Ghost in the Shell: The Matrix of Sci-Fi Anime

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With the newest Ghost in the Shell film in theaters, and a live-action version on the horizon, it’s important to take a look back at what made the original so popular.







The Mysteries of Mt. Gox: An Investigative Series Coming Soon!

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Since that time Mark Karpeles, the former CEO has been the subject of mass scrutiny, accused of being the criminal mastermind of Silk Road, and even the victim on an attempted shakedown by rogue Federal Agents. As a gaggle of reporters gathers outside his door over the last week, as rumours of his arrest fly, Japan Subculture Research Center is at last prepared to an exclusive series on the Mt. Gox story and the world of Bitcoin in Japan.







Android Festival Takes Over Roppongi Hills–Ends June 20th.

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From June 16-20, the Android Company is holding a festival they’re calling “Matsuri with Android” at O-Yane Plaza in Roppongi Hills.







日本の報道の自由を守ろう!報道推進賞に記者等をノミネート。23日が締め切り!

世界の報道の自由の日に合わせて日本の報道の自由に貢献した方々・報道機関を褒めよう!推薦してください。










日本外国特派員協会は第1回報道の自由推進賞を新設に向けて小さな一歩を踏み出した。賞は5月3日(世界報道の自由の日)に発表される。調査報道に与えられる特別賞や、報道の自由に貢献したジャーナリスト以外の人に与えられる賞がある。







Make It A Swinging Sunday Night: Pole Dance Tokyo Student Showcase

Getting down from the pole is easy. Getting to the top--hard work.










Pole Dance. It started as something sexy, turned into an art-form, a fitness boom, and it’s still as sexy as hell. From the people who made Pole Dance an International Event. I saw a sneak preview in January—was impressed. Worth the price of admission and maybe worth the price of lessons if you have the time and stamina.







Should Fuji-Sankei Group be red-faced over scheduled blackface music program in Japan?











This photo of two Japanese musical groups posing together in blackface, white gloves and costumes, gained attention when tweeted by several journalists and many others. Some consider it racist.







The Clear Skies Of Winter Tokyo Are Gorgeous.

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The winters are cold; the skyline is ethereal.







Mrs. Rinko Goto releases a statement on behalf of husband and missing pilot.

Kenji Goto, freelance journalist captured by ISIS.











I fear that this is the last chance for my husband and we now have only a few hours left to secure his release and the life of Lt. Mu’ath al-Kaseasbeh. I beg the Jordanian and Japanese Government to understand that the fates of both men are in their hands.


I thank the Governments of Jordan and Japan for all their efforts







Merry X-Mas Eve Panic











A Japanese Christmas tale of young love, confusion, and happy resolution.







Tokyo Pop: See it, believe it, breathe it. (Especially if you’re human sculpture)

RUBBER BRAIN party (in club Mandala). Tokyo.
RUBBER BRAIN party is more about the fashion of dressing up in rubber (with a very strict dress code! you don't get in unless you are dressed up as something) and watching the shows which are quite artistic. In this party, there was Butoh dancing, a comedy show and in the end there were sheets of rubber and a rubber chamber where people would go in wearing a mask to breath with when the air between their bodies and the rubber was extracted. They would stay there for a few seconds until they had their picture taken as a live sculpture, and then an other person would take their place.










“Tokyo is a place where tradition and new trends exist side by side. There are zones in the city that have specific character and others where everything is possible. From the surface uniformity of salarymen, the mania of Otaku, to the extremes of fetish culture, there is space for everything. Popular culture in Tokyo isn’t something fixed that can be described in one set of photos. It flows and changes all the time.”