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  • Tokyo stocks rise 0.34 pct on Wall St. gains, weaker yen

    News On Japan
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:04 am
    Tokyo stocks rose 0.34 percent Monday as investor sentiment was encouraged by pre-weekend Wall Street gains and the yen's depreciation against the U.S. dollar. (shanghaidaily.com)
  • Japan and India vow to boost defence ties during summit

    Tokyo, Japan News
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:13 am
    Japan and India agreed on Monday to strengthen defence ties as Asia's second and third biggest economies keep a wary eye on a rising China, with visiting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi lashing out at the "expansionism" of some nations.
  • Japan to aid connectivity upgrade in northeast India

    Tokyo News latest RSS headlines - The Tokyo News.net
    1 Sep 2014 | 1:30 pm
    India and Japan Monday decided to strengthen cooperation for improving connectivity and socio-economic development in northeastern states of India. According to an Indian government release issued ...
  • Current Conditions : 70F / 21C, Mostly Cloudy - 4:30 AM JST Sep. 2

    Tokyo, Weather from Weather Underground
    1 Sep 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Temperature: 70°F / 21°C | Humidity: 88% | Pressure: 29.89in / 1012hPa (Steady) | Conditions: Mostly Cloudy | Wind Direction: NNW | Wind Speed: 10mph / 17km/h
  • New Release – Mr. Ruins at 99 cents!

    Michael John Grist
    MJG
    12 Aug 2014 | 2:55 am
    My brand new science fiction techno-thriller Mr. Ruins is out on amazon, and on sale for just 99 cents/pence internationally until August 20th (after which it goes back up to $4.99). So if you want to buy, I suggest you buy now! Amazon US Amazon UK Amazon Ca Amazon Au Already it has 10 reviews, with a 4.6 average rating. Get in on this great deal now.   “Mr. Ruins is a heart-stopping, high-octane SF technothriller.” “Gorgeously drawn ruins blend with an utterly unique story.” In the tsunami-drenched dregs of a sprawling future-ruin, ex-skirmisher Ritry Goligh must…
 
 
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    Michael John Grist

  • New Release – Mr. Ruins at 99 cents!

    MJG
    12 Aug 2014 | 2:55 am
    My brand new science fiction techno-thriller Mr. Ruins is out on amazon, and on sale for just 99 cents/pence internationally until August 20th (after which it goes back up to $4.99). So if you want to buy, I suggest you buy now! Amazon US Amazon UK Amazon Ca Amazon Au Already it has 10 reviews, with a 4.6 average rating. Get in on this great deal now.   “Mr. Ruins is a heart-stopping, high-octane SF technothriller.” “Gorgeously drawn ruins blend with an utterly unique story.” In the tsunami-drenched dregs of a sprawling future-ruin, ex-skirmisher Ritry Goligh must…
  • Mr. Ruins

    MJG
    12 Jul 2014 | 6:57 pm
    Mr. Ruins is an action-thriller science fiction novel set in a sprawling future-ruin. Ex-skirmisher Ritry Goligh must learn to fight through the bonds of the mind’s Molten Core, while 7 lost marines venture deep into the heart of consciousness, before the sadistic Mr. Ruins can steal his soul. Readers have called it: - “Brilliant and heart-stopping … mixes an Iain M. Banks-ish lyrical style with high-octane action seamlessly.” – “Gorgeously drawn ruins blend with an action-packed plot that reminded me of Inception, though very different … an adventure…
  • Game of Thrones is a Presidential Primary

    MJG
    16 Jun 2014 | 7:43 pm
    Before the last US election (2012) there was an intensely mad and squabblish Presidential Primary for the GOP, during which a whole heffalump of oddball candidates popped their heads up, beat the crap out of each other in televised debates, then died dramatically politically. At the end one victor was left standing to go up again his highness, Barack Obama, to become King President of all the realm. As it with the GOP, so it goes with the GOT (Game of Thrones). GOP & GOT Perhaps it is utterly obvious that everything we see in GOT is a knockout tournament winding up to a final national…
  • The Spirit of Dreamland

    MJG
    15 Jun 2014 | 11:57 pm
    Several months ago now I was contacted by a reader of my haikyo book, Ruins of the Rising Sun (now retitled Japan in Ruins), who let me know that it, along with my website, had really meant a lot to her. Now, as a writer and photographer, that really meant a lot to me. Reaching out through words and photos was a huge part of not only why I wrote that book, but also why I wrote all the individual posts on this site that contributed to it. So, I wrote back, letting her know how touched I was by her email, and that it meant a lot to me too- even more now that it had moved her as well. Wonderful,…
  • What lies beneath …

    MJG
    12 Jun 2014 | 7:27 pm
    This via weburbanist, in turn via Maskull Lasserre. “Creatures large and small seem to have eaten their way out of the confinement of everyday items like rolling pins, axes, pianos and chairs in the hands of Montreal-based artist Markus Laserre. Previously known for his incredible skulls carved into the pages of books, Lasserre now reveals unexpected life (and death) within wooden objects.” Check out the whole article and more pictures at weburbanist. MJG says- I love this, especially the artist’s coat hangars with the wooden skin stripped back and the underlying bones…
 
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    Black Tokyo

  • A View of White People in Japan

    Zurui
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:41 pm
    Many expats in Japan have run into the “Oh no! Don’t look him/her (another expat) in the eye!” type of Westerner. I have on numerous occurs had conversations with Black Americans as to why this happens. ...
  • The Yoshida Testimony on the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster

    Zurui
    10 Jul 2014 | 12:57 am
    “The Asahi Shimbun has recently obtained a copy of the transcripts of testimony given before a government investigation panel by Masao Yoshida, who served as general manager of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant ...
  • Ike’s Top 3 Meals at American Food Joints in Japan

    Zurui
    9 May 2014 | 11:52 pm
    Rocket News provides a very interesting look at Ike’s favorite dishes from his Top 3 American restaurant chains in Japan. What do you think, what’s your favorite? Read more about Ike, his food choices and the ...
  • Children Full of Life in Kanazawa, Japan

    Zurui
    1 May 2014 | 11:43 pm
    Here is a very different and positive look at classroom instruction in Japan. Mr. Kanamori, a teacher of a 4th grade class, teaches his students not only how to be students, but how to live. He gives ...
  • Parental Kidnapping Treaty in Effect for Japan

    Zurui
    31 Mar 2014 | 10:11 pm
    Via the Stars & Stripes – Pacific: A treaty aimed a preventing cross-border parental kidnapping takes effect Tuesday in Japan after years of pressure from the international community. The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects ...
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    今古ジャパン AF's Japan Now & Then 今古ジャパン

  • 〔普段着〕 と〔季節ルール〕 と 〔5月・9月〕がぶつかる問題

    auberginefleur
    26 Aug 2014 | 11:41 am
    Everyday-wear Kimono vs. Season Rules vs. Temperature Reality 〔普段着〕 と〔TPO〕(主に季節ルール)の問題…
  • AF’s Kimono Calendar JULY 2014

    auberginefleur
    30 Jul 2014 | 9:51 am
    I have long wanted this yukata, but couldn’t make up my mind whether to buy it, that it is now almost impossible to find. This is a fairly famous yukata by Shiorian, famous because it has been in magazines everywhere. So, not only is it very much NOT a mine-only yukata, the wearer is automatically compared with the fashion model in the magazines—not a pretty picture. Also the ro-gauze fabric is a creamy color that I didn’t think would be becoming on me. Hence, my dithering about this purchase. But, when one suddenly became available after many years, I just grabbed it up without…
  • 着物風に浴衣を着る方法(何が必要のかとの説明)

    auberginefleur
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:25 pm
    浴衣を着物風に着て見たい方々もいるし、また着物でももっと涼しくて着たい方々もいるでしょう。 「着物風」は長襦袢を着て、名古屋帯を結んで、足袋を履くことにしましょう。 長襦袢は半衿が付けっている肌着(下着)の上に着る長いもの。…
  • 着物風の浴衣着こなしについて

    auberginefleur
    14 Jul 2014 | 9:20 am
  • AF’s Kimono Calendar JUNE 2014

    auberginefleur
    29 Jun 2014 | 10:12 am
    Upon arriving in the US-of-A in April, I immediately wished I had put my Katsuo-jima (bonito-stripe) indigo hitoe kimono in my suitcase, because I can just throw it on like a pair of jeans and wear it anywhere without worrying about the kimono. Plus, Indianapolis became much warmer, much faster than I had been prepared for. Which was good, Western clothes wise, because I had not come adequately supplied with Western clothes for a truly cold climate. So when the box of kimono I had shipped to Indianapolis arrived, the first thing I put on was this Katsuo-jima cotton kimono (below). Boy, was I…
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  • Inside the Seaworld of Japan

    24 Aug 2014 | 5:18 pm
    Plain looking, 27 year old Sayuri Kondo has been cleaning the shit and windows of the penguin and sea turtle exhibits at Kamakura Sea Paradise for the past 2 years. She graduated from UCLA with a MS in Marine Biology in 2011 with dreams of helping the sea return to it's former glory. She applied for a job on the Sea Sheppard as translator to help stop Japan's whale hunt. She was rejected for not being a vegetarian."Not only does is the smell worse than an anchovy's cunt, it's hot as hell in here! I thought these things liked cold weather but it's always like a fucking…
  • Shonan Beach Series: When Rogue Waves Attack

    14 Aug 2014 | 6:56 pm
    My friend Minoru Miyamoto ordered sand bags be deployed to protect the shops. These horny shitworkers spent half the time chatting up the passing ladies. The waves were rough as fuck today- thanks to  over hyped Typhoon Halong all the way on the other side of Japan. A state of calamity had been declared in the Miura Peninsula, as well as in Enoshima and Hayama beaches- which were closed to the public. Yuigahama beach was open as all the lifeguards were sent there to concentrate on safety. No swimming or wading was allowed due to the strong riptides. They should have taken Minoru's…
  • The Inside Scoop on Zushi Beach

    3 Aug 2014 | 1:21 am
    New Rules 2014 Series The 2014 Zushi Beach rule amendments are distinctly anti-foreigner. In response to them, foreigners are flocking to Yuigahama and Enoshima's beaches to escape these blatant discriminations. White residents of the Shonan area say these changes in rules, law and the enforcement of laws on the beach are due to a shift in power in the region. Those politicians in power in Zushi, who were once friendly with the US military and their horny men carousing the beach, are long gone. These ideas are appealing to  Zushi people because they need a simple explanation for…
  • 2014 One Love Jamaican Festival Sleazes Up Yoyogi Park

    20 Jun 2014 | 6:09 pm
    Sex And Outrage At The Tokyo One Love Jamaican FestivalDAY 1The dirtiest, skankiest and loosest women in Japan all converge for two glorious days a year, the place is the Yoyogi Park Jamaican Festival. This year the Bob Marley cover bands were banned as Sony Music Japan was demanding a big royalty fee for the rights to perform the songs. The promoters struck back by having a band on to punish the festival goers. The music consisted of random beats with a seemingly angry and drunken, Jamaican man screaming and shouting obscenities with no rhyme or reason. The non black, straight men in…
  • Tokyo's Competitive Cult Culture

    27 Apr 2014 | 7:15 am
    Every weekend, hundreds of Japanese cult members meet up in Yoyogi Park for their group bonding activities. They're easy to spot as large groups sitting together, often playing games, synchronized dancing, singing , doing yoga or just chanting- the sure way to tell in that no one is drinking alcohol or caffeinated drinks. Tokyo's thousands of shy and friendless are seeking a solution to the meaninglessness in their shit lives. They want salvation from this horrible, consumer driven society we have here in Tokyo. Start up cults have a lot of competition. Japan's new cult boom…
 
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  • Japan's World Heritage Sites John Dougill

    31 Aug 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Japan's World Heritage SitesJohn DougillTuttle, 2014Full-colour hardback, 192 ppISBN 978-4-8053-1285-8Most coffee-table photo books of Japanese scenes are destined to sit around as dust-collecting decorations rather than be consulted as bona fide reference works. But John Dougill's overview of Japan's UNESCO World Heritage Sites achieves the balance between attractiveness and utility that will ensure Japanophiles are hoisting it into their laps on a regular basis and using it to inspire them for the next trip in a country undeniably rich in both natural and cultural wonders. Given its scope,…
  • Japan News This Week 31 August 2014

    30 Aug 2014 | 5:30 pm
    今週の日本Japan’s Premier Supported Ceremony for War CriminalsNew York TimesJapan defence ministry makes largest-ever budget request BBCJapan executes two more prisonersGuardian2,900 children officially declared missing in JapanJapan TimesJapanese Whaling: The Saga ContinuesThe DiplomatJus koseki: Household registration and Japanese citizenship Japan FocusWhy Japan's Abe and India's Modi are Asia's new best friends (+video)Christian Science MonitorLast Week's Japan News on the JapanVisitor blogStatistics1,129 were hospitalized in Tokyo over the last 5 years for "dangerous drugs," which…
  • New ticket wickets at Yotsuya Station

    26 Aug 2014 | 6:06 am
    四ツ谷駅 改札口 更新Looking at this morning's weather forecast (rain - all the way through to the weekend) I left off cycling and took the train to the office for the first time in about three weeks.In this morning's rush, I didn't even notice, but on the more leisurely return home I saw that the ticket wickets in Yotsuya Station had been upgraded.New ticket wickets at Yotsuya StationThe previous ticket gates were by no means old or out-of-date looking, but the green space-age gleam and heightened ergonomics of the new turnstiles caught my eye. While I can't put my finger on what…
  • A Walk Around Kyushu Day 40 Urushidamachi to Taragi

    25 Aug 2014 | 4:35 am
    A Walk Around KyushuDay 40, Urushidamachi to TaragiSunday November 24th, 2013I wake as it is getting light and quickly pack my bag after brushing off the layer of frost on my bivvy sack. If it was this cold down this low I hate to imagine how cold it must have been at 900 meters where I was originally planning to sleep out.There is a thick fog everywhere. I head down the road towards the Kuma River valley. About 200 meters along I see the neon glow of a couple of love hotels piercing the fog. Damn!! If I had walked two more minutes last night I could have had a room in one of them. Then I…
  • Japan News This Week 24 August 2014

    23 Aug 2014 | 5:30 pm
    今週の日本American’s Star Power Unrivaled in JapanNew York TimesUS accuses China fighter of reckless mid-air intercept BBCJapan landslide emergency worsensGuardianOkinawa holds ceremony to mark 70 years since Tsushima Maru sinkingJapan TimesWomen: The Economic Saviors of Japan?The DiplomatOkinawa’s “Darkest Year” Japan FocusAcademic flap turns up heat on China's Confucius InstitutesChristian Science MonitorLast Week's Japan News on the JapanVisitor blogStatistics1,129 were hospitalized in Tokyo over the last 5 years for "dangerous drugs," which are an extra-legal form of…
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    The Tokyo Reporter

  • Come down queasy: Aska’s hospital stay no picnic

    Kenji Nakano
    31 Aug 2014 | 7:37 pm
    Josei Seven Sept. 11On August 27, Tokyo Metropolitan Police announced the arrest of two suspects, including one organized crime member, for the alleged sale of 100 tablets of MDMA (also known as Ecstasy) to troubled singer Asaka for 500,000 yen. The next day, the 56-year-old musician plead guilty in the Tokyo District Court to charges of use and possession of stimulant drugs. The past three months have been rough for the 56-year-old musician, a member of the pop duo Chage and Aska, and, reports Josei Seven (Sept. 11), most people don’t know the half of it. Aska has been receiving…
  • Yakuza boss wounded in shooting in Asakusa, 1 arrested

    Brett Bull
    30 Aug 2014 | 8:45 pm
    A Sumiyoshi-kai member was shot in the left side of his chestTOKYO (TR) – Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Saturday arrested an organized crime member after a shooting incident earlier in that evening in Taito Ward that left one gang boss injured, reports Nippon News Network (Aug. 31). At approximately 10:45 p.m., police took Michio Yamamura, a 65-year-old member of the Sumiyoshi-kai, into custody in the Asakusa district for possessing a handgun and ammunition — a violation the Swords and Firearms Control Law. Five hours before, an assailant fired one shot into the office of the same…
  • 27th Tokyo film fest to look to Asia, feature animation

    Brett Bull
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:36 pm
    Disney’s ‘Big Hero 6′TOKYO (TR) – Organizers for the 27th Tokyo International Film Festival on Tuesday announced plans to promote Asian films and support animation during its nine-day run in October. “In order for us to increase the level of recognition and penetration of the festival there are a number of special events that are in store,” said chairman Yasushi Shiina at a press conference at the Roppongi Hills complex, the main screening venue for TIFF in Minato Ward. TIFF, which extends between October 23 and 31, will be working with the Japan Foundation on a…
  • Shinsuke Shimada loses suit to publisher over claimed gangster association

    Brett Bull
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:29 pm
    Shinsuke ShimadaTOKYO (TR) – The Tokyo Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled against former television entertainer Shinsuke Shimada and his agency in an appeal lawsuit for libel filed against publisher Kodansha, reports the Mainichi Shimbun (Aug. 27). Agency Yoshimoto Kogyo and the Shimada, 58, sought compensation for an article about the former entertainer’s associations with organized crime that appeared in the October 15, 2011 issue of weekly tabloid Shukan Gendai under the headline that read: “Shimada, you are a gangster.” This is the third time that a court has ruled in favor of…
  • Tax evasion bust sheds light on popularity of Korean clubs in Akasaka

    Amy Takahashi
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:45 am
    This year, Tokyo police have been cracking down on Korean clubs in AkasakaAccording to an indictment filed with the Tokyo District Court on Tuesday, 53-year-old Chang Mi Young, the former manager of club Serenade Akasaka, had evaded roughly 120 million yen in taxes between 2011 and last year. Until it closed in November of last year, the club featured Korean hostesses, which, according to Nikkan Gendai (Aug. 28), is a sure way to make easy money — but not stay out from under the eye of law enforcement. At its peak, Serenade Akasaka was an A-list gathering point for Japanese and Korean…
 
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    Around Tokyo

  • Takaido Photowalk

    Rohan Gillett
    31 Aug 2014 | 7:24 am
    Here is the latest from Around Tokyo! Today I did my first photowalk.  I’ve been wantin […] The post Takaido Photowalk appeared first on Around Tokyo.
  • Koenji Awa Odori 2014

    Rohan Gillett
    23 Aug 2014 | 7:12 pm
    Here is the latest from Around Tokyo! The Koenji Awa Odori is always an amazing event.  IR […] The post Koenji Awa Odori 2014 appeared first on Around Tokyo.
  • Sengakuji – home of the 47 ronin under threat

    Rohan Gillett
    18 Aug 2014 | 7:22 pm
    Here is the latest from Around Tokyo! Yesterday I visited Sengakuji to get some photos for my […] The post Sengakuji – home of the 47 ronin under threat appeared first on Around Tokyo.
  • All Student Art Festival – Gakuten 2014

    Rohan Gillett
    10 Aug 2014 | 1:39 am
    Here is the latest from Around Tokyo! Today was the first time for the All Student Art Festiv […] The post All Student Art Festival – Gakuten 2014 appeared first on Around Tokyo.
  • Awa Odori in Shimokitazawa – 2014

    Rohan Gillett
    9 Aug 2014 | 7:37 am
    Here is the latest from Around Tokyo! The Awa Odori festival season has already started in ma […] The post Awa Odori in Shimokitazawa – 2014 appeared first on Around Tokyo.
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    GaijinPot

  • Top Jobs in Japan for Week 36 – 2014

    GaijinPot Blog
    31 Aug 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Check back every Tuesday as we look through the database of jobs in Japan that have been posted to GaijinPot and pick out the ones that we think are the most interesting. Apply directly to these companies by creating a profile on GaijinPot. Leapforce At Home Independent Agent ¥2,000 / Hour Worldwide Telecommunication Japanese: Fluent Leapforce is looking for highly educated individuals for an exciting work from home opportunity. Applicants must be self motivated and internet savvy. This is an opportunity to evaluate and improve the results for one of the world’s largest internet search…
  • GPod 22: Fiddling Across Japan With Leona Tokutake

    Anthony Joh
    31 Aug 2014 | 6:29 am
    On this episode of the GPod, Anthony Joh talks to musician Leona Tokutake about her latest CD, ‘Love and Peace, Leona’. Starting as a young child, Leona was trained in classical violin before she made her way to America and discovered her passion for Bluegrass music. Leona is a fiddler from Tokyo Japan and now makes her home in Johnson City, Tennessee where she is a musical entertainer and instructor. Leona has performed both in Japan and the United States as an instrumentalist and vocalist. She is also a global advocate for promoting and preserving Bluegrass and Traditional…
  • The Act Of Gift Giving In Japan

    Yumi Nakata
    30 Aug 2014 | 10:27 pm
    On a recent trip back to Japan to visit my family, I was able to see a childhood friend of mine whom I hadn’t seen in over 10 years. She brought her daughter with her to my parents house and as we were enjoying tea she gave me a nicely wrapped gift and said “つまらない もの だけど..” which can be translated as, “this is a trivial gift..(but please accept it)”. Gift giving is an important part of Japanese culture and it is customary to bring a gift when visiting someone’s house. As Japanese culture emphasizes the virtue of humility, people often…
  • Teacher’s Survival Kit For Teaching Children

    Aaron Bell
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Teaching children can be a tough business. We must deal with tears, boredom, frustration, behavioral issues and the odd tantrum, and that’s before we’ve even started the class. With all of the things that can go wrong, it’s useful to have a survival kit in case a class needs rescuing. When a lesson veers away from the textbook, the following items are, for eikaiwa style lessons, very helpful. 1) A set of alphabet cards. Phonics cards with a letter sound on one side and an illustrative picture on the other are the classroom equivalent of a Swiss army knife. Straight alphabet…
  • Summer Sky: The Four Types of Japanese Fireworks

    Lynn Allmon
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:00 pm
    From July to September, fireworks light up the sky over at least part of Japan nightly. From waterfalls of color to cheerful smiley faces, these fireworks, called hanabi (花火) in Japanese, come in a dazzling number of varieties. After watching an hour long display with dozens of different types of fireworks, you may start to see the similarities between certain kinds of fireworks. As explained on the HanabiNavi website, Japanese fireworks can generally be divided into four basic categories: warimono, pokamono, hanwarimono, and katamono. Warimono (割物) Photo by yuko Warimono are the…
 
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