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  • Japan's Hello Kitty celebrates 40th birthday in Tokyo department store - The Straits Times

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    1 Nov 2014 | 1:49 am
    The Malay Mail OnlineJapan's Hello Kitty celebrates 40th birthday in Tokyo department storeThe Straits TimesJapan's Hello Kitty celebrates 40th birthday in Tokyo department store. Published on Nov 1, 2014 4:48 PM. PRINT EMAIL. Hello Kitty (left) and her twin sister Mimmy (right) celebrate in the Hello Kitty 40th anniversary parade at Tokyo's Sanrio Puroland Kawaii! Hello Kitty celebrates 40th birthday with fans in TokyoThe Malay Mail OnlineAfter 40 years, a look at Hello Kitty's successThe Denver PostHello Kitty's 40 years of cuteness and coolSan Jose Mercury Newsall 181…
  • Thousands of Halloween revelers descend on Shibuya

    News On Japan
    31 Oct 2014 | 10:43 pm
    Tokyo's Shibuya scramble crossing was the scene of a massive gathering of Halloween revelers on Friday night. Police had their hands full trying to control the crowds. (Japan Today)
  • Modi finds an escape route in SC

    Tokyo, Japan News
    31 Oct 2014 | 10:40 am
    POWERFUL PANACHE: Narendra Modi gestures as he speaks at a seminar hosted by Nikkei and Japan External Trade Organisation in Tokyo, Japan, on September 2 Indian prime minister Narendra Modi is a man more accustomed to giving than to following orders. But part of him was probably relieved earlier this week when India's Supreme Court directed him to hand over the names of 627 Indian citizens holding potentially illegal bank accounts at an HSBC branch in Geneva.
  • Bank of Japan Gives Global Stocks a Boost

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    31 Oct 2014 | 11:42 pm
    <br>By YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Business WriterSEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Global stocks spiked sharply higher Friday after the Bank of Japan unexpectedly announced new a fresh stimulus to boost the ...
  • Current Conditions : 63F / 17C, Light Rain - 7:30 PM JST Nov. 1

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    1 Nov 2014 | 3:30 am
    Temperature: 63°F / 17°C | Humidity: 94% | Pressure: 29.92in / 1013hPa (Steady) | Conditions: Light Rain | Wind Direction: NNE | Wind Speed: 9mph / 15km/h
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  • Japan's Hello Kitty celebrates 40th birthday in Tokyo department store - The Straits Times

    1 Nov 2014 | 1:49 am
    The Malay Mail OnlineJapan's Hello Kitty celebrates 40th birthday in Tokyo department storeThe Straits TimesJapan's Hello Kitty celebrates 40th birthday in Tokyo department store. Published on Nov 1, 2014 4:48 PM. PRINT EMAIL. Hello Kitty (left) and her twin sister Mimmy (right) celebrate in the Hello Kitty 40th anniversary parade at Tokyo's Sanrio Puroland Kawaii! Hello Kitty celebrates 40th birthday with fans in TokyoThe Malay Mail OnlineAfter 40 years, a look at Hello Kitty's successThe Denver PostHello Kitty's 40 years of cuteness and coolSan Jose Mercury Newsall 181…
  • Tokyo Thrills the Global Stock Markets - Barron's

    31 Oct 2014 | 8:20 pm
    Tokyo Thrills the Global Stock MarketsBarron'sExtending the previous week's surge, the major U.S. equity gauges ended at records on Friday, while stocks in Tokyo jumped more than 7% on the week to the highest level since November 2007. Not to be left out, European stocks gained 3%, their best ...and more »
  • Super Junior hold a concert at Tokyo Dome for 'Super Show 6' with 110000 ELF - allkpop

    31 Oct 2014 | 6:04 pm
    allkpopSuper Junior hold a concert at Tokyo Dome for 'Super Show 6' with 110000 ELFallkpopSuper Junior continued on their Asia tour 'Super Show 6' at Tokyo Dome, Japan on October 29-30 with a total of 110,000 ELF according to SM Entertainment on the 31st. The group performed their hit songs including "Sorry, Sorry" and "MAMACITA" as well as ...
  • Tokyo Dark Brings The Urban Myths Of Modern Tokyo To Life - Siliconera

    31 Oct 2014 | 1:02 pm
    Tokyo Dark Brings The Urban Myths Of Modern Tokyo To LifeSiliconeraJon Williams of Tokyo-based game studio Cherry Mochi was born in Britain but moved to Japan out of fascination for its geek culture. He's now found himself creating a game about Tokyo, involving its urban myths and street culture, called Tokyo Dark.
  • Pale Moon, Tokyo Film Festival, review: 'mischievous melodrama' - Telegraph.co.uk

    31 Oct 2014 | 7:23 am
    Telegraph.co.ukPale Moon, Tokyo Film Festival, review: 'mischievous melodrama'Telegraph.co.uk... behaviour grows in outrageousness and her downfall becomes finally inevitable. Much like Yoshida's 2007 black comedy-drama, Funuke Show Some Love, You Losers!, the film is wry and wrong-footing, and a fun, absorbing discovery here at Tokyo.Tokyo Film Festival Review: Audience Award Winner 'Pale Moon'Indie Wire (blog)all 2 news articles »
 
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  • Modi finds an escape route in SC

    31 Oct 2014 | 10:40 am
    POWERFUL PANACHE: Narendra Modi gestures as he speaks at a seminar hosted by Nikkei and Japan External Trade Organisation in Tokyo, Japan, on September 2 Indian prime minister Narendra Modi is a man more accustomed to giving than to following orders. But part of him was probably relieved earlier this week when India's Supreme Court directed him to hand over the names of 627 Indian citizens holding potentially illegal bank accounts at an HSBC branch in Geneva.
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    31 Oct 2014 | 6:42 am
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  • Japan expands stimulus to spur recovery

    31 Oct 2014 | 2:49 am
    Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda heads to a meeting at the headquarters of Bank of Japan in Tokyo Friday, Oct. 31, 2014. Japan's central bank expanded its asset purchases in a surprise move Friday to shore up sagging growth in the world's No.
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    30 Oct 2014 | 7:05 pm
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  • Bare metal stent versus paclitaxel eluting stent for intermediate...

    30 Oct 2014 | 10:26 am
    Currently, endovascular treatment is indicated to treat femoropopliteal lesions 2.4 at the target lesion and assessed by duplex scan. Our main objective is to demonstrate the clinical superiority of primary stenting using Zilver PTX stent system versus bare metal self-expandable stenting in the treatment of femoropopliteal lesions in patients with symptomatic peripheral arterial disease.
 
 
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  • God of Ruin: a thriller (#3 Ruins Sonata)

    MJG
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:52 am
    God of Ruin is a techno-thriller science fiction novel set in a sprawling future-ruin, sequel to Mr. Ruins and King Ruin. Ex-Arctic marine Ritry Goligh has torn his soul into six pieces, embodied in 6 rugged marines scattered across the...
  • story craft #19 Weight in a Name

    MJG
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:15 pm
    You’ve probably heard of the callback, a technique comedians use to get fresh mileage out of an old joke, often with exponentially uproarious results. Here’s a callback in Seinfeld: Seinfeld did these a lot, in this case it was a...
  • The Maze Runner outruns all logic – movie review

    MJG
    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)

    MJG
    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

    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...
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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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  • Cunning Linguistics and the Japanese Constitution

    Zurui
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:33 pm
    In response to an article in the Japan Times and as a follow-up to my post and discussion on Japan’s remilitarization, the information below is presented to further discuss or argue over Japan’s right to collective self-defense. Background: I had a discussion today regarding my reply to the Op Ed piece in the Japan TImes and Article 9 of Japan’s […]
  • A View of White People in Japan

    Zurui
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:41 pm
    Many expats in Japan have run into the “Oh no! Don’t look him/her (another expat) in the eye!” type of Westerner. I have on numerous occurs had conversations with Black Americans as to why this happens. Here is take on “F#cken White People!!!” in Japan. What do you think? Photo credit via The Pain Comics.  
  • The Yoshida Testimony on the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster

    Zurui
    10 Jul 2014 | 12:57 am
    “The Asahi Shimbun has recently obtained a copy of the transcripts of testimony given before a government investigation panel by Masao Yoshida, who served as general manager of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant when it succumbed to a Level 7 disaster, the highest on the International Nuclear Events Scale, following the Great East […]
  • Ike’s Top 3 Meals at American Food Joints in Japan

    Zurui
    9 May 2014 | 11:52 pm
    Rocket News provides a very interesting look at Ike’s favorite dishes from his Top 3 American restaurant chains in Japan. What do you think, what’s your favorite? Read more about Ike, his food choices and the restaurants at Rocket News. You can follow Ike on Twitter at https://twitter.com/AIC65
  • Children Full of Life in Kanazawa, Japan

    Zurui
    1 May 2014 | 11:43 pm
    Here is a very different and positive look at classroom instruction in Japan. Mr. Kanamori, a teacher of a 4th grade class, teaches his students not only how to be students, but how to live. He gives them lessons on teamwork, community, the importance of openness, how to cope, and the harm caused by bullying. In […]
 
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    Eurotechnology Japan

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

    g_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. Read the article in Southern Weekly in Chinese language here: 【2014诺贝尔·科学】无人相信的发明 Shuji Nakamura: when he first announced his […] 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

    g_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.
  • Japan nuclear safety – Dr. Charles “Chuck” Casto’s view and lessons learnt

    g_fasol
    8 Oct 2014 | 7:58 am
    Dr Charles Casto: the Fukushima disaster changed my life. We cannot let this happen again anywhere in the world. Dr Charles “Chuck” Casto: leader of the US Government response to the Fukushima Dai Ichi Nuclear disaster When President Obama expanded the Operation Tomodachi to include the nuclear disaster, Dr. Charles Casto was selected to lead […] The post Japan nuclear safety – Dr. Charles “Chuck” Casto’s view and lessons learnt appeared first on Eurotechnology Japan.
  • Murata cheerleader robots: stability, sensing, synchronized dance – waiting for open innovation and APIs?

    g_fasol
    25 Sep 2014 | 3:31 am
    Murata and its robots Murata introduced their newest Cheerleader robots in a press event on September 25, 2014 in Tokyo. Purpose of the robots is brand building and advertising of the company’s components and capabilities. Watch the Cheerleader robots dance synchronously here: Murata Manufacturing (村田製作所) While Japan’s eight electronics conglomerates stagnate in both revenues and […] The post Murata cheerleader robots: stability, sensing, synchronized dance – waiting for open innovation and APIs? appeared first on Eurotechnology Japan.
  • ApplePay vs Osaifu-Keitai – CNBC interview

    g_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.
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  • Battle of black buns: Burger King vs. McDonald’s in Japan

    MW
    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

    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…
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  • Happy Halloween

    auberginefleur
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:58 pm
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  • Essays by AF on Yukata

    auberginefleur
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:25 pm
    Speaking of kimono books, several people have asked me if I have published anything on kimono, and the answer is I have published two essays on yukata both of which are parts from two different chapters of the book on yukata I have been working on in my spare time for several years now. The reason I published these two sections of the book is partly because of the publish-or-perish scenario in academia, and also because I wanted an example for the publishers of how I envision the book and how I would like the layout of the book. The second essay is a better example of what I wish for the…
  • AF’s Kimono Calendar SEPTEMBER 2014

    auberginefleur
    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

    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.
 
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  • Labor Union Sit-In Protest about Worker Dispatch Law Amendments

    28 Oct 2014 | 8:21 pm
    労働者派遣法の改悪阻止を求める国会前座り込み行動Today, the Japanese Trade Union Confederation (JTUC) is organizing a sit-in outside the Second Members' Office Building of the House of Representatives (i.e. the Upper House of the Japanese Diet) in Tokyo's Nagatacho to stage a sit-in protest against amendments to the Worker Dispatch Law, currently under consideration by the Upper House.JTUC sit-in protest outside the Upper House of the Japanese DietUnder the slogan of "Stop a society marked by disparity" (this being a somewhat longwinded translation by this blogger of…
  • A Walk Around Kyushu Day 43 Hitoyoshi to Setoishi

    27 Oct 2014 | 4:11 pm
    A Walk Around KyushuDay 43, Hitoyoshi to Setoishi Wednesday November 27th, 2013The forecast is for a fine day, but the river valley is filled with mist so there is no way of knowing what's above it. Today I will be heading down the river towards the coast at Yatsushiro, and whenever I finish walking I will take a train into Yatsushiro and come back out tomorrow. For the first few kilometers I take the main road along the river but once I reach the bridge just past Watari I cross over to the west bank and follow the much quieter road that follows the rail line.The mist gradually burns off and…
  • Japan News This Week 26 October 2014

    25 Oct 2014 | 5:52 pm
    今週の日本Two Women Exit Japan’s Cabinet, in Crisis for AbeNew York TimesMedia slam Japan over 'comfort women' denial BBCJapan’s industry minister’s staff spent money at sex bar GuardianCutting-edge inventions showcased at Tokyo future-tech expoJapan TimesChinese Fishermen in Troubled WatersThe Diplomat“If we don’t face our past, we’re bound to repeat the same mistakes.” Japanese wartime medical orderly reports on army’s role in maintaining “comfort women” system…
  • Sangi Railway Hokusei Line

    22 Oct 2014 | 6:51 pm
    三岐鉄道北勢線The Sangi Railway Hokusei Line which runs 20km within Mie Prefecture from Nishi Kuwana Station in Kuwana to Ageki Station in Inabe is a Japanese trainspotters' delight.The Hokusei Line is a 762mm narrow gauge railway that gives the carriages a "toy-train" feel.Like the Yoro Line to Ogaki that also has a terminus at Kuwana, the Hokusei Line was previously owned by Kintetsu Railways until 2003.The service between Nishi Kuwana and Ageki is a local one that stops at every station and is driver only with no conductor. There are two trains an hour increasing to three at peak…
  • Echizen Railway

    21 Oct 2014 | 5:44 pm
    えちぜん鉄道The Echizen Railway in Fukui has two lines: the Katsuyama-Eiheiji Line (color code orange) and the Mikuni-Awara Line (blue).The Katsuyama-Eiheiji Line runs from Echizen Railway Fukui Station, just outside the East Exit of Fukui Station to the terminus at Katsuyama, where there are buses to the Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum.Although the bus service to Eiheiji Temple is more direct you can change at Eiheiji-guchi and transfer to a bus to visit the famous Zen temple.Katsuyama Station has been restored to its former glories and the pretty, timber-framed building now hosts a…
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  • Shapeshifting Cityscapes

    Paul Heaton
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:05 pm
    Does any street art or graffiti in Tokyo last for longer than a decade? Spray work usually gets a raw deal in the capital, with murals, shop fronts and wall pieces alike struggling to survive in a city where urban renewal starts almost as soon as development finishes. As previously covered on TABlog, sticker art has become the medium of choice on the Tokyo streets these days. But there still remains a subculture of artists, writers and taggers who refuse to give up their spray cans, against all the odds. The issue of definition is a complicated one; bombers don’t want to be called…
  • 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…
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  • Osaka’s Hashimoto submits to soapland sex but not ‘entertainment’

    Kenji Nakano
    1 Nov 2014 | 1:02 am
    Shukan Taishu Nov. 10A debate between Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto and Makoto Sakurai, the leader of an anti-Korean group, ended not long after it started. The two participants, who were discussing hate speech, had to be separated by security guards not long after the session began. The proceedings resumed but concluded abruptly a few minutes later when hostilities again surfaced. “Go back to Tobita Shinchi!” Sakurai yelled at Hashimoto in a parting shot. The remark is in reference to the infamous brothel quarter of Osaka whose management association employed Hashimoto as legal…
  • Halloween in Roppongi

    Tokyo Reporter
    31 Oct 2014 | 10:11 pm
    Men in black outside Seventh HeavenTOKYO (TR) – Japan had not been known for embracing Halloween like Western countries, but over the past decade that has changed significantly. Nowadays, many department stores, small shops, bars and restaurants across the nation are adorned in orange throughout October. Then, on the night of the 31st, celebrants dressed as everything from police officers to anime characters clog the streets of major entertainment areas, especially in Tokyo. The trick-or-treating aspect, however, has not caught on. One woman living in a city in the countryside details…
  • Tokyo cops bust panty-peeping pub on licensing charges

    Tokyo Reporter
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:50 am
    Girl’s Bar Baby DollTOKYO (TR) – Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Thursday announced the bust of a risque bar in Machida City for licensing violations, reports Jiji Press (Oct. 30). On Monday, officers raided Girl’s Bar Baby Doll, and took Hiromichi Mori, the 33-year-old manager, into custody for offering services under the adult-entertainment law while licensed as a drinking establishment. Upon a customer’s request, the hostesses, seated behind a counter, will change into one of several costumes, including school-girl uniforms, or reveal their undergarments. With 12 of…
  • Tokyo cops arrest Kabukicho host for blackmail of girlfriend

    Tokyo Reporter
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:28 pm
    Hiroyuki HashimotoTOKYO (TR) – Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Tuesday arrested a bar host in Shinjuku Ward for demanding cash from his girlfriend and threatening to harm her family, reports the Sankei Shimbun (Oct. 28). Officers charged Hiroyuki Hashimoto, a 25-year-old host in the Kabukicho red-light district, with extortion after he allegedly demanded his girlfriend sign a promissory note worth three million yen on August 20. Hashimoto, who had already been arrested for assault in a separate case in September, also threatened to kill her family if she did not comply. The suspect has…
  • Chief of Kanagawa police molestation division arrested for groping teen

    Tokyo Reporter
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:55 pm
    The officer allegedly fondled a 19-year-old university student in front of JR Hiratsuka StationKANAGAWA (TR) – Kanagawa Prefectural Police on Tuesday arrested the head of a train molestation control division for allegedly groping a teenage girl in Hiratsuka City, reports public broadcaster NHK (Oct. 29). At around 10:00 p.m., Hironori Nagasaki, a 30-year-old head patrol officer, is alleged to have approached the girl, a 19-year-old university student, inside a parking lot in front of JR Hiratsuka Station and fondled her body. Nagasaki, who has been charged with violating public nuisance…
 
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  • Jan Kaszuba – kick boxer and personal trainer

    Rohan Gillett
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:04 am
    Here is the latest from Around Tokyo! Recently I had the great pleasure of interviewing Jan K […] The post Jan Kaszuba – kick boxer and personal trainer appeared first on Around Tokyo.
  • Motor Sport Japan Festival 2014

    Rohan Gillett
    26 Oct 2014 | 7:43 am
    Here is the latest from Around Tokyo! Car racing in this country is very popular and this wee […] The post Motor Sport Japan Festival 2014 appeared first on 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.
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  • A Concise Guide to Japanese Laundry Products

    Lynn Allmon
    31 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    When I first arrived in Japan, I discovered that the shampoo in my luggage had exploded all over my clothes. This wouldn’t have been a huge problem except for that my luggage also contained some colorful wrapping paper. The colors bled all over my clothes. In my first visit to a Japanese drug store, I was greeted by a long row of what appear to be laundry detergents, but the unfamiliar bottles and boxes could have been flour and fruit juice for all I knew. Mistakenly using flour instead of laundry detergent probably won’t do too much damage. Using fabric softener instead of…
  • Skin Whitening Lotions in Japan

    Grace Buchele Mineta
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Although skin tone varies drastically depending on your racial background (along with time spent in direct sunlight with or without sunscreen), much of the Asian world seems to have an preference for light skin. I’ve heard bihaku (美白, literally means “beautiful white”) used to describe skin that is beautifully pale and blemish-free in Japan. Since learning the term, I’ve see this marketing term on ads and beauty product in our local pharmacy. Growing up in Texas, most the people I knew spent their summers by the poolside, working on that perfect tan. Japan is a…
  • The 5 Japanese Horror Movies You Must Watch

    James Darnbrook
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:39 pm
    Halloween is here again and for me this means only one thing; watching horror movies! I like to watch one scary movie after another and usually this might mean watching something like Paranormal Activity or The Conjuring. This year though, I’ve decided that it’s time to immerse myself in one of Japan’s most underrated cultural exports; J-Horror, in the hopes of creating a list of some of Japan’s best horror movies. For those who may not know, J-Horror is the umbrella term used for any and all Japanese Horror movies. The horror genre has deep roots in Japan’s cinema reaching all the…
  • This Halloween, Horror has No Face

    Anthony Joh
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:31 pm
    Suspense, scares and more abound in NO FACE, a new Japanese horror short written, directed and edited by JR Lipartito. Starring Masahito Kawahata and Lisa Sumiyoshi, NO FACE plays out as a first-person survival video game within a movie. “I’m not only a fan of horror films, but also of horror games, especially since the first SILENT HILL game,” director Lipartito recently told SciFi JAPAN TV. “I wanted to get the same kind of immersive feeling in a movie.” NO FACE was filmed at YouTube Space Tokyo as part of their “House of Horrors” competition. A collaboration between YouTube…
  • Gujo Hachiman Castle In All Its Autumn Splendour

    John Asano
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:02 pm
    “Little Kyoto” as many people like to call the picturesque town of Gujo Hachiman in Gifu Prefecture, is another great spot in central Japan to enjoy the fall foliage. The best spot in my book is the famous Gujo Hachiman Castle (郡上八幡城) just outside the center of town. Perched atop Mount Hachiman, the castle is one of the best reconstructed castles in Japan. You can reach the castle after a brisk 15 minute hike up the mountain. The views of the surrounding mountains and valleys are truly breathtaking from the top. This is a great spot for koyo (autumn leaf viewing) as unlike most…
 
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  • How to See Aurora Lights without Leaving Tokyo

    Frances Maeda
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:42 am
    This post originally appeared on Japan Trends. Roppongi has its fair share of bright lights and other-worldly experiences, but this is certainly something new. Finnair is sponsoring a stimulated aurora experience event at Tokyo Midtown on November 7th and November [...]
  • Nihonbashi Best Of Japan Tour

    Chris Kirkland
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Your favourite cheapos are back with a special on location recording of the “Best Of Japan Tour” in Coredo Muromachi. The tour is organised by the Nihonbashi Tourist Information Center who provide a few different tours and experiences with English [...]
  • Cheapo Weekend for November 1-3: Ramen, Fighter Jets and Chrysanthemums

    Frances Maeda
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:57 am
    It’s yet another long weekend in Japan, and there are plenty of free and cheapo things to do. You can recover from the Halloween madness with a ramen binge, pick up some used books and park off outdoors on a [...]
  • November-December Cheapo Calendar: 5 Events Not to Miss

    Frances Maeda
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:26 am
    There are so many fantastic free events happening in Tokyo in November and December that it was tough choosing just five for this bimonthly events wrap. But we had to (because the editor said so). After much discount coffee fuelled [...]
  • Basic Guide to Giving and Receiving Directions in Japanese

    Richard Webb
    27 Oct 2014 | 5:07 am
    When living the cheapo life, the last thing you want to do is get lost and be forced into a costly taxi ride. Building on last month’s guide to transport Japanese, in this post we’ll cover the basics of giving [...]
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