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Kenshin dices, Titans attack, and Snowmen sing karaoke

Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno, the first half of a two-part follow-up to 2012’s Rurouni Kenshin, offers dynamic fight choreography in the style of Hong Kong cinema. It took the No. 2 spot at theaters this week, and can be caught with English subtitles once daily at Toho Cinemas Roppongi Hills. TOP MOVIES 1. Stand By Me: Doraemon 2....

Aug 20, 2014 | No Comments | 75 views
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How to express your hot-weather desires

Summer is the season of beer, fireworks, kakigori (shaved ice) and bon odori dance festivals. So throw on your yukata, get out in the sun and use “-tai desu” to express a few of your hot-weather desires! AMBER GLOW JP: Watashi wa beeru wo nomitai desu. EN: I want to drink some beer. JP: Beeru wa oishii desu-ne. Edamame...

Aug 16, 2014 | No Comments | 593 views
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Animal Advocate

Tell us how long you’ve been in Japan and a little about what you do... I’ve been in Japan for just over 25 years now and I am the CEO for Media Solutions, a market research and international marketing company based here in Tokyo. My job is to help our Western clients get the most out...

Aug 13, 2014 | One Comment | 723 views
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When two countries are home, which is best for the family?

Dear AMA, I’m an American and I’ve been married to my Japanese wife for about four years, happily for most of it. We’ve just recently returned to Japan after an unsuccessful attempt at going back “home” to the States. My wife didn’t adjust well at all and was often anxious or depressed. It got so bad...

Aug 12, 2014 | 3 Comments | 793 views
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Ensuring the kids don’t miss out on the extras

With the July release of the latest Pokémon movie, Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction, Poké-popularity is once more at a peak. The whopping 16 Pokémon features produced since 1998 have consistently ranked among the most watched films in Japan—partly due to the success of the long-running video game and anime franchise, but also owing...

Aug 8, 2014 | No Comments | 886 views
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Godzilla stomps, Exile soars, and Frozen won’t let go

Opening in Japan on July 25, the new Hollywood remake of Godzilla quickly stomped its way to the top of the box office. The next day at San Diego’s Comic-Con, director Gareth Edwards confirmed plans for a sequel via a pre-recorded video message, with silhouetted images of Mothra, Rodan and King Ghidora hinting at what’s...

Aug 5, 2014 | No Comments | 131 views
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