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Pop Culture Imports: ‘Let the Sunshine In,’ ‘Inuyasha,’ ‘Priceless,’ and More

(Welcome to Pop Culture Imports, a column that compiles the best foreign movies and TV streaming right now.) Love, or heartbreak, is in the air, depending on what foreign-language film or show you’re watching from this week’s Pop Culture Imports column. Is there a reason for the selection of romance-themed titles? Who can say? But whatever the case, it’s time to bask in the middle-aged heartbreak of the best Claire Denis-Juliette Binoche collaboration Let the Sunshine In, or watch two hustlers ...
Tags: Amazon, Japan, Hollywood, Movies, France, Features, Alaska, Tokyo, Denis, Hulu, Audrey Hepburn, Priceless, Isabella, Nick Miller, Tiffany, Roland Barthes


Japanese YouTubers Charged for Playing Porn Loudly in Public Restroom as Prank

Two male Japanese YouTubers are being charged over a prank where they played an adult video extremely loudly whilst inside a public restroom, recording the reactions of those passing by. The mischievous attention-seekers entered into an accessible toilet (a toilet for those with disabilities) back in June at Tokyo’s Harajuku Station and played a pornographic […]
Tags: Japan, Crime, AV, Tokyo, Pornography, Anime, Toilets, Harajuku, Harajuku Station


How Do We Measure the Immeasurable?

I count the white, wiry hairs poking from the part in my scalp. There are too many. I give up and measure the length from root to where the color changes. These markers are comforting to me right now. I’ve never been a numbers person, but lately, I cling to what feels measurable. I stare at graphs, trying to grasp the invisible movement of a global pandemic. I print and cut out guides for measuring my kids’ ever-growing feet. I check the ratio of water to rice in our rice cooker, making sure it ...
Tags: Hope, Inspiration, Tokyo, Jesus, God, Jeremiah, Jo March, Exile, Everyday Faith, Pandemic, Jeremiah 29, Breonna Taylor, NLT Living


Second time unlucky: Covid restrictions derail Japan PM's holiday - again

Shinzo Abe had planned to visit family during O-bon holiday but political rival Tokyo mayor calls on capital’s residents to stay home Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMillions of people who have been forced to cancel holidays due to the coronavirus outbreak might struggle to sympathise, but Japan’s prime minister, Shinzo Abe, is among those forced to forego his summer break – and he has a political rival to blame.Abe, who has been criticised for his handling of a recen...
Tags: Japan, Shinzo Abe, Tokyo, Abe, Yamaguchi, Coronavirus outbreak, COVID


Tokyo has a drive-in haunted house. And it's terrifying

A Japanese company has created an experience that follows social distancing guidelines yet remains absolutely terrifying -- a drive-in haunted house.
Tags: Cnn, Tokyo


Alexandra Daddario-Led Lost Girls & Love Hotels Trailer & Release Revealed!

Alexandra Daddario-led Lost Girls & Love Hotels trailer & release revealed! After debuting a teaser for the romantic drama early last month, Astrakan Film AB have debuted the official trailer for the Alexandra Daddario-starring adaptation of Lost Girls & Love Hotels, which is set to digital platforms and VOD this September! Check out the trailer in the player below! RELATED: Lost Girls & Love Hotels Trailer Takes Alexandra Daddario to Tokyo PB = PB || {}; ...
Tags: Japan, Texas, Movies, Trailer, Dwayne Johnson, Netflix, Tokyo, San Andreas, Zac Efron, Yakuza, Brandon, Margaret, Logan Lerman, Percy Jackson, Alexandra Daddario, Lauren Mann


Full Trailer for 'Lost Girls & Love Hotels' Film with Alexandra Daddario

"Sometimes the mask is prettier than the thing behind it…" That line sticks with me more than any other from this trailer. Astrakan Film has debuted the full-length official trailer for the indie drama titled Lost Girls & Love Hotels, the latest film from Swedish filmmaker William Olsson (An American Affair). We featured the first teaser trailer last month. Set in Tokyo and adapted from Catherine Hanrahan's novel, the film is about an American woman trying to forget her past by drifting arou...
Tags: Movies, Trailer, Tokyo, Margaret, Indies, Alexandra Daddario, Kazu, To Watch, William Olsson, Catherine Hanrahan, Takehiro Hira, Carice van Houten Misuzu Kanno, Kate Easton


The 24 power players using TikTok to transform the music industry, from marketers and record execs to artists

TikTok has transformed the music industry in recent months as tracks that go viral on the app have taken over the Billboard 100 and Spotify Viral 50 charts. TikTok's music-friendly interface and its users' penchant for dance challenges have made it an indispensable promotional tool for the music industry. Business Insider compiled a power list of the 24 music marketers, artists, digital creators, record labels, and other industry insiders who are using TikTok to help define popular music in 20...
Tags: Apple, Spotify, Europe, Hbo, New York, Instagram, Rihanna, Youtube, Jay Z, La, US, Trends, Eu, Ceo, United States, Justin Bieber


The cannabis-tech startup Fyllo used this pitch deck to land $26 million. Here's an inside look at how it's using AI to shape the future of cannabis retail.

Cannabis-tech startup Fyllo closed a $26 million Series A funding round, led by JW Asset Management and K2 & Associates. Fyllo CEO Chad Bronstein shared the pitch deck he used to close the round exclusively with Business Insider.  The deck gives an inside look into how the startup is using AI and data to shape the future of cannabis retail. For more stories like this, sign up for our Cultivated newsletter. Cannabis tech startups are continuing to land millions in funding as the industry looks...
Tags: Trends, Chicago, Tokyo, Bronstein, Lorne Gertner, CannaRegs, Amanda Ostrowitz, Fyllo, Chad Bronstein, JW Asset Management and K2 Associates, CannaRegs Media, Arjun Reddy, Mitch Kahn


World Wisdom: Scotter One Shoes

Sneakers are classic staples in any footwear collection, but many aren’t durable. Enter Scooter One Shoes, the iconic sneaker reimagined in upcycled leather to provide a go-with-everything style that’s designed to last. Imagined in Tokyo, Scooter One Shoes was created for the world.Brought to you by: Frugal Focus
Tags: Tokyo, Frugality


The smoky sanctuary of a traditional little Tokyo bar

The photo below has appeared on these pages before as part of a monochrome series from Shinjuku’s Omoide Yokocho, or Piss Alley as it’s also known. It is also a companion piece of sorts with this shot taken just a few minutes later. Back then, as well as converting the original image to black and white, I’d also cropped it, but going through some older pictures with a view to the print sales mentioned last week, this one caught my attention in relation to how it would look in colour, and if it w...
Tags: Travel, Photography, Japan, Food And Drink, Tokyo, Shinjuku, Tokyo Times, Piss Alley


Toshiba's laptop business shuffles off this mortal coil

In from the min-1990s, right through into the early years of the new millennium, Toshiba churned out some pretty solid laptop hardware. I've used a number of their lappy's in the past, across various industries. No matter what I threw at them, be it text, Photoshop, or a bit of gaming when the boss wasn't looking, Toshiba's hardware always proved capable of standing its ground. In recent years, Toshiba's taken a number of quiet steps away from their laptop business. This week, however, they drop...
Tags: Post, News, Sharp, Tokyo, Flickr, Toshiba, Tcs, Toshiba Corporation, Sharp Corporation, Sharp Toshiba, Dynabook, Dynabook Inc, Toshiba Client Solutions Co Ltd


You can rent a fake Shibuya Scramble crossing for $8,000 a day

Tokyo's Shibuya Scramble crossing is the busiest crosswalk in the world, with as many as 1,000 people crossing its five walkways at the same time. It's become a tourist attraction in its own right, and many people record videos as they walk across the street.  I shot the video above on a summer evening in 2018. Of course shooting a movie that features Shibuya Scramble would be almost impossible, or at least astronomically expensive. But if you are willing to drive an hour and a half outside T...
Tags: Video, News, Tokyo, Shibuya Scramble, Simulacra, Ashikaga Scramble City Studio


This drive-through haunted house in Japan will "make your car bloody if you wish."

If you're anything like me, you're already worried about how we're going to do Halloween during the pandemic. Distantly dispersing trick-or-treat candy via t-shirt cannon? Kids dress as the cast of ER in surgical masks or wear 6 ft. inner tubes around their waists? Most of us are still figuring this out as we go, but there's one haunted house production company in Tokyo who is already well ahead of the game. Kowagarasetai in Tokyo has created a drive-through haunt experience where, according to...
Tags: Post, Japan, Texas, News, Tokyo, Ohio, Kowagarasetai, Kowagerasetai


Uber-efficient Tokyo food delivery

The uber-efficent delivery of food is a tried and long tested process in Japan. Traditional bicycle transportation may well have (mostly) given way to faster motorbikes, but invariably it’s still the fella who made the dish that also delivers it. And while a well-known American company is very visibly making inroads, there’s thankfully still lots of sights like this on the roads.
Tags: Travel, Photography, Japan, Food And Drink, Tokyo


Mountain biker Lea Davison chronicles hidden financial hardships of Olympic athletes

In face of coronavirus pandemic and with Tokyo Games postponed until 2021, Olympic athletes face even greater financial challenge with their training.         [Author: USA TODAY]
Tags: Usa, News, Tokyo, Usa Today, Lea Davison


Meet the 11 power players running Salesforce's international business as it looks to aggressively expand overseas (CRM)

Salesforce has seen significant leadership changes in its international business this year after its former head of international stepped down in February. Gavin Patterson, who took on the role, also became the company's new chief revenue officer in August.  International leaders will continue to report up to Patterson, but as Salesforce's international business has grown, it has appointed new country and regional leaders in Europe, Asia, and Australia.  Here are the 11 power players running S...
Tags: Amazon, Europe, Japan, UK, Sweden, Microsoft, Australia, Germany, Singapore, India, Africa, Israel, US, Trends, Austria, Ireland


A peek inside Goldman Sachs' internal idea factory that's hatched products like a LinkedIn for Wall Street. Here's what else it's trying to disrupt at the bank.

Goldman Sachs' internal incubator program, GS Accelerate, enables employees of the bank to trade their day jobs to become full-time entrepreneurs. The program was started in March 2018. So far, it has received 2,000 applications for funding for business ideas from within Goldman's ranks, but just 13 have received investments. This week, Goldman held a virtual demo day showing off some of the businesses the firm has incubated, and Business Insider was exclusively invited to attend. Are you a yo...
Tags: Google, New York, London, India, US, Trends, Tokyo, Goldman Sachs, Panorama, Goldman, Blackstone, Baker, Cto, Business Insider, Wells Fargo, Trump


Coronavirus fatigue is fueling defiance in Tokyo, even as the case count rises

Ayumi Sato is trying to be careful. But she's had enough. Lockdown fatigue is setting in for Sato, a 34-year-old stock trader who lives in Tokyo, and she's not alone.
Tags: Asia, News, Tokyo, Sato, Ayumi Sato


Nine great documentaries to feed your Olympic fever

The Road to Tokyo may be blocked, but the pandemic can't completely extinguish the Olympic flame. As a...          [Author: The Daytona Beach News-Journal]
Tags: Religion, Tokyo, Daytona Beach News Journal, The Daytona Beach News-Journal


Japan's coronavirus fatigue is fueling defiance in Tokyo, even as the case count rises

Ayumi Sato is trying to be careful. But she's had enough. Lockdown fatigue is setting in for Sato, a 34-year-old stock trader who lives in Tokyo, and she's not alone.
Tags: Japan, Cnn, Tokyo, Sato, Ayumi Sato


Coronavirus live news: Norway advises citizens to avoid all travel abroad; Japan confirms record new infections

‘The holiday is over,’ says Norwegian health minister; cases continue to mount in Japan; PPE destroyed in Beirut blast; Africa passes 1m confirmed cases‘We’re still so tired’: European doctors brace for second waveUS: Fauci tells of death threats over virus policyGlobal report: WHO warns against dangers of ‘vaccine nationalism’Lockdown will have ‘negligible’ impact on climate crisis – studyUK coronavirus updates – live 2.48pm BST Japan confirmed a record 1,580 new coronavirus infections on F...
Tags: Europe, Japan, Africa, UK News, US news, Infectious Diseases, Who, Tokyo, Norway, Beirut, Fauci, Osaka Japan, Mainichi, Coronavirus outbreak, Bent Høie


Inside the Goldman Sachs incubator that allows everyone from analysts to MDs to become paid entrepreneurs on the bank's dime — and a look at the startups the firm is betting on

Goldman Sachs' internal incubator program, GS Accelerate, enables employees of the bank to trade their day jobs to become full-time entrepreneurs. The program was started in March 2018. So far, it has received 2,000 applications for funding for business ideas from within Goldman's ranks, but just 13 have received investments. This week, Goldman held a virtual demo day showing off some of the businesses the firm has incubated, and Business Insider was exclusively invited to attend. Are you a yo...
Tags: Google, New York, London, India, US, Trends, Tokyo, Goldman Sachs, Panorama, Goldman, Blackstone, Baker, Cto, Business Insider, Wells Fargo, Trump


Stream Komusō & Setsuko’s Blisteringly Intense New Split EP

According to the infinite font of wisdom that is Wikipedia, the Komusō were "a group of Japanese mendicant monks of the Fuke school of Zen Buddhism who flourished during the Edo period of 1600–1868." Komusō, the band whose name invokes those monks, is a Tokyo combo whose sound ranges from creeping, tightly wound post-hardcore to … More »
Tags: Music, Wikipedia, Tokyo, Zen Buddhism, Setsuko, Komusō


Tokyo Olympics: Rings temporarily shelved

The giant Olympic rings exit the spotlight temporarily for maintenance, after the Tokyo games are postponed.
Tags: News, Tokyo


Fantasia Virtual Announces Third & Final Wave of 2020 Titles!

Fantasia Virtual announces third & final wave of 2020 titles! The Fantasia Film Festival has unveiled a massive new assortment of feature films in the third and final wave of its virtual 24th edition, along with details on scheduled panels, talks, tributes and special events including a masterclass with horror maestro John Carpenter and more! PB = PB || {}; PB.gptStandAlone = PB.gptStandAlone || {}; PB.gptAutoRefresh = PB.gptAutoRefresh || {'gptAds':[],...
Tags: Horror, Movies, Fantasia Film Festival, Movie News


Sony's latest flagship noise-cancelling headphones cost $350, and you can preorder them now

  Sony's newest flagship headphones, the WH-1000XM4, are now available for preorder for $349.99. The fourth-generation headphones follow the company's highly rated WH-1000XM3, which are our current pick for the best noise-cancelling headphones you can buy. Upgraded features on the new model include expanded smart control and improved noise cancellation. The WH-1000XM4 headphones are expected to start shipping in mid-August. Sony's WH-1000XM3 are among the best wireless over-ear headphones on...
Tags: Trends, Sony, Tokyo, Bose, Amazon Sony, Best Buy Amazon, Sony Music Studios, Newegg With, Google Assistant Amazon Alexa Multi


Hiroshima survivors mark 75th anniversary of world’s 1st atomic attack

By MARI YAMAGUCHI | Associated Press HIROSHIMA, Japan — Survivors of the world’s first atomic bombing gathered in diminished numbers near an iconic, blasted dome Thursday to mark the attack’s 75th anniversary, many of them urging the world, and their own government, to do more to ban nuclear weapons. An upsurge of coronavirus cases in Japan meant a much smaller than normal turnout, but the bombing survivors’ message was more urgent than ever. As their numbers dwindle — their average age is about...
Tags: Asia, Japan, Politics, New York, Isis, News, North Korea, Sport, World news, Iran, Soccer, United States, Shinzo Abe, Pope Francis, Dubai, Tokyo


Japan denies claims that prime minister Shinzo Abe is seriously ill

Officials in Tokyo have played down suggestions that Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe is seriously ill after a news magazine reported that he vomited blood at his office on July 6 and cancelled his engagements for the rest of the day. Mr Abe, 65, attended the memorial ceremony marking the 75th anniversary of the atomic bomb attack on Hiroshima on Thursday and gave a brief address in which he called for the abolition of nuclear weapons, although it has been pointed out that he has not given any...
Tags: Japan, News, Shinzo Abe, Tokyo, Hiroshima, Abe, Yoshihide Suga, Suga, Mainichi