News Sushi #64: Morsels of News from Japan and Beyond

News Sushi #64 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.



In the eternal search for “content”… youtubers in Japan recently took a bed out into the middle of Shibuya’s scramble crossing – arguably the world busiest intersection… all for a video:

They are now facing prosecution. Last year, something similar happened in Kyoto, when some university students decided to stage a kind of picnic in the middle of an intersection:

They took the heated table (I’m wondering how they powered the thing or was it just cold) into the middle of the intersection and proceeded to have a Nabe Hot Pot (traditionally eaten on a heated table with family or friends), while cars drove around them in confusion. After ten minutes, the police came and forced them to leave.

Is notoriety really worth risking your life? If you need to reach out for connection with others, then please join a local community activity and get to know your neighbours.


Craig’s back with some great habits you can pick up from the Japanese to make interacting with the community better:


Great news

Hopefully everyone remembers Sean Michael Wilson, who I’ve interviewed in this column, and Ben and Keith have interviewed on the podcast… well, he’s just had Jeremy Corbyn (UK opposition leader) launch his latest comic:

Says SMW, “Not only did Corbyn attend the launch of our book in parliament yesterday, he bought 4 copies of it and made this very nice speech saying how much he liked it and quoting from it. Pretty cool!”

If you are interested in finding out more, please check this out:


I’ll leave you with a bit of self promo… here’s a cat…

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And a little video I made of crows at sunset:

It was all at Osaka Castle Park the other week, and it was so beautiful that I wanted to share it with you all!

Now, here’s a micro poem from Andrea Van Scoyoc:

Okay, thanks again for stopping by… see you next Friday!

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