Archive for the ‘Spinshell Report’ Category

Are You Single in the City?

Monday, August 4th, 2008

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In this week’s report we take a look at what the dating scene is like here in Tokyo and some places and ways to meet new people around town. We’ll also explore some Japanese dating traditions you may be interested in trying, and give advice for those serious about meeting the one.

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AIDS in Japan

Monday, July 28th, 2008

In 2007 approximately 33.2 million people around the world were living with HIV or AIDS, with the largest percentage of cases being in Africa. Despite attempts to contain this global epidemic the numbers continue to grow, with Japan being no exception.


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Finding Funnies in Tokyo

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008

Tokyo’s comedy scene may not be as booming as that of other major cities, but don’t let that deter you from finding some English comic relief. Within Tokyo’s growing international community there are some devout English-speaking comedians plying their trade in the city’s pubs and passing on their knowledge to those who are looking for a foot in the door of Tokyo’s comedy world.


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Settling in to the City

Monday, July 14th, 2008

Moving country is not an easy task, especially when you’re downsizing from a western-sized place to a smaller Japanese apartment. With language barriers and the pressure of relocating countries to contend with, things can be a little stressful.


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Shaken or Stirred: Tokyo Gentlemen’s Guide

Monday, July 7th, 2008

Tokyo is a tempting playground for the sophisticated man. Whether he is after a chance to unwind in a luxurious spa, get some Tokyo style, or to party the night away with his friends, the city serves up all options … shaken and stirred.


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Getting a Working Visa for Japan

Tuesday, July 1st, 2008

With its high standard of living, unique job opportunities, and fascinating culture, Japan has a strong appeal for those wanting to live overseas.


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Pet Industry Exposed

Tuesday, June 24th, 2008

“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” Anatole France, French Author (1844-1924).


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Getting Married in Japan

Monday, June 16th, 2008

It’s the big day that every girl dreams about: Her wedding day. Here in Japan there is no expense spared. The Japanese wedding business is booming, with an industry estimated at a whopping 2 trillion yen in revenue a year. There are a variety of ways in which the Japanese like to celebrate that special day and you can too.


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Capsule Me Inn

Monday, June 9th, 2008

They have been the inspiration for budget style accommodation in London, NY, Amsterdam and Malaysia but no-one has quite managed to grasp the unique design of the ‘Capsule hotel’ phenomenon in Japan.


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Canine Couture

Monday, June 2nd, 2008

It seems like the Japanese have replaced their designer pouches with designer pooches. From cafes to salons, weddings to fashion, a dog can live a pretty plush life in Japan. There are more than 25,000 outfits in Japan itself that cater for dogs alone and the streets now overflow with pampered pups in child like strollers and the latest fashion fads — from trendy t-shirts to dyed prints — anything goes. With a market now estimated at 1.5 trillion yen per year it’s no wonder businesses have been cashing in from the pet boom, which started back in 1992. According to experts fewer births, people living alone and the cute factor are at the heart of the dog obsession. Experts have also suggested that the Japanese are now replacing children with dogs. Statistics show that dogs, at 12.5 million, now outnumber children under 10 in Japan


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For those that really want to see some doggy style, Omotosando Hills and Roppongi Hills are the places to hit. From mudpacks to massage from restaurants to doggy cakes, the Japanese have taken the phrase “man’s best friend” to a whole new level.

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