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Japanese poster for ‘The Pink Panther’, 1963

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Japanese poster for THE PINK PANTHER (Blake Edwards, USA, 1963)

Designer: TBD

Poster source: KinoArt.net

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Japan’s Toho to Produce New ‘Godzilla’ Movie

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TOKYO —  reports: Ten years after “Godzilla: Final Wars,” the last Toho Godzilla movie, trampled across the screen, the Japanese studio is gearing up to make another film featuring its iconic character.

The movie is scheduled to begin production in the summer of 2015 and bow theatrically in 2016, Toho sources have revealed. Details, including director and cast, have yet to be announced.

The inspiration is the success of Gareth Edward’s 2014 “Godzilla,” which earned $525 million worldwide and JPY3.2 billion ($26 million) in Japan, with Toho and Warner Bros. Japan co-distributing.

Toho has launched what it calls the Godzilla Strategic Conference (Godzi-Con), a committee of studio executives and directors whose aim is to reboot the Godzilla brand, including the new “Godzilla” pic. Read the rest of this entry »


Today in History: Japan Attacks Pearl Harbor

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Vintage Movie Poster: ‘Mean Streets’, 1973

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1980 Japanese poster for MEAN STREETS (Martin Scorsese, USA, 1973)

Designer: TBD Poster source: Posteritati [Buy it now]

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Cragstan Astronaut: Vintage Japanese Toy

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Batman: Japanese Magazine ‘Boy King’

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First bubble is magazine title, reads “Boy King”. Second bubble reads “Send me letter. Sei Suzuki”


Bottle Shock: Japan Crowned Best Whiskey


Japan: 6.8 Earthquake Near Nagano City

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TOKYO (AP) — A strong earthquake late Saturday struck a mountainous area of central Japan that hosted the 1998 winter Olympics, knocking down at least 10 homes in a ski resort town and injuring more than 20 people, officials said.

The magnitude-6.8 earthquake struck near Nagano city shortly after 10 p.m. (1300 GMT) at a depth of 10 kilometers (6 miles), the Japan Meteorological Agency said. The U.S. Geological Survey measured the quake’s magnitude at 6.2. Since the quake occurred inland, there was no possibility of a tsunami.

Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority said no abnormalities were reported at three nuclear power plants in the affected areas. All of Japan’s nuclear plants are offline following a magnitude-9.0 earthquake and massive tsunami in 2011 that sent three reactors at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant into meltdown. Fukushima is about 250 kilometers (155 miles) northeast of where Saturday’s earthquake occurred.

At least 22 people were injured, three of them seriously, in Nagano city, the Hakuba ski resort and elsewhere, the National Polilce Agency told Japan’s Kyodo news agency.

“We are trying to assess the situation as quickly as possible, and we’ll do our utmost for the rescue of the injured people,” Japan’s top government spokesman, Yoshihide Suga, told reporters. Read the rest of this entry »


Japanese woman arrested over poisoning late husband, suspected in deaths of half dozen previous partners

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TOKYO — Japanese police arrested a 67-year-old woman whom they suspect poisoned her husband late last year, one of about half a dozen former husbands or partners of the woman who have died.

She has denied involvement in the deaths.

Kyoto prefectural police arrested Chisako Kakehi on Wednesday after cyanide was found in the body of her 75-year-old husband, according to Japanese media reports. They were married one month before he died in December 2013, the reports said.

Kyodo news service said that Kakehi had married four times, and that several partners had died within a few years of marrying her or starting relationships with her.

Kakehi is believed to have inherited more than 100-million yen ($960,000 Cdn.) in assets from the deaths, according to The Japan Times.

Cyanide has also been found in the blood of a 71-year-old partner who fell while riding a minibike in 2012, Kyodo…

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Japan: ‘Boys Magazine’ 1960s

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‘Special Edition for Summer Vacation’


[VIDEO] Custom Vehicle Scene Thrives in Japan: The Streets of Tokyo

This is admittedly a slick ad for Go Pro, it’s also irresistible escapist fun.

As the sun goes down, Tokyo transforms to a wild and exotic playground for those who like to pour on the speed. As a method of expression, the custom vehicle scene thrives in Japan. Youll meet some truly unique characters and get to ride along in some of the most exotic vehicles youve ever seen. Lamborghinis, Hayabusas, RWB Porsches, and some Kaido Racers make up a feast for the eyes on the streets of Tokyo at night.

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バットマン Jiro Kuwata: ‘Batman’

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Japan: ‘Living Design’ 1956

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[PHOTO] Japanese Sportswear

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English translation: “Recycled Steel”


[PHOTOS] Dancing Bones and Chipmunks at Tokyo Disney Sea’s ‘Skeleton’s Street Party’

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[PHOTO] かわいい!Lindo! Kawaii! Tokyo Disney Sea Día de los Muertos Skeleton Parade

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Some truly colorful (and very kawaii!) festive images at Tokyoblings Blog, see them here:

It is Halloween which just possibly could be the highest point of the season at the newer one of Tokyo’s two different Disney parks, Tokyo Disney Sea. The whole park is decorated in a sort of hyper colorful Mexican Day of the Dead theme with fantastic looking skeletons entertaining the visitors throughout the park…(more)

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日本での不公平: Japanese 3D-Printed Gun Maker Is Sentenced To Two Years In Jail

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[Also see – Japan Makes First Arrest Over 3-D Printer Guns  – punditfromanotherplanet.com]

Yoshitomo Imura, an employee at the Shonan Institute of Technology in Japan, was arrested last may for printing and firing a 3D-printed gun called the ZigZag. He printed three guns in total and was arrested for running afoul of Japan’s strict gun laws.

[More – [VIDEO] How 3-D Printed Guns Evolved Into Serious Weapons in Just One Year  – punditfromanotherplanet.com]

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Vintage Japanese Pulp: ‘The Practical Science for Boys & Girls’, November 1949

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Vintage Post-War Japanese Pulp Cover

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カストリ雑誌「だんらん」「真相」

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The title of this magazine not easy to translate, my source tells me. “Relaxation”, sort of, but implying gathering, or visiting. This is the May issue, in the very short history of this publication.

The magazine itself is an enigma. It was produced for maybe only one year, in the 1950s, then discontinued. The stories inside were about sex, crime, true confessions (which were usually about sex) and the description says it was a low-quality book printed on really cheap paper. Which was (and still is) true of a lot of pulp books and comics in Japan. If any bilingual readers recognize this vintage magazine, or can translate this better (the google translate version is too poor to include here) we’d be interested. On the web, my source found this.

上の画像は、1958年5月に出された興文社発行の「だんらん」3号と1948年発行の「真相」の表紙である。カストリ雑誌が出されるのは敗戦直後の1946年だが、上の「だんらん」はそれから12年経ったものであるが、品質が良くないので保存状態が悪いのがわかる。カストリ雑誌は戦後のカストリ焼酎をもじった造語で、「1合(号)から3合(号)くらいなら、大丈夫だがそれ以上は危険である。」というところからつけられていると、上の「だんらん」のあとがきにしるされている。命名した人物ははっきりしていないが、戦後の大衆雑誌の源流なのである。カストリ雑誌は「読み物」と「風俗」に分けられる。猥褻もののカテゴリーに入るのが右の「だんらん」、政治ものが右の二つの「真相」である。、戦後になって粗悪な印刷媒体しかない頃だが、大衆の力が顕われている文化なのである。

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