Metropolis Issue 896

May 27, 2011
Capricorn

Are you hesitant to build for the future, not knowing where or with whom? If so, you’re acting out of wisdom. What becomes real will start with you being right with yourself, first. This may take some time and exploration, so don’t feel frustrated if you can’t come up with definite answers by the end ...

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Cancer

Cancerians don’t like others to know their next move, until they’re sure all the pieces are in place. Gentle to a fault with nurturing nuances, no one will pull the wool over your eyes this week. Standing steadfast serves you well, though you’ll need to combine flexibility and trust to deal with the forces of ...

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Horoscope

Opening your heart is a natural way to be for Sun-ruled Leo. You are generous to all, and willing to champion those who need your protection. The majority of planetary energy points to relationships, travel, and looking at shared resources or business deals this week. Then the Solar Eclipse arrives on Wednesday, and suddenly fate ...

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Aquarius

Things are busy in the personal department. That’s personal, not personnel. If you’re taking another look at your life, whom you love, where you work, or where you live, you’re on the right track. It’s the thing to be doing, with almost every planet and the luminaries in these parts of your chart. No answers ...

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The Small Print

This week's required reading

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Mediabox

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 ...

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Aries

Stock up on treats and comforts as Uranus and the Moon in Aries bang heads on Friday. You’re likely to be leading the band (charitable organization, family exodus) and will need to know that a spa day is in your future. The Solar Eclipse on Wednesday is a fated bonus in your chart. In your ...

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Global Village

Celebrating wine to produce much-needed water

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Horoscope

Finding a way out of your current situation is not an impossible task. You’re able to take the step-by-step approach often ascribed to Capricorns, with patience as your mainstay. A breakthrough in dealings with large organizations, tax departments and family belongings is likely as Uranus conjuncts the Moon in this area of your chart. Then ...

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Horoscope

The Moon and Uranus are exactly the same degree on Friday. A twist of fate could rearrange finances or possessions, but in the end, it’s for a greater cause—you. If there are surprises this week, breathe deeply and know you’re on the path towards a more comfortable life. The solar eclipse on Wednesday is a ...

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Horoscope

The weights of Libran balance are just that—finding a way to keep the pressure off your shoulders. Ideally you can float in the realm of logic and detachment as an Air Sign, but in reality, your emotions are likely to get roped in. The Solar Eclipse in your house of long distance travel places a ...

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Horoscope

Although Scorpio is famous for sussing out what’s “beneath the surface,” do any of us really know someone else’s thoughts? For Scorpio, the answer is often “yes!” You’re able to sense the motives of others even when they’re not nearby. With this ability, your responsibility is greater. Neptune in your house of love, children and ...

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Horoscope

Oh, Taurus. With Mars conjunct Venus conjunct Mercury in your Sign, you are well insulated from the Uranus/Moon conjunction this Friday. It will be a quick flip of energy in the cosmos, signaling additions to your dreams during Solar Eclipse Wednesday. Friends are full of soothing suggestions for the new paradigm. The question is, are ...

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Gemini

Just a few more weeks, and you can write your own ticket. The shock of Uranus conjunct the Moon on Friday is nothing compared to the stabilizing, energizing Solar Eclipse in Gemini on Wednesday. Combined with the New Moon in your Sign, your life is about to take on a whole new focus. This doesn’t ...

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Horoscope

“Now you see them, now you don’t” could be your theme this week. Uranus has taken the lead in your house of love and creativity, so relationships and inspired ideas are likely to pop in and out faster than you can keep track. Focus may become fuzzy as you’re now living with intuition on a ...

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Tarento Watch

AKB48 member Tomomi Itano, popularly called Tomo-chan by fans, is appearing in a TV commercial campaign for wireless mobile operator EMobile’s new commercial, “Finger Logo.” The new commercial features Itano dancing to her new single “Wanna be now” and making an “E” and “M” (for EMobile) pose with her fingers. The pose, which is repeatedly ...

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In Other News

Gravure model Miyui Uehara, 24, died after apparently hanging herself at her apartment in Tokyo’s Meguro Ward earlier this month. Uehara was the youngest of 10 children who left the family to become a model. Uehara, whose real name was Mutsumi Fujisaki, was dubbed the “poverty idol” by the media. She became popular on TV ...

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Bar Reviews

Cocktail standards served straight up when you’re on the rocks

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CDs & DVDs

Now is the point at which I touch eternity

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Agenda

New Tokyo-based intelligent hip-hop and downtempo electronica label Inductive drops its debut release at a party this weekend in Shibuya. Launched by expat French DJ and producer Audace, Inductive hits the ground running with American rapper Chiba the Chemist’s first album, Helmet Jawz. Flaunting dark, atmospheric productions by Audace and fellow trackmakers Crane 11 and ...

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Agenda

Striking contemporary dancer Yumi Yoshimoto takes the latest in her Flowers series of site-specific “Paradise” performances to a gritty industrial wharf in Kawasaki. Following a performance at a converted junior high school, Yoshimoto moves outdoors, accompanied by frequent partners, avant-garde cellist Hiromichi Sakamoto, German percussionist Kosmas Kapitza and stage installation artist Kazuhiro Ishiyama. “Paradise” in ...

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Music

Hip-hop meets classical at the Apple store

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Agenda

Ballet dancers from the National Ballet of Japan bust out of their classical straightjackets to try their hand at contemporary dance. Three dancers choreograph three very different works. Kimiho Hulbert presents Almond Blossoms, set to music by French Romantic composer Claude Debussy. Yuzo Ishiyama offers Qwerty, a multimedia performance named for the widely used keyboard ...

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Clubbing

The synthesizer godfather is feted by a new generation

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Agenda

Close friends of Japan, Montreal band Your Favorite Enemies tour the country with their Hope Project, an online letter-writing campaign in which fans penned messages of support to quake survivors. After handing over the thousands of messages they have collected in ten languages to the Japanese Red Cross to be delivered to shelters across Tohoku, ...

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Agenda

With the Sky Tree due to open next year, Tokyo Tower is pulling out the stops to draw visitors. Underway at the Foot Town building at the base of a tower is the latest dinosaur exhibition to hit Tokyo. “Dinosaurs x Tokyo Tower” comes to the capital from Japan’s largest dinosaur institution, the Fukui Prefectural ...

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Live Reports

Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse, May 21

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CDs & DVDs

Smother

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Sports

Rugby in Japan is ready to blossom again

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Agenda

Tokyo rock fans can sample rarely heard Kyushu bands courtesy of the second annual Kyushu Pop Festival. The event is produced by Call and Response Records’ Ian Martin, who will also be DJing at Metropolis’ upcoming “Rock Chick’s Revenge” event (June 4). Nine bands are slated to appear, including five making the trip from Kyushu. ...

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Movie Reviews

A quintet of noted documentarians brings the 2005 bestseller to the screen, with predictably mixed results. Morgan Spurlock (Supersize Me) does the chapter “A Roshanda by Any Other Name,” about whether one’s name has any bearing on success in life. A tad facetious. Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side) takes on “Pure Corruption,” about ...

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Movie Reviews

An Atom Egoyan (Exotica, The Sweet Hereafter) near-miss that’s nonetheless an intriguing sit, at least until the Hollywood-ish third act. Up to that point, it’s an interesting examination of deception, perception and jealousy. A Toronto woman (Julianne Moore) suspects her admittedly flirty husband (Liam Neeson) of cheating, and hires a call girl (Amanda Seyfried) to ...

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Eiga

55-year old indie/experimental director Masashi Yamamoto has been cranking out his own brand of off-beat, challenging and occasionally misguided cinema for 25 years now. The filmmaker often concentrates on Japan’s underground culture, edgy relationships, drugs, thugs, and, of course, gaijin—such as in Junk Food (1999), and the current offering Three Points. The first half intercuts ...

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Movie Reviews

This ruminative, conceptual documentary by Danish director Michael Madsen on storing nuclear waste is essentially a string of questions; appropriately so, considering the mind-boggling, physical, moral and philosophical conundra it addresses. How do you store tons (250,000 so far) of radioactive material that will remain lethal for 100,000 years? If you bury it, do you ...

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Movie Reviews

In this fun sci-fi romance, two people with obvious chemistry—played by two actors with obvious chemistry (Matt Damon and Emily Blunt)—are being kept apart by (mostly) unseen forces because their being together does not fit into some master “plan,” a plan being kept on track by unsmiling guys in fedoras (angels, perhaps?). Well, that’s just ...

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Movie News

From 3D to football, find out about SSFF's programs this year

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