I Visited KAMIKOTO’S Tokyo Office
What I Found Is SHOCKING! — If you spend much time viewing English YouTube these days, no doubt you have seen and heard big-name influencers doing promo spots for Kamikoto Knives. They all seem to be communicating a message of the high-quality Japanese materials and fine craftsmanship that go into producing Kamikoto knives of exceptional quality. …
Japan’s Message To Its Youth: Drink More!
New contest is aimed at increasing alcohol consumption — Recently in Japan, societal changes, a shrinking population, and the lingering pandemic have combined to accelerate a drop in the percentage of young people who choose not to drink. Overall, alcohol consumption in Japan has plunged from 100 liters per person annually in 1995 to 75 liters in 2020. Beer…
The Curse of Normalcy
As a Medium Writer, I may be doomed — I am not a young, comely female. I am not a member of any racial, ethnic, or other distressed, suppressed, depressed, or aggressed minority. I am not an alcoholic. Save for a little weed way back when, I have never taken any drug. I am not morbidly obese. During 12 years of Catholic education, I have never been propositioned, attacked, or abused by a priest or anyone else.
Improved Medium Features & Functions
Someone is listening and responding — In case anyone missed it, Breana Jones, a member of the product team at Medium, recently posted an article about a list of features and functions that have been added, restored, and improved in response to Medium member requests. Custom Domains, Mobile Editor, and a True Following Feed Working towards an innovative product you can rely onblog.medium.com Custom domains (back for good)
Is Stephen King A Great Writer? Or An Insufferable Gasbag?
It’s a question that comes to mind every time a read a Steven King novel. — The first Steven King story I came across was through the movie “The Dead Zone,” a 1983 thriller about Johnny Smith, a teacher with psychic powers. Whenever Johnny comes into physical contact with someone, Johnny sees a flash of that person’s entire future. One day, he shakes hands with a…
Article-Listicle Experiment Results Are In!
Back in late May, I conducted a small, very unscientific experiment to determine which format is more popular: the article or the listicle. To Listicle Or Not Listicle — That Is The Question A listicle experimentedward-thomas.medium.com I wrote two versions of the same content to see which one does better. 5 Reasons Why Japanese Food May Not Be As Healthy As You Think Carbs, salt, preservatives, chemicals, and moremedium.com
Foreigners To Be Allowed To Work In Japan’s Beauty Industry
One tiny step into the 21st century? — The Tokyo metropolitan government recently announced that non-Japanese will be allowed to work at beauty salons in Tokyo starting from October 2022. This marks the first time ever that foreigners will be allowed to work in the beauty industry in Japan. It’s hard to know whether one should feel thrilled…