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Aonghas Crowe

Aonghas Crowe is a writer, translator and author of both fiction — "Too Close to the Sun," "A Woman’s Nails," "A Woman’s Hand" — and nonfiction — "Boys Have Dingdongs and Other Observations." He splits his time between Fukuoka, Japan and Portland, Oregon. He’s mouldy for a drink.

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Of Rice and Men: Questions You Never Thought to Ask about Harvesting Japan’s Meal Staple

One writer went around pestering people to find out exactly how much rice could be harvested from a field that measured one tatami mat in size. Here's what he found.

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Point Break: Loyalty Cards in Japan Thicken Wallets but Lack in Payoffs

Japan, we’ve gotta talk. This point card habit of yours is getting out of control.

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Fukuoka Flu Season: An Ounce of Prevention

With those icky germs and nasty flu raging across Japan, you'd think it would be easy to get a kid to wash his hands. Guess again.

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When is New Year’s in Japan Really Over?

Ringing in the new and tossing out the slightly old prompts an age-old question, one similar to Christmas trees in the West: when should you take your Shogatsu decorations down?

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Imperial Gratitude: The Reason for Labor Thanksgiving Day in Japan

Ten of Japan’s 16 national holidays are directly related to the Emperor — with one more on the way.

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Oh Snap! Another Japan Election

Ready or not, it’s ballot time again in Japan.

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Potsu Potsu: Rain in the Summertime

The Eskimos may have fifty words for “snow,” but did you know there are a whopping 1,190 rain-related words and phrases in the Japanese language?

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Why is June Called ‘The Month of No Water’?

The literal mysteries of tsuyu, the Japanese term for the rainy season.

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A National Holiday for June

There's no place like June for the holidays...

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