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  • Visitors to Japan hit record high in July

    News On Japan
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:48 pm
    The estimated number of visitors to Japan in July rose 26.6 pct from a year earlier to 1,269,700, the highest figure ever for any month, the Japan National Tourism Organization said Wednesday. (Jiji Press)
  • April 2015 Opening Set for the 970-room Hotel Gracery Shinjuku in Tokyo, Japan

    Tokyo, Japan News
    20 Aug 2014 | 11:41 am
    Leading Japanese hospitality company Fujita Kanko Inc. announced it is now accepting reservations for a new Hotel Gracery, opening in April 2015 in Kabukicho, Tokyo's entertainment and nightlife hub, located in the Shinjuku area.
  • Kuwaits trade surplus with Japan widens second month

    Tokyo News latest RSS headlines - The Tokyo
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:41 am
    ), down 6.6 percent on the year. But it still marked the 25th straight month of shortfall for the longest losing streak since comparable data became available ...
  • Current Conditions : 81F / 27C, Partly Cloudy - 5:30 AM JST Aug. 21

    Tokyo, Weather from Weather Underground
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Temperature: 81°F / 27°C | Humidity: 89% | Pressure: 29.89in / 1012hPa (Steady) | Conditions: Partly Cloudy | Wind Direction: Variable | Wind Speed: 1mph / 2km/h
  • New Release – Mr. Ruins at 99 cents!

    Michael John Grist
    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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    News On Japan

  • Visitors to Japan hit record high in July

    20 Aug 2014 | 1:48 pm
    The estimated number of visitors to Japan in July rose 26.6 pct from a year earlier to 1,269,700, the highest figure ever for any month, the Japan National Tourism Organization said Wednesday. (Jiji Press)
  • China fines 12 Japan auto parts firms $202 million in anti-monopoly probe

    20 Aug 2014 | 1:44 pm
    China announced Aug. 20 it will fine 12 Japanese auto parts suppliers a total of $202 million for colluding to raise prices in an unfolding anti-monopoly probe of the country's auto industry. (Asahi)
  • Abe cancels vacation to deal with disaster

    20 Aug 2014 | 7:50 am
    Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has cancelled his summer vacation to deal with rain-triggered disasters that killed at least 18 people in Hiroshima city. (NHK)
  • Tokyo stocks close flat

    20 Aug 2014 | 7:42 am
    The Nikkei, coming off seven straight days of gains, added 0.23 per cent at the start as the weaker yen boosted exporter shares, while US stocks rose on encouraging US economic data and a solid earnings report from Home Depot. (
  • 111-year-old Japanese recognized as world's oldest man

    20 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    A 111-year-old Japanese man, Sakari Momoi, was recognized as the world's oldest man on Wednesday. (Jiji Press)
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    Michael John Grist

  • New Release – Mr. Ruins at 99 cents!

    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

    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

    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

    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 …

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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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    Eurotechnology Japan

  • Storage battery testing laboratory for batteries up to 2 MegaWatt hours

    Gerhard Fasol
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:04 pm
    Electricity storage is crucial for the efficient use of renewable energy, especially solar and wind Japan plans to build world’s largest storage battery testing laboratory Wind farms and solar plants deliver electricity not continuously, but output depends on weather, wind and solar illumination conditions. Battery storage technology is necessary to store solar electricity produced during […] The post Storage battery testing laboratory for batteries up to 2 MegaWatt hours appeared first on Eurotechnology Japan.
  • Carlos Ghosn: “the four global socio-economic mega-trends reshaping the auto industry”

    Gerhard Fasol
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:25 am
    Carlos Ghosn, Chairman and CEO of Renault, Nissan and the Renault-Nissan Alliance The Renault-Nissan Alliance was started on March 27, 1999 with Renault acquiring 36.8% of outstanding Nissan shares, and with Nissan acquiring 15% of Renault later in 2001. Chronological details can be found in the EU-Japan Direct Investment Register. Carlos Ghosn speaks at the […] The post Carlos Ghosn: “the four global socio-economic mega-trends reshaping the auto industry” appeared first on Eurotechnology Japan.
  • Nokia No. 1 in Japan! – Panasonic to sell mobile phone base station division to Nokia

    Gerhard Fasol
    20 Jul 2014 | 5:07 am
    Nokia strengthens No. 1 market position in Japan’s mobile phone base station market! Japan’s mobile phone base station market Japan’s mobile phone base station market is about US$ 2.6 billion/year and for European companies Ericsson and Nokia the most important market globally, although certainly also the most difficult one. Nokia is No. 1 with a […] The post Nokia No. 1 in Japan! – Panasonic to sell mobile phone base station division to Nokia appeared first on Eurotechnology Japan.
  • Japan iPhone AppStore: 25 top grossing game apps

    Gerhard Fasol
    12 Jul 2014 | 11:14 pm
    Japan is No. 1 globally in terms of iOS AppStore + Google Play revenues, bigger and faster growing than USA Japan iPhone AppStore 25 top grossing game app ranking as of July 13, 2014 Download our report on “Japan’s game makers and markets”. We have written about Japan’s AppStore rankings before, and we are updating […] The post Japan iPhone AppStore: 25 top grossing game apps appeared first on Eurotechnology Japan.
  • Japan biomass electricity generation booming

    Gerhard Fasol
    7 Jul 2014 | 12:38 pm
    Japan biomass electricity generation approaches 4 GigaWatt Renewables in Japan is not just solar… Looking superficially at Japan’s renewable energy sector, its easy to overestimate geo-thermal energy, and to underestimate biomass. Biomass electricity generation capacity is about 5 times higher than geo-thermal Currently the installed biomass electricity generation capacity is about 5 times higher than […] The post Japan biomass electricity generation booming appeared first on Eurotechnology Japan.
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  • AF’s Kimono Calendar JULY 2014

    4 Aug 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)

    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

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

    8 Jul 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…
  • AF's Kimono Calendar: April-May 2014

    30 May 2014 | 10:13 am
    OR, my kimono life in the US-of-A So, as many of you (FB friends) already know, I am in the US for a year on sabbatical from my university, doing research on summer kimonos and yukata in American collections. I arrived here on April 1st and between the issues involved in renting an apartment and buying a car—I have no income in the US (since I have a fellowship from my university) so just image what all the agencies involved thought of that—anyhow, initially I had no leeway to get myself in kimono. Although, perhaps, if I had just showed up in kimono either all and sundry would…
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  • 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…
  • Deep Inside The Flappy Birds Cafe

    3 Mar 2014 | 6:58 am
    In order to survive in the theme cafe business you need to sell your own private quirks to the customer who is greedy for more and more unusual themes. In Tokyo's competitive theme cafe culture, you can become successful by selling your own private quirks to the public. In Tokyo you must expertly erect the walls to reinforce your own quirky vulnerability. The maid (and butler, to a small extent) cafes did this in the early 2000's by turning the whole thing into a monumental bad joke. Tokyo's maid cafe scene is over-saturated and played out. After university, Satoru Iishi (30) got…
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    Ramen Tokyo

  • Afuri/NakaMeguroAFURI/中目黒

    3 Aug 2014 | 12:56 pm
    Finally getting around to posting some of the pics and reviews from my first trip of the year in Feb. Here is Afuri in NakaMeguro. In the last few years Afuri has expanded from just Ebisu to Harajuku, Azabu and now NakaMeguro. Shoyu base tsukemen dipping sauce, hint of yuzu, pork chunks on the noodles. A bit too much of the greens but can't complain. About 20 min wait time inside on a cold Feb Saturday. Right around the corner from Tokyu NakaMeguro station/Hibiya Line.Do You Even EatGoogle Maps
  • Ivan Orkin opens Second NYC Shop

    3 Aug 2014 | 11:39 am
    Ivan's Clinton St. opened about 3 weeks ago and initial reviews are good:Grub Street article: Ramen Slurp Shop:'s book "Ivan Ramen: Love, Obsession, and Recipes from Tokyo's Most Unlikely Noodle Joint":
  • NY Times Story on Ivan Orkin

    19 Dec 2013 | 11:05 am
    I had the good fortune to meet Ivan Orkin in his original Tokyo (Minami Kurasuyama) shop when we were living in Tokyo. Earlier this week the NY Times published this article that details Ivan's recent accomplishments (a shop in NY, a book, and returning to live in the US):NY Times article: Ramen Slurp Shop:'s book "Ivan Ramen: Love, Obsession, and Recipes from Tokyo's Most Unlikely Noodle…
  • Amsterdam Ramen #1

    14 Nov 2013 | 12:40 pm
    Not counting Wagamama and the airport, AFAIK there are only two places to get ramen in Amsterdam and this is one of them: Le Fou Fow, on the second or third floor depending on how you count, of the Dun Yong Chinese supermarket in the mini-Chinatown street that Amsterdam has. Broth was on the light side, and the toppings and noodles were a bit sparse. A few old ramen magazines laying around. The poor chef has to cook, collect dishes, clean tables and wait on customers all by himself. So plan for an hour. I hope he is at least breaking even. The other place, which I have not been to, is a…
  • London Ramen #1

    14 Nov 2013 | 11:43 am
    Was in London for a couple weeks recently, then Amsterdam. Here are some articles that talk about the recent ramen revolution in London: here are my pics of Shoryu, Tonkotsu and Bone Daddies. Of the three I would rank them in order for my taste from best down as Bone Daddies, Tonkotsu and Shoryu.
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  • Pokemon Center Nagoya

    20 Aug 2014 | 7:11 am
    ポケモンThe most-visited Pokemon Center in Japan is the Pokemon Center in Tokyo.There are presently eight Pokemon Centers in Japan besides the Pokemon Center in Tokyo: Fukuoka, Nagoya, Osaka, Sapporo, Sendai, Tokyo-Bay (Chiba) and Yokohama. The Pokemon Center in Nagoya is located on the 5th floor of the main building of the Matsuzakaya department store in Sakae. The store is always popular and sells a variety of the hit anime's goods.If you want the hottest Pokemon items before they sell out on the day, our sister site GoodsFromJapan serves customers worldwide who want Pokemon Center…
  • Japan News This Week 17 August 2014

    17 Aug 2014 | 2:55 am
    今週の日本With Eye on China, Japanese Premier Skips War ShrineNew York TimesJapanese ministers in Yasukuni shrine visit BBCYubari, Japan: a city learns how to dieGuardianMunicipalities begin making rules for children’s use of smartphonesJapan TimesSovereign Debt: Eroding Japan's National SecurityThe DiplomatUprising: Music, youth, and protest against the policies of the Abe Shinzō government 反乱 若者は音楽で安倍晋三の政策に抗議する Japan FocusAnalysis: Abe draws ire even as he avoids war shrine on WWII anniversaryChristian Science MonitorLast Week's Japan News…
  • Japan Remembers End of Pacific War at Yasukuni Shrine

    14 Aug 2014 | 6:43 pm
    終戦記念日 靖国神社Today is the 69th anniversary of the end of Japan's Pacific War. Since a couple of days ago the right-wing sound trucks have been doing their street-circling routine blaring those funny Japanese-Colonel Blimp-style stirring folksy tunes with their rumpa-dumpa rhythms, sung as if verging on tears of indignantly asserted joy.Paying respects to the war dead at Shinmon ("Divine Gate"), before the Haiden shrine, Yasukuni Shrine.The streets of Tokyo just north of the Imperial Palace were almost empty due to it being the O-Bon holiday period, but were charged with…
  • Business Hotel Chidori Shimabara

    14 Aug 2014 | 1:17 am
    ビジネスホテル千鳥Shimabara in southern Nagasaki is home to a nice reconstructed castle, Shimabara Castle, a preserved samurai district, and is towered over by the volcano Mount Unzen which erupted in 1991 with the lava flow causing death and destruction. There is an interesting museum to the event and nearby are a series of houses buried under ash and debris.There are a few hotels and ryokan in the area, and in searching for the least expensive I came up with Business Hotel Chidori. It's not a very new building, but the rooms were fine with all the usual amenities, including…
  • Black Angel Sculpture in Nippori Fabric Town

    13 Aug 2014 | 7:37 am
    黒い天使 吉田隆 My partner and I were heading for Tokyo's beautiful old Yanaka district via Nippori.The area immediately west and south of Nippori Station is pretty featureless, although numerous overseas backpackers could be seen here and there thanks to the cheap backpacker accommodation that the area has quite a lot of. However, something eventually came up that endowed the area with a little character. We found ourselves on a street just west of Nippori Station called Nippori Chuo-dori (Nippori Central Avenue) that the numerous banners hung along it proclaimed as being…
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  • 10 Things in Tokyo: August Round-Up

    Emily Wakeling
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:59 pm
    First on the agenda is the fifth Yokohama Triennale, happening at the Yokohama Museum of Art and Shinko Pier Exhibition Hall until November 3. This year’s artistic director is Yasumasa Morimura, an artist best-known for his self-portraits modeled off Western masterpieces. His chosen subtitle for the Triennale is the epic “Art Farenheit 451: Sailing into the Sea of Oblivion”, with a theme surrounding humanity’s unknown future. Dominating the main venue is Michael Landy’s Art Bin (2010), a rather self-explanatory piece in which selected participants can dispose of…
  • Public Art Series #8: Kimiyo Mishima’s Trashcan

    Nick West
    14 Jul 2014 | 2:18 am
    Consumer waste is often a source and a subject for contemporary artists. In 2000, Yuken Teruya began creating dioramas of trees within, and from, paper shopping bags in the series ‘Notice Forest’. In the late 1990s, Tomoko Takahashi became known for marshaling refuse into deceptively chaotic installations that had been carefully orchestrated to question notions of order and classification. And for over twenty years, Fumioko Aono has been salvaging materials in Miyagi to make inventive, ramshackle assemblages. Kimiyo Mishima’s Work 2012 stands on Tennōzu Isle as a recent example…
  • 10 Things in Tokyo: July Round-Up

    Emily Wakeling
    7 Jul 2014 | 2:30 am
    “Tsumari Story,” an exhibition of beautiful photographs from remote Japan by RongRong & inri, is in its last days at Mizuma Gallery. The husband and wife artist unit (and their children) spent some time in Tsumari, in close proximity to the isolated northern landscape of Yasunari Kawabata’s Snow Country, and developed a body of images that eloquently capture love, intimacy, and the wholesomeness of getting back to nature. Until July 12. See works by Tsuyoshi Ozawa and other international artists who have participated this year in the Tokyo Metropolitan Government-funded…
  • In Heaven, Everything is Fine

    Justin Egli
    5 Jul 2014 | 6:33 am
    David Lynch’s most recent major film work, Inland Empire (2006), may have been eight years ago, but that’s not to say he hasn’t been busy. As well as being heavily involved in the promotion of meditation through his own David Lynch Foundation, he directed a video for the rock group Nine Inch Nails in 2013, as well as releasing two studio albums of his own to critical acclaim. He even has his own line of coffee. Alongside a multitude of other projects, Lynch has somehow also managed to continue his work as a visual artist. A total of 22 of his recent works are now on show at…
  • Composing Chaos

    Justin Egli
    25 Jun 2014 | 6:48 am
    As you enter the stark concrete space of Ota Fine Arts you’d be forgiven for wondering if there was even an exhibition on at all. Akin to the set of an abandoned Samuel Beckett play, a few sparse objects are scattered across the room; a table, a couple of lamps, and a trash can. Visually, the room is bare, but within a few minutes the whole place comes to life. Suddenly the sound of footsteps fills the room. You look around, but there’s nobody there. A lamp switches itself on in one corner and a tablecloth begins to flutter. You begin to question yourself: are you triggering these…
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    The Tokyo Reporter

  • Mo oppai: Tokyo touch pubs offering customers a handful

    Kenji Nakano
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:44 am
    Weekly Playboy Sept. 11As even a novice would testify, among the most popular adult-entertainment options in Japan are the hostess club (whereby conversation with an attractive woman is the focus) and the oppai pub, a similar establishment but one in which women’s breasts take top billing. However, Weekly Playboy (Sept. 11) would like to introduce its readership to the currently popular icha-kyaba, a club that offers intimacy. A typical icha-kyaba establishment has all the trappings of a hostess club, in that seated women pour drinks while engaging in pleasant conversation, and the…
  • More suspicious deaths linked to Kyoto woman

    Tokyo Reporter
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:47 pm
    Shukan Jitsuwa Aug. 21-28Since the start of the year, reports of a Kyoto woman who has been connected to a number of suspicious deaths in the Kansai area over the past few decades have filtered through the tabloid media. Coverage in the mainstream press has been highly limited, with one reason possibly being that the woman, 67, has yet to be charged, or even named. However, reports Shukan Jitsuwa (Aug. 21-28), detectives in Kyoto and Osaka are on the case, and the number of potential victims is much higher than previously thought. The matter first came to light following the death of the…
  • Osaka club host busted for public indecency

    Tokyo Reporter
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:35 pm
    The Minami area of OsakaOSAKA (TR) – Osaka Prefectural Police on Monday arrested a club host working in the Minami entertainment area for allegedly exposing himself to a woman in May, reports the Sankei Shimbun (Aug. 18). At around 6:30 a.m. on May 27, Shimazu Yaoi, 27, is alleged to have revealed the lower half of his body to a woman in her 30s with whom he was not acquainted at her apartment in Chuo Ward. Footage taken from a security camera showed the suspect committing the act. “Until I speak with a lawyer I have nothing to say,” police quoted Yayoi, who has been charged…
  • China, Korea angered as Japan ministers visit controversial Yasukuni Shrine

    Tokyo Reporter
    15 Aug 2014 | 8:54 pm
    A right-wing group at Yasukuni ShrineTOKYO (TR) – Visits to a controversial shrine on the 69th anniversary of the conclusion of World War II by members of the cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe have once again unsettled Japan’s relations with its neighboring countries. On Friday, Yoshitaka Shindo and Keiji Furuya, the minister of internal affairs and the chairman of the National Public Safety Commission, Tomomi Inada, state minister in charge of administrative reform, and roughly 80 politicians paid respects at Yasukuni Shrine, located in the capital’s Chiyoda Ward. Under an…
  • Keirin fraudster targeting hostesses busted in Hokkaido

    Tokyo Reporter
    14 Aug 2014 | 6:18 pm
    The suspect claimed to have inside information on bicycle racingHAKODATE (TR) – Hokkaido Prefectural Police on Wednesday arrested a man who has been swindling bar hostesses by claiming to have inside gambling information on fraud charges, reports the Sankei Shimbun (Aug. 13). Officers from the Hakodate Central Police Station took Kazuki Horibe, 33, into custody for defrauding a 28-year-old hostess out of approximately 70 million yen in cash since the end of August of 2010. According to the victim, Horibe told her that he has an acquaintance who is in professional bicycle racing, or…
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  • Tokyo : Always Changing and Evolving

    4 Aug 2014 | 7:09 am
    When, at the beginning of the seventeenth century, after having defeated rival clans and gained power over the entire Japanese territory, Tokugawa Ieyasu decided to move its operations center from Kyoto to Edo (then no more than a small fishing village in the anonymous Kanto plain), breaking a long tradition of a thousand years of “Kyoto capital,” nobody, not even the most visionary of the observers at the time, could have imagined that this small village, later renamed Tokyo (literally “Eastern Capital“) would become the huge urban area that is today : the focal point…
  • 7 Best Hidden Districts in Tokyo Where You Can Eat and Drink

    21 May 2014 | 5:55 am
    As we all know, Shibuya and Shinjuku are very popular for their great selection of bars and restaurants, but not everyone know some of the most hidden or less known places in Tokyo, where you can eat and drink. Despite the capital of Japan is under continuous development and its bars and restaurants are continually growing, this is a list of the best hidden districts for drinking and eating in Tokyo.   1. Asagaya Almost all of the stops along the JR Chuo Line, west of Shinjuku, offer something to see and do. Asagaya is no different, with lots of places to eat and drink in the malls. Do…
  • Moving to Tokyo? Here The Three Cheaper Districts

    10 Apr 2014 | 12:34 am
    Looking for an apartment in Japan can be unnerving. The positive side is that there is no penalty if you break the lease, but on the other hand you may find yourself to pay, including commissions and other deposits, between 4 and 6 months of rent in advance to your real estate agent or to the landlord. Being in Japan, it means you need to pay in cash, and before entering the house, of course. In short, you may find yourself bouncing from one apartment to another because often the cost is prohibitive. For all those who are looking for a place to live in the capital of Japan, here’s a…
  • Have Fun at Tokyo’s Robot Restaurant

    9 Feb 2014 | 6:44 am
    In the summer of 2012, a camouflaged Hummer wandered the streets of Tokyo with an unusual cargo : a pair of giant robotic female with arms raised as if to say ‘Irasshaimase‘. It was a particular advertisement, for an even more particular place : the Robot Restaurant, opened in Kabukicho area of Shinjuku. With a name like that, you’re probably thinking of a futuristic restaurant where they serve you the food of the cyborg, but that’s not the case . The robots are actually huge battle machines, made ​​by girls in bikini, who “fight” each evening for the…
  • Satisfy Your Gambling Needs when Travelling in Tokyo

    16 Dec 2013 | 3:11 am
    If you are looking to go on holiday and want to combine your hobby of gambling, there are many places to choose from all over the world. Las Vegas is an obvious hotspot-it’s casinos and night-life have been featured in many famous Hollywood films and it is a well know destination for hen and stag parties and people in search of excess. In Las Vegas you will find people from all walks of life. If you are looking for something upmarket you might turn your attention to Europe. Monte Carlo is a well-known playground for the rich and famous and contains some of the most opulent casinos…
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  • 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.
  • Tanabata in Asagaya 2014

    Rohan Gillett
    7 Aug 2014 | 2:33 am
    Here is the latest from Around Tokyo! Last month on the seventh of July we celebrated the fes […] The post Tanabata in Asagaya 2014 appeared first on Around Tokyo.
  • Ijime, Dame, Zettai by Babymetal

    Rohan Gillett
    31 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Here is the latest from Around Tokyo! I don’t know what to say about the three girls wh […] The post Ijime, Dame, Zettai by Babymetal appeared first on Around Tokyo.
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  • The Deer of Miyajima and the Rabbits of Okunoshima

    Andrew Smith
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Traditionally, Obon is a time for family to gather together and honor the members who have passed, but many also take the opportunity to travel. This Obon did not start well this year due to a deadly typhoon that struck Japan. Unfortunately many people had their plans altered by the storm, myself included. However my trip to the Hiroshima Prefecture turned out to be a great detour. My first stop at Miyajima was an obvious choice, but my second destination, Okunoshima, surprised me. Of course both of these places are islands, so I had to spend some time travelling by boat. The Deer of Miyajima…
  • Quick Guide To Japanese Health Insurance

    Quincy B. Fox
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:00 pm
    A hospital visit in a foreign country can be terrifying enough without having to worry about payments or insurance. While the insurance system in Japan isn’t terribly complicated, it may not be entirely intuitive either. Having a basic understanding of the system may help you avoid unpleasant surprises and unnecessary stress. Technically, there are many different types of insurance situations that are possible in Japan, but for the sake of simplicity, they have been reduced to four different categories here. Japanese Health Insurance (健康保険) This is the type of insurance that…
  • 4 Everyday Japanese Expressions You Need To Know

    Justin Onishi
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:15 am
    There are various Japanese expressions that are difficult for foreigners to understand. These expressions cannot easily be translated into English because they are used in multiple ways and also because they can be used in various situations which are unique to Japanese culture. There are many other useful expressions, but the following four expressions were chosen based on their versatility. 1. 宜しくお願いします This can be used when you are meeting someone. Some translate this as “Nice to meet you”, but the feeling behind this expression would be something like “please be…
  • The Curious Japanese Obsession With Blood Types

    Yumi Nakata
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:17 pm
    Japanese people love to ask the question: “What’s your blood type?” Is that because they are concerned about your health? Are they worried that you might need a blood transfusion? No! It is because many of them believe that blood type determines your personality. Growing up in Japan, I had never questioned the theory of blood type because everyone including teachers, parents, friends and even potential employers have asked my blood type. Certain blood types are more favourable and some of my friends have even lied to employers about their blood type to try and secure the job. There is…
  • Sending Money Home With Shinsei GoRemit

    GaijinPot Commercial Partners
    17 Aug 2014 | 8:35 pm
    One of the challenges with living in Japan is paying any bills that you may have back in your home country. Be it student loans or credit cards, transferring money back to your home county is not always easy. The first option that many foreigners will look at is going to their regular bank and doing an international money transfer. While this is a reliable way to send money, it requires a high level of Japanese understanding to fill out all the required paperwork each time you want to make a transfer. An easier alternative to the traditional banks is GoRemit by Shinsei Bank. GoRemit is an…
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  • Eating Out: A Basic Guide to Restaurant Japanese

    Richard Webb
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:10 pm
    If you’re not too well-versed in the vernacular, eating out in Japan can be a bit stressful. Pointing and gesturing will get you somewhere, but it might also get you something you didn’t order! Too cheap to pay for Japanese [...]
  • Interview with Joseph Tame – That LED Chap

    Frances Maeda
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:44 pm
    Have you ever seen this guy in Tokyo? He generally has a bunch of flashing lights and other random stuff strapped onto his body, and has gained quite a following in recent years. We chatted to him about he came [...]
  • Terrific Tokyo Hikes

    Selena Hoy
    17 Aug 2014 | 2:34 am
    Lace up, and strap on your pedometer (basic ones available at the 100 yen shops) – it’s time to go hiking! Though Tokyo is famous for its go-go lifestyle and concrete & steel neighborhoods, there are plenty of green spots [...]
  • Dressing Like a Princess: A Guide for Cheapos

    Nikita Nagras
    14 Aug 2014 | 4:52 pm
    “Cinderella” resonates with almost everyone because almost everyone, at some point in their lives, becomes a cheapo. Budgeting and rationing means an emptier closet. It means clawing through bargain piles, blow-drying your hair yourself, and foregoing that cashmere sweater which [...]
  • Napoli’s Pizza – Viva the One Coin Pizza Revolution

    Greg Lane
    14 Aug 2014 | 10:02 am
    Napoli’s is a chain of pizzerias that has expanded rapidly across Tokyo and beyond in the past couple of years.  Although they all share a similar concept and similar names, there are two distinct types – the flagship Napoli’s Pizza [...]
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