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Posted in: Japan's 70-year struggle against Hollywood film stereotypes See in context

While I have not taken the time to read all the comments, I will add these:

Rising Sun most certainly had the perpetrators as Japanese. And while American of Japanese ancestry, James Shigeta (The Yakuza, Die Hard, Brother) had a long career and was well-respected.

The trouble with finding breakout Japanese stars in US film is that US film makes 50-90% of its revenue in the US. Unless the story requires someone explicitly Asian or, more specifically, Japanese then there is no motivation to cast a foreigner in a lead or co-starring role.

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Posted in: Jump in my car See in context

harvey pekar - many consumers are aspirational in that they want to emulate their heroes as best they can. If driving a car or buying a biscuit that their hero endorses can do that - many will do that. If a millionaire is associated with something that is inexpensive, then it gives the impression that it is a greater value than the price may tell.

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Posted in: HandMade in Japan Fes 2015 See in context

Hipsters! Is there a word for that in Japan yet?

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Posted in: Blue Note club to expand to China See in context

The least appealing thing about the original Blue Note is the food. Not that it is bad, but it is not great - and they charge an excessive price for it as well.

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Posted in: Good grooming See in context

It appears to be yawning.

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Posted in: Fans vote for Rino Sashihara as new leader of AKB48 See in context

It is odd that the detractors have such a passion. You would think they would just ignore them entirely instead they are moths to a flame. Interesting and odd.

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Posted in: Fans vote for Rino Sashihara as new leader of AKB48 See in context

It is nice to see fans of AKB commenting here. I wonder what attracts the detractors.

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Posted in: Mega Dream Summer Matsuri See in context

I wish everyone to enjoy their summer.

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Posted in: 'We were awful,' says Pink Floyd's Waters on band's early days See in context

I'm thankful that they stuck with it in spite of their early lack of...talent? Regardless, there are merits to all phases of the career of Pink Floyd. I'm glad to have had their music in my life.

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Posted in: Coffee chain Blue Bottle brews long lines in Tokyo See in context

While I am not a fan of Starbucks, I am a fan of what tastes good. I don't require a brand to reinforce what tastes good to me. That being said, the proposal that by some magic brewing technique that instant coffee can taste as good as non-instant coffee is preposterous. To state otherwise is just trolling the coffee aficionados. And those with common sense.

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Posted in: Art attack See in context

Fabulous!

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Posted in: Kanna Hashimoto does 'stupid-cool' tricks for commercial, requiring over 600 takes to get it right See in context

This was a lot of fun. I'm glad they did not use CGI to create this. It must have been a very difficult shoot.

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Posted in: Rusty Trombone - Drinks all around See in context

Some wine drinkers probably can't tell the difference between their wine and the taste of a rusty trombone!

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Posted in: Big turnout on Record Store Day shows rebirth of vinyl See in context

To declare that RSD is just about vinyl is wrong. Sure - almost all special releases of vinyl seem to occur on that day, but RSD is about music, regardless of format. I have no desire to return to vinyl and no desire to gobble up the limited releases. But I do enjoy music and I see RSD as a day to celebrate music with other music lovers in a place where we can buy music in a more tangible format - something we can hold, whether it is an LP or a CD. Music buying becomes community on RSD.

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Posted in: 23rd Japan Jewellery Best Dresser Awards go to 9 celebrities See in context

Fukakyon & Rie Miyazawa - two very beautiful & talented women.

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Posted in: Motley Crue to end with New Year blowout; 5 concerts set for Japan in February See in context

I have never been a fan but it is good if they can still draw crowds after all these years.

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Posted in: The 'human' side of robots at electronics show See in context

I saw this display at CES this past week. It was singing "My Favorite Things". I would have hoped that the movements of this would have been an improvement on a Disney animatronic but it was not. The reaction of many that were there was "That's just creepy."

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Posted in: Marty Friedman delves into 'Undertow' in new music video See in context

MF will always be among the best guitarists in this style. However, the video was lame.

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Posted in: Film on 1597 victory over Japan breaks Korean box office records See in context

Mitch Cohen - while I support your position, you should know that the IMDB source is flawed. Movies not yet released are on that list as well as it appears a single, non-official source provided the data.

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Posted in: Wedding field See in context

Great photo - nice use of depth of field. It creates a feeling of intimacy.

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Posted in: 'Downton Abbey' to return for Season 5 on Jan 4; 'Sherlock' date up in the air See in context

This appears to be a press release from PBS - which licenses the series from BBC.

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Posted in: Sony 4K commercial is so dazzling, the scenes almost look fake See in context

After viewing multiple 4K sets of various sizes from various distances at CES, I am convinced that this is a superior picture and it is noticeable improvement over what I use at home today for HD. When there is a enough content I will purchase one.

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Posted in: You know you’ve been in Japan too long when… See in context

SimondB - your comment about a million people at a fireworks display made me laugh! Not only is this absolutely true, but everyone leaves in such an orderly manner that it is easy to get back home. I avoid crowds in the US if more than 10,000! Chaos!

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Posted in: Dream world See in context

Her work "Fireflies" is an installation at the Phoenix Art Museum. It is beautiful and peaceful. It inspired how I arrange the lighting at my home during the Christmas season.

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Posted in: All's fare See in context

The tax increases by 60% but the net effect is a 3% increase in the cost of goods purchased.

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Posted in: Hands up See in context

Clever photo. Well done!

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Posted in: Experts increasingly contemplate end of smoking in U.S. See in context

They could never walk away from the tax revenues.

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Posted in: Splish splash See in context

Symbolism, folks.

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Posted in: Takeshi hopes to be included in 2020 Olympic opening ceremony See in context

JoeBigs: Not to forget Hana-bi, Kikujiro and Dolls. The man is brilliant on film.

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Posted in: Fans are up for 'Downton Abbey' starting season 4 See in context

I find the acting, story and direction to be well done. We will be watching tonight.

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