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Top movies, music and manga Jun 30-Jul 6

Formed in 2005, AAA (“Triple A,” an acronym for Attack All Around) is a mixed-gender pop septet brought together by mega-label Avex Trax. Their new single, “Wake up!” ranks in at No. 3 this week, reaping the benefits of its selection as the 17th opening song for anime juggernaut One Piece. Top Japanese Singles 1. Kanjani Eight—“Omoidama” 2....

Jul 22, 2014 | No Comments | 433 views
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Fashionable furoshiki from Shiseido the Ginza

In April this year, Shiseido the Ginza released furoshiki wrapping cloths featuring kanji and kana in the company’s characteristic typeface that was created by in-house designers back in 1927. Simple yet elegant, the three designs currently available include 美 (bi, or “beauty”), あそびましょ (asobimasho, or “let’s play”), and つらつらつばき (tsura-tsura-tsubaki, or “camellia blossoms growing in...

Jul 20, 2014 | No Comments | 742 views
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Poké-merch and 3DS character downloads

Located just two minutes’ walk from Hamamatsucho and Daimon stations, the Tokyo Pokémon Center offers a massive selection of merchandise and souvenirs not available anywhere else. With the latest Pokémon movie, Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction, out in Japanese cinemas July 19, now is the perfect time to drop by to download a rare...

Jul 17, 2014 | No Comments | 763 views
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Ask Metropolis Anything

Tooth cleaning costs and do you really need two appointments?

Dear AMA, I'm overdue for a tooth cleaning and checkup. How much can I expect to pay at the dentist’s office if I have national insurance? Is it true that I need to make two separate appointments?—Cavityprone Dear Cavityprone, We passed your query on to Dr. Oikawa of Trust Dental Clinic. Here’s what he had to say... With Japanese...

Jul 14, 2014 | No Comments | 802 views
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Star Struck

Wi-Fi on a Double-decker touring bus

Want to see Shibuya from a new perspective this summer? The new Visit Shibuya bus summer promotion by Tokyu Corporation and Tokyo FM will provide a double-decker tour bus to shuttle visitors through the youth mecca (with pickup/dropoffs in Akasaka, Roppongi and Shibuya) complete with an English audio guide, new walking maps of the area...

Jul 12, 2014 | No Comments | 776 views
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Wafu for the feet

Traditional Japanese footwear gets a new twist with Geta Setta Japan’s beach sandals. The natural rubber soles offer resilience and comfort, while padded straps reduce scraping. But the real appeal is the wafu design—bold colors such as yellow, teal and red mixed with elaborate traditional patterns from graphic shapes to the iconic sakura. Women’s sizes...

Jul 9, 2014 | No Comments | 619 views
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