Articles by Category

Serious Matters

Education, Employment, and Labor
“Regain and Orthopraxical Labor Goals”
Neomarxisme. August 6, 2007.
“Golden Week: Ultra-Rational Order Causes Massive Demand for Low Supply”
Neomarxisme May 2, 2007.
“Work/Life Balance – Coming Never to Japan” Neomarxisme. March 6, 2007.
“The Prisoner’s Dilemma of Cool Biz” Clast. June 8, 2007.
“No Chances in the Early Days of the ‘Second-Chance Society'” Neomarxisme. November 22, 2006.
“The Republic of (Un)Educated Elites” Neomarxisme. November 6, 2006.
“A Refreshed Hierarchy for the Japanese Hypermeritocracy” Neomarxisme. October 17, 2006.
“Japanese Employment, the Adventure” Neomarxisme. March 27, 2006.
“The Myth of Japanese Universities” Neomarxisme. June 22, 2005.

Socioeconomics and Class
“Girls From Good Families” Clast. November 7, 2007.
“Social Class in Japan” MEKAS. August 14, 2007.
“Rich Kids” Neomarxisme. December 12, 2006.
“How Did Japanese Analysts Make Money Before the Rise of Poor People?” (on Miura Atsushi) Neomarxisme. September 12, 2006.
“Dignity of a Nation Analysis Sidebar 1: Income Inequality and Lifetime Employment” Neomarxisme. July 31, 2006.
“The Rise of Social Class in Japan, Pt. I” Neomarxisme. January 16, 2006.
“Japan Discovers Poor People… and They’re Awesome!” Neomarxisme. December 12, 2005.
“Class and Creativity” (Tokion’s Creativity Now Tokyo) Neomarxisme. October 24, 2005.
“Les Maisons des Nouveaux Riches” Neomarxisme. April 3, 2005.
“Income (In)equality in Japan” Neomarxisme. December 13, 2004.

Economics and Development
“2008: Structural Pessimism” Néojaponisme. December 16, 2008.
“The Friend Tax” Neomarxisme. March 18, 2006.
“A Sudden Influx of Foreign Labor” Neomarxisme. February 14, 2006.
“Livedoor Con’t” Neomarxisme. January 24, 2006.
“Down with the Construction Industry!” Neomarxisme. December 5, 2005.
“Sturm und Traing” (when the trains stop in Tokyo) Neomarxisme. November 7, 2005.
“15%” (consumption taxes in Japan) Neomarxisme. October 25, 2005.
“OECD Economic Survey on Japan 2005” Neomarxisme. June 1, 2005.

Politics and Power
“Aso Linked to Marijuana” Néojaponisme. September 20, 2008.
“Members of a Nation State” Néojaponisme. July 24, 2008.
“Northern Territories in CanCam Again” Néojaponisme. February 27, 2008.
“Dynasty” (political dynasties) Néojaponisme. September 17, 2007.
“The Kurile Island Dispute and the World of Women’s Fashion” Neomarxisme. June 3, 2005.

Japanese Leftism
“Igi Nashi” (review of United Red Army film) Néojaponisme. April 27, 2008.
“Interview with Patricia Steinhoff, Part One” Néojaponisme. September 9, 2007.
“Interview with Patricia Steinhoff, Part Two” Néojaponisme. September 11, 2007.
“Interview with Patricia Steinhoff, Part Three” Néojaponisme. September 12, 2007.
“Interview with Patricia Steinhoff, Part Four” Néojaponisme. September 13, 2007.
“Interview with Patricia Steinhoff, Part Five” Néojaponisme. September 14, 2007.
“Aru Hi, Totsuzen” (Japanese leftist group distinction) Néojaponisme. September 11, 2007.
“Kichiku Daienkai” Neomarxisme. March 23, 2005.
“Kids These Days!” (why Japanese student radicalism failed) Neomarxisme. March 3, 2005.

The Dignity of a Nation
“Are You Ready for Kokka no Hinkaku Week?” Neomarxisme. July 23, 2006.
“Kokka no Hinkaku Chapter 1: The Limits of the Modern Spirit of Rationality” Neomarxisme. July 24, 2006.
“Kokka no Hinkaku, Chapter 2: The World Will Be Ruined with ‘Logic’ Alone”
Neomarxisme. July 24, 2006.
“Kokka no Hinkaku Chapter 3: Doubting freedom, equality, and democracy” Neomarxisme. July 26, 2006.
“Dignity of a Nation Analysis Sidebar 1: Income Inequality and Lifetime Employment” Neomarxisme. July 31, 2006.
“Kokka no Hinkaku Chapter 4: Japan – the Nation of Sensitivity and Form” Neomarxisme. August 6, 2006.
“Kokka no Hinkaku Chapter 5: Reviving the Bushido Spirit” Neomarxisme. August 14, 2006.

Japanese National Identity

Japanese definitions of Japan
“Race as Fashion Signifier” Clast. October 5, 2007.
“Japan, So Narrowly Defined” Neomarxisme. May 15, 2007.
“Athletic Underdogs and Nation States” Neomarxisme. March 29, 2007.
“Japan: Major or Minor Country?” Neomarxisme. December 8, 2006.
“Pompous Particularism vs. Pompous Universalism” Neomarxisme. July 3, 2006.
“Girls, Don’t Fight! We Can All be Japanese!!” Neomarxisme. August 9, 2005.
“Jomon vs. Yayoi” Neomarxisme. July 20, 2005.
“Hip Hoppin’ Ben Franklin and Kyrgyzstani Textiles in a World of Curry: Aichi Expo 2005” Neomarxisme. April 21, 2005.
“Gundam: Warriors of Universalism” Neomarxisme. April 15, 2005.
“Travel Japan: It’s… Not Bad!” Neomarxisme. February 6, 2005.

Foreign definitions of Japan
“Good Trains and Bad English” Néojaponisme. June 16, 2008.
“Vending Machine Couture as Nation” Néojaponisme. October 22, 2007.
“The America that Mistranslates Japan” Neomarxisme. December 7, 2005.
“Japan as Number One! – Part One” Neomarxisme. May 23, 2005.
“Japan as Number One! – Part Two” Neomarxisme. May 25, 2005.

Gross National Cool
“Podcast on Cool Japan” Néojaponisme. October 28, 2008.
“Dave Barry Did Japan” Néojaponisme. June 25, 2008.
“Japanese Cool from Economic Meltdown? Not really.” Neomarxisme. June 23, 2007.
“Back to the ’90s” Neomarxisme. July 14, 2005.
“Gross National Cool: A Japanese Response” Neomarxisme. June 4, 2005.
“The Fragility of Pop Culture” (the fleeting Cool Japan moment) Neomarxisme. March 20, 2005.
“Japan Boom Trickle Down” Neomarxisme. February 26, 2005.
“Debunking ‘Gross National Cool'” Young Alive In Love blog. July 5, 2004.

Culture, Arts, Literature, Craft, Language

Philosophical dispositions
“Top Gun and Faith Alone” Neomarxisme. July 2, 2005.
“Orthodoxy vs. Orthopraxy” Neomarxisme. February 11, 2005.

Craft and Creativity
“Recycling Cliches: Rakugo vs. Stella” Neomarxisme. March 2, 2006.
“Class and Creativity” (Tokion’s Creativity Now Tokyo) Neomarxisme. October 24, 2005.
“Murakami Takashi Sells Out!” Neomarxisme. June 19, 2005.
“TOKION’s Creativity Now Tokyo” Neomarxisme. November 7, 2004.

Pakuri (Artistic Thievery)

“Pakuri Goes East-West” Neomarxisme. May 10, 2007.
“2-Ch Foils Manga Pakuri” Neomarxisme. October 19, 2005.
“The Do-Nuts: Halcali Pakuri” Neomarxisme. July 7, 2005.
“Noda Nagi’s Pakuri Problem Part Two” Neomarxisme. July 6, 2005.
“Otsuka Ai Pakuri!” Neomarxisme. June 17, 2005.
“The Pakuri Debate: Noda vs. Aida” Neomarxisme. April 30, 2005.

Language
“Missives on Outlander Japanese” Néojaponisme. October 21, 2008.
“Tanomu yo” Néojaponisme. September 23, 2008.
“False Etymology: Munchies” Néojaponisme. November 25, 2007.
“Miihaa” Neomarxisme. June 5, 2007.
“Cuteness vs. Fluency” Neomarxisme. February 26, 2007.
“Kanji Causes Manga: Why?” Neomarxisme. December 13, 2006.
“English” Neomarxisme. March 7, 2005.
“English, Pt. III” Neomarxisme. March 15, 2005.

Literature
“‘Pinball, 1973’ is back in stores — in English”
CNNGo. February 18, 2010.
“100 Years of Futurism” Néojaponisme. February 20, 2009.
“The Music in Nantontaku, Crystal Néojaponisme. December 3, 2007.
“Rich Kids” Neomarxisme. December 12, 2006.

Japanese Postmodernism
“Azuma
Hiroki on Japanese Postmodernism” Néojaponisme. July 14, 2009.
“Japanese Postmodernist on Japanese Postmodernism” Neomarxisme. April 5, 2005.

Music and Entertainment

Japanese Entertainment World
“The Jimusho System: Part Two” Néojaponisme. June 29, 2010.
“The Jimusho System: Part One” Néojaponisme. April 5, 2010.
“The Jimusho System: Part Three” Néojaponisme. May 23, 2011.
“The Jimusho System: Part Four” Néojaponisme. July 26, 2011.
“Leah Dizon: A Shotgun Ending” Néojaponisme. October 17, 2008.
“Toho Shinki Rages Against the Machine” Néojaponisme. August 14, 2008.
“What Happened to Hatsune Miku?” Néojaponisme. October 18, 2007.
“Boy Bands and Pedophile Managers” Néojaponisme. October 4, 2007.
JJ and Johnny’s” Neomarxisme. August 23, 2007.
“Gossip is Hard to Read” Neomarxisme. August 21, 2007.
“Model Agency Media” Clast. April 12, 2007.
“Cigarettes: Way Before You Die of Cancer, Your Idol Contract Gets Revoked” Neomarxisme. March 27, 2007.
“Cuteness vs. Fluency” Neomarxisme. February 26, 2007.
“The Japanification of Leah Dizon” Neomarxisme. February 15, 2007.
“Idol Decline” (the rise of Koda Kumi) Neomarxisme. October 24, 2006.
“Hamasaki Ayumi Engagement: Ultimate Paranoid Narrative” Neomarxisme. December 11, 2005.
“The Hamasaki Ayumi Wedding Fiasco — Part II” Neomarxisme. December 8, 2005.
“Mourning Musuko” Neomarxisme. November 16, 2005.
“The Soft Appeal, Con’t” Neomarxisme. August 23, 2005.
“The Soft Appeal” Neomarxisme. August 16, 2005.
“iTunes Japan: Sony vs. The Jimushos” Neomarxisme. August 11, 2005.
“Payola” Neomarxisme. July 28, 2005.
“The Trials and Tribulations of Japanese Entertainment” Neomarxisme. May 13, 2005.
“Suzuki Ami’s Mystery Boss” Neomarxisme. May 12, 2005.
“Talent Industry 101” Neomarxisme. March 31, 2005.
“When Artists are Resurrected” (Suzuki Ami) Neomarxisme. March 29, 2005.
“The Onyanko Club” Neomarxisme. March 16, 2005.
“The Onyanko Club, Pt. II” Neomarxisme. March 17, 2005.
“The Onyanko Club, Pt. III” Neomarxisme. March 18, 2005.
“When Artists Disappear” Neomarxisme. February 24, 2005.
“What Fuji Keiko’s Daughter is Up to in America” Neomarxisme. October 14, 2004.
“Utada and the Bie Lie of Selling Abroad”
Young Alive In Love blog. September 29, 2004.

Japanese Music
“2010: K-Idols vs. J-Idols” Néojaponisme. December 9, 2010.
“R.I.P. Shibuya HMV” Néojapoisme. August 25, 2010.
“Visual-kei Expose” Néojaponisme. March 4, 2010.
“Japanese Music: 2000-2009” Néojaponisme. January 14, 2010.
“The most underappreciated Japanese music of the last decade” CNNGo. December 22, 2009.
“Sakai Noriko and ‘Japanese’ Morality” Néojaponisme. November 16, 2009.
“Is indie music dead in Japan?” CNNGo. October 1, 2009.
“Multiplies Skit Translation” Néojaponisme. November 21, 2008.
“Japan Through its J-Pop” Néojaponisme. April 19, 2008.
“Easy to Be Haado” (on Japanese version of Hair) Néojaponisme. December 18, 2007.
“The Music in Nantontaku, Crystal Néojaponisme. December 3, 2007.
“100 Greatest Japanese Rock Albums” Néojaponisme. November 9, 2007.
“Eat Kosher Salami” (The Romanes) Néojaponisme. October 2, 2007.
“Do You Remember Rock ‘n’ Roll TV?” Neomarxisme. July 11, 2007.
“Year in Music 2006” Neomarxisme. December 21, 2006.
“R.I.P. Velfarre” Neomarxisme. November 17, 2006.
“Being For the Benefit of Mr. K” (Avex CD inspired by Kurt Cobain) Neomarxisme. April 20, 2006.
“Noah’s Ark” (DIY recording in Tokyo) Neomarxisme. January 27, 2006.
“Gimme Shelter and Towel Rock” Neomarxisme. November 12, 2005.
“In Search of… Henbyoshi” Neomarxisme. October 17, 2005.
“Low on Budget, Low on Concept, High on Rock” Neomarxisme. September 29, 2005.
“Puffy Amiyumi as Neo-Bubblegum” Neomarxisme. September 9, 2005.
“Breakfast Notes on Jpop Videos” Neomarxisme. August 29, 2005.
“Japanese Artists With Foreign Names 1984-2004” Neomarxisme. August 26, 2005.
“Golden Interview Week: No. 6 – Shugo Tokumaru” Neomarxisme. May 4, 2005.
“Indie Bread vs. Indie Music” Neomarxisme. April 12, 2005.
“Louder than Bombs” (profile of the band Yura Yura Teikoku) The Fader. April 2005.
“Japanese CD Rental Stores” Neomarxisme. January 18, 2005.
“No Criticism, No Past” Neomarxisme. January 16, 2005.
“The Year in (J)Pop 2004” Neomarxisme. January 11, 2005.
“No Lyrics in Music Reviews” Neomarxisme. November 2, 2004.
“The Decline of the Japanese Music Market, Part One” Neomarxisme. October 17, 2004.
“The Decline of the Japanese Music Market, Part Two” Neomarxisme. October 18, 2004.
“The Decline of the Japanese Music Market, Part Three” Neomarxisme. October 19, 2004.
“The Decline of the Japanese Music Market, Part Four” Neomarxisme. October 20, 2004.

Shibuya-kei
“Podcast on Citrus and Emori Takeaki” Néojaponisme. May 21, 2008.
“Interview with Emori Takeaki” Néojaponisme. May 26, 2008.
“Martians Go Home” Néojaponisme. January 30, 2008.
“Shibuya-kei vs. Akiba-kei” Clast. January 17, 2008.
“A Bathtub of Oatmeal” (review of Cornelius’ Sensuous) Riff Market. December 12, 2006.
“Shibuya-kei leaves a warm afterglow” (Shibuya-kei retrospective) The Japan Times. October 19, 2006.
“A Eulogy for Zest” (closing of Shibuya-kei record store Zest) Neomarxisme. September 25, 2005.
“The Legacy of Shibuya-Kei Part One” Neomarxisme. November 15, 2004.
“The Legacy of Shibuya-Kei Part Two” Neomarxisme. November 16, 2004.
“The Legacy of Shibuya-Kei Part Three” Neomarxisme. November 19, 2004.
“The Legacy of Shibuya-Kei Part Four” Neomarxisme. November 19, 2004.
“The Legacy of Shibuya-Kei Part Five” Neomarxisme. November 22, 2004.
“The Legacy of Shibuya-Kei Part Six” Neomarxisme. November 24, 2004.

Music Reviews
“Shugo Tokumaru – Port Entropy (Japanese text) Goblin.mu. October 30, 2010.
“Shugo Tokumaru – Port Entropy
Néojaponisme. July 26, 2010.
“Solid Gold Disney” Neomarxisme. January 18, 2006.
“Who’s Got Beef? You Chicken?” Neomarxisme. November 21, 2005.
“Teriyaki Boyz — Beef or Chicken?” (record review) The Japan Times. November 25, 2005.
“Halcali – HarukaRImikkusu” Neomarxisme. March 25, 2005.
“Three Jpop Discs that Matter: Honorable Mentions” Neomarxisme. February 7, 2005.
“Three Jpop Discs that Matter: Number One” (Shiina Ringo’s “Shoso Strip”) Neomarxisme. February 6, 2005.
“Three Jpop Discs that Matter: Number Two” (Judy and Mary’s “The Power Source”) Neomarxisme. February 5, 2005.
“Three Jpop Discs that Matter: Number Three” (Puffy’s “amiyumi”) Neomarxisme. February 4, 2005.
“Tokyo Jihen – Kyouiku” Neomarxisme. December 5, 2004.
“Halcali – Ongaku no Susume” Neomarxisme. November 11, 2004.
“Hazel Nuts Chocolate – Bewitched!” Young Alive In Love blog. August 9, 2004.
“Aprils – Pan-da” Young Alive In Love blog. August 9, 2004.
“The Electronic Tomato – S/T” Young Alive In Love blog. August 9, 2004.

American Music
“2008: Girl Talk” Néojaponisme. December 22, 2008. (co-written with Nick Sylvester)
“Weezer Ruins the Internet” Anthem. May 27, 2008.
“The Influence of Bob Dylan on Music”
Néojaponisme. January 7, 2008.
“SXSW and the Paradox of Choice”
Neomarxisme. March 21, 2007.
“Looking Back on 1996” (conceptual review of The Shins and Rilo Kiley) Neomarxisme. October 31, 2006.
“The Three Most Underrated Singles of All Time” Neomarxisme. March 27, 2005.

Markets and Consumers

Japanese Consumer Culture
“The Premium Pricing ‘Problem'” Néojaponisme. September 17, 2010.
“Beer as Metaphor” Clast. August 27, 2008.
“The Non-Politics of Keffiyeh and Bohemians” Clast. May 7, 2008.
“The End of Gyaku-Yu’nyū” Clast. April 11, 2008.
“Aoi Miyazaki for Emporio Armani” Clast. March 27, 2008.
“Booms Go Bust” Clast. February 22, 2008.
“Girls From Good Families” Clast. November 7, 2007.
“Black Ships” Clast. September 7, 2007.
“Hoppy and Artificial Nostalgia” Clast. August 17, 2007.
“J-Bobos in Paradise?” Clast. August 1, 2007.
“The Koda Kumi Plurality” Clast. July 25, 2007.
“Coca-Cola Zero Channels Saigo Takamori” Clast. July 3, 2007.
“Cucumber Soda and Other Short-Term Flavors” Clast. June 20, 2007.
“Miihaa” Neomarxisme. June 5, 2007.
“Intentional Rudeness in Japanese Retail” Clast. May 9, 2007.
“Dokusha Models and Charisma Clerks: Transferring the Aura of Authority” Clast. April 25, 2007.
“LOHAS by Default” Clast. March 12, 2007.
“It is no longer fun to wait in line” Neomarxisme. November 13, 2006.
“Does the Long Tail Apply to Japan?” Neomarxisme. August 11, 2006.
“Hyper-Speed Product Proliferation? Blame Distribution” Neomarxisme. June 27, 2006.
“Dydo – American Coffee” (Japanese canned coffee review) Canned Coffee. Spring 2006.
“The Soft Appeal, Con’t” Neomarxisme. August 23, 2005.
“The Soft Appeal” Neomarxisme. August 16, 2005.
“Back to the ’90s” Neomarxisme. July 14, 2005.
“A Half-Pint of ‘Sono Hoka no Zasshu 2,’ please” Neomarxisme. April 13, 2005.
“The Leftover Plurality” Neomarxisme. March 24, 2005.
“Happoshu Culture” Neomarxisme. November 28, 2004.
“The Dasai Market Thesis” Young Alive In Love blog. September 7, 2004.

Specific Trends and Trendspotting
“Trendspotting in Post-Consumer Japan” Clast. March 31, 2009.
“2008: The Year in Trends” MEKAS. December 17, 2008.
“Furoku: The Explosion of Magazine Freebies” MEKAS. August 21, 2008.
“No Ametora | Why the Neo-Trad Trend Failed to Catch on in Japan” The Business of Fashion. August 15, 2008.
“September Magazine Trend Review” MEKAS. August 7, 2008.
“Japanese Women | From Luxury to Yuru-Nachu” The Business of Fashion. July 29, 2008.
“Yuru-Nachu” MEKAS. July 23, 2008.
“Leggins” MEKAS. July 22, 2008.
“The MacroTrends Behind Top Early 2008 Products” Clast. June 25, 2008.
“Cher Scores with Eco Bag” MEKAS. May 15, 2008.
“Magazines’ Spring Fashion Trends” MEKAS. February 28, 2008.
“Booms Go Bust” Clast. February 22, 2008.
“The MacroTrends Behind Top 2007 Products” Clast. December 26, 2007.
“Rent-a-Bag and the Meaning of ‘Trend'” Clast. December 12, 2007.
“Autumn Trends from the October Magazines” MEKAS. October 1, 2007.
“The Non-Story of Bottega Veneta’s No Logo” Clast. May 14, 2007.

Advertising
“‘Yappari hade ja nai'” Clast. January 11, 2008.
“Regain and Orthopraxical Labor Goals” Neomarxisme. August 6, 2007.
“Rip Slyme in a One-Act Play Entitled ‘Sony Vaio: Fight the Power'” February 24, 2007.
“All Behold the Monolithic Beauty of the Mobile Ad Monopoly” Neomarxisme. December 4, 2006.
“Wake Up to the Same Coffee at Your Friendly Gigolo” (on hosts) Neomarxisme. September 8, 2006.
“Proof!” (quotes on Japanese movie posters) Neomarxisme. January 12, 2006.
“Truth in Advertising” Neomarxisme. January 15, 2005.

Media

Japanese Media Basics
“Everything Bad is Good For You (In Selected Media Markets)” Neomarxisme. October 28, 2005.
“Too Hot for Japan” (Cyzo on taboos) Neomarxisme. October 2, 2005.
“A Correction on Japanese Film Criticism” Neomarxisme. July 26, 2005.
“Cyzo: Censoring Star Wars Reviews in Japan” Neomarxisme. July 22, 2005.
“Japanese Consumers Want Manuals” Neomarxisme. June 26, 2005.
“Den Hideo on the Japanese Media” Neomarxisme. May 11, 2005.
“The Japanese Media: A Recap” Neomarxisme. May 10, 2005.

Internet
“Japan’s 4 most popular YouTube stars of all time” CNNGo. November 30, 2009.
“YouTube & Mu” (essay on Magibon) Art AsiaPacific. Jul/Aug 2009.
“The Fear… of the Internet” Néojaponisme. May 19, 2009.
“The Wikipedia Measure” Néojaponisme. March 4, 2009.
“2008: iPhone and its Copycats” Néojaponisme. December 9, 2008.
“Two-Tiered Japanese Blogs” Clast. October 14, 2008.
“Members of a Nation State” Néojaponisme. July 24, 2008.
“Orthopraxy and Web Addresses” Néojaponisme. May 19, 2008.
“Koizora: Empathy and Anonymous Creation” Clast. November 16, 2007.
“Japan CGM: Is it the system rather than the individual?” Clast. October 19, 2007.
“What Happened to Hatsune Miku?” Néojaponisme. October 18, 2007.
“The Second Digital Divide in Japanese Society” Neomarxisme. March 1, 2007.
“The So-Called ‘Densha Otoko'” Neomarxisme. July 10, 2005.
“Telecommunications: Culture Killer or Catalyst?” Neomarxisme. June 28, 2005.
“Japanese Blogging and Anonymity” Neomarxisme. May 27, 2005.
“Alas, the iPod Shuffle” Neomarxisme. May 15, 2005.
“Friendster vs. Mixi, U.S. vs. Japan” Neomarxisme. February 11, 2005.

Magazines
“1980s Sex Business Explosion” Néojaponisme. November 27, 2008.
JJ and Johnny’s” Neomarxisme. August 23, 2007.
“J-Bobos in Paradise?” Clast. August 1, 2007.
“Japanese Magazines in Freefall” Clast. March 2, 2007.
“On the New Japanese Tokion” Neomarxisme. September 18, 2006.
“Deductive Argument on Advertorial” Neomarxisme. July 20, 2006.
“Terminal Decline… of a Certain Subculture (Which Had its Many Foreign Fans)” (end of Relax magazine) Neomarxisme. June 15, 2006.
“All We Do Here is Sleep, Work, and Eat” (ku:nel) Neomarxisme. January 8, 2006.
Relax on Peace” Neomarxisme. October 20, 2005.
“Cyzo!”
Neomarxisme. July 4, 2005.
“Do You Hate Uniqlo? Then Buy a Magazine All About the Brand!”
Neomarxisme. April 23, 2005.
“Authority through Selective Democracy” Neomarxisme. November 18, 2004.

Fashion Magazines
“Fashion Magazine Circulation for Late 2008” MEKAS. December 5, 2008.
“2008: Ebi-chan Graduates” Néojaponisme. December 2, 2008.
“Autumn Magazines vs. Autumn Streets” MEKAS. October 19, 2008.
“Furoku: The Explosion of Magazine Freebies” MEKAS. August 21, 2008.
“September Magazine Trend Review” MEKAS. August 7, 2008.
“Tutorial: Men’s Magazine Breakdown” MEKAS. February 28, 2008.
“Magazines’ Spring Fashion Trends” MEKAS. February 28, 2008.
“Northern Territories in CanCam Again” Néojaponisme. February 27, 2008.
“Tutorial: Over-30 Women’s Magazine Breakdown” MEKAS. February 1, 2008.
“Tutorial: Under-30 Women’s Magazine Breakdown” MEKAS. January 1, 2008.
“Interview with Fumihiro Tomonaga (Esquire)” MEKAS. December 1, 2007.
“CanCam: Moteko vs. Busuko” Néojaponisme. November 13, 2007.
“October Diffusions and November Magazines” MEKAS. October 31, 2007.
“Race as Fashion Signifier” Clast. October 5, 2007.
“Autumn Trends from the October Magazines” MEKAS. October 1, 2007.
“Where are you?” Clast. September 21, 2007.
“Tutorial: Japanese Fashion Magazines” MEKAS. August 14, 2007.
“Interview with Yoshikazu Moribe (Popeye)” MEKAS. August 7, 2007.
“Non•no vs. CanCam: Girls’ Girls vs. Boys’ Girls” Clast. June 27, 2007.
“MilK Helps Your Kids Grow” Neomarxisme. June 8, 2007.
“Street Snaps: Top-Down or Bottom-Up?” Neomarxisme. June 6, 2007.
“Fashion Magazines and Regional Readership” Clast. June 5, 2007.
“Zino: Because We Needed Another Leon” Neomarxisme. May 14, 2007
“AneCan: Media Leads Production and Consumption” Clast. April 18, 2007.
“Model Agency Media” Clast. April 12, 2007.
AneCan: Can Cam for Your Big Sister” Clast. March 26, 2007.
“LEON: The Cult of the Italian Middle-Aged Man” Clast. March 22, 2007.
CanCam: The Number One Fashion Magazine in Japan” Clast March 6, 2007.
“I Know What Boys Like” Neomarxisme. August 29, 2006.
“The Kurile Island Dispute and the World of Women’s Fashion” Neomarxisme. June 3, 2005.
“I Can CanCam Neomarxisme. May 29, 2005.

TV
“‘Jersey Shore’ in Japanese: ‘Macaroni Rascals'”
CNNGo. March 15, 2010.
“I Survived American TV” Néojaponisme. June 30, 2008.
“Curriculumachine” (1970s Japanese children’s TV) Néojaponisme. February 18, 2008.
“Yappari Neko Ga Suki” Clast. January 25, 2008.
“Fight, This Generation: Vol. 3 TV Told Me How to Be a Kid” (column) OK Fred. Spring 2007. Vol. 8.
“Lackluster Video: The Continuing Enigma of Japanese Television” Neomarxisme. November 28, 2006.
“Japanese TV: Passing the Savings onto the Top” Neomarxisme. November 2, 2006.
“Japanese TV, Part II – Sonim vs. Orlando Bloom” Neomarxisme. November 5, 2005.

Film
“Igi Nashi” (review of United Red Army film) Néojaponisme. April 27, 2008.
“Kanojo ga Mizugi ni Kigaetara” Néojaponisme. March 4, 2008.
“Bus Man” (Japanese release of Napoleon Dynamite) Neomarxisme. August 24, 2005.
“Top Gun + Japanese Film Practices” Neomarxisme. July 3, 2005.
“Bad Tuning” (Japanese film titling) Neomarxisme. July 1, 2005.
“Star Wars III – In July!” Neomarxisme. May 21, 2005.
“Kichiku Daienkai” Neomarxisme. March 23, 2005.

Travel

Japan
“Sunflower Furano: 18 hours on a ferry from Sapporo to Tokyo”
CNNGo. March 9, 2010.
“Hokutosei: 16 hours on a sleeper train from Tokyo to Sapporo” CNNGo. February 23, 2010.
“How to survive the Sapporo Snow Festival” CNNGo. February 9, 2010.
“4 best West Tokyo parks” CNNGo. August 13, 2009.
“Island Hopping” (travel to Ishigaki/Taketomi) Néojaponisme. November 5, 2007.
“Good Times at the Kamiya Bar” Neomarxisme. May 21, 2007.
“Go West” (visiting Kansai) Neomarxisme. July 19, 2007.
“Fun, Sun, and Black Ships” (a trip to Shimoda, Izu Peninsula) Neomarxisme. October 12, 2006.
“The Lion Whispers” (classical music cafe Lion) Neomarxisme. February 2, 2006.
“Friday Night” (a night in Tokyo) Neomarxisme. November 19, 2005.
“Canyoning vs. Ikaho” Neomarxisme. August 2, 2005.
“Travel Japan: It’s… Not Bad!” Neomarxisme. February 6, 2005.

Infiniti Adeyaka Project
“Adeyaka Magazine: Quest for Inspiration” (video, 12:54) Adeyaka. February 2, 2011.
“Adeyaka Magazine: Kinnotake Ryokan” (video) Adeyaka. December 25, 2010.
“Adeyaka Magazine: Flower Robotics” (video) Adeyaka. November 29, 2010.
“Adeyaka Magazine: Mizra” (video) Adeyaka. November 4, 2010.
“Adeyaka Magazine: Abe Surf and Design” (video) Adeyaka. November 4, 2010.
“Adeyaka Magazine: Gora Kadan” (video) Adeyaka. October 15, 2010.
“Adeyaka Magazine: Sano Magic” (video) Adeyaka. September 16, 2010.
“Infiniti Brand Journey: Kamakura” Néojaponisme. May 25, 2010.
“Infiniti Brand Journey: Hakone” Néojaponisme. May 20, 2010.
“Infiniti Brand Journey: Kyoto” Néojaponisme. May 18, 2010.
“Infiniti Brand Journey: Sano Magic” Néojaponisme. May 11, 2010.
“Infiniti Brand Journey: Flower Robotics Pre-Interview” Néojaponisme. May 8, 2010.
“Infiniti Brand Journey for Adeyaka” Néojaponisme. May 5, 2010.

Sex, Love, and Marriage

“The Japanese Diet vs. Popteen” Néojaponisme. January 24, 2012.
“1980s Sex Business Explosion” Néojaponisme. November 27, 2008.
“Why Japan Needed Prostitution” Néojaponisme. November 17, 2008.
“Leah Dizon: A Shotgun Ending” Néojaponisme. October 17, 2008.
“Sumie Kawakami Interview” (on Japanese women) Néojaponisme. November 26, 2007.
“Fight, This Generation: Vol. 4 The Dangerous Fiction of Fake Breasts” (column) OK Fred . Fall 2007. Vol. 7.
“No Shotguns, No Weddings” Neomarxisme. August 15, 2007.
“The Beauty of Effort” Neomarxisme. July 27, 2007.
“5318008 Upside-Down on Calculator” Neomarxisme. July 6, 2007.
“Attraction to Adult Women: a Hot Trend for Upper-Middle Class Men” Neomarxisme. April 14, 2007.
“Cuteness vs. Fluency” Neomarxisme. February 26, 2007.
“The Japanification of Leah Dizon” Neomarxisme. February 15, 2007.
“I Know What Boys Like” Neomarxisme. August 29, 2006.
“Magazine Rack” (the Japanese breast fetish) Neomarxisme. June 13, 2005.
“Weekly Playboy: Say No to “Deai-kei” Sites” Neomarxisme. June 2, 2005.
“The Onyanko Club” Neomarxisme. March 16, 2005.
“The Onyanko Club, Pt. II” (“Otto Chikan”) Neomarxisme. March 17, 2005.
“The Onyanko Club, Pt. III” (“Stop it, Teacher!”) Neomarxisme. March 18, 2005.

Subcultures

Subculture Basics
“The Origin of Zoku” Néojaponisme. February 3, 2009.
“The Non-Politics of Keffiyeh and Bohemians” Clast. May 7, 2008.
“Subcultural Crossover for Teenage Girls” MEKAS. December 1, 2007.
“Into the Schoolgirl Inferno” Néojaponisme. October 8, 2007.
“Delinquent Subcultures vs. Consumer Lifestyles” Neomarxisme. April 8, 2005.

Yankii/Gyaru

“The History of the Gyaru – Part 2” Néojaponisme. May 8, 2012.
“The History of the Gyaru – Part 1” Néojaponisme. February 28, 2012.
“The Japanese Diet vs. Popteen” Néojaponisme. January 24, 2012.
“Manabu Numata: Chronicling Tokyo’s host clubs” CNNGo. March 25, 2010.
“Gyaru gaki: Delinquent fashion for three year-olds” CNNGo. February 25, 2010.
“Kana Nishino: The gyaru’s favorite new singer” CNNGo. December 11, 2009.
“The joy and pain of DQN names” CNNGo. November 10, 2009.
“Kyabajo Japan” Néojaponisme. August 11, 2009.
“The Yanmama Boom” Néojaponisme. May 11, 2009.
“Shibuya Girls Collection ’09S/S” Clast. March 11, 2009.
“Interview with Yasumasa Yonehara” MEKAS. January 29, 2009.
“Gyaru Resurgence” MEKAS. February 28, 2008.
“O-nii-kei Blazes On” Clast. February 7, 2008.
“Koizora: Empathy and Anonymous Creation” Clast. November 16, 2007.
“O-nii-kei” MEKAS. August 14, 2007.
“The Misanthropology of Late-Stage Kogal” Neomarxisme. January 23, 2007.
“Wake Up to the Same Coffee at Your Friendly Gigolo” (on hosts) Neomarxisme. September 8, 2006.
“Namennayo – On Pirates and Cats” Neomarxisme. July 16, 2005.
“Kenka Bancho” Neomarxisme. March 26, 2005.
“Roller Cool” Neomarxisme. November 25, 2004.

Otaku
“2010: Podcast on Otaku Culture” Néojaponisme. December 15, 2010.
“Otaku and Zen Buddhism?” Néojaponisme. September 18, 2009.
“Shibuya-kei vs. Akiba-kei” Clast. January 17, 2008.
“Otaku: The Last Nerds Left Standing” Neomarxisme. August 31, 2006.
“On that OTAK Otaku Certification Exam…” Neomarxisme. August 17, 2005.

Pop and Youth Culture

History of Pop Culture
“Massing, Demographics, and the Beginnings of Japanese Pop Culture” Neomarxisme. June 4, 2007.
“Now I Understand Why Contemporary Japanese Pop Culture is at a Nadir” Neomarxisme. July 11, 2006.

21st Century Youth Malaise
“Generation KY” Clast. March 21, 2008.
“The Kids are All Wrong” Néojaponisme. January 9, 2008.
“Post-Materialist Youth” MEKAS. October 31, 2007.
“The Kids Are Allwrong” Neomarxisme. June 27, 2007.
“The Soft Appeal, Con’t” Neomarxisme. August 23, 2005.
“The Soft Appeal” Neomarxisme. August 16, 2005.
“A No-Tenko Japanese Youth” Neomarxisme. May 13, 2005.

Fashion

Japanese Fashion Culture
“Real Harajuku Girls, For Real” Néojaponisme. September 9, 2010.
“The Accidental Confederate” Néojaponisme. August 17, 2010.
“Japan’s first shoe-shining gentleman’s club” CNNGo. May 11, 2010.
“In Tokyo, Abercrombie Misses Its Mark” The Business of Fashion. February 4, 2010.
“Uniqlo | A Feel-Good Commodity” The Business of Fashion. December 1, 2009.
“Interview with Yoshiyuki Morii” MEKAS.. March 25, 2009.
“Interview with Yasumasa Yonehara” MEKAS. January 29, 2009.
“Uniqlo | Reigning Supreme” The Business of Fashion. January 25, 2009.
“Complete Guide to Japanese Street Snap Websites” MEKAS. January 18, 2009.
“2008: Ebi-chan Graduates” Néojaponisme. December 2, 2008.
“Girl Fashion Talk #2” MEKAS. November 16, 2008.
“Q&A | The lowdown on H&M Comme des Garçons” The Business of Fashion. November 7, 2008.
“Autumn Magazines vs. Autumn Streets” MEKAS. October 19, 2008.
“H&M | Swedish fast fashion finally comes to Japan” The Business of Fashion. September 25, 2008.
“H&M Ginza Opens to Huge Fanfare” MEKAS. September 19, 2008.
“Tokyo Girls Collection — 2008 AW” MEKAS. September 18, 2008.
“Tutorial: Petit Celebrities” MEKAS. September 17, 2008.
“Street Professionals” Néojaponisme. September 1, 2008.
“Furoku: The Explosion of Magazine Freebies” MEKAS. August 21, 2008.
“Interview with Satoru Tanaka” MEKAS. August 21, 2008.
“No Ametora | Why the Neo-Trad Trend Failed to Catch on in Japan” The Business of Fashion. August 15, 2008.
“Japanese Women | From Luxury to Yuru-Nachu” The Business of Fashion. July 29, 2008.
“Yuru-Nachu” MEKAS. July 23, 2008.
“Leggins” MEKAS. July 22, 2008.
“Louis Vuitton’s Mythic 94.3%” Clast. June 4, 2008.
“Cher Scores with Eco Bag” MEKAS. May 15, 2008.
“The Non-Politics of Keffiyeh and Bohemians” Clast. May 7, 2008.
“Tutorial: The Big Four Apparel Manufacturers” MEKAS. May 1, 2008.
“Girls Fashion Talk #1” MEKAS. May 1, 2008.
“Interview with Takeji Hirakawa” MEKAS. May 1, 2008.
“Foreign Runway Models as Celebrities” MEKAS. April 1, 2008.
“Interview with Dr. Yuniya Kawamura” MEKAS. April 1, 2008.
“Style Deficit (Dis)Order” Néojaponisme. March 26, 2008.
“Interview with Takao Yajima (Flex Japan)” MEKAS. February 29, 2008.
“Salon-kei” MEKAS. February 1, 2008.
“Interview with Mie Itoh (WAG)” MEKAS. February 1, 2008.
“Interview with Michiko Koshino” MEKAS. January 1, 2008.
“Tutorial: Japanese Select Shops” MEKAS. December 1, 2007.
“Interview with Fumihiro Tomonaga (Esquire)” MEKAS. December 1, 2007.
“The Rising Tides of Fashion Populism” (article on Japanese women’s fashion market) J@pan•Inc. Nov/Dec 2007. No. 74.
“Tutorial: Tokyo Fashion Neighborhoods” MEKAS. October 31, 2007.
“Interview with Jun Anazawa (Cosmo Communications)” MEKAS. October 31, 2007.
“Race as Fashion Signifier” Clast. October 5, 2007.
“Tutorial: Tokyo Fashion Buildings” MEKAS. October 1, 2007.
“Order Made Everything” MEKAS. October 1, 2007.
“Interview with Yozo Yagi” MEKAS. October 1, 2007.
“Interview with Yoko Kawashima” MEKAS. October 1, 2007.
“Autumn Notes on Japanese Fashion” Néojaponisme. September 29, 2007.
“Being Cool Means Being Hot” Clast. August 10, 2007.
“Interview with Toshiaki Tashiro” MEKAS. August 6, 2007.
“Interview with Yoshikazu Moribe (Popeye)” MEKAS. August 7, 2007.
“HF Forever Forever HF” Neomarxisme. June 13, 2007.
“The Prisoner’s Dilemma of Cool Biz” Clast. June 8, 2007.
“Street Snaps: Top-Down or Bottom-Up?” Neomarxisme. June 6, 2007.
“The Non-Story of Bottega Veneta’s No Logo” Clast. May 14, 2007.
“Arnold Palmer: Youth Fashion Icon” Clast. April 27, 2007.
“Dokusha Models and Charisma Clerks: Transferring the Aura of Authority” Clast. April 25, 2007.
“AneCan: Media Leads Production and Consumption” Clast. April 18, 2007.
“Tokyo Girls Collection” Clast. April 3, 2007.
“Jun Takahashi” (profile of Under Cover designer) Nylon Guys. Fall 2006.
“Booze, Babes, and Bawling” (Liquor, Woman, & Tears store) Neomarxisme. September 28, 2006.
“From First Class to Coach: Beginnings of Taste Deflation in Japanese Fashion” Neomarxisme. September 26, 2006.
“The Competing Orthopraxies of Three-Button Suits in Japan” Neomarxisme. May 12, 2006.
“Harajuku/Omotesando: Radically Cool or just Totally Awesome?” Neomarxisme. April 24, 2006.
“My Favorite Band is Dinosaur Jr. T-shirts” Neomarxisme. September 24, 2005.
“NY Times on Harajuku Girls… Again” Neomarxisme. June 20, 2005.
“LoVe” (Louis Vuitton in Japan) Neomarxisme. June 16, 2005.
“Do You Hate Uniqlo? Then Buy a Magazine All About the Brand!” Neomarxisme. April 23, 2005.
“Delinquent Subcultures vs. Consumer Lifestyles” Neomarxisme. April 8, 2005.

Japanese Fashion History
“VAN and the Birth of the Japanese T-shirt”
Néojaponisme. January 25, 2011.
“The Man Who Brought Ivy to Japan” (biography of Ishizu Kensuke) Ivy Style. August 31, 2010.
“‘Take Ivy’ takes another trip to the U.S.” CNNGo. March 5, 2010.
“A Second Look at Take Ivy, Ivy Illustrated and the OPH” Ivy Style. February 5, 2010.
“The Miyuki-zoku: Japan’s First Ivy Rebels” Ivy Style. November 24, 2009.
“Shopping at the End of the Luxury Bubble” Luxury Society. July 9, 2009.
“Interview with Seiichi Mizuno” MEKAS. February 13, 2009.
“Interview with Dr. Yuniya Kawamura” MEKAS. April 1, 2008.
“Interview with Yoko Kawashima” MEKAS. October 1, 2007.
“The Commercial Mystery of Bitch Skateboards” Neomarxisme. April 25, 2007.
“Popeye ’79 on American College Life” Neomarxisme. August 8, 2005.

A Bathing Ape
“A Bathing Ape Takes a Final Bath” Néojaponisme. February 2, 2011.
“Makise Riho’s Boyfriend” (A Bathing Ape’s Nigo) Clast. August 24, 2007.
“The Changing Brand Value of Bape” Clast. March 29, 2007.
“Gorillas in Our Midst” (long profile of A Bathing Ape designer Nigo) Nylon for Guys. Spring 2006.
“Shukan Post on the Bape Vast Tax Evasion Scheme” Neomarxisme. May 18, 2005.
“Ape vs. Good Charlotte” Neomarxisme. April 2, 2005.
“When Trendy Cafes Disappear” (closing of Bape Cafe) Neomarxisme. March 29, 2005.
“Nagao Tomoaki in the New York Times” Neomarxisme. December 22, 2004.

Luxury Market
“China: Navigating New Subtleties & Prohibitive Prices” Luxury Society. October 19, 2009.
“Shopping at the End of the Luxury Bubble” Luxury Society. July 9, 2009.
“The Spirit of Craftsmanship” Luxury Society. June 8, 2009.
“Luxury Calling” Luxury Society. April 5, 2009.
“It’s all in the Niche” Luxury Society. March 2, 2009.
“Bucking an Industry Collapse through Service” Luxury Society. September 11, 2009.
“The Future of Luxury in Japan” Luxury Society. January 24, 2009.
“Luxury Slowdown” MEKAS. July 14, 2008.
“Louis Vuitton’s Mythic 94.3%” Clast. June 4, 2008.
“Rent-a-Bag and the Meaning of ‘Trend'” Clast. December 12, 2007.
“Interview with Toshiaki Tashiro” MEKAS. August 6, 2007.
“MilK Helps Your Kids Grow” Neomarxisme. June 8, 2007.
“The Non-Story of Bottega Veneta’s No Logo” Clast. May 14, 2007.
“LoVe” (Louis Vuitton in Japan) Neomarxisme. June 16, 2005.

Fashion Shows and Brand Reviews
“Japan Fashion Week | Not prime time” The Business of Fashion. March 27, 2009.
“Shibuya Girls Collection ’09S/S” Clast. March 11, 2009.
“Eastern Promise” (five new fashion brands from Japan) Nylon Guys. March 2009.
“Han Ahn Soon – ’09 SS” MEKAS. November 17, 2008.
“ViVi’s ‘Diva’s Dream Festa'” MEKAS. November 4, 2008.
“N. Hoolywood – ’09 SS” MEKAS. September 23, 2008.
“Soe – ’09 SS” MEKAS. September 23, 2008.
“Tokyo Girls Collection — 2008 AW” MEKAS. September 18, 2008.
“matohu – JFW ’09 SS” MEKAS. September 15, 2008.
“zechia – JFW ’09 SS” MEKAS. September 14, 2008.
“Japan Fashion Week | Under the radar” The Business of Fashion. September 14, 2008.
“Izreel – JFW ’09 SS” MEKAS. September 8, 2008.
“Tiny Dinosaur – JFW ’09 SS” MEKAS. September 8, 2008.
“GVGV – JFW ’09 SS” MEKAS. September 8, 2008.
“Aguri Sagimori – JFW ’09 SS” MEKAS. September 7, 2008.
“Kamishima Chinami – JFW ’09 SS” MEKAS. September 7, 2008.
“everlasting sprout – JFW ’09 SS” MEKAS. September 7, 2008.
“Hisui – JFW ’09 SS” MEKAS. September 4, 2008.
“mint designs – JFW ’09 SS” MEKAS. September 3, 2008.
“Mikio Sakabe – JFW ’09 SS” MEKAS. September 3, 2008.
“Ritsuko Shirahama – JFW ’09 SS” MEKAS. September 3, 2008.
“mercibeaucoup – JFW ’09 SS” MEKAS. September 3, 2008.
“fur fur – JFW ’09 SS” MEKAS. September 3, 2008.
“Kobe Collection Autumn/Winter 2008” MEKAS. September 2, 2008.
“Japan Fashion Week ’08 AW Roundup” MEKAS. April 1, 2008.“Kamishima Chinami – JFW ’08 AW” MEKAS. April 1, 2008.
“Mikio Sakabe – JFW ’08 AW” MEKAS. April 1, 2008.
“matohu – JFW ’08 AW” MEKAS. April 1, 2008.
“Everlasting Sprout – JFW ’08 AW” MEKAS. April 1, 2008.
“Hisui – JFW ’08 AW” MEKAS. April 1, 2008.
“Ylang Ylang – JFW ’08 AW” MEKAS. April 1, 2008.
“Heath – JFW ’08 AW” MEKAS. April 1, 2008.
“THEATRE PRODUCTS” (fashion brand profile) MEKAS. December 1, 2007.
“Lowry’s Farm” (fashion brand profile) MEKAS. November 1, 2007.
“Scye” (fashion brand profile) MEKAS. October 3, 2007.
“Black Barrett by Neil Barrett” (fashion brand profile) MEKAS. August 9, 2007.

Non-Japanese Fashion
“An Inflection Point in Menswear” Néojaponisme. February 22, 2011.
“Interview with James Sherwood” MEKAS. April 1, 2008.