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This Is Their Youth

Friday, February 06, 2009

Young adults in Japan are unemployed, disenchanted, and depressed. Roland Kelts talks to poet Misumi Mizuki, novelist Ryu Murakami, and other artists to understand why. And he finds that Japan’s troubled youth might be changing the country for the better.

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Pico Iyer: Outside Man

Friday, February 06, 2009

Travel writer Pico Iyer has lived in Japan for 20 years. And while he knows the locals still see him as an outsider, he told Kurt that this status helps him pay attention to his surroundings.

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Nerd's Paradise

Friday, February 06, 2009

Roland Kelts, an expert in Japanese pop culture, takes Kurt to Akihabara, a retail paradise for otaku -- obsessive fans of manga and other Japanese culture. But a recent tragedy casts a shadow over the fun and games.

Kurt Geeks Out in Akihabara

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Sticker Me Beautiful

Friday, February 06, 2009

Kurt lands in Tokyo's Shibuya -- glitzy and bustling, it makes Times Square look quaint, and it’s the epicenter of teen culture. Kurt meets up with blogger Lisa Katayama, who takes Kurt to a girl haven: the sticker picture booth. Striking poses against glittery pink and purple backdrops ...

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Studio 360 in Japan

Friday, February 06, 2009

Studio 360 is big in Japan. Kurt Andersen hits the streets of Tokyo in search of cutting-edge art and design. Female art stars take on the schoolgirl stereotype; young rebels scream against an economic system that failed them. And Kurt goes undercover at the epicenter of all things nerdy to get a taste of otaku culture.

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The Lion

Friday, February 06, 2009

Kurt stumbles into a temple for classical music fans, with scratchy records played at the altar.

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Suicide Forest

Friday, February 06, 2009

Aokigahara is the forest at the foot of Mount Fuji. It’s mythologized in Japanese literature as a sacred place for people to end their lives -– and every year close to a hundred suicides are committed there. Studio 360’s Pejk Malinovski went there to uncover why it ...

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We have a show!

Thursday, February 05, 2009

We proudly present the complete Studio 360 in Japan episode!

Check out our website for more Japan stories, video and photos.

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Ladies and Gentlemen...

Monday, February 02, 2009

Greetings from Studio 360's home base in New York City!

After weeks of listening to tape and mixing (and remixing) our stories, we're proud to post the first sounds of our trip to Japan. On this past week's show, we broadcast an interview with the writer Pico Iyer in ...

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No Time for Tea

Friday, January 30, 2009

The tea ceremony is a 400-year-old ritual for making and presenting green tea. But in Japan's fast-paced techno-centric society - one increasingly fueled by coffee - we wondered how the tea ceremony can survive. Studio 360’s Jenny Lawton talked with tea masters, old and young, to find ...

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High Finance & Old Japan

Friday, January 30, 2009

Hedge fund poetry and the secrets of old Japan. Find out how a job in the complicated world of high finance inspired the poet Katy Lederer. Despite 20 years of living in Japan, writer Pico Iyer embraces his outsider status there. The ancient Japanese tea ceremony finds a place in the modern world. And hear the haunting story behind a Japanese forest that attracts those seeking to end their lives.

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Suicide Forest

Friday, January 30, 2009

Aokigahara is the name of the forest at the foot of Mount Fuji. It’s been mythologized in Japanese literature as a sacred place for people to end their lives – and every year close to a hundred suicides are committed there. Studio 360’s Pejk Malinovski went to ...

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Pico Iyer: Outside Man

Friday, January 30, 2009

Travel writer Pico Iyer has lived in Japan for 20 years. And while he knows the locals still see him as an outsider, he told Kurt that this status helps him pay attention to his surroundings. Iyer says Japan is like a "2000-year-old person wearing a micro-skirt, with ...

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The Takeaway

Japan's Nikkei has worst annual performance ever

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

On Tuesday morning the Japanese stock market completed its investment year with a final session that ended 1.3% higher. This is a small high note in what was a dismal year for the Nikkei. The market tallied losses of over 42%, the worst annual performance ever. Andrew Walker, the BBC Business and Economics Correspondent, joins The Takeaway to explain what this means for Japan and the global economy.

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How long would you wait for your loved one?

Monday, November 24, 2008

10 years is how long Hachiko waited for his master at Shibuya station. Every day from 1925 to 1935, the dog would go to the station and wait for the afternoon train, the train that his master used to take home from work. Only he wasn't coming because he was ...

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How to modernize your kimono

Monday, November 24, 2008

Last night Roland brought me along to his friend's kimono Party. Yes, you guessed it, a kimono party is a party with people dressed in kimonos. Of course it was somewhat tongue in cheek, but as most Japanese these people were dead serious about their hobby. There was ...

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Post-Tokyo high

Monday, November 24, 2008

Last night I visited the new highrise called Tokyo Midtown, which is the tallest building in the city and on its lower floors contains -- thanks to vast swaths of wood, elaborate lighting, and other beyond-the-call-of-duty architectural and furnishing details -- the most convincingly, tastefully luxurious shopping mall I've ...

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Design for the (Japanese) World: Vol. 2

Sunday, November 23, 2008

More great design solutions that I wish we could bring back with us to the US:

ITEM 1:

Say you're shopping in a department store with your toddler and you need to go to the bathroom... where do you stick the kid? TOTO, maker of the world's most amazing (and ...

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Name that building: revealed!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

mystery-picture

This afternoon, Leital and I were hitting up some souvenir shops when we spotted this building across the river.  We were just as surprised when we found out what company it represents.

Any guesses?

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THE ANSWER:

Indeed, it is ...

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New Amsterdam, New Paris

Saturday, November 22, 2008

I will probably never be an expatriate. But that doesn't mean I don't fantasize in every foreign city I visit about which neighborhood I'd live in. In Tokyo, I think it'd probably be on the Naka-meguro canal, a quiet, Amsterdamish stretch of just-hip-enough gentility only two subway stops from the ...

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