• Blogs

    March 17, 2011

    Radiation From Japan Is Headed for California...But Don't Worry

    ​Before you freak out over the words "radioactive plume" hitting Southern California, know that any radiation from the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan will be diluted and, via the New York Times, "at worst, would have extremely minor health consequences in the United States, even if hints of ... More >>

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    March 16, 2011

    Sad Japanese Cat Is Reportedly Safe!

    via​Yesterday we posted an image of a cat in Japan that seemed to be just hanging on with the most heart-wrenching of expressions above what we, given the timing, interpreted as tsunami water. We would like to correct ourselves. It turns out that the photo, which had been reblogged by WNYC's T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2011

    Eat and Drink for Japan

    ​Tonight from 6 to 8 p.m., 100 percent of proceeds at Mehtaphor will go to the Japanese Red Cross to benefit disaster efforts in Japan. But even if you can't make it to the restaurant, there are other places where you can put your appetites to more philanthropic use.

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2011

    Gilbert Gottfried Fired as Aflac Duck Voice For Japan Jokes on Twitter

    via​Gilbert Gottfried, the loud comedian you may remember from his role as the loud character voice in movies like Disney's Aladdin, has been fired as the voice actor for disability insurance provider Aflac after he joked repeatedly on his Twitter about the earthquake in Japan. Many are left w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2011

    This May Be the Most Heart-Wrenching Photo You Will See Today

    via​WNYC's Transmitter has posted this photo of a cat struggling to stay above the tsunami waters in Japan. It is apparently their most popular Tumblr post. If this doesn't make your heart ache at least a little, you have no soul. (Larger photo, with perspective, after the jump.)

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2011

    The Stupidest Things Said About Japan on the Internet

    via​We always love to say that "tragedy brings out the best in people." Unfortunately, that's not always the case. As we documented earlier, people flocked to Twitter and Facebook in droves to celebrate the Japanese earthquake and subsequent tsunami, which have been responsible for thousands u ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2011

    What Is the Red Cross Doing With Your Donations to Japan?

    ​Earlier today we were asked some questions about how organizations like the Red Cross are dealing with donations received for Japan. Specifically, how long do those text donations take to reach aid organizations? Are donations even reaching Japan, and will they? Gizmodo addressed the question ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2011

    Now a Volcano Is Erupting in Japan

    The Shinmoedake volcano in southern Japan began erupting again yesterday, after last erupting January 19. It's uncertain whether the eruption is related to the earthquake that occurred on Friday; the volcano is located about 950 miles from the epicenter of that quake. According to the L.A. Times, "J ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2011

    Japan Fights to Avoid Nuclear Disaster; Death Toll From Tsunami Could Top 10,000

    Reuters/Toru Hanai​Japan is facing what prime minister Naoto Kan called its "toughest and most difficult crisis" since World War II, as workers struggle to prevent meltdowns in two reactors at the Fukushima power plant. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said that a third reactor would possibly e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2011

    Is Western Coverage of Japan Veering Into "Disaster Porn"?

    Reuters via NYT​An idea getting thrown around on the Internet is that American news networks' coverage of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan is a form of "disaster porn." This post from Tokyo photographer Rikki Kasso's blog reposted on Tumblr sums up the argument: Please everybody do not re ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2011

    Japan Quake Death Toll Could Rise to 1300; Nuclear Plant Explosion Causes Radiation Leak, Fear of Meltdown

    Reuters via NYT​The death toll from yesterday's 8.9 magnitude earthquake and tsunami in northern Japan could rise to more than 1300, government officials told Japanese news media. CNN is reporting that the number of deaths is 900 and is expected to rise. Half the population of one town, Minamisanr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2011

    A High-Speed Bullet Train and a Cruise Ship Are Missing in Japan

    ​Details continue to come in about the aftermath of the 8.9 magnitude earthquake in Japan and the devastating tsunami that followed. The death toll, currently in the hundreds, is expected to increase dramatically. Google has launched a person-finder app to try to help people locate missing fri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2011

    The Facebook Craze Is Skipping Japan

    ​The New York Times has addressed Mark Zuckerberg's apparent global domination in an article called "Facebook Wins Relatively Few Friends in Japan," which points out that Facebook has actually failed to win Japan. Although Goldman Sachs just valued the company at $50 billion dollars, the Japanese ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2010

    A Glimpse of the Original Ippudo in Tokyo

    ​Mmmm, this bowl of Ippudo ramen from the Ebisu location in Tokyo looks like the one called Shiromaru Hakata Classic here. Fork in the Road Beijing correspondent Lillian Chou recently traveled to Tokyo, where she met another friend of ours, musician Carl Stone, and the two of them went ramen ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    December 22, 2010


    Get backed into a corner with someone sweet.

  • Film

    November 24, 2010
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    November 17, 2010

    Sharon Van Etten Playing Bowery Ballroom In January

    ​Politely acidic Brooklyn folkie Sharon Van Etten is a burgeoning SOTC obsession -- her intoxicating sophomore album, Epic, is a killer if you're in a particularly emotionally vulnerable mood. (YIMBY'd closing track "Love More" especially.) She hasn't played around here lately, alas, denying u ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2010

    The Internet is Actually an Island in Japan, Full of Cats

    The "wonky Japanense language, culture" blog Tofugo isn't exactly breaking news so much as reading Wikipedia and scouring YouTube, but it bears repeating, especially in light of yesterday's New York Times investigation: there is an island in Japan called Cat Island. And the internet goes wild! But i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2010

    'I knew Mishima Yukio very well.'

    ​Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. December 3, 1970, Vol. XV, No. 49 A memory of Mishima By Faubion Bowers I knew Mishima Yukio very well. Now, so does the whole world, not so much for his books which are marvelous and multitudinous in their variegation, but because on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2010

    10 More Wild and Crazy Food Vending Machines

    jetsetta.comThis Japanese machine lets you take a chance on what flavor soda you're getting. Even weirder, you have to stick your hand up the guy's ass to get it, as a gleeful proctologist looks on.​A couple of days ago, we put up a collection of 10 Wild and Crazy Food Vending Machines. In the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2010

    10 Wild and Crazy Food Vending Machines

    toxel.com1. Vending machine from Japan turns shopping for seafood into a game of skill​When Fork in the Road Beijing correspondent Lillian Chou wrote to tell us about a new Chinese vending machine that dispensed hairy crabs kept alive at barely above-zero temps, it got us thinking about other ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    October 6, 2010
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    September 10, 2010

    In Japan, Misplaced Old People Are Still Old, Just Not Edward-Cullen-Old

    ​Last month, it came to the attention of the Japanese government that many of the hundredsomething oldsters they thought they'd kept around to jazz the place up actually may have died or, at the very least, "gone missing," in the most euphemistic way possible.

  • Voice Choices

    September 1, 2010


    Celebrate Tokyo’s fashion with a show and party

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2010

    Our Nine Best Ramen Restaurants

    Ippudo's karaka-men, spicy ramen with ground pork ​In the port city of Yokohama, Japan, there is a large museum dedicated to ramen. There, one can learn the story of ramen's genesis between slurps of noodles and broth: Though the noodle is now practically Japan's national dish--popular enough ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2010

    The NFL Bans Players from Selling Wine; Rheingold Comes Back from the Dead

    ​The garagiste movement, popular in the 1990s, seems to be resurfacing and changing, with a number of micro wine producers returning to a terroir-driven philosophy. [Wall Street Journal] Some diners are uneasy with the practice of the sommelier tasting the wine first. Daniel Boulud's wine dir ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2010

    Animals Taunted With Food in Crazy Japanese Game Show

    A clip currently circulating on YouTube shows complacent animals posing motionlessly as excited contestants stack food on or around them. In one sequence, a black dog looks mournful as his owner piles 32 strips of Spam on his nose and forehead (he gets to eat it after the stacks fall off), while i ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    July 6, 2010
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    May 21, 2010

    Japanese Entrepreneur Takes on Sisyphean Task of Getting Americans to Eat Natto

    tasteofculture.comOpen wide...​Although we have something of an admiration for it, natto - the fermented black soy beans eaten widely in Japan -- is definitely an acquired taste. With a texture typically likened to mucus or snot and an odor that is, well, distinctive, natto isn't quite as easy ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2010

    Hollywood Celebs Tell Japan to Stop Killing Their Friend the Dolphin

    "Thank you, Woody."​The makers of the documentary film The Cove, which won an Academy Award, have now released a PSA starring such Hollywood celebrities as Jennifer Aniston, Ben Stiller, Woody Harrelson, and James Gandolfini. In English with Japanese subtitles, the PSA is meant to enlighten pe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2010

    Fashion Terror Watch List: Japanese Men Co-opt Shorts Over Leggings, the Universe Weeps

    ​Time to lighten the mood a little, folks, with another brand of terror: The kind you put on feet-first and wriggle over your thighs and then up to your waist, where their ill-conceived elastic pants-holder-up mechanism digs brutally into your belly-parts, indenting your sensitive flesh with r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2010

    Sumo Wrestlers Taunt Babies in Japan, But That's Not Okay in America!

    ​In a pairing for the ages, meet the Sumo wrestler and the baby. They look alike, they wear the same kind of clothes, they are both adorably chubby and bare-butted ... They go together like peas and carrots, or Splenda and that third cup of coffee. Americans have been slow to celebrate the S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2010

    Endangerment, Be Damned: Giant Tuna Sells for Giant Sum at Japanese Fish Market

    National GeographicBluefin tuna: the world's most expensive sashimi.​Environmentalists are telling us that the bluefin tuna population in many parts of the world is more or less screwed, but that hasn't stopped the Japanese from rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. Case in point: earlie ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2009

    Slurp Tokyo-Style O-Zoni Soup for Good Luck in the New Year at EN Brasserie

    EN Brasserie's o-zoni​ Many cultures have certain foods traditionally eaten at the new year, believed to bring luck to the next 365 days. In the American south, it's Hoppin' John made with black-eyed peas; Spaniards eat a dozen grapes for every strike of the clock at midnight; and other cultur ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2009

    Let Us Now Praise Stinky Foods: Japanese Natto Beans​Not to be confused with annatto, a red coloring central to several Spanish-speaking Caribbean cuisines, natto are black soybeans (a smaller variety than familiar green soybeans) that are fermented using the bacterium Bacillus subtilis. These beans originated in China, but ha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2009

    Krispy Kreme In Doughnut Sludge Scandal; Wendy's Pulls Out of Japan

    ​Chex cereal sees about half its annual sales occur in the final three months of the year, when party throwers buy multiple boxes -- Corn, Rice, and Wheat -- to make Chex Mix. The brand is now pushing new microwaveable recipes. [NY Times] Krispy Kreme was sued by Fairfax County earlier this y ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    December 1, 2009


    Is Japan’s cute obsession creepy?

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2009

    Costco Takes Manhattan; Long Island Scallops Make a Comeback

    ​iVillage has launched a new food site,, specifically targeted at "women on the go." The site will feature blogs, recipes, photos and video content, as well as content by Gail Simmons and restaurateur Donatella Arpaia. [WWD] Costco got its first Manhattan location on Thursda ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2009

    "Bovine Spinal Columns" Lead Japan to Ban Tyson Beef Shipments

    In another big step forward for food safety and international diplomacy, a Tyson meatpacking facility has been banned from shipping beef to Japan after Japanese authorities discovered bovine spinal columns in 732 boxes shipped from the Nebraska plant. Although Tyson claimed the delivery was the resu ... More >>

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    September 14, 2009

    Strange Snacks of the World: Japanese Fish Sausage

    ​ Strange fish products are often much tastier than they sound (like prawn cheese in a tube and dried wild fish). Japanese fish sausage is not one of those snacks. On the upside, it is so bouncy you could play paddle ball with it. Poke around Japanese grocery Sunrise Mart long enough and yo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2009

    Japanese Food Extravaganza This Sunday

    Oi.Max/flickr​This Sunday's NYC Japan Fair will occupy only one block of Madison Avenue, between 43rd and 44th streets, but will devote a large portion of the space to showcasing Japan's gastronomic contributions to the city. Look for ramen from Souen, pork from Hakata Ton Ton, pancakes from O ... More >>

  • Music

    July 28, 2009

    How to Be a Japanese Reggaephile

    Step one: Move to Kingston or Brooklyn, and try not to get killed

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2009

    Forget the Best Crust. Which Pizza Has the Most Legs?

    If you think the pizza wars in New York have gone too far, thank your lucky stars you aren't eating pies in Japan. The Head of the Insect Eating Cuisine Association serves up spider pizza at an Okinawa pizzeria. Mr. Matsuba promotes the eating of insects and arachnids, especially among kids. He al ... More >>

  • Dining

    May 6, 2009

    ZuZu Ramen Leads the Noodle Charge East

    The ramen explosion crosses the river

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    April 8, 2009
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    March 25, 2009
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    March 18, 2009
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    March 4, 2009


    Japan Society takes you to Tokyo

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2008

    Strange Snacks of the World--Noodle Sandwich

    Carb-o-liciousJapanese bakeries tend to have an imaginative approach to bread products. There are the perfectly square, unnaturally puffy white loaves, and then there are buns stuffed with canned corn and cheese, and tea sandwiches filled with multi-colored mostly-mayo spreads. The downtown branch o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2008

    A Portable Disneyland: Otaku Take Manhattan at This Year's Anime Fest

    I know, I know . . . lately you can barely swing a dead cat without hitting another comics convention. But the 2nd New York Anime Fest ain't just another cartoon jamboree. Manga (meaning Japanese paperback comics) outsell almost all other books or magazines in Japan; in 2006 the industry got its G ... More >>

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