'Home Sweet Tokyo': Fresh-off-the-boat narrative has room to grow

Nov 23, 2017

'Home Sweet Tokyo': Fresh-off-the-boat narrative has room to grow

by Shaun McKenna

Among the English-speaking community in Japan there has been a long-running debate over whether to use the word "foreigner." Personally, I prefer using "non-Japanese." The word "foreigner," I feel, implies difference, exclusion and an inability to assimilate. Having said that, Bryan Jenkins is a foreigner. ...

This woman's work is never dull

Oct 11, 2017

This woman's work is never dull

by Kaori Shoji

Hidetomo Masuno says he thinks too much. The 41-year-old comedian who goes by the name Bakarhythm says he spends most of his waking hours deep in thought — "but first," he stresses, "I observe." Observation is what led him to create the blog, book and, ...

Winter has finally come for Isaac Hempstead Wright

Aug 2, 2017

Winter has finally come for Isaac Hempstead Wright

by Jordan Bremer

It's Monday night and the newly opened Brew La La craft beer bar in Tokyo's Shinbashi neighborhood is hopping. As the clock strikes 8 p.m., however, the 60 or so people gathered there fall silent. "Game of Thrones" is on. It's the seventh season premiere ...

In a tale of two Akiras, let's see more Ai

Jun 29, 2017

In a tale of two Akiras, let's see more Ai

by Kaori Shoji

For fans of the ikemen (handsome dude), Wowow's new mini-series "Akira and Akira" is like manna from heaven. Kicking off July 9, it stars actors Osamu Mukai and Takumi Saito, and the hype at this point may as well be soundtracked by The Weather ...

'The Bachelor' is looking for love in Japan

May 10, 2017

'The Bachelor' is looking for love in Japan

by Kaori Shoji

There comes a moment of truth in every episode of reality-dating series "The Bachelor" when the handsome and wealthy bachelor must eliminate at least one of the 25 women vying for his affection during a "rose ceremony." In "The Bachelor Japan," the series' first rose ...

'Samurai Gourmet' explores the art of the meal

Apr 6, 2017

'Samurai Gourmet' explores the art of the meal

by Kaori Shoji

In the first episode of Japan's latest contribution to original Netflix programming, "Samurai Gourmet," Takeshi Kasumi enters a small teishoku (set meal) joint and grapples over whether to have a beer with lunch. Inspired by an imaginary samurai, he gets one. That's it. For viewers ...

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