News Sushi #66: Morsels of News from Japan and Beyond

News Sushi #66 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’m taking you travelling this week… but, first…

Some actual good news… Coca Cola will start using 100% recycled plastic for their bottles in Japan. Now we just need to get Japan to stop using so much packaging, or start using that biodegradable packaging made from mushrooms…

For more information:


Runaway Japan

Here’s the second episode of Dean Newcombe’s great travel adventure series… I hope it inspires you to come to Japan!





Interact with “The Benza” Live!

Are you enjoying the Benza series on Amazon Prime? Do you want to meet and interact with the characters in real life?… here’s your chance!

While you are waiting… Can Masa answer five questions about “The Benza” in five minutes? Find out if he takes a pie to the face or not in this interview video!

Watch series one at Amazon Prime Video

My trip to Wakayama

I go to Wakayama once or twice a month… do you want to know why? Because it’s ridiculously beautiful. Plus, my partner lives there, so that’s a major plus too!

You can watch it on the platform of your choice (it’s been re-edited for facebook, so that one is slightly different):



My debut as a travel reporter will be available for one more week, so catch it while you can:


Introducing… Veronique Tsugenheim
Her music is a little Tori Amos… but, very unique. She lives in the Mountains of Koya-san in a Temple with her husband and kids. This music piece was “recorded in the forest one snowy morning. Spontaneous and magical moment inspired by the trees and their mysterious language.”

Cute Link of the Week

And one more for good measure…

That’s it from me…

Bye for now!


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