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There is now a Tokyo Stroll Facebook group

  I have created a new public Facebook group called Tokyo Stroll related to my forthcoming book of the same name. This group is for discussi...

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Four more recommended movies.

It's been awhile but here are four movie movies I have added to my recommended title listsings. Gojoe: Spirit War Chronicle (2000)Intimidation (1960)Midnight Eagle (2007)The Sea is Watching (2002)

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Tokyo Stroll Supplement web page update

 The Tokyo Stroll Supplement web pages are now live.I was going to wait until a few weeks before the book is released to make the pages public. However…

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Wave Listen to Me!

 I just finished reading volume 5 of Samura Hiroaki's Wave Listen to Me! In this volume the store take a turn to being stranger, and in a very…

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Penguin Highway

I just finished reading the novel Penguin Highway by Morimi Tomihiko author of The Tatami Galaxy, The Night Is Short, Walk On Girl, and The Eccentric Family. This…

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Two new recommended live action movies this week.

 I have added Drunken Angel and Shinsengumi: Assassins of Honor to my recommended live action cinema lists.

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Otaku and the Struggle for Imagination in Japan

Recently read:Galbraith, Patrick W.Otaku and the Struggle for Imagination in JapanDurham: Duke University Press, 2019If you have any interest in Japanese fan culture this work is a must…

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Seven new recommended movies this week.

 This week I added seven movies to my recommended titles page. Some are out of print but easy to find second hand. Disc releases of foreign films are…

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A Rampo related movie.

K-20This recommended title is a delightful action triller inspired by the crime stories of Edogawa Rampo.  This time the Fiend With 20 Faces is plotting something and Akechi Kogoro…

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Gold Mask by Edogawa Rampo

Gold Mask by Edogawa RampoA spectre is haunting Tokyo - the spectre of the Gold Mask. An urban legend grows rapidly, spread by word of mouth to the…

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Of nuns and divorce?

My latest addition to my Recommended Japanese Live Action Cinema web pages is Kakekomi Onna to Kakedashi Otoko, a tale set during the early 1840s in Kamakura. Love, abuse,…

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More rakugo related material

 I now have four more entries related to rakugo. What I am doing is reading and watching the Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju / Descending Stories Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju series and taking…

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More Sunset

I have added the second and third of the three Always Sunset on the Third Street movies. The whole set takes us through about seven years of the lives…

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The occupation years

I now have a recommendation for Out of This World. The cast includes: Hagiwara Masato, Matsuoka Shunsuke, Murakami Jun, Odagiri Jō, Peter Mullan, and Shea Whigham. …

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Megazone 23 liner notes

One of the projects I have worked on recently and forgot to mention here is that I did the liner notes for the forthcoming Blu-ray release of Megazone…

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La Maison de Himiko

My latest recommended movie is La Maison de Himiko which I picked up as Odagiri Jō has a major role in it. I was not disappointed, he is…

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Rakugo and Yose

Finally after far too long I am again starting to add entries to the Anime Companion Supplement. I hope to maintain a good speed on adding such new…

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August 1945

The last days of World War II were dramatic in many ways. I have added two new movies to my recommended live action cinema title list that dramatize…

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Kabukiza

I have an addition to my Recommended Japanese Live Action Cinema page. A new entry for a wonderful documentary on the Kabukiza theater in Tokyo. Kabuki-za Final…

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What's happening.

I have been busy with various matters for some time. I have done some redesign and clean up on the site. I hope to get back into updating…

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Of love and delicious food

Just added to my recommended manga listings. What Did You Eat Yesterday? by Yoshinaga Fumi Shiro is a lawyer, his good looks make him seem younger than he…

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City boy out of his element?

I'm currently reading the manga for Silver Spoon which was adapted into anime in 2013-14. This is one of my favorite titles from that time period and strongly…

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The Dashing Sukeroku

I have uploaded a new recommended title to my live action recommendations. This one is the famous kabuki play Sukeroku, which happens to be available on all region…

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Three named Kichisa

I have added a new title to my Recommended Japanese Live Action Cinema page. This one is especially good. Sannin Kichisa Director: Kazuyoshi…

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My AnimeFest (Aug 12-15) schedule:

My AnimeFest (Aug 12-15) schedule:Oni, the demon of Japan Tokyo on the Cheap Riding Bean the LIVE Commentary recording, With Robert Woodhead

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Thoughts on: Time and Space Are Nonsense: The Films of Seijun Suzuki by Tom Vick

 Being someone who digs about piles of Japanese cinema looking for interesting titles to watch and books to help me understand the medium I was quite happy to…

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My FanimeCon 2016 panels according to the web site.

Anime/Manga for Parents - Friday, 4:00 PM, 1 hour - Panels 3Suitable for All AgesParents, aunts, uncles, adult friends, kids who want to improve their parents' knowledge about…

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Wind powered walker

You probably have seen the videos going around of Theo Jansen's impressive wind powered walking machines. If you haven't check them out. When I saw the the videos I…

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