Tokyo Damage Report

Archive for June, 2009

New business models for the Japanese recession

I’m down, man! I’m HELPING. Japan is in trouble, economy-wise.  Hell of people getting laid off. Social safety-net crumbling. Foreign markets not buying Japanese exports. Bad stuff. But tough times spell ‘opportunity’ for new business ideas – ideas that might have seemed crazy back in the bubble days.  But now everyone’s short of cash, so […]

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CHISAI TSUUUUUUUUU !!!!!!!!!!!

You ever try to read Japanese and get puzzled at the great number of words that look like: XっXX? (For instance すっきり、はっきり、 とっても、 いっさいに , etc)? It’s a weird phenomenon because there’s hundreds of these words but I’ve never come across a Japanese person who is conscious that this is a motif in the language, or a category […]

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Oyaji Force Field:

Like a lot of old Americans, I tend to see USA kids as kind of spastic. They’ll be talking with their friend, but also text-messaging, while listening to headphones. And they’ll be doing exactly none of those things competently:  "Let’s have a half-heard conversation, send pointless messages and sort of listen to music that we […]

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more architecture 東京の特徴建築まだ来たぁぁ~!

 Allright  now. I’m going to start posting more often. But for right now. . . it’s  more of this stuff: above: crazy door sculpture. below: the whole house: it was madd philthy, like it was specificially designed to be the first house to revert back to jungle nature in the event of an apocalypse. (you […]

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CONFLICT FOR FREEDOM : 12 BAND SHOW @ ANTIKNOCK

 Oh shiiit! A 12-band show! Basically it was 2 shows in one: a crusty/jappacore show, all infiltrated with a ‘70s pogo-punk show. I have not seen so many good bands on a bill in many a year. I blew off GAUZE to come to this motherfucker. All the bands are middle-aged, pissed-off uncles. All these […]

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