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Metropolis is Japan's No. 1 English magazine, covering the nation's culture, fashion, entertainment and lifestyle for both local residents and aficionados abroad.

Peter Sharpe

Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on October 2009 Billed as a “chance to ask questions about your language that you were always afraid to ask,” an upcoming discussion at Good Day Books in Ebisu seeks to bring the weighty subject of…

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Kaiji

Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on October 2009 Despite the fact that this film is full of laughable overacting and weighted down with an overwrought scenario (the main character spends a full 30 minutes on a beam between two skyscrapers), there…

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The Proposal

Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on October 2009 It’s a sad state of affairs, not to mention a measure of the general mediocrity of the movies opening this week, that I am reduced to featuring in this space a Sandra Bullock…

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The Butterfly Effect 3: Revelations

Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on October 2009 Second sequel to the 2004 Ashton Kutcher time-travel flick has this guy tripping into the past and violating The Rules (don’t do anything that will alter your own present) to prevent a girlfriend’s…

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Tokyo Grand Tea Ceremony

Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on October 2009 As part of the wide-ranging Tokyo Culture Creation Project, the TMG brings us… the tea ceremony. Novelty factor aside, the Tokyo Grand Tea Ceremony presents a nice opportunity for English speakers to learn…

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Light of Life

Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on October 2009 Sanyo’s Eneloop range is like the Duracell Bunny it’s cool to like. We first heard about this hybrid lamp/flashlight a few months ago, but it wasn’t until we actually got our paws on…

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Education Reptile

Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on October 2009 If we spend a lot of time in this column writing about children’s toys, it’s not because we’re immature. Well, there’s a bit of that, but—hey, look at this! Isn’t this amazing? It’s…

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The Watanabes

Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on October 2009 More than just a bunch of foreign rockers living in Japan, The Watanabes style themselves as “a genuine gaijin band,” one whose music has been shaped by their experiences as expats. Perhaps for…

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Pips’n’Paper

Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on October 2009 Writing about stationery is normally about as interesting as singing about tax returns, but Tokyo design firm D-Bros pretty much does the job for us. Would it be an overstatement to describe this…

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CharaPa!

Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on October 2009 Cosplay steps out of the maid cafe and into the nightclub for an evening of upscale fun at Roppongi dance palace Alife. CharaPa! (“Character Party!”) seeks to lend a note of distinction to…

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