News Sushi #81: Morsels of News from Japan and Beyond

News Sushi #81 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”!

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Hunter's House at Oji Zoo in Kobe

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Photo from my recent trip to Kobe Oji Zoo, which has this house in it’s grounds.

So many congratulations are in order this week!

First, congratulations Daniel Cohn! Who is releasing the beta version of his latest mobile app game. He’d previously made a drink mixing app, but, this is his first running game.

SpeedBuilder_Demo_2019 from Daniel Cohn on Vimeo.

Asuka Goto holds a Noh Workshop! Non-Japanese participants are strongly encouraged to join!

I’m delighted to share this rare opportunity to take part in a Noh workshop led by representative of an Important Intangible Cultural Property (collective recognition).

This Workshop will be especially for beginners including non-Japanese participants held at a traditional shrine Minatogawa Shrine in Kobe. Participants can experience the traditional Noh chanting.

You can dedicate just-practiced Noh chanting with guidance of the Noh master at the sacred shrine dance hall. Discussion time is included afterwards.

■Teacher :
Takahiro Ueda
Noh actor (shite or leading role) Kanze School
Representative of an Important Intangible Cultural Property (collective recognition)

■Place Minatogawa Shrine (main hall and dance hall)

Adult ¥3000
Student ¥2000
Child ¥1000 (Small children over 3-year-old are accepted upon inquiry.)

※Please make payment by cash on the day. It is appreciative if you could prepare the exact amount.

Please gather at the entrance of the dance hall (shrine Noh theater) Minatogawa Shrine.

Workshop: “What is Noh theater?”
Participant can learn the history, Noh stories and how to read a Noh program etc.

Guide: Asuka Goto (English translation will be provided.)

Practice of Noh chanting

※The practice will be a part of a new Noh “Kikusui (Chrysanthemum on the water)” , a story of a samurai Masashige Kusunoki(1294-1336)

Formal bow at the main hall
Dedication of the just-practiced chanting

Minatogawa Noh Stage discoveries: guide by Mr. Ueda and Mr. Goto , manager of Minatogawa Noh Stage.

Congratulations “The Jode”/P.J. Selarom!

You might remember that PJ was the first interviewee for my 5 Questions spin-off column…

Congratulations Tokyo Cowboys!

They are getting so many awards with “The Benza”! Here’s hoping for a second season.

Ninja Bar and Cafe serves up Piranha!!!!

ピラニア ラーメン / piranha ramen / ninja cafe & bar asakusa, asakusa – soup made from 100% piranha dashi containing house-made piranha niboshi, lemon & ginger – noodles supplied by naritaya, made at the naritaya noodle factory in ibaraki – no tare is added, just sea salt, rock salt & negi oil – topped with a whole deep fried wild piranha, line-caught by hand in the amazon and imported to Japan for this special event – limited to 1000 bowls total, available four days only, sept 20-23 @ramenadventures @namajapantv @ NINJA Cafe&Bar

It’s a bit late for us now… but this truly is wild!


Mr Gay Japan

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【にゃんにゃんタイム】 息抜きがてら猫カフェに行ってきました。 ことごとく猫達にガン無視されて相手してくれなかったけど、身近で見れただけでウットリ😻 さー!シャキッと頑張るか! 【meow meow 🐈】 Needed to spend some quality time with cats. They all ignored me and walked pass by but I don’t mind. They were all fluffy and cute 😉 #mrgayjapan #catlover #cat #猫カフェ #ミスターゲイジャパン #猫 #ねこ #にゃんにゃん

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