News Sushi #87: Morsels of News from Japan and Beyond

News Sushi #86 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”!

Lot’s of things to talk about this week, so let’s get cracking with some music from those kids who love to cover game soundtracks…

And more game music from Siddhartha Barnhoorn…


Former SMAP member, Tsuyoshi Kusanagi, to play trans woman



We have learned that principal photography has begun on “Midnight Swan” (translated title), which will star Tsuyoshi Kusanagi (45) as a trans dancer.

From what I can understand from the Nikkei Sports article, it seems to be a “love story that depicts the shape of modern love”. While Tsuyoshi’s character (Nagisa) struggles with her gender identify, she meets a girl who hungers for paternal affection. Nagisa’s maternal feelings grow from there. It is set in the Shinjuku nightclub district.

Honestly, the original articles description sounded transphobic, but I’m not sure if that’s the writer of the article’s fault or the fault of the translation, so I’ll hold out hope that it’s the translation.

The film is an original work written by director Uchida, who works on topical works such as “Naked Director” distributed on Netflix and the movie “The Love of the Lower”, which uncovered the dark part of the Japanese movie world. Shooting has started from late October, mainly in Tokyo and the suburbs of Kanto.

Original Article: Link
Soda-Pop Onsen!

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One of the most naturally carbonated hot springs in the world, “Lamune (soda pop) Onsen” in Oita, never stops pulling at everyone’s heart! (Travel article in Japanese) Using google translation or so, Enjoy it! 「老若男女、乙女心をくすぐられまくり!世界屈指の高濃度天然炭酸泉「ラムネ温泉館」【大分】」 小学館「和楽web」にて、私ことTabiNecoの新しい記事が掲載中。 隙間時間にぜひ、読んでみて! #Travel #Japan #cat #onsen #oita #lamune #lamuneonsen #sodapop #soda #hotsprings #ラムネ温泉 #猫好き #おんせん #温泉 #国内旅行 #大分 #長湯温泉 #国内旅行 #猫旅 #旅猫 #日本一周 #有田 #有田ポーセリンパーク

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More news from Andrea…

Her film festival has begun accepting submissions…

Here’s something she made recently… which gives everyone a good idea what she’s looking for!



No men this week, but a photo from one of Tokyo’s hottest restaurants (it’s listed on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants)…

Bonus foodie link from Dean Newcombe:

That’s all for this week! Thanks for stopping by!


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