News Sushi #100: Morsels of News from Japan and Beyond

News Sushi #100 Hamish keeps serving the best News Sushi!
Hooray! Congratulations to Hamish for reaching 100 News Sushi Posts!!!
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”!

One Hundred posts. Wow! Can you believe it? I’m not. I was actually a bit scared of this post, thinking that I needed to do something big, like re-interviewing all the wonderful people who’ve appeared in this column, or have shared it on social media. Doesn’t that sound overwhelming? Well, I was overwhelmed, and didn’t do it. So, I’m here to deliver the regular News Sushi that you’ve hopefully been enjoying for 100 columns (more than the number of Out Now Magazine issues that I was associated with… I was a Graphic Designer in a past life for a local LGBT magazine in Newcastle, Australia).

So, if you’ll forgive me, a little celebrating first…


By the way, congratulations to Dr. Zombie – Monster Family Physician and Tommy Cannon for reaching 100 cartoons as well (you’ve started later and beat me to the punch…. not bitter, not bitter)!

How is everyone in lock down?

It seems like various parts of the world are exploring ways of opening up. Here’s hoping that whatever happens, we can keep the curve flat until we have a vaccine! Stay healthy everyone!

Everyone is being so creative during the lock down, so I’m really excited to share these with you.

First comes this delightful little animation from Ross Ozarka, who has appeared a few times in this very publication!

Watch “V48Hours 2020 Lockdown: New Zealand 48Hour Short Animation!” below:

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What do you think when you think of Sushi? Hopefully you might pay some mind to our column here, but I’m sure you are thinking of salmon sushi… delicious, isn’t it? But, is Salmon Sushi Japanese? The following video has the surprising answer:



Are you craving chocolate cake? Cook it in your rice cooker:

Sony and ANA to jointly develop remotely controlled avatar robots:
‘Sazae-san,’ world’s longest-running TV cartoon show, switches to reruns as virus halts production:’s-longest-running-tv-cartoon-show-switches-to-re-runs-as-coronavirus-halts-production

Frito Lay brings wasabi and shichimi pepper to Doritos, Mike popcorn and Nikuatsu chips:


I hope you’ll forgive me for this… but, if you didn’t know, there is a very popular ( with kids) comic series in Japan, and was even in a movie last year… he is the…

“Butt Detective”. And he’s not what you think… he even appears on school study guides…

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But (pun intended), that’s not all… here’s the…

“Unko Sensei”, which translates as “Poop Teacher”, and also appears on study guides for school children…

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Professor Poop is going to help me study some kanji over the uni break! 💩📚😂 #professorpoop #unkosensei #うんこせんせい #kanjidrills #learnkanji

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Does it make you want to say… “Oh Japan!”?

Well, now you can in t-shirt form!

Oh Japan – the T-Shirt!

And, it was designed by yours truly. I’ve been wanting to make this t-shirt for nearly ten years, and I’ve finally done it! All thanks to the extra time (and worry about being on reduced pay)… I’ve dusted off my old graphic design skills, and made something I’ve always wanted to do!

If you’d like to support me, and celebrate 100 columns, then, I’d really appreciate it if you could buy one:



Thank you so much to everyone for supporting this column for 100 issues!

P.S. Can’t get enough of me? My Podcast with Bec on movies, “Pop & Fizz”, is now available on Apple Podcasts.


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