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Men in Black

Men in Black

Jonathan Clements on the rise of the ninja With a gruelling shoot that spanned April 2007 to September 2008 after its leading man’s injury on set, filmed in the sub-tropical heat of Japan’s idyllic Ryukyu island chain, Kamui: The Lone Ninja recreates a lost world of...
On the Origin of Sushi

On the Origin of Sushi

Tom Smith investigates the evolution of Japan’s best-loved fast food. Sushi is serious business. Thought to be healthy, fresh and hip, the combination of vinegared rice with various toppings (notably fish) has become the food associated with Japan, and its history...
Bleach music: Fumika

Bleach music: Fumika

Tom Smith on Bleach’s most powerful voice What does the anime series Bleach, Grammy Award winner Alicia Keys and grainy mobile phone videos all have in common? For 25-year-old singer Fumika Mitsui, they mark the point where her wildest dreams came true. Since...
Bleach Music: Vivid

Bleach Music: Vivid

Tom Smith on the band behind the 14th opening The latest instalment of Bleach sees series protagonist Ichigo on the run. Following the defeat of Aizen, peace had returned to the Soul Society and World of the Living until Soul Reapers began to mysteriously disappear....

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