• Japan on Foot – Part 3
    May 13th, 2012By Category: Travel
    “Japan on Foot” (published by Fine Line Press) chronicles the exploits of two “roving reporters” (one English, one Japanese) who set off to capture the spirit of Japan by walking the length and breadth of the country, a 15-month odyssey of 7,500 kilometers. Mary reco ... » Continue Reading
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    Cool new line of Gundam themed clothing
    May 11th, 2012By Category: Uncategorized
      Wouldn’t it be fun to be able to wear clothing and accessories that feature a theme you truly feel passionate about? If you like the anime “Mobile Suit Gundam”, you can now wear Gundam inspired apparel to your heart’s content, and make it look stylish too! ... » Continue Reading
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    TV commercial of the week: Kuraray with Alpaca
    May 11th, 2012By Category: Uncategorized
    The video below is the commercial for Kuraray which is a Japanese manufacturer of chemicals, fibers and other materials. Japanese actress and model Riko Narumi and an alpaca called Kuraray-chan are image characters for Kuraray. The commercial shows Narumi holding r ... » Continue Reading
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    Fabulous Foreign Woman: Angela Salisbury
    May 10th, 2012By Category: Uncategorized
    PHOTOGRAPHY BYKERRY RAFTIS (WWW.KEYSHOTS.COM) MAKEUP BYELENA OKADA Full name: Angela Salisbury Age: 30 Nationality: American Grew up in: Minneapolis, Minnesota Time in Japan: Almost two years Japanese level: Working on it... Works at: Saké P ... » Continue Reading
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    Typhoon Day
    May 10th, 2012By Category: Uncategorized
    During a time when a typhoon was threatening to directly hit Tokyo, I’d spent most of the day behind my desk finishing off some work before I could get out to shoot, but at the back of my mind I was apprehensive. Last time a typhoon hit I got stuck in Tokyo and ... » Continue Reading
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    Chasing the Cherry Blossoms
    May 10th, 2012By Category: Uncategorized
    Hello my friends. I hope all is well with you, and that you have been enjoying the wonderful Spring weather. I know I am very happy that Spring is really here. I like a little snow, but I was getting tired of climbing my roof. I will say though, I have some very nic ... » Continue Reading
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    A Day in The Life – Yoyogi
    May 8th, 2012By Category: Uncategorized
    Left the house with no plan (as usual) and was heading towards the station when I saw this guy. I normally see him on the weekends on the side of the road. I go up to him and say hi and he looks up to me and says hi back. Realizing he is gonna have to strain his ... » Continue Reading
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    Can You Guess What These Cute Little Guys Are Used For?
    May 7th, 2012By Category: Uncategorized
    **SPOILER ALERT** If you are not ready to see the answer then scroll gently, the answer is at the bottom.   Our modern world is so full of useful products that we are often very cynical of new inventions. In simpler times, when whoopee cushions, pogo sticks, ... » Continue Reading
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    Strange drinks that come and go in the Japanese market
    May 6th, 2012By Category: Uncategorized
    Often, foreigners are surprised at the strange drinks they see in vending machines and stores in Japan. Over 1,000 soft drinks and other non-alcoholic beverages are developed in Japan annually, so the shelf life is quite short in some cases. Here are examples of odd dri ... » Continue Reading
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    Weekly Digest: 4/30~5/4
    May 6th, 2012By Category: Uncategorized
    4/30 (Mon.) Inokashira Power!   5/1 (Tue.) The Abandoned Negishi Grandstand Other Post:Japan on Foot – Part 2   5/2 (Wed.) Why are Japanese so Bad at English?   5/3 (Thu.) 10 More Cheap Accommodations in Japan Other Post:TV commercial ... » Continue Reading
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    Hello Kitty takes over food department at Tokyu Toyoko dept store
    May 4th, 2012By Category: Uncategorized
    When yours truly, a humble Hello Kitty fan, found out that Ms. Kitty would be appearing in various edible forms at the food department of the Tokyu Toyoko Department Store in Shibuya, I knew I just had to go and see Ms. Kitty hard at work. And wow, has she been ... » Continue Reading
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    TV commercial of the week: Calpis history
    May 3rd, 2012By Category: Uncategorized
    The video below is the commercial for Calpis water which is a longtime popular lactic fermenting drink in Japan. The commercial is a montage of Calpis commercials from 1960s. According to Calpis’s official website, the point of the commercial is for Calpis to show ... » Continue Reading