Metropolis Issue 944

April 27, 2012
Upfront

A station stay

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Mediabox

Capital letters

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Upfront

Some yojijukugo (four-character compounds) to get your kanji karma pumpin’

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Aries

The Moon in your house of romance over the weekend helps you stand up for yourself. That goes double for any creative projects on at the moment. Your beloved might be surprised at your self-esteem, but lately, Uranus has taken a few knocks. It’s fun to see your shooting sparks once more. Money might appear ...

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Horoscope

The Moon moves into Leo just in time for a luxurious weekend. You’re generous, but be sure to find time to treat yourself, too. Plan a trip or dinner. People are more fun now, with Juno in your sector of romance, creative types and speculation. A nifty trine between your Sign and Uranus in your ...

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Capricorn

If the Mercury–Uranus conjunction made a noticeable comment in your life last week, its power is diminishing. That means you can be happy to see it go, or jump on the offer recently made to you. These things don’t happen often, though they might again, in your sector of where you live, next April. Consider ...

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Horoscope

Keep in there with what’s working for you. Jupiter continues to beam light into your life (more succinctly, strike while the iron’s hot). You have five weeks to rope this in before it transits to your sector of income. That could be handy too. If you haven’t created a safety net, backpedal like mad and ...

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Horoscope

You have just come through a week where Mercury conjunct Uranus may have taken you to the nether realms. You could have scored in some area of your life, or seen it slide away before you could catch it. You will be all right. You are fine. What looked like a mistake then can be ...

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Horoscope

Last call for the relationship train. Do you want to jump on or wait at the station with a cup of tea? Either way, you’re receiving blessings. The turning point is your take on yourself. What motivates you and makes you happy? You’ll know which destination is worth your time. Where do you want to ...

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Cancer

No time for romance? No worries. You have admirers you don’t know yet—who have their eye on you. Don’t think that nothing is happening. Besides, you have so many irons in the fire, you look all the more attractive and unattainable. An unconventional person may enter your life soon. They might look the norm, but ...

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Horoscope

The Mercury–Uranus conjunction last week still has a slight effect on you. Did you like what happened? Want more of it? This is a unique opportunity to join in the fray. Did you feel blown away? Thoughts of running off enter your mind? Restructure your responses and get ready for another chance. It may come ...

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Horoscope

Mars direct in your Sign can push you through last week’s Mercury–Uranus conjunction. If you got through without being touched, consider yourself lucky (or enlightened). Dealing with others’ things when they affect you is always tickly. Luckily you have celestial assistance. There’s plenty of spiritual awareness to distract you.

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Aquarius

The Mercury–Uranus conjunction is widening and you can breathe again. In your sector of news and building bridges, you may have been able to set a new foundation—or see a current one blow up. Either way, you are moving in a direction that suits your ultimate freedom and joy. Hardships turn into opportunities with the ...

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Gemini

Gear up for the Venus occultation in your Sign this June. Envision where you’d like to be, what you’ll see, and whom you’ll meet. This type of love transit happened in 2004, but won’t again for 130 years (and then in Sagittarius). It’s a once-in-several-lifetimes opportunity. Trust your deepest wishes and callings. Then do what’s ...

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Horoscope

The retro Juno–South Node opposition from your money house to others’ may mitigate the explosive qualities of the Mercury–Uranus conjunction last week. If something you loved blew up, there might still be time. If you had a string of genius insights, this week is key to create a template before the next wave of astrological ...

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Features

Forty years after its reversion, Okinawa has become Japan’s democratic powder keg

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The Last Word

Intra-gaijin relations: Giving them the once over

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The Small Print

This week’s required reading

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Q & A

Taiko master

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Upfront

Monkey around with some flora and fauna this Green Day

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Bites

Chew your way through these

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Bites

Not a Photoshop effect

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Bites

Cali-style diner in Shibuya Hikarie

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Bar Reviews

Top-shelf drinks at bargain-basement prices

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Bites

Gorge on the green fruit

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Bites

Upscale and low-price in Ebisu station

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Restaurant Reviews

Hot pot of champions in Toranomon

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Bites

Square meals in the ’Pong

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Clubbing

Deep, dark beats from a young Japanese-American

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Art

The Mori shows the feminism and femininity of the avant-garde Korean artist

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Music

An Italian/Belgian beast with two backs brings the carnage

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Agenda

The ever-growing demographic refuses to be ignored

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Agenda

Dark play butoh style

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Agenda

The rave moves indoors

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Agenda

Densha otaku take note

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Agenda

A burgeoning industry with a different vibe

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Agenda

Tokyo’s most compact art expo

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Agenda

Cuban jazz titans with a history

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Eiga

Passable but flawed thriller

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Movie Reviews

Can’t wait to see what he does next

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Movie Reviews

Pop songs in choir robes

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Movie Reviews

Even moving

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Movie Reviews

Okay, I took some flak recently for going easy on a couple of rom-coms. (I just can’t help it—sniffle—they’re so fulfilling!) Well, it gets worse, because here comes an endorsement of a chick flick. As you might surmise, this distaff Hangover is about a wedding; more specifically about the mismatched mess of misfits chosen by ...

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Movie News

Robert Redford hits Blighty

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Cinematic Underground

Unearthing the other side of cinema

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Eiga

Writer/director Hiroyuki Okiura and Production I.G. have produced a winner

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