• Return to Retro
    July 30th, 2012By Category: Arts & Entertainment, Shopping
    Today, video games are all about 3D and very advanced graphics. However, some people still have the nostalgia of the good old days, when video games are in bulky cartridges. If you're a gamer, a hardcore collector of game consoles or anything video games-related, and li ... » Continue Reading
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    Summer in Japan: A Survival Guide
    July 30th, 2012By Category: Uncategorized
    Photo by Cozy66 via Flickr Once again, summer has arrived so quickly and unannounced, and it's here to stay until well, the end of October. Summer in Japan is unlike summer in any other places in the world. It's hot, it's humid, it's stifling, it's suffocating, an ... » Continue Reading
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    Himono Onna – Dried Fish Woman
    July 27th, 2012By Category: Uncategorized
    I'm pretty sure that most of you know what a dried fish is, right? I also think you've heard of "women?" But what on earth is a "dried fish woman?" Japanese society can be tough. There’s this infamous saying: "The nail that sticks out gets hammered." Unfortu ... » Continue Reading
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    Popular Japanese Treat, Kakigori
    July 27th, 2012By Category: Uncategorized
    Kakigori Green Tea flavor For me, the best way to cool off during a hot summer day in Japan is kakigōri 「かき氷」, a Japanese dessert made of shaved ice flavored with various syrups. If the ice cream does cool you off for a few minutes, a serving of kakigōri will hel ... » Continue Reading
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    London Olympics 2012!! What kind of In-Flight Meal Do you want to Eat to London?
    July 27th, 2012By Category: Uncategorized
    OMG! the London Olympic games are starting TODAY! Don't you all agree how all of Japan goes crazy whenever we have big athletic games? Olympics, World Cup Tournaments, Figure skating to name a few. For example, let's say I go to a fitness gym to get my exercise ... » Continue Reading
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    Takanori Aiba’s Miniature Sculptures
    July 26th, 2012By Category: Uncategorized
    When it comes to details and intricate designs, Japanese artists never fail to impress the audience. Be it a simple painting, clay art, graffiti or bonsai, artists like Takanori Aiba always comes up with something exceptional and breathtaking. Producing bonsai-type mode ... » Continue Reading
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    Japan, Happiest Place on Earth
    July 25th, 2012By Category: Uncategorized
    Well, I visited a Japanese elementary school this week and had lunch with the kids, which was some kind of sparrow egg stew or something. It didn’t really agree with me, probably because I don’t like stew that much. Of course, thinking about the main ingredien ... » Continue Reading
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    Japanese Animation, A True Art Form
    July 25th, 2012By Category: Uncategorized
    Momo he no Tegami (A Letter to Momo) Poster I went to see a full-length feature anime and the name of this movie was ももへの手紙 (Momo hen o Tegami or A Letter to Momo). For those of you who don’t know the story (I’ll try not to spoil everything) Momo hen o Tegami ... » Continue Reading
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    Gokiburi: On Madness and Mushi
    July 24th, 2012By Category: Uncategorized
    If only my first sightings of the little buggers had been the last. But alas, the first sighting was to be a sign of things to come. Two of the little blighters in short order. One scurrying across the top of my sink, in broad daylight no less! No sooner do I open the c ... » Continue Reading
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    Interview with Tokyo Photographer Ontoshiki
    July 23rd, 2012By Category: Uncategorized
    Placebo with Zakuro © Ontoshiki In the old days, when a man was building his credibility as an artist, he did so rather anonymously. There might be a break here or there in this or that magazine or fashion catalogue but it would be difficult for this person to ... » Continue Reading
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    ROCKSTAR SYNDROME How Everyday Foreigners in Japan Live and Die as Celebrities
    July 20th, 2012By Category: Uncategorized
    Hello, my name is Justin (pictured left). I am a Rock Star. Thousands of Westerners come to Japan each year to experience the traditional to the ultra-modern wonders the Land of the Rising Sun has to offer. In a country not as diverse ethnically as many others, a ... » Continue Reading
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    47 Ronin
    July 20th, 2012By Category: Play
    After turning Asian animations such as "The Last Airbender," "Astroboy" and "Dragonball" into live action films, Hollywood just can't seem to get enough of the Japanese culture. There were rumors before of turning "Bleach" and "Cowboy Bebop" into live action film, and ... » Continue Reading