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Felicity Hughes
LIFE / Food & Drink
Sep 12, 2008
Tapas and Rioja in the east of Tokyo
Given that some of the Rioja are situated in the Basque region of Spain, it's a good idea to team the local wines with its native cuisine. Vasco in Nihonbashi serves up an excellent menu of both Spanish and Basque dishes cooked by Spanish chef Fernando Manito, who bakes delicious bread on site to accompany...
Japan Times
CULTURE / Music
Aug 15, 2008
Future Pop Lounge
Future Pop Lounge is a big treat for fans of the Shibuya-kei scene. Although the Japanese genre that spawned such awesome acts as Pizzicato 5 and Flipper's Guitar was pretty much over by the turn of the century, many bands escaped the millennium-bug meltdown by evolving in weird and wonderful ways.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink
Aug 8, 2008
Taking the Japan Wine Challenge
Despite the countless half- finished bottles of wine that lined the walls, the atmosphere in the plush function room of Tokyo's Sheraton Hotel was decidedly tense rather than tipsy. Japanese and Westerners were sitting around tables deep in concentration, thoughtfully holding a glass up to the light...
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink
Aug 8, 2008
'Bottle Shock' leaves a nasty aftertaste for the organizer of the Judgment of Paris
Due to be released in American theaters this month is "Bottle Shock," a new wine movie based on the story of the Judgment of Paris. The wine event, which was organized by Steven Spurrier back in 1976, upset the received wisdom of the wine community at the time.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink
Jul 11, 2008
Picking a wine for the picnic spread
The smell of freshly mowed lawns and of gunpowder in the air signifies one thing: summer is now in full swing. Whether you're a peaceful soul who likes to spread out a plastic picnic mat in the local park under the tranquil shade of a decent-size tree, or a matsuri festival maniac heading down to the...
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink
Jun 13, 2008
Koshu stands out as sip of summer
Last month, Tokyo's wine community was given a rare treat: Two of the most famous names in the wine world descended to hold forth on subjects including the bright future of Japan's Koshu grape and Bordeaux's stellar 2005 vintage.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Music
May 30, 2008
Love 'em or hate 'em
Usually bands this challenging are doomed to wallow in dank flea-pit venues idolized by a few brave souls and sustained only by belief in their own genius.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink
May 9, 2008
A drop of Malbec from down south
Despite being the fifth largest producer of wine in the world, when it comes to quality wines, Argentina has long been in the shadow of neighboring Chile, where spicy Shirazes and surprising Chardonnays have consistently outshone anything from the other side of the Andes.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink
May 9, 2008
Authentic Argentine in Azabu
Nestled in the backstreets of Higashi-Azabu is El Caminito — which means the little path — a bar-cum-restaurant that serves authentic Argentine food.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink
Apr 11, 2008
A manga drunk on French wine
Hearing a 2001 Mont-Perat described as "just like a rock concert by Queen" is enough to make any self-respecting Frenchman expel a snort of derision from his finely-tuned nostrils.
Japan Times
LIFE / WEEK 3
Mar 16, 2008
A purrfect place for fanciers of felines
The 20th of this month marks the first anniversary of Cat Cafe Calico's opening to the public.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Music
Mar 14, 2008
Noriko Tujiko: not merely sweet, cute and aggressive
N oriko Tujiko meets me in Shibuya wearing a multicolored outfit of clashing greens and reds. On her feet are velvet slippers.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink
Mar 14, 2008
A guide to how to wine 'n' dine
Taking your own bottle to a dinner party is a tricky business. Dashing to a convenience store for some plonk that's below ¥1,000 might save cash, but it won't save your blushes if the stuff acts like paint-stripper on the palate, ruining the meal and your chances of being invited back. Even if you...
Japan Times
LIFE / Digital
Feb 20, 2008
'Streetfighter IV' leads the coin-op charge
Making their debut on the arcade-entertainment scene at Chiba's Makuhari Messe exhibition venue on Saturday were Crimson Viper, a redhead with a predilection for cross-dressing and ultraviolence, and Abel, a Teutonic blond whose rippling physique seemed to bear the hallmarks of some serious steroid abuse....
Japan Times
LIFE / WEEK 3
Jan 20, 2008
Savor the sensation of being a 'princess'
My handsome butler, resplendent in his smart black waistcoat and bow tie, greets me at the door. "Hello princess," he softly intones as he manfully leads me to a rose-strewn alcove.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Music
Dec 21, 2007
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
Don't expect any seasonal cheer from Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. For almost a decade, the Los Angeles-based three-piece's dark brand of bluesy garage rock has been burning a trail across the music scene. The demons that fuel the band's successes are the same ones that have, in the past, caused them...
Japan Times
CULTURE / Music
Jan 5, 2007
Absolving their sins
Following in the footsteps of the U.K. band Oasis, Kasabian -- from Leicester, England -- have set themselves up as working class heroes.

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