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Look Back: 2017 Victoria Japanese Cultural Fair

22 Oct

sillyjames.jpgBy James Robert Shaw
(The Wind up Geek)

If there is at least one thing I have in common with author Nancy Singleton Hachisu, 7th dan kyoshi of Kendo Alexander C. Bennett and media mogul Dave Spector, it is sharing their love of all things Japanese. One could call us Japanophiles. But in the end, we all can manage to hold independent critical thoughts on issues pertaining to the country we love.

At Victoria Nikkei Cultural Society’s Japanese Cultural Fair, someone can become a Japanophile very quickly in the space of a single day. This annual event has been hosted for some time now by the Esquimalt Recreation Centre, a fitting place for any festival or convention starting out. But from what I have seen, this centre may have issues with crowd control in the future because of the large the number of attendees I saw come through.

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Wind Up Geek’s J-Music Quick Fix – August 13, 2017

13 Aug

Little Glee Monster

By James Robert Shaw (The Wind up Geek)

The Back Horn

The Back Horn will be hosting a special live concert to celebrate the release of their upcoming 2-CD greatest hits album, Best of the Back Horn II, and their 20 years as a band. This special concert will be by invitation only and will be held at the intimate venue where the Back Horn had their first paid gig, 下北沢SHELTER (Shimokitazawa Shelter) in Kitazawa, Setagaya, Tokyo. Fans will be able to win an invitation via lottery through two ways:

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Chinese Eatery Offers Bigger Discount to Bigger Breasts

7 Aug

Photo by Zuidd.com

By James Robert Shaw (The Wind up Geek)

A restaurant chain in China came under fire, according to the Qianjiang Evening Post, after locals complained of “vulgar advertising” to their local council. Trendy Shrimp with two locations in the Lake and Binjiang District of Hangzhou city in Eastern China’s Zhejiang province, advertised discounts for women based on their bra size. The company’s ad depicted a line-up of cartoon women in their underwear. According to BBC News the ad slogan read “The whole city is looking for BREASTS”. On the side of the advertisement was a chart telling female customers how much of a discount they could get off their meal depending on their bra size. Women with a G-cup could get 65% off. The advertisements first appeared on August 1, 2017.

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Top Rank Sumo Wrestler Wows Fans with Ghostly Kimono

29 Jul

By James Robert Shaw (The Wind up Geek)

Born in Tottori in Tottori Prefecture, Ishiura Masakatsu is that region’s pride and joy, not only because he is within the top ranks of Japan’s professional sumo league but because he won the “Fighting Spirit” prize at November’s Kyūshū basho in Fukuoka. Having the least amount of weight in the top division (260lbs), the wrestler from Miyaginobeya (beya meaning “stable” which is a home that sumo wrestlers live in both full and part time) has done considerably well for one who got a late start in the sport at the age of 23. Ishiura had no plans to enter sumo but changed his mind after seeing many wrestlers from his amateur days turn professional.

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