News Sushi #71: Morsels of News from Japan and Beyond

News Sushi #71 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.



This Friday, Halloween has come early… because for some reason, everything I’ve been seeing lately has a dark twist to it… let’s get to it!

“Bite Me” Trailer

For the first, or second time (depending on when Naomi McDougall Jones’ interview is published), here is the fun trailer for the indie film, “Bite Me”.

BTS of Thea Riley’s latest music video shoot

Thea’s got a gothic feel for her upcoming music video for her latest trance track.

Inside a Polar Bear!

I traveled to Adventure World in Shirahama, Wakayama (Japan) with my partner this week, and they have this polar bear, that sprays you with mist as you walk through it. A very interesting “adventure”.

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Not the adventure I was expecting #adventureworld #shirahama

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The best part of this trip was seeing Pandas up close. I still remember having to wait four hours at Melbourne Zoo, only to be rushed through the exhibit (we saw the Pandas for a grand total of 90 seconds from a distance).

Micro Poem with Andy Van Scoyoc

These DeadWorldTweets that Richard Lee are doing is fun!

20 days in Japanese detention

We’re always warned about getting into trouble with the Police here in Japan. Honestly, his prison stay sounded a bit like my hospital stay last year! Still, very interesting reading.

I spent 20 days in Japanese detention – AMA? from r/japan

Ding Dong…

Johnny Kitagawa, founder of talent agency that launched numerous boy bands, dead at 87. I can’t add much to this without being sued, but it’s an open secret in Japan what happens to the kids who join this “talent” agency, some from as young as six.


Zen out with Andy Van Scoyoc

HOT LINK of the Week

Brian Kurst’s soft Steve Christie homage for his Cabin of Horrors photo shoot.

That’s it for this week! Have a lovely weekend!

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