Mondo Mascots is a new site for those obsessed with Japanese yuru chara, the giant mascots that trot around at street festivals and store openings. Worth checking out if you’re looking to name an unidentified yuruchara seen in your neighbourhood, or find out what yuruchara-themed events are like.
In the latest Little in Japan Dave visits Roppongi. Roppongi used to be party central for ex-pats and tourists (and those who want to meet them) in the 80s and 90s, but now it’s a bit of a decaying dump.
The Little in Japan book is now on sale! The book collects all the Little In Japan comic strips so far, with a few new pages thrown in. It’s available as a 100-page paperback, or as a Kindle book. “Big in Japan” – Despite the cliche, not every westerner who arrives in Japan is greeted […]
The first Little in Japan of the new year is about the perils of falling asleep on Japanese trains (which I have done a number of times). It’s a bit of a weird one. Here’s an excerpt: You can read the full strip here.
In the latest Little in Japan comic strip, Dave tries his luck at various non-teaching jobs in Japan, without much luck. It was a nice chance to commiserate with (and poke fun at) my fellow Tokyo creatives, who say they are in bands or writing novels, but are all secretly teachers. Read the whole story […]
I recently read a copy of Brian Reyes’ outrageous book, Dark Horizon, which he describes as “a vulgar yet playful book of insults”. It’s a spoof of the popular English textbook series, New Horizon, which has been read in Japanese public school since 1965. Here’s how Brian describes it: I thought about the characters from […]
Dave’s downward spiral continues as the comic strip returns for the first time this year. This time he is exploring his unappealing career options. Check out the strip here: http://littleinjapan.com/?comic=onwards-and-downwards
I’ve just completed the first “Little In Japan” strip in ages. Stranded in a cyber-cafe, Dave experiments with social media, and gets into more trouble.See the story in full here:http://littleinjapan.com/?comic=networking-2
Here’s a music vid I chopped together for my friends, The Ed Woods. They’re a great, demented Japanese horror-themed punk/psychobilly band. They always put on an incendiary live show, so you should check them out if you get a chance.