Monthly Archives: June 2013

English Made In Japan Pt II

It was in the news this last week that a 71 year old Japanese guy is suing NHK for mental distress caused by an excessive use of words borrowed from English. His complaint was that he couldn’t understand his own … Continue reading

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Review: Films Set In Japan – ‘The Bushido Blade’ (1981)

An all-star cast turned up for this fictional sideline to a key incident in both American and Japanese history but ultimately they were let down by a poor script as well as a lack of direction, choreography and editing. The story centres around … Continue reading

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Dining Out: A Big Japanese M-eel At Last!

A common gripe amongst foreigners living in Japan is that the portions just aren’t big enough. Sure, the fast food chains come up with the occasional mega sized special but short of eating 20 dishes at the kaiten-zushi (conveyor belt … Continue reading

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Meet Tokyo’s……Train Passengers

So here it is then! A sequel to a popular article from SIX years ago! Back in April 2007 I published an article on here about the various characters to be found in Japanese fast food restaurants. After I recently, and … Continue reading

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Gunkanjima In Skyfall: Real Or Fake?

In the 2012 movie ‘Skyfall’, James Bond (Daniel Craig) is seen cruising on a boat (below) with the exotic-looking Sévérine (Bérénice Marlohe) to an abandoned island. Bond is taken prisoner by the crew and delivered to the antagonist Raoul Silva, who is a … Continue reading

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Tokyo Daytripper: Shomyoji Temple, Yokohama

I was absolutely delighted to visit this tranquil, little temple in Yokohama recently and that was of course mainly down to the fact that it once featured in a Manic Street Preachers video (read about that here) back in the early … Continue reading

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On Screen #1 – Vietnam

In the 1997 movie ‘Tomorrow Never Dies’, James Bond is seen cruising around a series of limestone rock karsts dramatically jutting out of the sea on the 91 minute mark. We’re led to believe its Halong Bay, Vietnam, and though it looks … Continue reading

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Teaching Kids To Read Via A Penalty Shoot-Out!

You’d think that after the penalty heartbreak suffered by Leicester City in the Play Offs last month that the last thing on my mind would be more penalties but this is a game to be used as an additional resource … Continue reading

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Is This Really A Statue Of ‘Oddjob’ from ‘Goldfinger’?!!

Mention Bond villains and most people probably tend to think of Blofeld (You Only Live Twice), Jaws (The Spy Who Loved Me), Dr No (Dr No), Scaramanga (The Man With The Golden Gun), Nick Nack (The Man With The Golden … Continue reading

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Music Videos Filmed In Japan #5 Muse – ‘Panic Station’ (2013)

The music video for ‘Panic Station‘ by perennial live favourites Muse was filmed in January 2013 in Tokyo during their tour of their 6th studio album ‘2nd Law.‘ This is the 5th song to be lifted from that album and is supposedly the … Continue reading

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