These Japanese single color jigsaw puzzles are appropriately named “Pure Hell.” They’re available with 1,000 or 2,000 tiny pieces, black or white.
Pure Hell jigsaw puzzles (Amazon via Laughing Squid)
Yasukuni Notomi (“a writer who has covered the world of stationery for many years”) provides an introduction to the creative explosionRead More
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has campaigned for a military buildup against the threat from the North, and Japan sits on a stockpile of nuclear material that could power an arsenal of 6,000 weapons. Last Sunday, he won a commanding majority in parliamentary elections, fueling his hopes of revising the nation’s pacifist Constitution. This brutal calculusRead More
Last month, the council tightened sanctions against North Korea, unanimously adopting a resolution that Ms. Haley called “the most stringent set of sanctions on any country in a generation.” But since then, North Korea carried out one of its most provocative missile tests in recent years, hurling a ballistic missile directly over Japan that promptedRead More
The statement echoed past comments by the defense secretary as well as a warning issued by President George W. Bush after the North’s first atomic test, in 2006. In that statement Mr. Bush also said North Korea would be held responsible if it ever exported any of its nuclear weapons technology to other nations orRead More
Uncanny Japan is a podcast dedicated to the island’s most peculiar folklore. I’ve barely got started but already know I’ll have to binge the entire series (note that each episode is coffee-break short, less than 15m). Pictured above, from Episode 7, is a thousand-stitch belt believed to ward off gunfire. [via Metafilter] WeWantPlates is aRead More
Still, some in the region said that the danger of war had not seemed as clear and present in decades. What was unthinkable just years ago no longer seems so, they said. Gulf of Alaska Arctic Ocean Bering Sea NORTH KOREA Pacific Ocean South China Sea (United States) Indian Ocean Gulf of Alaska Arctic OceanRead More