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DVD Review: When Horror Came to Shochiku – The Criterion Collection

An inconsistently entertaining set of Japanese horror movies that is more interesting as a cultural snapshot than as B-movie heaven. Read More »

The Emerging Popularity of Skateboarding in Japan

Most skate parks in Japan are located inside warehouses. Read More »

Japan, China Disputing East China Sea Islands

Trouble may be brewing in the East China Sea. Read More »

Book Review: Geeky-Girly Innovation: A Japanese Subculturalist’s Guide to Technology and Design by Morinosuke Kawaguchi

Geeky-Girly Innovation is a fast, interesting and eye-opening book about the otaku culture and innovative new Japanese products. Read More »

Book Review: Otaku Spaces by Patrick W. Galbraith and Androniki Christodoulou

A fascinating look at Japan's extreme fans of manga and anime and their influence on the national culture. Read More »

Is There a Culture of Rape Within the Military?

While those who commit such crimes must be prosecuted, it's time we laid the blame where it squarely belongs: on our civilian leadership. Read More »

America’s Lost Decades

With median net worth back to 1992 levels, Americans may still be facing two more decades of sluggish economic growth. Read More »

Book Review: A Sense of Direction: Pilgrimage for the Restless and the Hopeful by Gideon Lewis-Kraus

A Sense of Direction is less about the scenic road and more about the internal journey towards self discovery. Read More »

Music Review: David Sylvian – A Victim of Stars: 1982-2012

Excellent two-CD set of David Sylvian's music over the past 30 years. Read More »

Book Review: Tokyo Taxi by Alexander James

Tokyo Taxi provides an authentic taste of modern Tokyo at night through a collection of photos of its taxi signs. Read More »