News Sushi: Morsels of News from Japan and Beyond #31

It is Friday and that means it is time for the World Famous, soon to be Intergalactic Famous, News Sushi from our very own, Hamish Downie. He brings us a decidedly different slant on Pop Culture as viewed through the lens of a non-native living in Japan. Thank you Hamish for your insights.



Welcome one and all to this week’s column. It’s great to have you here. Thank you for being a reader, and thank you to Ben and Keith for giving me a space to write.


Please ignore actual footage from my blog (… I still believe my publicist at Drumpf Inc that my blog is the most visited site on the planet. (JK)

Jokes aside, I’m sorry, but I have no interview this week…


Let’s just say there’s been a situation that was out of my control.


So, let’s get to the article proper… DJ Please!

NEWS SUSHI presents… “Pride Fair Brisbane Australia 2018 – DJ OzYBoY Set”



Should K-POP Idols be allowed to date?

Some background to this. Singers and Dancers in Boy and Girl Groups in Japan and East Asia often sign contracts that they are not allowed to date while they are in the group. This is why they are called an ‘idol’. The idea is that they are ‘dating’ their fans. So, when they are discovered to be dating someone, it’s seen as an act of betrayal to their fans. This is explored in the anime film “Perfect Blue” to great effect.

A few years ago, a J-Pop singer shaved her head in an act of contrition to save her job in the AKB48 group after she was discovered dating someone:

Two years ago, a J-POP singer won the right in court to date: – but I wonder if this was let pass because she was dating a fan?

Of course, readers will know (or remember) when girls were distraught over Paul McCartney marrying during the Beatles heyday. But, I don’t think there’s ever been a rule that they cannot date!

Here’s a video asking the person on the street of Korea what they think about this:

What do you think? Sound off below.



Don’t you just love looking at how movies get make? Something that looks like it all happened spontaneously is often preplanned years in advance. Akira Kurosawa’s storyboards side-by-side

Akira Kurosawa storyboards side-by-side with the final frames from the film. from r/Filmmakers


FYI, I’m allergic to dairy, so this next visualisation is everything that I shouldn’t eat… but, still…

I want to eat this. Who is with me?

The Whistle

A 45 year old Latinx trans man returns to his birthplace – Albuquerque, New Mexico – in search for the origin of a secret lesbian code he learned when he identified as a teenage dyke in the 80s.
The Whistle is a documentary film that will tell the story of a secret code created by and shared among young dykes in 1970s/80s Albuquerque as a means of self-¬identification and finding community.

The Whistle (extended trailer) from StormMiguel Florez on Vimeo.

To learn more go to

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Want to live inside a cartoon? Now, here’s your chance: Saya Fujikawa has turned her house into a living cartoon.

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このお店を考えた人は 天才だと思う。🧐👏🏻 2Dトリックアートのcafé★ マグカップや🚻やボタン一つまで 全部2Dなデザインが凄すぎる🤩 . . . #trip#travel#love#korea#seoul #韓国旅行#韓国#韓国カフェ#カフェ #カフェ巡り#韓国カフェ巡り #女子旅#韓国女子旅#延南洞 #한국#한국여행#셀카#여행스타그램 #카페#카페스타그램#Cafe연남동 #saya_korea#sayapi_travel

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Would you like to live here?

And now for our hot link of the week!

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左 右 正 你喜欢哪一面?how to become a parisian in three pics😝

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The Nightly New Year” by Hamish Downie

Auld Lang Syne signals,
a shop closing in Japan,
“get out, get out” – it seems to ring in my ears –
but I sit, sipping my drink,
ignorant to it’s cries,
And celebrate the nightly new year.
Cheers, to you. Japan.
And your mysterious ways.



It’s funny because it’s true…

Well, it looks like we’re done for the week… so until next time…


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One response to “News Sushi: Morsels of News from Japan and Beyond #31”

  1. Tommy Cannon Avatar

    I need to visit that cartoon house! PS- Loving the excessive use of Gumby.

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