Voices in Japan
Voices in Japan
Aug 11, 2020
Obon: Dancing with the Dead
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On this episode, Ben and Burke discuss the Obon holiday in Japan and all things related to this special occasion.

They start off by chatting about Ben’s stay at Furukawa Onsen in Jozankei using the GoTo Travel campaign, and also Burke’s visit to Takino Suzuran park. Then they move on to talk about traditional Obon customs, the meaning of Obon, two important vegetables related to this celebration (it's not pumpkin!), Bon Odori (the big Obon dance), the different stages and activities that the Japanese do, such as grave cleaning and releasing lanterns to help dead ancestors return to the afterlife, traditional clothing of the festivities and the correct way to wear them, a little history of the Bon Odori in Sapporo, having to meet distant relatives, and much much more. Enjoy the show!

Here is the episode where we talked about ghosts and spirits in Japan.

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Nihongo SWiTCH
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Deep Dive from The Japan Times
Deep Dive from The Japan Times
The Japan Times
79: What does QAnon mean for Japan?
On Jan. 6, the U.S. Capitol came under siege from a mob of Trump supporters, incited by the former president. The attack was condemned around the world and shone a spotlight onto the dangerous misinformation and conspiracies that fueled the riots. One that has come under particular scrutiny is QAnon, a conspiracy that dates to 2017 and that has picked up a significant following in the U.S. But, says Bloomberg’s Max Zimmerman, the U.S. is not the only country to have supporters of the QAnon conspiracy, and a fringe group of followers has also developed here in Japan. Sponsor: This episode is brought to you by Oizumi Kojo, Japan's first commercial brewer of kombucha. They’ve just launched their new online store, where you can buy KOMBUCHA_SHIP (http://bit.ly/kombuship) , bottled kombucha that's delivered straight to your door. KOMBUCHA_SHIP comes in four flavors: Original, Yuzu, Shiso and Kuwa. Visit www.kombuchaship.shop (http://bit.ly/kombuship) for more information. Read/see more:  QAnon’s Rise in Japan Shows Conspiracy Theory’s Global Spread (https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-11-29/qanon-s-rise-in-japan-shows-conspiracy-theory-s-global-spread) (Max Zimmerman, Bloomberg) What drives ‘J-Anon,’ QAnon's Japanese counterpart? (https://globalvoices.org/2021/01/13/what-drives-j-anon-qanons-japanese-counterpart/) (Nevin Thompson, Global Voices) Pro-Trump rallies in Tokyo (https://twitter.com/mrjeffu/status/1346744290144206848) (Jeffrey J. Hall via Twitter) Trump supporters rally in Tokyo against Biden's inauguration (https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2021/01/21/national/politics-diplomacy/trump-believers-tokyo/) (Reuters via The Japan Times) QAnon's 'Great Awakening' failed to materialize. What's next could be worse (https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/jan/20/qanon-biden-inauguration-trump-antisemitism-white-nationalism) (Julia Carrie Wong, The Guardian) On this episode: Max Zimmerman: Twitter (https://twitter.com/max__zim) | Articles (https://www.bloomberg.com/authors/AUH8UU4ziQc/max-zimmerman) Oscar Boyd: Twitter (https://twitter.com/omhboyd) | Articles (https://www.japantimes.co.jp/author/oscar-boyd/) | Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/oscar.boyd/) Announcements: Sign up to the Deep Dive mailing list (https://www.japantimes.co.jp/email-newsletters/) and be notified every time a new episode comes out. Get in touch with us at deepdive@japantimes.co.jp. Support the show! Rate us, review us and share this episode with a friend if you've enjoyed it. Follow us on Twitter (https://twitter.com/japandeepdive) , and give us feedback. This episode of Deep Dive may be supported by advertising based on your location. Advertising is sourced by Audioboom and is not affiliated with The Japan Times. Photo: Supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump hold a rally in Tokyo ahead of the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden in Washington. | REUTERS
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