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  • Stunning 22-year-old HD footage brings Tokyo of the '90s back to life

    News On Japan
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:48 am
    While camera and monitors have certainly gotten better over the years, the resolution of real life hasn't gone through any upgrades, and the physical world has always been as sharp and vibrant as what we see today. As proof, take a look of these amazing HD videos of Tokyo taken over two decades ago. (rocketnews24.com)
  • What You Need To Know About Exchanging Business Cards in Japan

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    Michael Gakuran
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:58 pm
    One of the perennial topics in Japanese business etiquette is the exchange of business cards, or meishi koukan (名刺交換) in Japanese. It’s a subject that has been addressed many times in all sorts of media, and yet the fundamental rules and social etiquette surrounding the practice are still frequently mistaken. Today I’ll go over the process of exchanging business cards and present a few choice phrases that should put you in good stead. Background The exchange of business cards is a formal self introduction with the aim of remembering the other person’s name and role…
  • Moving to Tokyo? Here The Three Cheaper Districts

    TOKYO ezine
    Erik
    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…
  • Justin Bieber apologizes for Japan war shrine trip

    News On Japan
    23 Apr 2014 | 10:14 pm
    Justin Bieber apologized Wednesday to those he offended by visiting a Japanese war shrine, saying he thought it was a beautiful site and only a place of prayer. (AP)
  • The Cold Never Bothered Me Anyway..

    Tokyo, Japan News
    24 Apr 2014 | 1:50 pm
    There will be no Sherpa-guided climbs on Mt. Everest for the rest of the climbing season to honor the 16 Sherpas who died in an avalanche last week.
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  • Justin Bieber apologizes for Japan war shrine trip

    23 Apr 2014 | 10:14 pm
    Justin Bieber apologized Wednesday to those he offended by visiting a Japanese war shrine, saying he thought it was a beautiful site and only a place of prayer. (AP)
  • 100,000 apply to participate in first public tours of parts of Imperial Palace

    23 Apr 2014 | 7:57 am
    The Imperial Household Agency announced this week that it has received over 100,000 applications from individuals seeking to participate in the first ever public opening of parts of the Imperial Palace. (Japan Today)
  • Tokyo stocks close up 1.09pc, Nikkei 225 index closed 157.50 points

    23 Apr 2014 | 7:49 am
    Tokyo stocks ended 1.09 percent higher Wednesday, buoyed by another day of gains on Wall Street and as railway and hotels giant Seibu Holdings rose nearly 11 percent on its return to the Japanese market. (brecorder.com)
  • Stunning 22-year-old HD footage brings Tokyo of the '90s back to life

    23 Apr 2014 | 4:48 am
    While camera and monitors have certainly gotten better over the years, the resolution of real life hasn't gone through any upgrades, and the physical world has always been as sharp and vibrant as what we see today. As proof, take a look of these amazing HD videos of Tokyo taken over two decades ago. (rocketnews24.com)
  • Satellite images of N.Korea test site released

    23 Apr 2014 | 4:42 am
    A US research group has released satellite images of North Korea's nuclear test site. The researchers say the photos show an increase in activities, but the operations have not reached the high level of intensity that occurred before the previous 2 detonations. (NHK)
 
 
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  • THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY [2013] movie review – recommended

    Jason Collin
    29 Mar 2014 | 8:36 pm
    It was a real wakeup call watching THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY [2013].  Walter is a guy who cannot complete a dating profile because the only thing he has ever done was visit Arizona and he does not even remember why.  Thus, he daily life is filled with elaborate daydreams where he does what he actually wants.  He changes and becomes more adventurous and even he does not realize he stopped daydreaming in that time.  I am the reverse of that.  My life before now was all adventure, very similar to Walter in that I explored a volcano and even rode the one good bike available in a remote…
  • FLIPPED [2010] movie review – recommended

    Jason Collin
    14 Mar 2014 | 7:44 pm
    Only by absolute random looking through a list of movies did FLIPPED [2010] come on to my radar this week.  I had never heard of it at all before.  Directed by Rob Reiner I will be recommending this movie so it gets the attention it deserves.  For those looking for a pure film, one free of malice and one with clever story telling, this coming of age story about young romance set in the early 1960s will amuse and entertain you. I had been planning on watching FLIPPED this evening for the past two days, however, just as I started it and saw only the studio logo come up on screen, I paused…
  • THE SPECTACULAR NOW [2013] movie review

    Jason Collin
    7 Mar 2014 | 7:57 pm
    Really only toward the end of the movie and thinking about it afterwards did I realize that the main character, a high school senior, was an alcoholic and that no one in his life called him on it in a serious way ever.  He routinely drove drunk, worked his part-time job drunk and in his free time drank.  I guess since he was always so cheerful and not belligerent he could get away with it.  It’s just something in hindsight that could ruin THE SPECTACULAR NOW [2013] for me, as it was otherwise an intimate coming of age drama. Sutter narrates the opening of the movie via answering a…
  • NEBRASKA [2013] movie review

    Jason Collin
    5 Feb 2014 | 6:02 pm
    The two things I will remember most about NEBRASKA [2013] is the beautiful score by Mark Orton and how numerous people who had not seen each other for 20 years ran out of things to say to each other after just two sentences. However, ask how long it took them to drive to their house and they are all ears. Such is the world created by Alexander Payne in this black & white movie, and I could not imagine seeing it in color. NEBRASKA is actually a road trip movie. There are no wild teens having hijinks along the road though. In fact most of the characters are old, really old, and the only…
 
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  • Parental Kidnapping Treaty in Effect for Japan

    Zurui
    31 Mar 2014 | 10:11 pm
    Via the Stars & Stripes – Pacific: A treaty aimed a preventing cross-border parental kidnapping takes effect Tuesday in Japan after years of pressure from the international community. The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International ...
  • Kemushi Chats: What type is she?

    Zurui
    31 Mar 2014 | 9:38 pm
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  • Racism in Japan Videos Causing a Stir

    Zurui
    16 Mar 2014 | 6:08 am
    Another view on life in Japan: [Via Medama Sensei Channel] ”Is there racism and discrimination in Japan? I was surprised to find out that almost all of my high school students (about 1000 students) were not aware of ...
  • Japan Signs Hague Convention: Will it Stop International Child Abduction?

    Zurui
    26 Jan 2014 | 10:44 pm
    FINALLY! Japan has taken steps to address what has become more than a “gaijin” problem. By the way, in Japan: “The Civil Code awards custody over children to only one parent, invariably to the mother, after divorce. ...
  • Abita: A Short Film About Fukushima Children

    Zurui
    10 Jan 2014 | 8:48 pm
    [Via Global Voices] “Abita”, an animated short film about Fukushima children who can’t play outside because of the radiation risk, delicately illustrates their dreams and realities. The film, produced by Shoko Hara and Paul Brenner, ...
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  • 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…
  • Traditional Baby

    14 Aug 2013 | 8:04 am
    It appears the entire world is in uproar, tabloid headlines blaring, paparazzi flashes glittering in the noonday sun, all over a tiny royal baby! .. it may not be MY baby, but I like to pretend. Ray is nearly five months old now (jeez, really? where did the time go??) and oh my gosh, he is cute. CUTE! Like, all, rolling around, giggling, touching you with hands that were not a second ago in his mouth and squishing your face with them, etc. Why HELLO there sweetie peetie cutie pootie! Now that we have a baby, the frosty mask of Japan is melting away. The motto of Tokyo in particular seems to…
 
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  • McDonald’s gives more pickles, onions, ketchup free on request

    MW
    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

    MW
    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,…
  • Beauty face pack masks looks like Kabuki facial expressions

    MW
    9 Dec 2013 | 3:26 am
    Beauty face packs that look like the facial contortions of Kabuki performers are being sold by a company that specializes in Kabuki-related products. The face pack patterns mimic the bright striped makeup worn by the actors in the bold aragoto style of Kabuki.   The mask sheets contain natural moisturizers and also have a whitening effect. Usage instructions are in Japanese and English. The Kabuki 2-sheet facial packs are for sale at the Kabuki-za theater in Tokyo, Haneda Airport in Tokyo, and Tokyo Midtown Galleria. The price is JPY 880. photos: Sankei MSN
  • Disaster cape for dogs has cushioned head hood

    MW
    28 Nov 2013 | 6:56 am
    A company that makes fashions for dogs has created the "Patent DIsaster Cape" earthquake and fire protection suit for dogs. The silver flame-retardant outfit is padded on the top to protect the dog’s head and back from falling objects. The wind-resistant cape is trimmed with reflective piping and comes in a compact flame-resistant storage bag. Price: JPY 19,800   More photos
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  • Sakura Saturday

    SomedaysSarah
    5 Apr 2014 | 1:58 am
    I'm trying to find my way back to my blog, it has been too long! So here goes... I can't do a daily sakura this year, but here are a few cherry blossom photos from my favourite spot - Asukayama in Kita-ku, Tokyo.
  • Photo Friday - Fushimi Inari Dragon

    SomedaysSarah
    19 Dec 2013 | 3:26 pm
    Because I'm a few days late for a Wordless Wednesday... A dragon waterspout from Fushimi Inari.
  • Monday

    SomedaysSarah
    18 Dec 2013 | 3:24 pm
    I spoke at an event on Sunday and because of the post-event drinking party they put me up for the night. On Monday I was to transfer at Kyoto to the shinkansen and head home, except I couldn't. Despite the mile long to-do list waiting for me at home, I couldn't just head straight home on Monday morning, it would have been such a waste! So I stashed my bag in a locker and hopped on the JR Nara line.A few minutes later I was standing beneath the first of many bright orange torii shrine gates.Thankfully the crowds thinned out the further I got up the mountain and, although the weather was grey…
  • Fall

    SomedaysSarah
    1 Dec 2013 | 6:24 pm
    After work one day last week I braved the chilly Tokyo evening, hordes of old men with big cameras and tripods, and young couples with women tripping along in completely useless high-heeled "booties." A pretty little Japanese garden by day, Rikugien does a evening light-up during fall foliage season (and sells yummy grilled rice cake dango with sweet miso or soy sauce... mmmmmm!)Without a tripod, and not wanting to stop traffic by setting up such equipment even if I had it, most of my pictures turned into fuzzy blobs of bright colour, but the light up is beautiful and the garden well…
  • Hard Corners

    SomedaysSarah
    30 Nov 2013 | 11:56 pm
    In the shower the other day I noticed an angry looking bruise on my left thigh. I'm a klutz and I bruise quite impressively, but this one was even more colourful than usual."No wonder I squeaked at U when he cuddled up to me last night!" I thought to myself.After my shower I walked into the kitchen to get myself a glass of water. Intent on my drink I wasn't watching where I was going and bashed into the dining table."Ouch!" I said to myself and rubbed my thigh, "I'm going to have a brui- ahhH!" Cartoon style, a light bulb had gone off over my head. It sure has taken me long…
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  • AF Introducing Yukata Collection 2014 浴衣コレクション 平成26

    auberginefleur
    24 Apr 2014 | 11:56 am
    The Bushōan (撫松庵) yukata collection was already being installed in the Seibu department store in Ikebukuro in late March, which is oddly early since the falling off of the “yukata boom” in the last few years. Several department stores no longer even put up their yukata collection on their websites anymore. But, from what I can tell the trend of high end (expensive) kimono-like yukata or low-end (inexpensive) cute yukata continues this year, with little advertised in between. If the department stores aren’t advertising -- the individual yukata brands, traditional yukata…
  • AF's Kimono Calendar: March 2014

    auberginefleur
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:59 am
    March was a busy month finishing up university work and preparing for my sabbatical, but I did manage to get myself in kimono four times this month despite everything. I really try to wear kimono at least once a week, usually on Saturday or Sunday. When I don’t manage to, I go into kimono withdrawal symptoms, and my kitsuke (kimono dressing) really shows too if I am without regular practice. March 2nd (Sun) At the end of last month (Feb 27), I went to a kimono event with the theme of purple (Murasaki no Kai), and one of the kimono wearers there had an obijime cord decorated with beads,…
  • Space Cherry Tree Blooms Years Earlier Than Expected

    auberginefleur
    11 Apr 2014 | 11:26 am
    via rt.com Cosmic bloom? Early blossom for cherry tree after space trip Published time: April 11, 2014 A four-year-old cherry tree grown from a pit that orbited the Earth for eight months aboard the ISS has burst into blossom in Japan far earlier than usual with very interesting flowers, a riddle that is perplexing local scientists. The ‘extraterrestrial’ cherry tree was expected to blossom in six years, in 2018, as normally it takes at least 10 years for similar sorts of tree to bear their first buds. However, in April the ‘space cherry tree’, already grown to around 4 meters tall,…
  • AF's Favorite Enka (Songs) Series

    auberginefleur
    11 Apr 2014 | 12:07 am
    Tsugaru Strait - Winter Scene Tsugaru Kaikyō - Fuyu-geshiki | 津軽海峡・冬景色 Ishikawa Sayuri(石川さゆり), singer Miki Takashi (三木たかし), composer Morioka Ken'ichirō (森岡賢一郎), arranged Aku Yuu (阿久悠 ), lyrics The single was released on 1st of January, 1977 by Nippon Columbia. Together with “Amagi-goe,” the song is Ishikawa’s most popular from her career. (wiki) To me, this song is about equal parts defiance and pathos. The refrain is, colloquially, “So, goodbye you, dear. I’m going home!”(Sayonara, anata. Watashi wa kaerimasu.)…
  • AF's Favorite Samurai (Jidaigeki) Movies 4

    auberginefleur
    28 Mar 2014 | 1:27 am
    I decided to post my favorites, in no particular order. Sword of Desperation (必死剣鳥刺し Hisshiken Torisashi) *Sorry, only trailer available. ** Then again, try this http://www.firedrive.com/file/53E138080E7A1DF2 Hisshiken Torisashi(2010) From IMDb imdb.com Sword of Desperation (必死剣鳥刺し Hisshiken Torisashi) is a 2010 Japanese film directed by Hideyuki Hirayama. A talented but troubled Edo Period swordsman, Kanemi Sanzawmon. Three years earlier, Kanemi killed a woman, Renko, the corrupt mistress of the powerful daimyo Tabu Ukyou. Unexpectedly, Kanemi received a lenient…
 
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  • President Obama Visits Japan

    24 Apr 2014 | 1:21 am
    I was cycling from the Pokemon Center Tokyo last night, where I had purchased some Darkrai movie tickets for a customer of GoodsFromJapan.com. Heading north up Sotobori-dori, the crowds suddenly got thicker as I approached Ginza. Sukiyabashi intersection was not only jam-packed, but police with ropes were controlling the crowd, parting to let everyone cross when the lights changed.I realized on looking at today’s news that what looked like half of Tokyo was out in force for a glimpse of President Obama, who was dining with Prime Minister Abe at the Sukiyabashi Jiro sushi restaurant.A…
  • Adoption in Japan

    23 Apr 2014 | 1:22 am
    養子縁組Adoption is called yohshi-engumi in Japanese, and has a long history. Provisions for adoption are found in the Taiho Code of 702, influenced by the practice of adoption in China, where it was used to ensure a male heir. Until the Meiji era of Japanese history, adoption was a much-used device of mainly the aristocracy to ensure—as in China—the succession of the family’s wealth, power and status. Adoption was freely used by ancient Japanese nobles to cement their lineage, and could lead to quite complex relationships between those involved, with even cases such as a…
  • Club Cheers Sendai

    21 Apr 2014 | 5:04 am
    Cheers is an English language school during the day and a night club and event space in the evening. Check out Club Cheers' Facebook page for the latest events and international parties.A good old-fashioned division of work and play.Club Cheers SendaiSendaishiIchibancho2-chome 7-96th floor980-0811宮城県仙台市青葉区一番丁7-9 第七丸昌興業ビル6F© JapanVisitor.com
  • Japan News This Week 20 April 2014

    19 Apr 2014 | 5:30 pm
    今週の日本What Germany Can Teach Japan New York TimesHow Japan is once again angering environmentalists with its whale hunting program Global PostJapan to launch reduced Pacific whale hunt next week BBCJapan's consumer inflation set to reach five-year highGuardianMurakami’s new book hits shelves amid fan frenzy; more orderedJapan TimesJapan in the public culture of South Korea, 1945–2000s:The making and remaking of colonial sites and memories Japan FocusLast Week's Japan News on the JapanVisitor blogStatisticsRanking of country by the Social Progress Index according to different…
  • A Walk Around Kyushu Day 30 Across Kagoshima City

    16 Apr 2014 | 4:17 pm
    A Walk Around Kyushu Day 30Across Kagoshima CityTuesday July 30th, 2013 I am going to be based here in Kagoshima for another two nights, so for today's completely urban section of the walk I can leave my heavy backpack in my room.By now the oppressive summer heat has become bearable and today's clearing skies offer a slight reduction in humidity. The plan is to head back out to the northern edge of the city and walk across it visiting the two pilgrimage temples here and head south out of the city as far as I can.Hemmed in between the mountains and the sea, Kagoshima is not very wide, but very…
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  • 10 Things in Tokyo: April Round-up

    Emily Wakeling
    10 Apr 2014 | 8:42 am
    Normally held during the chilly month of March, this year Roppongi Art Night has been put forward in the year to Saturday, April 19th. Starting in 2009, it is a one-night event held in the streets and art venues in Roppongi. Katsuhiko Hibino will once again direct the event. Video artist Yu Araki is having a solo exhibition The Container. The video on show is “Angelo Lives”, a mix of footage taken from Japan, Spain and Italy with a strange narrative surrounding the history of Christianity in Japan (until May 19). Three artists in their thirties- Takahiro Iwasaki, Ryuta Iida and…
  • Public Art #6: Choi Jeong Hwa’s “Fruits Tree”

    Nick West
    27 Mar 2014 | 4:16 am
    Ten imitation wooden logs encircle a sculpture at the edge of Rinko Park, Yokohama. An earthy, brown rope is threaded through them, politely separating a quiet public garden from a bumper crop of jumbo plastic fruit and vegetables. Stuffed between large leaves, its harvest is so densely packed that any branches are obscured and its structure is concealed. Commissioned as part of Yokohama’s first Triennale of contemporary art in 2001, the five metre-tall Fruits Tree (2001) by the Korean artist Choi Jeong Hwa is one of several public art projects envisaged to continue after the festival.
  • Art Fair Tokyo 2014

    Rachel Carvosso
    12 Mar 2014 | 8:32 pm
    The 2014 preview of Tokyo Art Fair at the Tokyo International Forum was packed and bustling with 145 galleries and numerous designers, craftspeople and artists. Divided into two halls, most of the major galleries of Tokyo and the rest of Japan were represented. Whether as a buyer or an interested art lover, it was a good opportunity to take in the best of Japanese contemporary art and a chance to see new work from contemporary Asian galleries. While Japan sometimes struggles to make its mark on the international stage, here many Japanese artists and works demonstrated an attention to detail…
  • Hi-Red Center

    Jessica Jane Howard
    7 Mar 2014 | 3:07 am
    In 1994 Alexandra Munroe organized the milestone exhibition “Japanese Art After 1945: Scream Against the Sky” in New York, the first of its kind to introduce a broad survey of modern and contemporary Japanese art to American audiences. Despite coverage alongside contemporary Japanese artists, historic avant-garde collectives like Hi-Red Center and Gutai received little international recognition thereafter. Instead, it was contemporary pop art successors such as Takashi Murakami and Yoshitomo Nara that began their overseas boom in the mid-to-late nineties. These relatively new…
  • 10 Things in Tokyo: March Round-up

    Emily Wakeling
    3 Mar 2014 | 6:45 pm
    To start, March is the time for Tokyo’s largest gathering of collectors and dealers, with Art Fair Tokyo happening over the weekend of Friday March 7th until Sunday the 9th. Local galleries will be represented next to some international counterparts, alongside the fair’s side-event talks and special exhibits. Over the same weekend, “3331 Art Fair -Various Collectors’ Prizes” will be held at 3331 Arts Chiyoda. The event is a aimed at being a casual, approachable format for first-time buyers and those interested in knowing more about the art market. Outside of these…
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  • Kyoto cops raise ‘white flag’ in killing of ‘Gyoza King’

    Kenji Nakano
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:09 pm
    Sapio MayOn the morning of December 19, Takayuki Ohigashi, 72, the president of dumpling chain Gyoza no Ohsho (Gyoza King) was shot dead in Kyoto as he commuted to work. An employee at the company found the president collapsed near a parking lot for the company’s headquarters in Yamashina Ward and phoned emergency services. Ohigashi received four wounds from a 25-caliber weapon to the right part of his chest and abdomen from an unknown gunman. The assailant fled the scene, and Kyoto Prefectural Police launched a murder investigation. Since then, reports Sapio (May), the police have been…
  • Chain of ‘fashion health’ sex clubs busted for tax evasion

    Tokyo Reporter
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:47 pm
    The Hot Point Group has 16 shops nationwideOSAKA (TR) – For several years through 2013 a nationwide chain of sex clubs has been accused of concealing income totaling 3.2 billion yen, reports the Asahi Shimbun (Apr. 23). The Osaka branch of the National Tax Agency and others are expected to apply a severe tax penalty to the Hot Point Group, whose affiliated companies are alleged to have hidden revenue and inflated expenses on tax filings. The Hot Point Group has 16 establishments nationwide, including shops in Yokohama, Kobe, Kyoto, Fukuoka and Kumamoto. The group specializes in…
  • Ex-yakuza stabs school boy with scissors at Shinjuku Station

    Tokyo Reporter
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:12 pm
    Shinjuku StationTOKYO (TR) – Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Tuesday arrested a former organized crime member for stabbing an 18-year-old boy inside JR Shinjuku Station, reports the Sankei Shimbun (Apr. 22). On Sunday at 10:35 p.m., Yuko Hoshi, 62, is alleged to have cut the head of the victim, a high school student, near the ticket gate of the station’s West Exit. The boy received minor injuries to his head. “I intended to kill,” the suspect is quoted by police. The incident began on the platform of Suidobashi Station, from where the suspect called out to the boy in an…
  • Fowl-mouthed seductress drugging and robbing Tokyo night owls

    Kenji Nakano
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:20 am
    Shukan Bunshun Apr. 24The pouty look known by the term ahiru-guchi (or duck mouth), which is formed by a protrusion of the lips relative to the cheeks, has been considered highly attractive on young women in Japan over the past few years. But some men in Tokyo are now likely reassessing what they see in a lady after being played for a fool by an attractive woman dubbed the “duck-mouth girl,” who has been drugging and robbing male targets across the metropolis since at least October of last year, reports Shukan Bunshun (Apr. 24). In the middle of December, a 32-year-old man…
  • Ex-judge installed camera in women’s toilet at Ministry of Justice

    Tokyo Reporter
    21 Apr 2014 | 7:24 pm
    The 50-year-old former judge allegedly installed the camera in a toilet stall in MarchTOKYO (TR) – A former judge from the Ministry of Justice is alleged to have installed a camera inside a women’s toilet inside a ministry building in Kasumigaseki, people with knowledge of the matter announced on Monday, reports Sports Nippon (Apr. 22). Investigators plan to charge the former magistrate, a 50-year-old male who was not named, with violating a Tokyo public nuisance ordinance. Data from the camera, which was installed inside a toilet stall in March, is now being carefully examined by…
 
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  • Moving to Tokyo? Here The Three Cheaper Districts

    Erik
    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

    Erik
    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

    Erik
    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…
  • Meet the Next Poker Superstar: Naoya Kihara

    Erik
    10 Dec 2013 | 7:13 am
    Japan finally makes a name in the poker world In time for the 2020 Olympics, Japan has been finding ways to increase its tourism, and one of that is by getting a license for their casinos. News 24 reported that Japan is one of the world’s last untapped gaming markets and, with a wealthy population and proximity to China, could generate $15 billion (or approximately 1.5 trillion Japanese Yen). If ever that happens, this country will be the world’s second-largest gambling destination after Macau. One of the most popular casino games in Japan is poker and there’s a place in Tokyo where…
  • Autumn 2013 in Tokyo

    Erik
    10 Oct 2013 | 2:39 am
    The autumn is arrived also in Japan and Tokyo, while the leaves are already changing color, creating breathtaking panoramas. This season is considered by many the second best season in which to visit and see Japan, after the blooming period of sakura. The Japanese are very attached to the cherry blossoms, not only for pure aesthetic sense, but just because the cherry blossom perfectly represents the transience of human life. In addition to a pure aesthetic taste, many travelers believe that the fall season is by far the best place to visit Japan, also because this season represents well the…
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  • What You Need To Know About Exchanging Business Cards in Japan

    Michael Gakuran
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:58 pm
    One of the perennial topics in Japanese business etiquette is the exchange of business cards, or meishi koukan (名刺交換) in Japanese. It’s a subject that has been addressed many times in all sorts of media, and yet the fundamental rules and social etiquette surrounding the practice are still frequently mistaken. Today I’ll go over the process of exchanging business cards and present a few choice phrases that should put you in good stead. Background The exchange of business cards is a formal self introduction with the aim of remembering the other person’s name and role…
  • Usuzumi Zakura ~ One of the Three Great Cherry Trees of Japan

    John Asano
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:18 pm
    Usuzumi Zakura (淡墨桜) is a famous old cherry tree in the beautiful mountains of Gifu Prefecture. Located in the picturesque Neodani Valley in Neo Village, Motosu about 28 km from Gifu City, Usuzumi Zakura is one of the oldest cherry trees in Japan at over 1,500 years old. The tree is said to have been planted in person by Emperor Keitai (the 26th emperor of Japan) in the 6th century. The name Usuzumi Zakura means “pale grey cherry blossom”, which describes the very light grey colour of the trees blossoms just as they are about to fall. Usu or usui means pale or weak in Japanese…
  • Secret Diary of an English Teacher: The Training

    Secret Diary of an English Teacher
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:11 pm
    Dear Diary, So, I’m in Japan. Ja-friggin-pan! I’ve been here for a week and, blimey it’s awesome! Before I arrived I tried to prepare myself for the culture shock. I went to Yo! Sushi on my way to the airport, I watched some anime and considered changing my political stance on whale hunting, but none of it helped. Culture shock? More like culture aneurism! Not that I had much opportunity to really notice it. I arrived into Narita on the Sunday, and by Monday I was in ALT training. So, I rocked up, suited and booted, to this huge lecture hall, where there were hundreds of other nervous…
  • Decoding Japanese Hair Salon Menus

    Lynn Allmon
    21 Apr 2014 | 6:24 pm
    Spring is in full swing here in Japan and it’s the perfect time to start fresh with a new style, but both the language barrier and the number of unfamiliar options available, getting a haircut in Japan can be intimidating. In this article, you can read about some of the most offered salon menu items in Japan. Straightening 縮毛矯正 (shukumou kyousei) Cost: 8000 yen to 25,000 yen Hair straightening is a lot more popular in Japan that I had imagined. An American friend of mine often gets straightening done at Tokyo salons, saying that Japanese hair straightening works a lot better.
  • Katu Midori: For All Your Sushi Needs

    Lisa Hong
    20 Apr 2014 | 5:43 pm
    Here are some dilemmas sushi-lovers face: 1) Your appetite is bigger than your wallet 2) You’re a stickler for quality 3) The best places have the longest lines 4) Your Japanese isn’t very strong 5) Your food partner isn’t into fish, but you’re really craving sushi Katu Midori is the answer to all of the above problems. This place is part of the already popular sushi restaurant chain, Umegaoka Sushi No Midori (梅丘寿司の美登利総本店), famous for unbelievably fresh quality. While these original restaurants can be on the pricey side, they offer their budget…
 
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  • Cheapo Weekend for April 26-27: Rainbows and Crafts

    Frances Maeda
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:25 am
    We’ve got five ideas for you for a laid-back, sunny Saturday and Sunday in Tokyo. The biggest thing this weekend is happening between 11 and 6pm on Sunday. Harajuku and Shibuya will be hosting Tokyo Rainbow Parade, an annual event [...]
  • Cheap Pizza in Ikebukuro: A Pizza

    Frances Maeda
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:50 am
    Another contender in Tokyo’s slew of 500 yen-or-under pizza joints, A Pizza is a good spot for a light lunch or dinner if you’re roaming around Ikebukuro. There’s so much cheap pizza in Tokyo that one could justify dubbing the [...]
  • Printing at the Combini: Cheaper than Kinko’s and Easier to Find

    Greg Lane
    20 Apr 2014 | 7:10 am
    Sometimes, when you’re about to go into a meeting you might find yourself needing to print out a big pile of documents – or perhaps you’re like me and you’ve decided not to have a home inkjet printer and get [...]
  • Beer, Parks and Picnics

    Chris Kirkland
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:34 pm
    This week the cheapos tackle good parks for picnics (and grass) in Tokyo, and some craft beers you can take with you. Parks Shinjuku Gyoen – 200yen for adults, 50yen for children Yoyogi park (secret park as well) Tachikawa Showa [...]
  • Cheapo Weekend for April 19-20: Art Night and More

    Frances Maeda
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:49 am
    With some big events lined up for this weekend, it’s a great time to be around Tokyo. If you don’t have anything too hectic planned for Sunday (or even if you do), head over to one of Tokyo’s biggest events [...]
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