- How do people in Japan eat healthy when there are so many delicious, sugary breads to snack on? This week, Answerman published a field guide to common Japanese breads. When I vacationed in Tokyo, John and I went to 7-11 almost every morning for bread—a melon pan for me, a chocolate and cream French baguette for him.
- My favorite Japanese art-inspired puzzle company is trying Kickstarter again! They’re less than $500 away from meeting their goal. I backed $69 (nice) because I’d love to own both gorgeous puzzles.
- Why it’s “fanfiction,” not “fan fiction,” and more importantly, why the nuance is so important to fanfiction writers.
- After two years, Anita Sarkeesian’s Tropes vs. Women in Video Games project is over. I was a backer, and I don’t know if you’ve watched these videos, but they’re fairly innocuous and bland, hardly what you’d expect from somebody who has become the center of so much ire. I liked this Glixel interview that looks not at Sarkeesian’s past, for once, but her future.
- One of my first stops in Boston was to Muji, which I fondly think of as “Japanese Ikea.” Now, I could completely engulf myself in one of their minimalist Muji huts.
- Sakura Quest and Sincerity. I loved Emily’s analysis of an untruthful blogger in Sakura Quest who pretends her life is better than it is. So relatable.
- Finally, my friend Soul Tsukino is looking for writing work and asked to be featured. His portfolio is here, and he’s done some excellent work for Japanator. Otaku Links are for my readers, and if you’d like a similar shout-out, don’t hesitate to ask.
Lead photo by yoppy.