Monthly Archives: July 2010

“Better than guns, Mr. Bond. We have Ninjas!”

So said Tiger Tanaka to 007 in “You Only Live Twice”, and now Matt Alt and Hiroko Yoda, creators of the essential “Yokai Attack!”, have released “Ninja Attack!”, a fascinating look at another aspect of Japan’s cultural history. Cover illustation … Continue reading

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Killer Kaiju

Many thanks for Tokyo Hacker Space for the excellent talk by Ivan Vartanian on his new book, Killer Kaiju! Interview coming soon.

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International Book Fair July 10th 2010

Held at Tokyo Big Sight (Yes, that is the correct spelling) in Odaiba on the Tokyo waterfront. Not exactly international – but certainly very crowded.

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Put No Picture Here

To all admirers of J-Horror; July 13th will mark the official start of the Japanese scary story season, as this was the day “The Exorcist” opened in Tokyo, back in 1974, starting the same chill wave of revulsion-fascination it sparked … Continue reading

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Top of the Pops 1965?

Or maybe Dodo Chaplet, one of the First Doctor’s companions? No, it’s The Hair, one of the Mod bands live at Shinjuku Loft on another Mad Mod night. On the third picture below, you’ll see my good friend Tomita-san, owner … Continue reading

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