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  • The Ancient Trees of the Oyada Maple Valley

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    John Asano
    27 Nov 2014 | 5:00 pm
    The picturesque Oyada Maple Valley is located in Mino City, a stone’s throw away from Gifu City. The valley is considered one of the best locations in central Japan to appreciate the beautiful Autumn leaves. Why is it one of the best? Well, apart from the stunning nature around the valley, it is surrounded by about 3,000 Japanese maple trees (yama momiji). Some of the ancient trees are more than 1,000 years old. The area is filled with vermillion reds, apricot oranges and golden yellows of seasonal leaves which set the valley ablaze of colour during Autumn. Your first stop on any visit…
  • Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building now accepting applications to watch ... - RocketNews24

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    28 Nov 2014 | 10:06 am
    RocketNews24Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building now accepting applications to watch RocketNews24However, many Tokyoites may be unaware that the perfect spot to view the sunrise is standing in plain view: The Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building. This 243-meter (797 ft) building has a pair of observation rooms which offer the greatest views in
  • Seven-Eleven to let foreign travelers off the hook

    News On Japan
    28 Nov 2014 | 11:24 pm
    Convenience store giant Seven-Eleven Japan will soon exempt foreign visitors from paying the consumption tax at certain locations. (Nikkei)
  • Fuji Electric Acquires Singaporean Low-voltage Switchboard...

    Tokyo, Japan News
    28 Nov 2014 | 3:12 am
    Tokyo, Nov 28, 2014 - - Fuji Electric Co., Ltd. , headquartered in Tokyo, Japan and led by President, Michihiro Kitazawa, is pleased to announce that, based on a resolution of the Board of Directors meeting held today, it has concluded an agreement with Osaki Electric Co., Ltd. and its wholly owned subsidiary OSAKI United International Pte. Ltd. .
  • Japanese Newspaper Apologizes for Using the Term Sex Slaves

    Tokyo News latest RSS headlines - The Tokyo News.net
    28 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Japan's largest newspaper issued an apology Friday for having used the term "sex slave" and "other inappropriate expressions" in place of the euphemistic term "comfort women," to describe up to ...
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  • Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building now accepting applications to watch ... - RocketNews24

    28 Nov 2014 | 10:06 am
    RocketNews24Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building now accepting applications to watch RocketNews24However, many Tokyoites may be unaware that the perfect spot to view the sunrise is standing in plain view: The Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building. This 243-meter (797 ft) building has a pair of observation rooms which offer the greatest views in
  • Listen To An Exclusive Track From The Tokyo Symphony's Performance Of ... - Game Informer

    28 Nov 2014 | 9:34 am
    Game InformerListen To An Exclusive Track From The Tokyo Symphony's Performance Of Game InformerIn 2012, the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra performed sold-out concerts featuring music from some of Square Enix's biggest titles. Included in the setlist was music from Final Fantasy, Chrono Trigger, Chrono Cross, Secret of Mana, and Kingdom Hearts.and more »
  • Tokyo stocks surge on brisk economic data, oil price falls - The Japan News

    28 Nov 2014 | 2:35 am
    Focus NewsTokyo stocks surge on brisk economic data, oil price fallsThe Japan NewsJiji Press Tokyo stocks rose sharply on the Tokyo Stock Exchange Friday, with buying inspired by brisk economic data in Japan and hopes for reduced fuel costs following crude oil price drops overnight. The 225-issue Nikkei average shot up 211.35 points Tokyo stocks up 0.92% by breakFocus NewsTokyo shares end higher on OPEC decisionShanghai Daily (subscription)World stocks drift as stimulus cues awaitedThe San Luis Obispo TribuneInvesting.comall 5,417 news articles »
  • Trip Tips: In search of lost time in high-speed Tokyo - Reuters

    28 Nov 2014 | 1:05 am
    ReutersTrip Tips: In search of lost time in high-speed TokyoReutersThe Sumida river, a major artery in Edo, as Tokyo was once known, has featured in ukiyo-e woodblock prints, swathed in snow or illuminated by summer fireworks displays. View such prints at the Ota Memorial Museum (here). Though the river, surrounded by ...Trip tips: Get the most out of a trip to TokyoMalay Mail Onlineall 8 news articles »
  • Tokyo to introduce more solar panels to boost renewable energy rate to 20% - Asahi Shimbun

    28 Nov 2014 | 12:53 am
    Tokyo to introduce more solar panels to boost renewable energy rate to 20%Asahi ShimbunThe Tokyo metropolitan government aims to install solar panels across the capital to produce 1 gigawatt in electrical power along the system by 2024, four times the current amount, it said in a report. The final report was compiled Nov. 27 at the Tokyo ...
 
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  • Seven-Eleven to let foreign travelers off the hook

    28 Nov 2014 | 11:24 pm
    Convenience store giant Seven-Eleven Japan will soon exempt foreign visitors from paying the consumption tax at certain locations. (Nikkei)
  • Asahi reporters slapped with pay cut over Fukushima story retraction

    28 Nov 2014 | 11:21 pm
    Japanese newspaper The Asahi Shimbun said Friday it will cut the pay of two reporters over the retraction of their articles on the Fukushima nuclear disaster, saying they erred in describing the tumultuous few days after the accident. (Kyodo)
  • After Japanese dad found with 15 babies, Thailand votes to ban commercial surrogacy

    28 Nov 2014 | 11:17 pm
    Thailand's parliament has voted to ban commercial surrogacy after outrage erupted over the unregulated industry following a series scandals including the case of an Australian couple accused of abandoning a baby with Down syndrome. (Japan Times)
  • 200 more IT products to shed tariffs

    28 Nov 2014 | 10:59 pm
    Tariffs on an additional 200 information technology goods, including new semiconductors and MRI devices, which are exported from Japan, will likely be abolished as member states of the Information Technology Agreement (ITA) are expected to reach an agreement within the year in the resumed negotiations, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned. (The Japan News)
  • Japan to miss nursery capacity target in FY 2017

    28 Nov 2014 | 10:57 pm
    Japan is likely to miss its target for reducing the number of children on waiting lists for nursery schools in the country to zero in fiscal 2017, a government estimate showed Friday. (Jiji Press)
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  • Fuji Electric Acquires Singaporean Low-voltage Switchboard...

    28 Nov 2014 | 3:12 am
    Tokyo, Nov 28, 2014 - - Fuji Electric Co., Ltd. , headquartered in Tokyo, Japan and led by President, Michihiro Kitazawa, is pleased to announce that, based on a resolution of the Board of Directors meeting held today, it has concluded an agreement with Osaki Electric Co., Ltd. and its wholly owned subsidiary OSAKI United International Pte. Ltd. .
  • HBO to make film of Scientology book, hires 160 lawyers

    27 Nov 2014 | 11:08 pm
    HBO to make film of Scientology book, hires 160 lawyers HBO is backing a documentary based on "Going Clear," a book about Scientology and Hollywood. Check out this story on wtsp.com: http://on.wtsp.com/1xOcj08 Actor Tom Cruise attends the press conference for Japan premiere of 'Edge of Tomorrow' at The Ritz Carton on June 27, 2014 in Tokyo, Japan.
  • Japan inflation eases, other data mixed in October

    27 Nov 2014 | 6:58 pm
    TOKYO Japan's inflation rate edged lower in October, highlighting the difficulty Prime Minister Shinzo Abe faces in his campaign to overcome deflation in the world's third-largest economy. The core consumer price index, excluding fresh foods, rose 2.9 percent from a year earlier, according to data released Friday.
  • Hungarian prime minister's visit to Second Lotte World

    27 Nov 2014 | 10:39 am
    Hungarian prime minister's visit to Second Lotte World . NOVEMBER 28, 2014 02:56.
  • These Are the Best Smartphone Deals This Black Friday

    26 Nov 2014 | 3:51 pm
    A member of the press compares the new iPhone models at the launch of the new Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus at the Apple Omotesando store on September 19, 2014 in Tokyo, Japan. Couldn't snag a new phone earlier this fall? This weekend might be the best time - if you're willing to brave the lines and the early wake-up times, or manage to get a good deal online.
 
 
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  • Ruined Cartmel Farmhouse and Priory

    MJG
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:59 am
    Cartmel is a tiny village located at the bottom of the Lake District in the NorthWest of the UK, famous for two things- a racecourse that brings in punters nationally perhaps once a year, and L’Enclume, a Michelin-stared restaurant now...
  • God of Ruin: a thriller (#3 Ruins Sonata)

    MJG
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:52 am
    God of Ruin is a techno-thriller science fiction novel set in a sprawling future-ruin, sequel to Mr. Ruins and King Ruin. Ex-Arctic marine Ritry Goligh has torn his soul into six pieces, embodied in 6 rugged marines scattered across the...
  • story craft #19 Weight in a Name

    MJG
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:15 pm
    You’ve probably heard of the callback, a technique comedians use to get fresh mileage out of an old joke, often with exponentially uproarious results. Here’s a callback in Seinfeld: Seinfeld did these a lot, in this case it was a...
  • The Maze Runner outruns all logic – movie review

    MJG
    13 Oct 2014 | 1:47 am
    ★★★ The Maze Runner by James Dashner (Dash is a good name for a book about running) is an infuriatingly good example of taking great liberal splashes of all the great stuff that went before (LOST, Truman Show, Hunger Games),...
  • King Ruin: a thriller (#2 Ruins Sonata)

    MJG
    3 Oct 2014 | 2:09 am
    King Ruin is an action-thriller science fiction novel set in a sprawling future-ruin, sequel to Mr. Ruins. Ex-Arctic marine Ritry Goligh must become master of his own mind, while 5 lost marines venture deep into a tsunami-drenched Sunken World, before...
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  • THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 1

    Jason Collin
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:51 pm
    Splitting the final Hunger Games book into two movies was a mistake.  THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 1 was left being a very scene repetitive, claustrophobic half-movie at best.  Katniss was the exciting center of the first two movies, in MOCKINGJAY she is just reacting to bad things such that it seems she is just crying all the time and that is not enough to base a movie around. I did not like the casting of Julianne Moore as President Alma Coin of District 13 because the character is so paper thin and introduced with no fanfare, it’s not like watching a character in a…
  • BOYHOOD [2014] movie review – recommended

    Jason Collin
    8 Nov 2014 | 8:55 pm
    Almost 20 years ago I watched my first Richard Linklater movie, BEFORE SUNRISE, then the next day I watched the movie again I was that amazed by it.  The biggest compliment I think you can give a movie director is to say he/she has a signature style that is totally evident on screen.  Linklater definitely does, and I am a fan of his signature style, and it is on display throughout BOYHOOD [2014].  In addition to that, the movie features the same actors reprising their roles every few years as a boy grows from age 5 to age 15 over the course of 165 minutes.  This is no gimmick, it is…
  • THE FAULT IN OUR STARS [2014] movie review

    Jason Collin
    18 Oct 2014 | 8:48 pm
    I guess I really knew nothing about THE FAULT IN OUR STARS [2014] other than it was a young romance coming of age type movie.  I did not even know that both main characters had cancer.  This added to my experience watching the movie discovering everything from nothing. Some time ago I heard or read that when someone loves someone, the way they say their name is different than how anyone else says it.  From my own experience, I believe that to be true, and thought about it often during STARS as the way Augustus would say the name Hazel Grace was different in many ways than how any other…
  • EDGE OF TOMORROW [2014] movie review

    Jason Collin
    19 Sep 2014 | 7:54 pm
    The previews did not at all make EDGE OF TOMORROW [2014] look like anything more than just another CGI video game type action movie. Yet it had an 8.1 rating on IMDB, which could be inflated by fans, but something made me think it just might be good. It was! Seeing those clumsy metal skeleton suits Tom Cruise and other soldiers were wearing in the trailer made me think this movie could not be taken seriously in anyway. The suits actually have little role in the movie and we learn nothing about them. Learning and adapting is what the movie is really about, and it uses the gimmick made famous…
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    Black Tokyo

  • Fukushima Documentary in HD

    Zurui
    16 Nov 2014 | 8:47 pm
    Check out the latest Fukushima Documentary 2014 HD ☢ Nuclear Exodus: Pandora’s Promise Was A Lie. Feel free to leave you comments below.
  • Anti-U.S. Base Governor Elected in Okinawa

    Zurui
    16 Nov 2014 | 3:42 pm
    In a move that will definitely delay, if not prevent, the relocation of Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, the voters in Okinawa have delivered Prime Minister Abe a renewed message. According to the newly elected Okinawa Prefecture Governor Takeshi Onaga, “Okinawans have suffered enough in their relationship with the U.S. Government.” I’m curious to see […]
  • Black Tokyo Presents: Pegasus 303 Mix 055 with Mr. Clean – Techno, Tech House

    Zurui
    3 Nov 2014 | 8:02 pm
    Playlist:1. Take it Back (Original Mix) – Jon Sine [Kindisch]2. Dropkick (Wally Lopez Remix) – Namito [Love Harder Records]3. Juggling (Original Mix) – SIMBA [Carton-Pate Records]4. Strongship (Original Mix) – Benja & Reto Ardour [HIVE AUDIO]5. Wall Of Hope (6tma Sacred Family Remix) – Triumph [Espai Music]6. White Lies (Alex Malllios the naked truth Remix) […]
  • Fukushima on the International Nuclear Events Scale

    Zurui
    2 Nov 2014 | 8:47 am
  • TEDxKyoto: Beyond Sushi by Shuichi Inoue

    Zurui
    1 Nov 2014 | 7:30 pm
    “This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Sushi maestro Shuichi Inoue draws on art forms such as ikebana, brush painting and bonsai to transform the simple combination of fish and rice into elegant, edible art.” Via @JayKlaphake, Founder of TEDxKyoto | Speaker, Event Producer & Professor: Global […]
 
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    Ramen Tokyo

  • Ivan Ramen/New York

    28 Nov 2014 | 9:33 am
    Pics from the 11th Ave Gotham Market location:From the Clinton St. location:
  • Mendokoro Hanada/Kanda麺処 花田/神田

    23 Nov 2014 | 12:26 pm
    This place was a lifesaver and was open late one night during the big snowstorm of 2014. Only have a picture of the ramen (miso tsukemen, not my favorite but beggars (furriners walking around at night in the middle of a snowstorm looking for food) can't be choosers) - the outside of the shop was too messy and cold to take a picture. Also pictures of Chuo Dori in Akiba in the snow, plus my new hotel home when I visit Tokyo, the Comfort Hotel Tokyo Kanda.http://ramendb.supleks.jp/s/55746.html
  • Menya Ishin/Kami Osaki麺や維新/上大崎

    23 Nov 2014 | 11:54 am
    Ah good to see another ramen place in the old stomping ground. There's also a couple new ones down the other side of Meguro Dori going west past the station but those will have to wait until next time. Nice new clean interior, good Tokyo style shoyu broth. Certainly respectable but not worthy of a special trip. Have included some nostalgic pictures of the old neighborhood. Well-regarded on Supleks.http://supleks.jp/s/14836.html
  • Ichiran/Hong Kong

    23 Nov 2014 | 11:31 am
    Ichiran on Jaffe Road in Causeway Bay is the first Hong Kong outpost of Japanese ramen chain Ichiran (small wooden booths). It opened in the summer of 2013 and still sports long lines. The ramen was exactly the same as in the Tokyo branches, a long wait outside and little wooden booths inside. Menu paper in multiple languages.Ichiran also opened a factory/store/museum "Ichiran-no-Mori" in Itoshima, Fukuoka in July of this year.http://fukuoka-now.com/2014/07/ichiranfactory/
  • Yoshu Shonin/Shinbashi揚州商人/新橋

    23 Nov 2014 | 11:05 am
     Updated review Nov 23 2014 - they also now have a Premium Suratanmen, at least at the Shimbashi branch (again with either thick or thin noodles) that was excellent:A novel concept at a chain ramen shop that is known for constantly bringing out new products: Yoshu Shonin's Su-Ra-Abura-Men. This take on both suratanmen and abura soba together is creative and tasty - it has a very vinegary and peppery taste, just like the regular suratanmen that Yoshu Shonin is rightly famous for and that several people including this page have reviewed in the past. They actually started selling this last…
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  • Kitano Hakubaicho Station

    26 Nov 2014 | 6:11 am
    北野白梅町Kitano Hakubaicho Station in west Kyoto is located at the crossroads of the west-east Imadegawa Dori that runs north of the Imperial Palace (Gosho) to Ginkakuji past Demachiyanagi, Hyakumenban and the north-south Nishioji Dori that runs down from Kinkakuji, where it joins the west-east Kitaoji Dori, and then way down south to Nishioji Station on the Tokaido Main Line.Kitano Hakubaicho Station is a terminus of the Keifuku Electric Railway (Randen) out further west to Arashiyama.Hakubaicho Station is within walking distance of Ritsumeikan University Kinugasa…
  • A Walk Around Kyushu Day 46 Matsubase to Kumamoto City

    24 Nov 2014 | 2:40 pm
    A Walk Around KyushuDay 46, Matsubase to Kumamoto CitySaturday November 30th, 2013Another fine day for this last day of this leg of my walk. Like yesterday this one will also be a relatively short one giving me ample time to explore tourist sites in Kumamoto city itself.From here the road and rail and shinkansen lines all follow the same route towards the city. For the first hour or so its is still mostly rural but it soon becomes more urban. I pass by a huge marshaling yard for shinkansen.They are certainly convenient and fast for getting from point to point in a hurry, if you can afford…
  • The Shore At Ako Hyogo

    23 Nov 2014 | 6:10 pm
    赤穂城Ako Castle in Hyogo Prefecture is associated with the Forty-Seven Ronin, who avenged the death of their lord, Naganori Asano, the daimyo of Ako, in the year 1702. After killing Yoshinaka Kira, the ronin themselves were ordered to commit suicide. Close to the JR station, Ako Castle is easily accessed at the end of the main street, past small businesses and cafes. My daughter and I spent a beautiful autumn morning strolling along the grounds. Afterwards, we wanted to go to the sea shore - we had read that the ocean was nearby. Well... maybe that is true if you have a car! If you are…
  • Japan News This Week 23 November 2014

    22 Nov 2014 | 4:34 pm
    ..今週の日本Okinawa Voters Replace Governor With Opponent of U.S. BaseNew York TimesJapan PM Shinzo Abe dissolves parliament for election BBCJapanese police search home of woman held after deaths of six partners GuardianRich get richer, poor poorer under mixed results of Abenomics’Japan TimesAgent Orange in OkinawaThe DiplomatThe Modern Girl as Militarist: Female Soldiers In and Beyond Japan’ Self-Defense Forces. Japan FocusLast Week's Japan News on the JapanVisitor blogStatisticsTax revenues as a percentage of GDP.Denmark 57.4%Finland 57.1Norway 55.7France 52.9Belgium 52.2Sweden…
  • Bar Haru Restaurant, French Cuisine in Kojimachi Tokyo

    21 Nov 2014 | 5:25 am
    バーはる.レストランA friend and I dined at Bar Haru Restaurant  in Tokyo's Kojimachi district. Tucked away on a sidestreet, on the B1 floor of a very plain looking building, Haru is not the kind of place you readily stumble upon.There were only two of us there when we first went in, at midday. We were soon joined, but by only another two, at a nearby table.However, unlike a lot of restaurants where lack of customers is a warning sign, Haru could well be the proverbial undiscovered treasure.The menu is a la France. We went for the five-course lunch menu of the three lunch menus…
 
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  • A Not-Entirely Brief Guide to Supergraphics

    Nick West
    16 Nov 2014 | 8:01 pm
    As it’s understood today, a brief guide to Supergraphics is simply big graphics in an architectural setting. A not-quite-so brief guide would cite design critic C. Ray Smith (1929-1988) as the author who first coined the term in the 1960s as reaction to an aesthetic expounded by a previous group of architects known as Supermannerists. A not-really-very brief guide would define it as a term rooted in architectural theory that emphasised the use of graphic form and colour as a spacial, rather than decorative, experiment. And a not-entirely brief and quite possibly Tokyo-centric guide would…
  • 10 Things in Tokyo: November Round-Up

    Emily Wakeling
    15 Nov 2014 | 7:58 pm
    First of all, thank you to all who came and celebrated Tokyo Art Beat’s 10th anniversary. Hundreds of Tokyo art lovers took in art and music performances at this special event. Here’s to another 10 years! Veteran artist Kishio Suga, best known for his work with the 1960s and ’70s avant-garde group Mono-ha, is having a retrospective at The Vangi Sculpture Garden Museum in Shizuoka. Throughout his career, Suga has worked with primary materials such as stone and wood to explore objects in nature, and to bring heightened awareness to audiences of the spaces that surround them.
  • Shapeshifting Cityscapes

    Paul Heaton
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:05 pm
    Does any street art or graffiti in Tokyo last for longer than a decade? Spray work usually gets a raw deal in the capital, with murals, shop fronts and wall pieces alike struggling to survive in a city where urban renewal starts almost as soon as development finishes. As previously covered on TABlog, sticker art has become the medium of choice on the Tokyo streets these days. But there still remains a subculture of artists, writers and taggers who refuse to give up their spray cans, against all the odds. The issue of definition is a complicated one; bombers don’t want to be called…
  • 10 Things in Tokyo: October Round-Up

    Emily Wakeling
    11 Oct 2014 | 8:35 am
    Tokyo Midtown Design Touch is an annual event celebrating design in everyday life, covering interior design, graphics, products, food, music and more. The two-week program includes workshops and installations across the Midtown complex. Runs from October 17 until November 3rd. Meanwhile, a couple of blocks away, Roppongi Hills’ Mori Art Museum is holding “Lee Mingwei and His Relations,” a large showcase of audience-generated artworks by the Taiwan-born American artist. His life-affirming, fully earnest pieces depend on the emotional contributions of his audience and…
  • Hello. My Name is Skywhale…

    Justin Egli
    23 Sep 2014 | 3:41 pm
    Kanda is one of Tokyo’s most historic areas, encompassing about thirty neighborhoods each with its own distinct feel and vibe. Lose yourself among its winding back streets and you can expect to find some of the oldest remaining buildings in Tokyo, as well as entire areas devoted to sports equipment, musical instruments, books and electronics. What you don’t expect to find, however, is a 23-metre high floating whale currently visiting from Canberra, Australia. This is Skywhale (2013) a hot air balloon designed by artist Patricia Piccinini and currently on display in Kanda as a part…
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  • 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,…
  • MAXIMUM THE HORMONE Headed to US

    tokyoguy
    10 Sep 2014 | 5:25 am
    <p><img src="http://www.japan-zone.com/modern/pix/m/maximum_the_hormone2014.jpg" width="420" height="410" align="left" hspace="5" vspace="5" style="border: solid black 1px;" title="MAXIMUM THE HORMONE" alt="MAXIMUM THE HORMONE"> <br clear=all>Hard rock band MAXIMUM THE HORMONE are headed to the United States again for a solo show at New York’s Best Buy Theater on October 27 following their appearance at...<br clear=all>
  • Akina's Back, Again

    tokyoguy
    15 Jul 2014 | 4:15 pm
    Veteran J-pop idol Nakamori Akina (48) is making another comeback, four years since her last attempt ended in hospitalization. In and out of hospital since 2010, reportedly for ...
  • Japan's Latest Internet Sensation

    tokyoguy
    3 Jul 2014 | 4:08 am
    The latest Japanese web sensation isn't a J-pop group but a politician caught with his hand in the public cookie jar. Nonomura Ryutaro, a member of the Hyogo Prefectural government, gave a press conference this week to apologize for his embezzlement of some ¥3 million (about $30,000) for almost 200 "business trips" to several hot spring resorts. Nothing unusual or sensational there, you might think. But this was more like watching a...
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    The Tokyo Reporter

  • Cat fight: Soapland employee threatens extravagant Tokyo doctor over Kabukicho host

    Amy Takahashi
    27 Nov 2014 | 11:02 pm
    Eriko WakisakaTokyo Metropolitan Police on Wednesday announced the arrest of Haruna Yokoyama, a 23-year-old employee at a soapland bathhouse, for allegedly threatening to kill an ostentatious female doctor two months ago. A classic case of a cat fight, reports evening tabloid Nikkan Gendai (Nov. 27), which says the pair got into a tussle after attempting to win the affections of a night club host in the Kabukicho red-light district. On September 10, Yokoyama allegedly posted a message on an Internet bulletin board saying she would murder Eriko Wakisaka, a 35-year-old doctor who often appears…
  • Ryuichi Hiroki brushes with the past in ‘Kabukicho Love Hotel’

    Tokyo Reporter
    27 Nov 2014 | 6:14 pm
    ‘Kabukicho Love Hotel’TOKYO (TR) – Over his three-decade cinema career, director Ryuichi Hiroki has transitioned from the soft-core pornographic genre of pinku eiga, or pink films, to more mainstream fare. For his latest effort, “Kabukicho Love Hotel,” he has returned to his roots, but only marginally: The film chronicles a number of personal dilemmas as they unfold over a single day in Shinjuku Ward’s Kabukicho, the gritty red-light district that includes a number of love hotels for short-time liaisons. After the film screened in the “Special…
  • Tokyo cops bust ad site for Uguisudani on charges of prostitution

    Tokyo Reporter
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:18 pm
    Police have accused an advertising firm of accepting ads for a sex business operating illegallyTOKYO (TR) – Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Thursday announced the bust of an Internet advertising firm for accepting ads for a sex business offering services in violation of the Anti-Prostitution Law, reports TBS News (Nov. 27). On Tuesday, officers arrested Katsuto Oba, 32, for receiving 550,000 yen in business from an illegal “delivery health” out-call sex operation in the Uguisudani area of Taito Ward between May and August. Oba, who has been accused of mediating prostitution,…
  • Tokyo sex worker arrested for threatening to kill celebrity doctor Eriko Wakisaka

    Tokyo Reporter
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:53 pm
    Haruna YokoyamaTOKYO (TR) – Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Wednesday announced the arrest of a female sex worker for allegedly threatening to kill a celebrity doctor two months ago, reports Nippon News Network (Nov. 26). On September 10, Haruna Yokoyama, a 23-year-old employee in the fuzoku trade, allegedly posted a message on an Internet bulletin board saying she would murder Eriko Wakisaka. “If you don’t commit suicide, it seems you’ll be killed,” wrote Yokoyama, who resides in Adachi Ward. “Your head will be cut off.” Yokoyama has reportedly admitted…
  • Tokyo police: Hooker ring used KakaoTalk to recruit customers

    Tokyo Reporter
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:37 am
    The suspects had acquired 120 identification codes for KakaoTalk and other similar servicesTOKYO (TR) – Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Wednesday announced the bust of a prostitution ring that utilized social media services to recruit customers, reports Nippon News Network (Nov. 26). Officers took Teppei Aruga, the 24-year-old manager of a adult-entertainment parlor, Yusuke Susuga, 25, and three others into custody for violating the Anti-Prostitution Law for allegedly impersonating women on chat applications like KakaoTalk and deai-kei “encounter” matchmaking sites to introduce…
 
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    Around Tokyo

  • Design Festa vol. 40

    Rohan Gillett
    10 Nov 2014 | 7:28 pm
    Here is the latest from Around Tokyo! Design Festa vol. 40 was another great event at Tokyo B […] The post Design Festa vol. 40 appeared first on Around Tokyo.
  • Grand Autumn Festival

    Rohan Gillett
    3 Nov 2014 | 4:57 am
    Here is the latest from Around Tokyo! This weekend we attended the Meiji Jingu (i.e. Meiji sh […] The post Grand Autumn Festival appeared first on Around Tokyo.
  • Jan Kaszuba – kick boxer and personal trainer

    Rohan Gillett
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:04 am
    Here is the latest from Around Tokyo! Recently I had the great pleasure of interviewing Jan K […] The post Jan Kaszuba – kick boxer and personal trainer appeared first on Around Tokyo.
  • Motor Sport Japan Festival 2014

    Rohan Gillett
    26 Oct 2014 | 7:43 am
    Here is the latest from Around Tokyo! Car racing in this country is very popular and this wee […] The post Motor Sport Japan Festival 2014 appeared first on Around Tokyo.
  • 4th International Friendly Fun Run

    Rohan Gillett
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:28 am
    Here is the latest from Around Tokyo! Autumn is upon us and it is a great time for some outdo […] The post 4th International Friendly Fun Run appeared first on Around Tokyo.
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  • Rikugien Gardens’ Ephemeral Fall Colors and Ethereal Lights

    Lynn Allmon
    28 Nov 2014 | 5:05 am
    Spring may have its sakura, but fall has its own display: the vibrant autumn leaves, called kōyō in Japanese.For all its skyscrapers and pavement, Tokyo has an impressive number of places for viewing autumn leaves. In particular, the gardens boast gorgeous yellow and red fall colors. Very few, however, are open after dark and this is one of the reasons for the popularity of the Rikugien Gardens. Rikugien is normally open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., but during fall (November 20 to December 7 in 2014), the garden is open until 9 p.m. Although some of the trails are closed after 4:30 p.m., going…
  • The Ancient Trees of the Oyada Maple Valley

    John Asano
    27 Nov 2014 | 5:00 pm
    The picturesque Oyada Maple Valley is located in Mino City, a stone’s throw away from Gifu City. The valley is considered one of the best locations in central Japan to appreciate the beautiful Autumn leaves. Why is it one of the best? Well, apart from the stunning nature around the valley, it is surrounded by about 3,000 Japanese maple trees (yama momiji). Some of the ancient trees are more than 1,000 years old. The area is filled with vermillion reds, apricot oranges and golden yellows of seasonal leaves which set the valley ablaze of colour during Autumn. Your first stop on any visit…
  • Top Jobs in Japan for Week 48 – 2014

    GaijinPot Blog
    27 Nov 2014 | 4:56 am
    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. IELTSインストラクター ¥3,500 / Hour Chiyoda, Tokyo Japanese: Native level English: Business level バークレーハウスは1973年以来、大手企業、官公庁、大学等にて語学研修を実施しております。…
  • Pregnant in Japan: Deciding to Stay or Leave

    Lisa Hong
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Congratulations on your pregnancy! Let your joy, excitement, and bliss override any fears of being pregnant in a foreign country. I will be writing a 3 part series on being pregnant in Japan so you can take control of your situation and make the best decisions possible for you and your family. In this article, I will focus on how to decide if you will stay in Japan or move back to your home country. Below are some important questions to consider… 1. Is being able to read food and product labels important to you? You will probably become more concerned with what you are putting into you…
  • Three Terrific Tokyo Terraces

    Lynn Allmon
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:00 pm
    With Tokyo firmly in autumn jacket territory, it’s only a matter of weeks until the winter coats come out of storage. The approaching cold means that shortly the weather will be unsuitable for lounging outside for any length of time. The change in seasons, though, heralds an end to hazy air and late summer storms. As a consequence, right now is the perfect time to visit some of the free, open-air terraces around Tokyo. Photographers will find the spots excellent for the outlook onto iconic Tokyo buildings and areas. Travelers looking for a warm cup of tea with a view will also want to…
 
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