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What This Means (a short-story about love and marriage in Japan during the pandemic)

And then she would pretend to pout which was another cue for me to massage the back of her feet, and then we'd head off to the bedroom or just…

Taste Testing Blue Muffins for the World’s Largest Nutrition Study

A merciless curiosity to taste mysterious blue muffins led me to volunteer for the world’s largest nutrition study, Predict 2.

Driving In Winter With Haruki Murakami… and Why We Still Need Him

Murakami's story is part of a compilation titled Men Without Women, a fate which, in the Murakami scheme of things is akin to death by torture. Men cannot exist without…

To End Global Warming: We Need Oil…To Be Left In The Ground

by Eddie Adelstein (special guest contributor) Scientists have abundantly proven that global warming is real and causing havoc on the planet.  CO2 levels are rising with Earth’s temperatures, but the…

Live from the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Closing Ceremony

By Chihiro Kai (This article was completed 22:06) As I sit here in the Tokyo Olympic Stadium press section, the seats are vibrating from the music and bass blasting out…

THE BADGER AND THE STARS (a poem)

This girl will be named Shoko, spirit in flight, and years later when I moved from place to place, hobby to hobby, man to man, she'd lament naming me so…

Tokyo Governor Mulls Pulling Plug On The 2020 Olympics: The Empress VS Baron Von Ripper-Off

Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike is considering calling off the Olympics. According to several sources in the Tokyo assembly, over the last week, Koike has had meetings with several top advisors…

A Redneck From Missouri Explains To You Why The British Journal of Medicine Says The Tokyo Olympics Are So Goddamn Dangerous. (A translation)

Sure there will be no spectators at the Olympic games, that don't mean it's safe. There are 8 millions ways this could go sideways. You could have the virus go…

Spring Healing: An Art Exhibit–last day March 28th

The exhibition highlights artist experiences in Japan using varying aesthetics relating to their mediums, including oils, acrylic, watercolor, illustrations, silkscreen, and photography. The artists hail from Japan and around the…

Woman Under The Sand (short story)

Kimie felt as if her insides had dried out and her blood vessels were clogged with sand. Did the woman in the novel die in the end? Kimie couldn’t remember…