Monthly Archives: December 2011

Best albums 2011

During a year when my opportunities to hear live music decreased considerably, I would like to think I actually listened to more music. Having shifted my daily constitutionals from the morning to the evening in order to take advantage of … Continue reading

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Best movies 2011

Here are my ten-best-plus movies of the year, which I wrote for the Jan. issue of EL Magazine. All were released in Japan during the 2011 calendar year. Though I saw fewer movies than I did in 2010, I believe … Continue reading

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Media Mix, Dec. 18, 2011

Here’s this week’s Media Mix, which is about the arrest of gold medalist Masato Uchishiba for allegedly raping a member of the university judo team he coached. Though the column references comments by journalist Yukari Yamada on the problem of … Continue reading

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Mission accomplishable: Tom Cruise draws a crowd

Who’s the biggest movie star today? If you say Tom Cruise or Will Smith, it’s not because they’re the biggest box office draws, but rather because they act like movie stars, and that’s because they love being movie stars. It’s … Continue reading

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