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  • Beheading of Japanese Citizen Leaves Tokyo With Agonizing … - Foreign Policy (blog)

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    25 Jan 2015 | 12:49 pm
    SunHerald.comBeheading of Japanese Citizen Leaves Tokyo With Agonizing …Foreign Policy (blog)By David FrancisDavid Francis is a staff writer for Foreign Policy, where he runs the widely-read Situation Report morning email and oversees FP's breaking news blog, The Cable. An award-winning journalist, David has reported from all over Europe Japan stunned by video claiming death of IS hostageSunHerald.comall 1,943 news articles »
  • New Market Report: Polyplastics Co Ltd - Strategic SWOT Analysis Review

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    25 Jan 2015 | 12:08 am
    The company manufactures and markets engineering plastics and polymers. Its products include poly acetal, acetal copolymer, polybutylene terephthalate, fiberglass reinforced polyethylene terephthalate, liquid crystal polymer, polyphenylene sulfide and cyclic olefin copolymer.
  • Obama strongly condemns brutal murder of Japan hostage

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    25 Jan 2015 | 7:34 am
    Press Trust of India <br>Washington, 25 January: President Barack Obama has strongly condemned the killing of one of two Japanese hostages by the Islamic State group and said the US will work ...
  • Current Conditions : 46F / 8C, Mostly Cloudy - 8:30 AM JST Jan. 26

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    25 Jan 2015 | 3:30 pm
    Temperature: 46°F / 8°C | Humidity: 71% | Pressure: 30.27in / 1025hPa (Steady) | Conditions: Mostly Cloudy | Wind Direction: North | Wind Speed: 6mph / 9km/h
  • Akemashite omedetou gozaimashu!

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    31 Dec 2014 | 4:50 pm
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  • Beheading of Japanese Citizen Leaves Tokyo With Agonizing … - Foreign Policy (blog)

    25 Jan 2015 | 12:49 pm
    SunHerald.comBeheading of Japanese Citizen Leaves Tokyo With Agonizing …Foreign Policy (blog)By David FrancisDavid Francis is a staff writer for Foreign Policy, where he runs the widely-read Situation Report morning email and oversees FP's breaking news blog, The Cable. An award-winning journalist, David has reported from all over Europe Japan stunned by video claiming death of IS hostageSunHerald.comall 1,943 news articles »
  • Prayers in somber Tokyo as deadline expires for hostages - Irish Independent

    25 Jan 2015 | 4:30 am
    Irish IndependentPrayers in somber Tokyo as deadline expires for hostagesIrish IndependentMuslims residing in Japan offer Friday prayers at Tokyo Camii, the largest mosque in Japan, in Tokyo, on Friday. The deadline for paying ransom for two Japanese hostages held by the Islamic State group was fast approaching early Friday with no signs of Prayers said at Tokyo mosque for Japanese hostagesPress HeraldTokyo Muslims Decry Islamic State Threat Before Friday PrayersBloombergIslamic State deadline on Japanese captives passes with no word on fateReutersLexington Herald Leaderall 1,231 news…
  • Thousands protest in Tokyo against Futenma move - The Japan Times

    25 Jan 2015 | 2:39 am
    The Japan TimesThousands protest in Tokyo against Futenma moveThe Japan TimesMeri Joyce of the Tokyo-based nongovernmental organization Peace Boat said her group has used “every democratic process and none of it is having an impact.” The protesters then formed a ring around the Diet, temporarily blocking the street before
  • PHL Embassy in Tokyo readies disaster preparedness drill - GMA News

    25 Jan 2015 | 1:28 am
    PHL Embassy in Tokyo readies disaster preparedness drillGMA NewsFilipinos in Tokyo may want to take part in a disaster preparedness drill at the Akasaka Civic Hall on Feb. 2, the Philippine Embassy in Tokyo said. The embassy said the drill from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. seeks to ensure Filipinos know what to do in case
  • ANA to launch new flight service from Tokyo to Kuala Lumpur - The Sun Daily

    24 Jan 2015 | 10:39 pm
    Malay Mail OnlineANA to launch new flight service from Tokyo to Kuala LumpurThe Sun DailyNEW YORK: Japanese carrier, All Nippon Airways (ANA) confirmed Saturday at the ongoing New York Times Travel Show in New York that it would be launching a new daily flight from Tokyo to Kuala Lumpur effective Sept 1, 2015. ANA, which is a member of ...All Nippon Airways to launch new Tokyo-Kuala Lumpur flightMalay Mail Onlineall 4 news articles »
 
 
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  • Akemashite omedetou gozaimashu!

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    31 Dec 2014 | 4:50 pm
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  • Happy New Year 2014!

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    1 Jan 2014 | 4:34 am
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  • Happy New Year of the Snake

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    31 Dec 2012 | 8:58 am
    зъбни импланти Photo: A giant ema at Matsuo-taisha [en] [ja], Kyoto. Related posts:Tokyofodcast Et-chan and Te-chan eat Tokyo by Tokyofodcast Et-chan and Te-chan eat Tokyo is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License. (Digital Fingerprint: dc1c50001a56c8211df19353a85abbf6)
  • Happy New Year of the Dragon

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    31 Dec 2011 | 7:01 am
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  • Sake Brewery Tours Video

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    16 Dec 2011 | 6:18 am
    икони цени Exclusive Japan Travel – 2012 Sake Brewery Tours Flip through the photo book of Sake Brewery Tours destinations. In 2012, the 5-day excursions take you to experience the best of the snow country in Akita, and to really immerse yourself in sake and culinary traditions in the Land of Myth, the San-in region. Enjoy & visit http://saketours.com! 2 min 7 sec Related posts:Tokyofodcast Et-chan and Te-chan eat Tokyo by Tokyofodcast Et-chan and Te-chan eat Tokyo is licensed under a Creative Commons…
 
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  • Ignifer’s War

    MJG
    1 Jan 2015 | 9:52 am
    Ignifer’s War is an epic fantasy novel set in a bleak industrial world populated by bizarre castes, where a young man with the fate of the world written in his scars must raise a long-dead legendary army to rescue his...
  • Ignifer’s Rise – chapter 1

    MJG
    1 Jan 2015 | 7:22 am
    ARADABAR LOST Avia fled through the ash-smothered streets of Aradabar, and the Rot’s fiery black tongue swept close behind. Moths and Butterflies thudded to ground around her, bursting on cobbled stone, their broad wings seared away by the Rot’s ashen...
  • MJG’s 2014 writing roundup and lessons learned

    MJG
    21 Dec 2014 | 3:59 am
    2014 has been a huge year for me, on many levels. A lot has changed with my writing, life, travel, qualifications, job, and overall existence. There’ve been lots of transitions and new developments. This post is all about my writing...
  • Great Ruins Sonata reviews!

    MJG
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:59 am
    The Ruins Sonata, my trilogy of science fiction dystopian post-tsunami apocalypse thrillers- Mr. Ruins, King Ruin, and God of Ruin -just got some stellar reviews from a review site called Bartleby’s reviews. They give away a good chunk of the...
  • Why ‘The Girl With All the Gifts’ gives almost all I wanted – book review

    MJG
    7 Dec 2014 | 3:41 am
    ★★★★ The Girl With All the Gifts by M. R. Carey is a perspective-flipping zombie road novel with a very great deal to recommend it. It starts off extremely tight-focused, homed in on one little girl and her experience of...
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    Little Gaijin in the Big City

  • Happy year of the sheep!

    7 Jan 2015 | 5:51 pm
    It's 2015! How did that happen? Somehow this date seems terribly futuristic, like where's my flying car already. I would settle for Elon Musk's hyperloop, which seems close enough. I think he invented an *actual* flying car at some point, but that project never really got off the ground (budum, ching!) Also it's almost the year that Doraemon is supposed to come from with all these fancy gadgets, like a time machine, a door that goes anywhere, food that makes you speak a different language... Oh and don't forget the propeller beanie! Image: the height of fashion Speaking of fashion, I've been…
  • Tropical christmas

    25 Dec 2014 | 11:46 pm
    Heheh, hee hee! Oh dear, what a riot. Pardon me, I was reading my blog's archives from way back in the day. I am proud to announce that little gaijin blog is now on it's tenth year! (Pauses to bow for the wolf whistles and applause ) Thank-you thank-you! Hopefully many more years to come. Anyways ,  I think for one of my new years resolutions I'm going to try to make the posts here more like they were in the beginning when I was not yet jaded about living in Japan and write short, funny anecdotes about miniskirts in winter, fascination with beetles, etc, and hopefully post much more…
  • Keep Calm and Carry Your Toddler

    29 Sep 2014 | 7:50 pm
    Hi dear readers. Do you mind if I place a little of my burden on your capable shoulders? no? I thought not. I remember reading a blog entry by a person with a nom-de-plume that read "mother-of-beautiful-baby-boy-turned-monster-toddler" and chuckling, and also cringing, wondering if and when that would happen to me. Cue Ray at 18 months. All the sudden, mothering seems so much harder. But he is not really a monster toddler. He's still a beautiful baby boy, and he's turning into a bright and friendly toddler. He doesn't scream for hours because his peas are too close to his mashed potatoes,…
  • Back to work

    23 Jul 2014 | 5:42 am
    High ho, high ho, it's back to work I go... or, have been for almost three months now! So what is it like being back at work with a little baby waiting at daycare to be picked up? well, I sure am at the right company and department. My direct boss has a baby of Ray's exact age. And our section manager is a working mother with a girl in kindergarten.  Also our company policy allows people with small children to leave at 4:30! ... well I think this is mostly only for mothers. Technically guys are allowed to take it but it's one of those 'just not done' things. So now I am about an hour…
  • The Grape Orchard

    21 Apr 2014 | 7:42 am
    Having been kicked out of hubby's company subsidised housing (or moving to the new company dorms in Chiba which would make my commute 2 hours... shudder), we found a place that was in budget and has parking and allows pets and within 10 minutes of the daycare and has nice neighbors and good sunlight and is over 60 meters squared, pretty spacious for Tokyo... But now we're paying wayyy more rent. And daycare money. Good thing I'm back at work now! So with all this expenditure including food and clothes, both of which the baby seems to gobble up at an alarming rate, we're starting to give…
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  • Japan in 2015 – analysis

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    31 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    Thoughts and analysis for 2015 Abenomics?! The trick of course is the third arrow, the reforms. Read what Professor Takeo Hoshi has to say about Abenomics, Japanese economist, who has worked his way up US Universities, and has now reached the position of Professor of Economics at Stanford University. By the way, here is my … Continue reading Japan in 2015 – analysis The post Japan in 2015 – analysis appeared first on Eurotechnology Japan.
  • EU Japan FTA

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    15 Dec 2014 | 4:32 am
    Free Trade Agreement (FTA) and Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) Preparations: EU Japan FTA trade negotiations initiated: At the 20th EU-Japan Summit of May 2011 the EU and Japan decided to start preparations for both a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) and a political framework agreement (Economic Partnership Agreement, EPA). For updates and further details see: http://eu-japan.com/eu-japan-agreements/eu-japan-trade-negotiations/ … Continue reading EU Japan FTA The post EU Japan FTA appeared first on Eurotechnology Japan.
  • Nuclear safety – Niigata Governor Hirohiko Izumida

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    14 Oct 2014 | 8:12 am
    “Japan needs to prepare fourth level and fifth level defense-in-depth to nuclear accidents” Governor Hirohiko Izumida: “Nuclear power operating companies should have their headquarters at the nuclear power plant in order to immediately take responsibility and respond.” Governor Hirohiko Izumida (泉田裕彦) is elected by the 2.3 million people of Niigata Prefecture to be responsible for … Continue reading Nuclear safety – Niigata Governor Hirohiko Izumida The post Nuclear safety – Niigata Governor Hirohiko Izumida appeared first on Eurotechnology…
  • Shuji Nakamura: did he invent the blue GaN LED alone and other questions. An Interview.

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    12 Oct 2014 | 11:09 pm
    Interview for the Chinese Newspaper Southern Weekly about Shuji Nakamura The Chinese Newspaper Southern Weekly interviewed me about Shuji Nakamura’s invention of the blue LED and the background to his Nobel Prize. Here some of my answers. Read the article in Southern Weekly in Chinese language here: 【2014诺贝尔·科学】无人相信的发明 Shuji Nakamura: when he first announced his … Continue reading Shuji Nakamura: did he invent the blue GaN LED alone and other questions. An Interview. The post Shuji Nakamura: did he invent the blue GaN LED alone and other questions. An…
  • Shuji Nakamura, Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano win Nobel Prize in Physics 2014 for the blue LED

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    8 Oct 2014 | 10:38 pm
    Nobel Prize in Physics 2014 for the blue GaN LED Shuji Nakamura, Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano enabled the global lighting revolution The Nobel Prize in Physics 2014 was awarded in equal shares to Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano and Shuji Nakamura “for the invention of efficient blue light-emitting diodes which has enabled bright and energy-saving white … Continue reading Shuji Nakamura, Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano win Nobel Prize in Physics 2014 for the blue LED The post Shuji Nakamura, Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano win Nobel Prize in Physics 2014 for the blue LED appeared first on…
 
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  • How to Look and Act Cute in Yukata

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    20 Jan 2015 | 1:15 pm
    "Cute" moves in a summer kimono... 投稿者 royaltree1204 cute-moves-in-a-summer-kimono-loosely-translated-enable-subs-manually 5) How to walk (and run) 4) How to use a fan 3) How to pose for a photo 2) How to squat to scoop goldfish 1) How to stand to watch fireworks
  • AF’s Kimono Calendar DECEMBER 2014

    auberginefleur
    17 Jan 2015 | 8:59 pm
    Between Thanksgiving weekend extending into December and the Christmas year-end holidays, I only got to wear kimono three times this month, and never did wear a really Christmasy ensemble. Now I see I could have worn the Dec. 12 hassun obi or the Dec 17th Butterfly Nagoya obi with my green Ryukyu Kasuri Kimono (seen left) and it would have been more Christmasy; next year, I guess.
  • 「着物のつれづれ」 (日本語版)は

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    9 Jan 2015 | 8:31 am
     着物のつれづれ 
  • Utamaro's Contemporary Beauties in Summer Garments

    auberginefleur
    8 Jan 2015 | 12:55 pm
    I just love summer kimono! And, I apparently am really fond of Utamaro's (and Toyokuni's) summer kimono. So, in no particular order... * Since I am posting only thumbnail images, and linking them to the original collection, I hope all will forgive me and just be appreciative of the free advertising Suited to Shibori (Tie-Dye) Stocked by Matsuzakaya Matsuzakaya shi-ire no shibori muki 松坂屋仕入のしぼり向キ BMFA Collection Suited to Dyed Stripes Stocked by Shimaya Shimaya shi-ire no some-jima muki 嶋屋仕入の染しま向キ BMFA Suited to Patterns Stocked by Izugura Izugura…
  • Tokyo Area Exhibitions 2015 東京の美術展覧会

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    3 Jan 2015 | 5:17 pm
    CHIBA CITY MUSEUM OF ART 千葉市美術館 Biennial of Illustrations Bratislava, 1/4-3/1 「ブラティスラヴァ世界絵本原画展—絵本をめぐる世界の旅—」、2015年1月4日(日)~ 3月1日(日) Desk Travel: Fun Contemorary Art, 1/4-3/1 「机のうえの旅—楽しい現代美術—」、2015年1月4日(日)~ 3月1日(日) 46th Chiba City Citizens Art Exhibition, 11/26-1/19 「第46回千葉市民美術展覧会」、2015年3月7日(土)~3月27日(金) Exhibition Schedule (in Japanese)…
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  • Japan News This Week 25 January 2015

    24 Jan 2015 | 3:00 pm
    今週の日本Hostage Crisis Challenges Pacifist Japanese Public New York TimesIs Japanese Whisky Better Than Scotch?Wall Street JournalJapan 'exploring all ways' to free Islamic State hostagesBBCAfter the bomb: photographs show Japan’s rebirth from the rubble GuardianJournalists criticize Abe’s response to hostage crisisJapan TimesNever Again: Hiroshima, Auschwitz and the Politics of Commemoration もう二度と… 広島、アウシュヴィッツと記念の政治学 Japan FocusLast Week's Japan News on the JapanVisitor blogStatisticsPoverty in Japan is at a record high. According…
  • Yamamoto Yuriko Exhibition Into Your Whirlpool Kyoto

    23 Jan 2015 | 2:40 am
    ー渦の中へーYamamoto Yuriko's installation "Into your Whirlpool" goes on display today and runs until February 6.The sound, mist and light work by an experiment-based installation artist Yamamoto takes the audience to meet with and experience the phenomenon of the imagery. The artist is trying to re-think the relationship between the world of existence and consciousness. Gallery G-7773-3 Nakano-choNakagyo-kuKyoto 604-0086facebook: GalleryG77Gallery G-77 is close to both Nijo Castle and the Imperial Palace just of Marutamachi in the west of Kyoto. The intimate space in a converted…
  • A Walk Around Kyushu Day 53 Chikugoyoshii to Hita

    20 Jan 2015 | 1:15 am
    A Walk Around KyushuDay 53, Chikugoyoshii to HitaWednesday December 25th 2013 Christmas Day is not celebrated in Japan, so as I made my way to Kurume Station in the first light the streets were busy with people heading to work. The sun comes up while I am on the train heading up the Chikugo River valley to reveal a crystal clear sky.I get off at Yoshii and before I carry on east I make a brief detour to explore the Historical Preservation District. Street after street of white storehouses and shops from the Edo Period, almost none of them converted into trendy tourist shops. It's quite nice.I…
  • Komehyo Osu Kannon Nagoya

    18 Jan 2015 | 8:05 pm
    The Osu Kannon shopping district of Nagoya got its start as a cheap retail area after World War II similar to Ameyoko in Tokyo, though fleamarkets at nearby Osu Kannon Temple had long been a feature of the area.Komehyo began life as a US Army surplus store in 1947 (see image above) and is now the "largest department store of second hand items in Japan."Nagoyans have a reputation for people who have an eye for a bargain and local shoppers at Komehyo's three stores in Osu Kannon have been joined by an increasing number of tourists from China, Taiwan, South Korea, Thailand and Indonesia who…
  • Japan News This Week 18 January 2015

    17 Jan 2015 | 4:42 pm
    今週の日本The Shape of Japan to ComeNew York TimesShares in Japan reach a two-and-a-half month lowBBCSecrets and advice: Haruki Murakami responds to readers' questions onlineGuardianJapan’s Muslims dismayed by latest Charlie cover but united against violenceJapan TimesShowa History, Rising Nationalism, and the Abe Government Japan FocusLast Week's Japan News on the JapanVisitor blogStatisticsThe Swiss Reinsurance Co. released a report in 2013 ranking 616 cities worldwide by risk of damage from natural disasters.1. Tokyo - Yokohama2. Manila3. Hong Kong - Guanzhou4. Osaka - Kobe5.
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  • The Diary of Lina Scheynius

    Shizuka Kitani
    23 Jan 2015 | 4:43 pm
    Born in Sweden and based in London, Lina Scheynius has her first solo exhibition in Japan this winter, “Exhibition 03” at Taka Ishii Gallery Photography / Film. Scheynius began shooting photographs when she was 10 and shot her first professional work in 2008 after some time as a model. TABlog had the opportunity to interview the young photographer during her visit to Tokyo last month. Shizuka Kitani (SK): To start with, can you tell us about your career? What made you turn from modeling to photography? Lina Scheynius (LS): I actually didn’t like being a model for many reasons. One was…
  • Our Favorites: Exhibitions and Events in 2014

    Emily Wakeling
    21 Dec 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Over the past year, Tokyo Art Beat’s writers and contributors have taken in artworks, exhibitions and events in many venues across the city. Here is a short list of TABlog’s highlights from 2014. Jessica Jane Howard 2014 hailed a number of notably strong painting exhibitions. Of these, the ones that stood out most for me were “Notes, Evidence of Dreams” a traveling exhibition of Tetsuya Ishida’s works that opened at Hiratsuka Museum of Art in April, and Tomoo Gokita’s “The Great Circus” at Kawamura Memorial DIC Museum of Art. Ishida’s posthumous retrospective featured…
  • TIFF 2014: Japan’s Leading Film Festival in Transition

    M. Downing Roberts
    14 Dec 2014 | 11:17 pm
    Traditionally, film festivals have celebrated the people and productions that comprise national cinemas. This, at least, has been their public face, for they primarily serve as important markets and publicity events for distribution companies, which are the true locus of power and profit in the film industry. With the globalization of the industry, festivals now compete more directly for prestige and visibility, though Venice, Cannes, and Berlin still preside as the elder statesmen of the film world. In East Asia, the Japanese film industry may be the eldest, but the Tokyo International Film…
  • A World of Image-Making

    Emily Wakeling
    7 Dec 2014 | 9:53 pm
    Right now, Tokyo audiences are being offered exhibitions focusing on three renowned filmmakers. The first is Tim Burton, whose storyboards, sketches and props are on display at the Mori Arts Centre until January 4th. The second is an exhibition and screening program of the films and music of Jacques Demy at the National Film Center. Third is French musician, artist and filmmaker Michel Gondry, who has cultivated over the past two decades a reputation for innovative and whimsical moving images. In the 1990s, it was music videos that first gained him recognition internationally. Before creating…
  • 10 Things in Tokyo: December Round-Up

    Emily Wakeling
    5 Dec 2014 | 4:21 pm
    Isabel and Alfredo Aquilizan are an Australian husband and wife duo from the Philippines. Since their move to Australia in 2006 the artists have frequently dealt with notions of home and identity as demonstrated here in the large scale rendering of their participative project, “Another Country,” in which local visitors can contribute to the production of cardboard houses to form an expansive installation set across the gallery space. See it at Art Front Gallery until December 23. Scottish artist Jack McLean displays his recent drawings and expands his darkly comical universe of figures…
 
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  • Happy New Year!

    tokyoguy
    1 Jan 2015 | 4:39 am
    <p><img src="http://www.japan-zone.com/modern/pix/y/year-of-the-sheep-2015.jpg" width="420" height="331" align="left" hspace="5" vspace="5" style="border: solid black 1px;" title="Year of the Sheep" alt="Year of the Sheep"> <br clear=all> <p>In the Chinese zodiac, also very popular in Japan, 2015 is the Year of the Sheep. The sheep and its flock are said to symbolize family and living in harmony with others. But if you reckon you're more in need of protection from those around…
  • A Band to Watch for in 2015: The fin

    tokyoguy
    29 Dec 2014 | 2:24 am
    <p><img src="http://www.japan-zone.com/modern/pix/t/the-fin.jpg" width="420" height="236" align="left" hspace="5" vspace="5" style="border: solid black 1px;" title="The fin" alt="The fin"> <br clear=all> <p>If you like UK navel-gazing music from the late 1980s, you're sure to dig this excellent new Japanese band. The four guys from Kobe sing in English, so it'll be interesting to see if they can break at home in Japan. They are currently doing an...<br clear=all>
  • Farewell to Another Screen Legend

    tokyoguy
    3 Dec 2014 | 3:03 am
    <p><img src="http://www.japan-zone.com/modern/pix/s/sugawara-bunta.jpg" width="420" height="286" align="left" hspace="5" vspace="5" style="border: solid black 1px;" title="Sugawara Bunta" alt="Sugawara Bunta"> <br clear=all> <p>Just weeks after the death of Takakura Ken, Japan has lost yet another of its screen legends. It was announced this week that Sugawara Bunta died of liver cancer on November 28. He was 81. He started acting in 1954 and made his screen debut two years later.
  • Sayonara Takakura Ken, a True Screen Legend

    tokyoguy
    18 Nov 2014 | 2:54 am
    <p><img src="http://www.japan-zone.com/modern/pix/t/takakura_ken_the_yakuza.jpg" width="420" height="235" align="left" hspace="5" vspace="5" style="border: solid black 1px;" title="Takakura Ken in The Yakuza" alt="Takakura Ken in The Yakuza"> <br clear=all> <p>Japan sadly bid farewell to one of the true giants of modern cinema when it was revealed today that Takakura Ken died of lymphoma on November 10 at the age of 83. Takakura made his name as the stoic star of gangster movies…
  • Tokyo has Won Halloween!

    tokyoguy
    3 Nov 2014 | 1:25 am
    <p><img src="http://www.japan-zone.com/modern/pix/t/tokyo-halloween-2014.jpg" width="420" height="233" align="left" hspace="5" vspace="5" style="border: solid black 1px;" title="Halloween in Tokyo 2014" alt="Halloween in Tokyo 2014"> <br clear=all> <p>Halloween in Tokyo used to be a strictly gaijin affair, with a few hundred of us hijacking a Yamanote Line train for one trip around the city. But these days, the Japanese have taken full ownership of Halloween. They're sexy, scary,…
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  • Narita realtor busted for leasing hotel rooms used in prostitution

    Tokyo Reporter
    25 Jan 2015 | 4:25 am
    FestaCHIBA (TR) – Chiba Prefectural Police on Friday charged the president of a real estate company with renting the rooms of a love hotel in Narita City to a fuzoku (sex-related) business operating illegally, reports Chiba Nippo (Jan. 24). Officers took the 82-year-old president of Oono Shoji into custody for allegedly brokering an agreement to rent rooms in its Festa hotel with Yukihiro Takahashi, the 56-year-old manager of “delivery health” service Honey Drippers, while knowing that the operation offered prostitution. A fee of 226,000 yen was paid in advance the following…
  • Yamaguchi-gumi marks 100 years of crime

    Tokyo Reporter
    25 Jan 2015 | 3:21 am
    Outside the Yamaguchi-gumi headquarters in Nada Ward (Kyodo)KOBE (TR) – Japan’s largest criminal syndicate on Sunday celebrated a century of crime at the gang’s headquarters in Nada Ward, reports Kobe Shimbun (Jan. 25). As more than 20 police officers and members of the press looked on, vehicles carrying gang upper members of the Yamaguchi-gumi and affiliate yakuza organizations, such as the Inagawa-kai and Aizukotetsu-kai, could be seen entering the compound, where a mochitsuki (rice-cake making) event was taking place. Sunday was also the birthday of the…
  • Saitama detective used fake search docs to get addresses of sex workers

    Tokyo Reporter
    23 Jan 2015 | 12:36 am
    The detective fabricated search documents to obtain the names and addresses of sex workersSAITAMA (TR) – Saitama Prefectural Police on Friday revealed that detective fabricated search orders in order to obtain the personal information of women employed in the fuzoku (sex-related) trade has been dismissed from duty, reports the Yomiuri Shimbun (Jan. 23). The detective, a 59-year-old assistant inspector from the Iwasaki Police Station, is alleged to have produced fake search documents to present to communications companies in order to receive the full names and home addresses of female…
  • Japan’s AV actresses rolling the bones in Macau

    Kenji Nakano
    22 Jan 2015 | 6:32 pm
    Shukan Taishu Jan. 26Earlier this month, police in Macau announced the arrest of more than 100 suspects allegedly involved in a large prostitution ring. Among those taken into custody was the nephew of Stanley Ho, the Hong Kong gambling magnate. Thus far, no reports have surfaced regarding the participation of any Japanese nationals, but, according to Shukan Taishu (Jan. 26), adult video (AV) actresses from the Land of the Rising Son are currently serving wealthy Chinese businessmen in the gambling enclave. A source with knowledge of the world’s oldest profession says that services…
  • Chinese tourists exacting ‘revenge’ at soaplands in Tokyo’s Yoshiwara

    Amy Takahashi
    21 Jan 2015 | 7:57 pm
    Shukan Post Jan. 30According to a report issued earlier this month by the Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO), a record-high 13.4 million foreign tourists visited Japan in 2014. This figure represents an increase of 29.4 percent percent over the year before. The number of Chinese tourists jumped to 2.4 million, a boost of 83 percent. If Shukan Post (Jan. 30) is anything to go by, some of them probably visited the brothel quarter of Yoshiwara. The area’s soapland bathhouses are undergoing a bit of an “internationalization” drive in an effort to woo big spenders from…
 
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  • Tokyo Auto Salon 2015

    Rohan Gillett
    12 Jan 2015 | 3:20 am
    Here is the latest from Around Tokyo! The Tokyo Auto Salon returned to Makuhari Messe in Chib […] The post Tokyo Auto Salon 2015 appeared first on Around Tokyo.
  • Emperor’s 81st birthday

    Rohan Gillett
    25 Dec 2014 | 5:47 am
    Here is the latest from Around Tokyo! December 23, 2014 was again the Emperor`s birthday and […] The post Emperor’s 81st birthday appeared first on Around Tokyo.
  • Parade of the Loyal Retainers

    Rohan Gillett
    15 Dec 2014 | 7:02 am
    Here is the latest from Around Tokyo! On December 14, the Parade of the Loyal Retainers is he […] The post Parade of the Loyal Retainers appeared first on Around Tokyo.
  • Imperial Palace: Autumn Open Day

    Rohan Gillett
    8 Dec 2014 | 8:09 pm
    Here is the latest from Around Tokyo! From December 3 to December 7, Inui-dori (or Inui Stree […] The post Imperial Palace: Autumn Open Day appeared first on Around Tokyo.
  • Red Devil: the making

    Rohan Gillett
    2 Dec 2014 | 5:39 am
    Here is the latest from Around Tokyo! Red Devil is the name of the movie and I’m lucky […] The post Red Devil: the making appeared first on Around Tokyo.
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  • Staying Warm in Japan with a Kairo

    admin
    18 Jan 2015 | 5:26 am
    Avoiding the busy season of spring and summer and instead visiting Japan in the winter could be a good way to save money as well as deal with less people at the tourist attractions. One obvious drawbacks is that it will be colder, and walking around while your cold does not a good vacation make! […] Related posts: Tokyo in winter is colder than Chicago
  • How much cash to bring to Tokyo – so you don’t end up hungry in the streets!

    admin
    16 Mar 2014 | 6:16 am
      Japan is still very much a cash-based society and Credit Cards will not be accepted in many small to medium retail stores and restaurants. Even where stores/restaurants accept Credit Cards, there may be a minimum amount requirement; so knowing how much cash to bring to Tokyo should be an important point to consider before […] No related posts.
  • Tokyo Disneyland or DisneySea?

    admin
    28 Nov 2013 | 4:58 am
    The Tokyo Disney Conundrum Disney World in Orlando, Florida has long been regarded as superior to Disneyland in Anaheim, California because it is much larger and offers more attractions. Epcot center and animal kingdom have been praised as great annexes to the larger Disney World resort, but Disneyland has made recent expansions, like Adventure Park, […] No related posts.
  • Odawara – Samurai Time!

    admin
    11 Nov 2013 | 5:37 am
    If you’re heading down to Hakone to stay at an Onsen and you have a few hours before check-in, get off four stations before Hakone-Yumoto (where most of the onsens are), and go visit the Odawara-jo (Odawara Castle) which is a few minutes walk from the station. The castle itself is not very large compared […] No related posts.
  • Friday Night

    admin
    9 Nov 2013 | 6:59 am
    Coming back home from work on Friday, the road near the station was much less crowded than I expected, and I snapped this shot. Have a great weekend everyone! No related posts.
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    GaijinPot

  • Secret Confessions: How I Spent $1000 To See Arashi

    Bernie Low
    25 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    For this series, I want to talk to people about their experiences in Japan and get them to share their secret confessions. Be it something crazy they’ve done, a secret or a personal opinion, anything goes. Hear from real people about real stories and the circumstances behind it. In this post we talk to Sheryl, an office worker from Singapore, about her decision to spend over $1000 to attend the concert of the popular idol group Arashi. Sheryl is not alone, with fans yearly spending large, almost unbelievable amounts of money just to watch their favourite band or group perform. Arashi…
  • 6 Ways To Find Furniture For Your Japanese Apartment

    Rebecca Quin
    24 Jan 2015 | 12:00 pm
    For the first six months of living in my new apartment in Tokyo, I didn’t have curtains. Every day my neighbours were subjected to the glorious view of me waking up in the morning, cruelly illuminated by the naked glow of a 100 watt light bulb (I didn’t even have a lampshade) as I struggled up from my bed (which was actually four cushions crudely taped together) to find the bathroom (unfortunately, there was no shower head). Clearly, when moving in Japan it’s important to know that most apartments and houses will come unfurnished. And in Japan unfurnished probably means that there…
  • Snowfall in Japan

    Quincy B. Fox
    23 Jan 2015 | 7:00 pm
    In the last month, most regions of Japan have experienced snow. The amount of snow and ability to deal with snow varies considerably depending on your region. There are certain regions of Japan are known as yukiguni (雪国), or “snow country.” Geographically speaking, the regions that are considered yukiguni are over half the land area of Japan. However, the population density in these areas is relatively low. While communities of yukiguni are typically prepared to combat the snow with plows, shovels, and salt, communities outside of yukiguni are not typically prepared at all. A…
  • Uso Darou?

    Matthew Coslett
    23 Jan 2015 | 7:11 am
    Let’s be honest here, when we think of interesting birds, the bullfinch is one of the last ones we probably think about. A quick wikipedia search reveals that the shape of its spermatozoa is the most interesting thing about these little birds. Yep, they are so typical that you have to go to the cellular level to find something interesting about them! In most countries, these birds would be mostly ignored, but Japan has a unique culture and on these islands these plain creatures have a fascinating status. For a start, bullfinches are said to be lucky birds and are said to be messengers…
  • 5 Alternative Akihabara Maid Cafes

    GaijinPot Commercial Partners
    23 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    If maid cafes weren’t strange enough to begin with, the profusion of cutesy cafes in areas like Akihabara has led to some operators stretching the concept in ridiculous directions in order to get noticed. So if being called ‘master’ (goshujin sama), having young ladies sing to you in childish voices and getting cute faces drawn on your omelette leaves you underwhelmed, then the following varieties may pique your interest. Mean Maids The concept of maids in Akihabara is very much about subservience. The customers (usually male) are always addressed formally and the maids give…
 
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    Tokyo Cheapo

  • Crazy for Crêpes – Satisfying Your Sweet Tooth in Harajuku

    Selena Hoy
    23 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    If you ask people what food comes to mind when you say “Harajuku,” crêpes will probably come up — no food is more synonymous with the teen mecca. Filled with cream, sugar, custard, and strawberries, these portable snacks are a perfect […] The post Crazy for Crêpes – Satisfying Your Sweet Tooth in Harajuku appeared first on Tokyo Cheapo.
  • Akihabara Beyond the Popular Attractions

    Tiffany
    22 Jan 2015 | 6:20 pm
    Akihabara is largely known for two things: electronics and being an otaku haven, though nowadays, the electronics seem to have become overshadowed by the geeky stuff. The closest English translation for otaku would be geek, although otaku carries a stronger […] The post Akihabara Beyond the Popular Attractions appeared first on Tokyo Cheapo.
  • Akihabara with Aaron

    Chris Kirkland
    22 Jan 2015 | 4:42 pm
    In this podcast episode your intrepid Cheapos venture into the deepest darkest depths of Akihabara. With their guide Aaron Baggett, Cheapo extraordinaire and author of our book “A Cheapo’s Guide To Akihabara“, hear them dodge maids, escape the clutches of […] The post Akihabara with Aaron appeared first on Tokyo Cheapo.
  • Cheapo Weekend for Jan 24-25: Bazaars, Beer, Black Film Nights and Broadcasting

    Adriana Mazza
    21 Jan 2015 | 6:01 am
    As always, there’s no lack of events this weekend in Tokyo, but we got the scoop on where to have fun on the cheap. Whether you’re heading out with kids or just with your buddies, there’s a perfect event match […] The post Cheapo Weekend for Jan 24-25: Bazaars, Beer, Black Film Nights and Broadcasting appeared first on Tokyo Cheapo.
  • A Basic Japanese Language Guide to Visiting the Doctor

    Richard Webb
    20 Jan 2015 | 8:19 pm
    Though it may not be perfect, the health care system in Japan makes receiving medical care a relatively cheapo-friendly experience. This is great, but if you don’t speak Japanese, the experience can easily turn into one of frustration and confusion […] The post A Basic Japanese Language Guide to Visiting the Doctor appeared first on Tokyo Cheapo.
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