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...in Japan of course. Although director Michael Arias was born in the US, he's been living in Tokyo for over 15 years, and Heaven's Door is again shot completely in Japanese. I was impressed with Arias' intelligence and attitude after ...Read More

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As you have probably already guessed from the title, Sword of the Stranger is a Samurai action (or chanbara チャンバラ) movie, and the feature film debut of Masahiro Ando, who's previous directorial work includes the TV series Canaan as ...Read More

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Sad news: Hisayuki Toriumi (1941 - 2009) passed away on Friday, and his funeral will be held today in Hachioji City, Tokyo. Although his name may not be familiar, his work certainly will be to millions of my generation - not ...Read More

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As mentioned in an earlier post, we survived the melee of the Ghibli Museum shop, even if we were left more than a few thousand yen poorer by the experience… First of our spoils is this beautifully printed Mei and the ...Read More

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Despite having been boringly safely back in the UK for over a month now, I’m still only just managing to mentally process everything we saw and experienced in Tokyo. A major highlight for us, in fact one of the main ...Read More

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Looks like anime demi-god and Ghost in the Shell/Sky Crawlers director Mamoro Oshii is taking a break from his trademark dystopian futures to travel back to medieval Japan for his next flick Musashi: The Dream of the Last Samurai. Production ...Read More

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You couldn't make this shit up. Check this guy's outfit - I'd have killed for that get-up back in my early 90s techno days. I took this photo outside our apartment in Shinjuku; apparently this guy was paid to stand there all ...Read More

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Shibuya was the only place in Tokyo that I felt slightly disappointed with. Initially anyway. After paying our respects to wonder-dog Hachiko at the stations exit (if you don't know the heart-wrenching story, it really is essential reading), we headed into ...Read More

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Look, I know what you come here for. Really. I mean, I'm sure you've been enjoying reading about the last few days exploring Tokyo's ancient monuments and culture, but I know what you're thinking. Where the fuck is the anime and ...Read More

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While chilling in the gardens around Dembo-in in Asakusa, admiring the beautiful Koi under the bridges, I got chatting to an elderly local called Hideo. I think he just wanted to flex his pretty impressive English skills, but his eyes ...Read More