• Cherry blossom tree next to a pond at Koishikawa Korakuen

    Cherry Blossom Sale In Tokyo! Last chance to 花見!

    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.

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

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

    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.

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

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

    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.

  • Akasaka Police holding down the 29 year old English teacher who had been reportedly acting wildly in Akasaka. He had a heart attack on the scene and was taken to a hospital after ambulances arrived.

    US citizen dies after being taken in to protective custody in February/赤坂警察署の説明が正しい模様

    On February 2nd, the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Agency announced the death of an American national who allegedly went on a rampage in the street of Akasaka,  was taken into protective custody and then was carried to a hospital, where he died. According reports in the Japanese press, the Akasaka Police Station, said the autopsy on the dead body did not reveal the cause of his death.

  • 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.

Japan Comes Up With New Deadly Way To Overcome Drug Addiction?

Japan offers a new way to overcome drug addiction. Something gets lost in translation. pic.twitter.com/st0O7H4KVN — Jake Adelstein/中本哲史 (@jakeadelstein) March 8, 2015 There’s more than one way to solve a problem. Some are probably better than others.

Akasaka Police holding down the 29 year old English teacher who had been reportedly acting wildly in Akasaka. He had a heart attack on the scene and was taken to a hospital after ambulances arrived.

US citizen dies after being taken in to protective custody in February/赤坂警察署の説明が正しい模様

On February 2nd, the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Agency announced the death of an American national who allegedly went on a rampage in the street of Akasaka,  was taken into protective custody and then was carried to a hospital, where he died. According reports in the Japanese press, the Akasaka Police Station, said the autopsy on the dead body did not reveal the cause of his death.

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.