First, thank you to everyone who voted, and thank you to everyone who nominated or commented in the threads. I hope you all found it interesting and have added a few new blogs to your reading list; I’ve enjoyed running this, so it would be nice to try to make this an annual feature.
Second, this is just a summary of the winners; over the slow New Year period, and once I get some comment from the winners, I’ll review the winners in detail and the candidates in summary, and work out how to distribute the prizes, etc. In addition, I will also select a bonus winner from amongst the commenters in the voting and the nomination thread.
So, without any further ado, here are the winners:
Best serious Japan blog of the year – Observing Japan
Observing Japan wins for its detailed coverage of the political scene, as one of the growing number of blogs looking into aspects of Japan that rarely get aired in English.
Best humourous Japan blog of the year – tofugu.com
Best culture Japan blog of the year – Let’s Japan.org
Let’s Japan.org wins, a fit reward for being a key gathering point for those disgruntled at the meltdown at Nova, and perhaps with less swearing it may even have been in line for the best serious blog!
Best technology Japan blog of the year – Pink Tentacle
Pink Tentacle takes a slightly sideways look at technology in Japan, and I read it to study the style and to pinch writing tips!
Best personal Japan blog of the year – My So-Called Japanese Life
My So-Called Japanese Life has excellent writing, and is a most deserving winner in this section.