I Can't Decide if Samurai Flamenco is Brilliant or Terrible

Usually when an anime hits its halfway point, I like to give a point-by-point review of its first half. However, in the case of Samurai Flamenco, this has proven impossible for me. Because depending on how the series so far is interpreted, it's either brilliant or terrible—and I can't seem to decide which. » 1/17/14 7:00am 1/17/14 7:00am

In Japan, Thugs Sit Like They're Taking a Crap

In years past, you'd always see them outside convenience stores and in parking lots, coping a squat next to their Subarus and Hondas, smoking cigarettes. They were tough looking. They were thugs. And they'd sit like they're squeezing out turds.

In Japan, there's a style of squatting called "yanki zuwari" (ヤンキー座り) or… » 11/20/12 4:30am 11/20/12 4:30am

The Wild and Wonderful World of Japanese Scarecrows

Across Japan, it's harvest time. In September, the rice turns a golden hue. The color—my favorite—is koganeiro (黄金色). Scarecrows stand watch over the rice fields. Most scarecrows in Japan are rather pedestrian—what you'd think a scarecrow would and should look like.


Then, there the ones that don't look anything like… » 10/04/12 4:30am 10/04/12 4:30am

In Hong Kong, Superheroes Live Very Normal and Somewhat Bittersweet…

Being a superhero seems so glamorous. There are the outfits, the universe saving, and the crime fighting. But in Hong Kong, the lives of superheroes seem so normal.


They get parking tickets, they work in markets, and after a long day, they sit down for delicious dinners. That's the concept behind these photos,… » 8/01/12 8:00am 8/01/12 8:00am