Hokkaido: The Other Japan
Hokkaido, literally "North Sea Circuit," is Japan’s largest and northernmost of its 47 prefectural-level subdivisions. The Tsugaru Strait separates Hokkaido from Honshu, the largest island in Japan, although the two islands are connected by the underwater Seikan Tunnel, which is a 53.85km railway tunnel, with a 23.3km portion under the seabed, the longest undersea tunnel in the world. It has wonderful natural gifts, not the least of which is wide open space to stir the expansive imagination that tends to get stifled in Tokyo. Its population density, 72.5 people per square kilometer, is one-fifth the national average.
Why, one wonders, is Hokkaido not flourishing?
Working with Japan
Using Email Effectively
By Patricia Pringle
Not Getting a Timely Response
Recently, I was working with some American engineers who were collaborating on a development project with Japanese engineers working for the same company. Bob came by with an email in his hand. "I am going to have to ask our in-house translator to translate my email into Japanese because Ono-san is just not answering. What is the problem? It is in very easy English. I need the samples he was supposed to send me. These guys are so hard to figure out."
Products Of The Month
Stick-on Hobby Art with Labels
Nichiban Print Corp. has created a new way to reproduce images by applying tiny adhesive-backed colored seals. Following the set pattern, hobbyists will be easily able to reproduce some of the world's most famous works of art, such as Vincent van Gogh’s “Sunflowers.” The sets also include several landscapes, such as the famous “Aka Fuji” (Red Fuji) woodblock print by Edo-period (1603-1868) artist Katsushika Hokusai. Ryo Sehata, a celebrated cellophane tape artist, has been engaged as advisor.
2009 August Contents
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