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In peaceful Nara, The violent Death of ex-Prime minister Abe leaves residents shocked and saddened

Nara, once the capital of Japan, is a city known for its greenery, rolling hills, ancient Buddhist temples, friendly residents, slow-paced, languid, and peaceful life. It’s the last place one…

The Music of Cruelty

“I’d strip (one kid) naked and roll him up in cords and make (him) masturbate. I made him eat shit and then performed a belly- to-back-drop wrestling move on him"

The Vaccination Game: The Self-Defense Forces Vaccination Center was run smoothly but no-appointment days are over

The large-scale Self-Defense Forces vaccination center near Otemachi, Tokyo, doesn’t open for another 70 minutes, and there is already a line of people looping around the large, brown, 16 story…

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…

Shady Record Company Leaves A Trail of Tears in Japan

Special contribution from Stephanie Yanez aka @KawaiiStephanie on Twitter 😭 Records* is an agency that specifically targets singers outside of Japan who have a passion for anime with hopes of…

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…

TOTAL RECALL: REMEMBERING JAPAN’S TEMPLE OF SPEED

this exhibition brings to life memories of motorsport's golden age through a series of historic and rare photographs from Joe Honda's rediscovered archive. It offers an intimate glimpse into Japan's…

NEWSFLASH: Japan calls the US Election by issuing “President Biden Burger”

IT’S OFFICIAL! A Japanese diner, TSUNAMI NAVY BURGER, located near the US military base in Yokosuka, calls the election for Biden w/ release of the Biden Burger: 600 grams, full…

The (Homoerotic) World of Tom of Finland: Reality and Fantasy opens September 18th. First time Tom shows in Japan!

Tom of Finland (1920-1991) was a pioneer in LGBQT and homoerotic art, blazing a trial in Finland and his works have been shown all over the world. From today September…