Monthly Archives: May 2012

The Revolutionary Max Ernst

It was the Surrealist Artist Max Ernst who once said “In this world, where there is so much to feel revolted at … it is the duty of the artist to create something revolutionary.” With that in mind, Minako and … Continue reading

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May News Round -Up

This week, May 21st to May 25th, we saw Japan’s media work up a sweat as they discussed the possibility of power cuts. All of Japan’s nuclear power stations are now offline, which means the Government is desperately advising people … Continue reading

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Exclusive Excerpt! Moonlight, Murder & Machinery

The following is an excerpt from the aforementioned debut novel. “The dead man was named Richard Trevithick,” Shelley said, reading from the City Watch report. “What do we know about him?” Gordon was sitting opposite Shelley and Rose, with Polidori … Continue reading

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Chameleon Crank

Seen outside a vintage clothing store in Daikanyama – this wonderful Steampunk Lizard! This Tin Tortoise was rather Terrific as well!

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More Good News for Book People

The new T-Site store, in Daikanyama, Tokyo, is a new multi-media store owned by the DVD retailing giant Tsutaya. It doesn’t have that many English-language books yet, but the selection is rather eclectic. They do have a large range of … Continue reading

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The Temple of the Tengu

Friday May 11th took me to Mount Takao, a site of natural beauty on the outskirts of western Tokyo. Mount Takao is a sacred site closely associated with the Tengu – fearsome winged humanoids from Japanese mythology. Near the summit, … Continue reading

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Asakusabashi – a Forgotten Gem

Nestling in between Akihabara and Asakusa is Asakusabashi. It’s overlooked in many discussions of downtown Tokyo, but this means that it doesn’t get the tourists that Asakusa gets – which is nice! The following photos were taken in Nishi-Guchi Yakiton, … Continue reading

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Jimbocho – City of Books

Jimbocho is the area in central Tokyo where a large number of second-hand bookstores are located. It’s a great place to pick up memorabilia from the 50s, 60s and 70s such as Godzilla, Gamera and Mothra movie posters. There are … Continue reading

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