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COVID-19 Doesn't Slow Down Japanese Porn Productions

Special events in Akihabara are a great place to be recruited if you want to  be  an extra in a Japanese Adult video. Every weekend several actresses  will  make public appearances in one of the major video stores to meet  and  greet their fans. Prices range from ¥5000-¥50,000  to spend less than a minute with the talent. Pictures are allowed and many of the  fans bring  expensive equipment for their impromptu photo shoots. Women  and  foreigners are usually banned from these events, as they mak...
Tags: Travel, Google, Japan, Hollywood, US, Tokyo, Oscar Wilde, Sapporo, Akihabara, Keio University, Ginza, Haruhiko, Western Tokyo, Yua Mikami, Ibuki, Akiho Yoshizawa


The lockdown in Tokyo begins, sort of

Much debate has surrounded Japan’s post-Diamond Princess avoidance of the coronavirus pandemic — at least on the scale seen elsewhere, anyway. Has it been due to the general lack of physical contact in public? The pretty much standard habit of mask wearing perhaps? Or, has it always been a mere matter of time before the country succumbed? Despite the possible merits of those cultural traits, the latter now appears to be the case, with Tokyo’s governor requesting a soft lockdown at a press confer...
Tags: Travel, Photography, Japan, Tokyo


Parisian of the Month: Cori Coppola

I am excited to have my new friend, Cori Coppola as my Parisian of the Month.   Where were you born and where did you grow up? I was born in Hollywood in a little bungalow apartment. It wasn’t a great neighborhood, but it was one of those leftover bungalow areas that had originally been built for the larger studios. It was a two-bedroom with one bathroom, and I could go outside and play under the huge palm trees. Then we moved to Hancock Park which I loved, and I could bike or walk ...
Tags: Travel, Japan, New York, Hollywood, London, Patricia Highsmith, China, San Francisco, David, West, Paris, Beverly Hills, Tokyo, Liam Hemsworth, Napa, Harrison Ford


Olympics Games to be postponed 2021

Amid mounting pressure for the 2020 Olympics to be postponed, and countries like Australia and Canada even withdrawing their athletes a few days ago, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Thomas Bach, the president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), have agreed to postpone the Games to 2021. The Games, originally slated to take place from July 24 to August 9, 2020, will now be delayed a whole year, and will stay in Japan. According to a joint statement from the IOC and the Tokyo ...
Tags: Travel, Japan, Australia, Canada, Shinzo Abe, Olympics, Tokyo, Ioc, All, 2020 Olympics, Organizing Committee, Thomas Bach, International Olympic Committee IOC, Olympics 2020, Tokyo Olympics


Kimono east meets west meets smartphone

A melding of cultures as well as imaginative smartphone storage. kofiwidget2.init('Support Tokyo Times on Ko-fi', '#29abe0', 'J3J51I68E');kofiwidget2.draw();
Tags: Travel, Photography, Culture, Tokyo


San Fernando Valley couple who survived coronavirus offers a message to America

Farah Toutounchian, diagnosed with coronavirus, refused to be escorted to an ambulance. Instead, she sat in protest, cross-legged on the floor just outside a gangway to the Diamond Princess cruise ship on which she was a passenger, quarantined at the Port of Yokohama. Surrounded by people in hazmat gear, she begged for one thing: to be taken to the same hospital that was already caring for her husband, who also had novel coronavirus. “I was getting ready to die and I wanted to be next to my husb...
Tags: Travel, Health, Japan, News, California, Kentucky, Southeast Asia, America, Los Angeles, Sport, Iran, Things To Do, Soccer, United States, San Diego, Tokyo


Valley couple who survived coronavirus offer a message to America

Farah Toutounchian, diagnosed with coronavirus, refused to be escorted to an ambulance. Instead, she sat in protest, cross-legged on the floor just outside a gangway to the Diamond Princess cruise ship on which she was a passenger, quarantined at the Port of Yokohama. Surrounded by people in hazmat gear, she begged for one thing: to be taken to the same hospital that was already caring for her husband, who also had novel coronavirus. “I was getting ready to die and I wanted to be next to my husb...
Tags: Travel, Health, Japan, News, California, Kentucky, Southeast Asia, America, Sport, Iran, Things To Do, Soccer, United States, San Diego, Tokyo, Local News


Fried chicken around the world

Fried chicken holds a special place in the hearts of the American people. In the Southern states, fried chicken is treated with near-religious reverence. Legendary restaurants like Willie Mae’s in New Orleans and Martha Lou’s Kitchen in Charleston are considered national culinary treasures, up there with Michelin-starred restaurants. But America hardly has a monopoly on crispy, crunchy, juicy, spicy fried chicken. From Central America to Japan, fried chicken is a staple protein, and each coun...
Tags: Travel, South Korea, Japan, Mexico, Israel, America, Los Angeles, Taiwan, Tennessee, House Of Representatives, Portland, New Orleans, Tokyo, Nashville, Michelin, Vietnam


A tiny Tokyo shop with built in social distancing?

This tiny shop has appeared on these pages before, but up until taking the photo below, I knew absolutely nothing about it. A business, it turns out, that’s been there for half a century or so, and incredibly, the current proprietor has sat working in that very same spot for the last four decades. It’s also a shop that, despite its age and diminutive dimensions, is arguably ideal in the current climate. The owner has no colleagues, customers are kept very much at arm’s length, and money is pass...
Tags: Travel, Photography, Tokyo


PauseTalk, Five Years Later

It just hit me today that five years ago this month I held what I then called the “final” edition of PauseTalk (Vol. 85) in Tokyo — here’s the post I wrote to mark that end. That event took place on March 2, 2015, and a few weeks later (on March 31) I would be leaving the city I called home for over 15 years. Hey, do you miss running PauseTalk? Of course I do. Not only was it a fantastic way for me to meet so many creative people over the years, it also made for a very fun and inspirationa...
Tags: Travel, Personal, Tokyo, Montreal, Connery, PauseTalk


A timeless Tokyo bar and beret in shades of grey

Now and again it’s still possible to see a slice of Tokyo life that allows the past and the present to fit comfortably in one frame.
Tags: Travel, Photography, Food And Drink, Tokyo


Olympic villages you can still visit

Hosting the Olympic Games is considered as much a privilege as it is an economic boon for host cities. Yet year after year, cities strive to outdo previous hosts with increasingly extravagant ceremonies and expensive facilities, often outspending what they stand to gain in Olympic-driven revenue. Beijing famously spent nearly half a billion dollars to build its iconic Birds Nest stadium for the 2008 summer games — which costs another $11 million annually to maintain — only to bring in a trick...
Tags: Travel, Beyonce, Barcelona, Beijing, Olympics, Paris, Sydney, Athens, Tokyo, Norway, Alpine, Oslo, All, Lillehammer, ATHENS Greece, Sydney Australia


10 Must-See Places in Uji, Kyoto for Tea Lovers – Part 2

Continued from 10 Must-See Places in Uji, Kyoto for Tea Lovers – Part 1 4. Uji Byodo-in Omotesando If you’ve visited Tokyo you’re probably familiar with Omotesando Station and Aoyama-dori. Uji has its own Omotensando, and if you’re a tea lover of sorts, this is a prime location for all sorts of teas and tea-related souvenirs. Near Byodo-in Temple, this avenue is covered in smaller shops that help take your tea fantasies to another level. Wamucha Café, for example, has been nationally pres...
Tags: Travel, Tea, Japan, Tokyo, Green Tea, Temple, Kyoto, Tea Shops, Mimurotoji Temple, Japanese tea, Uji, Uji Kyoto, Japanese temples, Generic License, Japanese tea shops, Uji Byodo


How to get cheap flights with VPN

Flight booking hacks seem about as ubiquitous as grocery store coupons. From booking on a Wednesday to booking a connecting flight only to ditch the connection, the internet is filled with loads of virtual advice on how to fly around for less. But have you ever considered booking from another country? Since airfares are notoriously inconsistent, and the person sitting next to you on the plane may have paid half or five times what you did, it shouldn’t come as any surprise that airlines charge...
Tags: Travel, Asia, UK, New York, London, La, Singapore, India, US, Toronto, Los Angeles, Chicago, Netflix, Canada, Brazil, Tokyo


10 Must-See Places in Uji, Kyoto for Tea Lovers – Part 1

Renowned Japanese author Kimitake Hiraoka — more famously known as Yukio Mishima — described Japan as a series of contradictions. He noted that Japan was partially defined by the relationship between “old and new”. While Tokyo and Osaka help define the importance Japan places on technology and innovation, there’s a particular uniqueness found in Japan’s rich historical sites. What better way to experience historical Japan than understanding Uji and Uji’s special relationship with one of Ja...
Tags: Travel, Tea, Japan, Tokyo, Osaka, Tea Shops, Japanese green tea, Takumi, Yukio Mishima, Japanese tea ceremony, Japanese tea, Toyotomi Hideyoshi, Uji, Uji Kyoto, Kimitake hiraoka, Kyoto shi Home


Tokyo’s Irish parties

Editor’s note: Tokyo’s 2020 I Love Ireland Festival and the St. Patrick’s Day Parade are canceled due to the coronavirus, but Matador Network is continuing to publish this article in hopes that you’ll be able to make the annual celebrations in 2021. St. Patrick’s Day may seem to be fairly limited to Europe and the United States, but Tokyo’s Irish (and Irish-loving) contingent would beg to differ. The St. Patrick’s Day Parade and I Love Ireland Festival that fall side by side over a mid-March...
Tags: Travel, Asia, Europe, Japan, Scotland, United States, Ireland, Tokyo, Belfast, All, Matador Network, St Patrick, Mundy, Harajuku Station, Yoyogi Park, St. Patrick's Day


Little Tokyo standing bar looks

Some standing bars are horse-shoe shaped. Others are packed beyond belief. Plus the odd one or two are simply very small indeed.
Tags: Travel, Photography, Food And Drink, Tokyo


Events canceled due to coronavirus

Uncertainty surrounding the new coronavirus has led many companies, governments, and other organizations to cancel events all around the world. Since large gatherings are believed to be conducive to the spread of disease, people are wary of attending events that draw thousands of attendees. Even in areas where there are only a few cases of the coronavirus, events are being canceled or postponed simply as a precautionary measure. While all eyes are on the upcoming Tokyo 2020 Olympics, as of no...
Tags: Travel, Asia, Europe, England, Washington, France, US, Ireland, Italy, Middle East, James Bond, Tokyo, Delhi, Seoul, Bts, All


Ultra-Luxury Hotelier Aman Launches a New, More-Affordable Brand

Considered by many to be the most luxurious hotel company in the world, Aman is spinning off a second brand 32 years after becoming a standard-setter, with properties set to open in 2022. Called Janu, it looks to be a little more fun, a lot less secluded, almost equally high-end, and about 30% more affordable. Its first three locations will be in Tokyo; Sveti Stefan, Montenegro; and the archaeologically rich city of Al Ula, Saudi Arabia.
Tags: Travel, Tokyo, Aman, Ultra Luxury Hotelier Aman Launches, Sveti Stefan Montenegro


The sun setting on a shuttered Tokyo shopping street

A few months ago, I photographed and wrote about danchi, or Japanese public housing. Born in the 1950s and peaking around the early 70s, this massive building project created affordable and modern housing for the nation’s growing number of young families. Fast forward to the present day, however, and many of these once futuristic apartment complexes are more crumbling relics than sought after properties. The same also goes for the little shopping precincts that were an integral part of some dan...
Tags: Travel, Photography, Culture, Tokyo


Disneyland DisneySea and Universal Studios Japan will be temporarily closed

Disneyland DisneySea and Universal Studios Japan will be temporarily closed Breaking news! Disney resorts Japan which include Disneyland and DisneySea will be temporarily closed starting Saturday to March 15 2020. This is due to the corona virus outbreak in Japan at the moment. Universal Studios Japan will also be temporary closed from Saturday to 15 March 2020. Is there any extension on the opening of the Disney resorts Japan and Universal Studios Japan will be determined on a later...
Tags: Travel, Japan, Uncategorized, Disney, Tokyo, Disneyland, Bangkok, Hong Kong Disneyland, Universal Studios Japan, DisneySea, Disneyland Tokyo Online Tickets, Disneyland DisneySea, Related Posts Is Universal Studios Japan Express, Shinjuku Washington HotelDisneysea


Disneyland DisneySea and Universal Studios Japan will be closed temporary

Disneyland DisneySea and Universal Studios Japan will be closed temporary Breaking news! Disney resorts Japan which include Disneyland and DisneySea will be closed starting Saturday to March 16 2020. This is due to the corona virus outbreak in Japan at the moment. Universal Studios Japan will also be temporary closed from Saturday to 16 March 2020. Is there any extension on the opening of the Disney resorts Japan and Universal Studios Japan will be determined on a later date. We j...
Tags: Travel, Japan, Uncategorized, Disney, Tokyo, Disneyland, Bangkok, Hong Kong Disneyland, Klia, Universal Studios Japan, DisneySea, Disneyland Tokyo Online Tickets, Disneyland DisneySea


Food delivered traditionally by bicycle in Tokyo

In a world of delivery motorbikes and Uber Eats bags, the sight of food being transported the traditional way is an increasingly rare sight. One only really seen in certain parts of the city. But just like the old adage about buses, after waiting ages to see one, two sometimes come along at once.
Tags: Travel, Photography, Food And Drink, Tokyo


Who are the Ainu people of Japan

With fewer than five months to go until the start of the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Olympic officials have canceled a dance performance by Japan’s indigenous population, the Ainu people, that was set to be part of the event’s opening ceremony on July 24. Kazuaki Kaizawa, an official at the Hokkaido Ainu Association, told Reuters that they received notice that there wasn’t any room to fit them in the ceremony. “We have been preparing and it is a disappointment, but we hope there will still be a c...
Tags: Travel, Japan, Unesco, Olympics, United Nations, Switzerland, Tokyo, Japanese culture, All, Reuters, Kuril Islands, Geneva Switzerland, Ainu, Lake Akan, Nibutani, Tokyo Olympics


Travel News: February 26, 2020

Coronavirus Could Cancel 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games Travel Pulse The longest-serving member of the International Olympic Committee says the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo in July could be canceled if the coronavirus outbreak shows no sign of dissipating. Former Canadian swimming champion Dick Pound, who has been on the IOC since 1978, says organizers have a three-month window – or less – to make a decision about the fate of the Games. Disney CEO Bob Iger steps down in surprise announcement Tr...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Disney, Fox, Netflix, Innsbruck, Tokyo, Ioc, International Olympic Committee, Auckland, Air New Zealand, News And Deals, Reuters, Walt Disney Co, Dick Pound, Bob Iger


A ‘Japanese only’ restaurant due to the coronavirus outbreak

Recently, the owner of the Tokyo restaurant below opted for a ‘Japanese only’ policy due to the coronavirus outbreak. In his tweet announcing the decision, he was at pains to stress that it wasn’t in any way discriminatory. Instead, it was simply a way to try and protect his family, staff and the eatery’s customers. A controversial move it has to be said, but one that doesn’t seem to have affected business, as on Monday (a national holiday), there was a long line of people waiting to get in. Al...
Tags: Travel, Photography, Food And Drink, Tokyo


Where to see rocket launches 2020

Rocket launches aren’t just for Florida anymore. Noting that the second-most-popular tourist attraction in Central Florida is the massive Kennedy Space Center, the rest of America — and the world – has begun developing tourism around the awe-inspiring experience of watching a rocket shoot into space. And many of them are in places worth visiting for more than just the launch. Though our American launch pads are easily the most accessible, if you were planning a trip to South America, Japan, o...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Japan, Florida, California, China, Russia, US, America, Washington Dc, Paris, Sputnik, Moscow, Brazil, Tokyo, Rockets


HVS Asia Pacific Hospitality Newsletter - Week Ending 21 February 2020

Daewoo E&C and Korean Financial Institutions to Jointly Invest USD388 Million in Property Development Project in Hanoi, Vietnam, 'Harry Potter' Theme Park Set to Open in Tokyo in 2023, Maya Bay to Reopen by the End of 2020 with New Infrastructures in Place, New York City and Auckland Signed Tourism Partnership, Blackstone Gets The National Company Law Tribunal’s Approval to Acquire Trident Hotel for INR5.85 Billion.
Tags: Travel, Tokyo, Daewoo, Hanoi Vietnam, Maya Bay, National Company Law Tribunal, New Infrastructures, Place New York City, Auckland Signed Tourism Partnership Blackstone


Vacuuming concrete in Tokyo

Exterior concrete walls, it would seem, have a tendency to get a tad dusty.
Tags: Travel, Photography, Tokyo



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