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 they're doing isn't admirable, that their fans are misguided, pathetic and sometimes creepy, and that

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

  hopefully you’re seeing the trailer. if not, here’s the link: I was thinking about Star Wars as just one cultural touchstone in my life and decided to make a timeline of those first films that drew me into the universe. Episode IV — A New Hope May 25, 1977 When I was 19: I graduated from Music & Art high school the year before, figuring out Pell Grants to attend