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From your mouth to our screen

Aug 19, 2011 | No Comments | 1,595 views
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From your mouth to our screen

Aug 11, 2011 | No Comments | 1,780 views
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Let's hear it from you

Jul 28, 2011 | No Comments | 2,347 views
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Pop summer culture aliens and more whining

Jul 14, 2011 | No Comments | 2,176 views
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Code breakers anyone?

Jul 7, 2011 | One Comment | 2,293 views
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The knives are sharpened for Metropolis...

Jun 30, 2011 | No Comments | 1,578 views
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SMELLS LIKE MEAN SPIRITS “Why don’t Japanese men wear deodorant like foreigners? Because Japanese men don’t smell bad like foreigners.” This was the conclusion of a J-TV program, so my student tells me. Discuss! —Henry BUSTED GRILL I was dismayed to heartbroken to discover this week that one of my favorite places to go for ...

Jun 23, 2011 | No Comments | 845 views
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Sound-off about us or anything you like

Jun 16, 2011 | No Comments | 1,204 views
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LETTER OF THE WEEK: FUNKY WHITE BOY Regarding “Brush Up Your Style” (Body & Soul, May 20): Regarding Howard’s advice to “Afro-Caribbeans” to “keep it tight or grow it out proud and big”, I suggest he confine his advice to a realm in which he has personal experience—specifically, styles appropriate for straight hair. One with ...

Jun 9, 2011 | No Comments | 1,189 views
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Extended pantheon Regarding “Pantheon of Japanese Rock Gods” (Japan Beat, May 20): Wow! What an odd list. How, for example, could you leave off Sakamoto Ryuichi? The Southern Allstars? Nagabuchi Tsuyoshi? Spitz? Were the primary criteria being derivative, dressing “extravagantly” and loudness? Songwriting and vocals counted for nothing? —jeffrey What about someone like Kiyoharu? Seems ...

Jun 2, 2011 | No Comments | 1,017 views
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Send us your comments via: letters@metropolis.co.jp I know you guys are probably busy, this mag doesn’t run itself; but why not post video game articles in your arts and entertainment section? —anonoymous Just a suggestion: Design Festa should go on tour worldwide. Why the biggest German professional fairs are opening new shows anywhere and the ...

May 26, 2011 | No Comments | 1,445 views
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Sound off about us, or anything you like

May 19, 2011 | No Comments | 1,425 views
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Sound off about us, or anything you like

May 12, 2011 | One Comment | 1,432 views
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Sound off about us, or anything you like

May 6, 2011 | One Comment | 1,819 views
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MOVIE TONE NEWS Please, please find another movie reviewer besides Don Morton. He occasionally writes insightful comments, but has all the hallmarks of a jaded critic. Few films impress, and those that do are mostly the typical European foreign films, arthouse dramas, and Academy Award bait. Any kind of popular comedy, action movie, Hollywood blockbuster, ...

Apr 28, 2011 | No Comments | 830 views
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Size matters Regarding “Little Tools” (The Small Print, Apr 7): I know Metropolis loves to denigrate mommy-boy herbivore Japanese men with Lolita complexes, but starting your last issue with bogus stats about inferior Japanese penis size is the most outright racist thing I have ever seen in this magazine. Some of your readers are Japanese, ...

Apr 21, 2011 | No Comments | 1,119 views
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THE BEST OF THE WORST? Regarding “Listening to Nature” (The Last Word, Apr 7): I think the “youth” (or lack thereof) meme has been beaten to death, and I’m not convinced that immigration is the solution for Japan. Rather, I think the country would be best served by making use of its greatest and most ...

Apr 15, 2011 | No Comments | 759 views
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HELPING HANDS We have set up the Japan Disaster Advice Group on Facebook (http://meturl.com/facebookjdag) to do our bit with what’s happened in Japan over the last two weeks. Its aim is to help everyone we know, and their friends and family, keep up-to-date with information, help and advice. The situation will be up and down ...

Apr 7, 2011 | No Comments | 1,936 views
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Up and away Regarding “Above and Beyond,” (Star Struck, March 11): I have seen a few Cirque shows in Las Vegas and Boston. While they don’t perform the most technically challenging tricks, the overall production value is the highest. A few years ago, I watched the Shanghai Circus show in the Shanghai Ritz, and one ...

Mar 31, 2011 | No Comments | 1,210 views
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A wild (taxi) ride Regarding “Sic Transit” (The Last Word, March 4): Hahaha, brilliant—absolutely spot on. Just the other day, I was traveling to a school not 10 minutes away from the taxi stand, and I had to point at the GPS screen and say, “There! NO THERE! The friggin big school icon, can’t you ...

Mar 17, 2011 | No Comments | 796 views
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PUNK will NEVER DIE? Regarding “Akihiro Namba” (Japan Beat, February 18): Punk recycles itself with each generation. Before Namba, everyone was listening to The Blue Hearts. Hi-Standard was the rave for us ’90s punk kids, and this generation has more of an aggressive punk sound, but it hasn’t changed and punk will never die. —nightflesh** ...

Mar 10, 2011 | No Comments | 783 views
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SMUT FIENDS, BEGONE! Regarding “The Manga Wars” (The Last Word, February 18): Ishihara is right on this issue. I don’t get the tone of the column. The author is apparently worried that censorship of kiddy porn is the road to 1984, but acknowledges midway through that all this is doing is bringing Tokyo Prefecture—one very ...

Mar 3, 2011 | No Comments | 892 views
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MEAN STREETS Regarding “Nishinari” (Travel, February 11): This is the kind of article I would love to see more of in Metropolis—a real atmosphere piece that’s actually not tied to promoting some sponsor or advertiser for a change. A reason at last to pick up this magazine and read it! Well written, too. More!—kevcham* Nice ...

Feb 24, 2011 | No Comments | 962 views
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OF MALT AND MEN Regarding “Kick Out the Drams” (Feature, February 4): Interesting article, but it didn’t answer the question that’s always nagged me about Japanese whisky: why can I get a bottle of Yamazaki 12 for less money back in England than it costs in Japan? I think J-whisky would have become a lot ...

Feb 17, 2011 | No Comments | 1 views
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Lifeboat Japan Regarding “Brave New Japan” (The Last Word, January 28): I’d say Mr. Veverka has got it just about covered. The US will continue to sink deeper into debt because of an unwillingness to do the only two things that can and should be done to stem the red ink: raise taxes, particularly on ...

Feb 10, 2011 | No Comments | 838 views
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Thanks for Listening Regarding “The Sound and the Fury” (The Last Word, January 21): The philosopher and professional grouch Yoshimichi Nakajima wrote on this subject eloquently and at some length in his 1999 book Urusai Nihon no Watashi. It is essentially a symptom of what I’ve taken to calling the nanny state, where no one ...

Feb 3, 2011 | No Comments | 679 views
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Correction Regarding “Disapproval” (Upfront Extra, Jan 14): Due to a production error, the graph depicting approval ratings of recent PMs was incorrect. The corrected graph is above. Star Shots Regarding “The Great Tokyo Michelin Scam” (The Last Word, January 14): Steve Trautlein’s salsification of Michelin’s ethnocentric chutzpah in trying to make money telling the Japanese ...

Jan 27, 2011 | No Comments | 868 views
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Rise Above It Your cover for the January 7 issue was totally insensitive to all African-Americans living here in Japan. I know the Japanese people don’t know any better, because you can expect nothing less from a homogeneous society. But your design people or your editor knows African-Americans are trying to get rid of these stereotypes. ...

Jan 20, 2011 | No Comments | 798 views
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Monsters Ink Regarding “Armand Vaquer” (Q&A, January 7): To us Godzilla fans, The Monster Movie Fan’s Guide to Japan is an interesting [book]. I, too, wondered where all the beautiful scenes were shot. Now I can find them. I saw Godzilla when it was a first run here in the States. That movie certainly has ...

Jan 13, 2011 | No Comments | 1,015 views
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Necrolog There were a few noticeable omissions in your roundup of notable Japanese people who died in 2010 (“In Memoriam,” The Last Word, Dec 24) in particular, three Americans who had a tangential, yet interesting, connection to Japan. William Hohri (died in November at age 83), the son of Japanese immigrants, became a lawyer who ...

Jan 6, 2011 | No Comments | 1,402 views
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Thanks for reading in 2010. See you next year. Metropolis wants to hear from you. To send your comments, . Note that letters may be edited for length and clarity.

Dec 23, 2010 | No Comments | 864 views
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Tough Mothers Regarding “Aki: Queen of the Gyaru Mama” (Q&A, Dec 3): What does Metropolis think it’s accomplishing by publicizing the concept of—never mind promoting the lifestyle of—gyaru mama?!? The notorious gyaru tribe made a name for itself in the ’90s by taking material culture to new heights (lows), and shunning all notions of elegance, ...

Dec 16, 2010 | No Comments | 1,988 views
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The Proper Care and Grooming of Men Regarding “21st Century Boy” (Body & Soul, November 26): I basically think the problem in Japan is the plague of “kawaii.” Guys saw girls getting all this attention and fun for a couple decades of rampant kawaii-ness. So they decided they want in on it too. That has ...

Dec 9, 2010 | No Comments | 1,054 views
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Un-near Beer Regarding “In Malt We Trust” (The Last Word, November 19): A very well-written report. It is actually based on fact, as opposed to most gaijin “fact” that is spun after four beers. Before coming to Japan, I was told that the beer was really cheap—which pleased me. I tried one of these “cheap ...

Dec 2, 2010 | No Comments | 798 views
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Keep Out Regarding “Welcome, Red Army!” (The Last Word, November 12): I’m pretty sure the most common crime the Japanese government is trying to prevent with these regulations is overstaying visas, not violent crime or petty theft. The “vast, law-abiding majority” of Chinese citizens you want to bring over on tours make something like $2,500/year ...

Nov 25, 2010 | No Comments | 867 views
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We Don’t Need No Education Regarding “Grounding the JET” (The Last Word, October 29): The JET Programme is at its heart a grassroots cultural exchange and diplomacy effort. There are now JET alumni in many established positions in politics, business, academia and numerous other fields in society in a range of countries, and this is ...

Nov 11, 2010 | No Comments | 831 views
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Something to Chew On Regarding “Half-Baked in Tokyo” (The Last Word, October 15): It’s incredibly frustrating that this column focuses so much on what foreigners find distasteful about Tokyo. My problem with your article—and many that have come before it—is that Metropolis seems to have done some market research somewhere along the line that suggests ...

Nov 4, 2010 | No Comments | 1,090 views
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Born-Again Regarding “Big Brother” (Feature, September 24): Even as an atheist I can appreciate that this is a good thing. Some people need religion to keep themselves in check, [and] I don’t mean that as a put down. If religion can help criminals stop their evil ways, then good luck to them.—Charltzy* Sheep are always ...

Oct 7, 2010 | No Comments | 975 views
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Japanese Healthcare While the Japanese system is definitely more cost-effective than the US system, and actually covers everyone, it too is dysfunctional in many ways. If you’re ever in a serious accident, there’s a good possibility that you’ll spend your last minutes in an ambulance while the driver frantically tries to find a hospital that ...

Sep 30, 2010 | No Comments | 829 views
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Beat ’Em Up Regarding “Power Play” (Feature, September 10): I hope that DREAM succeeds in expanding. In the US, we have the UFC, which caters to bloodsport morons and has some of the most boring fights around. DREAM and Pride were awesome organizations, and I’d love to see DREAM expand into the US (perhaps through ...

Sep 23, 2010 | No Comments | 942 views
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Text appeal Regarding “Thwacking Good Sense” (The Last Word, September 3): Western expats often remark on how making casual eye contact with Japanese in public places is still something of a challenge. Cellphones and MP3 players to a lesser extent have made the Japanese sense of personal space all the more fortress-like and desensitized. But ...

Sep 16, 2010 | No Comments | 813 views
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Beefing up Regarding “Meat Market” (Feature, August 27): Japan could eliminate many of the problems it has with beef by adopting the practices of one ranch in Hokkaido, which raises its cattle completely naturally—They eat grass! They forage in the woods!—and produces a much redder, meatier product that is safer and far less fatty than ...

Sep 9, 2010 | No Comments | 1,097 views
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Miss us while you were away?

Sep 2, 2010 | No Comments | 1,254 views
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Train Creeps Regarding “Varieties of Train Creeps” (The Last Word, August 13): Thank you Metropolis! Great idea this week! Every foreigner I know has grown tired of those infamous back page “editorials” with people who think they have a “unique” perspective on life in Japan. I could relate to every single one of those pictures. ...

Aug 26, 2010 | No Comments | 930 views
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Sage advice Regarding “Old School Fools” (The Last Word, July 30): Boy, this brings back memories! I was taken aside by a gaijin Nova “manager” once and told that my taste in dress shirts was a little too “loud” for Japanese tastes. Apparently, something other than white or beige was more than could be expected ...

Aug 12, 2010 | No Comments | 1,079 views
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Sounding off Regarding “Speak(er) of the Devil” (The Last Word, July 23): Good observation, simple solution. After performing this simple procedure, my neighborhood was cured of these Sunday morning jerks. 1) Try to sleep in on Sunday 2) Wear something that is suitable for being outdoors 3) Catch the truck coming through the neighborhood 4) ...

Aug 5, 2010 | No Comments | 1,095 views
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Charisma Man Regarding “Man of the Moment” (Feature, July 16): I’m sick of this lame cliché where people (Western women primarily) believe that just because a guy shows up here he can get hot chicks. The very fact that he’s here means he has a college degree. Do college graduates get hotter women than non-graduates? ...

Jul 29, 2010 | No Comments | 1,612 views
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MAKES ME WANNA SCREAM Regarding “Orei… Oy!” (The Last Word, June 25): What is interesting about this well-written article is really not the wallet story. It’s the fact that this woman was able to live with the “unbelievable inconvenience” caused by the neighborhood grocery store. This is what I thought the article should have been ...

Jul 22, 2010 | No Comments | 1,111 views
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RIDING ROUND IN CIRCLES Regarding “Pedal Policy” (Cars & Bikes, July 2): Personally, I find cyclists a pain in the teeth, and it’s precisely because of the lack of clear rules. Some cyclists will give a hand signal before they turn, while others won’t and will just pull out in front of your car, secure ...

Jul 15, 2010 | No Comments | 980 views
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Giving As Good As You Get Regarding “Orei… Oy!” (The Last Word, June 23): I’ve never quite wrapped my head around the “giri” (obligation) thing. I was headed back home last winter and my supervisor presented me with a gift, and then flat-out requested something specific from my home country. I was a bit floored ...

Jul 8, 2010 | No Comments | 752 views
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