Japanese supermarkets: a daily adventure

Is there anything simpler or more mundane than going to the supermarket? When you’re well-acquainted with the local supermarket, going for the peanut butter in aisle four, next to the home cooked-style jams doesn’t even require any conscious thought; it’s all on autopilot.But going to the Japanese s

Kengo Kuma designs Japan’s first Ace Hotel

The Ace Hotel chain is opening its first Japanese outpost in Kyoto this winter, in a former telephone exchange building overhauled by Kengo Kuma.Japanese architect Kuma will convert the ShinPuhKan building – originally designed by Tetsuro Yoshida and completed in 1926 – to create suites set around a

John’s Oddities: Sonico Energy

I’ll be the first person to admit that my collection of anime merchandise & memorabilia is neither the largest nor the most valuable. I collect what I like (when I can afford to) and have a particular fondness for unusual and novel items. These items aren’t necessarily rare or valuable; they’re just

John’s Oddities: Yuwasa Tee

I’ll be the first person to admit that my collection of anime merchandise & memorabilia is neither the largest nor the most valuable. I collect what I like (when I can afford to) and have a particular fondness for unusual and novel items. These items aren’t necessarily rare or valuable; they’re just

Studio Ghibli reveals visualisations for new theme park in Japan

A new amusement park in Japan will bring to life the worlds of Studio Ghibli, the Oscar-winning animation house known for its films Spirited Away and My Neighbour Totoro.Set to open in 2022, the Studio Ghibli park will be built on the Expo 2005 Aichi Commemorative Park in Nagakute city, near Nagoya

John’s Oddities: Nanatsuiro Candy Drops

I’ll be the first person to admit that my collection of anime merchandise & memorabilia is neither the largest nor the most valuable. I collect what I like (when I can afford to) and have a particular fondness for unusual and novel items. These items aren’t necessarily rare or valuable; they’re just

John’s Oddities: OJ: Osamu Juice

I’ll be the first person to admit that my collection of anime merchandise & memorabilia is neither the largest nor the most valuable. I collect what I like (when I can afford to) and have a particular fondness for unusual and novel items. These items aren’t necessarily rare or valuable; they’re just

Suzuki Architects combines a home and shop at Gré Square House

Large openings in the corrugated-metal facades of this boxy building in Shizuoka, Japan, frame views of the neighbourhood from a shop on the ground floor and residence above.Tokyo studio Suzuki Architects designed Gré Square House for a client who runs a business selling clothes and other products m

John’s Oddities: Sakuma Drops

I’ll be the first person to admit that my collection of anime merchandise & memorabilia is neither the largest nor the most valuable. I collect what I like (when I can afford to) and have a particular fondness for unusual and novel items. These items aren’t necessarily rare or valuable; they’re just

10 Best Day Trips from Tokyo 2018

Planning your trip to Tokyo?? Make sure to take 1 or 2 day trips from Tokyo to explore great neighbours! There are numbers of amazing places you can reach within 2 hours from Tokyo. Mt Fuji viewing, Hakone Onsen, nature activities.. here are 10 most recommended day trip tours and activities from Tok

John’s Oddities: Lovely Gantai

I’ll be the first person to admit that my collection of anime merchandise & memorabilia is neither the largest nor the most valuable. I collect what I like (when I can afford to) and have a particular fondness for unusual and novel items. These items aren’t necessarily rare or valuable; they’re just

John’s Oddities: Retro Gaming

I’m not a serious or extensive video game collector, but there are a few games that I deem unique components of my anime collection, including this Uchuu Senkan Yamato handheld and the Akira Famicom cartridge.Original Article

ToPoJo’s “Deep Beatitude”

Kyoto JournalToPoJo’s “Deep Beatitude”Tokyo Poetry Journal, Vol. 5. Japan and the Beats. Ed. Taylor Mignon, 2018.The whole matter of Beat Lit/Beat Culture’s engagement with Japan has been overdue for thoughtful attention for too long. With writing on Beat Generation personalities and their work at n

Anime vs. Real Life – Onomichi Is the Town Between the Sky and Sea

Between the steep hillside and the Seto Inland Sea, there’s a small port town called Onomichi, a quaint little town full of temples and shrines, which also happens to be the home of Japan’s Ministry of Fishery’s space program. With all the fish gone from the entire sea, Japan sets out to explore new

John’s Oddities: Craven Gungrave

I’m not a serious or extensive video game collector, but there are a few games that I deem unique components of my anime collection.This is a Gungrave limited edition signed by manga-ka/creator Yasuhiro Nightow.Original Article

The Museum of Forbidden Art

Kyoto JournalThe Museum of Forbidden Art Igor Vitalyevich Savitsky was a nobody. An electrician by training but a keen amateur artist on the side, in 1950 he joined an archaeological dig in the remote Karakum Desert of Karakalpakstan, a place in northwestern Uzbekistan that was as unheard of then as