Your red dress is waiting. love and leukemia and coming home

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Michiel “Mimi” Brandt passed away on July 9th 2012, from complications of her third bone marrow transplant. She was thirty years old. She was one of the founders of this blog and my BFF (Best Friend Forever). If you’ve read Tokyo Vice, you’ll find the following acknowledgement: “Michiel Brandt, the most cheerful researcher and two time leukemia survivor in the world. She’s inspirational”.

I’ll have to correct that.

“She was the most cheerful researcher and four-time leukemia survivor in the world. She was inspirational and the best friend I have ever had.”

Book Review: How to Use Fuck (For Japanese Students of Eigo)

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How to Use Fuck Correctly: 99 Phrases Using Fuck, Shit, Damn, and Hell that Schools won’t Teach You that Should be Used with Care (正しいFUCK 使い方学校では教えてくれない、取扱注意のFuck, Shit, Damn, Hellを使った99フレーズ) is the most detailed guide on how to cuss like a native English speaker. Just keep it away from the children.

Photos from Tokyo Rainbow Pride 2014

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Japan’s 3rd annual gay pride parade was held in Yoyogi Park and Shibuya yesterday.

A Look at Japan’s Annual Penis Worshipping Festival

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The Kanamara Festival is held each year in Kawasaki City. Here, phallic objects and candies are in abundance.

International Court orders Japan to stop part of its whaling program; Japan wails in protest

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Now that the International Court of Justice has told Japan that in cannot hunt whales as it does now, there is a new concern that the Japanese government will find different ways to prove its whaling is actually for scientific study purposes. And in fact, one worries that as the Japanese government strives to prove they’re correct, the meat taken from the slaughtered whales may just be thrown away without being put on the market, or vanish into darkness (and go into the black market)

Pole dancing goths, Day-Glo Dominatrix, and gay pride–a crazy night at Tokyo Decadance

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Tokyo Decadance Bar is one of the favorite hangouts of Tokyo’s alternative, Goth and Cyber club kids. Here are photos from two trips to “Decabar.” Don’t miss the infamous Preta Porco in his signature yellow face paint if you’re there!

Stalking in Japan: Another needless death

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(This was originally posted on February 18th, 2014. A day later, a woman in Gunma Prefecture was most probably shot to death by her stalker)  February 21st, 2014 . Updated again on February 22nd, 2014.  Stalking in Japan is a serious problem and the laws can’t seem to catch up with it. On the 19th [...]

Prince Genji’s Pole Dances & Romances: Japanese Literature Sways to LIfe

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Thus the stage is set for a mystical Nutcracker meets Noh plus comedy, improvisational dance, strip-tease, burlesque and the finest aerial arts and acrobatics. Genji Monogatari (The Tale of Genji 源氏)as you’ve never seen it before.

Japanese rockers sing the truth about post-meltdown Fukushima. Is anyone listening?

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“We’re living in a material world. A radioactive material world, ” jokes the lead singer. “This isn’t the future we hoped for.” They released their second mini-album “Living in a Radioactive Material World” this year. The title song has the punch of early Clash, the vocals on the acoustic song, “アスノメ (the eye of tomorrow) are smoky, poignant and reminiscent of Marianne Faithful–if she had been a protest singer. The live recording of 打ち砕いて (Knock it down) has in the background the enthusiastic cheers from the Fukushima local high school kids, who find their despair voiced in the lyrics of the band.

3,300 participate in nuclear evacuation drill in Satsumasendai, 40,000 rally in Tokyo against nuclear power

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Over the past weekend, the Japanese government conducted its first major nuclear disaster drill ever since the 3/11 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant triple meltdowns. It was a two-day drill that was conducted as if an earthquake had caused an accident releasing radioactive substances from the reactors of the Sendai nuclear power plant in Kagoshima [...]