Hiroki and Andrew Communicate Badly

If you’re looking for a good way to get a feel for what it’s like to live in Japan, I’ve got a great podcast for you. When my Emmy-award winning … Continue reading

April 13, 2013 · 2 Comments

Are Casino Resorts Coming to Japan?

Pachinko is a huge industry in Japan. It’s hard to miss the palatial structures that dot the urbanscapes of virtually every Japanese city. While pachinko is clearly a form of … Continue reading

April 3, 2013 · 1 Comment

Music Hall: Shizuko Kasagi

One of the most popular jazz singers to emerge in the post-war days of the American occupation of Japan was Shizuko Kasagi. She was heavily influenced by American jazz and … Continue reading

April 3, 2013 · Leave a comment

Pink Lady: “What Are We, Chopped Tempura?”

Pink Lady was one of the hottest pop groups to come out of Japan in the 70s. Mitsuyo Nemoto (Mie) and Keiko Masuda (Kei) are now in their 50s, but they still … Continue reading

March 30, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Takarazuka Revue – No Men Allowed

The Takarazuka Revue is a 100-year-old entertainment phenomenon in Japan. Its spectacular stage musicals attract almost two million fans each year to the two main theatres – one in Tokyo … Continue reading

March 22, 2013 · 1 Comment

Book Corner: Amy Does Japan

When Amy Chavez moved to Japan from a sleepy little town in Ohio in 1994, she probably had no idea of all the adventures that loomed in front of her … Continue reading

March 21, 2013 · 1 Comment

Wood You Like to Meet the Fuccons?

About a decade ago, one of the oddest shows to appear on Japanese TV captured the nation’s attention. It was called The Fuccons (later re-titled OH! Mikey). It was the … Continue reading

March 19, 2013 · Leave a comment