When Western ideas on self-improvement are expressed in Japanese, what kinds of words pop up most often? The "gira-gira" of the hot summer sun's glare gives way to the "kira-kira" of festive lights decorating the streets for the holidays. A Kyodo article looks at the annoyance of mandatory end-of-year parties and outlines the best type to have — short and seldom. Business vocabulary makes up a chunk of this English lesson on the cashless payment methods that the Japanese government is promoting. There's a famous part of Tokyo called Nihonbashi, but a place in Osaka using the same kanji is pronounced Nipponbashi. When do you use the "ho" and when do you use the "po"?
Okinawa, Japan, where hundreds of residents are over years old, is often known as "the land of immortals. Chiyo Miyako, , of Japan died last month as the oldest person in the world. The new oldest person in the world is Kane Tanaka, , a woman living in Fukuoka, Japan. According to the World Health Organization, in , the average life expectancy in Japan is When the Japanese eat meat, they eat mostly heart-healthy fish, rich in omega-3 fatty acids.
What countries have the longest life expectancies?
Sultan "Sam" Vidhani operates Sam's Bar TalkEigo, a place in Fukuoka where you can participate in some language exchange with a cheeky drink. Latin Bar Salsa offers Fukuoka's international community a place to enjoy music and food, and proprietors Natsumi Vanessa Hernandez and Yusei Maeda are planning a new project for December. Now decked out in all blue, New Zealand-born rugby player Luke McAlister is giving the Shimizu Blue Sharks a taste of Kiwi sportsmanship — which includes post-game drinks.