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Saturday, 14 November 2020 20:16

Volume 40. Issue #280


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1. Tokyo Journal Editorial
Inside this issue
19. Casting Director Yoko Narahashi
Hollywood & Japan film industries
2. The Tange Legacy
Architect Paul Tange on Kenzo & Olympics
20. Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia
Founder Tetsuya Bessho
3. Kyoto
Japan's cultural capital
21. J-flicks in the USA
U.S. releases of Japan-related films
4. Osaka
Japan's amazing “Water City”
22. Film Director Rempei Tsukamoto
Bento Harassment
5. Hotels in Tokyo
Reviews by Hollywood actors & a supermodel
23. L.A. Dodgers' Peter O'Malley
Ambassador of Japanese baseball
6. Four Seasons of Japan
Weather and what to wear
24. The Auto World's Jim Press
Toyota, Chrysler, Carlos Ghosn & int'l business
7. Awa Sparkling Sake
Is it champagne? No, it's sake with bubbles
25. Rakuten Expands Online Magazine Service
All-you-can-read magazines
8. Chef Nobu Matsuhisa
Broiled black cod with miso recipe
26. The Warlord and the Wimp
9. Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto
Tuna pizza with anchovy aioli recipe
27. MacArthur and Me
Peter Grilli's encounter with the U.S. General
10. Yakitori
Yumiko's homecooking recipe
28. Life after Hiroshima
Mike Kawamura: A survivor's dream for peace
11. Welcoming Foreigners
Musician Marty Friedman's advice for tourists
29. The Consequences of Nuclear Weapons
Hiroshima Survivor Hideko Tamura Snider
12. Study in Japan
Japanese language schools & Japanese higher ed.
30. Shadows (二ヵ国語)
Hiroyuki Suzuki's photographic poetry
13. Travel to Las Vegas
Where to stay
31. Being like a Rock in a Tea Garden (二ヵ国語)
Zen wind from Tasaka Juku
14. Rolling with Rola in L.A.
Japanese celebrity & model in California
32. Inclusion in Tokyo's Olympic Games
Yoshie Kris oversees accessibility of Olympic ceremonies
15. Japan House Los Angeles
Showcasing Japanese culture in L.A.
33. World's Greatest Athlete
Olympic Decathlon Champion Bryan Clay
J-pop supergroup
34. Yoga Lifestyle
Mudras – Hand seals for happiness
17. Dancer & Actor Naoki Kobayashi
From EXILE to Hollywood
35. Product Reviews
Staying at home in style
18. Director Naomi Kawase
rom Cannes to the Tokyo Olympics
36. Four Decades of Rock in Japan
Legendary rock photographer Bob Gruen's Japan pics


280 TOC


Friday, 12 July 2019 15:33

Tokyo Journal's Product Reviews

Product Reviews for the Busy Traveler

Move Across Campus with the Swagger E-Scooter

The Swagtron Swagger is an e-scooter that can be used as a fun and easy way to get around. The carbon fiber chassis is strong and durable, without being heavy: it weighs just 17 pounds. The Swagger easily folds down with the touch of a button and stows in tight areas. The 250-watt motor has three speeds, allowing it to zip around at up to 15 miles per hour. The motor is powered by a 24v 3800mAh lithium-ion battery (UL certified), enough for a 15-mile ride on a full charge. The LED backlit display provides useful information such as speed, battery levels and an odometer. Operating the Swagger is simple: there’s one lever to accelerate, another to decelerate.

Thursday, 11 July 2019 17:15

Model Jessica Minh Anh Visits Japan

Supermodel Jessica Minh Anh Visits Japan

Supermodel Jessica Minh Anh visited Tokyo, Kyoto and Fukushima to explore potential catwalk venues. The Vietnamese model has made history by producing fashion shows atop famous architectural wonders, including the Eiffel Tower, One World Trade Center, London’s Tower Bridge, PETRONAS Twin Towers’ Skybridge and the Grand Canyon Skywalk.

Thursday, 11 July 2019 16:52

Yosakoi Festival

Yosakoi Festival

Tokyo Yosakoi (dance festival) is the second half of the Fukuro Festival, which has been an annual tradition in west Ikebukuro since 1968. The festival begins with a mikoshi (portable shrine) procession in September, and then Tokyo Yosakoi in October. Yosakoi is a dynamic Japanese dance competition uniting more than 100 teams from throughout Japan, who come together to show off their best moves using wooden clappers called naruko. Performers often combine the standard yosakoi melody with folk songs or modern rock music. The colorfully costumed dancers put on one high-powered performance after another, complete with fervent shouting.

Thursday, 11 July 2019 15:44

Tokyo Hotels

Tokyo Hotels

Hotel New Otani

Excellent Service in a Serene Location
Established in 1964, this superbly designed luxury hotel is known for its exemplary hospitality, elegant style and array of hotel services. Hotel New Otani has an on-site travel agency, business center, cultural museum and pool, as well as 33 banquet rooms and an elaborate rooftop rose garden — a perfect location for wedding ceremonies. Better yet, the hotel has a pristine, 400-year-old Japanese garden spreading over 10 acres. Enjoy the waterfall and koi pond, or head inside to try the “Yukata (summer traditional garment) dressing-service”.

Thursday, 11 July 2019 14:56

Serviced Apartments in Tokyo

Serviced Apartments in Tokyo

If you plan to stay in Tokyo for more than a week or two, you may want to consider a fully furnished and serviced apartment. This type of accommodation offers hotel services, such as front-desk and cleaning services by a bilingual staff, but usually has more spacious rooms and you can avoid long walks through large lobbies. There’s no hassle of trying to rent and furnish an apartment on your own; you can move right in with nothing but your suitcase. Applications are processed within 24 hours and there are no security deposit, agent fee, key money or move-out cleaning and utility charges. Serviced apartments are also more affordable than hotels for families and groups requiring more than one bedroom, and provide the option of cooking in your room. The locations of serviced apartments usually provide easier access to convenience stores, supermarkets, inexpensive dry cleaners, etc. than large hotels do. Their closest train or subway stations are often local stations as opposed to major transportation hubs, which can be easy to get lost in and take more time to navigate. Tokyo Journal has come up with a list of the go-to serviced apartments in Tokyo based on locations with easy access to public transportation. These companies, with their helpful and bilingual staff, offer multiple locations throughout the city, each made complete with kitchenettes and in-room washers and dryers, unless otherwise noted.

Thursday, 11 July 2019 14:04

Travel to Las Vegas

Travel to Las Vegas

Wednesday, 10 July 2019 19:20

Travel to Anaheim and Chicago

Travel to Anaheim and Chicago


Anaheim is home to the iconic Disneyland Resort and two of Southern California’s professional sports teams. Fans of the NHL’s Anaheim Ducks can watch the hockey team on ice at the Honda Center, the city’s award-winning concert venue that will host indoor volleyball during the 2028 Summer Olympics. The other team, the Los Angeles Angels, play baseball in Angel Stadium of Anaheim, known as “The Big A.” It is the fourth-oldest active MLB stadium in the U.S. The Southern California city has a lot to offer — whether you are eating in the trendy Packing District or visiting the Anaheim Convention Center for a large-scale event such as VidCon, Anime Expo, WonderCon or the NAMM Show. Here is Tokyo Journal’s top pick for places to stay in Anaheim:

Wednesday, 10 July 2019 18:59

Travel to Seattle

Travel to Seattle

Seattle is home to the Space Needle, the first-ever Starbucks, Pike Place Market, the Market Theater Gum Wall and other iconic attractions. It’s also got a thriving food scene, making the city a destination for all foodies. The best way to explore Seattle is on foot. Sports fans can catch a game at CenturyLink Field and Safeco Field, or indulge in Pacific Northwest culture at the Seattle Art Museum, the Museum of Pop Culture and the Pacific Science Center. These are Tokyo Journal ’s picks for some good centrally located, modern and historic places to stay in Seattle:


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