Anime Question of the Day! CULTURE edition! In Japan, the proper way to take a bath is to soap/rinse/wash yourself outside the bath, and enter the tub only to soak (no soaping in the bath!). Afterwards the water is shared with the family. Do you prefer showers or baths? In the mornings or at night?
Anime Question of the Day! Yamaga Toro Matsuri is one of the three major fire festivals held Kumanato ("Land of Fire"). It is most notable for having a tradition where women don lanterns on their head while they dance. Speaking of this, what is your favorite hat (in anime/manga)?
Anime Question of the Day! By US time zones, Japan surrendered to the Allied Powers of World War II on this day in 1945. This ushered in a decade of American occupation and the beginnings US-Japanese military cooperation. Name an anime, manga, or light novel that references the US military.
Anime Question of the Day! Today is the Awa Odori Festival, the largest dance festival in all of Japan with 1.3 million attendees. While the festival focuses on traditional Japanese dance (à la Golden Time), what is your favorite animated dance in general?
Anime Question of the Day! GEOGRAPHY/CITIES edition! Kawasaki, Kanagawa is Japan's 9th most populous city, but is conveniently sandwiched between Tokyo and Yokohama (and therefore ignored by most tourists). WikiTravel notes it for its fertility shrine "Wakamiya Hachiman-gū". Favorite ecchi anime?
Not-So Anime Question of the Day! En Francais, "10 August" is a commemorated date that refers to the storming of Tuileries Palace (1792) that resulted in the fall of the French monarchy. Name an anime that stylistically evokes French baroque romanticism, Versailles, and "European monarchies".
Anime Question of the Day! On this day in 1993, the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) lost control of the diet for the first time since 1955. Though--it quickly regained power 11 months later. What do you know about the LDP? Can you name some anime that make reference to or take jabs at the LDP?
Anime Question of the Day! The original voice actresses of Sailor Venus (Rica Fukami) and Sailor Jupiter (Emi Shinohara) share exactly the same birthday (8 August 1963)! They must have been fated to meet, right? Name a pair of anime characters who are tied together by the red string of fate.
Anime Question of the Day! In Sendai province, the holiday of Tanabata (7/7) is held today because the seventh month of the lunar calendar is actually in August. Speaking of the lunar calendar and the moon, what is your favorite moonlit scene of serenades in anime?
Anime Question of the Day! GEOGRAPHY/CITIES edition! Yokohama (Kanagawa, Kanto region), is the second largest city in Japan. It is famous for Minato Mirai 21 (MM), a "futuristic" district designed in the 1980's. Speaking of this, can you recommend a good anime set in Earth's future?