Art Gallery: Thirty-Six NEW Views of Mount Fuji

Image: Highway Fuji, by Seisai One of the more famous series of Japanese paintings is Katsushika Hokusai’s Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji. It is a series of large woodblock prints … Continue reading

April 7, 2013 · 2 Comments

This Cherry Tree Sprouts Blossoms of Hope

It’s time in many parts of Japan for people to hang out under the cherry trees and eat, drink, and be merry as beautiful blossoms fall on their heads. Last … Continue reading

April 6, 2013 · 5 Comments

All Together Now: The Beatles “Images of a Woman”

When the Beatles visited Japan in 1966 at the height of Beatlemania, it was a chaotic scene. They were scheduled to play at Budokan Hall in Tokyo, a venue with special … Continue reading

March 27, 2013 · Leave a comment

Art Gallery: Suehiro Maruo

Suehiro Maruo is a 57-year-old Japanese manga artist who works in a genre know as “ero-guro,” or “erotic grotesque.” His graphic  images – he has a penchant for human oddities, sex … Continue reading

March 26, 2013 · Leave a comment

That Fake Food Looks Delicious!

When you go into a restaurant in Japan, you don’t have to wonder what the food will look like when you order it. All you have to do is check … Continue reading

March 21, 2013 · 6 Comments

Art Gallery: Tokyo After the Apocalypse

There are no more people in Tokyo. Something very, very bad happened and everyone died. The city is being swallowed up by the earth. That is the world as portrayed … Continue reading

March 20, 2013 · 4 Comments

Tentacle Porn and The Dragon King

When one of my wacky friends told me about “tentacle porn,” I thought he was pulling my tentacle. But apparently having sex with octopi and other monsters is something that’s … Continue reading

March 19, 2013 · Leave a comment