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  • Whistling-based composing app unveiled in Tokyo - AsiaOne

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    23 Nov 2014 | 3:50 am
    AsiaOneWhistling-based composing app unveiled in TokyoAsiaOneCasio Computer Co. demonstrated the prototype of an application software for smartphones that "composes" a musical score if users input sound data in the form of whistling and humming, at the Musical Instruments Fair Japan 2014 in Tokyo. At the fair and more »
  • Onslaught of tourists expected for launch of Hayabusa 2 space probe

    News On Japan
    22 Nov 2014 | 11:36 pm
    Accommodations, transportation and other tourism-related services have rapidly sold out in and around Tanegashima island ahead of the Nov. 30 launch of the Hayabusa 2 asteroid probe there. (Asahi)
  • The Japan Atomic Power Company - Strategic SWOT Analysis Review - New Report Available

    Tokyo, Japan News
    23 Nov 2014 | 4:09 am
    The company designs, constructs and operates nuclear power plants. It provides services such as nuclear power generation, research in nuclear field, design and construction of nuclear power plants and preserving the environment.
  • Japan’s recovery from Fukushima shows resilience

    Tokyo News latest RSS headlines - The Tokyo
    23 Nov 2014 | 7:34 am
    The bullet trains run on time, the Tokyo Skytree is brightly lit and the sushi is impeccably fresh. Perhaps no other country could have coped as Japan has with losing 30 per cent of its power ...
  • Current Conditions : 55F / 13C, Mostly Cloudy - 5:30 AM JST Nov. 24

    Tokyo, Weather from Weather Underground
    23 Nov 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Temperature: 55°F / 13°C | Humidity: 67% | Pressure: 30.21in / 1023hPa (Rising) | Conditions: Mostly Cloudy | Wind Direction: NNE | Wind Speed: 6mph / 9km/h
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  • Whistling-based composing app unveiled in Tokyo - AsiaOne

    23 Nov 2014 | 3:50 am
    AsiaOneWhistling-based composing app unveiled in TokyoAsiaOneCasio Computer Co. demonstrated the prototype of an application software for smartphones that "composes" a musical score if users input sound data in the form of whistling and humming, at the Musical Instruments Fair Japan 2014 in Tokyo. At the fair and more »
  • The Tokyo Stock Exchange -

    22 Nov 2014 | 11:56 pm
    The Tokyo Stock ExchangeDailyForex.comThe Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE), the second largest stock exchange in the world, follows closely behind the New York Stock Exchange, based on monetary volume. It has also become a major player in the world of stock trading throughout the world.
  • In Tokyo's sake bars the mood turns grim as weary workers brace for more pain - The Guardian

    22 Nov 2014 | 4:32 pm
    The GuardianIn Tokyo's sake bars the mood turns grim as weary workers brace for more painThe GuardianWith his party's re-election practically a formality next month, Abe will try to claim an all-encompassing mandate for his rightwing agenda, said Koichi Nakano, a political science professor at Sophia University in Tokyo. “Most people consider the How a Limo Ride With Paul Krugman Changed the Course of AbenomicsBloombergJapan's lower house dissolved for early electionTheNewsTribune.comJapanese QE tsunami risks global Star Onlineall 668 news…
  • Tokyo resort visitors enjoy a wine-filled bath - WKRC TV Cincinnati

    22 Nov 2014 | 3:24 pm
    WKRC TV CincinnatiTokyo resort visitors enjoy a wine-filled bathWKRC TV CincinnatiTOKYO, Japan (WKRC) -- Visitors at a hot spring resort near Tokyo, Japan enjoyed a unique bath filled with newly released “Beaujolais Nouveau” wine. The resort holds the event every year to mark the wine's international release. In an opening ceremony, ...and more »
  • "Tokyo Ghoul 2" Anime Start Date Listed - Crunchyroll News

    22 Nov 2014 | 2:06 pm
    "Tokyo Ghoul 2" Anime Start Date ListedCrunchyroll NewsA new listing has the Tokyo Ghoul anime returning to Tokyo MX for the launch of its broadcast on January 8th. TV Aichi, TV Osaka, TVQ Kyushu, AT-X and Dlife broadcasts will start over the next week. Tokyo Ghoul:Old Days, prose stories about the past Tokyo Ghoul's 2nd Season Slated to Premiere on January 8Anime News Network'Tokyo Ghoul' Season 2 Release Date Set For January 8: Creator Sui Ishida KpopStarzSecond 'Tokyo Ghoul' Anime Series Premiere SetThe Fandom Postall 4 news articles »
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    News On Japan

  • Onslaught of tourists expected for launch of Hayabusa 2 space probe

    22 Nov 2014 | 11:36 pm
    Accommodations, transportation and other tourism-related services have rapidly sold out in and around Tanegashima island ahead of the Nov. 30 launch of the Hayabusa 2 asteroid probe there. (Asahi)
  • Japanese officials warn of quake aftershocks

    22 Nov 2014 | 11:10 pm
    Officials at Japan's Meteorological Agency are warning people to be on guard for aftershocks in the days ahead after a magnitude 6.8 earthquake rattled central regions on Saturday. (NHK)
  • Takata denies air bag defect cover-up

    22 Nov 2014 | 12:09 am
    -Japan's Takata Corp., at a U.S. Senate hearing Thursday, denied the allegation that the company had tried to conceal a fatal defect in its air bag system, while stressing its efforts to ensure the safety of air bags. (Jiji Press)
  • Abenomics at stake in Dec. 14 general election: Prem. Abe

    22 Nov 2014 | 12:05 am
    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe defended his reflationary policy, dubbed Abenomics, on Friday while opposition leaders argued it is failing, after the House of Representatives was dissolved on the day for a snap election. (Jiji Press)
  • Pro-N.Korea group's HQ estate goes to Japan firm

    22 Nov 2014 | 12:03 am
    A Japanese real estate company has taken official ownership of the land and building used as a pro-North Korea group's headquarters in Tokyo. (NHK)
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  • The Japan Atomic Power Company - Strategic SWOT Analysis Review - New Report Available

    23 Nov 2014 | 4:09 am
    The company designs, constructs and operates nuclear power plants. It provides services such as nuclear power generation, research in nuclear field, design and construction of nuclear power plants and preserving the environment.
  • Number of injured revised down to 39 after strong quake in central Japan

    22 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Local police on Sunday revised the number of injuries down to 39 from an earlier report of 57 after a strong quake hit Nagano Prefecture in central Japan late Saturday, according to local report. Injuries were reported in Nagano City and Hakuba village, where more than 80 people spent the night in an evacuation shelter, following the 6.7-magnitude quake that struck the region at 10:08 p.m. local time Saturday.
  • Gallery: The week in pictures

    22 Nov 2014 | 5:45 pm
    Artists performing in the light show 'Turn on the Lights' organised by Dutch luxury department store Bijenkorf to open the festive season in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The annual event at Dam square offered a light show, fireworks and a theatrical performance.
  • Skymark Shares Jump 26% on Nikkei Report of Japan Air Alliance

    21 Nov 2014 | 5:02 pm
    Skymark Airlines Inc. , the Japanese carrier that warned it may go out of business, surged 26 percent in Tokyo trading after the Nikkei reported the company is considering an alliance with Japan Airlines Co. Skymark gained 50 yen to 245 yen as of 2:37 p.m. in the city, trimming this year's decline to 36 percent.
  • AbbVie Acquires Manufacturing Facility In Singapore; Further Expands Capabilities In Asia

    21 Nov 2014 | 12:57 pm
    AbbVie Acquires Manufacturing Facility in Singapore; Further Expands Capabilities in Asia NORTH CHICAGO, Ill., Nov. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- AbbVie Inc. has acquired a small molecule active pharmaceutical ingredient manufacturing site in Singapore's Tuas Biomedical Park. The facility will expand the company's global operations for small molecule and biologics manufacturing, providing increased capacity for compounds within AbbVie's immunology and oncology pipelines.
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  • Ruined Cartmel Farmhouse and Priory

    20 Nov 2014 | 6:59 am
    Cartmel is a tiny village located at the bottom of the Lake District in the NorthWest of the UK, famous for two things- a racecourse that brings in punters nationally perhaps once a year, and L’Enclume, a Michelin-stared restaurant now...
  • God of Ruin: a thriller (#3 Ruins Sonata)

    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

    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

    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...
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    Jason Collin
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:51 pm
    Splitting the final Hunger Games book into two movies was a mistake.  THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 1 was left being a very scene repetitive, claustrophobic half-movie at best.  Katniss was the exciting center of the first two movies, in MOCKINGJAY she is just reacting to bad things such that it seems she is just crying all the time and that is not enough to base a movie around. I did not like the casting of Julianne Moore as President Alma Coin of District 13 because the character is so paper thin and introduced with no fanfare, it’s not like watching a character in a…
  • BOYHOOD [2014] movie review – recommended

    Jason Collin
    8 Nov 2014 | 8:55 pm
    Almost 20 years ago I watched my first Richard Linklater movie, BEFORE SUNRISE, then the next day I watched the movie again I was that amazed by it.  The biggest compliment I think you can give a movie director is to say he/she has a signature style that is totally evident on screen.  Linklater definitely does, and I am a fan of his signature style, and it is on display throughout BOYHOOD [2014].  In addition to that, the movie features the same actors reprising their roles every few years as a boy grows from age 5 to age 15 over the course of 165 minutes.  This is no gimmick, it is…
  • 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…
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    Black Tokyo

  • Fukushima Documentary in HD

    16 Nov 2014 | 8:47 pm
    Check out the latest Fukushima Documentary 2014 HD ☢ Nuclear Exodus: Pandora’s Promise Was A Lie. Feel free to leave you comments below.
  • Anti-U.S. Base Governor Elected in Okinawa

    16 Nov 2014 | 3:42 pm
    In a move that will definitely delay, if not prevent, the relocation of Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, the voters in Okinawa have delivered Prime Minister Abe a renewed message. According to the newly elected Okinawa Prefecture Governor Takeshi Onaga, “Okinawans have suffered enough in their relationship with the U.S. Government.” I’m curious to see […]
  • Black Tokyo Presents: Pegasus 303 Mix 055 with Mr. Clean – Techno, Tech House

    3 Nov 2014 | 8:02 pm
    Playlist:1. Take it Back (Original Mix) – Jon Sine [Kindisch]2. Dropkick (Wally Lopez Remix) – Namito [Love Harder Records]3. Juggling (Original Mix) – SIMBA [Carton-Pate Records]4. Strongship (Original Mix) – Benja & Reto Ardour [HIVE AUDIO]5. Wall Of Hope (6tma Sacred Family Remix) – Triumph [Espai Music]6. White Lies (Alex Malllios the naked truth Remix) […]
  • Fukushima on the International Nuclear Events Scale

    2 Nov 2014 | 8:47 am
  • TEDxKyoto: Beyond Sushi by Shuichi Inoue

    1 Nov 2014 | 7:30 pm
    “This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Sushi maestro Shuichi Inoue draws on art forms such as ikebana, brush painting and bonsai to transform the simple combination of fish and rice into elegant, edible art.” Via @JayKlaphake, Founder of TEDxKyoto | Speaker, Event Producer & Professor: Global […]
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    Ramen Tokyo

  • Ichiran/Hong Kong

    23 Nov 2014 | 11:31 am
    Ichiran on Jaffe Road in Causeway Bay is the first Hong Kong outpost of Japanese ramen chain Ichiran (small wooden booths). It opened in the summer of 2013 and still sports long lines. The ramen was exactly the same as in the Tokyo branches, a long wait outside and little wooden booths inside. Menu paper in multiple languages.Ichiran also opened a factory/store/museum "Ichiran-no-Mori" in Itoshima, Fukuoka in July of this year.
  • Yoshu Shonin/Shinbashi揚州商人/新橋

    23 Nov 2014 | 11:05 am
     Updated review Nov 23 2014 - they also now have a Premium Suratanmen, at least at the Shimbashi branch (again with either thick or thin noodles) that was excellent:A novel concept at a chain ramen shop that is known for constantly bringing out new products: Yoshu Shonin's Su-Ra-Abura-Men. This take on both suratanmen and abura soba together is creative and tasty - it has a very vinegary and peppery taste, just like the regular suratanmen that Yoshu Shonin is rightly famous for and that several people including this page have reviewed in the past. They actually started selling this last…
  • Sumo Ramen/Montreal

    23 Nov 2014 | 10:51 am
    Edible, filling, crowded, large menu, good service, not authentic, no tonkotsu, decent, not spectacular.
  • Gonokami-Seisakujo/Sendagaya五ノ神製作所/千駄ヶ谷

    23 Nov 2014 | 10:39 am
    Gonokami-Seisakujo is technically in Shibuya Ward, Sendagaya, but it is a short walk from the east side of Shinjuku Takashimaya.Note that this trip was in the middle of the worst snow ("worst" = 4-5 inches) that Tokyo had seen in a long time.The review/discussion here says it all (Silverjay on Chowhound went there first and discovered it):
  • Ramen Champion/Hong Kong

    23 Nov 2014 | 10:14 am
    It had been at least a year since I did any serious ramen hunting in Hong Kong so on my most recent trip I decided to go to the (then recently-opened) Ramen Champion in Hong Kong, near the Jordan MTR station. Ramen Champion is a "ramen themepark/stadium" in the basement of an office building, loosely based on similar setups in Japan. Shops rotate frequently, the ones present at that time included:TaishokenBarioMinami AoyamaDotechanBishamon Rei (毗沙门 零)Muso (無双/无双)Bishamon Rei and Muso are still there. Note the picture of Yamagishi-san on the display board in the first attached…
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  • Japan News This Week 23 November 2014

    22 Nov 2014 | 4:34 pm
    ..今週の日本Okinawa Voters Replace Governor With Opponent of U.S. BaseNew York TimesJapan PM Shinzo Abe dissolves parliament for election BBCJapanese police search home of woman held after deaths of six partners GuardianRich get richer, poor poorer under mixed results of Abenomics’Japan TimesAgent Orange in OkinawaThe DiplomatThe Modern Girl as Militarist: Female Soldiers In and Beyond Japan’ Self-Defense Forces. Japan FocusLast Week's Japan News on the JapanVisitor blogStatisticsTax revenues as a percentage of GDP.Denmark 57.4%Finland 57.1Norway 55.7France 52.9Belgium 52.2Sweden…
  • Bar Haru Restaurant, French Cuisine in Kojimachi Tokyo

    21 Nov 2014 | 5:25 am
    バーはる.レストランA friend and I dined at Bar Haru Restaurant  in Tokyo's Kojimachi district. Tucked away on a sidestreet, on the B1 floor of a very plain looking building, Haru is not the kind of place you readily stumble upon.There were only two of us there when we first went in, at midday. We were soon joined, but by only another two, at a nearby table.However, unlike a lot of restaurants where lack of customers is a warning sign, Haru could well be the proverbial undiscovered treasure.The menu is a la France. We went for the five-course lunch menu of the three lunch menus…
  • The Narrow Road to the Deep North: A Novel

    20 Nov 2014 | 3:09 am
    The Narrow Road to the Deep North: A NovelRichard FlanaganHardback464 pagesISBN 978-0385352857Richard Flanagan's 2014 Booker Prize-winning work about the Burmese railroad fiasco pulls off its brazen trick of appropriating - occupying, if you will - the title of the Japanese haiku master Basho's great travelogue Oku no hosomichi. But it fails to learn perhaps the greatest lesson of the medium: less is more. Its 464 pages, while often filled with arresting images, are about a hundred too many for its purpose; or maybe the problem is that the novel, much like its hapless protagonist, is unsure…
  • A Walk Around Kyushu Day 45 Yatsushiro to Matsubase

    18 Nov 2014 | 6:37 pm
    A Walk Around KyushuDay 45, Yatsushiro to Matsubase Friday November 29th, 2013 It's breezy with a partly cloudy sky as I set off and it promises to be a dry day. My first stop is the shinkansen station of Shin-Yatsushiro that is home to yet another of the Kumamoto Artpolis projects. Called the Kilali Monument, it is not really a building at all. Its is shaped like a small house with a pitched roof, but the roof and the walls have many rectangular holes cut out of them so it cannot function as a shelter. I guess it is sculpture. Interesting enough. I start to head north alongside the rail line…
  • Anti-Nuclear Tent Hiroba in Tokyo

    17 Nov 2014 | 11:32 pm
    テント広場 東京You'd be forgiven for thinking it was a homeless person's hut at first glance. But its size, and a quick scan of the banners hanging all over it, mark it as something a little different.Tent Hiroba, just across from the heart of Japan's economic control centerTent Hiroba (Tent Plaza, or Tent Square) is a patch of sidewalk just across from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) headquarters in the political heart of Tokyo, the Nagatacho district.Tento Hiroba is a project by those opposed to reviving nuclear power generation in…
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  • A Not-Entirely Brief Guide to Supergraphics

    Nick West
    16 Nov 2014 | 8:01 pm
    As it’s understood today, a brief guide to Supergraphics is simply big graphics in an architectural setting. A not-quite-so brief guide would cite design critic C. Ray Smith (1929-1988) as the author who first coined the term in the 1960s as reaction to an aesthetic expounded by a previous group of architects known as Supermannerists. A not-really-very brief guide would define it as a term rooted in architectural theory that emphasised the use of graphic form and colour as a spacial, rather than decorative, experiment. And a not-entirely brief and quite possibly Tokyo-centric guide would…
  • 10 Things in Tokyo: November Round-Up

    Emily Wakeling
    15 Nov 2014 | 7:58 pm
    First of all, thank you to all who came and celebrated Tokyo Art Beat’s 10th anniversary. Hundreds of Tokyo art lovers took in art and music performances at this special event. Here’s to another 10 years! Veteran artist Kishio Suga, best known for his work with the 1960s and ’70s avant-garde group Mono-ha, is having a retrospective at The Vangi Sculpture Garden Museum in Shizuoka. Throughout his career, Suga has worked with primary materials such as stone and wood to explore objects in nature, and to bring heightened awareness to audiences of the spaces that surround them.
  • 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…
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    Japan Zone - Entertainment News from Japan

  • Sayonara Takakura Ken, a True Screen Legend

    18 Nov 2014 | 2:54 am
    <p><img src="" width="420" height="235" align="left" hspace="5" vspace="5" style="border: solid black 1px;" title="Takakura Ken in The Yakuza" alt="Takakura Ken in The Yakuza"> <br clear=all> <p>Japan sadly bid farewell to one of the true giants of modern cinema when it was revealed today that Takakura Ken died of lymphoma on November 10 at the age of 83. Takakura made his name as the stoic star of gangster movies…
  • Tokyo has Won Halloween!

    3 Nov 2014 | 1:25 am
    <p><img src="" width="420" height="233" align="left" hspace="5" vspace="5" style="border: solid black 1px;" title="Halloween in Tokyo 2014" alt="Halloween in Tokyo 2014"> <br clear=all> <p>Halloween in Tokyo used to be a strictly gaijin affair, with a few hundred of us hijacking a Yamanote Line train for one trip around the city. But these days, the Japanese have taken full ownership of Halloween. They're sexy, scary,…

    10 Sep 2014 | 5:25 am
    <p><img src="" 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

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

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

  • Tokyo cops arrest Yamaguchi-gumi yakuza in attempted extortion of Ueno club

    Tokyo Reporter
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:04 am
    Narushi SonodaTOKYO (TR) – Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Friday announced the arrest of five suspects, including members of an organized crime group and a motorcycle gang, on charges of threatening a hostess club in Taito Ward earlier this year, reports Nippon News Network (Nov. 21). On Wednesday, officers took Narushi Sonoda, a 34-year-old gangster in the Yamaguchi-gumi, and Tsuyoshi Hirose, 42, a member of the bosozoku group Dragon, and three other suspects into custody for allegedly threatening the 40-year-old female manager of a Chinese hostess club in the Ueno area so that she would…
  • Kyoto police pursuing potential ‘black widow’ in 6 mysterious deaths

    Tokyo Reporter
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:47 pm
    Chisako Kakehi“I didn’t kill anyone to receive money.” Kyoto Prefectural Police believe otherwise. On Wednesday morning, officers arrested Chisako Kakehi, a 67-year-old woman who uttered the above statement, for poisoning her husband last year. On December 28, Isao Kakehi, 75, collapsed in his home in Muko City and was transported to a local hospital, where he died. They had been married for about one month. A legally ordered autopsy revealed cyanide in his system. On the same day of the arrest, police informed news outlets that they had found — without saying when…
  • Ginza fumes at NTV snub of ex-hostess

    Kenji Nakano
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:18 pm
    Flash Dec. 2On November 14, a female college student filed a suit in the Tokyo District Court against network Nippon TV, which cancelled an informal employment agreement following revelations about her employment history. Earlier this year, Rina Sasazaki, a 22-year-old senior at Toyo Eiwa University, admitted that she had worked part-time as a bar hostess in Tokyo’s Ginza entertainment area. Her history, the network subsequently determined, reflected a lack of “integrity,” which is necessary for the position, and her unofficial offer was terminated. Such an evaluation of…
  • Olympic-sized crackdown on Tokyo sex trade possibly overblown

    Amy Takahashi
    19 Nov 2014 | 11:15 pm
    Shukan Post Nov. 28On November 9, Kenichi Yoshizumi, 42, was elected as mayor of Tokyo’s Shinjuku Ward. With the ward being home to Kabukicho, the nation’s largest red-light district, a number of tabloids have been speculating on what the future holds for the area’s businesses in the fuzoku industry, or the commercial sex trade — and it is not all bad. According to Shukan Post (Nov. 28), Yoshizumi is succeeding Hiroko Nakayama, who has used the catchphrase “Kabukicho Renaissance” to describe the ongoing elimination of fuzoku-related parlors and clubs in the…
  • Kyoto woman linked to mysterious deaths arrested for poisoning husband

    Tokyo Reporter
    18 Nov 2014 | 9:10 pm
    Chisako KakehiKYOTO (TR) – Kyoto Prefectural Police on Wednesday morning arrested Chisako Kakehi, a 67-year-old woman linked to a number of mysterious deaths, for poisoning her husband last year, reports public broadcaster NHK (Nov. 19). On December 28, Isao Kakehi, 75, collapsed in his home in Muko City and was transported to a local hospital, where he died. They had been married for about one month. A legally ordered autopsy revealed cyanide in his system. Police have accused Chisako Kakehi of murder, a charge she denies. “I didn’t kill anyone,” Kakehi is quoted by…
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    Around Tokyo

  • Design Festa vol. 40

    Rohan Gillett
    10 Nov 2014 | 7:28 pm
    Here is the latest from Around Tokyo! Design Festa vol. 40 was another great event at Tokyo B […] The post Design Festa vol. 40 appeared first on Around Tokyo.
  • Grand Autumn Festival

    Rohan Gillett
    3 Nov 2014 | 4:57 am
    Here is the latest from Around Tokyo! This weekend we attended the Meiji Jingu (i.e. Meiji sh […] The post Grand Autumn Festival appeared first on Around Tokyo.
  • 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.
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  • Hokkaido: Sapporo’s Bustle, Agriculture’s Abundance and Winter’s Charm

    Kyle Von Lanken
    22 Nov 2014 | 6:00 pm
    When I decided to move to Hokkaido, I knew what I was getting into as far as weather is concerned: long, dreary winters with high piles of snow and bitter cold temperatures. Being from the suburbs of Chicago, I am no stranger to excessive snowfall and icy temperatures. However, what I wasn’t prepared for was the wealth of distinct culture that exists here, ranging from popular snow festivals and famous beer brands well-known in Japan and abroad to the delightful, powdery snow that seems to beckon skiers and snowboarders from both near and far. Originally inhabited by the Ainu (also known as…
  • Enjoying the Autumn Colours at Gifu Park

    John Asano
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Gifu Park (岐阜公園) is a fantastic public park located in Gifu City, Gifu Prefecture. The park contains many attractions including Gifu Castle, Mount Kinka, Mount Kinka Ropeway, Three Storied Pagoda, the Gifu City Museum of History and the Nawa Insect Museum. Surrounded by beautiful nature, the park is stunning in Autumn with brilliant red, orange and yellow leaves bringing the whole place alive with colour. A good starting point is the fountain located near the park entrance. From there you can explore the beautiful garden and pond at the base of the ropeway. Samurai warlord, Oda…
  • Pirates of Tokyo Bay Celebrate 4 Years of Bilingual Comedy

    Cynthia Popper
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:42 am
    The Pirates of Tokyo Bay: the only bilingual comedy show in Kanto celebrated its 4 year anniversary with a special performance on November 16th at Super Deluxe in Roppongi. The improv troupe, lead by American expat Mike Staffa, features 14 cast members and pianist Benjamin Anderson, were joined onstage by performers from the Pirates of Dotonburi in Osaka. Staffa, along with Bob Werley and Matt Danalewich, sat down with Anthony and I to chat about the show as well as the evolution of the Pirate life since its beginning in 2010. GP: Why a four-year anniversary? MS: It’s kind of a random year,…
  • A Taste of Europe at the World Beer Museum

    Kelsey Leuzinger
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Home to a large number of Michelin star restaurants, food in Tokyo is not something to be overlooked. They claim some of the world’s best sushi, ramen, and seafood dishes. However, there is a niche market of high quality European food and drink that is overlooked. The World Beer Museum and Restaurant is a great place to start if you’re in search of Tokyo’s tastes of the West. This museum plus restaurant is a fun way to enjoy dishes from around Europe and North America, while sampling some of the world’s most popular beers. Their sales pitch is not all about the food, either. The seats…
  • Yeah, it’s pretty clear, I ain’t no size two.

    Bernie Low
    19 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    As I listen to Meghan Trainor sing about not worrying about her size I think, that’s right, it’s alright not to be a “stick figure silicone Barbie doll” and I look in the mirror and think I look good, but then I walk out the door and it all crumbles. 

At a UK size 14 and only 1.53m (just under 5″1) tall I look more like a teapot, short and stout than anything else. In Japan I feel twice my size most days, and being surrounded by slender Japanese women that look as if they just walked out a fashion magazine only helps increase my insecurity.

 Growing up in Singapore I…
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  • Koyo, yo: Autumn Leaves in Tokyo

    Selena Hoy
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:39 am
    Koyo time is here! 紅葉, meaning the changing of the leaves, is an important seasonal marker in the land of FOUR (count ‘em!) seasons! While perhaps not quite as widely celebrated as cherry blossom season, koyo is still an excuse [...]
  • Free Wi-Fi Cafes in Tokyo

    Andres Zuleta
    19 Nov 2014 | 3:45 pm
    Free Wi-Fi in Tokyo is notoriously hard to find. Most first time visitors to the city are shocked at how scarce it is. After all, Tokyo is one of the world’s most modern cities, right? If you’re just looking to [...]
  • Cheapo Weekend for November 22-24: Ninjas and Night Bazaars

    Frances Maeda
    19 Nov 2014 | 12:13 am
    This three-day weekend you can travel the world without leaving Tokyo, hang out with ninjas in a park, browse for bargains at a night bazaar, sample a super famous type of radish, and much, much more. If you’re up for [...]
  • Interview with Akiko Kitamura: Super Japanese Teacher

    Chris Kirkland
    17 Nov 2014 | 5:19 am
    Akiko is an old Twitter friend of ours. We love her daily Japanese vocabulary tweets – she drops in a few words usually relating to current events, seasons and even scandals! We strongly recommend following her to give your Japanese a [...]
  • Gonpachi: Good fun while Killing the Lunch Bill

    Greg Lane
    16 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    It’s not really a big surprise that Gonpachi inspired the restaurant in Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill, since Gonpachi is basically a Japanese themed restaurant in Japan. For me, the surprise is that this hyper produced eatery is actually reasonable value [...]
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