Vodka wins tight Emperor's Cup

Nov 3, 2008

Vodka wins tight Emperor's Cup

Vodka, that incredible filly that knocked the boys flat in the ’07 Derby and became the first filly to do so in over 60 years, carried a powerful kick again Sunday in the group I fall Emperor’s Cup, the 138th running of the Tennosho. ...

Burlesque dancer does it for laughs

Oct 25, 2008

Burlesque dancer does it for laughs

A search of the Web for Murasaki Babydoll will likely snag you a six-minute Time video from this year’s New York Burlesque Festival and with it a look at the Tokyo burlesque troupe’s festival debut. Just over four minutes into the video the host ...

Offering shelter from life's storms

Oct 11, 2008

Offering shelter from life's storms

“It’s the single most stressful job I’ve ever had. It’s also the best job,” says Briar Simpson of Tokyo’s Animal Refuge Kansai. “Just sending out one more e-mail can make the difference. It can mean 15 more years.” And in Simpson’s work, those 15 ...

Jun 2, 2008

Deep Sky wins Derby after powerful push

When good things finally come your way they often just keep on coming. Such proved the case for jockey Hirofumi Shii Sunday at Tokyo Racecourse. The 35-year-old Shii, who, aboard Vodka, captured his first Derby on his 11th try last year, brought Deep Sky ...

Deep Sky dazzles in NHK Mile Cup victory

May 12, 2008

Deep Sky dazzles in NHK Mile Cup victory

Race favorite Deep Sky pocketed the first of the spring slew of Tokyo G1s Sunday at Fuchu as the Agnes Tachyon colt topped a full gate of 3-year-olds to win by a length-and-three-quarter margin over third choice Black Shell. Goshawk Ken pulled the field ...

Putting faces on the subculture crowd

Apr 19, 2008

Putting faces on the subculture crowd

Sitting in a watering hole in Shinjuku’s Golden Gai, meeting new people, exchanging name cards, one is likely to come across a tiny square name card with color caricatures on its front and back. Comic figures, often bare-bottomed, are accompanied with one-word phrase text ...