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  • This is Not the Dreamliner You're Looking For

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    tokyoguy
    17 Apr 2015 | 3:11 am
    <p><img src="http://www.japan-zone.com/modern/pix/s/star_wars_dreamliner.jpg" width="420" height="236" align="left" hspace="5" vspace="5" style="border: solid black 1px;" title="Star Wars Dreamliner" alt="Star Wars Dreamliner"> <br clear=all> <p>Having just seen the tantalizing second trailer for the upcoming Star Wars movie, I'm excited. Like I was as a teenager back in 1977. And when you mix that excitement with my love of airplanes...well, I just had to share! ANA, one of…
  • A Guide to Tokyo Animal Cafes

    Tokyo Cheapo
    Robb Satterwhite
    21 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    “Where’s the best place in Tokyo to play with rabbits?” “Where can I drink herbal tea with noisy birds squawking in the background?” “How many cats can you possibly fit into one small room?” These are questions we’ve undoubtedly all […] The post A Guide to Tokyo Animal Cafes appeared first on Tokyo Cheapo.
  • George and Amal Can't Hide Their Smiles While Arriving Hand-in-hand in Tokyo - People Magazine

    tokyo - Google News
    24 May 2015 | 9:16 am
    People MagazineGeorge and Amal Can't Hide Their Smiles While Arriving Hand-in-hand in TokyoPeople MagazineGeorge, 54, is promoting his new Disney film Tomorrowland, which has had him traveling the globe doing press – and talking about his new wife. At the Disneyland premiere of the family sci-fi flick earlier this month, George shared with PEOPLE how Amal George and Amal Clooney hold hands as they land in Tokyo after actor reveals Daily MailAmal Clooney's Tokyo Airport Style Is Oh So Glam (And Totally Aspirational)BustleKonnichiwa! Mr and Mrs Clooney land in Tokyo after vowing never…
  • 2 yakuza shot in Okayama, gunman wanted

    News On Japan
    24 May 2015 | 8:24 am
    Okayama Prefectural Police have launched an attempted murder investigation following the shooting of two organized crime members outside a hostess club in Tamano City early Saturday morning, reports the Sankei Shimbun. (Tokyo Reporter)
  • People rally against construction of U.S. base in Henoko

    Tokyo, Japan News
    24 May 2015 | 7:24 am
    Photo taken on May 24, 2015 shows a banner held by a woman during a demonstration in front of the Diet building in Tokyo, Japan . About 15,000 people participated in the rally against the construction of the U.S. base in Henoko, Okinawa prefecture.
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  • George and Amal Can't Hide Their Smiles While Arriving Hand-in-hand in Tokyo - People Magazine

    24 May 2015 | 9:16 am
    People MagazineGeorge and Amal Can't Hide Their Smiles While Arriving Hand-in-hand in TokyoPeople MagazineGeorge, 54, is promoting his new Disney film Tomorrowland, which has had him traveling the globe doing press – and talking about his new wife. At the Disneyland premiere of the family sci-fi flick earlier this month, George shared with PEOPLE how Amal George and Amal Clooney hold hands as they land in Tokyo after actor reveals Daily MailAmal Clooney's Tokyo Airport Style Is Oh So Glam (And Totally Aspirational)BustleKonnichiwa! Mr and Mrs Clooney land in Tokyo after vowing never…
  • Cities outshine Tokyo on energy mix with ambitious goal for renewables - The Japan Times

    24 May 2015 | 6:01 am
    The Japan TimesCities outshine Tokyo on energy mix with ambitious goal for renewablesThe Japan TimesBy the end of this month, the government is expected to announce a national long-term energy plan for 2030 that will include a “best energy mix” scenario — the formula for the various ratios of oil, coal, LNG, nuclear power and renewable energy that and more »
  • Tokyo protest over planned US airbase - RTE.ie

    24 May 2015 | 3:04 am
    RTE.ieTokyo protest over planned US airbaseRTE.ieThousands of demonstrators formed a human chain around Japan's parliament in Tokyo this morning, protesting the planned construction of a new US airbase on the southern island of Okinawa. The protesters, who organisers said numbered about 15,000, ...About 15000 US base opponents rally in Tokyo against new base in OkinawaXinhuaLatest from IranPress TVall 21 news articles »
  • Najib arrives in Tokyo to begin three-day official visit - The Star Online

    23 May 2015 | 8:40 pm
    The Malaysian InsiderNajib arrives in Tokyo to begin three-day official visitThe Star OnlineThe Prime Minister and his wife were later received at the Palace Hotel in downtown Tokyo, where he will be staying, by Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Ali Hamsa, members of the Malaysian Najib in Tokyo on 3-day official visitThe Malaysian InsiderNajib Arrives In Tokyo To Begin His Three-Day Official Visitmalaysiandigest.comNajib on track to boost ties during Japan visitAsiaOneMalay Mail Onlineall 93 news articles »
  • “Tokyo” is an unsettling take on the “foreigner in Japan” trope - The Japan Times

    23 May 2015 | 7:03 am
    The Japan Times“Tokyo” is an unsettling take on the “foreigner in Japan” tropeThe Japan TimesSo-called foreigner-in-Japan novels can set cliche alarm bells ringing, so when a book as exciting and original as Nicholas Hogg's “Tokyo” comes along, it takes a moment to recalibrate expectations. And it's not the last time Hogg wrong-foots his
 
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  • 2 yakuza shot in Okayama, gunman wanted

    24 May 2015 | 8:24 am
    Okayama Prefectural Police have launched an attempted murder investigation following the shooting of two organized crime members outside a hostess club in Tamano City early Saturday morning, reports the Sankei Shimbun. (Tokyo Reporter)
  • Rakuten forges ahead in English

    24 May 2015 | 8:19 am
    E-commerce giant Rakuten has managed to do what the educational system apparently can't - get Japanese people to speak English competently. After years of Rakuten building the English level of its employees, Chief Executive Officer Hiroshi Mikitani noted recently that the effort has finally paid off. (Japan Times)
  • Japanese director Kiyoshi Kurosawa wins Cannes director prize

    24 May 2015 | 8:17 am
    Japanese director Kiyoshi Kurosawa was given the best director prize Saturday in the Un Certain Regard section of the annual Cannes International Film Festival. (Kyodo)
  • Man arrested for assaulting common-law wife's 6-year-old son

    24 May 2015 | 12:08 am
    Police in Tokyo's Adachi Ward have arrested a 42-year-old man on suspicion of abusing the six-year-old son of his common-law wife. (Japan Today)
  • Tokyo's sweetfish revival an upstream battle for govt

    24 May 2015 | 12:05 am
    The Tokyo metropolitan government has launched a project to help ayu, or sweetfish, swim up the Tamagawa river, aiming to revive the "Edomae ayu" that once thrived in Tokyo Bay. The fish were once presented to the Tokugawa Shognate family. (The Japan News)
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  • People rally against construction of U.S. base in Henoko

    24 May 2015 | 7:24 am
    Photo taken on May 24, 2015 shows a banner held by a woman during a demonstration in front of the Diet building in Tokyo, Japan . About 15,000 people participated in the rally against the construction of the U.S. base in Henoko, Okinawa prefecture.
  • George and Amal Clooney hold hands as they land in Tokyo after...

    24 May 2015 | 2:14 am
    George and Amal Clooney hold hands as they land in Tokyo after actor reveals they'll never spend more than seven days apart And it seems George Clooney is staying true to his word as he was spotted in Tokyo, Japan, with Amal on Sunday. The smitten couple held hands as they walked through Haneda Airport, pausing only to sign autographs and pose for selfies.
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    23 May 2015 | 6:44 am
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    23 May 2015 | 2:34 am
    Goto Laboratory, Seikai National Fisheries Research Institute, Fisheries Research Agency, 122-7, Nunoura, Tamanoura-cho, Goto 853-0508, Nagasaki, Japan Faculty of Marine Science, Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology, 4-5-7 Konan, Minato-ku 108-8477, Tokyo, Japan The electronic version of this article is the complete one and can be found online at: http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2164/16/406
  • Leonardo Dicaprio is big-hitter at amfAR Gala in Cannes

    22 May 2015 | 10:26 pm
    Actor Leonardo DiCaprio signs autographs for fans during the 'Inception' Japan Premiere at Roppongi Hills on July 20, 2010 in Tokyo, Japan. Leonardo Dicaprio outdid his own charity efforts at the annual amfAR Gala in Cannes, France on Thursday by raising $250,000 more than he managed last year.
 
 
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  • stick it to THE MAN

    16 May 2015 | 9:25 pm
    Just found out that two of my US checking accounts have been charging me $12 a month, for years, because I don't have direct deposit or more than $5000 balance in them. Yuck. Like many people I am a casual reader of Cracked, because every now and then they have really insightful articles disguised as humor. http://www.cracked.com/blog/5-things-nobody-tells-you-about-being-poor/ This one stuck with me, because I know these things are 100% true. My friend Astrid Sison gave a devmeet talk about what she took home from Craft conference in Buddhapest. She wanted to emphasize a panel she heard…
  • Gettin' Busy

    9 May 2015 | 8:20 am
    Oh man. I am itching to write about work, but also, slightly terrified this blog will get in the wrong hands and be used against me somehow, as it often goes with the wiley ways of the ol' Internets. I have been back to work for a year now (go me!) and, after shifting around in my department like some sort of ping pong ball, have settled into a non-demanding and technically noninteresting role. Basically I am bored and feeling the lethargy of not learning any new technology. It is settling over me like a hot itchy blanket. A blanket I would like to kick off, poof, into the air, and scratch my…
  • Ray's 2!

    2 Apr 2015 | 9:30 pm
    Oh god you guys, Ray turned two last weekend. What? duh? naturally time will continue to pass and kids will get older? Here he is at the 2 year birthday party for my 'mama-tomo' babies! I know, but jeez! he started talking (still mostly nouns and some adjectives) but in two languages! I used to know how many words he could say, but a month ago he had another vocab explosion and is chatting up a storm! I thought that he would be harder when he's two, but honestly, the ability for him to speak allows for negotiations by both parties, and that really makes life a lot easier. There's only really…
  • Curses!

    22 Mar 2015 | 9:02 pm
    This new years, we went to the Shinkai Jinja in Nagano, which is a major shrine in that area, as well as sharing my inlaws family name. It was a freezing cold crisp morning, but the snow had stopped falling and some sun was filtering through branches of immense pine trees. We went up cobblestone steps and got to the place you're supposed to wash your hands before you enter the shrine itself. I stop and give it a sceptical look. There is an icicle forming on the handle of the ladle used to scoop water, and also there is no way to dry your freezing hands. I guess the gods want you shivering…
  • Happy year of the sheep!

    7 Jan 2015 | 5:51 pm
    It's 2015! How did that happen? Somehow this date seems terribly futuristic, like where's my flying car already. I would settle for Elon Musk's hyperloop, which seems close enough. I think he invented an *actual* flying car at some point, but that project never really got off the ground (budum, ching!) Also it's almost the year that Doraemon is supposed to come from with all these fancy gadgets, like a time machine, a door that goes anywhere, food that makes you speak a different language... Oh and don't forget the propeller beanie! Image: the height of fashion Speaking of fashion, I've been…
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  • Train gropers flagged with smartphone sticker stamper

    MW
    16 May 2015 | 6:29 am
       Railway police in a Tokyo suburb are handing out free stickers that use red ink to identify molesters caught on trains. The "Molester Deterence Seal" (in Japanese "Chikan Seal") is a 2-ply peel-off sticker intended to be put on smartphones. The 1.5 centimeter diameter sticker is applied to the back of a smartphone. The outer image layer warns perverts "Don’t Touch Me." Police suggest that the warning be flashed first at molesters. If the molester continues, the victim can flip the phone over, peel off the top layer of the sticker with a…
  • 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…
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  • Tokyo Area Exhibitions 2015 東京の美術展覧会

    auberginefleur
    16 May 2015 | 4:31 pm
    CHIBA CITY MUSEUM OF ART 千葉市美術館 Director's Selection of Masterpieces from the Collection Pt. I, 4/10-5/10; Pt. II, 5/19-6/28 「千葉市美術館開館20周年記念 歴代館長が選ぶ 所蔵名品展」、第1部:2015年4月10日(金)~ 5月10日(日)、第2部:2015年5月19日(火)~6月28日(日) Drucker Collection of Japanese Ink Paintings, 5/19-6/28 「ドラッカー・コレクション 珠玉の水墨画 「マネジメントの父」が愛した日本の美」、2015年5月19日(火)~ 6月28日(日) Lucie Rie (Ceramics), 7/7-8/30…
  • Ueno Sakura and TNM Sakura in Full Bloom

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    30 Mar 2015 | 4:20 am
  • Mummified Priest Found Inside Buddhist Sculpture Identified as Liuquan

    auberginefleur
    22 Feb 2015 | 8:49 am
    Drents Museum, Netherlands The remains, based on documents found inside the sculpture, have been identified as the Chinese high-ranking monk Liuquan, who lived some 1100 years ago. * Click the link below for more images of the CT scans (and the explanation in Japanese) 仏像をCTスキャンしたところ、1100年前に死亡した高僧のミイラが発見される : カラパイア http://karapaia.livedoor.biz/archives/52185454.html…
  • But all else works...

    auberginefleur
    19 Feb 2015 | 7:58 pm
    FB has connection problems all the time, but et tu twitter?
  • Kimono Conundrums: Valentine’s Day 2015

    auberginefleur
    7 Feb 2015 | 11:21 am
    I am totally stumped trying to think up a kimono ensemble on a Valentine's Day theme, based on what I have with me in the US. Event: Kimono de Jack NY キモノでジャックny Valentine's Day Jack on SUN, February 15, at 2PM -2PM Meet in front of LOVE sculpture by Robert Indiana, at 6th Ave & 55th St. Take a group photo. - 3PM Have Sweet afternoon w/ delicious chocolates at La Maison de Chocolate at Madison Ave & 78th St. Take a group photo. *12:00PM- Lunch at Cha-An (230 E. 9th St, 2nd Fl) CANCELLED The last time I did an ensemble for Valentine’s Day was in 2009. Valentine’s Day:…
 
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    Ramen Tokyo

  • Tabelog in English

    8 May 2015 | 8:28 am
    Tabelog in English:http://tabelog.com/enat least the neighborhoods, shops, rankings, maps, contact info (mostly), some transliterated names. But not the reviews (mostly).Discuss...http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1010390
  • Ivan Ramen/New York

    28 Nov 2014 | 9:33 am
    Pics from the 11th Ave Gotham Market location:From the Clinton St. location:
  • Mendokoro Hanada/Kanda麺処 花田/神田

    23 Nov 2014 | 12:26 pm
    This place was a lifesaver and was open late one night during the big snowstorm of 2014. Only have a picture of the ramen (miso tsukemen, not my favorite but beggars (furriners walking around at night in the middle of a snowstorm looking for food) can't be choosers) - the outside of the shop was too messy and cold to take a picture. Also pictures of Chuo Dori in Akiba in the snow, plus my new hotel home when I visit Tokyo, the Comfort Hotel Tokyo Kanda.http://ramendb.supleks.jp/s/55746.html
  • Menya Ishin/Kami Osaki麺や維新/上大崎

    23 Nov 2014 | 11:54 am
    Ah good to see another ramen place in the old stomping ground. There's also a couple new ones down the other side of Meguro Dori going west past the station but those will have to wait until next time. Nice new clean interior, good Tokyo style shoyu broth. Certainly respectable but not worthy of a special trip. Have included some nostalgic pictures of the old neighborhood. Well-regarded on Supleks.http://supleks.jp/s/14836.html
  • 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.http://fukuoka-now.com/2014/07/ichiranfactory/
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  • Japan News This Week 24 May 2015

    23 May 2015 | 5:33 pm
    今週の日本The Threat to Press Freedom in Japan New York TimesJapan aquariums to stop buying Taiji dolphinsBBCJapan security council approves bid to build Australian submarines GuardianTokyo museum to exhibit sex art, breaking ‘shunga’ tabooJapan TimesThe Trans-Pacific Partnership: A Deeply Flawed Partnership Japan FocusLast Week's Japan News on the JapanVisitor blogStatistics"Income inequality in Japan is above the OECD average and increased since the mid-1980s, as in the majority of OECD countries. In 2009, the average income of the top 10% of Japanese was 10.7 times that of the…
  • Aioiyama Ryokuchi Park Nagoya

    22 May 2015 | 9:34 pm
    相生山緑地Aioiyama Park in Nagoya is a small, forested oasis in the south east of the city's urban sprawl.Set around a small hill, the park consists of woods and large areas of bamboo interspersed with small orchards. Aioiyama Ryokuchi Park i one of the few remaining forests in the city that were once used for timber and charcoal.Aioiyama Park attracts families out for a stroll, joggers and people looking for archaeological finds.There are signposted walking trails through the park which is full of the tranquil sounds of birds and insects. Look out for the many species of butterflies…
  • A Walk Around Kyushu Day 64 Nagasaki to Nagaura

    22 May 2015 | 1:17 am
    A Walk Around KyushuDay 64, Nagasaki to NagauraThursday March 6th 2014 I catch a train north out of Nagasaki from Nagasaki Station to avoid the long slog through the city with its rush hour traffic. From Michinoo station it is still really built up and busy but at least I've avoided a long slow climb. I soon reach Togitsu, and, as I am prone to do, I notice the manhole covers that depict some sort of towering rock formation. A little bit further and I can see the rock pillar protruding above the tree on the hillside behind the main road. Apparently it's called Tsugi Ishi Bozu. I decline…
  • Osoraku: probability in Japanese

    20 May 2015 | 8:35 pm
    たぶん おそらく osoraku is a Japanese adverb that means something like "maybe" or "probably" and is used often in Japanese: a language whose speakers often almost delight in its "vagueness."Learners of Japanese are generally more familiar with tabun, another word that expresses possibility or probability. tabun is  much more likely to appear in textbooks for Japanese language learners than is osoraku.However, if you want to add an extra level of sophistication to your Japanese, it pays to know how to use tabun and osoraku because, while there is overlap between them,…
  • Araki Shusei Museum

    18 May 2015 | 4:30 am
    荒木集成館Japan is full of weird and wonderful museums many of which are somewhat obscure.The Araki Shusei Museum certainly falls in to that category but is well worth a visit if you happen to be in suburban Hara in Nagoya. A local junior high school teacher Araki sent his students out on archaeological hunts and the results can be seen on the second floor with exhibits of pottery, tools, weapons and ceremonial objects from the earliest periods of Japanese history until the Kamakura Period.Pieces of interest include an ancient stone lingam and roof tiles made in Nagoya for the temple of…
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  • A View from the Couch

    Nick West
    17 May 2015 | 11:09 pm
    Drawn from a collection of over 2,000 artworks, the psychiatrist Ryutaro Takahashi’s private collection of contemporary Japanese art has recently gone on display at Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery. Consisting of 140 works by 52 different artists, it’s the first time that these works have been shown together like this. What began almost twenty years ago as a way to decorate the walls of his clinic with stimulating imagery, soon outgrew the premises. In an interview posted on Azito blog, the ambitious art collector recalls: My initial idea was silly. […] I repeatedly expanded my clinic in…
  • Kōrin’s Masterpieces

    Jennifer Pastore
    10 May 2015 | 11:32 pm
    This exhibition presents two folding screens, deemed official National Treasures, displayed together for the first time in 56 years: Kōrin Ogata’s Irises and Red and White Plum Blossoms from the 18th century. It also explores the influence of woodblock engravings and clothing patterns on this master of Japanese painting, introducing the delights of Kōrin’s designs for ceramics and maki-e (precious metal lacquer), as well as his iconic folding screens. Irises (from the Nezu Museum collection) and Red and White Plum Blossoms (from the MOA Museum of Art collection) leap before your eyes…
  • Golden Week 2015 Round-Up

    Emily Wakeling
    21 Apr 2015 | 8:38 pm
    Golden Week (a string of public holidays starting with April 29 and ending May 6) is almost upon us, and that means art venues across the city are putting on some of the best exhibitions in their programs. At the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, there are currently four exhibitions on display. “Time of Others” is an exhibition that questions the ever-changing definition of Asia-Pacific art as it travels across the region, from Tokyo to Osaka to Singapore to Brisbane. Closed on May 7th. Until June 28. Use the MuPon app for a discount on the entrance fee. Richard Prince,…
  • A Fair for the New Generations

    Jennifer Pastore
    12 Apr 2015 | 11:57 pm
    3331 Arts Chiyoda is brewing a revolution in the Japanese art world. With 3331 Art Fair— Various Collectors’ Prizes, the junior high building-turned-art-complex is giving the Japanese art market a much-needed infusion of vitality by balancing the relationship between artists, galleries, and buyers. While Japan’s largest art fairs have been overshadowed by those of Asian neighbors in recent years, this event takes a fresh approach that focuses not just on selling works, but on building relationships between the artists and the buyers. Instead of relying on foreign collectors or a wealthy…
  • 10 Things in Tokyo: April Round-up

    Emily Wakeling
    3 Apr 2015 | 4:47 am
    Roppongi Art Night will be held on and around Saturday April 25th. Katsuhiko Hibino returns as artistic director, in addition to working with Media Art Director Seiichi Saito. Together they promise to “explore new possibilities in technology and media art” in this year’s festival. Another new addition is an open call art project in which members of the public had the chance to apply to be a part of the ever-expanding event. Major art museums in the Roppongi area will stay open all night on Saturday 25th as part of the festival. Mori Art Museum has aligned its re-opening with…
 
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  • Win a Copy of "Cool Japan Guide"

    tokyoguy
    1 May 2015 | 11:04 am
    Starting this month, we will be giving away 2 copies of a popular title every month from Tuttle Publishing. All you have to do to win is head over to our Facebook page and Like or Share the post about this title. We'll choose 2 winners and contact you for to arrange delivery.
  • This is Not the Dreamliner You're Looking For

    tokyoguy
    17 Apr 2015 | 3:11 am
    <p><img src="http://www.japan-zone.com/modern/pix/s/star_wars_dreamliner.jpg" width="420" height="236" align="left" hspace="5" vspace="5" style="border: solid black 1px;" title="Star Wars Dreamliner" alt="Star Wars Dreamliner"> <br clear=all> <p>Having just seen the tantalizing second trailer for the upcoming Star Wars movie, I'm excited. Like I was as a teenager back in 1977. And when you mix that excitement with my love of airplanes...well, I just had to share! ANA, one of…
  • Happy New Year!

    tokyoguy
    1 Jan 2015 | 4:39 am
    <p><img src="http://www.japan-zone.com/modern/pix/y/year-of-the-sheep-2015.jpg" width="420" height="331" align="left" hspace="5" vspace="5" style="border: solid black 1px;" title="Year of the Sheep" alt="Year of the Sheep"> <br clear=all> <p>In the Chinese zodiac, also very popular in Japan, 2015 is the Year of the Sheep. The sheep and its flock are said to symbolize family and living in harmony with others. But if you reckon you're more in need of protection from those around…
  • A Band to Watch for in 2015: The fin

    tokyoguy
    29 Dec 2014 | 2:24 am
    <p><img src="http://www.japan-zone.com/modern/pix/t/the-fin.jpg" width="420" height="236" align="left" hspace="5" vspace="5" style="border: solid black 1px;" title="The fin" alt="The fin"> <br clear=all> <p>If you like UK navel-gazing music from the late 1980s, you're sure to dig this excellent new Japanese band. The four guys from Kobe sing in English, so it'll be interesting to see if they can break at home in Japan. They are currently doing an...<br clear=all>
  • Farewell to Another Screen Legend

    tokyoguy
    3 Dec 2014 | 3:03 am
    <p><img src="http://www.japan-zone.com/modern/pix/s/sugawara-bunta.jpg" width="420" height="286" align="left" hspace="5" vspace="5" style="border: solid black 1px;" title="Sugawara Bunta" alt="Sugawara Bunta"> <br clear=all> <p>Just weeks after the death of Takakura Ken, Japan has lost yet another of its screen legends. It was announced this week that Sugawara Bunta died of liver cancer on November 28. He was 81. He started acting in 1954 and made his screen debut two years later.
 
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  • Sanja Matsuri 2015 – Daigyoretsu

    Rohan Gillett
    15 May 2015 | 4:03 am
    Here is the latest from Around Tokyo! The Sanja Festival returned for 2015 and I went along t […] The post Sanja Matsuri 2015 – Daigyoretsu appeared first on Around Tokyo.
  • City of Light: Nishi-Shinjuku

    Rohan Gillett
    3 May 2015 | 8:11 pm
    Here is the latest from Around Tokyo! Over the twenty years I have lived in Japan, there are […] The post City of Light: Nishi-Shinjuku appeared first on Around Tokyo.
  • Wisteria Festival 2015 at Kameido Tenjin

    Rohan Gillett
    26 Apr 2015 | 6:24 am
    Here is the latest from Around Tokyo! I’ve always been lucky with the weather for the W […] The post Wisteria Festival 2015 at Kameido Tenjin appeared first on Around Tokyo.
  • Azalea Festival 2015 at Nezu Shrine

    Rohan Gillett
    22 Apr 2015 | 7:52 pm
    Here is the latest from Around Tokyo! As winter departs we head into spring.  In spring, flow […] The post Azalea Festival 2015 at Nezu Shrine appeared first on Around Tokyo.
  • Motor Sport Japan 2015

    Rohan Gillett
    12 Apr 2015 | 7:56 am
    Here is the latest from Around Tokyo! This is the second time I’ve been to the Motor Sp […] The post Motor Sport Japan 2015 appeared first on Around Tokyo.
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  • Understanding Japanese Loanwords

    Matthew Coslett
    23 May 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Imagine that you went to a foreign country and you were offered a drink. Suddenly a native of that country comes up to you and begins to gesticulate frantically at the fluid you are about to drink. ‘Tonoto,’ He keeps saying. What would you think? After all, this word could mean anything. Is he saying ‘drink?’ or ‘pay now?’ or ‘glass?’ Or maybe it’s a warning? Maybe he’s saying ‘poison.’ In fact, you would be wise to drink the offering as ‘tonoto’ is a word for sake in the Ainu parts of Japan. However if you could imagine this person’s confusion, you can easily…
  • Food Allergies and Dietary Restrictions in Japan

    Quincy B. Fox
    22 May 2015 | 6:00 pm
    I have been living in Japan for nearly a decade and in that time, I have met many vegans, vegetarians, and people who otherwise have to avoid certain types of food for medical, religious, or other reasons. It’s not impossible to cut certain products out of your life, but it is far more difficult to do in Japan than many other countries. Communicate Your Needs in Every Way Possible It’s quite surprising to some newcomers that a country which prides itself in soy products and healthy living actually makes meatless living quite difficult. I remember one case in particular when I went out to…
  • Group Feasting at Nabezo

    Lisa Hong
    21 May 2015 | 6:00 pm
    My favorite place to set up group reservations is Nabezo, an all-you-can-eat Nabe restaurant. I recommend this place for the quality of meats and veggies, interesting soup bases, and ease of dining with a large party of friends. Setting up reservations via telephone does require Japanese, although some restaurants have e-mail addresses (given on Nabezo’s official website) where you can request tables in English. To make a reservation, you will need to give your name, how many in your party, and what time you will arrive. In addition, you must choose the length of time you want to eat…
  • What Is A Rental Guarantor And Why Do You Need One?

    Rebecca Quin
    20 May 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Aside from lots of cash, determination and some soothing medication, to rent an apartment in Japan you need something called a guarantor. A guarantor or co-signer, hoshonin 保証 in Japanese, is a person or company that acts as the insurance for your rental contract, promising to cover any rent or damage costs if you can’t pay or suddenly terminate your contract by leaving the country. In most cases, landlords will only accept a Japanese national as your guarantor which is where things can get tricky if you’re a foreign renter. Being a guarantor is a huge responsibility, so unless you…
  • I Had My Bag Stolen In Japan

    Bernie Low
    19 May 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Having lived in safe countries with low crime rates, all my life has given me the blessed privilege of being able to take my safety for granted. Singapore is safe, but my Mom would always chide me about talking to strangers and leaving my bag unzipped. While I did hold my bag close to me, we could leave it on chairs to reserve our seats while buying food. Then I came to Japan, which I found was much safer. I could walk the streets alone in the middle of the night to make a trip to the convenience store, or return late without needing a chaperone. I’ve left my bag unattended and been…
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  • Flashing Bamboo: World Kendo Championships at the Budokan

    Grigoris Miliaresis
    23 May 2015 | 4:14 am
    You won’t see samurai with topknots, silk kimono and razor-sharp katana: for these you’d either need to travel back in time, visit a theme park or go to a koryu budo demonstration. But you’ll get to visit the Nippon Budokan […] The post Flashing Bamboo: World Kendo Championships at the Budokan appeared first on Tokyo Cheapo.
  • A Guide to Tokyo Animal Cafes

    Robb Satterwhite
    21 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    “Where’s the best place in Tokyo to play with rabbits?” “Where can I drink herbal tea with noisy birds squawking in the background?” “How many cats can you possibly fit into one small room?” These are questions we’ve undoubtedly all […] The post A Guide to Tokyo Animal Cafes appeared first on Tokyo Cheapo.
  • Cheapo Weekend for May 23-24: Fiestas, Art and Music

    Adriana Mazza
    20 May 2015 | 8:34 pm
    If you want to kick the summer off right, you should start with the Ekoda Night Bazaar this Saturday evening. In addition to the usual festival food and ware stalls, this month’s bazaar comes complete with a samba carnival parade […] The post Cheapo Weekend for May 23-24: Fiestas, Art and Music appeared first on Tokyo Cheapo.
  • The Great Tokyo Kit Kat Search

    Adriana Mazza
    19 May 2015 | 6:33 pm
    Let’s follow Benjamin, long-time Tokyo Cheapo reader, on his quest to find as many unique (and elusive) Japanese Kit Kat flavours as possible. November 19-26, 2014: My mother and I arrive at Narita Airport. A total of four things are on my […] The post The Great Tokyo Kit Kat Search appeared first on Tokyo Cheapo.
  • Interview with Stephanie Crohin: Sento Aficionado

    laramae
    18 May 2015 | 12:30 am
    All you need to know about the communal bathing experience in Tokyo can be answered by Stephanie Crohin—sento aficionado and creator of www.Tokyo-Sento.com. [Editor’s note: Stephanie’s first language is not English. If you’re not reading the interview with a French accent, you’re […] The post Interview with Stephanie Crohin: Sento Aficionado appeared first on Tokyo Cheapo.
 
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