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    A Look at Japan’s Annual Penis Worshipping Festival

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

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    Rakuten stops selling whale meat, but will still sell thermometers

    Japan’s biggest e-commerce website, Rakuten, ordered all of its merchants to stop selling whale meat on the website. No news yet on what will happen to the other exotic products such as seal and sea lion curry and ivory.

  • Photo: Guillaume Bression / Trois8 / Tokyo-Prod, Wada prt in Minamiboso, Japan

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

    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)

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

    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!

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    Understand Abe & his right wing crew, but focus on Japan. “You’re talking to the wrong people”

    Abe and a slice of Japan’s ruling class believe Japan did a noble deed with its war to throw off the white man’s yoke in Asia and free the colored races (their words, not mine). Moreover, they believe that the Tokyo War Crimes trials were illegitimate, and the Nanjing Massacre and other “alleged wrongdoings” were just that — “alleged.” And, they reason, if Japan did do anything wrong, everybody did such things during the war.

    Abe and that small slice of the ruling class believe that as long as Japan accepts this “masochistic” view of history (again, their word, not mine), Japan will never regain its independence and respect – its own self-respect and the respect of other nations.

Photo: Guillaume Bression / Trois8 / Tokyo-Prod, Wada prt in Minamiboso, Japan

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

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)

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

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!

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A Not-So-Neat Collage of Daily Life: The Work of Kon Wajiro

Kon Wajiro’s work is a sociological survey of urban life, touching upon the often looked-over and taken-for-granted intricacies of daily routine.