life in tokyo

Japanese idols – my advice for the ‘girl next door’

Having once been in an alternative pop branch of the entertainment business in Japan, I still follow the business news, and I had a mildly disgusted reaction to a Nikkei Asian Review article about Japanese idols: The captivating ‘girl next door’ Mild because, well, who am I to tell these young ladies and gentlemen that what […]


What I re-learned from ‘The Rise of Skywalker’

So I’m happy to report that ‘The Force Awakens’ reignited my love of the series.


Dine with a ‘heartland’ racist?

So, I read this article: Heartland Democrats to Washington: You’re Killing Us Heartland Democrats to Washington: You’re Killing Us AUSTIN, Ind.-Steering his white Dodge Ram while wearing a tan knit cap, a drab green Carhartt coat and a smear of brown… In the parking lot, Goodin ran into a man wearing a well-worn cap with […]