Metropolis Issue 895

May 20, 2011
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Advertorial

Dr. Akai shows the boys what they can do

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Features

Origami, trash and gender-bending at Tokyo’s cutting-edge clothiers

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Body & Soul

Keeping up with Japanese metrosexual manes… Howard Regner of Gold Salon gives you the highlights

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Aries

Things come down to Earth in a way you can handle. Jupiter finishes up in your Sign, making the most of opportunities that come your way. It’s about to enter your money house, offering rewards for efforts you have made. The unconventional is about to descend into your life, which may be just what you’ve ...

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Horoscope

People look to you for fun and freedom, while you might not see yourself as a perpetual party animal. Your idealism is heightening, so what may have sufficed in the past could look a bit tarnished in the scheme of things. Continue to strengthen in any way you can, whether it’s physically, financially, emotionally or ...

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Horoscope

The Sun adds a lively note to your house of friendships as it transits to this sector on Saturday. Four and a half weeks of warmth, camaraderie, and possibly invitations to join new societies. The vast majority of planets are in your public sectors, meaning you might receive attention from partners, colleagues and the universe ...

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Cancer

Career matters reach apex this week, as Jupiter transits the last degrees of this sector. If you have been offered a chance to expand, move, or take on projects with vision, this opportunity is about to change focus. Grab it if you think it’s right for you. The Sun moves into your karmic sector of ...

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Horoscope

There’s healing in romance and creative projects with Neptune and Chiron communicating this week. Add to that the strength of Venus, Mercury and Mars in your house of significant others, and you should have a better idea of the power a relationship can bring. If you’re single, this realization bodes well for potential partners you ...

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Aquarius

Not as excited by life as you would like to be? Things are in the works, so any time you can take to relax and repair yourself is a great way to prepare for your immediate future. The Sun transits to your sector of love and children on Saturday, as the Moon enters your Sign. ...

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Horoscope

Saturn is retrograde for a while in your Sign. This is not really to make you think nothing is happening, or heaven forbid, to trip you up. It is there to strengthen your lovely Libran qualities, which include your powers of negotiation, staying in balance, and appreciating love. When retrograde, it’s giving you a chance ...

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Mailbox

Sound off about us, or anything you like

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The Last Word

McFashion’s improbable grip on Tokyo’s wardrobe

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Gemini

The Sun enters your Sign on Saturday, heralding your Birthday Zone. This is a time when planetary energies increase vitality and bring you a bit of bliss. Making up your mind about where to go and how to infuse your career (if you’re starting one or developing one you already have) is another question. Slippery ...

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The Small Print

This week's required reading

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Capricorn

Taking things slowly is not necessarily a bad thing. The world outside might press for a quick response, so it’s a great time to practice your internal reality vis-à-vis what happens around you. At the moment you’re building muscles to inhabit the future as you let go of the past. Not a Capricorn’s favorite thing ...

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Star Struck

Multi-talented Japanese-American singer Shanti takes a peaceful look at her future

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Horoscope

Jupiter transits to the far reaches of your house of secrets, opening the last few if there are any left. Probably not of much consequence, as your ruling planet Venus in Taurus brings out your sensual side. Others can’t help but notice your attractive qualities. There’s a power play in your shared resources sector, which ...

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Horoscope

Dreams come true, and can for you too this week. When Neptune opposite your Sign offers a glimpse of your future, build towards that. If life is about a learning journey, you can make yours both pleasant and beautiful. Details are not important to Neptune—but feelings are. Following them is the key to where you ...

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Horoscope

Love becomes wired with a sense of longing as Neptune increases its influence in your Sign. Beauty will suffice, but make it a habit to balance your week. If you have a sense you’re waiting for the other shoe to drop, know that both Uranus and Jupiter are in your money house. Translated, surprises are ...

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In Other News

Model Marie held Japan’s first Twitter fashion show, explaining 14 outfits live from the event at the X-girl store in Jingumae… Perfume, the Japanese girl group from Hiroshima, is to lend their hit song “Polyrhythm” to Pixar for use in the upcoming animated movie Cars 2, which opens July 30… Johnny Depp, who was unable ...

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The Last Word

A look at the post-earthquake and tsunami volunteer effort in Miyagi Prefecture

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Keeping Tabs

Judging from its chic atmosphere, you’d have never guessed that a 60-year-old private house was renovated to become Hachi (14-12 Kobunacho, Shimbashi; http://bar-hachi.com), an “Espaňa & Italiana Bar” standing on a quiet Ningyocho corner. During its happy hour from 5-7pm, wine and highballs are only ¥200. You can also go for Mediterranean foamers like Cruzcampo ...

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Word of Mouth

With thousands of soba shops ranging from expensively exquisite to cheap and mediocre, it’s only at a rare spot like Yabuchu (6-1-5 Shibamata, Katsushika-ku; http://yabuchu.fc2web.com) where you can fill up with fresh, made-from-scratch buckwheat noodles and still be wallet-friendly. Cold soba starts at ¥600—and you can triple it for an extra ¥200. You won’t be ...

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Word of Mouth

If you’ve ever been disappointed with overpriced, tiny portions of Japanese-style “Chinese food,” then Amur Chinese Dining Hitoekizoku (1F Nakada Bldg, Nishi-Kameari, Katsushika-ku; 03-3603-6118) is for you. A typical shitamachi old-town haunt, this small, chic restaurant is a bit off-center. You could adopt the ways of a hitoekizoku (a commuter who walks an extra train ...

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Word of Mouth

“Morning wood” is something gentlemen have when they wake up. It’s also the translation of Asadachi (1-2-14 Nishi-Shinjuku; http://meturl.com/asadachi), a hole-in-the-wall food hut whose specialty is extraordinary stamina food. As one of the cluster of ramshackle izakaya in Shomben Yokocho (“Piss Alley”)—now known more poetically as Omoide Yokocho (“Memory Lane”)—Asadachi offers seasonal treats from across ...

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Restaurant Reviews

Elegant French dining in a quiet corner of Aoyama

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Japan Beat

Metropolis celebrates the Japanese men who rocked the planet

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Agenda

Expatriate French illustrator and cartoonist Vincent Lefrançois is the subject of an exhibition at the French Institute. Lefrançois is a two-decade resident of Fukuoka and is best known for adapting the work of renowned Japanese manga-ka Jiro Taniguchi into French. “Vagabondages” (“Wanderings”) includes a series of classrooms that Lefrançois painted at the French Institute to ...

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Agenda

For all its ethnic homogeneity, Tokyo is also a city of many cultures. Rarely do they mingle. For those who’d like to take a step toward integration, the Nigerian Union in Japan is holding a fundraiser at Academy Hall in Ikebukuro to help those affected by the tsunami. With refreshments, speakers and a big donation ...

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Agenda

England’s International Theatre Company London (ITCL) brings another compact interpretation of Shakespeare to Japan. Under director Paul Stebbings, the troupe specializes in delivering economical yet professional productions to difficult parts of the world and in recent years has offered the only regular touring English-language theater in Japan. Stebbings’ approach to Much Ado About Nothing, one ...

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Agenda

Aussie rockers Switch 3 bring their febrile mash-up of punk, metal and melody to Japan for a tour that includes a three-night trawl of Tokyo’s live houses. Formed in Canberra in 2002, founders brothers Maf and Ben Davis drew on influences from The Cure to Iron Maiden to create an amalgam of styles that combines ...

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Movie Reviews

This movie will make you mad. Okay, madder. It’s as though James Bond was this time cruelly defeated and the greedy, warped villains won, taking over Wall Street and governments as well as financial rating and regulatory agencies, and even corrupting academia in order to attain untold wealth while remaining beyond the law. I don‘t ...

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Eiga

Hot director Ryuichi Honda (GS Wonderland) comes forth with a wacky, surreal comedy in the vein of Kankuro Kudo, king of the genre. Based on a novel by celebrated author Shiro Maeda, this road movie-cum-dreamlike exploration opened the beloved northern Japan Yubari Fantastic Film festival in February. The story centers on Nobu (Yutaka Takenouchi) and ...

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Movie Reviews

It’s hard to make one of the most feared warriors in the history of airborne combat seem boring, but this dreary, Hollywood-ish, English-language, German-made melodrama takes a pretty good rat-a-tat at it. This lifeless movie attempts to return some humanity to the lethal ace (played by a callow Matthias Schweighofer) by disingenuously portraying him as ...

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Movie Reviews

You know, they’re going to make these things as long as you keep buying tickets. The first movie—inspired by a Disneyland ride—surprised everyone, and a $equel was inevitable. But the SFX-fuelled yo-ho-ho is wearing a bit thin, creativity-wise, in this fourth installment. Consists of about a half-dozen witless set pieces strung together, and there’s a ...

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Movie Reviews

Title notwithstanding, this is more a moody revenge melodrama with a few car chases and knife fights than it is an action thriller. Dwayne Johnson (referred to only as “Driver”) winds up ten in the pen, hops into a vintage muscle car (cool) and purposefully goes after his brother’s murderers. Billy Bob Thornton (“Cop”) is ...

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Movie Reviews

An examination of the real effects of globalization by people on six continents who advocate a halt to the ongoing multinationalization of the planet and a move toward more human-scale efforts, stressing localization instead. The filmmakers (who should probably have hired a narrator) point out that the explosion in big business and international banking has ...

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Movie Reviews

Title refers to a rare condition called “anesthetic awareness,” which causes sufferers to appear unconscious but remain aware while enjoying surgical procedures. In this suspense-free medical thriller, Hayden Christensen, who is arguably more interesting zonked out than awake, does a lot of scenery chewing through flashbacks, and Jessica Alba frets prettily in the waiting room. ...

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Movie News

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