News Sushi #79: Morsels of News from Japan and Beyond

News Sushi #79 And we (Hamish) keep serving the best 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 (ありがとうございました) Hamish, for your insights.

こんにちは!Which means “Hello”!


Here I am… writing machine Ham-tron3000 reporting for duty! It’s gotta be Friday somewhere… and that means it’s time for News Sushi.


But, we are not machines, are we? Even pink feline ones…

Has this summer left you exhausted? You’re not alone. Whether it’s the weather or the world at large, or just the changing seasons… so many people I know are feeling worse for wear. I wish we could hit the pause button, but time marches on – as they say. If you choose to come to my column this Friday/Saturday… thank you for escaping into this little corner of the internet.

For that, I’ll reward you with one of the weirder videos to be released this week:

Tammie Brown (of RuPaul’s Drag Race fame) does these almost non sequitur Lynchian short films. While there is nothing unsafe about this video… it will probably raise eyebrows at work (and home)… so consider yourself warned.

Twitter: @thetammiebrown


Coco-Cola follows in Pepsi’s footsteps to create a seasonal flavoured soda…

Will it reach the heights of Appletiser (non-Coke product), or will it sink to the depths of the petroleum flavoured “Vanilla Coke”.

What will you do? Choose wisely!

As of writing, the poll seems pretty divided.


TGGeeks writer Andrea Van Scococ releases her book on Superstitions on Amazon Kindle!

A funny and sometimes absurd, tongue-in-cheek look at the silly, nonsensical rituals some people believe in, that we…today…know as… Superstitions.

This book is a light-hearted and fun attempt to decode the often irrational reasons behind such fear.

Go check it out, it is absolutely fascinating and a hoot!


A Church Street Studio Seminar

For those wanting a career in the music industry, here’s a great opportunity to learn from some of the greats in Australia!

A full day intensive music industry primer for people keen to learn more about the various career paths in the music industry. Focused primarily on film, tv & jingle composing, contemporary music production, live and studio performance and recording studio techniques.

Hosted by three members of Church Street Studios, these are not one-way lectures, but rather open and honest sharing of industry insights. experience and knowledge.

Covering an extremely wide range of subjects, the day is the perfect music industry primer and is most suitable for young musicians, composers and music producers early in their careers, keen for some well grounded, frank industry perspectives to broaden their own knowledge, inspire their creativity and help discover their own professional musical path.

The sessions take place in each speaker’s own studio allowing for detailed demonstrations of subjects discussed and include a demonstration of the three leading music software packages, ProTools, Logic and Digital Performer.

Places are limited due to studio size. Please book early. Ages 15 +.

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You might recognise Guy Gross as the composer of such films as “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert” and TV shows such as “Farscape”.


It’s time for 5 Q’s Friday with the Content Producer for our Mongolian program Danny Battsog. This is how his passion contributes to SBS’s world of difference:

Director Jennifer Kent shares her thoughts on distribution challenges and the making of “The Nightingale”


Massage Therapist Reacts to Massages In Movies

“The Movie Oracle” as she’s known on the interwebs, is an Australian film critic, who does reviews and movie trivia game shows on youtube. But, until this latest video, I didn’t know that her day job (yes, we all have one) was a Massage Therapist. And here, she reacts to some scenes of massage found in movies. Her commentary is really fascinating.

From youtube: “Hi guys! So I’ve wanted to do this video for quite a while now, but didn’t because I was too nervous to. But I’ve bitten the bullet and hopefully, you enjoy it :)”

Twitter: @The_MovieOracle

Ron’s Life in Japan

Who is Ron? I don’t really know. But I stumbled across this video recently, and I found it interesting. It was filmed 30 years ago, so it provides some interesting insight into life in Japan.

From youtube: “He is a video of my life in Japan that I made while learning video editing equipment. I was trying to learn to make training videos in those days. Interestingly, the content was helpful for some people. It is not professionally produced, but you might find the content important if you are going to live in Japan for any length of time.”


Hot and funny – a charming combination Bob!

If you are in Sydney, please go and see my sister’s exhibition!

Bye for now (from Dobbit – and me)!


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