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    November 14, 2013
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    January 22, 2013

    Nightmare Fuel: Ramen Ice Cream Is A Real Thing

    As Wake Up Call has frequently highlighted, the Japanese and Asia on the whole are fearless culinary travelers, nomnauts if you will. But even by the most generous of standards, miso ramen flavored ice cream is pretty strange and apparently not exactly delicious. See Also: --Wendy's Japan Presents ... More >>

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    August 30, 2012
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    August 7, 2012

    Wendy's Japan Presents: A Lobster Burger for $16

    See Also: The $666 Douche Burger. For Real. See Also: Burger King Japan Will Give You 15 Pieces of Bacon For 100 Yen Apparently Wendy's in Japan is trying to break into the crowded Japanese fast food market by going highbrow. Way, way highbrow. In addition to their instantly recognizable square h ... More >>

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    July 5, 2012

    Soft Serve Beer Foam

    Japan has brought us some pretty strange stuff. All of it looks cool but not all of it is exactly, appetizing. See Also: Powdered Food DIY Kits From Japan Are Kinda Creepy but Also Awesome See Also: Burger King Japan Will Give You 15 Pieces of Bacon For 100 Yen But this, this is awesome. Japanese ... More >>

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    June 22, 2012

    Japanese Flying Squid Inseminates Woman's Mouth From Beyond the Grave

    The cephalopod specialist over at the "Squid a Day" blog has pointed at the unusual case of a 63-year-old Korean woman who came to an emergency room complaining of "severe pain" and "a pricking and foreign-body sensation" in her mouth. These symptoms emerged immediately after attempting to consume ... More >>

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    May 23, 2012

    Juice Boxes Made Completely From Real Fruit

    This is potentially the ultimate in truth in advertising, perhaps even the anti-Fauxbe beef. Brazilian fruit juice company Camp wanted to take their claims of being "made with 100 percent fruit juice" one brilliant advertising step further. Advertising firm Ageisobar spent two years developing molds ... More >>

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    May 3, 2012
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    May 3, 2012

    Powdered Food DIY Kits From Japan Are Kinda Creepy but Also Awesome

    What on Earth am I looking at? You're looking at a Kracie Happy Kitchen DIY Hamburger set. From what we can tell, everything up there tastes like it's supposed to. The drink is a fizzy cola, the burgers taste like meat, the fries like potato, etc. Terrific, but what is it? Did you ever gaze lovin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2011

    Authority Zero Over the Weekend

    Maria Vassett​As we reported a few weeks ago, Authority Zero is getting ready to head across the pond for a tour of Japan. "Japan has come about from a combination of two things: one, the four records we have released over there since 2001, and two, the promoters we work with who bring us. Shun ( ... More >>

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    October 13, 2011

    Authority Zero Is Turning Japanese

    ​I really think so. It's been a busy year for Mesa's leading reggae/punk export, Authority Zero. The band is in the midst of a national tour that includes a date at Marquee Theatre on November 5, which will be a hometown sendoff of sorts before the band heads to Japan at the end of the month ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2011

    Rebecca Black Releases Crappy But Not As Bad Second Single and Video, 'My Moment'

    ​Rebecca Black is back, according to Rolling Stone.Thankfully her new song and video, "My Moment," isn't as bed as her mess of a first single, "Friday."The new song is essentially about the last song. She's sticking it to the man and addressing her haters by rubbing it in her face that she's going ... More >>

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    July 7, 2011

    DJ Element Debuts FreeStyle Session Japan Mixtape Tonight at Blunt Club

    ​Do you want a copy of DJ Element's new mixtape, FreeStyle Session Japan? It's been hailed as a "funk odyssey" by no less than, um, the Phoenix New Times.   For real though, the first 50 peeps in the door tonight at tonight's Blunt Club installment at The Yucca Tap Room will receive a fr ... More >>

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    June 15, 2011

    X Japan's Single "Jade" Gets June 28 Release Date

    The cover art for X Japan's new single "Jade." X Japan band leader Yoshiki Hayashi shot this photo.​Last Year, America got a pumping rock-fist of Japanese Music when X Japan, the most popular J-Rock band ever, played their debut U.S. show at Lollapalooza before rocking through a few major cities o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2011

    May 12 In Blogs: Phoenix Artists, Yoshiki, Elote, and Undocumented Students

    Jackalope Ranch: Six Calls for Phoenix Artists Stephen Revering's Westward Ho Up on the Sun: X Japan Leader Yoshiki Launches Celebrity Auction to Benefit Japan's Earthquake Recovery Top Ten Best You Asked For It Songs Chow Bella: Elote: Mexican Grilled Corn from Tortas Paquime Nathan Thompson a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2011

    Late Night Japanese Street Food at Posh -- for a Good Cause

      courtesy of Posh​Chef, you had us at "late night Japanese street food." From 10 to midnight this Thursday, March 24, Josh Hebert at Posh restaurant in Scottsdale will donate half his proceeds to the Red Cross in support of disaster relief efforts in Japan. The fare at Posh is "glo ... More >>

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    March 18, 2011

    Saving Japan at SXSW

    Help Save Japan @ SXSWCasino Kids standing in front of the Help Save Japan at SXSW booth at the Austin Convention Center. ​Debilitating earthquakes. Aftershocks. Tsunamis that swept away entire towns and destroyed countless agricultural fields. Thousands of dead and missing. All of this occurr ... More >>

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    February 24, 2011
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    February 3, 2011

    Drum and Drummer

    Japan's celebrated Kodo drummers thunder into the Valley

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    January 27, 2011

    X Japan Signs With EMI, Plans New Tour

    X Japan during their North American tour in 2010.​Just a few short months ago, I watched X Japan play their first U.S. performance ever in front of hundreds of sunburned Lollapalooza attendees.It was a dynamite performance, but mostly because of pyrotechnics - not the audience reaction. The band f ... More >>

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    January 13, 2011

    Market Research

    Check out this body-parts-free zone

  • Music

    September 9, 2010
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    September 9, 2010

    X Japan, Hayley Williams, Hanson, and More in This Week's Issue

    X Japan at Lollapalooza 2010​This week's music feature is on X Japan's breakthrough into the American music scene. They recently performed in the U.S. for the very first time and made their debut at Lollapalooza. The Japanese metal super group has grown to have an impressive cult-like following, a ... More >>

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    August 27, 2010

    Eatrip Shows at the Chef's Loft in Scottsdale Sept. 29

    A food journey through Japan for less than $20 without leaving the Valley? Count us in. Eatrip, a documentary about the connections between food and people in Japan, is coming to Scottsdale's Chef Loft Sept. 29 for two screenings with a reception between.

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2010

    Anarbor at Warped Tour, Virginia's Secret Treasure, and Blitzen Trapper on Not Boycotting AZ in This Week's Issue

    Anarbor.​This week's music feature is on the local band Anarbor. Though their recent tour to Japan may have been a bit of a flop, involving lost teeth and a select band members lying in a pool of his own blood, they're poised to rock the Warped Tour, and are hoping that they'll come out of it with ... More >>

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    May 27, 2010

    Perchance to Dream

    Film shows what you don’t know about Tokyo

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    April 30, 2010

    The Ice Ball Maker: Because Ice Cubes Are Just So ... Square

    coconutgrovegrapevine.blogspot.comNot only does it look pretty, the ice ball also keeps your drink cold for longer.​When it comes to a cold drink on a hot day, bigger (and rounder) is better—for ice anyway. The ice ball trend started in Japan, where artisans hand-carve them with icepick ... More >>

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    April 29, 2010

    Real Talk

    Creative types dish about their passions for six minutes and forty seconds

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    March 23, 2010

    SxSW: Japan Nite and the Future of Japanese Music in America

    Jonathan McNamaraJinnyOops! performing at Japan Nite 2010. See more shots in our Japan Nite slide show. ​The chances are fairly good that you have never heard of Japan Nite. Never mind the fact that this SxSW showcase has been going on for 15 years; the odds are you won't recognize any of the band ... More >>

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    March 22, 2010

    SXSW, AZ Derby Dames, Chandler BBQ, and Doughnuts Paired With Beer Over the Weekend

    ​SXSW: Japan Nite There was no shortage of variety to the musical stylings presented at this year's SXSW Music Conference, but you'd be hard-pressed to find more genres represented at a single showcase outside of Japan Nite at Austin's Elysium venue. Featuring the likes of Omodaka, Okamoto's, ... More >>

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    February 18, 2010

    Brute Sonic Force

    Japanese percussion ensemble shakes the walls at MAC

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    January 14, 2010

    Strange Brews: Japan's Abashiri Brewery

    Taste the rainbow.​Here in the states we count on Japan for all things innovative and weird (especially when there's no reason or practical application), so we were delighted to see that Abashiri Brewery, located on Japan's northernmost island of Hokkaido, specializes in "unique" beers.

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    June 25, 2009
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    February 5, 2009

    Immortal Anime

    Studio Bones unveils new samurai classic

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    January 15, 2009

    Today's Bitchfest: Kurobuta

    I've had it. This week I've read menus from three different fancy restaurants, all pimping their "kurobota" or "korubuta" or some other misspelling of kurobuta, a word you shouldn't use unless you expect at least half of your diners to know what the hell it is in the first place (especially consider ... More >>

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    September 25, 2008

    Gross Out: Foul-smelling cutting boards at one Tokyo Express

    By Amy Silverman If you were a teenage girl in Phoenix in the 1980s, chances are that you indulged more than once in Tokyo Express. The whole notion of (relatively) healthy fast food was a novelty at the time -- except for the baked potato at Wendy's, everything quick and cheap was fried and fatty. ... More >>

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    September 4, 2008

    That Old Block Magic

    Artists draw on ancient form for contemporary insight

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    July 24, 2008

    Brew Review: Hitachino Nest's White Ale

    By Jonathan McNamara Any experienced Japan-o-phile can tell you that the country’s major beers taste pretty much the same. It’s true. Whether your slugging down a Sapporo, Kirin, Asahi or Ebisu you won’t know which one you’re drinking for sure unless you look at the label. Mind you, thi ... More >>

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    April 28, 2008
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    March 13, 2008
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    February 21, 2008

    Give Peaceful a Chance

    Soothing Japanese fest has the cure for what ails you

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    May 11, 2007

    You know your sushi's fresh when....

    The fish was big, but not this big! see the chef hoist a three-foot-long section of fish onto the counter, still intact! I'm talking skin, fins, tail 'n all. My friend and I met up for lunch at Hana Sushi, that brand-new place at the NW corner of 7th Ave and Missouri (by Sylvia's La Cana ... More >>

  • Music

    May 10, 2007

    Culture Shock

    Shape-shifing Japanese rockers Dir en grey bring blood-stained agony

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    April 19, 2007

    Tokyo Lobby gets new digs

    You never know what you'll learn when you're inconspicuously munching on fried ama-ebi heads and yellowtail sashimi. The other night, I felt lousy, like I was coming down with something. I've been blaming my occasional cough on allergies, but this felt like a real cold. At times like that, I turn t ... More >>

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    March 20, 2007

    Tea time

    My cup runneth over: Tea as an obsession I'm a collector of tea. I have way too many kinds in my cupboard -- probably half a dozen fruit-flavored black teas, jasmine tea, some interesting decaf chocolate tea I found at Trader Joe's, Celestial Seasonings' Sleepytime, Rooibos, and Nutcracker Swe ... More >>

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    March 16, 2006

    Eastern Youth

    Emo of the rising sun

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    October 20, 2005
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    July 28, 2005

    'Toon In Tokyo

    Animefest draws a crowd

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    June 2, 2005

    Literary Lowdown

    A pocket guide to featured books

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