Metropolis Issue 917

October 21, 2011
Cancer

Looking ahead, do you just want to see through the next week? Or keep yourself wrapped up in the covers on the bed? Cancers have a wonderful chance to cuddle and snuggle in. Why, you may well ask. Your ability to assess a situation, emotionally and financially, while staying in your safety zone, has a ...

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Village Voices

Run and rum

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Mediabox

From your keyboard to our screen

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Q & A

Lilly Fields, Haunted Tokyo Tours

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Upfront

Go German with beer, sausage and art this Sunday in Hiroo

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Horoscope

Saturn is near the Sun, which is near Juno—all in your Sign. Continuing to skate through your Birthday Zone (happy birthday dear Libra!) you can delight in all things beautiful. Money is likely to come through, especially with regard to your income or investments you have made. You may have to sell off a bit ...

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Capricorn

People look to you for structure and steadfast thinking. When things are falling apart, they call you. Then of course you get the reputation (well-earned) of being “the rock” in others’ lives. That’s great, except now, Pluto in Capricorn is in the process of “undoing.” It’s your turn to ask for help! Pallas Athene in ...

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Horoscope

You’re set up for a sexy week if you don’t walk away. Jupiter, bringing opportunities and good fortune, is in your relationship house. It’s retrograde, so that you may reassess what you have. At the same time, Mercury the messenger and Venus the love goddess are in your Sign. Love of a different type may ...

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Gemini

Mars flies through your solar third house of communication. This is a great week to “get it all out,” if there is anything in the back of your mind. You’re stronger, focused, and filled with courage. At least, that’s how others see you. You’d be wise to make a wish list, or keep a journal ...

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Horoscope

If you feel you’ve bitten off more than you can chew (tense tummy a factor?), know that Jupiter retrograde feels like that. It’s temporary, but doable—especially now that the Mercury/Venus opposition has occurred. Uranus in your sector of dreams may bring surprises, but they’re all to uproot you for the yummy stuff coming in… just ...

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Horoscope

Ceres, the asteroid who nurtures and keeps the breadbasket full, travels retrograde in your house of partnership. If a relationship doesn’t offer what it used to, or requirements have changed, this is the week to take inventory. Ceres had to negotiate with Pluto, her daughter’s abductor in the underworld. She brings out your talents and ...

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Horoscope

Be the crystal that you are. Allow the highest light to flow through you and watch the rainbows show up. Are you spending any time at all hoping an old situation will change? Free yourself from emotional traps and find pathways to what makes you feel yummy. Mars in your solar ninth house pushes you ...

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Aries

Surprises keep coming. With Uranus in Aries, some of them may seem a tad personal. Your focus on the philosophical combined with your sense of the practical strengthens your grip as others fall off this merry-go-round. Saturn, the Sun and Juno in your sector of romance are another story altogether. This is a week for ...

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Aquarius

The word on Aquarians is they can detach emotionally, but that is not always the case. Each Sign reflects aspects of its opposite. For you, this is Leo, king and queen of the jungle, ruler of the heart. Thus it’s a stellar week for you. Mars opposing your Sign in your house of relationships gives ...

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Features

Can Japan's erotic film biz rise again?

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Horoscope

Mars in your Sign cruises through high altitudes, and so do you. This is a week to stand up for yourself, pursue a new job, be seen, or hide away just doing what you like. Conversations bring hope, reaffirming the structures you have created, and enjoying support along the way. Something beneath the surface is ...

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Advertorial

Metropolis chats to Attorney at Law Hangnyeon Chang, AITS LPC

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The Last Word

Japanese social dynamics in a sport of individual self-expression

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The Small Print

This week's required reading

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Body & Soul

Fighting the number-one killer cancer in Japan

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Word of Mouth

A new foodie hangout, Gotanda Sakura Komichi (1 Nishi-Gotanda, Shinagawa; 03-3477-6086) has appeared underneath the elevated Tokyu Ikegami tracks, between Gotanda and Osaki-Hirokoji station. This 288m2 parking-lot-turned-eatery-alley now harbors eight restaurants doling out food from southwestern Japan: Osakan okonomiyaki and takoyaki, Sanuki udon, and Kurume ramen. There’s also a specialized yakitori-ya serving every chicken giblet ...

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Word of Mouth

No need to hide your BBW fetish at Pomeranian, a peripatetic maid café irregularly-run by pioneer pocchari maids—a.k.a. “po-maids”—who are all over BMI 25. Pig out on pork kimchi and hamburger steak (both ¥800), and dig into dairy-based desserts like chichi-shibori (“breast squeezings;” ¥1,000) and chichi-gelato (“breastmilk ice cream;” ¥300)—wittily named after the girls’ trademark ...

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Word of Mouth

A “Whole Day’s Worth of Vegetables” (¥990)—a dozen-plus sautéed seasonal legumes heaped on an iron pan of sizzling curry—is the signature dish of Yasai wo Taberu Curry Camp (B1F-4-19-11 Sendagaya, Shibuya-ku; http://meturl.com/camp). Homemade lassi, 100% mango juice, and herbal tea are only ¥100 extra until 5pm but real carnivores are better going for the BBQ ...

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Restaurant Reviews

Kurayami Shokudo offers you a pitch-dark dining experience

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Agenda

A new generation of designers is emerging in the post-Bubble era

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Venezuelan Beatriz Inglessis presents her doctoral studies in Japanese woodblock prints

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Jazz meets contemporary Japanese flower design

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Kids

Have a chiller with the kids at these family-friendly festivals

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Clubbing

Happening haunts for ghouls and gals this Halloween

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Film

Tokyo’s biggest film festival pushes forward

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Japan Beat

Young Japanese find their muse in Tokyo’s old downtown

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Agenda

Traditional Irish material adapted into a sizzling pop format

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The first major butoh work to debut after 3/11

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One of the most extensive US collections of modern art

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Say hello to a massive new club and performance space in the middle of Shibuya

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Check out Tokyo old town's regeneration through its design scene

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Agenda

A combo of the island's most prominent musicians

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Eiga

Does it cross the border of so-bad-it's-good?

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Movie Reviews

A crossbreed that will surprise followers of both genres. Or not

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Movie Reviews

A sophisticated, wonderfully weird computer animation for smart people

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Movie News

Big screen, big news

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Cinematic Underground

Unearthing the other side of cinema

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