Follow-up to Ch-ch-changes

(gif of Juliana’s courtesy of

This is a guest post written by our special guest, Elbert, from the Ch-ch-changes Podcast


  1. Ehime prefecture is actually on the northwest side of Shikoku island, not the northeast as mentioned by Elbert [sorry, I’ve always been directionally-challenged].
  2. A “mansion” in Japan is a condominium-style rental apartment.


Matsuyama City, Ehime prefecture, Shikoku, Japan:


Uchiko, Ehime prefecture:


Waxing Poetic in Uchiko:


Uchiko Candle Making video (from 0:38; Korean language; the handmade candles are made from sumac berries and are famous for their large smokeless flames)


Japan in the 70s, parts 1 & 2 (part 2 reminds me most of the 70s Japan I experienced):


Antique Japanese Red Payphone:


Tsuruhashi, Osaka:


Japan’s Hidden Caste of Untouchables:


Japan’s Hidden Apartheid: Koreans in Japan (parts 1 and 2):


JET Programme:


Japan: Then and Now [TIME photo essay – Then (1989, Bubble Period) and Now (2009)]:,29307,1905385,00.html


Juliana’s Tokyo:


Japan: A Story of Love and Hate (2008):

“Naoki once had it all – the fast car, the executive home. Boss of his own business he lived the good-life when Japan’s economy was at its height. Then the bubble burst – and he met Yoshie.”


Driving Etiquette:

It took a while to find a polite turn-off-the-lights-at-the-intersection example, but check out the taxicab on the right side of the frame at 4:36:


Polite Japanese Drivers:


Happy End :



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