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Hot Shoots!

I have been invited to a few of these in my time here in Japan, the last one was yesterday.    A shoot typically starts at around 10 am and can last up until 9 pm depending on what the producers want.   And then you shoot stills and discuss wardrobes and scene settings.   Porn comes in  three to six hour blocks, nowadays, even in the states.

You can see the different costumes and  arrangements  in the top photo and then the different floor layouts on the second photo.    Studios change frequently.

My first foray into this kind of photography was met with a lot of uncertainty.   I got into it to improve my skills behind the camera and to have a chance to work with real AV models and amateurs, many of which are Jukujo.    It's definitely not about the money, you cannot make a living on just photography alone, you need to get into producing.    And for the record, I neither sell nor distribute obscene materials.

The adult entertainment industry accounts for roughly 1% of the GDP in …

World Porters & Cosmo World

World Porters is a memorable place to visit.   It's one of the first places young couples go to when they want to spend time together.     Everything here was designed with the young and the cute in mind, much like the entire area around World Porters.    It is the Disneyland of Yokohama.

The food court is noteworthy for a couple of reasons; there's  a Sumire Ramen, and a Korean Babimba restaurant.   The rest  are all typical fare found in any other outlet or shopping mall.    A lot of couple enjoy the boutiques and ice cream parlors, the themed goods shops.    The adults enjoy the international market where they can buy all sorts of European cheeses and wines.    Back when I first moved to Yokohama, a buddy of mine used to hang out with me down in the food court area.   We'd purchase a bottle of red wine that was imported from France or California.   The cashier would uncork it right there at the register, and then hand us both two plastic cups.    We'd spend the whol…

Feeling Ethnic: Cup Ramen Museum

So my excuse for visiting the Cup Ramen Museum in Minato Mirai, was to test out the new Canon EF 40mm f / 2.8 STM pancake lens; Canon's newest ultra compact flat lens.   Actually, the real reason was because I was feeling ethnic and wanted to challenge Noodles Bazaar at the World Noodles Road on the fourth floor.    I had work to do and I was on a mission to satisfy my craving for the ubiquitous  noodle, and maybe get a little education on the history of instant ramen.     The easiest way to find  the museum is to look for the one single Landmark building in the heart of Minato Mirai.    The Landmark Tower.   If you are looking at it from where this picture was taken, then the ramen museum is behind you on your right.

I went there on a slightly overcast Monday afternoon  to avoid the crowds.    Getting here is easy.  You can take either the Keihin Tohoku line, the Yokohama Blue Subway Line or the  Toyoku Line.    If you get off at Sakuragicho Station via Keihin Tohoku, you can enj…

Sake Brewer's of Tokyo

Tokyo Sake Brewer's Association,  to be exact, is an organization that represents sake brewed in Tokyo.   The office is located about a 5 minute walk from JR Tachikawa Station, south exit.  

The significance of such an organization is to promote awareness of Tokyo brewed sake and to  de-stigmatize  peoples misconceptions about the quality  of sake brewed right here in the capital of Japan.    There are about a dozen or so breweries  throughout the greater Tokyo area, each with their own special brewing techniques and labels, which are all worthy of mention, by the way.     

Unfortunately, many sake enthusiast pay very little attention to sake here.    What comes to mind often times when people are judging the quality of sake, is the region it was brewed in, and who brewed it.   They think of places in the Hokuriku region and Tohoku because of the natural bounty of fresh mineral water, high quality rice grains, and perfect temps.    Of course, all of these factors play an important…

Yugawara: Radon Baths

Every now and then I head off the beaten path to a no - name part of Japan.   Yugawara City.  When I say no - name, I mean a place that most urbanites either pass right by on there way to Izu Peninsula, or completely avoiding Yugawara all together because it's not as overly commercialized like Hakone and areas around Nagano Prefecture.    Many Japanese move like sheep in that if the place(s) are commercialized and too touristy, they will flock there.    

Yugawara is the kind of place that attracts elderly as the area caters to a specific kind of tourist who typically enjoy very traditional aspects of rural life.   Generally people over 50 who love dried fish and onsen, as Yugawara is an old onsen town and a seaport village with shops as old as time immemorial.     There are memories here of a bygone era relished by baby boomers and people who grew up in this tiny little quaint town.   Yugawara is definitely not for everybody, but if you do come down here, try to take it all in.   …

Bingotukemono: Takuan

So what about Japanese cuisine, and what about the soul of Japan?    It's been the soul of Japan's job to spread the purest  interpretation of the love of Japan and its bounty, and to extol the love of thick and beautiful Japanese Jukujo,  amazing Niigata sake, and  gorgeous onsen.     I still believe that the embodiment of all-things-Japan is the Japanese Jukujo and that she  must  love the rice brew,  Ise Jingu, and the Tenno.   There is a sense of dignified beauty there that most normal folks overlook, and this is simply because they only view Japan through the lens of objectivity.      Japan is not just some other country.   Clear?    Let's move on to what I'm really good at.

I have used written reviews by food critics as my gauge for choosing what to buy.   One organization I have come to respect over the years is the   Monde Selection, in spite of it being a foreign institution, it hails as the most important panel of  judges of quality  for many Japanese food p…

Shin-Okubo: Little Korea

So I finally got around to going up there to Shin-Okubo,  the land of Seoul via the Yamanote Line.  Been putting this trip off for years for personal reasons;  I am not a fan of Hanlleyu.      I knew why I came up this way, and for none other reason than the food, and maybe to bask in the nausea of Korean romanticist who steal Japanese Jukujo's souls.    But honestly, I like spicy food and stews and pickled vegetables that challenge my taste buds.    I also love the little funky cafes that line the main thoroughfares and alley ways, each with their own little eclectic menus and interior decor.     This place is Korea.  

Shin-Okuba represents more than just a place to relish in Korean culinary delights and K-pop culture, but a place where Koreans can express themselves through their culture.    You can feel the local vibe in the air as you're walking down narrow walkways and footpaths.    I have personally been to mainland Korea six times, so a lot of the nostalgia was there …