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  • torafu merges playful elements in AKQA's tokyo office - Designboom

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    25 Apr 2015 | 4:05 pm
    Designboomtorafu merges playful elements in AKQA's tokyo officeDesignboomjapanese firm torafu architects have completed the interior design of the global ideas and innovation company AKQA's office in tokyo. the space, despite being on the basement floor, interprets a playful tone while maximizing the area and natural light.
  • Baseball: Suzuki breaks Oh's Japan record run total

    News On Japan
    26 Apr 2015 | 6:46 am
    Ichiro Suzuki broke Japanese career leader Sadaharu Oh's all-time runs mark during the Florida Marlins' 8-0 win over the Washington Nationals on Saturday. (Kyodo)
  • Therapeutic effect of intravesical administration of paclitaxel...

    Tokyo, Japan News
    25 Apr 2015 | 6:08 pm
    Therapeutic effect of intravesical administration of paclitaxel solubilized with poly in an orthotopic bladder cancer model Department of Bioengineering and Materials Engineering, School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo, 7-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku 113-8656, Tokyo, Japan Background To evaluate the effects of intravesical administration of paclitaxel , which was prepared by solubilization with a water-soluble amphiphilic polymer composed of PMB30W, a copolymer of 2-methacryloyloxyethyl phosphorylcholine and n-butyl methacrylate, in an orthotopic bladder cancer model. Methods The…
  • Man arrested after landing radioactive drone on office of Japanese PM

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    25 Apr 2015 | 9:47 pm
    TOKYO, Japan - A Japanese man who piloted a drone carrying radioactive sand on to the roof of the Japanese prime minister's office has been arrested. Tokyo police say 40-year-old Yasuo Yamamoto ...
  • Current Conditions : 70F / 21C, Partly Cloudy - 4:30 PM JST Apr. 26

    Tokyo, Weather from Weather Underground
    26 Apr 2015 | 12:30 am
    Temperature: 70°F / 21°C | Humidity: 46% | Pressure: 30.04in / 1017hPa (Steady) | Conditions: Partly Cloudy | Wind Direction: South | Wind Speed: 20mph / 32km/h
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  • torafu merges playful elements in AKQA's tokyo office - Designboom

    25 Apr 2015 | 4:05 pm
    Designboomtorafu merges playful elements in AKQA's tokyo officeDesignboomjapanese firm torafu architects have completed the interior design of the global ideas and innovation company AKQA's office in tokyo. the space, despite being on the basement floor, interprets a playful tone while maximizing the area and natural light.
  • Book review: 'Target Tokyo' - News & Observer

    25 Apr 2015 | 1:15 pm
    News & ObserverBook review: 'Target Tokyo'News & ObserverIn “Target Tokyo: Jimmy Doolittle and The Raid That Avenged Pearl Harbor,” Charlotte native James M. Scott brings his flair for storytelling and zest for research to describe in vivid detail an event that boosted U.S. morale during the darkest days of James Scott to read from 'Target Tokyo' on Sunday at Park Road BooksCharlotte Observer (blog)The Forgotten Pearl Harbor Revenge RaidDaily Beastall 9 news articles »
  • Creator of the cronut set to open towering bakery in Tokyo - CTV News

    25 Apr 2015 | 12:49 pm
    CTV NewsCreator of the cronut set to open towering bakery in TokyoCTV NewsDominique Ansel announced last September that he intended to bring a bit of New York and Paris to Tokyo. It'll be mission accomplished on June 20 with the opening of his latest outpost, a next generation bakery to transport the pastry wizard's and more »
  • Japan radioactive drone: Tokyo police arrest man - BBC News

    25 Apr 2015 | 7:31 am
    BBC NewsJapan radioactive drone: Tokyo police arrest manBBC NewsA man who flew a drone carrying radioactive sand on to the roof of the Japanese prime minister's office has been arrested, Tokyo police say. Yasuo Yamamoto, 40, was protesting over the Japanese government's nuclear energy policy. He turned himself in ...Japan's prime minister goes to US to showcase close tiesFresno BeeMan who operated drone found in Tokyo was protesting Abe's nuclear policyAsahi ShimbunMan arrested over drone at Japanese prime minister's officeThe San Luis Obispo Tribuneall 1,138 news…
  • Surfing hopes for Olympic place in Tokyo - RTE.ie

    25 Apr 2015 | 2:02 am
    RTE.ieSurfing hopes for Olympic place in TokyoRTE.ieSurfing, buoyed by the International Olympic Committee's Agenda 2020 reforms, is targeting a spot at the Tokyo Olympics in five years time. The new reforms, approved in December, are aimed at making the Olympics more attractive, cheaper to host and and more »
 
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  • Baseball: Suzuki breaks Oh's Japan record run total

    26 Apr 2015 | 6:46 am
    Ichiro Suzuki broke Japanese career leader Sadaharu Oh's all-time runs mark during the Florida Marlins' 8-0 win over the Washington Nationals on Saturday. (Kyodo)
  • As Japan's population ages, robots seen as workforce solution

    26 Apr 2015 | 1:09 am
    A crowd gathers near the entrance of Tokyo's upscale Mitsukoshi Department Store, which traces its roots to a kimono shop in the late 17th century. (CNN)
  • Fast food chains crowd into Japanese market

    26 Apr 2015 | 1:06 am
    Foreign fast food and casual dining companies are ready to take a bite out of Japan's food market, in spite of the country's hampering tax hikes and reports about the struggles of major players like McDonald's. (shingetsunewsagency.com)
  • Taiji dolphin culls dealt setback

    26 Apr 2015 | 12:57 am
    The world's leading zoo organization last week announced it has lost patience with Japan's continued use of dolphins from the fisheries drives at Taiji, Wakayama Prefecture, and suspended its Japanese member from its roster. (Japan Times)
  • Surfing hopes to ride wave of popularity into Tokyo Olympics

    26 Apr 2015 | 12:52 am
    Surfing, buoyed by the International Olympic Committee's Agenda 2020 reforms, is targeting a spot at the Tokyo Olympics in five years time. (Japan Today)
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  • Therapeutic effect of intravesical administration of paclitaxel...

    25 Apr 2015 | 6:08 pm
    Therapeutic effect of intravesical administration of paclitaxel solubilized with poly in an orthotopic bladder cancer model Department of Bioengineering and Materials Engineering, School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo, 7-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku 113-8656, Tokyo, Japan Background To evaluate the effects of intravesical administration of paclitaxel , which was prepared by solubilization with a water-soluble amphiphilic polymer composed of PMB30W, a copolymer of 2-methacryloyloxyethyl phosphorylcholine and n-butyl methacrylate, in an orthotopic bladder cancer model. Methods The…
  • Offbeat: Worms rain down on Norway, and more proof that the end is near

    25 Apr 2015 | 2:08 pm
    A total of 100 Robi prefabricated humanoid robots perform in a group during a promotional event in Tokyo, Japan, in January 2015. The 13.4-inch-tall robots can recognize more than 200 Japanese phrases, walk, dance, and kick a ball.
  • Ghost boots photo bomb little girl in spooky vacation pic

    24 Apr 2015 | 6:00 pm
    One family says a look back at their vacation pictures near a samurai tomb in Japan shows a glimpse of what appears to be a ghost. A ghost boots photo has gone viral on the Internet nearly a year after it was snapped in Zushi, Japan while a family was visiting a beach across from what has been called a samurai graveyard.
  • Harajuku Girl coming through! Katy Perry conceals herself with a...

    24 Apr 2015 | 1:50 pm
    Harajuku Girl coming through! Katy Perry conceals herself with a fluffy face mask as she puts on a leggy display in blue pleated skirt and white shirt in Japan She's known for her eccentric flair for fashion, so it hardly comes as a surprise that Katy Perry decided to switch up her style once again as she kicks off her tour in Japan this weekend. Katy Perry, who is currently touring the globe on her Prismatic World Tour, stood out from the crowd when she stepped out in Harajuku, Tokyo sporting quite the bold face mask on Friday.
  • Merritt BMX - Douggy Tian in Japan

    24 Apr 2015 | 9:40 am
    Douggy Tian takes us on a tour of the city of Tokyo, Japan in this new edit from Merritt BMX .
 
 
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  • The Last

    MJG
    15 Apr 2015 | 2:14 pm
    The Last is a zombie apocalypse story with a twist: only one man survives. Robinson Crusoe battles the zombie apocalypse. When the zombie apocalypse hits America, not a soul is left alive. Except Amo. He’s a comic book artist. He’s...
  • Why Walking Dead season 5 whiffed, languished, echoed and finally rocked.

    MJG
    11 Apr 2015 | 4:38 pm
    I love Walking Dead. I didn’t at first, I’ll admit that- for a few years in the middle I was staring in disbelief at people as they said it was the best show on TV. “What?” I’d declaim. “That bunch...
  • Ignifer Tales

    MJG
    1 Feb 2015 | 1:36 am
    Ignifer Tales is a collection of 7 epic fantasy short stories set in the world of Ignifer’s Mons, exploring life and death in the city at the center of the world, from battles over Damask in the Boomfire to the...
  • Ignifer’s War

    MJG
    1 Jan 2015 | 9:52 am
    Ignifer’s War is an epic fantasy novel set in a bleak industrial world populated by bizarre castes, where a young man with the fate of the world written in his scars must raise a long-dead legendary army to rescue his...
  • Ignifer’s Rise – chapter 1

    MJG
    1 Jan 2015 | 7:22 am
    ARADABAR LOST Avia fled through the ash-smothered streets of Aradabar, and the Rot’s fiery black tongue swept close behind. Moths and Butterflies thudded to ground around her, bursting on cobbled stone, their broad wings seared away by the Rot’s ashen...
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  • 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…
  • Tropical christmas

    25 Dec 2014 | 11:46 pm
    Heheh, hee hee! Oh dear, what a riot. Pardon me, I was reading my blog's archives from way back in the day. I am proud to announce that little gaijin blog is now on it's tenth year! (Pauses to bow for the wolf whistles and applause ) Thank-you thank-you! Hopefully many more years to come. Anyways ,  I think for one of my new years resolutions I'm going to try to make the posts here more like they were in the beginning when I was not yet jaded about living in Japan and write short, funny anecdotes about miniskirts in winter, fascination with beetles, etc, and hopefully post much more…
  • 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,…
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    今古ジャパン AF's Japan Now & Then 今古ジャパン

  • Ueno Sakura and TNM Sakura in Full Bloom

    auberginefleur
    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?
  • Tokyo Area Exhibitions 2015 東京の美術展覧会

    auberginefleur
    8 Feb 2015 | 12:07 pm
    CHIBA CITY MUSEUM OF ART 千葉市美術館 Biennial of Illustrations Bratislava, 1/4-3/1 「ブラティスラヴァ世界絵本原画展—絵本をめぐる世界の旅—」、2015年1月4日(日)~ 3月1日(日) Desk Travel: Fun Contemorary Art, 1/4-3/1 「机のうえの旅—楽しい現代美術—」、2015年1月4日(日)~ 3月1日(日) 46th Chiba City Citizens Art Exhibition, 11/26-1/19 「第46回千葉市民美術展覧会」、2015年3月7日(土)~3月27日(金) Exhibition Schedule (in Japanese)…
  • 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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  • Inside Tokyo's Competitive Sugardaddy Scene

    3 Apr 2015 | 7:04 pm
    “Never go out with a tattooed, single mother from Kanagawa. They're a prime example of natural selection failure. I learned my lesson the hard way. She was way too hot to respond to my Tinder swipe. She bucked like a fucking bronco, man. I should have sensed something was wrong before I dropped over a half a million yen in support and gifts as her sugar daddy. In hindsight, her overused pussy was similar to fucking a tub of oil-no friction at all. Money grubbing bitch. ” Chain smoker, Tomoyuki 'Pat' Yamashita, of Tokyo's Ota ward is a very wise man. He is a…
  • Tokyo Game Show 2014 : Day 2- The Photographers

    21 Sep 2014 | 11:06 pm
    Amateurs ruining a good opportunity !!"Japanese women are all narcissists at heart, in fact most of them like to stand totally nude in front of their bedroom mirrors and examine themselves for ridiculously long periods of time. She'll probably put her hands under both of her juggs to feel their heft” Manabu Ota (38) should know, he spends most of his free time as a voyeur.“ We Japanese men are voyeurs at heart and only our cowardice keeps us from acting on our impulses"The annual Tokyo Gameshow is a chance for Japan's voyeurs to band together and share their…
  • Tokyo Game Show 2014: The Exhibitors vs. the Booth Babes

    20 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    The inside scoop on the Tokyo Game Show is that the first two days are where the business is, deals are made and the promotion takes place. All the money is made and the publicity is generated. Sure, some shitty little game bloggers get in with a press pass they don't deserve, and some companies give away passes to employees, who may sell them or give them away to ham and eggers with no power. Foreign visitors were outraged to find out Saturdays tickets had sold out by 10 am. The cunning Japanese fans had bought their tickets well in advance.Indeed, Saturday and Sunday suck. Open to the…
  • The Dark Side of Japanese Online Dating

    6 Sep 2014 | 8:08 pm
    Some of the loneliest Japanese people I know are married.... The beach was happening on August 30th. It's September 7th and the beach is dead. My old pal, Mutsuhiro "Mandrake" Watanabe (33), spent the last two weeks of prime pick up season locked up. Japan's beach scene goes into hibernation from Sept 1st.  His usual hunting ground,Yoyogi Park's Fall Festival circuit, is closed until further notice thanks to the Dengue fever outbreak. Newlywed Mandrake doesn't care what the date is, “ Of course I'd rather be in the park this time of year, the culture…
  • Inside the Seaworld of Japan

    24 Aug 2014 | 5:18 pm
    Plain looking, 27 year old Sayuri Kondo has been cleaning the shit and windows of the penguin and sea turtle exhibits at Kamakura Sea Paradise for the past 2 years. She graduated from UCLA with a MS in Marine Biology in 2011 with dreams of helping the sea return to it's former glory. She applied for a job on the Sea Sheppard as translator to help stop Japan's whale hunt. She was rejected for not being a vegetarian."Not only does is the smell worse than an anchovy's cunt, it's hot as hell in here! I thought these things liked cold weather but it's always like a fucking…
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  • Japan News This Week 26 April 2015

    25 Apr 2015 | 4:30 pm
    今週の日本Man Says He Flew Drone Onto Japanese Leader’s Office Roof in Nuclear ProtestNew York TimesJapan train breaks speed recordBBCWartime sex slave urges Japanese PM to apologise during US trip GuardianKyoto’s tourism boom spells war for luxury hotel chainsJapan TimesThe Wired Seas of Asia: China, Japan, the US and Australia Japan FocusLast Week's Japan News on the JapanVisitor blogStatisticsWorld Happiness Rankings by country, 2015:1. Switzerland2. Iceland3. Denmark4. Norway5. Canada15. USA21. UK46. Japan84. China Source: India Times© JapanVisitorBook a hotel in Japan with…
  • La Chauve-souris: tres suave, at the New National Theatre Tokyo

    24 Apr 2015 | 8:01 am
    こうもり バレー I received a very welcome invitation from the New National Theatre Tokyo to attend the ballet La Chauve-souris, ("The Bat") an adaptation by Roland Petit of Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss II.A hall in the New National Theatre, Tokyo, taken on an exploratory tour during the interval.Written in 1979, La Chauve-souris is a story set to the music of Die Fledermaus, but featuring the kind of glitz and glamor that brought such fame to the eponymous troupe that toured Europe in the early 20th century.The season for La Chauve-souris is very short, only five stagings, and I…
  • A Walk Around Kyushu Day 60 Nagasaki Part 2

    23 Apr 2015 | 9:51 pm
    A Walk Around KyushuDay 60, Nagasaki Part 2Tuesday February 18th 2014After leaving the old Chinese settlement I head to the long line of temples spread along the base of the hills to the south of the valley. Known as Teramachi, it starts with Sofukuji, one of the main tourist spots of Nagasaki, a Chinese temple containing several National Treasures.I had been there before, so this time I didn't pay the entry fee but contented myself with some photos of the unusual Chinese-style gate. The heavy rainfall predicted yesterday had still not arrived though it remained dark and…
  • Japan News This Week 19 April 2015

    18 Apr 2015 | 6:28 pm
    今週の日本Nuclear Reactors in Japan Remain Closed by Judge’s OrderNew York TimesJapan jet scrambles 'near Cold War record'BBCJapanese-American internment artifacts auction cancelled after backlash GuardianJapan’s 1968: A Collective Reaction to Rapid Economic Growth in an Age of Turmoil 日本の1968 混乱期の高度成長への共同体的反応 Japan FocusLast Week's Japan News on the JapanVisitor blogStatisticsIn 2014, a record number of children in Japan were victimized by social media. 1,421 children under 18 fell victim to acts of obscenity. That includes pornography,…
  • A Walk Around Kyushu Day 60 Nagasaki Part 1

    15 Apr 2015 | 6:06 am
    A Walk Around KyushuDay 60, Nagasaki Part 1Tuesday February 18th 2014The weather is overcast and dull as I leave my hotel near the main railway station and head south on my one day exploration of Nagasaki. I've been here before, some years ago, and today I will be revisiting some places but also exploring some of the less visited sights.Rather than take the busy main thoroughfare which is filled with the roar of 6 lanes of motor vehicles spewing fumes into the air I go a couple of blocks towards the water and take a narrow street that is almost just an alley but feels like a canyon.Overhead a…
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  • 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…
  • 10 Things in Tokyo: March Round-Up

    Emily Wakeling
    5 Mar 2015 | 6:57 pm
    March is art fair season in Tokyo. The biggest event in the calendar is Art Fair Tokyo, happening over the weekend of March 20th until 22nd. This year it celebrates 10 years. Contemporary art will occupy roughly half the entire event space, while also including a special focus on the important historical Rimpa School of painting. Held at the Tokyo International Forum, Yurakucho. Meanwhile, 3331 Arts Chiyoda will be providing a more local, community-based alternative with the second year of Various Collectors’ Prizes, an art fair that encourages first-time art collectors above all. It…
  • Looking Back: 10 Years of Tokyo Art Beat

    Shizuka Kitani
    1 Mar 2015 | 7:11 pm
    Thanks to the help of all of its supporters, Tokyo Art Beat is now celebrating 10 years since its founding and with so many well-wishers attending the big 10-year birthday bash at the end of last year, we have been once again reminded of just how much support they’re thankful for. On the occasion of this anniversary TABlog has taken the opportunity to interview the three co-founders of Tokyo Art Beat. What motivated them to start TAB and what role do they envision for its future? Here’s a chance to hear the behind-the-scenes story from Paul Baron, Olivier Thereaux and Kosuke Fujitaka.
 
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    Japan Zone - Entertainment News from Japan

  • 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.
  • Sayonara Takakura Ken, a True Screen Legend

    tokyoguy
    18 Nov 2014 | 2:54 am
    <p><img src="http://www.japan-zone.com/modern/pix/t/takakura_ken_the_yakuza.jpg" 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…
 
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    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.
  • Around Tokyo Calendar

    Rohan Gillett
    3 Apr 2015 | 11:09 pm
    Here is the latest from Around Tokyo! If there is something you would like added to this site […] The post Around Tokyo Calendar appeared first on Around Tokyo.
  • Hanami 2015 at Zenpukuji River Green Park

    Rohan Gillett
    3 Apr 2015 | 12:08 am
    Here is the latest from Around Tokyo! Another great place for hanami is in Suginami ward, Zen […] The post Hanami 2015 at Zenpukuji River Green Park appeared first on Around Tokyo.
  • Hanami 2015 on the Kanda river

    Rohan Gillett
    31 Mar 2015 | 7:36 am
    Here is the latest from Around Tokyo! The Kanda river near Takaido station never gets mention […] The post Hanami 2015 on the Kanda river appeared first on Around Tokyo.
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  • The Secret to Flawless Japanese Skin Care

    Yumi Nakata
    25 Apr 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Japanese women are known for their beautiful skin. We don’t just have good genes (although it is one of the contributing factors), but we often use different types of toners and lotions that contain ingredients that improve the skin texture and the complexion. Aging cannot be avoided entirely, but a healthy Japanese diet and lifestyle combined with skin products seem to keep our skin looking healthy and young. …but there is one more secret to our flawless skin! This may surprise you, but many women in Japan shave their face. Not all Japanese women shave their face, but it is definitely a…
  • My Journey To Adulthood Through a Japanese University

    Bernie Low
    24 Apr 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Studying in Japan as a full time foreign student isn’t the most popular option, especially not for Singaporeans who prefer to head to the US, the UK or Australia. I often get confused as an exchange student or asked why I would choose to pursue my undergraduate degree in Japan. How could you bear to leave your family behind? Does the language barrier affect you? I heard Japan is very stressful, how do you cope? 

Initially, having to uproot my life and move to Japan all alone was daunting, but in my final year, as I look back to that decision I made, I would do it all over again without…
  • Why are many Japanese turned off by politics?

    Liam Carrigan
    24 Apr 2015 | 5:13 pm
    As I write this article, I am sifting through some of the results of the local elections held recently here in Japan. From my own personal viewpoint, Osaka’s political landscape appears to be largely unchanged, with Toru Hashimoto’s One Japan Party remaining the largest party in the local assembly. Nationwide, the elections seem to be a glowing endorsement of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s economic revitalization initiatives, dubbed “Abenomics” by the media, with candidates loyal to his governing Liberal Democratic Party winning all 10 of the nationwide gubernatorial contests. At…
  • Start Your Business at Ryozan Park Share Office

    Rebecca Quin
    23 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Thanks to the recent boom in the number of share offices, running your own business in Tokyo has never been easier (or cheaper). More than just an address, share offices are buzzing with opportunities to create, collaborate and grow your business with the support of like-minded entrepreneurs. The idea of collaborative community is central to the vision of Ryozan Park, a recently-developed shared office space in Otsuka built by Scotland native Rachel Ferguson and her husband Noritaka Takezawa. Ferguson says, “We encourage friendship and collaboration – bring out the whisky at the end of…
  • Ise Grand Shrine: Japan’s Most Sacred Shrine

    John Asano
    23 Apr 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Ise Grand Shrine is Japan’s most sacred Shinto shrine and dates back to the 3rd Century. It is considered to be the spiritual home of the Japanese and its national religion Shinto, and as such receives over six million pilgrims and tourists every year. Ise Grand Shrine also known as Ise Jingu is a complex of over 125 shrines located in Ise City, Mie Prefecture. It is centered around the main shrines of Naiku (inner shrine) and Geku (outer shrine). The outer shrine is easy to get to and is only a 10 minute walk from Ise-shi Station. The inner shrine is several kilometres away, so a bus from…
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  • Interview with Cheapo Writer Tiffany

    Adriana Mazza
    25 Apr 2015 | 8:13 pm
    We’d like to introduce you to Tiffany—one of our all-star writers here at Tokyo Cheapo and Japan Cheapo. Her insanely good research skills will have any reader feel sure and secure about any cheapo endeavor they undertake. Wanna find all […] The post Interview with Cheapo Writer Tiffany appeared first on Tokyo Cheapo.
  • 5 Spring Flower Festivals Around Tokyo

    Tiffany
    25 Apr 2015 | 6:47 pm
    Sakura may be Japan’s most famous blossoms, but that doesn’t mean its other blossoms should be overlooked! Many places in Japan come alive with color during springtime, and different festivals are held to celebrate the beauty of the flowers. Here […] The post 5 Spring Flower Festivals Around Tokyo appeared first on Tokyo Cheapo.
  • Tokyo Golden Week: Tips for Avoiding the Crowd

    Tiffany
    25 Apr 2015 | 6:44 pm
    Golden Week refers to a cluster of holidays from late April to early May: Showa Day (April 29), referring to the previous emperor’s birthday; Constitution Memorial Day (May 3); Greenery Day (May 4); and Children’s Day (May 5). The gaps […] The post Tokyo Golden Week: Tips for Avoiding the Crowd appeared first on Tokyo Cheapo.
  • May-June 2015 Cheapo Calendar: 5 Events Not To Miss

    Tiffany
    25 Apr 2015 | 6:17 pm
    With spring giving way to summer, expect hotter, more humid weather. Summer in Japan also usually begins with tsuyu, or the rainy season, so prepare for some wet (but still hot and humid) days in June. But neither hot weather […] The post May-June 2015 Cheapo Calendar: 5 Events Not To Miss appeared first on Tokyo Cheapo.
  • Cheapo Weekend for Apr 25-26: Art Lovers’ Paradise

    Adriana Mazza
    22 Apr 2015 | 7:16 pm
    It’s a good weekend for artists and art lovers. We recommend flocking to Roppongi with the other 830,000+ like-minded admirers for the 6th annual Roppongi Art Night. And when we say ‘art night’, we mean ‘ALL night’. It’s modeled after […] The post Cheapo Weekend for Apr 25-26: Art Lovers’ Paradise appeared first on Tokyo Cheapo.
 
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