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  • Nikkei rises to fresh 6-month high led by exporters, banks

    News On Japan
    31 Jul 2014 | 8:17 am
    Japan's Nikkei share average rose to a fresh six-month high on Thursday after solid US growth buoyed sentiment and as the weakening yen lifted exporters, while Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group's earnings boosted the banking sector. (
  • Celine Dion cancels a string of dates in Las Vegas due to health issues

    Tokyo, Japan News
    31 Jul 2014 | 1:15 pm
    Celine Dion has been forced to cancel a handful of scheduled shows this week at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas due to illness The Canadian international superstar had only just made her return to The Colosseum to begin her summer residency on July 29 when the cancellation announcement was issued.
  • Japan’s ANA finalises $13 billion deal for 40 long-haul Boeing planes

    Tokyo News latest RSS headlines - The Tokyo
    31 Jul 2014 | 9:48 am
    Employees work on the final assembly line of a Boeing 777 aircraft at the company's factory in Everett, Washington, US. Patrick Fallon / Bloomberg ...
  • Current Conditions : 84F / 29C, Partly Cloudy - 7:30 AM JST Aug. 1

    Tokyo, Weather from Weather Underground
    31 Jul 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Temperature: 84°F / 29°C | Humidity: 74% | Pressure: 29.89in / 1012hPa (Steady) | Conditions: Partly Cloudy | Wind Direction: Variable | Wind Speed: 2mph / 4km/h
  • Mr. Ruins

    Michael John Grist
    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 unlike anything…
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  • Nikkei rises to fresh 6-month high led by exporters, banks

    31 Jul 2014 | 8:17 am
    Japan's Nikkei share average rose to a fresh six-month high on Thursday after solid US growth buoyed sentiment and as the weakening yen lifted exporters, while Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group's earnings boosted the banking sector. (
  • Ex-TEPCO execs merit indictment over nuclear crisis: prosecution panel

    31 Jul 2014 | 6:59 am
    An independent judicial panel of citizens said Thursday it has decided that three former executives of Tokyo Electric Power Co. merit indictment over the 2011 nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant. (Kyodo)
  • Downfall of Kanagawa assemblyman hooked on 'dappo' drugs for sex

    31 Jul 2014 | 4:42 am
    On July 16, Kanagawa Prefectural Police arrested Koichi Yokoyama, a former Liberal Democratic Party member of the Kanagawa Prefectural Assembly, for allegedly possessing stimulant drugs at his apartment in Yokohama last month. (Tokyo Reporter)
  • Japan evicts over 100 students for breaching no-drinking rules

    31 Jul 2014 | 4:36 am
    A Japanese university has taken the step of evicting all 105 residents of a school dormitory for breaching its no-drinking rule, according to media reports. (The West)
  • Japan practices amphibious landing in Hawaii

    31 Jul 2014 | 4:28 am
    Japan has been practicing storming beaches with the U.S. and other countries in Hawaii this month. The amphibious landing exercises, which are relatively new to Japan's military, come as Tokyo tries to boost its ability to defend small islands it controls but China claims as its own. (
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    Michael John Grist

  • 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 unlike anything…
  • 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…
  • Ignifer’s Rise

    11 Feb 2014 | 12:48 am
    Ignifer’s Rise is an epic fantasy novel set in a bleak industrial world populated by bizarre castes, where a boy with the fate of the world written in his scars must raise a legendary hero to life, and prevent the rise of an apocalypse god. Readers have called it- “compelling … impossible to put down … like China Mieville crossed with Orson Scott Card … relentless and moving.” It is available in both print and e-book formats through Amazon: - Amazon US - Amazon UK Story: In a dark and remorseless city splintered by brutal laws of caste, Sen is a child…
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  • SNOWPIERCER [2013] movie review

    Jason Collin
    4 Jul 2014 | 7:46 pm
    It is funny how movies come out of nowhere to appear on my radar, though since I was browsing a mostly movie review website (AICN), it was not surprising that I would discover a little known movie, SNOWPIERCER [2013], that I never heard of at all until this week. The concept is what convinced me to watch it right away. A chemical is released into the atmosphere to reduce global warming, but it goes wrong and creates an ice age that kills off all life, save for a few who ride this train on a perpetual loop across the continents, each loop taking a year. Now that’s an original idea! This is…
  • VERONICA MARS [2014] movie review — recommended

    Jason Collin
    17 May 2014 | 8:42 pm
    It was a very nice return to Neptune after many years away since the Veronica Mars tv show ended only to return as the movie VERONICA MARS [2014].  I was a big fan of the TV show and had been hearing rumors for a long time about a movie.  Thanks to Kickstarter and 91,000+ fans, there was enough enthusiasm (and money) to get creator Rob Thomas to write and make a movie that brought us back into the world some ten years later revisiting all the old characters and spinning a whole new murder mystery. It should be said that if you were not a fan of the TV show and went into this movie cold, I…
  • GODZILLA [2014] movie review

    Jason Collin
    16 May 2014 | 10:35 pm
    What an absolute abomination, I just have to say that right away.  That is what this new American version GODZILLA [2014] movie is.  It is not just the worst Godzilla movie I have ever seen, it is possibly the worst ever movie of all time I have seen.  This so-called Godzilla movie is a fail on every single level from the perspective of being an actual Godzilla movie, and not even taking into consideration any past depiction of Godzilla in a movie, this itself as a movie is also a fail on every single level.  Toho please do not let anyone ever make another Godzilla movie! Have I mentioned…
  • YOU ONLY LIVE ONCE [1937] movie review

    Jason Collin
    3 May 2014 | 12:12 pm
    Based on Netflix’s recommendation and that it was starring Henry Fonda, I watched YOU ONLY LIVE ONCE [1937] this evening, but was rather disappointed by it. The movie was full of hard luck until the very end making me think why should anyone watch something like this? I cannot recommend it. Henry Fonda is a sympathetic 3-time ex-con just getting out of jail once again with a chance at going straight. He has a super devoted girl waiting for him on the outside, and he is only getting out because she is the secretary for the public defender and he actually loves her and is willing to help her…
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  • 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 ...
  • Kemushi Chats: What type is she?

    31 Mar 2014 | 9:38 pm
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    Little Gaijin in the Big City

  • Back to work

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

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

    27 Mar 2014 | 9:31 am
    It's almost April, the start of the school year in Japan, and here I am in count-down mode. Ray will be starting daycare next Tuesday, and I will be going back to work soon after that. So like all newly back to work mothers I am both dreading and immensely looking forward to leaving the little one in professional care, putting on nice clothes and doing something that doesn't involve wiping things every ten minutes with a damp cloth. Ray is ONE now. Like, he wasn't even in my belly a year ago. Ok he was mostly sort of comatose at this time and squinting at us with a godfather-like 'whatsamadda…
  • On the rollercoaster

    13 Jan 2014 | 10:12 pm
    Quick! the baby's sleeping! The house is pretty messy but the sink is clear. Do...I ...gasp... have a moment to myself?? I think when I was pregnant, I posted that I was expecting having a kid to being like riding a rollercoaster. It turns out this is a pretty accurate description, and although the experience is amazing and stuff, it's hard to write while you're on the ride. I havn't seen many twitter posts or anything while actually ON a rollercoaster. just guessing, it would probably not be actually very helpful @littlegaijin: AIEEEEEE!!! #onrollercoaster So yeah. Ok. Ray is now nearly ten…
  • Backup School

    18 Nov 2013 | 10:02 pm
    Hello dear precious readers, who have all wandered away by now from the lack of posts in ... gulp. Three months! That's terrible, even for me. I'm sure you were wondering if I'm still alive. Let me assure you we are all alive and well. The tiny dictator resting on my lap now has three teeth (I see a fourth poking its way through!)and eats baby food twice a day. I've found the trick to get him to eat stuff is to keep it simple. He didn't like a mush of rice and fish and pureed dakon, but individually they were ok. Also, he likes orange foods the most. don't ask me why. The one experiment with…
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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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  • Bicycle helmet hat combo appeals to elderly bike riders

    16 Jul 2014 | 9:55 pm
    Bicycle helmets with removable, stylish hats have been created to entice elderly Japanese to wear a helmet when riding a bike. The hats are designed so they can also be worn without the helmet. Bicycle helmets are rarely worn by the elderly in Japan. Seniors say they’d like to wear safety helmets, but the helmets are uncomfortable. Elderly cyclists also say they are embarrassed about wearing traditional bike helmets. A national law requires only bicyclists under the age of 13 to wear a helmet, whether alone or when riding as passengers with a parent on a bicycle. Some municipalities…
  • Cremation ash urns use rack retrieval storage and ID card access

    15 Jul 2014 | 6:48 am
    Buddhist temples in Japan that have run out of graveyard space for tombs are turning to high-tech storage solutions for ashes of the deceased. In Japan, cremation is the norm and remains of the dead are kept in urns stored in a stone tomb on a family plot in a graveyard. The outdoor tombs have limited space for expansion. Rather than using the traditional method where each urn is displayed in a permanent spot, the new columbariums store the ashes out of site on multilevel racks, and then use a mechanical system to bring the urns out when loved ones come to visit. These storage racks have been…
  • McDonald’s gives more pickles, onions, ketchup free on request

    15 Apr 2014 | 8:40 am
    McDonald’s in Japan is giving extra condiments free to customers who request the extras at the time of ordering. The items on the so-called “Back Menu” include pickles, onions, ketchup, tartar sauce (for the Filet-O-Fish sandwich) and teriyaki sauce (for the Teriyaki burger.) The Back Menu is not advertised and there is no information about the free extra toppings in McDonald’s stores. Word that McDonald’s will add more condiments upon request is spreading via twitter. Normally there is one pickle slice on a McDonald’s hamburger. Customers can get two…
  • Fat gal marshmallow girls are chubby idols

    18 Dec 2013 | 1:38 am
    A "chubby chubby boom" of popular fat female celebrities in Japan has led to the debut of Japan’s first fashion magazine for plus-sized women. The chubby lady models of La Farfa magazine are called "Marshmallow girls."   A new idol group of heavyset female models/spokespersons called "Chubbiness" has been assembled by CanCam woman’s magazine and Avex entertainment company. The average weight of the gals in the group is 55 kilograms (121 pounds.) Anyone who drops below 50 kilograms (120 pounds)  will be fired from the group.   Big, sexy,…
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  • 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…
  • 着物を浴衣風?!浴衣を着物風?!何それ?!

    5 May 2014 | 10:12 am
    Wearing kimono like yukata, wearing yukata like kimono, what’s that all about?! (Sorry it is in Japanese) 私(AF)、冠婚葬祭の以外は、殆ど日常着として着物を着ます。が、なぜか、よく浴衣は着物風に、普段着を浴衣風に着る。何で、だろう?…
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  • Shiratama Business Ryokan

    30 Jul 2014 | 10:54 pm
    白玉旅館Kashima, a small town on the coast of the Ariake Sea in southern Saga is home to one of the Three Great Inari Shrines, Yutoku Inari, as well as having a decent collection of old buildings in an Historical Preservation Area.There is a big, modern hotel in the town, but when I tried to book a room they were full, so digging around I came up with Shiratama Business Ryokan, a small family-run hotel in a quiet neighborhood about 400 meters from the Hizenkashima station on the Nagasaki Line.The room was not large, but, unusually, had a western bed rather than futon, and the bathroom and…
  • Jofukuji Temple Nagoya

    28 Jul 2014 | 6:08 am
    Jofukuji Temple is a small family temple in Nagoya close to Atsuta Jingu with a fascinating back story.Within Jofukuji Temple stands a memorial in the shape of a ship on a stone stele to commemorate the voyage of the Tokujomaru - a Japanese ship that drifted for a record 484 days in the Pacific in 1813-1814.The entire crew perished except for 3 men who were rescued by a British ship off the coast of California and 2 men eventually returned to Japan via Kamchatka.Despite the so-called sakoku prohibitions in place at the time during the Edo Period for leaving the country, no action, it…
  • Japan News This Week 27 July 2014

    26 Jul 2014 | 6:40 pm
    今週の日本Line, a Japanese Messaging Service, Teams With New York Venture FundNew York TimesAlthough they live freely in Japan, these Koreans still support Kim Jong UnGlobal PostChina detains five over stale meat scandal BBCJapanese officials order removal of war memorial for Korean labourersGuardianJapan assures South Korea it will uphold apology over wartime sex slaveryJapan TimesFor Japan, What Comes After Collective Self-Defense?The DiplomatSocial Protest in Imperial Japan: The Hibiya Riot of 1905 帝国日本における社会的抗議行動 1905年の日比谷焼打事件 Japan…
  • Lucky Shisa Dog Lions in Okinawa

    24 Jul 2014 | 6:03 am
    シーサー 沖縄A pair of shisa figurines in the countryside near Naha, Okinawa.The shisa is a cultural artifact that illustrates Okinawa's history as the largely independent Ryukyu Kingdom. Said to have been imported from China in the 14th century, the shisa is derived from the Chinese lion-dog, and serves the same roles: protection from evil, or, to extend the idea: ensuring good luck. However, while the Okinawan shisa comes, like the Chinese "foo dog," in a great many varieties, the shisa is distinctive in being simpler than its Chinese counterpart, without the…
  • Bicycle Parking At Tennoji Station

    22 Jul 2014 | 8:36 pm
    自転車People parking illegally on the sidewalk outside Tennoji Station in Osaka has something of a nationwide reputation. It has even made national TV, with 1000's of bicycles parked on every available inch of space around the station making walking a hazardous occupation.Drawn by the new shopping centers of Harukas and Q's Mall more and more people are flooding into the area around Tennoji Station each day. When asked on TV why people parked their bicycles on the street, most replied that the pay-for bicycle lots were full. When the reporters investigated, the lots were, of course,…
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  • 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…
  • New Hell: Interview with Takayuki Yamamoto

    Emily Wakeling
    15 Jun 2014 | 10:40 pm
    The Mori Art Museum has built a reputation for large-scale, single-themed exhibitions; happiness, medicine, laughter and nature have all been past subjects. “Go-Betweens: The World Seen Through Children,” through to August 31, follows in this tradition and has childhood as its focus. The works on display mostly favour sweetness and innocence, and, with the exception of Tomoko Kikuchi’s heartbreaking video Lost Boundaries (2012), about the painful vulnerability of a young teen in urban China, most are appealing to the wonder-filled gaze of young audiences and adults alike. Zhang O takes…
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  • Akina's Back, Again

    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

    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...
  • The Taiji Saga Heads to Court

    16 May 2014 | 2:19 am
    <p><img src="" width="420" height="297" align="left" hspace="5" vspace="5" style="border: solid black 1px;" title="Ric O'Barry in Tokyo" alt="Ric O'Barry in Tokyo"> <br clear=all>Dolphin conservationist Ric O'Barry just doesn't know when to stop. The 74-year-old is back in Japan for the umpteenth time in his ongoing effort to bring an end to the dolphin slaughter and capture in the small fishing town of Taiji, Wakayama…
  • It's Been a Long... 48-year Wait

    13 May 2014 | 11:16 am
    <p><img src="" width="450" height="350" align="left" hspace="5" vspace="5" style="border: solid black 1px;" title="Paul McCartney and Yoko Ono" alt="Paul McCartney and Yoko Ono"> <br clear=all>Beatles fans who didn't manage to see their idols perform at the Nippon Budokan way back in 1966 will finally have a chance to see, well one quarter of the Fab...<br clear=all>
  • Japan: a journey between tradition and modernity

    25 Mar 2014 | 8:00 am
    <p><img src="" width="450" height="309" align="left" hspace="5" vspace="5" style="border: solid black 1px;" title="AmnesiArt" alt="AmnesiArt"> <br clear=all> AmnesiArt is a film and Fine Art photography production composed by Nick Arcivos and Ryan Earl. This film gives you the opportunity to explore the country through Tokyo, symbol of modernity, Nara and Kyoto, the...<br clear=all>
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    The Tokyo Reporter

  • Tochigi ‘pink’ theater to shut in August

    Tokyo Reporter
    31 Jul 2014 | 1:20 am
    Utsunomiya Okura GekijoUTSUNOMIYA (TR) – The curtain continues to slowly drop on what was once one of Japan’s more vibrant cinema genres. On Thursday, another of the last remaining movie houses screening soft-core pornographic films known as “pink films” announced that it is closing its doors after more than three decades in operation. The Utsunomiya Okura Gekijo, which is managed by the Okura Eiga film company, said on its Web site and Twitter account that it will close its doors on August 29 due to the deteriorated condition of its building. The announcement said that…
  • Downfall of Kanagawa assemblyman hooked on ‘dappo’ drugs for sex

    Kenji Nakano
    30 Jul 2014 | 7:54 pm
    Shukan Jitsuwa Aug. 7On July 16, Kanagawa Prefectural Police arrested Koichi Yokoyama, a former Liberal Democratic Party member of the Kanagawa Prefectural Assembly, for allegedly possessing stimulant drugs at his apartment in Yokohama last month. Officers charged Yokoyama, 41, with violating the Pharmaceutical Affairs Act — the end of the line for a member of a distinguished family hooked on drugs he used during sex, says Shukan Jitsuwa (Aug. 7). “On June 26, he was with a mistress, a hostess, at a love hotel in Yokohama,” an investigator tells the magazine. The…
  • Sex-change operation possible motive for Tokyo robberies

    Kenji Nakano
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:03 pm
    Weekly Playboy Aug. 4On July 7, Tokyo Metropolitan Police arrested 30-year-old Ikki Jin for allegedly slipping a sleeping powder into an alcoholic drink consumed by a 23-year-old male and robbing him of a total of 350,000 yen in cash and valuables in February. The apprehension marked the end of a search that began in April. Since then, police had sought assistance from the public as to the whereabouts of a woman believed to be responsible for the drugging and robbing of multiple men in the metropolis over the last two years. She had typically introduced herself to her victims as “voice…
  • Sex, lies and police tape: Aska’s other girlfriends used stimulant drugs

    Kenji Nakano
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Kasumi TochinaiDuring her first court hearing at the Tokyo District Court last week, Kasumi Tochinai, a former employee at staffing agency Pasona who has been charged with possession and use of stimulant drugs, came up with a few creative explanations for how she could have tested positive for illegal chemicals in her system. Tochinai, a 37-year-old acquaintance of troubled musician Aska, 56, one half of the pop duo Chage and Aska, who himself will appear in court to face drug charges next month, insinuated that the findings were due to mistakes on the part of the crime lab. The traces of…
  • Nagoya sex club chain with Yamaguchi-gumi ties cited for tax evasion

    Tokyo Reporter
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:09 am
    Yoshinori Sato of the Blue groupNAGOYA (TR) – The Nagoya Regional Taxation Bureau cited a chain of sex clubs whose boss is under prosecution for threatening an organized crime investigator with tax evasion, it was learned on Sunday, reports the Sankei Shimbun (July 27). Over the past six years, the seven companies within the Blue chain of sex clubs concealed 870 million yen in income, the bureau said, adding that additional taxes to be paid totals approximately 400 million yen. In December, the president of the Blue group, Yoshinori Sato, 56, was sentenced to two years and six months in…
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    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 girls in Babym […] The post Ijime, Dame, Zettai by Babymetal appeared first on Around Tokyo.
  • Old and New by darwinfish105

    Rohan Gillett
    12 Jul 2014 | 7:22 pm
    Here is the latest from Around Tokyo! Old and New is another great time-lapse video by popula […] The post Old and New by darwinfish105 appeared first on Around Tokyo.
  • Tanabata Festival – Zojoji

    Rohan Gillett
    7 Jul 2014 | 6:24 pm
    Here is the latest from Around Tokyo! Yesterday was the seventh day of the seventh month, and […] The post Tanabata Festival – Zojoji appeared first on Around Tokyo.
  • The coming storm

    Rohan Gillett
    30 Jun 2014 | 6:04 pm
    Here is the latest from Around Tokyo! A few days ago Tokyo was hit by a very big storm.  It w […] The post The coming storm appeared first on Around Tokyo.
  • The case against Akihiro Suzuki

    Rohan Gillett
    23 Jun 2014 | 8:56 am
    Here is the latest from Around Tokyo! Akihiro Suzuki finally fronted the media and gave a pub […] The post The case against Akihiro Suzuki appeared first on Around Tokyo.
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  • How To Use Music To Improve Your Japanese

    Andrew Smith
    30 Jul 2014 | 11:04 pm
    There’s nothing more frustrating than walking around all day with a song stuck in your head, playing over and over again. It’s enough to drive you and everyone else around you crazy, but why not use this annoying “ear-worm” phenomenon to your advantage and improve your Japanese skills. Instead of walking around unconsciously singing your own version of “What Makes You Beautiful” try thinking of a catchy Japanese song. While listening to Japanese music can be very helpful in many ways, by itself it is absolutely not a perfect method of completely learning the language. As we all…
  • Ohori Koen: A Beautiful Piece of Nature in the Heart of Fukuoka

    James Darnbrook
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:47 pm
    The best way to think about Ohori Koen is as a little piece of nature in the otherwise highly developed city of Fukuoka. It’s a huge park, which is beautifully maintained and from the centre of it, you can’t hear or see the traffic from the rest of the city. All you can see and hear is trees, flowers and the singing of birds. Ohori is Japanese for moat, and there is a lake at the center of the park which once served as part of the moat system for the neighboring Fukuoka Castle. As well as the lake, the park also has plenty of space to sit down and have a picnic, throw a ball around,…
  • A Caring Heart In Tokushima

    GaijinPot Commercial Partners
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:07 pm
    HEART is a registered NPO no-kill animal shelter based in Tokushima that offers accommodation in return for volunteering. It was set up by Susan Mercer who runs it with her husband Hitoshi Tojo. With a number of locals volunteering through the week it’s a great opportunity to take care of some animals but also practise your Japanese. Why Do The Animals at HEART Need Your Help? In 2011 HEART saw a massive increase in the number of animals that were brought in after the 3.11 Fukushima disaster. Many families who were forced out of their homes had no choice but to give up their beloved pets.
  • GaijinPot Weekly Job Picks

    GaijinPot Blog
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:02 pm
    Part-time International Student Coordinator ¥1,000 / Hour Shinjuku, Tokyo English: Native level Must currently reside in Japan GoGo Nihon is seeking a Part-time International Student Coordinator to help with the increase of international students (English-speaking students) using our service. Apply   Business Development Manager ¥6.6M ~ ¥7.7M / Year Minato-ku, Tokyo Civil Services (Government) Japanese: Native level The New South Wales Government (Australia) Tokyo Office works to promote investment into NSW and trade with Japan. We seek a Trade & Investment Business Development…
  • Dealing With Grief In The Classroom

    Aaron Bell
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:06 am
    Given recent news on the conflict in Gaza and the downing of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 over Ukraine, thoughts naturally go out to the bereaved. Loss of any kind is a difficult thing to deal with, and for those suffering, grief can surface at any time and in any place. This week I would like to share a few stories of times when grief of various kinds has come into the EFL classroom. Some years ago I had the privilege of teaching a Japanese World War II veteran, a medical man. We had a good relationship; he was eager to talk about his wartime experiences and would jokingly announce to new…
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    Tokyo Cheapo

  • Experience Being Flushed Down the Toilet on a Tokyo Water Slide

    Frances Maeda
    31 Jul 2014 | 1:57 am
    This article is brought to you by the potty-mouthed crew over at Tokyo Desu. A new ride at Tokyo Summerland – infamous online for its wave pool of flesh – opened in July: Named “Dekasla,” which translates as Big Slide, the attraction is situated [...]
  • Cheapo Weekend for August 2-3: Fireworks and Summer Festivals

    Frances Maeda
    30 Jul 2014 | 1:02 am
    Tokyo may be roasting right now, but there are plenty of ways to chill out this weekend. Fireworks, summer dances and a trip to space are just some of the events lined up – so clear your schedule and kick [...]
  • Trattoria Bosso: Organic Italian Lunch for 1 000 yen

    Nikita Nagras
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:23 pm
    At first glance, Trattoria Bosso resembles a dimly-lit nook for the affluent: rows of wine glasses shimmer with platinum light from chandeliers, waitresses balance large trays of pasta and bread on three fingertips, and the menu, displayed on a stand [...]
  • Best Places to Enjoy International Beer Day, August 1st, 2014

    Greg Lane
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:14 am
    It’s not as if you need an excuse to drink beer on a Friday in August, but if you do, then International Beer Day is the fake movable holiday for you.   Started in 2008, IBD is observed in more [...]
  • Free and Secure Bike Ride around the Imperial Palace Moat

    Peter Nacken
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:59 pm
    This is a great Sunday activity, especially if you have kids. The city of Tokyo has 250 bikes at hand for you to do an easy 3km, non-elevation course halfway around the Imperial Palace grounds. The streets are closed for [...]
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