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Tokyo Revisited Day 7

Jon is an investor in a fairly new, promising Tokyo restaurant named Devil Craft. He’d mentioned that the restaurant would be celebrating its premiere of a new craft
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Tokyo Revisited Day 6

I decided to make Thursday a relatively light activity, or rather light shopping day. Per the schedule I’ve adopted so far, I woke early and spent the morning
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Tokyo Revisited Day 5

Following a calm and slow morning, I invited Jon to visit Akihabara with me. Our first stop was the Starbucks in the Yotsuya station’s Atre shopping center to
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Tokyo Revisited Day 4

The fact that I’m on vacation in Tokyo attests to my enthusiasm for things Japanese, but after numerous trips during a span of nearly 15 years, I don’t
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Tokyo Revisited Day 3

The weather forecast predicted at 90% chance of heavy rain, so the covered and indoor mall Nakano Broadway suggested itself as a more practical destination for the day
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Tokyo Revisited Day 2

Monday morning I woke at 8am, eager to tackle Tokyo but undecided on approach. The first adventure of the morning that faced me was navigating Jon’s apartment’s toiletries.
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Tokyo Revisited Day 1

My first visit to Tokyo since August 2007 began with my arrival at the Tampa International Airport at 6:30am on Saturday, June 21st. Passing through the security check
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Koji Wakamatsu Dead at 76

76 year-old legendary Japanese new wave director Koji Wakamatsu passed away on Wedensday, October 17, after being hit by a Taxi last Friday. Just two weeks ago Wakamatsu
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Japan Passes Digital Piracy Law

Japan’s House of Councillors formally approved a new copyright enforcement law on Wednesday that includes provisions criminalizing any circumvention of digital copy protection and adding penalties of up
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Taiji Dead at 45

Former X Japan and Loudness bass player Taiji Sawada passed away at age 45 on Saturday, July 17. Reportedly, Taiji was involved in an “incident” involving a female
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GACKT in Bunraku

Popular Japanese vocalist GACKT makes his English language acting debut in director Guy Moshe’s upcoming action/fantasy film Bunraku. The samurai western starring Gackt, Josh Hartnett, Woody Harrelson, Ron
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X Japan Signs With EMI

X Japan has signed a three-year manufacturing and distribution contract with EMI Music. EMI will distribute “Jade” as the group’s first American single release on March 15. The
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