News Sushi #88: Morsels of News from Japan and Beyond

News Sushi #86 And we (Hamish) keep serving the best News Sushi!
Hooray! Hamish is back!
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”!

Australia is on fire, if you’d like to help…

Follow this link:

Now for the fun part…

Welcome to Friday (and welcome back News Sushi)… There’s a lot happening behind the scenes, and as easy as I’m sure this column looks… it’s true workload is like this –


Sorry, wrong iceberg… but you get the hint. It takes a lot of research to put this together. But, thanks for being here, and I’ve got some great stuff to share.

First, my big news…

I’ve teamed up with GOL Studios to complete post-production for my film, Matcha and Vanilla. And, the film will be available on their platform, GagaOOLala, late next year.

And go Nick and Lance (the guys I recommended)!


Paul’s LUTs being using on new documentary:

Official website:

Go Paul!


Multi-talented Chris Wells new show, “Cycling Around Japan”

From NHK: “Miyagi Prefecture is a beautiful part of Japan, and in autumn its seas and mountains are at their most scenic. Towns along this coast that were devastated by the great tsunami in 2011 have now almost completely been restored. Throughout this 300-km cycle adventure, we’ll encounter the irrepressible spirit of people who shrugged off disaster and the loss of loved ones to rebuild their lives, as we visit a workshop making salt the ancient way and a local festival that kept spirits high when times were tough.”

Japan 100 years ago!

Hidden gems of Shimokitazawa

From NHK: #TOKYO brings you travel trends based on social media posts written by experienced travelers. Today, we’ll take a virtual tour in Shimokitazawa. It was ranked No.2 as the “World’s Coolest Neighborhood” in the travel magazine Time Out in 2019 because of its fashionable and cultural feel and the low living cost. Theater, music, and vintage clothing are some of its fashionable attractions. We’ll show you how to enjoy this leading “cultural town” in Tokyo. Odakyu Line is now underground and the station has completed its renovation. The mixture of new and old is what you’ll see in this 2019 Shimokitazawa tour.


Fukushima to be reborn as a Solar Hub

My Culture is not your Toy: Backlash from America’s Japanese community on “Queer Eye in Japan”

Lito covers “Even If” by Hirai Ken for YOLO Japan

Yoga Time!

A little footage from the end of Episode 5, where our travels through Mie Prefecture led us to some pretty nice experiences. Meeting people along the way was a huge part of runAway, and there were so many great encounters that we couldn’t possibly feature them all in the episodes. ‘runAway Japan’ was created by and is managed by Dean Newcombe and a team of dedicated creators. We create original content in Japan, and focus on Travel, Adventure and Fun.

runAway website:


My travels to the Oishi Kogen Highlands of Wakayama:

Cat taking a bath…

Mr Gay Japan…

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【チェーン】  この前投稿したチェーン写真が思いの外、反響があったので違うチェーン写真を。   自分の中では結構気に入ってる一枚。   何度見てもなぜチェーンを巻いているのか謎で笑えるw   撮影所(絶対に元ラブホ)にたまたま置いてあったから巻いてみたんだが、後々、こんなネタ写真になるとは思わなかったわ。   次、名刺作る時はこの写真使おうかな。とりあえず相手様にインパクトは残せる。   Special thanks to @_bam_guys   【Chain photo】  One of my favourite photos. That is with the chain.   I can laugh at the mystery why I'm wearing the chain no matter how many times I see it  I happened to put it in the photo studio, so I tried to roll it up, but I didn't think that it would become such a story later.  Next time I'll use this photo when making business cards.    #mrgayjapan #gayphoto #gayphotoshoot #chain #gayasian #gayjapanese #gayjapan #ミスターゲイジャパン #写真撮影 #チェーン #gaytokyo #tokyogay #gayteacher #教師 #教員 #ゲイ #名刺アイディア #sexuality #性教育

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Bye for this week!


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