Sunday, September 5, 2021

There is now a Tokyo Stroll Facebook group


I have created a new public Facebook group called Tokyo Stroll related to my forthcoming book of the same name.
This group is for discussing visiting Tokyo and nearby areas that are suitable to day trips. Enjoy, ask questions, make suggestions of places to visit.

Please keep posts on topic.

Monday, June 14, 2021

Four more recommended movies.

It's been awhile but here are four movie movies I have added to my recommended title listsings. 

Gojoe: Spirit War Chronicle (2000)

Intimidation (1960)

Midnight Eagle (2007)

The Sea is Watching (2002)

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Tokyo Stroll Supplement web page update

 The Tokyo Stroll Supplement web pages are now live.

I was going to wait until a few weeks before the book is released to make the pages public. However as I recorded a presentation called "Tokyo on the Cheap for (the virtual) FanimeCon 2021 I decided to do so now.

For those interested in the presentation the registration cost for FanimeCon 2021 is only $10.

If you registered for 2020 your ticket is rolled over for 2021 and 2022.

Thursday, January 21, 2021

Wave Listen to Me!

 I just finished reading volume 5 of Samura Hiroaki's Wave Listen to Me! In this volume the store take a turn to being stranger, and in a very good way. While I greatly enjoyed his earlier Blade of the Immortal I find his works set in modern times far more enjoyable.

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Penguin Highway

I just finished reading the novel Penguin Highway by Morimi Tomihiko author of The Tatami Galaxy, The Night Is Short, Walk On Girl, and The Eccentric Family. This one was a delight. The entire book is written from the standpoint of Aoyama, a 4th grader who loves to learn new things. Armed with his curiosity and a growing series of notebooks as he and his friends explore the areas near the suburb they live in while avoiding conflict with the Suzuki Empire. Suzuki is a boy at school with two minions who likes to throw his weight around. Aoyama also has a good friendship with a lady who works at the local dentist. Then one day on the way to school a group of penguins is spotted, then things start to get strange. Aoyama starts adding more entries into his notebooks as he tries to solve this mystery, and others that start cropping up.

After I reading the last of the novel, I turned the page to find an afterword by none other than Hagio Moto.

The anime feature is also worth viewing, both are available for purchase at Right Stuf.

Friday, December 25, 2020

Otaku and the Struggle for Imagination in Japan

Recently read:

Galbraith, Patrick W.

Otaku and the Struggle for Imagination in Japan

Durham: Duke University Press, 2019

If you have any interest in Japanese fan culture this work is a must read. Galbraith has incorporated years of research experience into this study of otaku culture. The volume focuses on a particular type of otaku, the male otaku from the anime fandom and dōjinshi culture that stated in the 1970s, through the development of Akihabara into an otaku holy land, the development of maid cafes and related businesses. What I found especially informative is that he covers what this meant to otaku themselves. The struggle part of the titles involves the often negative reaction to otaku in mass media, the police crackdowns on public performance in Akihabara, and attempts to turn the phenomenon into tourism and product promotion while shutting out the "weird otaku" from the process.