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 Matcha Better F*ck: A Japonesque Cocktail For The Ages

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But then I had an idea. Why not substitute Suntory’s delicious (sort) green tea liqueur Japone for the Midori? So we tried it. The slightly bittersweet Matcha (抹茶/thick green tea) taste went perfectly with the Kahlua and Bailey’s. After a long discussion of three minutes, we dubbed the new concoction: ザ抹茶ベターファック ( Matcha Betta Fakku) or in English: The Matcha Better Fuck.




Gudetama: The Lazy Egg That Japan Loves

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Strange characters are not something new to Japan. Sanrio’s anthropomorphic egg, affectionately named “Gudetama” which literally translates to ‘Lazy Egg’ in English is no exception.




Anime Jazz: A Japanese Genre that Really Swings

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Jazz and anime go together well in Japan—like mayo on Takoyaki. In both “Bebop” and “Kids on the Slope” there’s a visualization of the coolness of jazz that is rarely seen. Even though there are just a handful of anime jazz shows they are worth watching—and hearing.




Lessons in Japanese Restroom Etiquette For US-Euro-Trash: No crotch-kicking, glass splitting, upchucking or f*cking

For those of you who can't read Japanese, this wonderful sign in what was once known as "Gas Panic" clearly outlines behavior that is not acceptable in the bar's restroom. No crotch-kicking, glass splitting, upchucking or f*cking. Let's keep it classy.





The first thing you’d notice upon entering the gaudy three-story Gas Panic complex in Roppongi was the commandment: “Everyone Must Be Drinking to Remain In Gaspanic.” The rule was strictly enforced, and probably for the patrons’ good as much as the club’s, because the next thing you’d notice was the floors.




Japan’s Delightful 80-Hour Work Week






If you ever visit Tokyo, you cannot walk down the street or board a train without bumping into a Salaryman. “Salaryman” is the Japanese-English term for male white-collar workers. The typical salaryman spends roughly 13 hours per day inside a cubicle, averaging about 80 hours per week. This does not include the mandatory after hours […]




Japan’s Peace Constitution, Article 9, And Why Abe Wants To Dismantle It: A short primer






RENUNCIATION OF WAR

Article 9. Aspiring sincerely to an international peace based on justice and order, the Japanese people forever renounce war as a sovereign right of the nation and the threat or use of force as means of settling international disputes.
In order to accomplish the aim of the preceding paragraph, land, sea, and air forces, as well as other war potential, will never be maintained. The right of belligerency of the state will not be recognized.




Cherry Blossom Sale In Tokyo! Last chance to 花見!

Cherry blossom tree next to a pond at Koishikawa Korakuen





As eerie as the location sounds, Aoyama Cemetery is far from spooky with hundreds of trees that bloom each spring. The cemetery also contains the graves of several notables including Toshimichi Okubo, one of the founders of modern Japan; Henry Spencer Palmer, the Times’ first correspondent for Japan; and the owner of Hachiko. Yes, Hachiko, the famous dog whose statue serves as a popular meeting place in front of Shibuya station. For history buffs or for someone who wants something different from the same old picnic in a normal park, Aoyama Cemetery is the place to be.




The Cherry Blossoms are coming. Time to Go Out On the Town In A Modern Kimono!

Since the Taisho era, the staple of Japanese fashion, the kimono, has been rethought. Here are some of the coolest new versions around.





The kimono is a wonderful piece of Japanese fashion and tradition that has changed and evolved in recent years in a delightful way. This is a great introduction to the modern kimono. Later, we’ll post some good places to go kimono shopping.




Japan Dispatches Ninja Squad To Syria; “Jihadi John, you defile sacred ninja tradition. Watch your shadow. We coming.”

"We have been Ninja for centuries. We have loyalty honour. I know ninjutsu. I am Ninja and you, Jihadi John, you insult us in your borrowed ninja garb; you are no ninja. And you have no honor."--Master Igari, Igari School of Ninjutsu





“We cannot abide the cold-blooded murder of a Japanese person but we will never ever forgive the mockery of our Ninja tradition by the ISIS spokesman wearing our most traditional garb shinobishozoku (忍び装束)in the video released on January 20th. It is an apostasy. He must pay and pay in blood. 200 million US dollars not accepted. Blood only.”