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  • Tokyo Game Show 2014 : Day 2- The Photographers

    The Hairy White Prince's RARETREATS
    21 Sep 2014 | 11:06 pm
    Amateurs ruining a good opportunity !!"Japanese women are all narcissists at heart, in fact most of them like to stand totally nude in front of their bedroom mirrors and examine themselves for ridiculously long periods of time. She'll probably put her hands under both of her juggs to feel their heft” Manabu Ota (38) should know, he spends most of his free time as a voyeur.“ We Japanese men are voyeurs at heart and only our cowardice keeps us from acting on our impulses"The annual Tokyo Gameshow is a chance for Japan's voyeurs to band together and share their…
  • Tokyo Game Show 2014: The Exhibitors vs. the Booth Babes

    The Hairy White Prince's RARETREATS
    20 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    The inside scoop on the Tokyo Game Show is that the first two days are where the business is, deals are made and the promotion takes place. All the money is made and the publicity is generated. Sure, some shitty little game bloggers get in with a press pass they don't deserve, and some companies give away passes to employees, who may sell them or give them away to ham and eggers with no power. Foreign visitors were outraged to find out Saturdays tickets had sold out by 10 am. The cunning Japanese fans had bought their tickets well in advance.Indeed, Saturday and Sunday suck. Open to the…
  • Nikkei falls to 3-week low on global manufacturing gloom

    News On Japan
    2 Oct 2014 | 7:33 am
    Japanese shares tumbled to three-week lows on Thursday morning after disappointing global manufacturing activity stocked concerns over global growth, while the first confirmed case of Ebola in the United States heightened the risk-averse mood. (brecorder.com)
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    Tokyo, Japan News
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:46 pm
    Marshall Kirk McKusick writes books and articles, consults, and teaches classes on UNIX- and BSD-related subjects. While at the University of California at Berkeley, he implemented the 4.2BSD fast filesystem and was the Research Computer Scientist at the Berkeley Computer Systems Research Group , overseeing the development and release of 4.3BSD and 4.4BSD.
  • Aguirre calls up Kagawa three uncapped players to Japan squad

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    1 Oct 2014 | 9:51 am
    Tokyo (AFP) - Japan's new coach Javier Aguirre called up Dortmund midfielder Shinji Kagawa on Wednesday for friendlies against Jamaica and Brazil this month, in his first international duty ...
 
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  • Robert N.M. Watson

    1 Oct 2014 | 10:46 pm
    Marshall Kirk McKusick writes books and articles, consults, and teaches classes on UNIX- and BSD-related subjects. While at the University of California at Berkeley, he implemented the 4.2BSD fast filesystem and was the Research Computer Scientist at the Berkeley Computer Systems Research Group , overseeing the development and release of 4.3BSD and 4.4BSD.
  • Intensifying Typhoon Phanfone Heads for Japan

    1 Oct 2014 | 7:01 pm
    Typhoon Phanfone is gathering strength in the western Pacific Ocean, with projections showing that it may intensify significantly - likely to super typhoon status - before veering toward mainland Japan by Oct. 5. Computer-model simulations on Wednesday show that the storm will likely intensify over the next few days, while moving northwest, toward extreme southwest Japan or the open East China Sea. However, winds in the upper atmosphere should turn the storm north and then northeast, potentially making a direct hit on several Japanese islands, and scoring a direct hit on Tokyo as a Category…
  • "Nippon Light Metal Company, Ltd. (5701) : Company Profile and SWOT...

    1 Oct 2014 | 3:20 am
    World Market Intelligence strictly follows a standardized research methodology to ensure high levels of data quality and these characteristics guarantee a unique report. Report Highlights Nippon Light Metal Company, Ltd. is an integrated aluminum manufacturer with activities ranging from alumina refining to fabrication of various products based in Japan.
  • OKI Releases Social and Environmental Report 2014

    30 Sep 2014 | 11:34 pm
    In an effort to help stakeholders better understand the OKI Group's initiatives, the report describes environmental protection efforts and activities undertaken by the OKI Group in the preceding fiscal year . It is scheduled to be published in PDF format on the OKI website at noon.
  • GMO GlobalSign Acquires Ubisecure

    30 Sep 2014 | 3:57 pm
    The acquisition delivers essential technology and talent to propel GlobalSign's strategic focus on identity services for the rapidly emerging, $14.4 trillion Internet of Everything market, where the ability to make secure networked connections among people, processes, data and things, will require that every "thing" have a trusted identity. Ubisecure is recognized as a product leader in Access Management & Federation by Europe's leading information security analyst firm KuppingerCole -- a market that is expected to reach $7 billion by 2017.
 
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    I'm A Seoul Man in Tokyo

  • Is Blogging Dead?

    Jon Allen
    21 Sep 2014 | 4:51 am
    This blog is not dead, it's just resting. (to coin a phrase from a certain well known British comedy show).I still maintain the Japan Blog List but the number of submissions is down to a small handful every month. Very few people are starting new blogs, and existing blogs are slowing fading away. One blogger who has NOT faded away is Diamond Geezer his recent post about starting his blog 12 years ago, and he is still going strong, posting something every single day, without fail. I continue to post details of stuff I find interesting on Facebook but I also spend a lot of time on Twitter as…
  • Japanese Driving License Renewal

    Jon Allen
    23 Nov 2013 | 4:06 am
    Just a few tips and observations on renewing your Japanese driving license.First, if you have not set yourself a reminder for three years after you got your first license, then look out for the small and innocuous little note you get in the post get about six weeks before it is due to expire. The only way I had to identify that it might be something important was the web site address http://www.keishicho.metro.tokyo.jp. They also give a telephone number for an English Guide 03 5463 6000.The telephone guide very clearly explains that you only need to bring three things with you : The reminder…
  • Yakushima : Island of Sugi

    Jon Allen
    23 Nov 2013 | 1:59 am
    Yakushima is an island off the south coast of Kyushu, famous for it's ancient Cedar trees known as Sugi. My wife and I enjoyed a week on the island at the end of March. The easiest and fastest way to get to the Island is by flying and there are five flights a day from Kagoshima airport every day. Cheaper options are to take a Jetfoil from Kagoshima, or a slower ferry, but, as we looked down at the choppy seas from the airplane on the way in, and our previous experiences with sea sickness on boats, we were very glad to have paid the extra to arrive at Yakushima's small airport on the west…
  • Meguro Sky Garden

    Jon Allen
    31 Mar 2013 | 7:11 am
    The front page of the Japan Times today has a photo of the Meguro Tenku Teien ( Meguro Sky Garden ) from the air that opened to the public yesterday. It demonstrates the huge size of the construction that the new garden sits on top of. It is just fifteen minutes walk from our house and I have been observing the construction of this massive edifice for the past five years. The Garden is between three and four floors up, on top of the Ohashi Expressway junction. The junction allows traffic from the Expressway on the overpass to join the recently built tunnel three floors below ground. One…
  • Scenes from the Streets of Kochi

    Jon Allen
    6 Nov 2012 | 4:45 am
    Kochi city in Shikoku was one our favorite towns to walk around. Here is a selection of some of the sights that caught my eye. This cat was sat on top of a restaurant beside the Onagadori centre The whale was buried in the pavement in the covered shopping plaza in the centre of the town. Along with these fishes stuck on the side of the building a bit further up the road This Koban (Police station) was quite stylish. I've sometimes considered the idea of doing a photo series on the huge variety of Koban you can find, from these eye catching modern ones, to tiny, eldery cabins. My main worry…
 
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  • Mr. Ruins: Prologue- 11 YEARS LATER

    MJG
    26 Sep 2014 | 1:01 am
    This is the prologue, titled 11 YEARS LATER, of my science-fiction thriller MR. RUINS, book 1 in the RUINS SONATA. Read more about it here.   I’m finally leaving. The Wall-line train roars into the station like percussive wind, thunderously...
  • Adventures in Book Cover Design: Mr. Ruins

    MJG
    24 Sep 2014 | 4:14 am
    If you follow this blog, you’ll see I’ve been pushing my latest book, Mr. Ruins- which had a cover I poured all my ideas into, but people thought looked like a bunch of worms sitting on an eyeball. :(. It...
  • New Release – Mr. Ruins at 99 cents!

    MJG
    12 Aug 2014 | 2:55 am
    My brand new science fiction techno-thriller Mr. Ruins is out on amazon, and on sale for just 99 cents/pence internationally until August 20th (after which it goes back up to $4.99). So if you want to buy, I suggest you...
  • Mr. Ruins

    MJG
    12 Jul 2014 | 6:57 pm
    Mr. Ruins is an action-thriller science fiction novel set in a sprawling future-ruin. Ex-skirmisher Ritry Goligh must learn to fight through the bonds of the mind’s Molten Core, while 7 lost marines venture deep into the heart of consciousness, before...
  • Game of Thrones is a Presidential Primary

    MJG
    16 Jun 2014 | 7:43 pm
    Before the last US election (2012) there was an intensely mad and squabblish Presidential Primary for the GOP, during which a whole heffalump of oddball candidates popped their heads up, beat the crap out of each other in televised debates,...
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    Eurotechnology Japan

  • ApplePay vs Osaifu-Keitai – CNBC interview

    Gerhard Fasol
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:32 pm
    ApplePay is expected to start in October 2014 – Docomo’s Osaifu-keitai wallet phones started on July 10, 2004. Click blue arrow below to watch video: Read more details here: ApplePay vs Japan’s Osaifu-Keitai In business the first-comer does not always win the game Japan’s NTT-Docomo tested two types of wallet phones, manufactured by Panasonic and […] The post ApplePay vs Osaifu-Keitai – CNBC interview appeared first on Eurotechnology Japan.
  • Apple Pay vs Japan’s Osaifu-keitai

    Gerhard Fasol
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:58 am
    What can we learn from 10+ years of mobile payments in Japan? Apple Pay mobile payments are expected to start in October 2014 Japan’s Osaifu keitai mobile payments started on July 10, 2004, after public testing during December 2003 – June 2004 Two different types of Docomo‘s “Osaifu-Keitai“, manufactured by Panasonic and by SONY, were […] The post Apple Pay vs Japan’s Osaifu-keitai appeared first on Eurotechnology Japan.
  • EU Japan management: what is the value of good management?

    Gerhard Fasol
    10 Sep 2014 | 5:11 am
    EU direct foreign investment into Japan could be 56% higher! With improved management skills, EU owned business in Japan could be at least € 50 billion high than it is today Many companies would wish to have a larger business in Japan, and generally the overall amount of direct EU investment in Japan is considered […] The post EU Japan management: what is the value of good management? appeared first on 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.
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    Lets Japan

  • 3D breasts popping up on gadget accessories; Big thumb swipe - personal parts popular in Japan

    MW
    29 Sep 2014 | 11:55 pm
      Handy tablet thumb stylus, pointy stick-on teeth and other gadgets and products that look like body parts help Japanese have a convenient and happy daily life.   All thumbs not the same A thumb-shaped slip-on stylus extender that provides more thumb and makes it easier for small hands to navigate the new big-screen smartphones and other devices is just the latest body part-inspired product made in Japan. The prosthetic Yubi Nobiru thumb stylus is made by novelty goods maker Sanko and sells for JPY 1480. The finger debuted in May this year but has attracted attention now due to the…
  • Weather girls go watch guerilla thunderstorms

    MW
    25 Sep 2014 | 1:47 am
    A TV weather channel in Japan has added staff "Guerilla Thunderstorm Girls" to its volunteer force of citizens who report weather conditions around the country. A "guerilla storm" refers to a severe thunderstorm which occurs with little warning – and is hard for forecasters to predict – and which has the potential for heavy downpours, high winds and tornadoes. Weathernews has utilized volunteers nationwide to monitor the weather and developing thunderstorms since 2008. The 50,000 "Guerilla Thunderstorm Guards" use the "Guerilla Thunderstorm…
  • Bicycle helmet hat combo appeals to elderly bike riders

    MW
    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

    MW
    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…
 
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  • AF's Coordination for Textile Symposium 2014

    auberginefleur
    20 Sep 2014 | 2:01 pm
    What I Really Wore... actually pretty close (see first thoughts here) * Some the images were taken in a mirror. Don’t worry, I am wearing my kimono properly left-over-right. *いくつかの写真は鏡で取ったので、左右が逆になっていますが、ご心配なく、着物は左上を間違いなく着ています。 TUE The 9TH Kurume-Gasuri Cotton Hitoe Kimono 久留米絣 単衣 Hakata Hanhaba obi, white and purple reversible 博多織 献上柄 半幅帯 小袋帯 Obiage, crimson and silver Obijime, burgundy-purple narrow belt All I had to do this day was get myself on…
  • Orchestra Plays to Feline Pianist

    auberginefleur
    20 Sep 2014 | 10:54 am
    Post by Thomas Barrett.
  • AF's Coordination Conundrums for Textile Symposium 2014

    auberginefleur
    8 Sep 2014 | 8:45 am
    The photo BELOW shows my first thoughts on what to bring to wear for the Textile Society of America Symposium 2014; ABOVE shows my most recent thoughts. Now it remains to be seen what I actually pack and wear? Any thoughts? Comments? (comments here) Textile Society of America Symposium 2014 (AF’s of Special Interest picks) 9/10 (WED) EARLY DYEBOOKS AND THE INVESTIGATION OF THE SCIENCE OF COLOR – PRE-SYMPOSIUM WORKSHOP 9/11 (THU) Sessions 2D. Alternative Plant Fibers: Preservation, Development, Sustainability Chair: Yuko Fukatsu Location: South Bay Room 1. Lesli Robertson: Ugandan Bark…
  • AF’s Kimono Calendar AUGUST 2014

    auberginefleur
    7 Sep 2014 | 1:51 pm
    Blog Mura Kitsuke
  • 紅葉情報 2014 Fall Leaves Forecast for Japan・Tokyo Etc

    auberginefleur
    6 Sep 2014 | 11:54 am
    See also, The Color of Autumn in Japanese Poetry The next most important thing in Japan after Cherry Blossoms, is the fall colors, called Kōyō (紅葉) "crimson leaves" in Japanese. The fall leaves are still being predicted (WeatherNews et al)to be at their best in the Tokyo area around the third week of November or so, but some have reported (as of September) spotting colored leaves already in some areas, as can be seen in the large map above. * Click on the maps below to interactive fall color maps at their original site. (Beware though, some of the sites may not have been updated…
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    The Hairy White Prince's RARETREATS

  • Tokyo Game Show 2014 : Day 2- The Photographers

    21 Sep 2014 | 11:06 pm
    Amateurs ruining a good opportunity !!"Japanese women are all narcissists at heart, in fact most of them like to stand totally nude in front of their bedroom mirrors and examine themselves for ridiculously long periods of time. She'll probably put her hands under both of her juggs to feel their heft” Manabu Ota (38) should know, he spends most of his free time as a voyeur.“ We Japanese men are voyeurs at heart and only our cowardice keeps us from acting on our impulses"The annual Tokyo Gameshow is a chance for Japan's voyeurs to band together and share their…
  • Tokyo Game Show 2014: The Exhibitors vs. the Booth Babes

    20 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    The inside scoop on the Tokyo Game Show is that the first two days are where the business is, deals are made and the promotion takes place. All the money is made and the publicity is generated. Sure, some shitty little game bloggers get in with a press pass they don't deserve, and some companies give away passes to employees, who may sell them or give them away to ham and eggers with no power. Foreign visitors were outraged to find out Saturdays tickets had sold out by 10 am. The cunning Japanese fans had bought their tickets well in advance.Indeed, Saturday and Sunday suck. Open to the…
  • The Dark Side of Japanese Online Dating

    6 Sep 2014 | 8:08 pm
    Some of the loneliest Japanese people I know are married.... The beach was happening on August 30th. It's September 7th and the beach is dead. My old pal, Mutsuhiro "Mandrake" Watanabe (33), spent the last two weeks of prime pick up season locked up. Japan's beach scene goes into hibernation from Sept 1st.  His usual hunting ground,Yoyogi Park's Fall Festival circuit, is closed until further notice thanks to the Dengue fever outbreak. Newlywed Mandrake doesn't care what the date is, “ Of course I'd rather be in the park this time of year, the culture…
  • Inside the Seaworld of Japan

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

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

    30 Sep 2014 | 8:01 am
    遅延証明書Trains in Japan are renowned for achieving the almost impossible feat (in most countries) of running on time. And even if a train is a minute or two late, in Tokyo during the day they come and go so frequently that you're never waiting for more than about five minutes.Train delay certificate, Sobu Line, Tokyo, Japan.Having the trains run on time in Japan is achieved by way of strict discipline and efficient communication, which is visible in the highly formalized words and gestures used by train drivers and station staff.If you watch a Japanese train driver or the guard who…
  • Oranda Slope & Western Residences in Nagasaki

    29 Sep 2014 | 9:58 pm
    オランダ坂Oranda Slope or Dutch Slope is an area of western style houses in Nagasaki close to the Confucius Shrine and Oura Catholic Church.The Dutch had been permitted to trade on the artificial island of Dejima in Nagasaki throughout the Edo Period. With the opening up of Nagasaki to other foreigners as a Treaty Port in 1859, nationals from Britain, the USA, France, Russia and other countries began to settle. The Japanese residents of Nagasaki referred to all non-Asians as "Oranda-jin" - Dutchmen.Most people associate western residences in Nagasaki with Scottish businessman Thomas…
  • Japan News This Week 28 September 2014

    27 Sep 2014 | 5:37 pm
    今週の日本Yoshiko Yamaguchi, 94, Actress in Propaganda Films, DiesNew York TimesJapan steps up sanctions as tensions rise with Russia BBCAnger in Tokyo after North Korea delays report on abductionsGuardianNew idol group exists to pay off debtsJapan TimesJapan: Let Them Eat WhaleThe DiplomatA New Japanese Miracle? Its Hamstrung Feed-in Tariff Actually Works Japan FocusAsia's troubled waters: What's going on in the South China Sea? Take our quiz.Christian Science MonitorLast Week's Japan News on the JapanVisitor blogStatisticsCountries, by percentage of population, most at risk from…
  • Japan in Vietnam

    26 Sep 2014 | 8:01 am
    ベトナムにおいての日本Being in Vietnam as a tourist is an odd idea if you're old enough to remember the constant black-and-white news coverage of the place during its wartorn years. However, its the second decade of the 21st century, and everything's sharper now and in color.Lotteria hamburger outlet in VietnamOur few days in Vietnam were dominated by color: a sizzling palette of it after the dove, mushroom or battleship grays of Japan. The architecture, too, is a world away from Japan's--ironically in that it epitomises a central element of Japanese culture that is…
  • Asuwa Shrine

    26 Sep 2014 | 4:06 am
    足羽神社Asuwa Shrine on Asuwayama (Mt. Asuwa) in Fukui is said to be 1500 years old. Asuwa enshrines the mythical 6th century Emperor Keitai, who was supposedly born in Fukui.Asuwa Shrine is mentioned in both the Nihonshoki and Kojiki chronicles and is known for its ancient weeping cherry tree said to be at least 370 years old. During the cherry blossom season the tree is illuminated at night.The actual buildings, however, date from 1959, as the shrine has been destroyed several times over its history by fire, war and earthquake.Asuwa Shrine attractions supplicants to pray for safe…
 
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  • Hello. My Name is Skywhale…

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

    Nick West
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:41 pm
    In the “Yokohama Triennale 2014 – Art Fahrenheit 451: Sailing into the Sea of Oblivion,” there’s a tremendous amount to see. Occupying the two main venues—Yokohama Museum of Art and the Shinko Pier Exhibition Hall—the triennale extends to a further five smaller venues. Known as Creative City Core Area Bases, these include BankART Studio NYK, Zou-No-Hana Terrace, Steep Slope Studio, the Hatsuko/Hinode Area and the Yokohama Creativity Centre. If you’re intent on seeing everything, be warned: an all-area ticket could easily take all day to explore. Be sure to get there…
  • 10 Things in Tokyo: September Round-Up

    Emily Wakeling
    4 Sep 2014 | 12:51 am
    The inaugural Hillside Terrace Photo Fair is happening this weekend in Daikanyama until Sunday 7th. The fair includes talk events from some pretty big names in Japanese photography, such as Miyako Ishiuchi, Eiko Hosoe, Issei Suda, Daido Moriyama, as well as younger artists such as Takashi Arai, Daisuke Yokota and Ken Kitano. As well as a dozen photobook publishers, among the galleries represented are MEM (with Charles Fréger, pictured), Misako & Rosen, Taka Ishii, Shugoarts and Tomio Koyama. One of the visiting international photographers, Beat Streuli, is also showing at Yumiko Chiba…
  • 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…
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    Japan Zone - Entertainment News from Japan

  • MAXIMUM THE HORMONE Headed to US

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

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

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

    tokyoguy
    16 May 2014 | 2:19 am
    <p><img src="http://www.japan-zone.com/modern/pix/r/ric-obarry-tokyo-2014.jpg" 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

    tokyoguy
    13 May 2014 | 11:16 am
    <p><img src="http://www.japan-zone.com/modern/pix/m/mccartney-ono.jpg" 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>
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  • Kudo-kai top-3 bosses arrested in 2013 stabbing of nurse

    Brett Bull
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:13 am
    Fumio Tanoue and Satoru NomuraFUKUOKA (TR) – As a part of a continuing crackdown on the Kudo-kai organized crime group, Fukuoka Prefectural Police on Wednesday announced the arrest of the gang’s top-three bosses for participation in the stabbing of a woman last year, reports the Mainichi Shibun (Oct. 1). Officers took number-three boss Keigo Kikuchi, 42, into custody and re-arrested top bosses Satoru Nomura, 67, and Fumio Tanoue, 58, on charges of systematic attempted murder. At around 7:00 p.m. on January 28 of last year, the woman, 45, was approached from behind on a walkway in…
  • Tokyo film fest to feature 5 world premieres in competition

    Brett Bull
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:27 pm
    Daihachi Yoshida’s ‘Pale Moon’TOKYO (TR) – The 27th Tokyo International Film Festival will be highlighted next month by five world premieres in competition as the event attempts to raise its profile, organizers announced on Tuesday. TIFF will boost its name recognition while seeking to garner a larger audience for films, fest chairman Yasushi Shiina said at a press conference at the Toranomon Hills complex. “The major objectives of the festival are to motivate people in the movie industry while strengthening the brand-recognition of TIFF among general consumers by…
  • Tokyo police pinch prolific purse-snatching pair

    Amy Takahashi
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:20 am
    Shukan Jitsuwa Oct. 9Earlier this month, Tokyo Metropolitan Police apprehended a purse-snatching team believed to have been involved in dozens of robberies in the metropolis since August. On September 12, officers arrested a 16-year-old runaway girl on theft charges and Yoshiyo Takahashi, 25, for the abduction of a minor. According to Shukan Jitsuwa (Oct. 9), Takahashi instructed the girl in how to carry out the crimes. “The police used testimony of victims and surveillance camera footage to deduce that the crimes were carried out by a young girl with long hair riding a bicycle,”…
  • Roppongi ‘show pub’ busted for licensing violations

    Brett Bull
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:56 pm
    Ikuo NishiyamaTOKYO (TR) – Tokyo Metropolitan Police last week raided a cabaret in the Roppongi entertainment district for licensing violations, reports TV Asahi (Sept. 29). On Friday evening, officers arrested Ikuo Nishiyama, the 46-year-old manager of Miraku (@roppongimiraku), a “show pub” licensed as a restaurant, and employee Tomomi Hara, 37, for employing dancers to also serve customers — a violation of the Law Regulating Adult Entertainment Businesses. According to police, Miraku’s approximately 10 female dancers also sit next to customers essentially as…
  • Kudo-kai gangster warned over 15-year extortion of hostess clubs

    Brett Bull
    28 Sep 2014 | 9:23 pm
    An emblem indicating entrance by gang members is not permissibleFUKUOKA (TR) – Fukuoka Prefectural Police on Friday announced the issuance of a warned to a member of the Kudo-kai organized crime group over the repeated extortion of hostess clubs in Yahatanishi Ward of Kitakyushu, reports the Mainichi Shimbun (Sept. 26). Over 15 years, Kosho Watanabe, a 41-year-old upper member of the gang, is accused of extorting 30 million yen in protection fees — dubbed mikajimeryo — from 16 “snack” hostess clubs and bars over the past 15 years. Watanabe requested that the…
 
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  • Tokyo International Film Festival 2014 – Press conference

    Rohan Gillett
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:16 am
    Here is the latest from Around Tokyo! Today the press conference to announce the complete lin […] The post Tokyo International Film Festival 2014 – Press conference appeared first on Around Tokyo.
  • Tokyo Game Show 2014

    Rohan Gillett
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:13 am
    Here is the latest from Around Tokyo! The Tokyo Game Show for 2014 was another success I thou […] The post Tokyo Game Show 2014 appeared first on Around Tokyo.
  • Shinjuku Gyoen closed due to Dengue Fever

    Rohan Gillett
    7 Sep 2014 | 10:03 pm
    Here is the latest from Around Tokyo! As you’ve probably seen in the papers or on the t […] The post Shinjuku Gyoen closed due to Dengue Fever appeared first on Around Tokyo.
  • Takaido Photowalk

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

    Rohan Gillett
    23 Aug 2014 | 7:12 pm
    Here is the latest from Around Tokyo! The Koenji Awa Odori is always an amazing event.  IR […] The post Koenji Awa Odori 2014 appeared first on Around Tokyo.
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    GaijinPot

  • Yamate Ramen: Six Hundred Million Euglena Can’t Be Wrong

    Lynn Allmon
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:22 pm
    Euglena is defined by the Encyclopedia Britannica as a “genus of single-celled organisms with both plant and animal characteristics.” These 0.05 millimeter protozoans can be found in both fresh and salt water and, if you go to Tokyo, you may just find some in your ramen soup. Around six hundred million, to be exact. Euglena ramen was masterminded by the ramen shop Yamate Ramen and the aptly named microalgae biotech company Euglena Co. According to Euglena Co.’s official website, in 2005, the company was the first to succeed in outdoor commercial mass cultivation of euglena…
  • Japanese Regional Stereotypes

    James Darnbrook
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:08 am
    Last weekend I went to Osaka for a few days to catch up with some old friends, do a little shopping and visit my favourite ramen place. When I told one of my co-workers where I was going he got visibly excited, “I’m from Osaka! Osaka people are funny and friendly, not like Tokyo people. You will have fun!” And he was right, I did have fun. But this conversation got me thinking; where do Japanese peoples’ ideas of one another come from? Every Japanese person knows the stereotypes about how different one region’s people are from another. Tokyo people are supposedly formal, obedient…
  • 50 Years Of The Shinkansen

    Anthony Joh
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:58 pm
    One of the most iconic images of Japan is that of the gleaming white bullet train passing in front of Mount Fuji. October 1, 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the launch of the original Shinkansen in 1964 running between Tokyo and Osaka. The Shinkansen was launched to coincide with the Tokyo Olympics. Two bullet trains left simultaneously from Tokyo and Shin-Osaka stations. They traveled at a speed of 222 km/hr and helped promote Japan as one of the world’s most technological advanced nations. The ideal of a high speed rail network was conceived by Chief Engineer, Hideo Shima and…
  • Groovy Osaka: The Forgotten Landmarks

    Quincy B. Fox
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:06 pm
    From 1903 to 1944, Coney Island, in the Brooklyn borough of New York City, was home to a number of popular amusement parks. One of the original parks is called Luna Park, named after a ride that simulated a fictional lunar visit. Luna Park was the second major park to be built in the area and its popularity led to the opening of several other locations in the United States and Europe. Eventually, the park had locations all over the world, with the name Luna Park becoming synonymous with “amusement park.” The first park to open in Japan opened in 1910 in Asakusa, a suburb of Tokyo. It was…
  • Top Jobs in Japan for Week 40 – 2014

    GaijinPot Blog
    29 Sep 2014 | 8:46 pm
    Check back every Tuesday as we look through the database of jobs in Japan that have been posted to GaijinPot and pick out the ones that we think are the most interesting. Apply directly to these companies by creating a profile on GaijinPot. English Instructor (Zoo-Phonics Academy) ¥250,000 / Month Minami Urawa, Tokyo Minimum Education – Bachelor’s degree Japanese: None Zoo-phonics Academy provides fully integrated preschool and elementary level courses for children 2 – 11 years. Our programs are designed to promote each child’s physical, social, emotional, academic and…
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    Tokyo Cheapo

  • Cheapo Weekend for October 4-5: Hokkaido Eats, Art and Lion Dance

    Frances Maeda
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:49 am
    It’s officially autumn here in Tokyo, so grab a spiced pumpkin latte and get out and about. This weekend is the perfect chance to enjoy the cool weather and some exciting events. First up – food. Sate your autumn appetite [...]
  • Meet Asimo at Tokyo’s REAL Robot Show – for Free

    John Daub
    30 Sep 2014 | 4:45 pm
    So, you’re in Japan and you want to see a robot? You don’t have much time and can’t afford the Robot Restaurant? Well, guess what! We have the answer for you right here — the ASIMO demo show at Honda’s [...]
  • Meet Clark Parker: The Cheapo Behind The Tokyo Files

    Chris Kirkland
    29 Sep 2014 | 2:10 am
    Clark Parker describes himself as a writer who, in his spare time, is a full-time salaryman. Although he has an office job, he prefers to spend as much time as possible outside of the office, hiking in the hills or [...]
  • Tokyo Terrace Tippling

    Selena Hoy
    28 Sep 2014 | 3:49 am
    Ah, autumn. The oppressive heat of summer has finally lifted and the long lazy days of fall are upon us. One of my former students once said in praise of the season, “sunny days continue easily.” I think I get [...]
  • Kimono Caught in Your Bike Chain? Try This Bicycle Designed for Kimono Wearers

    Frances Maeda
    25 Sep 2014 | 4:36 am
    This post comes via the cheapskates at Tokyo Desu, who borrowed our bikes a year ago and have yet to return them. For most people in Japan, kimono and yukata are only worn on special occasions such as graduations and [...]
 
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