Culture

INTERVIEW: Brian Ashcraft

We had the pleasure of interviewing Brian Ashcraft, a journalist and editor of the massively read gaming site Kotaku, and author of Arcade Mania and Japanese Schoolgirl Confidential. Originally from Texas, he resides in Osaka, Japan with his wife and two children. He was kind enough make some time to …

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Discovering Music: Ota Hiromi

This is the stuff I love. I always liked Momen no Hankerchief. From the first time I heard it as a Ikimonogakari B-side, there was something about it’s sweetness and the way Yoshioka sang it. I didn’t know what the lyrics meant, but I could pick out bits and pieces …

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Cool or not? You decide.

While browsing through youtube one day I happened to stumble upon a video with a crapload of Chinese characters and a huge viewer count. Just like any other curious dude with an interest in any asian culture, I clicked to the link to see what the fuss was about, and …

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Getemono Ryori

At lunch yesterday, the head cook at the restaurant I’m working at pulled out a rather suspicious looking plate. It didn’t match the curry and chicken lunch he made for the staff, so I inquired as to what the segmented pieces were. He said they were some sort of insect …

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Ah, Awkward Youth.

I’m a fan of uncomfortable moments. I enjoy lame jokes, kitsch, and the plethora of indie films that explore the awkward and painful journey of adolescence. I simply can’t get enough of seeing people in miserably awkward situations; maybe it’s the sadist in me. This has to be the funniest …

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Hi-Chew. My Chew. IU?

Most of us know and love Hi-Chew; a starburst-like, fruit-flavored candy from Japan, manufactured by Morinaga.  Then there’s My Chew, a starburst-like, fruit-flavored candy from Korea, by Crown. I got a couple packages of this My Chew candy from a friend who recently visited Korea; and while it’s not as …

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Another Teaser into AKB’s Documentary Film

I love refreshing the AKB Youtube channel and finding a new video waiting for me (Yes, it’s on a permanent tab on my browser). The AKB channel is still busy with promotions, just recently having released another trailer for the film ‘DOCUMENTARY of AKB48 To Be Continued’: I always found …

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