The Week’s Links: Jan. 26 – Feb. 1, 2015

A Tokyo backstreet.

A review of author Jonathan Clements’ new book, “Modern Japan: All That Matters,” expounds upon the foreign relations problem between Japan and the rest of East Asia regarding the issue of Japan’s unwillingness to make atonement for war crimes committed in WWII.

RocketNews24 shares a whole series of fun Japanese cultural educational videos that just came out recently from Movie Life Kyoto. The series educates viewers on some of the ins and outs of dining/drinking in an izakaya.

The mummified remains of a Buddhist monk were found in Mongolia this week. The amazingly well-preserved 200-year-old body was in surprisingly good condition and was found seated in lotus position!

Sadly, the Japanese hostage crisis takes another tragic turn as the Islamic State releases a video that appears to depict the execution of the second hostage, Kenji Goto. The authenticity of the video is, as always, in question, but that is little solace to the indignant Japanese government.

Finally, a friend of mine introduced me to this cool photography blog featuring photos taken in and around Tokyo. I think Tokyo is the most fascinating city in the world, and I would love to make exploring it my life’s purpose–no joke–so I love blogs like this.

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