WBEZ | Japan http://www.wbez.org/tags/japan Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en India election scandal for BJP candidate Modi http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-04-14/india-election-scandal-bjp-candidate-modi-110020 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/(AP PhotoBiswaranjan Rout).jpg" alt="" /><p><p>At least 14 people were killed over the weekend in India in attempts to disrupt voting. With the violence, the election has been rocked by scandal surrounding a top candidate for prime minister. We&#39;ll get an update from India expert, Sumit Ganguly. And security expert, Steve Clemons, talks about Japan resisting the Trans-Pacific Partnership and going nuclear again. Clemons also critiques President Obama&#39;s foreign policy.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-a-scandal-shakes-up-india-s-elections/embed?border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-a-scandal-shakes-up-india-s-elections.js?border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-a-scandal-shakes-up-india-s-elections" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: A scandal shakes up India's elections" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 10:30:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-04-14/india-election-scandal-bjp-candidate-modi-110020 Intervention in Syria, comfort women demand apology and a Peruvian tribe emerges http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-08-27/intervention-syria-comfort-women-demand-apology-and-peruvian-tribe <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP502228822147.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The U.S. contemplates military action in Syria. Korean &#39;comfort women&#39; ask for an official apology from the Japanese government. A Peruvian tribe makes contact with the outside world.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F107522841&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-intervention-in-syria-comfort-women-dema/embed?header=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-intervention-in-syria-comfort-women-dema.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-intervention-in-syria-comfort-women-dema" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: Intervention in Syria, comfort women demand apology and a Peruvian tribe emerges" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Tue, 27 Aug 2013 11:53:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-08-27/intervention-syria-comfort-women-demand-apology-and-peruvian-tribe Facial recognition, Fukushima and the geopolitics of khat http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-08-26/facial-recognition-fukushima-and-geopolitics-khat-108521 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP219522927055.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>We&#39;ll take an in-depth look at government espionage with Heidi Boghosian, author of &quot;Spying on Democracy.&quot; Questions loom at Fukushima nuclear power plant. Khat could be banned in the United Kingdom.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F107341223&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/facial-recognition-fukushima-and-the-geopolitics-o/embed?header=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/facial-recognition-fukushima-and-the-geopolitics-o.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/facial-recognition-fukushima-and-the-geopolitics-o" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: Facial recognition, Fukushima and the geopolitics of khat" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Mon, 26 Aug 2013 11:46:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-08-26/facial-recognition-fukushima-and-geopolitics-khat-108521 Bo Xilai trial, Fukushima and sex education in Kenya http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-08-22/bo-xilai-trial-fukushima-and-sex-education-kenya-108491 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP700189680557_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Bo Xilai&#39;s trial begins in China. Radioactive water continues to leak at Fukushima plant. A Chicagoan is helping to expand sex education programs in Kenya.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F106703310&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/bo-xilai-trial-fukushima-and-sex-ed-in-kenya/embed?header=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/bo-xilai-trial-fukushima-and-sex-ed-in-kenya.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/bo-xilai-trial-fukushima-and-sex-ed-in-kenya" target="_blank">View the story "Bo Xilai trial, Fukushima and sex education in Kenya" on Storify</a>]</div></noscript></div></p> Thu, 22 Aug 2013 11:41:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-08-22/bo-xilai-trial-fukushima-and-sex-education-kenya-108491 Chicago may get its own geek bar http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/chicago-may-get-its-own-geek-bar-108372 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Screen Shot 2013-08-12 at 7.45.08 AM.png" alt="" /><p><p dir="ltr">Chicagoans may soon have a new place to geek out. David Zoltan leads the team behind the concept.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;Geek Bar Chicago is a place where geeks, nerds, dorks and dweebs can find a place to call home in the city,&rdquo; Zoltan said. &ldquo;Our vision statement is celebrate geekdom in all its forms, so we&rsquo;re not going for a specific type of geek.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr">The bar will cater for people interested in everything from science to video games. He says it will have a menu for board games, geek-inspired food and drinks, and possible decor featuring lightsabers and the scrolling characters from the Matrix.</p><p dir="ltr">Zoltan got the idea last year, when it was announced that the new Doctor Who season would be starting.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;I thought, I don&rsquo;t have cable. I&rsquo;d like to watch the show with a bunch of my Whovian friends and other Whovians from the rest of Chicago,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;(But) while I can throw a stone out and reach a half dozen sports bars in Chicago, there isn&rsquo;t a place for the geek.&quot;</p><p dir="ltr">Zoltan and his team are raising money for <a href="http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/cantinaforward/geek-out-geek-bar">the project</a> through Kickstarter. He&rsquo;s raised more than $25,000 and ends his campaign at the end of August. If they reach $70,000, the bar will buy an <a href="http://store.hbo.com/game-of-thrones-life-size-replica-iron-throne/detail.php?p=373634">official life-sized replica of the Iron Throne</a> from Game of Thrones and use it as special seating. They are currently scouting locations and are focusing on what Zoltan calls Chicago&rsquo;s Geek Triangle, the area bounded by Lincoln Square, Lakeview and Uptown. He says that&rsquo;s where most geeky Chicagoans live or play. They hope to open in March next year.</p><p dir="ltr">Geek Bar Chicago would join other geek locales in Milwaukee, <a href="http://jaapan.wordpress.com/2013/01/13/space-station-osaka-a-gaming-bar/">Japan</a>, <a href="http://www.hobbitpub.co.uk/">the UK</a> and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/TheManaBar">Australia</a>. Tony Nilles and his wife opened <a href="http://42lounge.com/">their own geek bar</a> in Milwaukee this spring, and although he stresses it&rsquo;s not a &ldquo;get rich quick&rdquo; scheme, a geek bar draws good customers. He says his staff has worked at many other bars before, and they have all been impressed by how nice the customers are. He attributes that partly to being a geek.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;You have a demographic where if they go to other bars and clubs, they don&rsquo;t feel comfortable, they feel like they are an outsider or outcast,&rdquo; Nilles said. &ldquo;When you get them around other people that are just like them, they feel this sense of belonging and you find that you have these really nice, kind people that are able to express in ways they weren&rsquo;t able before.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr">In fact, even though he knows other geek bars are his competitors, they&rsquo;re all just excited to be part of a movement.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;We&rsquo;re all competing with each other over the same demographic, but there&rsquo;s almost kind of a brotherhood to this owning a geek bar thing,&rdquo; Nilles said. &ldquo;Geek is chic right now, and they want to know that you&rsquo;re not just doing the whole geek thing in order to take their money from them. They want to know that you&rsquo;re doing it sincerely and that you&rsquo;re part of that community too.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr">Mitch Hutts, web developer by day and geek mixologist by night, has also seen the rise of the geek bar. In 2009, he started <a href="http://www.thedrunkenmoogle.com/">The Drunken Moogle</a>, dedicated to sharing geeky drink recipes inspired by the likes of Gears of War, Final Fantasy, Star Wars and the Lord of the Rings. He says it has since exploded in popularity, and that the geek bar phenomenon is entirely worldwide.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;You know this was a place made by people who think like you, and it&rsquo;s very much like you already kind of knew those people, you feel very much at home,&rdquo; Hutts said. &ldquo;Some success can be attributed to conventions. Geeks very much like meeting new geeks. Conventions happen once a year; geek bars are a way of extending that and giving them a home all throughout the year.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr"><em>Alan Yu is a WBEZ metro desk intern. Follow him <a href="https://twitter.com/Alan_Yu039">@Alan_Yu039</a></em></p></p> Mon, 12 Aug 2013 07:41:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/chicago-may-get-its-own-geek-bar-108372 Assessing violence against Egyptian protesters and why obesity is on the rise in Mexico http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-07-10/assessing-violence-against-egyptian-protesters-and-why-obesity-rise <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP100414025856.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Human Rights Watch Egypt Director Heba Morayef weighs in on violence against protesters. We find out what is behind rising obesity rates in Mexico. &#39;Sound Opinions&#39; assistant producer Annie Minoff highlights some of the similarities and differences in music industries around the globe.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F100495544&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-assessing-violence-against-egyptian-prot.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-assessing-violence-against-egyptian-prot" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: Assessing violence against Egyptian protesters and why obesity is on the rise in Mexico" on Storify</a>]</noscript></p></p> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 09:48:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-07-10/assessing-violence-against-egyptian-protesters-and-why-obesity-rise Sakura in Chicago: 120 Years of US-Japan Relations http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/sakura-chicago-120-years-us-japan-relations-107869 <p><p>Since the 1893 Columbian Exposition, Chicago has maintained The Garden of the Phoenix in Jackson Park as a place where visitors can learn about Japan and experience Japanese culture, opening the doors for vibrant economic, political, and cultural exchange. 120 years later, the garden is an enduring symbol of collaboration and diplomacy between Chicago and Japan. Join The Chicago Council&rsquo;s panel of policy and urban architecture experts to explore the progress of the physical and political landscapes of our city and to celebrate the blooming fruits of the seeds of diplomacy.</p><div><strong>Josh Rogin</strong> is a senior staff writer and the author of daily web column, &ldquo;<em>The Cable</em>,&rdquo; at Foreign Policy, covering national security and foreign policy. Previously, he covered defense and foreign policy as a staff writer for Congressional Quarterly, writing on Iraq, Afghanistan, Guantánamo Bay, US-Asia relations, defense budgeting and appropriations, and the defense lobbying and contracting industries.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>Kulapat Yantrasast</strong> is the cofounder and principal of wHY Architecture which began in 2003. In 2007, wHY completed the Grand Rapids Art Museum in Michigan, which became the first new LEED Gold museum in the world. Current projects include the expansion and renovation of the Speed Art Museum in Louisville, Kentucky, and a series of gallery design and collection installations at the Harvard Art Museum.</div><div><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/CCGA-webstory_14.jpg" title="" /></div></div><div>Recorded live Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at the Chicago Architecture Foundation.</div></p> Wed, 15 May 2013 15:56:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/sakura-chicago-120-years-us-japan-relations-107869 Radio M: New Releases tonight with Chicago Reader music writer Peter Margasak. http://www.wbez.org/programs/radio-m/2013-04-19/radio-m-new-releases-tonight-chicago-reader-music-writer-peter-margasak <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/jackie.jpg" title="Jackie Mittoo: Keyboard King of Studio One (courtesy of boomingbasslines.blogspot)" /></div><p>&nbsp;</p><p>It&#39;s the third Friday of the month and on Radio M that means a visit from Chicago Reader music writer Peter Margasak. Peter gets hundreds of CD&#39;s and so it&#39;s quite a job for him to sift thru the best of the best in global music for <strong>Radio M </strong>airplay and this month is no exception.</p><p>This month Peter&#39;s picks take us to Brazil, Mali, Southern China and other destinations. Also during the show; sounds of Japan, Iran, Nigeria, India and Syria.</p><p><strong>Radio M</strong>- the best global sounds in Chicago and beyond.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Radio M Playlist</strong></p><p><strong>9PM</strong></p><p><strong>1. J.K. Mayengar &amp; The Shingnesi Sisters- Khubani- Next Stop...Soweto Vol.2</strong></p><p><strong>2. The Dynamites- Massachusetts- Young Sound R&amp;B</strong></p><p><strong>3. 17 Hippies- The Moving Song- Heimlich</strong></p><p><strong>4. Fanfara Tirana meets Transglobal Underground- Shtojzovalla- Kubatronics</strong></p><p><strong>5. Saraswathi Ranganathan- Brahmamokke- The Magic of Veena Vol.1</strong></p><p><strong>6. Can- Vitamin C- Ege Bamyasi</strong></p><p><strong>7. The Lebron Brothers- My Cool Boogaloo- Psychedelic Meets Latin</strong></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>9:30PM</strong></p><p><strong>1.Bassekou Kouyate &amp; Ngoni Ba- Danko- Jama Ko</strong></p><p><strong>2. Zedashe- Alilo Sashobao- Intangible Pearls</strong></p><p><strong>3. Deng Fu Mei &amp; Zhang Wu Mei- Song of the Origin of the World- Ethnic Minority Music from Southern China</strong></p><p><strong>4. Colomach - Enoviyin- Colomach</strong></p><p><strong>5. Andreia Dias - Brisa Tropicana=Hot - Pelos Tropicos</strong></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>10PM</strong></p><p><strong>1. Ofege- You Say No- Try and Love</strong></p><p><strong>2. Jackie Mittoo- Hot Tamale- The Keyboard King of Studio One</strong></p><p><strong>3. DJ Smokestack - Song #25- Shitala 2: More Indian Disco Funk Thrillers</strong></p><p><strong>4. Beti- Nazr- Tisheh o Risheh</strong></p><p><strong>5. Aurelio Martinez- Tararigu Nanigi Garifuna Soul</strong></p><p><strong>6. Fatoumata Diawara- Sowa- Fatou</strong></p><p><strong>7. Wado - Feto/Sotaque- Atlantico Negro</strong></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>10:30PM</strong></p><p><strong>1. Djelimady Tounkara &amp; Orchestre Super Rail Band International- Marigoondo - Djelimady Tounkara &amp; Orchestre Super Rail Band International</strong></p><p><strong>2. Axel Krygier- Cumbieton Rutero- Pesebre</strong></p><p><strong>3. Anibal Velasquez Y Su Conjunto- Vestido Nuevo Mambo Loco</strong></p><p><strong>4. Unknown Artist- Song #1- Queen of Japanese Pops</strong></p><p><strong>5. Painted Caves - Blood in the Water- Painted Caves</strong></p><p><strong>6. Omar Souleyman- Hafer Gadrak Bidi- Folk &amp; Pop Sounds from Syria</strong></p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 19 Apr 2013 10:30:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/radio-m/2013-04-19/radio-m-new-releases-tonight-chicago-reader-music-writer-peter-margasak Setsubun: the Japanese bean-throwing, mochi-catching, demon-chasing lucky food festival http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2013-01/setsubun-japanese-bean-throwing-mochi-catching-demon-chasing-lucky-food <p><p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8432444045/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/setsubungarrett.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px;" title="Tohato Caramel Corn and Garrett Chicago Mix at Zojoji temple in Tokyo, Japan on Setsubun 2012 (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></p><p>This Sunday in Japan, beans will be thrown, demons will be chased, and lucky food will be eaten to welcome Spring, as is done every February 3rd on Setsubun.&nbsp;</p><p>In the Chicago area, <a href="http://www.mitsuwa.com/campaign/eindex.php">Mitsuwa in Arlington Heights</a> has Setsubun beans and masks on sale.</p><p>After I visited the<a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/louisa-chu/2012-01-31/sushi-masters-temporary-restaurant-kesennuma-japan-95994"> earthquake and tsunami</a>&nbsp;ravaged Tohoku area last year, I made it back to Tokyo in time to join the festival at the <a href="http://www.zojoji.or.jp/en/index.html">historic&nbsp;Zojoji temple</a>, founded in 1393 and relocated its present site in 1598. I expected a somewhat solemn ceremony where honored guests would throw roasted soybeans at masked <em>oni</em> (demons) to drive away bad luck.</p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8432443683/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/setsubunmask.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px;" title="Mini oni demon mask with soybeans in wooden sake masu box at Mitsukoshi in Tokyo, Japan on Setsubun (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></div><div class="image-insert-image ">Meanwhile, the crowd would try to catch wrapped packets of beans, or better yet mochi, to eat for good luck in the year to come.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Little did I know that the all-Japanese crowd, filled with more than a few very elderly men and women, would turn into a eerily quiet, gently swaying mosh pit.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8433529510/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/setsubunmochi.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px;" title="Lucky mochi caught by elderly man at Zojoji temple in Tokyo, Japan on Sestsubun (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></div><div class="image-insert-image ">Out came the traditional beans and mochi, but so did a <a href="http://tohato.jp/products/caramelcorn/">Tohato Caramel Corn</a> mascot who threw modern snacks. I caught a bag of milk caramel Caramel Corn, which is not popcorn at all but sweet corn puffs, distant cousin to Flamin&#39; Hot Cheetos. I happened to have a tin of <a href="http://www.garrettpopcorn.com/flavors/">Garrett Chicago Mix</a> on me. I brought a case to Japan as <em>omiyage</em>, an edible gift from our city.</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8433529610/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/setsubunmascot.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px;" title="Tohato Caramel Corn mascot waits to throw lucky food at Zojoji temple in Tokyo, Japan on Setsubun (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left;"><a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/louisa-chu/2012-03-08/fukushima-and-food-97133">At Mitsukoshi&#39;s <em>depachika</em></a> (department store basement food hall) they sold Setsubun&#39;s other essential lucky food: <em>eho-maki</em> (lucky direction roll). Traditionally one faces the year&#39;s lucky direction, this year it&#39;s south-southeast, then eats the entire roll without speaking. There is no way anyone could have eaten the biggest roll of the year traditionally.</div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8432443931/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/setsubunbiggest.jpg" style="height: 412px; width: 620px;" title="Biggest eho-maki at Mitsukoshi in Tokyo, Japan on Setsubun (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left;">The most expensive <em>eho-maki </em>rung in at 10,500 yen, $115 today. Filled with luxury seafood ingredients, the lucky roll was packaged in its own wooden box.</div></div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8432443667/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/setsubunexpensive.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px;" title="Most expensive eho-maki at Mitsukoshi in Tokyo, Japan on Setsubun (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left;">But even in Japan, not everyone likes rice, so there are even <em>eho-maki</em> made with bread.</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8432443891/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/setsubunbread.jpg" style="height: 412px; width: 620px;" title="Bread eho-maki at Mitsukoshi in Tokyo, Japan on Setsubun (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left;">I didn&#39;t eat a lucky roll last year. I caught plenty at the temple. And the fact that I even took that trip, I figured was lucky enough.</div></div></div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8432443805/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/setsubunswag.jpg" style="height: 830px; width: 620px;" title="Lucky food caught at Zojoji temple in Tokyo, Japan on Setsubun (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></div></div></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 31 Jan 2013 05:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2013-01/setsubun-japanese-bean-throwing-mochi-catching-demon-chasing-lucky-food Men's hairstyles throughout history, as seen on the heads of Olympic male gymnasts http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-07/mens-hairstyles-throughout-history-seen-heads-olympic-male-gymnasts-101291 <p><p>CHINA! (Spoiler: They won.) Japan came in second in the men&#39;s gymnastics team finals, but only after a little intrigue; judges took a re-look at Kohei Uchimura of Japan&#39;s pommel horse performance, which bumped Japan up from fourth place to grab silver. This meant that the U.K., who originally thought they pulled off a revelatory second place win, was moved to bronze and poor, poor Ukraine didn&#39;t medal at all.&nbsp;</p><p>But was the upset of the U.S. team the most important thing? No. It&#39;s all about the hair.</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/john%20o.jpg" style="height: 412px; width: 620px; " title="USA team member John Orozco. Nice towel. " /></div><p>The Caesar, with a touch of front hair flip. Popularized by George Clooney.</p><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/john hiding.jpg" style="height: 410px; width: 620px; " title="" /></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">He just needs a moment to get over how good his hair looks.</div></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/johnny.jpg" style="height: 507px; width: 620px; " title="USA team member Jonathan Horton." /></div></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Classic gelled front hair flip.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/germany hair.jpg" style="height: 380px; width: 620px; " title="Don't German team member Marcel Nguyen and Philipp David Boy look alike?" /></div></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">A modern adaptation of a look popularized by German soldiers during World War II.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div></div><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/other german hair.jpg" style="height: 363px; width: 620px; " title="See? I'm actually having difficulty." /></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">But with a touch more <a href="http://www.bighappiehair.com/">bumpit </a>to it.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/samuel.jpg" style="height: 459px; width: 620px; " title="USA team member Samuel Mikulak." /></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">A fuller, less gel-oriented 90s &#39;do.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/russia%20gym%20hair.jpg" style="height: 436px; width: 620px; " title="Russian team member David Belyavskiy." /></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Spike tip <em>and </em>a faux-hawk. Who knew it was possible?</div></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/spiked%20tips.jpg" style="height: 527px; width: 620px; " title="French team member Hamilton Sabot. " /></div></div><p>You can&#39;t <em>really </em>see how good this faux-hawk is from the front, but it&#39;s a thing of beauty.</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/purvis.jpg" style="height: 359px; width: 620px; " title="Great Britain's Daniel Purvis." /></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">A more subtle faux-hawk.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/zhang.jpg" style="height: 337px; width: 620px; " title="China's team member Zhang Chenglong." /></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&quot;YEAAAA!&quot; is what we call this look.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/japan%20argues.jpg" style="height: 343px; width: 620px; " title="Japanese coaches argue with the judges about the score for Kohei Uchimura." /></div></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 30 Jul 2012 12:05:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-07/mens-hairstyles-throughout-history-seen-heads-olympic-male-gymnasts-101291