stretches around the block.

USAF Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker Spotted over the Pacific off the coast of 62-3561

Shinagawa station in Tokyo right now (8:25am). Japan declared a national emergency yesterday. It's much less crowded than usual, but clearly a lot of people are not teleworking. 緊急事態宣言

75 years ago: One of the greatest ships ever built, 's is sacrificed in a futile gesture trying to attack US forces invading . More than 3,000 sailors aboard YAMATO died, while 5 of her 9 escorts were also sunk by US Navy carrier aircraft

Why Japanese 🇯🇵 is a brilliant language: Humming is a nose song Socks are under-shoes A hangover is two days of drunkeness Fireworks are fire flowers A tap/faucet is a snake mouth Western food is a horizontal meal

I am thrilled to share that I have been awarded a research grant: JSPS Grant-in-Aid for Early-Career Scientists.  Looking forward to 3 years of exciting multi-sited research on Precarity in Intra-Asian Labour Migration .

’s prime minister announces a state of emergency in the country over the pandemic.

The Best time in Japan. Cherry Blossom Time.

I think that’s enough text on the screen, TV station. Poor Abe san is nearly hidden.

Today announced preparations to prepare for the preparedness to not be unprepared to prepare for preparatory preparations to 👍

Yamanobe-no-michi is an ancient road south of Nara which is now a historical hiking trail. The most popular section runs for 11km from Tenri to Sakurai. Hidden in a small copse of trees along the way you can find Yatogi-jinja, a rare example of a thatched shrine

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