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Aizuchi Trouble

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Not Wholly Whole: Hafu Film Review

//By Keith Ikoma// On May 31st, I attended a showing of the film Hafu in Akita City. Some background about me: I am half-Japanese, and Hafu is about half-Japanese people and their experience in Japan. However, I am from Vancouver, one of the most multicultural cities in the world. There is a significant Asian influence … Continue reading

The Top Ten Things the Internet Does Wrong: Part Five

This is the fourth part of a five-part series. The first part can be found here, the second here, the third here, and the fourth here. //By Andrew Lewis// Top Ten Lists This got rather serious rather quickly.  But what good is a top ten list if it doesn’t escalate? Nice segue, right? Yeah, top ten lists seem like … Continue reading

The Top Ten Things the Internet Does Wrong: Part Four

This is the fourth part of a five-part series. The first part can be found here, the second here, and the third here. //By Andrew Lewis// 4. Interface Changes Every few months, some massively used website changes its look, and everybody and their dog starts complaining about it. We’ve all seen it—your Facebook feed full of … Continue reading

The Usual Suspects

//By Alistair Frothingham// It’s a snowy December in the year the Mayans predicted to be our last. Bundled in a black wool coat with buttons like wooden sabretooth tiger fangs, I breathe into a cheap blue-contrast-scale knitted scarf poorly hiding my cropped goatee. Marveled by the warmth I am afforded from purchases at a recycle … Continue reading

Kariwano Tug-of-War Festival

//By Jessie Fast// One of the best things about small winter festivals in Akita is how a whole town will come together for the special occasion. A tradition becomes a testament to the unity of a community, usually tucked away somewhere off little used highways. One such festival is the 500-year-old giant Tug-of-War in Kariwano … Continue reading

Namahage Sedo Festival

//By Jessie Fast// There is perhaps nothing more terrifying for children than being confronted with their nightmares face-to-face. However, for children in Akita, that is exactly what happens at the Namahage Sedo Festival in Oga City. Namahage, Akita’s infamous demon-gods with daggers in hand and red or blue faces, are used by parents to scare … Continue reading

The Top Ten Things the Internet Does Wrong: Part Three

This is the third part of a five-part series. The first part can be found here, and the second here. //By Andrew Lewis// 6. Public Discourse The best thing about the internet is you can find anything you want, whenever you want it. The worst thing about the internet is that you can find anything … Continue reading

The Top Ten Things the Internet Does Wrong: Part Two

This is the second part in a five part series. The first part can be found here. //By Andrew Lewis// 8.  News It was not so long ago that news anchors were wringing their hands about this new “web-log” thing, where irresponsible people without journalistic integrity could write and post an article about something in … Continue reading

The Top Ten Things the Internet Does Wrong: Part One

This post is the first of a five part series. //By Andrew Lewis// Houston, Texas. Oil derricks.  NASA.  Failed sports franchises.  Harbor.  Mesquite barbeque.  Rodeo.  East Coast comedians’ punchlines.  Yes, my hometown is well known for many things.  It’s not just the city all the big nationwide tours skip over.  It’s also the city trying to … Continue reading