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“Stay at least 200m away from the whaling station – it’s filled with asbestos and the roofs could literally blow off,” warned expedition leader Nate Small,
The displays inside contain some stark figures: 175,250 whales were processed on South Georgia between 1904 and 1965, when the industry collapsed due to over-hunting and developments in the petrochemicals industry.If you consider the Antarctic region as a whole and include the many factory ships’ that processed whales on board, almost 1.5 million whales were killed between 1904 and 1978, when hunting of the species eventually ended.Whale populations haven’t recovered. The International Whaling Commission (IWC) says blue whale numbers in the southern hemisphere have fallen from as many as 200,000 to the low thousands’; fin whales have undergone a similar decline.
There are an estimated 60,000 humpbacks in the southern hemisphere, but this is also far lower than the pre-whaling era. In September 2018, IWC plans for a South Atlantic whaling sanctuary were rejected by pro-whaling countries.Japan later announced it will resume commercial whaling for the first time in three decades, prompting global outrage. It’s a bittersweet irony in that it was a terrible, brutal industry, yet nature took its sweet revenge by reclaiming it The plight of the whales is undeniably bleak, but in other respects, South Georgia has become an improbable model of conservation.

One of the world’s largest marine reserves, the South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands Marine Protected Area, was created here in 2012 to protect more than one million sq km of the surrounding waters, while seal numbers have bounced back: the island now has 98% of the world’s Antarctic fur seals and roughly 50% of its elephant seals.South Georgia also has 30 million breeding pairs of seabirds.

During my visit, I spent a morning at St Andrews Bay in the company of 400,000 king penguins one of four penguin species found on the island and an afternoon on Prion Island, an important breeding site for wandering albatrosses. Last year, South Georgia was declared rodent-free after a pioneering eradication programme, which the authorities hope will allow birds like the endemic South Georgia pipit and South Georgia pintail to flourish.

Despite the profusion of wildlife, it was the island’s whaling heritage that remained foremost in my mind as I sailed out of Grytviken. When you walk about these stations all you see are these rusting boilers, blubber cookers and bone saws, Coulthard said.It’s a bittersweet irony in that it was a terrible, brutal industry, yet nature took its sweet revenge by reclaiming it. It’s a reminder that nature doesn’t need human beings; we need nature.

This trip was made possible by Polar Latitudes. Trips to South Georgia are also available through Quark Expeditions, One Ocean Expeditionsand National Geographic Expeditions, among other operators.Join more than three million BBC Travel fans by liking us on , or follow us on and Instagram.If you liked this story, called “If You Only Read 6 Things This Week”.A handpicked selection of stories from BBC Future, Culture, Capital and Travel, delivered to your inbox every Friday.

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Japanese Fashion Line Releases New Samurai Wardrobe and It’s Absolute FIRE

Japanese fashion label Trove has unveiled a new line of modern samurai wardrobe in its collection.Hanten coats and Hakama pants for men and women.

Soranews24.The Spring 2019 Wa Robe collection, which includes the new Naga-Hanten, is set to be released in April but pre-orders are now available through Trove’s online shop.Check out this unisex Naga-Hanten, which is an extra-long version of the traditional Hanten workman’s coat.While it hangs loosely, it has a “relaxed cardigan-like fit.”

The design is available in black or Vermillion for 21,600 yen ($195).A slightly more expensive version of the Naga-Hanten is specially co-produced by British fabric supplier Liberty.The outfit, which is designed with a striking pattern onto higher-quality cotton, is priced at 24,840 yen ($224).There is also a half-coat called the Haori ($244), which is traditionally worn over the kimono to keep its wearer warm during the cooler seasons.

It looks great regardless of whether its paired with Western or Japanese-style clothing.See alsoBryan KeJune 4, 2018Old-School Japanese Underwear is Making an Epic ComebackMeanwhile, the billowy pants known as the Hakama are based on what warriors during Japan’s feudal era commonly wore.The skirt-looking pants can be purchased for 24,480 yen ($221).The Hakama Andon is for those who prefer an alternative to the gusset seams.

Similarly priced at 24,480 yen, this type of Hakama, while unisex in its current design, was based on the piece of clothing young women wore during the Meiji Period of the late 1800s.Featured image via Trovefashionfeudal erajapanSIGN UP FOR NextUp!Wake up daily to the latest news in the Asian Community!

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Nomura Holdings Launches USD 1 Million Art Award

Nomura Holdings Launches USD 1 Million Art Award. by Xuan Wei Yap. Japan-based financial services company Nomura Holdings.

On March 20, the Japan-based financial services company Nomura Holdings, Incorporated announced the establishment of the largest cash award in contemporary visual arts. The annual USD 1 million Nomura Art Award will be conferred to an artist who has created a body of work of major cultural significance, according to the press release.The prize is expected to go towards the production of an ambitious new project that the winner did not previously have the means to realize. Additionally, Nomura will present two exceptional emerging artists every year with USD 100,000 each.
Awardees are selected by an independent, international panel comprising respected figures in the art world. The jurors for the inaugural edition are Doryun Chong, deputy director and chief curator of Hong Kong’s M+; Kathy Halbreich, executive director of the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, New York; Yuko Hasegawa, chief curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo; Max Hollein, director of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art; Nicholas Serota, chair of Arts Council England; and Allan Schwartzman, founder and principal of Art Agency, Partners, and chairman of the Global Fine Arts division at Sotheby’s.The curator, critic, and ex-director of Munich’s Haus der Kunst Okwui Enwezor, who passed away last week, was also on the jury. Art Agency, Partners acts as adviser to the award.The inaugural winners of the Nomura Emerging Artist Awards will be announced at a press conference in Kyoto on May 21, while the recipient of the USD 1 million prize will be revealed this October at a gala ceremony in Shanghai. Xuan Wei Yap is ArtAsiaPacific’s editorial intern.

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Celebrate Japanese Culture at Seton Hall University’s 22nd Annual Japan Week

Japan Week gives students and the community the opportunity to celebrate and gain a better understanding of Japanese culture. Events will take place from Monday, April 1 to Friday, April 5.
Japan Week gives students and the community the opportunity to celebrate and gain a better understanding of Japanese culture. It demonstrates the University’s ongoing commitment to building bridges between cultures and bringing together people of different customs, religions and ethnic backgrounds. Japan Week 2019 seeks to continue to promote diversity and unity, said Shigeru Osuka, professor of Asian Studies and director of Japan Week. We hope that participants will become leaders in a flourishing dialogue between Japan and the United States and will work toward building a more peaceful, global community.
The events have been planned in celebration of Japanese culture, cuisine, games, songs, business and language and coincide with the emergence of the Japanese cherry blossoms. This year’s Japan Week schedule includes: Monday, April 1 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. – Japan Week will start with a traditional card game of Karuta, which has been popular with the Japanese since the 16th century.
Attendees are invited to compete with each other following a short presentation on the history of the game. Small prizes and refreshments will be provided.
Walsh Library, Beck Rooms. Tuesday, April 2 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. – Yusuke Osuga from the Shoko Chukin Bank in Tokyo will present The Japanese Small Business and Successor Problem.Osuga was in charge of screening and financing small and medium enterprises in the Tokyo and Shizuoka prefectures before transferring to human resources in 2016. Walsh Library, Beck Rooms.5 p.m.to 6 p.m. – Bryan Meadows, Ph.D.from the Department of Educational Studies, the University’s Japan Exchange Program and the Office of International Programs will host an information session on two upcoming study abroad opportunities in Japan. These short-term programs allow students to experience many aspects of Japanese society including K-12 schooling, university classrooms, life in Japan and locations of cultural and historical significance.
Jubilee Hall, Room 109. Wednesday, April 3 12:15 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. – The Japanese Program will honor its motivated language learners and the creative efforts of the students who produced Digital Storytelling videos.Awards will be presented by Peter Shoemaker, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. The award-winning Digital Storytelling videos will be shown during the Multicultural Day celebration on Thursday, April 24.
Walsh Library, Beck Rooms. 2 p.m. to 3:10 p.m. – Professor Anne Giblin Gedacht will give a presentation on the Netflix series, Tidying Up with Marie Kondo.
She will argue how Marie Kondo’s show is just the latest addition to a long legacy of works that casts Japan as the site of Eastern Spiritualism that survives in the face of modern capitalism. Walsh Library, Beck Rooms.5 p.m.to 7 p.m.- The Asian Cultural Association at Seton Hall will host a karaoke night, one of the most popular pastimes in Japan after a long day at work or at school. Attendees will be able to get together, sing songs of their choice and enjoy refreshments.
Walsh Library, Beck Rooms. Thursday, April 4 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. – There will be a free taste test of the different types of miso soup.
Learn about the foundation of Washoku, which is traditional Japanese food. Hear about the conceptual differences of miso soup in Japanese and American cultures and Umami, which is considered the fifth taste.Caroline D. Schwartz College of Nursing Building, Room 110. Friday, April 59:30 a.m.to 3:30 p.m.- Eight graduate students will present their academic research papers at the 22nd Annual Graduate Student and Scholar-Teacher Symposium on Japanese Studies. Jubilee Hall, Room 141.
All events are open to the SHU community and are free of charge. For more information, visit the Japan Week landing page or contact Shigeru Osuka at .
Sponsorship for Japan Week 2019 is provided by Seton Hall University’s Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Office, Office of International Programs, LLC Global Learning Center, Asian Cultural Association, Japanese Program, The J.C.C. Fund of the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of New York, Consulate General of Japan in New York, and Japan National Tourism Organization New York Office.

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Crass culture

The Grammys and Oscars allow us to trumpet the accomplishments of the arts, but rarely do we get such opportunities to chortle at the missteps as well as the masterpieces.Now that we are a full two months into 2019, enough time has passed to look back on the worst of the worst in 2018. There were plenty of lows in a truly tumultuous year, so let us take this opportunity to celebrate the fact that these debacles are behind us.

Worst celebrity: Logan PaulJonah Baker | ArgonautThis one comes without debate. Logan Paul had arguably one of the worst years of any celebrity in 2018, which is all the more impressive when you consider that Mark Zuckerberg continued to be Very Mark Zuckerberg and Roseanne Barr torpedoed her return to fame in no fewer than three separate instances.Paul had already set himself up for disappointment based on the fact that his target audience is 12 years old while his antics call to mind the most unhinged frat bro ever. Even with that disadvantage, Paul made a fool of himself in January 2018 by uploading a video in which he and his cronies found the body of a suicide victim in Japan and proceeded to make jokes and cause irreparable damage to Paul’s brand and even put a strain on U.S.-Japanese relations. Many lost subscribers and sponsors later, Paul proved to learn little and posted a video that included jokes about the tide pod challenge and cruel treatment of animals. YouTube temporarily suspended his advertising revenue and cemented his status as one of 2018’s worst.

Worst film: GottiFeel free to forgive yourself if you don’t remember this movie. I had to go back and sift through John Travolta’s latest comeback attempt, but I must admit even the briefest of research will suffice for this category.The movie received a perfect 0 percent on Rotten Tomatoes and led all 2018 movies in Golden Raspberry nominations with six. The film resulted in a $5.6 million loss for Vertical Entertainment and MoviePass Ventures, and just about everyone involved deserves blame.It certainly feels as if mob boss biopics are always chasing the “The Godfather,” but “Gotti” may be the furthest thing from an unrefusable offer.
It seems impossible to believe that Travolta played such a polished role in “American Crime Story,” but otherwise it seems impossible to bet on anything Travolta is involved in going into 2019.Worst album: RECKLESS by NAVWith an unmissable nasally voice, NAV spent most of 2018 trying to be taken seriously as another RB artist from Toronto, not as moody as The Weeknd and not as preposterous as Drake.

RECKLESS was the laborious result of his unfortunate approach. In an already overpacked scene, NAV brought nothing innovative to the table and clearly suffered without the co-authoring and producing help of Metro Boomin from his prior release.RECKLESS proves that there is no end to NAV’s moodiness, and no feature is going to save an album that will ultimately prove easy to leave in 2018.2019 has already brought us a fresh batch of controversy and conflict, but at least we can firmly say that the (relatively) new year will require zero attention paid to these works of ‘culture.’Jonah Baker can be reached.

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