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  • Japan trade minister Miyazawa used political funds at Hiroshima SM bar

    The Tokyo Reporter
    Tokyo Reporter
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:03 pm
    Yoichi MiyazawaTOKYO (TR) – In what could be yet another blow to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the support group of newly appointed trade minister Yoichi Miyazawa allegedly spent political funds at an adult-themed bar in Hiroshima four years ago, it was learned on Thursday, reports the Sankei Shimbun (Oct. 23). According to the report, Miyazawa, who was appointed by Abe to head the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry on Tuesday, reported a 18,230-yen bill from a session at an SM bar on September 6, 2010 as “entertainment expenses” on the group’s political funding…
  • Beginners Guide to Supermarket Shopping in Japan

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    James Darnbrook
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:19 pm
    When I first came to Japan I had no knowledge of Japanese and zero understanding of a country’s language means that at any time, a normal day to day task can turn into a frustrating experience because you just can’t beat the language/cultural barrier involved. For me, this happened most often in the supermarket. I can still remember the heartbreak of my third day in Japan; desperate for a taste of home, I bought some strawberry donuts to cheer myself up. Instantly revitalized, I rushed home to eat them, only to find out when I bit into them that they weren’t filled with strawberry, but…
  • Chewing too much hassle? Japan's got just the thing

    News On Japan
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:09 am
    A small-scale Japanese study last year, among others, suggested there was a connection between chomping and cognitive function, and the belief in a link between chewing and health is widely held in Japan. (manilastandardtoday.com)
  • Japan - 1965

    Tokyo, Japan News
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:02 pm
    In 1965 Charlene Farnsworth and her parents embarked on an adventure that is not uncommon today, but rather unique at that time - a world tour, including the Orient. Moreover, the ladies did their traveling in dresses and high heels, and the Japanese bullet train, Shinkansen, was only a year old.
  • Japan’s Miyazawa hit by sex scandal

    Tokyo News latest RSS headlines - The Tokyo News.net
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:37 am
    Tokyo - <br>Japan was hit on Thursday by the third political scandal in a week after its new industry minister - whose predecessor resigned in disgrace over misspending - admitted that his ...
 
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  • Japan - 1965

    23 Oct 2014 | 11:02 pm
    In 1965 Charlene Farnsworth and her parents embarked on an adventure that is not uncommon today, but rather unique at that time - a world tour, including the Orient. Moreover, the ladies did their traveling in dresses and high heels, and the Japanese bullet train, Shinkansen, was only a year old.
  • 27th Tokyo Int'l Film Festival kicks off

    23 Oct 2014 | 7:11 pm
    Chinese director Gao Feng and actress Li Meng from "Yellow River Aria-Lao Qiang" pose for photos at the red carpet ceremony of the 27th Tokyo International Film Festival in Tokyo, Japan , Oct. 23, 2014.
  • NTT Docomo Releases Open Web Api Compatible with Vuzix M100 Smart Glasses

    23 Oct 2014 | 3:07 pm
    Vuzix Corporation , a leading supplier of Video Eyewear and Smart Glasses products in the consumer, commercial and entertainment markets, today announced Vuzix M100 compatibility with NTT DOCOMO's recent release of the "Device Connect WebAPI", an open source application-programming interface to provide connectivity with various wearable electronic devices. The release supports Vuzix' award-winning M100 Smart Glasses.
  • Partial eclipse will be visible on your drive home

    23 Oct 2014 | 11:01 am
    MAY 20: The first annular eclipse seen in the U.S. since 1994 wanes to a partial eclipse as the sun sets on May 20, 2012 in Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona.
  • Japan to send officials to North Korea next week

    22 Oct 2014 | 3:27 pm
    TOKYO Japan's government said Wednesday that it will send a group of officials to North Korea next week for an update on the North's investigation into the abduction of Japanese citizens by North Korean agents in the 1970s and '80s. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the purpose of sending the team is to convey firmly to North Korea's special investigative committee that the resolution of the abduction issue is a high priority for Japan.
 
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  • 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...
  • Adventures in Book Cover Design: Mr. Ruins

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

    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.
  • Murata cheerleader robots: stability, sensing, synchronized dance – waiting for open innovation and APIs?

    Gerhard 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

    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.
 
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    Lets Japan

  • 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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  • Essays by AF on Yukata

    auberginefleur
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:25 pm
    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 layout with small box insets…
  • 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.
  • AF's Coordination Conundrums for Textile Symposium 2014

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

  • Tokyo police issue arrest warrant for gangster-husband of ex-Morning Musume member

    Tokyo Reporter
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:24 pm
    Ai Kago (L) was once a member of Morning MusumeTOKYO (TR) – Tokyo Metropolitan Police have issued a warrant for the arrest of the husband of former Morning Musume member Ai Kago, 26, on charges of loansharking, it was learned on Thursday, reports Sports Nippon (Oct. 24). Police claim that Kago’s husband, a 43-year-old member of the Yamaguchi-gumi organized crime group, loaned 2.5 million yen to an acquaintance at a rate of interest considered illegal. News reports did not name the suspect. In September of 2011, Kago’s then boyfriend, Haruhiko Ando, a known affiliate of…
  • Japan trade minister Miyazawa used political funds at Hiroshima SM bar

    Tokyo Reporter
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:03 pm
    Yoichi MiyazawaTOKYO (TR) – In what could be yet another blow to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the support group of newly appointed trade minister Yoichi Miyazawa allegedly spent political funds at an adult-themed bar in Hiroshima four years ago, it was learned on Thursday, reports the Sankei Shimbun (Oct. 23). According to the report, Miyazawa, who was appointed by Abe to head the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry on Tuesday, reported a 18,230-yen bill from a session at an SM bar on September 6, 2010 as “entertainment expenses” on the group’s political funding…
  • Operator of famous Asakusa strip theater goes bust

    Tokyo Reporter
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:18 pm
    Asakusa Rokku-zaTOKYO (TR) – A management company for the legendary Asakusa Rokku-za strip theater has initiated bankruptcy proceedings, it was learned on Wednesday, reports Nikkan Sports (Oct. 23). On October 15, Saito Kanko, a company charged with managing the Asakusa Rokku-za strip theater in Taito Ward, filed paperwork at the Tokyo District Court claiming liabilities totaling 238 million yen, according to research firm Teikoku Databank. The 145-seat theater, which often features performances by current and former adult video actresses, including Maria Ozawa and Minako Komukai,…
  • Tokyo doctor, 75, and wife, 30, in shotgun murder-suicide

    Amy Takahashi
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:14 am
    Yoshimine MatsumotoDenenchofu, a quaint residential area of Tokyo’s Ota Ward, is home to some of the richest people in the metropolis. The burb is also where the bodies of Yoshimine Matsumoto, a 75-year-old doctor, and his much younger wife were found last Friday — the result of a grim incident, the cause of which appears unclear, reports Nikkan Gendai (Oct. 21). Tokyo Metropolitan Police arriving at the home owned by Matsumoto, the director of the Tohokai Hospital in Kanagawa Prefecture, found him clutching a shotgun atop a bed in a second-floor bedroom. He was confirmed dead due…
  • Osaka cops bust dumpers of 200 kg of porn

    Tokyo Reporter
    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…
 
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  • 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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    GaijinPot

  • The Arakawa Line Is The Streetcar You Desire

    Lynn Allmon
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:09 pm
    A truly unique way to experience Tokyo, the Arakawa Line is the only remaining Tokyo Toden streetcar line. This streetcar line spans from the shitamachi of Minowabashi, through both residential and commercial areas and finally to the Toden Waseda Station. A ride along all 12.2 kilometers of tracks takes 53 minutes and at 400 yen for an all day pass, a romantic afternoon streetcar journey costs less than a bowl of ramen. Riding the Arakawa Line The Arakawa Line has 30 stations, which means that it has enough attractions along the way to fill a book. Who gets on and off at each stop will give a…
  • Beginners Guide to Supermarket Shopping in Japan

    James Darnbrook
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:19 pm
    When I first came to Japan I had no knowledge of Japanese and zero understanding of a country’s language means that at any time, a normal day to day task can turn into a frustrating experience because you just can’t beat the language/cultural barrier involved. For me, this happened most often in the supermarket. I can still remember the heartbreak of my third day in Japan; desperate for a taste of home, I bought some strawberry donuts to cheer myself up. Instantly revitalized, I rushed home to eat them, only to find out when I bit into them that they weren’t filled with strawberry, but…
  • Entranced by the Autumn Colors of Kyoto

    Lisa Hong
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:07 pm
    Mid to late November is a great time to make a trip to Kyoto. The temples are amazing, but the backdrop of brilliant fall colors, or Koyou, is STUNNING. An autumn trip to Kyoto is candy for the eyes and soul. Two popular ways to arrive to Kyoto Station are by JR Shinkansen or Overnight Bus (such as Willer Express). Either way, once you arrive at the station, tourist information centers can help you with maps, routes, bus tickets – all in English. The ease of travel and Japanese hospitality will enhance your experience so you can focus on enjoying your destinations. To get around, you…
  • Top Jobs in Japan for Week 43 – 2014

    GaijinPot Blog
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:40 pm
    Check back every Tuesday as we look through the database of jobs in Japan that have been posted to GaijinPot and pick out the ones that we think are the most interesting. Apply directly to these companies by creating a profile on GaijinPot. Experienced Chef for Irish Pub & Restaurant ¥1,000 ~ ¥1,100 / Hour Kamiyacho, Minato-ku, Tokyo Fun outgoing personality English: Conversational International Bar and Restaurant Management company hiring an experienced chef for Irish Pub & Restaurant.Must have an energetic and can-do attitude. English and Japanese conversation skills required.
  • 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…
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    Tokyo Cheapo

  • Cheapo Weekend for October 25-26: Halloween Parades and More

    Frances Maeda
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:10 am
    Ready for some pre-Halloween fun in Tokyo? This weekend the city will be crawling with characters all sorts of creepy and cute. So get your costume, grab your camera and enjoy one of the many Halloween parades – and these [...]
  • Which Japan Rail Pass to Choose

    Greg Lane
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:21 pm
     JR Passes are available to anyone visiting Japan on a short term tourist visa. They provide 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! Along with a bigger range of shirts dedicated to cheapo icons such as everyone’s favourite discount store Donki, the price of our original “I’m a Tokyo Cheapo” [...]
  • 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 [...]
 
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