News Sushi #59: Morsels of News from Japan and Beyond


News Sushi #59 And we keep serving News Sushi!

Editor Note: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. Hamish 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.

I’ll be on vacation with my Mum at the time of this being published… so, I’m quickly writing this before she comes… so, if something big has happened in the meantime, I’ll get to it after my vacation ends…

For now… we have rabbits!

Can you handle the cuteness of a Carrot business run by Rabbits?

I’d worry about the Rabbits eating the merchendise! I know I couldn’t be trusted in a Chocolate Shop. When I was managing the “Wilderness Society Shop” (an environmental action group in Australia), I know that I couldn’t resist buying the Chocolate Bilbies that were on the counter. I was my own best customer. I’d just be staring at them for the whole shift, and I would buy at least one or two a week!

Tokyo Firewall

I found this fascinating book on twitter recently from author Elizabeth Wilkerson, so, I’m going to share the press release with you all:

An outsider in a foreign land. Her twisted cyberstalker. She’ll fight tooth and nail for her digital privacy. Her life depends on it.
Tokyo, the ‘90s. When Alison Crane quit her environmental law practice and followed her hotshot investment banker boyfriend to Japan, she thought they’d only grow closer. But jobless and broke, Alison sits home alone all day-—and most nights—isolated by culture shock, wobbly language skills, and her boyfriend’s ambitions. Desperate for company, she ventures onto the only avenue she has left—the brand-new digital frontier.
Inside the confusing web of cyber chat rooms, Alison is approached by a charming Japanese man, and the two regularly meet online. However, her digital safe haven soon becomes a virtual nightmare when a troll who despises foreigners taunts her with escalating threats of violence. As her predator’s attacks intensify, Alison must parlay her legal smarts and budding computer skills to stand her ground, or she’ll lose her only source of freedom. And maybe her life…
Tokyo Firewall is a tech-savvy international romantic suspense novel. If you like tenacious heroines, sexy thrillers, and fast-paced action, then you’ll love Elizabeth Wilkerson’s ’90s-era digital showdown.
And here is the trailer:

Hopefully, I can interview her in the coming weeks (or Ben and Keith)!

Twitter: @LizzWilk

Exploring Rural Japan

Felicity Tillack joins forces with Kansai Scene to share with you some of Rural Japan’s delights!


Tea time. Yakiimo (roasted sweet potato) and green tea. So yuuuuumm!!!

Actor’s Life… Ghostbusters!

Here’s the now grown up lead actress from my film “An American Piano” dressing up as a Ghostbuster! Go Leon!

Till Death 005

Amy and Death’s journey continues in the explosive fifth episode of the web series “Till Death!” Andy and Rain’s relationship troubles come to a head thanks to Amy’s meddling. Yosuke is forced to reconsider his relationship with Amy after a dramatic parking lot confrontation. Featuring the song “Winter It Is Past” performed by Andy.

That’s all for this week! Thank you!

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