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Fading shades of pink

Aug 12, 2012

Fading shades of pink

At its peak of popularity roughly four decades ago, the form of soft-core pornography known as pinku eiga (pink films) utilized more than 1,000 theaters to screen short, low-budget, erotic films churned out mainly by independent studios. “Around each station of private rail lines ...

The sky's the limit

| May 20, 2012

The sky's the limit

After the Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11 last year, the performance of the spectacularly tall Tokyo Sky Tree going up in the capital’s downtown Sumida Ward became a subject of heightened interest to experts, residents and the general public alike. Tobu Tower ...

AV stars out to play despite hard times

Feb 26, 2012

AV stars out to play despite hard times

Since her steamy debut in late 2008, adult-video (AV) actress Kokomi Naruse has starred in hundreds of features, many of which find her playing a young girl desired by older men. But after taking the Best Actress title at this year’s Sky PerfecTV! Adult ...

A dispatch from the disaster zone

| Mar 22, 2011

A dispatch from the disaster zone

I cannot recall ever attempting to take gasoline from a car by sucking through a rubber hose. But on Monday last week there I was, standing in a dirt parking lot while contemplating proper tube diameter to access the tank of our Toyota Belta ...

Yakuza groups shoveled aside by Japan's frustrated contractors

Sep 26, 2010

Yakuza groups shoveled aside by Japan's frustrated contractors

News organizations have consistently celebrated the steady rise of the Tokyo Sky Tree in Tokyo’s Sumida Ward. Yet the most interesting aspect to the building project, set to reach a height of 634 meters, might be taking place at ground level. At the base ...

Tortoise

May 7, 2010

Tortoise

Tortoise’s blending of dub, electronica and jazz over its two decades in existence has established the instrumental five-piece as the band that brought progressive rock into the present. Yet 2009′s “Beacons of Ancestorship” sees the Chicago-based band, which will appear in Japan for two ...

Cheeky for charity

| Aug 28, 2009

Cheeky for charity

It is no surprise that an adult entertainment broadcaster would be concerned about the spread of the HIV virus and AIDS. But for one satellite channel in Japan known for silly parodies and wacky porn programming, that concern goes beyond immediate commercial interests — ...