Why Do Americans Love Tipping?

Tipping as cultural practice: why some countries like the U.S. like tipping and others don't.
circa 1955: Women loiter in the doorways of nightclubs in Yoshiwara, the red light district of Tokyo, while prospective clients wander past or stop to look. (Photo by Orlando /Three Lions/Getty Images)

The Battle to Keep Prostitution Legal in 1950s Japan

Revisiting the struggle to keep prostitution from being criminalized in 1950s Japan.
"Cremation in Japan-J. M. W. Silver". Licensed under Public Domain via <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Cremation_in_Japan-J._M._W._Silver.jpg#/media/File:Cremation_in_Japan-J._M._W._Silver.jpg" target="_blank">Wikimedia Commons</a>

The History of Cremation in Japan

Although Buddhism propelled the popularity of cremation across Asia, its staying power, particularly in Japan, has been for practical reasons.
"Nagasakibomb" by Charles Levy from one of the B-29 Superfortresses used in the attack.  <a href="http://www.archives.gov/research/military/ww2/photos/images/ww2-163.jpg" target="_blank">National Archives image (208-N-43888)</a>. Licensed under <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Nagasakibomb.jpg#/media/File:Nagasakibomb.jpg" target="_blank">Public Domain via Commons</a>

The Decision to Drop the A-Bomb

Questioning why the U.S. dropped the a-bomb on Japan.

Japan, the U.S, and the Perils of International Education Comparisons

Current comparisons of U.S. and Chinese educational systems echo earlier comparisons to Japan.

Otsukimi: Celebrating the Autumn Moon

Otsukimi, falling on the 13th or 15th of October, celebrates the harvest moon.

Interview with Godzilla

The awesome destructive power of the beast is widely understood to be a metaphor for nuclear weapons. Is this too facile an idea?