As promised, and in the spirit of Xmas/Hanukkah/Festivus/we-respect-Jesus-in-a-Buddhist-sort-of-way, here are reviews of the blogs that didn’t make the cut for the First Annual (perhaps) Japan Blog of the Year Awards, roughly in the order that they were nominated. Reviews of the candidates will take place after voting finishes. Please remember to vote, and remember that all commenters on that thread will be eligible for a drawing for a small prize!
Neojaponisme: Reading this blog makes my brain hurt, but in a good way. I also suspect that there is some great underlying in-joke behind the site, but I just can’t quite see it. However, there’s one great article on the front page about concrete facades that you see everywhere in Japan, and which I dislike intensely, so it was interesting to learn how they came to be and how they are seen.
Japankino: It’s in German and it’s about Japanese film. Sadly, that’s as much as I can tell you about it!
News.3Yen.com: I love Taro’s use of Photoshop on the stories, and I did think that the whale hats were an example of that, but it does seem to be real! A quirky look at the lighter side of Japan. This blog always seems to be under the radar for some reason, and I feel it should be more popular than it appears to be. Maybe it’s just that I don’t see it popping up in the Google searches that I do?
Once Upon A Tokyo: A personal blog of an English teacher working in a Tokyo school, mostly featuring stories on strange or fun items found in Japan.