A Mystery Solved

One of my biggest complaints about Japan has always been the complete and utter lack of garbage bins in this city. There are none to be found. If you buy a (most likely seriously overpackaged) snack, you either have to carry all the wrapping and leftovers around with you until you get home, or toss it on the street. But the streets are impeccably clean here, which had led me to believe that like me, the other 12 million people out for a walk this afternoon, will be carrying their litter around in their backpacks and shopping bags.

But it turns out this is not the case: an article in Metropolis unveils the answer to The Big Tokyo Trash Mystery.


Happy 139th Birthday!

Canadians in Tokyo got a head start on the Canada Day celebrations, kicking things off at 8:30 am with a pancake breakfast at the Maple Leaf Bar & Grill, followed by a Canada Day barbeque at Yoyogi Park including hot dogs, yakitori, a massive Canadian Flag cake, and imported Canadian beer. By 6pm things, as started to wind down at the park, people started the long trek back to Shibuya and into the Maple Leaf, where it was standing room only. Some pictures of the event.


Canadian Medical Research

Don't let anyone tell you that Canada never contributed groundbreaking research to the medical field. First, the discovery and isolation of insulin by researchers at the University of Toronto; now this paper published in the British Medical Journal, co-authored by a Grade 8 student from Hamilton, Ontario.