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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.

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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It’s What’s Outside That Counts

Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on October 2009 Sometimes futurism can just seem so passé. If you find yourself longing for the old-school elegance of analog without having to give up the functionality and economy of digital, you’ll find a lot…

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22nd Tokyo International Film Festival

Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on October 2009 Ever since the Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) gave up its pretensions of being “the Cannes of the East,” it’s been trying to reinvent itself as a cutting-edge film fest with a focus…

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Disco Dolls

Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on October 2009 These are so cute we nearly peed our pants the first time we saw them. Gone are the days when portable amplification meant lugging a ghetto blaster around with you: today’s mobile music…

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Scene Around Town

Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on October 2009 Title: A Dog I Artist: Enpei Ito Exhibit: “Enpei Ito Solo Exhibit” Venue: Yukari Art Contemporary (Meguro), until October 17 Admission: Free Info: www.yukari-art.com

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Yokohama Photo Triangle

Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on October 2009 Japan’s love affair with the camera began almost as soon as the West pried the country open a century and a half ago. As part of the Port of Yokohama’s 150th anniversary celebrations,…

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