Metropolis Issue 905

July 29, 2011
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J-pop newbie Jamil talks about his new disc and what it’s like to be big in Japan

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Advertorial

When visiting Shimane, be prepared for some divine inspiration

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Libra

A new player has just entered your corner. She’s a great one to have around, someone who will stand beside you and for you. Juno, the goddess consort, has just entered Libra. This can bring a new love, or one that turns toward commitment. With Mercury in your solar twelfth house, communications are still “underground.” ...

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Leo

You can roar with the best of them, but Leo also needs a snuggle. Inside that “I can take it” demeanor is the lion-heart of the Zodiac. If you’re not getting the warmth and comfort you deserve, it’s time to take a look at your options. Venus has just entered your Sign. As it approaches ...

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Scorpio

You have a heart of gold, wrapped in a cloak of night. Some Signs are more direct—Leo, for example, and Aries. You, like your sister Water Signs Cancer and Pisces, are quieter in your quests. You need room to consider, to watch the tides, to feel your answers. Jupiter in your relationship sector brings you ...

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Taurus

The movement of Neptune into Pisces is especially challenging for Taurus. You like things to be secure, and Neptune won’t let that happen. That said, you are guaranteed not to be bored. Even if you wanted to hide away you couldn’t, as you’ll be in the front of the line for what’s coming up. While ...

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Capricorn

You are famous for being steadfast. Of all the Earth Signs, you are the most connected to community. In your trustworthy compassion for others, you also know that things take time. Thus you are not always first to jump into the fray. Continue to shore yourself up and restore your finances and energy. Soon you ...

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Gemini

A dose of cosmic healing comes your way as Mars moves from Gemini to your sector of home and hearth. There’s energy to enjoy what you have, or change what suits your fancy. Loves comes from all directions. Venus and the Sun are in your area of travel, conversations and family members, especially grandparents and ...

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Virgo

You will miss the best life has to offer. That is, if you spend too much of your time looking in, and not enough looking out. You can’t hide from the stellar star that you are this week. It doesn’t matter that Saturn is in your money house and you’re having to be cautious. You ...

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Sagittarius

Oh, if only life could be full of games, recreation and true philosophies! This is what Sagittarius is born for, it’s where you shine and excel. Right now, your ruling planet Jupiter is in Taurus. Money and security is staring you in the face. You will be blessed by fortunate opportunities if you stay on ...

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Aquarius

As an Aquarian, you can see so far ahead, you may not realize others need time to catch up. Thus you find other projects, other friends, and before you know it, your life is filled to the brim. Clarity about money and personal finances follows you this week. Seeing the bigger picture, you know that ...

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Cancer

Cancers, you know things are changing. You can feel it all over, inside and out. The question may be, will you be happy with the choices you make? Going to the source—yourself—is your best bet this week. Naturally, if you can leave the externals alone, you will, as you have so many details to sift ...

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Aries

Would you like to light a bigger fire, play harder, be remembered by generations to come? That’s Aries, as you’re likely to be one who does all of this and more. Uranus in your Sign brings sudden ups and downs. Then each “lesson” rings a bell, and you’re brought to ever increasing heights. A comfortable ...

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Glitterball

Be prepared for divine inspiration in Shimane

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Advertorial

Looking great is quick and easy at Akai Medical Clinic

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The Last Word

Think before you eat

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Features

Tokyo’s Nigerian immigrants are already home

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Body & Soul

Find your balance at this multifaceted health club

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The Small Print

This week's required reading

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Close Ups

Paint it black

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Close Ups

Forget last year’s fitness fad, the makudake “just-wrap-it” diet. If you want to be light as a feather, you should try out some of the latest aerial exercises and sail through the sky while you shed those pounds. Aerial silk, a.k.a. aerial tissue or ribbon, is an acrobatic performance in mid-air by contortionists who wrap, ...

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Star Struck

Polish director Jerzy Skolimowski tackles a political subject with very few words

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Global Village

Helping the region's stricken kids find some kind of normalcy

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Met Vids

The equine meat fest in motion

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Pisces

The power of change is within your reach. Typically Piscean, it doesn’t have to be through physical strength, like an Earth Sign, or the inspired conviction of a Fire Sign. You are a Water Sign. The force of emotion is symbolized by water. Movement happens when you are true to your feelings. Clearing out obstacles ...

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Word of Mouth

There are plenty of restaurants that serve tantanmen, the Japanese version of a spicy noodle soup that originated in Szechuan, China—but Doraichi (2-12-5 Minami Azabu, Minato-ku; http://www.doraichi.com) is by far one of the best in the metropolis. Regulars queue for their original soup-less shirunashi tantanmen (¥900) topped with scallion, spicy miso flavored minced meat and ...

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Word of Mouth

Order from 37 curries at the appropriately named 37 Curry (B1F Hollywood Beauty Plaza, Roppongi Hills, 6-4-1 Roppongi; www.37steakhouse.com/37curry). Their roux, made of 37 spices and chunks of 21-day-aged Black Angus beef, comes with white rice (from ¥830). Choose your own golden combo by selecting from 17 different toppings such as onion rings, fried chicken, ...

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Bar Reviews

Japanese grapes are nothing to wine about at this Shinjuku shop

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Keeping Tabs

Spice up your night out at Hige Girl (literally, “moustache girl.” 5 Daini Wizard Seven Bldg, 1-2-8 Kabukicho, Shinjuku; www.hige-girl.com). The beautiful showgirls who appear every Sunday on TBS’ Sunday Japon can be seen live at this famous okama bar that features a mixture of glamorous “new-half” performers comprising cross dressers, drag queens and transwomen. ...

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Keeping Tabs

Especially before payday, Shimbashi Ouendan Wataru (3-26-3 Shimbashi, Minato-ku; http://meturl.com/wataru) provides the relief your over-excercized wallet needs. Here, you can still reward yourself after a humid summer day with a jockey of draft Suntory Malt’s or a highball (¥180). At this popular drinking joint, various sour flavors are available at the everyday knockdown price of ...

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Keeping Tabs

Check in to women-only bar Motel #203 (203 Sunny Corpo, 2-7-2 Shinjuku; www.bar-motel.com) opened by the producer of Gold Finger, Japan’s first and biggest girls’ monthly party. Their system is sweet and simple: the first drink is ¥1,000 while every drink after is ¥500. An English-friendly menu is available from which you can order otsumami ...

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Word of Mouth

Although the poison in the blood of unagi (eel) requires it to be well done, Kawasho (1511-1 Kanasugi, Matsubushimachi, Kita-katsushika-gun, Saitama; http://kawashou.net) has pioneered a safe method to prepare it raw. They can uniquely prepare unasashi, or eel sashimi (¥1,200), with a texture similar to that of fugu and velvety toro, or fatty tuna. Other ...

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Restaurant Reviews

Take healthy eating to the extreme at this kampo restaurant

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Art

Mixed-up movie magic delights at the Hara

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Agenda

The Edo-Tokyo Museum provides a glimpse of the city's rail history

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Music

With a new rock doc and album, is it finally the LA warhorse’s moment?

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Agenda

Following up on a planned April engagement that was delayed by the quake, veteran Japanese drum and bass DJ Aki hosts two European heavyweights at his decade-old O6S party. Aki witnessed Englishman Shimon and Austrian Disazt (his mother thought his music was a disaster) performing back to back on the Audioporn stage at Austria’s 2010 ...

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Clubbing

The veteran DJ carries the torch for New York house

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Agenda

Shake a leg

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Agenda

Salsa from Sweden and some free tickets

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Movie Reviews

The transformation from loser to super hero... again

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Eiga

Formulaic but feel good kids movie from Fumie Nishikawa

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Movie Reviews

I read somewhere that poor judgment in investing is what’s forcing Nicolas Cage to appear in cheap hooey like this. Sad, but preferable to believing that it’s poor judgment in role selection. During the Crusades, Nic and Ron Perlman are tasked with delivering a young maybe-witch (a good Claire Foy) through a dark forest to ...

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Movie Reviews

84-year-old Kimani Ng’ang’a Maruge never got an education, having spent his youth as a Mau Mau fighting for Kenyan independence (for which he was awarded ten years in the camps). So when in 2002 Kenya declared free education for all, he shows up for school. On his side is a young schoolteacher (an excellent Naomie ...

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Movie Reviews

I chuckle at those who gush that this vapid, morally idiotic, unabashedly mindless mess is the “best Transformers movie yet!” There was a good one? It does have a marginally more cohesive plot than T2 (hardly difficult), starting with the intriguing idea that one of the Apollo missions was actually to check out an alien ...

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Movie Reviews

A vaguely Taliban man is captured and tortured by US forces, but escapes when the prison van taking him to an “advanced interrogation techniques” facility in wintertime Poland overturns. Starving and freezing, he wanders through the woods killing (lest he be killed) all he encounters to get food (mother’s milk at one point). Not everyone ...

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Movie Reviews

A rusty Mel Gibson takes a break from drunken anti-Semitism to make this disappointing, less-than-thrilling revenge thriller (his first film in eight years), adapting (cramming) a six-hour BBC miniseries into a single gloomy, poorly paced movie. The twenty-something daughter of a Boston cop is shotgunned on his front porch. The shooters are initially thought to ...

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Movie Reviews

Go for a ride with Pixar... and Don Morton

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