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Takama: Affordably luxurious soba lunches

| Aug 21, 2015

Takama: Affordably luxurious soba lunches

It would be easy to breeze past the understated exterior of soba restaurant Takama without ever realizing what’s inside, but that would be unfortunate — especially if you like soba. Michelin-starred Takama is located on the same street that leads into Tenjinbashisuji Shotengai, one ...

Will 'neurotic' Japan go postcapitalist?

Jul 25, 2015

Will 'neurotic' Japan go postcapitalist?

Is Japan on the threshold of postcapitalism? If it is, as Morris Berman suggests in “Neurotic Beauty: An Outsiders Look at Japan,” Prime Minister Shinzo Abe doesn’t seem to have received the memo. Neurotic Beauty, by Morris Berman.516 pagesOne Spirit Press, Nonfiction. Abe is ...