| Jul 19, 2009

Bowling 'em over

The game of lawn bowls may appear straightforward — players in whites repeatedly roll 1.5-kg rounded plastic “bowls” over finely cut grass — but Japan’s male and female singles champions are taking decidedly different approaches to the World Singles Champion of Champions, set to ...

Bowling 'em over

| Jul 19, 2009

Bowling 'em over

The game of lawn bowls may appear straightforward — players in whites repeatedly roll 1.5-kg rounded plastic “bowls” over finely cut grass — but Japan’s male and female singles champions are taking decidedly different approaches to the World Singles Champion of Champions, set to ...

Gundam goes green

| Jul 10, 2009

Gundam goes green

Starting tomorrow, prominent Tokyo landmarks — with their fixed steel columns and beams — will likely be feeling a bit inadequate as a new, mobile player is set to rise up and illuminate the capital’s skyline. Near the Rainbow Bridge, on the manmade peninsula ...

Punchy posters urge Tokyoites to mind their manners

| Jun 21, 2009

Punchy posters urge Tokyoites to mind their manners

It doesn’t take a genius to realize that public spaces in Japan are filled with numerous audible and visual reminders about the importance of maintaining personal decorum. Over the past year, some of the catchiest have been the “manner posters,” by graphic artist Bunpei ...

Potting the pink in Saitama

Apr 19, 2009

Potting the pink in Saitama

Thumbing through any of the dozen Tokyo sex-service recruit magazines reveals ads for shops, indexed by region, seeking young ladies to serve in various fuzoku (sex-related) clubs and bars. In recent years, one rather extensive section had been for Nishikawaguchi, located just across the ...

Apr 19, 2009

Cops crack whip in fight vs. vice

A leather-clad female physically punishing a compliant male into erotic bliss is the usual image one conjures for BDSM, or bondage, discipline, sadism and masochism. Yet, to spend a Sunday afternoon with the ladies on the roster of La Siora, a high-end club based ...

The hostess club with the mostest AV stars

Apr 5, 2009

The hostess club with the mostest AV stars

The job of a typical club hostess is to jovially engage in simple chat, pour cocktails and attend to any unlit cigarettes for her male patron. Yet it will not be long before his topics of conversation drift from simple pleasantries to more intimate ...

Porn actresses pick up prizes

Apr 5, 2009

Porn actresses pick up prizes

You’ve come a long way, baby, and in such a short time. Slightly more than a year after her adult video (AV) debut, “Miracle Bust,” Kirara Asuka was crowned Best Actress at the Sky PerfecTV! Adult Broadcasting Awards 2009 ceremony in March. “I am ...

Feb 27, 2009

One pricey bowl of soup noodles

A bowl of noodles at a typical Tokyo ramen joint is cheap — usually around ¥800 — and served in a convenient location. Fujimaki Gekijo, situated between Nakameguro and Yutenji in Meguro Ward, is neither. And the owner and chef, Shoichi Fujimaki, would have ...

One pricey bowl of soup noodles

| Feb 27, 2009

One pricey bowl of soup noodles

A bowl of noodles at a typical Tokyo ramen joint is cheap — usually around ¥800 — and served in a convenient location. Fujimaki Gekijo, situated between Nakameguro and Yutenji in Meguro Ward, is neither. And the owner and chef, Shoichi Fujimaki, would have ...