Catch the Earliest Cherry Blossoms in “Flowers by Naked”

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Who knew a digital Hanami (Cherry Blossom viewing) could be such a mystical experience? “Flowers by Naked” is a magical digital art show put on by the creative team Naked that celebrates the arrival of spring and beauty of the flowers it brings. It is a wonderful walk through a garden of exquisitely displayed natural and digital flowers. Some installations offer […]




ZEPPIN(絶品) #3/WACHOSHOKU(和朝食) Japanese Breakfast Rules!

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We were served a delicious meal (和朝食) of hot rice, cold broiled salmon, assorted pickles, sweet egg, dried seaweed and hot miso soup. I thought it was delicious. JSRC editor, Jake Adelstein, nibbled on the fish and looked like he wanted a cheeseburger. Even after there was a wonderful lesson on proper Japanese table manners, Adelstein proceeded to wipe his face with the oshibori (hot towel) and hold his chopsticks like he was getting ready for a knife fight.







Samurai Fashion in New York City Until March 25th 2017

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Samurais are usually known for their honor code, ever wonder what their fashion code was ? It turns out, they had just as elaborate a fashion code when it comes to clothing too.   hpgrp GALLERY NEW YORK is currently holding an exhibition “Japanese Samurai Fashion”. It displays mixed media images by Japan based artist and cultural […]




“The Crusher Boss” by Ichiyo Matsuzaki/Reviewed by Kaori Shoji

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  For those of us living and working in Japan, it’s tempting to think that the soul-crushing boss is a phenomenon unique to the archipelago. Certainly, there’s a better chance of meeting one of these insensitive, abusive, anachronistic, stuck-in-the-Showa-era-mindset men (because they’re always male) in corporate management positions than in say, New Zealand or Italy. […]




Zeppin(絶品) #2/The Eyeglass Frames Of Sabae. Looking ahead to a better Japan?

The Hollywood of Eyewear : The city boasts a sign likened to that of Hollywodd






One small city in the heart of Japan produces 96% of all glass frames in Japan and 20% of the world’s eyeglass frames, including high-end brands you’d never think were made in Japan. Sabae, located in Fukui Prefecture is an anomaly in Japan but perhaps it could be a model for the future.







グローバルポップグループ「NOW UNITED」 ⽇本代表メンバーを! (応募締切2⽉23⽇)

If you're a young Japanese woman who's got talent, try your hand at joining this super global pop group. Apply by February 23rd.






新しいグローバルのポップグループ「NOW UNITED」は既存のグループとは異なり、踊りや歌だけ

ではなく、リアルタイムでグループの⾳楽や私⽣活にアクセスできるようになるのが⼀つの特徴です。

若者が如何に熱意のある演技ができるのかがオーディションのポイントとなります。「⽇本の⾊鮮や

かでスケールの⼤きい⾳楽と踊りの世界が⼤好きで、今回のグローバルグループにもその要素を取り

⼊れることがとても⼤切だと思いました。踊れて歌えるのはもちろんのこと、それ以上に世界を舞台

に⽇本を代表できるタレントを求めています。」とサイモン・フラーもコメントしております。







Ladies of Japan: Last chance to be “The New Spice girl!” or World Idol! Apply By February 23rd!

If you're a young Japanese woman who's got talent, try your hand at joining this super global pop group. Apply by February 23rd.






Simon Fuller is in the midst of putting together a global pop group, the first of its kind in the world, and he is looking for talented members to join from 11 countries around the world. He has prioritized Japan as a top priority, recognizing it as a market of exceptional talent and importance, and would like to conduct casting in Japan to find a member to join this group. Applicants should be 16-19 years of age (we have a little bit of flexibility to go 14-21), with dancing and singing skills, and not already signed to a management company/agency.







Heal Your Expat Heart: Find Your Element Workshops Next Class March 15th

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If you feel like you’re on someone else’s path, feel creatively blocked, are bored with your current job, and remain unsure about whether you are maximizing your potential and/or whether you ever will, you are not alone. We created the “Find Your Element Workshop” and the “Enhance Your Element: Introduction to Mindful Meditation” to help connect you with what you want and with who you are.







The Great White Woman Is Here to Save Japanese Men

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Hey, Asian guys! You’re hot! Don’t you feel better now. As a reward here is an unasked for smooch from a white woman—for free. She’s even blonde! Feel better now? No? Wait this isn’t the Valentine’s Day gift you always wanted? As they say, all roads to hell are paved with good intentions. It is […]




Zeppin(絶品) #1/The Iron Men Of Iwate

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At Japan Subculture Research Center, this year we are starting a series looking at the best services and products offered by Japan, our Zeppin (絶品)Series. In Japan, one of a kind objects or nearly perfect things are often called 絶品 (zeppin).It comes from two words 絶 which means to cut off, to end, and also to […]