I’m going to tread carefully here, because I know at least some of you are Star Wars fans, and my interest in the franchise does not extend beyond the ewoks (they’re very cute). But methinks we can all agree that only a fan of absurd devotion—and absurd wealth—would purchase a life-size replica of Darth Vader’s helmet …
Citizens of Tokyo have just elected their first female governor, former defense minister and Liberal Democratic Party member Yuriko Koike. She will preside over Tokyo’s government during the 2020 Summer Olympic Games, to be held in the Japanese capital.
Just a quick peek at what folks were wearing on Tokyo’s Ginza Street in 1967.
After Tokyo’s bubble economy burst, the Roppongi district—once an upmarket quarter with exclusive nightlife—became known for its massage parlors and sex clubs, largely staffed by foreigners. It was here that I found myself, one steamy August night, sitting in a darkened strip joint while the police knocked on the…
Megumi Igarashi, the Japanese artist arrested in July for crowd-funding a kayak shaped like her vagina, has been formally indicted on obscenity charges. Igarashi has been arrested twice this year over the kayak. She now faces up to two years in prison and a fine equivalent to $20,755.
What better way to spend your retirement than walking around with nine pampered, beautiful cats in a stroller all day?
Someone—it's not clear who—appears to be painstakingly vandalizing trashing about Anne Frank in public libraries across Tokyo, including her famous diary.
On Saturday and Sunday, I went into central Tokyo. I actually go into the city proper only rarely because it's too expensive. It costs about $2-$3 every time you ride a train or subway (even if you only ride it one stop), a cup of coffee will set you back about $5, and given that today (Monday) is a national holiday,…
Progressive politics isn't the first thing that comes to mind when you think about Disneyland, which is why everyone was surprised this week when Disneyland in Tokyo said it will allow same sex couples to get married in the park—though their policy appears to be something of a work in progress.
Tokyo, June 25: Lady Gaga performs during the MTV Video Music AID Japan. Remember that scene from The Craft when Fairuza Balk flew into Robin Tunney's bedroom and the toes of her pointy boots scraped across the floor and she made those terrifying faces? This sort of reminds me of that, and also that I should watch The…
By now you've probably heard about Japanese venues where women cater to male customers. But it's a two-way street, and in Tokyo, female tourists can head to the red light district and one of the city's many "Host Clubs."
No one tell Kanye West: Gold fronts are out. Diamond teeth? So 2010. Hot for 2011: Electronic grins.
[Tokyo, August 25. South Korean pop group Girls' Generation perform at a live concert in Tokyo. Image via AP]
[Tokyo, August 6. A woman stands in front of a fountain at a park to cool off in Tokyo. Image via AP]
In last night's episode of The Price Of Beauty, Jessica Simpson and her pals were in Japan, where they learned the ways of the geisha, tried out Harajuku Girl fashion and learned about eyelid surgery.