Tetrapods

This article was originally published by Kansai Scene in 2009 under the name W.F. Tyrman. Tetrapods, sounds like a new animation coming your way. Maybe, it will involve dinosaurs or giant legged robots. Some school boy, maybe called Shinji, is the only person in the world able to pilot super Transformer-Gundam style machines to protect […]

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Monster Parents

This article was originally published in Kansai Scene under the name of W.F. Tyrman Once upon a time, teachers were well respected beacons of society, a country’s means of instilling morals, history, skills and innovations into its youth. Then, one day, came some wicked witches and warlocks, not with poisoned apples, but with barbed words […]

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Written in Blood

This opinion piece was originally published by Wulfstan’s Literary Tumble in 2012 and is written by Ryujin. There are many ways in which a society defines itself as being civilized or not. There are things that should not happen and one of those is the glorification of murderers. Let’s not mince words; Japan has disgraced […]

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After the Quake

After the Quake Murakami Haruki On the day of the Kobe earthquake a friend of mine was due to stay over with a friend in Kobe. The bedroom she would have stayed in was crushed by a falling building. The rest of the apartment survived almost undamaged, but if she had gone there, she would have […]

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Piercing

Piercing Murakami Ryu Murakami Ryu’s “Piercing” is an intense psycho-thriller in the vein of his earlier work, “In The Miso Soup.” This time instead of a murderous American tourist and the rotten side of Tokyo’s pink industry, we have a married man who was abused as a kid. Kawashima Masayuki thinks he stabbed someone when […]

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Vibrator

Vibrator Akasaka Mari Much in the same vein as Piercing and just as long, Mari Akasaka’s Vibrator is a perplexing book. It is much like a Murakami Ryu or Kanehara Hitomi book, all hyper and internal with the threat of violence. Yet, it is somewhere between the two. With Kanehara’s Autoficion there was no violence, […]

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Time for Tuna

Here’s an old, unpublished article from 2009/2010. Originally intended to be sent to Kansai Scene in Japan, it was shelved. Japan continues to consume huge amounts of fish; especially tuna depleting stock from around the world as well as its own backyard. When it comes to Japanese fishing, international environmental action revolves around the slaughter […]

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Maid Cafés

Just now I was looking at the search terms that led to my poetry blog. At the moment I am working through a few ideas for chapters/sections of a new book called “Origins of the J-Verse,” which i’d love to publish some time in February (if time allows). One of those terms was for “maid […]

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