• Digital Hanami

    Catch the Earliest Cherry Blossoms in “Flowers by Naked”






    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 […]




  • wachoshoku

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






    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.







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    Samurai Fashion in New York City Until March 25th 2017






    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 […]




  • Soul Crusher Boss

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






      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. […]




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

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






    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.







Soul Crusher Boss

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






  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. […]




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

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






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.







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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)






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。