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Cool, you’re here! That’s absolutely amazing! Welcome to a brand-new issue of Daily Update, our more or less detailed look at the media and news landscape. Today we have one article about how women fighting the Colombian government tell their stories, one about the best places to eat breakfast in Japan, one about how Stoya…

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Many people, myself inlcuded, believe that fish is the most important part of sushi. That may be kind of true, but it’s not the actual secret behind one of Japan‘s most popular and traditional foods. The truth lies in the name itself. Sushi stands for sour rice. And, no, even the rice isn’t the real…

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When you visit Japan for the first time, you see one bright companion everywhere around you, from the start. Vending machines. Or Jidouhanbaiki. Various companies, various offerings, various sizes. They give you cold lemonade and hot coffee, sweet snacks, artificial pizza, and tea, in any shade of color. French photographer Edward Way went to Tokyo…

cup_noodles

There was a time in my life when I was absolutely and physically addicted to instant ramen, the cheap and fast Japanese noodle soup that costs a few cents in your local supermarket and is offered in various tastes like shrimp, beef, or duck. The girls and guys over at YouTube channel Great Big Story…

takoyaki

God knows that I love Takoyaki, love it, love it, love it. What’s that, you’re asking? Takoyaki are Japanese grilled octopus balls that are crispy on the outside and soft and doughy on the inside. They are slathered with a special sauce, topped with ribbons of mayonnaise and garnished with big flakes of dried bonito….

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Even though the PlayStation Vita is my favorite handheld right now, basically because of its amazing screen, its overall superious technology and the fact that I don’t need the 3D function, one must admit that Nintendo has the better games overall. Although I still hope they’ll just put all of their Super Nintendo and Game…

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You may know 26-year-old and 763.000 followers strong Instagram star Sean Malto, who was most recently seen in Peru, New Zealand and Australia, as one of the more famous Nike SB skaters around. Now he has linked with popular performance and lifestyle audio company Skullcandy to launch the brand’s wireless headphone debut. Skullcandy has incorporated…

persona5

Yes, “Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4”, or more like “Persona 4 Golden” on the PlayStation Vita, is one of my favorite games of all times. Chie Satonaka was my tomboyish girlfriend, Yosuke Hanamura was the best buddy you could possibly have, and Rise Kujikawa was a cute idol with hellish issues. I still love them…

fammin

Let’s see. FAKY, Yup’in and FEMM, some of Japan’s hottest music groups, come together to unite in a new project called FAMM’IN. They just released their first EP and the debut track is called “Circle“. If you think about it as this typical J-Pop sound of cute girls jumping around in their school uniforms you…

one_piece

Fact is: I had to give away good money to fly to Japan, stay in Japan and, yeah, also leave Japan again. It was good money, for real, and I won’t regret it ever. But, hey, you could do something totally different. You could just get to Japan, for free, stay in Japan, for free,…

tokyo_food

I went to Tokyo because I thought they eat fresh and healthy and lightly there. And I was right, they do. But I still got fat there, despite the fish and the vegetables and the soy sauce. Why? Because everything tastes great there, absolutely everything! Sushi, ramen, tempura. Even junk food tastes better there. Just…

tokyo_schoolgirls

Tokyo is one of the most expensive cities in the world. So it’s hardly surprising that young girls look for easy and uncommon ways to make quick money rather than standing in a convenience store all night long. Businessmen of all ages are happy to provide Japanese schoolgirls with a good amount of cash as…

japan_lotteria_burger

You think you’re hungry? You think you’re hungry? Wait, I’ll ask you once more: You, think, you’re, hungry?! Then you should head to Japan right now: Popular fast food chain Lotteria brings the “全部のせバーガー“, or “With Everything Burger”, to its restaurants across the country. What’s so damn special about that particular burger, you may ask….

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The hardworking girls and guys over at popular creative Japanese portal Tokyo Art Beat have published their brand-new Tokyo Art Map for spring 2016. On the new map you can find the coolest art, design and photography events in Tokyo, like Art Fair Tokyo 2016, 3331 Art Fair 2016 or SICF17, where you can see…

kyary_pamyu_pamyu

Even if you’re not really into Japenese pop music, you may remember Kyary Pamyu Pamyu‘s first track “Pon Pon Pon” from her debut album “Pamyu Pamyu Revolution.” It was a viral hit around the globe, with her colorful performance, the crazy characters and a refrain that keeps stuck in your head, like, forever. It even…

raku_taro_29

If you ask random people about Japan they usually react with stereotypes all over. They know sushi and sake. Crazy TV shows and manga. And maybe some even mention those vending machines where people can buy used underwear worn by underage schoolgirls. Or middle-aged men. No one really knows. And maybe it’s better if it…

japan_words

You’d like to travel to Tokyo, Osaka or Kyoto without wanting to learn even a little bit of Japanese because you believe you’ll have a great time just by using your English language skills? Good luck, fella! Because mark my words: Only Western-oriented hipsters, McDonald’s employees and people at Apple stores understand what you’re trying…

utada_hikaru

When it comes to Japanese pop music, Utada Hikaru is my personal queen. I own every one of her albums, singles, and remixes. Tracks like Final Distance, Goodbye Happiness and Deep River are on my list of all time favorites, I would have given everything to see her live, once, somewhere, anywhere. But a couple…

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The girls and guys over at Maison Kitsuné are going to release a new spring capsule called Reishiki, which is Japanese and means something like “bowing ceremony” in English. With their new sweatshirts, sweaters, T-shirts, swimming shorts, black belts, dresses, tote bags and baseball caps, Maison Kitsuné pays homage to its Japanese roots. Chinese photographer…

tokyo_vintage

If there’s one single thing to know about Tokyo, then that it’s the capital of amazing, crazy and visually stunning fashion. Shibuya, Harajuku and Shimokitazawa are the epicenters of colorful second-hand gear, kawaii students and a mixture of Japanese tradition and Western influences. And it’s time to get to know the best stores in town…

8-4-japan

I’m totally into podcasts. Right now I’m subscribed to roughly 100 podcasts, mostly to ones about gaming, geek stuff and pop culture. And to one where Karley Sciortino philosophizes about drunk anal sex. I don’t know. Please don’t judge me. Nevertheless, I love listening to people talking about video games. Maybe because it shows me,…

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Cherry blossoms are everywhere in Japan right now. In yummy ice cream, on even more yummy cakes, at the super yummy clothes of Harajuku hipsters. Sakura is the spring lifestyle of everyone in the land of the rising sun. And there’s almost nothing more beautiful than sitting under a cherry tree, watching the pink blossoms…

tokyo_vitamin

Thanks to Spotify we get new music shoved into our asses like all the time. When we work out, when we sit in a café, when we sleep with our girlfriends. Listen to this, listen to that, listen, listen, listen! Music is everywhere, we’re getting supersaturated in no time. But how good is this new…

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Hanami, the traditional flower festival, is around the corner in Japan. And to celebrate the blooming of the cherry blossom, also known as sakura, Nike released a new Air Max 1 that sees a subtle white leather mudguard and Swoosh accented by a water color-esque array of cherry blossom graphics throughout to reference Japan’s transient…

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A few days ago VICE launched its very own TV channel called VICELAND which will broadcast news, music videos and documentaries all day long. One new show is called Gaycation and it follows Ellen Page and Ian Daniel traveling around the world to take a look at different queer cultures and how their protagonists live…

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Thank God, the Japanese indie music market is still a vibrant and mostly undiscovered world, full of young talents who don’t follow the paths AKB48 & Co. paved for them. They wanna create their own sounds, their own experiences, their own fanbases. While staying true to themselves. With unique tracks not suitable for everyone. Like…

perfume_jpop_band_japan_photo

Yeah, I know, I’m a few weeks late, but I had to put the new Perfume song into this blog-mag-thingy. Why? Because I love Perfume! Their track Spending All My Time was the official soundtrack for my 2012 journey to Tokyo; Nocchi, Kashiyuka and (especially) A~chan are the ones you should show people who think…

halloween_tokyo

Halloween is over, but this boring little fact shouldn’t hold you back from taking a look at the outrageous costumes Tokyo‘s youth wore to celebrate this spooky loud holiday. The biggest Halloween party in Japan took place right in the middle of Shibuya with hundreds of thousands of costumed people, celebrating from noon till dawn….