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  • Osaka cops bust dumpers of 200 kg of porn

    News On Japan
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:14 am
    Osaka Prefectural Police on Friday arrested two male suspects for allegedly dumping a large quantity of adult video (AV) material inside a park in Nishinari Ward, reports the Sankei Shimbun (Oct. 17). (Tokyo Reporter)
  • Humacyte Selected to Join U.S. Secretary of Commerce On Trade Mission to Asia

    Tokyo, Japan News
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:12 pm
    Humacyte, a pioneer in regenerative medicine, today announced it will join U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker on a Development Mission to Japan and South Korea later this month. Humacyte bioengineers novel human tissue replacements that will be commercialized for key applications in regenerative medicine and vascular surgery.
  • Air Chief Marshal Raha to visit Japan

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    20 Oct 2014 | 9:15 am
    The Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha will travel to Japan on Tuesday to participate in the 60th anniversary celebrations of the Japanese Air Self-Defence Force (JASDF). During his ...
  • Current Conditions : 63F / 17C, Light Rain - 7:30 AM JST Oct. 21

    Tokyo, Weather from Weather Underground
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Temperature: 63°F / 17°C | Humidity: 88% | Pressure: 30.09in / 1019hPa (Steady) | Conditions: Light Rain | Wind Direction: NE | Wind Speed: 4mph / 6km/h
  • The Maze Runner outruns all logic – movie review

    Michael John Grist
    13 Oct 2014 | 1:47 am
    ★★★ The Maze Runner by James Dashner (Dash is a good name for a book about running) is an infuriatingly good example of taking great liberal splashes of all the great stuff that went before (LOST, Truman Show, Hunger Games),...
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  • Osaka cops bust dumpers of 200 kg of porn

    20 Oct 2014 | 9:14 am
    Osaka Prefectural Police on Friday arrested two male suspects for allegedly dumping a large quantity of adult video (AV) material inside a park in Nishinari Ward, reports the Sankei Shimbun (Oct. 17). (Tokyo Reporter)
  • Abe accepts Obuchi's resignation

    20 Oct 2014 | 9:11 am
    Japan's Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Yuko Obuchi has resigned, taking responsibility for a scandal involving her political funding organizations. (NHK)
  • Man gets 2 years for making guns with 3D printer

    20 Oct 2014 | 9:09 am
    A Japanese court has sentenced a former college employee to 2 years in prison for using a 3D printer to make handguns. (NHK)
  • Abe says tax hike "meaningless" if too much damage on economy: FT

    20 Oct 2014 | 9:06 am
    Japan's planned consumption tax hike would be "meaningless" should it give too much damage on the country's economy, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has said in an interview with the major British daily Financial Times. (Jiji Press)
  • Tokyo: Shares soar 3.98% to biggest one-day gain in over a year

    20 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Tokyo stocks jumped 3.98 per cent on Monday, notching up their biggest one-day points gain in over a year following a sharp rise on Wall Street and as a weaker yen boosted exporters. (businesstimes)
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  • Humacyte Selected to Join U.S. Secretary of Commerce On Trade Mission to Asia

    20 Oct 2014 | 12:12 pm
    Humacyte, a pioneer in regenerative medicine, today announced it will join U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker on a Development Mission to Japan and South Korea later this month. Humacyte bioengineers novel human tissue replacements that will be commercialized for key applications in regenerative medicine and vascular surgery.
  • Asahi Organic Chemicals Industry Co., Ltd. (4216) - Financial and...

    20 Oct 2014 | 8:11 am
    The company produces, develops and distributes synthetic resins, plastic piping materials and industrial resins. The company operates through its Valve and piping administration, Resin administration and business and technology development administration business segments.
  • Sosei Group Corporation - Pharmaceuticals & Healthcare - Deals and...

    19 Oct 2014 | 2:23 pm
    The company develops and commercializes drugs. Its products include NorLevo, NVA237, QVA149 and SO-1105.
  • Japan's 'sacred' rice farms rotting from inside

    19 Oct 2014 | 1:12 am
    The 38-year-old is about half the age of most growers and he relies on cutting-edge technology to cultivate vast paddy fields that eclipse the bulk of the country's rice plots. And Yokota doesn't fear opening up to foreign competition -- taboo in a place where rice is a sacred cow that is protected by subsidies and massive tariffs.
  • Protest lodged with Japan over visit by ministers to Yasukuni Shrine

    18 Oct 2014 | 6:37 pm
    Yasukuni Shrine, located in Tokyo, Japan, is dedicated to over 2,466,000 Japanese soldiers and servicemen who died fighting on behalf of the Emperor of Japan in the last 150 years. It also houses one of the few Japanese war museums dedicated to World War II.The shrine is at the center of an international controversy by honoring war criminals convicted by a post World War II court including 14 'Class A' war criminals.
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    Michael John Grist

  • The Maze Runner outruns all logic – movie review

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

    3 Oct 2014 | 2:09 am
    King Ruin is an action-thriller science fiction novel set in a sprawling future-ruin, sequel to Mr. Ruins. Ex-Arctic marine Ritry Goligh must become master of his own mind, while 5 lost marines venture deep into a tsunami-drenched Sunken World, before...
  • Mr. Ruins: Prologue- 11 YEARS LATER

    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

    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!

    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...
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  • THE FAULT IN OUR STARS [2014] movie review

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

    Jason Collin
    19 Sep 2014 | 7:54 pm
    The previews did not at all make EDGE OF TOMORROW [2014] look like anything more than just another CGI video game type action movie. Yet it had an 8.1 rating on IMDB, which could be inflated by fans, but something made me think it just might be good. It was! Seeing those clumsy metal skeleton suits Tom Cruise and other soldiers were wearing in the trailer made me think this movie could not be taken seriously in anyway. The suits actually have little role in the movie and we learn nothing about them. Learning and adapting is what the movie is really about, and it uses the gimmick made famous…
  • LOCKE [2013] movie review

    Jason Collin
    22 Aug 2014 | 5:38 pm
    I heard about LOCKE [2013] on the Slate Culture Gabfest podcast and did not listen long as to not want to hear too much about the movie because the premise alone had me interested. This movie can easily be described one man in a car (BMW X5 to be exact) the entire time talking hands-free on the phone to five different people. Obviously this is a dialogue driven movie especially since he is driving at night and there is no scenery to be scene at all. Ivan Locke is not actually driving the entire movie, he walks from his worksite into his car in the opening frames. It seems he is making the…
  • GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY [2014] movie review

    Jason Collin
    2 Aug 2014 | 7:15 pm
    It might be easy to think of GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY as a really good movie, or at least certainly a very entertaining one. To think so would only consider its contemporary competition. Standards are so low for movies now, simply not sucking, I feel, is often confused for being an actually good and recommendable movie. GOTG is yet another massive CGI sci-fi comic book movie. Yes, the characters have some witty lines and how they come together is rather interesting, but there is no exceptional story, no exceptional acting, and certainly no exceptional action sequences. The movie simply has…
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  • Keep Calm and Carry Your Toddler

    29 Sep 2014 | 7:50 pm
    Hi dear readers. Do you mind if I place a little of my burden on your capable shoulders? no? I thought not. I remember reading a blog entry by a person with a nom-de-plume that read "mother-of-beautiful-baby-boy-turned-monster-toddler" and chuckling, and also cringing, wondering if and when that would happen to me. Cue Ray at 18 months. All the sudden, mothering seems so much harder. But he is not really a monster toddler. He's still a beautiful baby boy, and he's turning into a bright and friendly toddler. He doesn't scream for hours because his peas are too close to his mashed potatoes,…
  • 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…
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    Eurotechnology Japan

  • Shuji Nakamura: did he invent the blue GaN LED alone and other questions. An Interview.

    Gerhard Fasol
    12 Oct 2014 | 11:09 pm
    Interview for the Chinese Newspaper Southern Weekly about Shuji Nakamura The Chinese Newspaper Southern Weekly interviewed me about Shuji Nakamura’s invention of the blue LED and the background to his Nobel Prize. Here some of my answers. Shuji Nakamura: when he first announced his breakthrough, most people just did not believe him initially. But you […] The post Shuji Nakamura: did he invent the blue GaN LED alone and other questions. An Interview. appeared first on Eurotechnology Japan.
  • Shuji Nakamura, Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano win Nobel Prize in Physics 2014 for the blue LED

    Gerhard Fasol
    8 Oct 2014 | 10:38 pm
    Nobel Prize in Physics 2014 for the blue GaN LED Shuji Nakamura, Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano enabled the global lighting revolution The Nobel Prize in Physics 2014 was awarded in equal shares to Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano and Shuji Nakamura “for the invention of efficient blue light-emitting diodes which has enabled bright and energy-saving white […] The post Shuji Nakamura, Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano win Nobel Prize in Physics 2014 for the blue LED appeared first on 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.
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  • Battle of black buns: Burger King vs. McDonald’s in Japan

    4 Oct 2014 | 8:52 pm
    Ikasumi squid ink colors lots of foods long time in Japan   A McDonald’s double cheeseburger that has black buns, and is topped with fried onions, yellow chipotle sauce and yellow cheddar cheese will go on sale at all McDonald’s Japan stores October 8. The special "Ikasumi Burger", colored black with squid ink, is available now at 3 McDonald’s outlets in Tokyo. The contrasting yellow ingredients on a black bun is intended to be a Halloween color scheme. McDonald’s is also offering its Chicken Fileo on a white bun topped with Camembert sauce.
  • 3D breasts popping up on gadget accessories; Big thumb swipe - personal parts popular in Japan

    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

    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

    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…
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  • AF’s Kimono Calendar SEPTEMBER 2014

    10 Oct 2014 | 7:42 am
    By now any poor soul who follows my blog has realized, my coordination for September was all about the Textile Symposium in LA. I had one tiny carry one on, and that was it, to fit all my kimono and kimono accessories in. So, I had to limit myself to 3 kimono and 3 obi, which turned out just fine for 6 days. In fact I had possible ensembles left over. I thought I might continue to wear the left-over ensembles (poor things) after I returned to Indy, but only ended up doing one more ensemble one the 25th. I could still have worn the Blue Nagoya Obi with the Grey Kurume Kimono, and the Hakata…
  • AF's Coordination for Textile Symposium 2014

    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

    20 Sep 2014 | 10:54 am
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  • AF's Coordination Conundrums for Textile Symposium 2014

    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

    7 Sep 2014 | 1:51 pm
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  • eyexplore Tokyo Photo Tour

    19 Oct 2014 | 8:01 am
    I took part on Saturday in a hands-on photo tour called "Tradition and Modernity" organized by eyexploretokyo photo tours.I had actually booked a couple of weeks beforehand for the eyexploretokyo "People and Streets" tour that took groups of aspiring tourist/photographers through the streets of Harajuku, but Typhoon Phanfone put paid to that."Tradition and Modernity" began in Tokyo's beautiful Hamarikyu Gardens, which is ideal for the theme given its deeply traditional landscaping and examples of Japanese architecture against a not-so-distant backdrop of very modern skyscrapers that almost…
  • Japan News This Week 19 October 2014

    18 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    今週の日本Japan, Seeking Revision of Report on Wartime Brothels, Is RebuffedNew York TimesTyphoon Vongfong injures dozens in Japan BBCSouth Korea urged to drop libel charges against Japanese journalist GuardianReactor safety near Japan’s volcanoes disputed by prominent expertJapan TimesJapan and Its Neighbors: Shinzo Abe's Northeast Asia DiplomacyThe DiplomatDemocracy's Porous Borders: Espionage, Smuggling and the Making of Japan's Transwar Regime (Part 2) 民主主義の境界は隙だらけ スパイ活動、密輸などで形成された貫戦旗(トランスウォー)体制…
  • Tenmonkan Kagoshima

    16 Oct 2014 | 8:42 am
    天文館鹿児島Tenmonkan in Kagoshima is one of the city's main shopping, entertainment and accommodation districts.Long shotengai covered arcades such as Tenmonkan Hon-dori (Main Street) Arcade and the Tenmonkan G3 Arcade (Sennichi-dori) stretch out from both sides of the main road through the area where the Kagoshima tram runs.The glass roofed arcades offer shelter from the elements during winter and summer as well as the ash from Sakurajima.The arcades are home to a variety of shops, bakeries, restaurants, cafes and izakaya - Japanese style pubs.Look out for the delicious anko - azuki…
  • Hirabari Station

    14 Oct 2014 | 1:10 am
    平針駅Hirabari Station is one stop west of Akaike Station, one stop east of Hara Station and two stops east of Ueda Station on the Tsurumai Line of Nagoya subway. Hirabari Station is the nearest subway station to Nagoya Driving License Center and Nagoya Agricultural Center, famous for its plum blossoms in early spring.The area around Hirabari Station includes a Piago supermarket open from 10am until 8pm, a pachinko parlor, a branch of the Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ bank, Hirabari Post Office, a Mister Donut outlet, a branch of Osho Gyoza, a Matsuya gyudon fast food…
  • Japan News This Week 12 October 2014

    11 Oct 2014 | 4:29 pm
    今週の日本Japan Protests an Indictment of a JournalistNew York TimesJapan volcano: 12 more found dead BBCGiovanni’s Island review – an animated tale of a harrowing postwar exileGuardianFailing was fun, Nobel physics laureate says of blue LED questJapan TimesIn Japan, Will Hafu Ever Be Considered Whole?The DiplomatDEMOCRACY’S POROUS BORDERS: ESPIONAGE, SMUGGLING AND THE MAKING OF JAPAN’S TRANSWAR REGIME (PART 1) Japan FocusJapan orders Google to 'forget' a user's pastChristian Science MonitorLast Week's Japan News on the JapanVisitor blogStatistics2014 Global AgeWatch Index. The…
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  • 10 Things in Tokyo: October Round-Up

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

    Justin Egli
    23 Sep 2014 | 3:41 pm
    Kanda is one of Tokyo’s most historic areas, encompassing about thirty neighborhoods each with its own distinct feel and vibe. Lose yourself among its winding back streets and you can expect to find some of the oldest remaining buildings in Tokyo, as well as entire areas devoted to sports equipment, musical instruments, books and electronics. What you don’t expect to find, however, is a 23-metre high floating whale currently visiting from Canberra, Australia. This is Skywhale (2013) a hot air balloon designed by artist Patricia Piccinini and currently on display in Kanda as a part…
  • 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…
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  • Osaka cops bust dumpers of 200 kg of porn

    Brett Bull
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:16 pm
    An AV magazineOSAKA (TR) – Osaka Prefectural Police on Friday arrested two male suspects for allegedly dumping a large quantity of adult video (AV) material inside a park in Nishinari Ward, reports the Sankei Shimbun (Oct. 17). A 70-year-old company executive and a care nurse, 40, are alleged to have unloaded 17 bags containing 500 AV tapes and magazines (weighing a total of approximately 200 kilograms) into Haginochaya Minami Park — a violation of trash disposal laws. The park, known locally as “Triangle Park” due to its geometry, is part of the heavily run-down…
  • Tokyo cops’ bust of ‘JK’ sniff parlor nothing to sneeze at

    Amy Takahashi
    19 Oct 2014 | 6:40 pm
    Officers seized school-girl uniforms and maid outfits from parlor Pure Doll JK CommunityOver the past two years, Tokyo police have been active in raiding establishments coming under the designation “JK,” an abbreviation for joshi kosei, or high-school girl. In offering massages, strolls and nap sessions, JK establishments have been under scrutiny due to the fact that the contact offered by the school-girl attendants to male customers is considered harmful under the law and can lead to prostitution. According to Tokyo Sports (Oct. 19), police last Thursday uncovered a nationwide…
  • Guide to sex on the sly in Kansai

    Kenji Nakano
    18 Oct 2014 | 12:14 am
    Shukan Asahi Geino Oct. 23The Tobita Shinchi area of Osaka is widely known as one the top-five red-light districts in Japan where full sex is available. However, a special feature on underground night life in Kansai, Shukan Asahi Geino (Oct. 23) reveals the area, located in Nishinari Ward, to be but one of the many opportunities awaiting pervy punters. But how can this underground practice, which is technically illegal — coital sex is prohibited under the Anti-Prostitution Law — manage to continue to exist? “Occasionally there are patrols, but no big raids,” says a…
  • Money matters: OL-turned-hostess now Kabukicho kyabakura boss

    Kenji Nakano
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:46 pm
    Josei Jishin Oct. 28For Ayaka Uchino, a 36-year-old manager of kyabakura hostess clubs, she learned the realities of the business world at an early age. “My father was my teacher,” she tells Josei Jishin (Oct. 28) in a special feature about female entrepreneurs. He had experienced great success in, among other things, real estate prior to the collapse of the “bubble” period more than two decades ago. “While I was a second-year junior-high school student, his company went bankrupt,” she says. “With financial difficulties mounting, quarreling in the…
  • Tokyo cops bust school-girl sniff parlor in Takadanobaba

    Brett Bull
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:39 pm
    Keiten IzuchiTOKYO (TR) – Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Thursday announced the bust of a parlor in Shinjuku Ward that allows male customers to sniff odors of school girls in private rooms, reports TBS News (Oct. 16). Officers took Keiten Izuchi, the 33-year-old manager of parlor Pure Doll JK Community, and one other employee into custody for allegedly employing minors in violation of the Labor Standards Act by allowing a male customer smell the body of a 17-year-old girl employee attired in her underwear on October 2. Pure Doll JK Community, located near JR Takadanobaba Station, is a…
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    Around Tokyo

  • 4th International Friendly Fun Run

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

    Rohan Gillett
    13 Oct 2014 | 12:18 am
    Here is the latest from Around Tokyo! This weekend we saw the Tokyo Motor Festival being held […] The post Tokyo Motor Festival 2014 appeared first on Around Tokyo.
  • Evolution by Girugamesh

    Rohan Gillett
    6 Oct 2014 | 6:04 am
    Here is the latest from Around Tokyo! This year I’ve been listening to a lot of new mus […] The post Evolution by Girugamesh appeared first on Around Tokyo.
  • 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.
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  • All in the Family: Starting the Journey

    Quincy B. Fox
    19 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    After my father in law passed away, my husband and I moved in with my mother in law and little brother in law. I knew it was the right thing to do, but it certainly wasn’t the easiest thing to do. My husband and I had great jobs and our own apartment right in the heart of Osaka. My husband had a band and we both had many friends. We were typical independent young adults. It was easy to say that we would give it all up for our family. They were in pain and were overwhelmed with all the bureaucracy and family politics. It wasn’t some form of martyrdom that we were seeking. We just…
  • Japanese Double Eyelid Surgery

    Yumi Nakata
    18 Oct 2014 | 8:56 pm
    Blepharoplasty, also known as the double eyelid surgery is one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries in Japan. The surgery is performed to transform the Asian “monolid” into a Western-style “double lid,” thereby making the patient’s eyes look bigger. Although there are people in Asia with natural double eyelids, single eyelids are more common in East Asians. However you wouldn’t know this by looking at many popular fashion magazines as many Japanese celebrities have had the double eyelid surgery done. Asians who have this procedure done are often criticized for trying to look…
  • Carrying Shrines at the Yokosuka Mikoshi Parade

    Kelsey Leuzinger
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:23 pm
    Every autumn the city of Yokosuka celebrates its seasonal Mikoshi Parade, which showcases traditional Japanese culture while incorporating all of the traditional festival events you’ve grown to love in Japan. It begins at the Chuo (meaning “center”) train station, and ends on the grounds of the United States Naval base. Some say the history of the Mikoshi parade dates back to the 8th century A.D., but it is possibly even older, and clearly has deep roots in Japanese culture. The “mikoshi” (神輿) itself is a portable shrine that is carried on the shoulders of those transporting it…
  • Autumn Leaves at Yoro Park

    John Asano
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:21 pm
    Yoro Park (養老公園) is located on the western edge of Gifu Prefecture right next to Mie Prefecture. It is considered one of the best spots in Japan to view the beautiful autumn leaves. The park and surrounding area has an impressive collection of Japanese maple trees that turn the area into ablaze of yellow, orange and red during the fall. The viewing of autumn leaves is called koyo (紅葉) in Japanese, and is a popular pastime in autumn. The best time to see the leaves at their peak in Yoro is late November to early December. The park itself is beautifully situated between the stunning…
  • The 12 Most Common Questions People Ask Me

    Grace Buchele Mineta
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    As much as I love chatting with strangers in Japan, the first couple minutes of nearly every “conversation” tends to follow a particular pattern. And yes, I intentionally put “conversation” in parenthesis because sometimes talking with a stranger seems more like a scripted Q & A than an actual, free-flowing dialogue. But that’s another post altogether. I’m sure everyone’s experience is different, but the most common questions I get as a young, white female in Tokyo are: 1. Where are you from? 2. Do you speak Japanese? 3. How long have you been…
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    Tokyo Cheapo

  • Which Japan Rail Pass to Choose

    Greg Lane
    19 Oct 2014 | 2:21 pm
    JR Passes are available to anyone visiting Japan on a short term tourist visa.  They are a fantastic discount on regular rail travel, but if you don’t have any experience with Japan’s rail transport system it’s difficult to know if [...]
  • Freelance Photographer in Tokyo: Interview with Cheapo Lisa of Paint With Stars

    Chris Kirkland
    18 Oct 2014 | 9:16 pm
    Curious about what it’s like to be a freelance photographer in Tokyo? Here’s some insight into what it’s all about. How long have you been in Tokyo and where were you before? I’ve lived in Tokyo for about 5 years [...]
  • Tokyo Cheapo T-Shirt Shop Relaunched!

    Greg Lane
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:55 am
    Tokyo Cheapo is tremendously overjoyed to announce the re-launch of our t-shirt shop in conjunction with Tokyo designer Hawken King. Along with a bigger range of shirts dedicated to cheapo icons such as everyone’s favourite discount store Donki, the price [...]
  • 10 Tips for Dating Japanese Girls and Guys

    Chris Kirkland
    16 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    If you’ve been Japan for more than 5 seconds and had any interaction with the opposite sex here, you’ll no doubt have already experienced some “Lost in translation” style mishaps from smashing against the language barrier and cultural differences. Japanese [...]
  • Cheapo Weekend for October 18-19: Diwali, Floats and Balancing Acts

    Frances Maeda
    15 Oct 2014 | 1:44 am
    Looking for something cheap and awesome to do in Tokyo or Yokohama this weekend? From a beach fireworks show to historical Japanese festivals and Diwali celebrations, there’s heaps of low-budget fun to be had. If you want to see some [...]
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