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News, Sucka Free City Flowers for Bitcoin: A Large Exchange Sputters, but Digital Currency Stays Afloat in San Francisco

Flowers for Bitcoin: A Large Exchange Sputters, but Digital Currency Stays Afloat in San Francisco

In Tokyo, a disgruntled British trader stands outside the vacant, shuttered offices of Mt. Gox, once the highest-volume Bitcoin exchange in the world. He waves a sign bearing what could be either be a hugely volatile, or deeply metaphysical, question,…
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Dining, SFoodie Learn All About Japanese Pickles With Matthew Amster-Burton and Karen Solomon

Learn All About Japanese Pickles With Matthew Amster-Burton and Karen Solomon

If you've ever lingered over a plate of Japanese fare and wondered what it would be like to eat, travel, and live there, a free Friday event at the Women's Building may help rev up your wanderlust. Food writer Matthew…
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Music, Hear This Boris: Show Preview

Boris: Show Preview

Formed in the early '90s, when guitarist Wata, bassist/guitarist Takeshi, and drummer Atsuo met while attending a Tokyo art school, the Japanese experimentalists in Boris have traveled a bewildering path from their early roots as drone/doom merchants. Early efforts Absolute…
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Calendar, Night&Day Preview: Boris

Preview: Boris

Formed in the early '90s, when guitarist Wata, bassist/guitarist Takeshi, and drummer Atsuo met while attending a Tokyo art school, the Japanese experimentalists in Boris have traveled a bewildering path from their early roots as drone/doom merchants. Early efforts Absolute…
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Film, "Like Someone in Love": A Master Observer Looks at Romance

"Like Someone in Love": A Master Observer Looks at Romance

Rightly worshiped as a master worldwide, Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami lately has decided to take his show on the road. Three years ago he left Iran to make a film in Italy, Certified Copy, and now he's made Like Someone…
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Film, "Girl Model": Sadness and Isolation Among the Beautiful People

"Girl Model": Sadness and Isolation Among the Beautiful People

Although the title of directors David Redmon and Ashley Sabin's dual portrait of two players in the underage-modeling world might suggest an industry smackdown in the familiar mode of high-documentary dudgeon, Girl Model proves unsettling in any but the usual…
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Calendar, Night&Day 154524

154524

In America, outdoor scavenger hunts are just an excuse to start drinking early, but it’s different in Japan, which is no surprise. When it comes to pop trends, the Japanese double down. Tokyo’s Takao Kato turned the scavenger hunt inside…
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Dining, Eat Fresh Eats: Patisserie Norina's Japanese Cakes Are Light and None Too Sweet

Fresh Eats: Patisserie Norina's Japanese Cakes Are Light and None Too Sweet

When I lived in Tokyo, I always felt that dessert wasn't part of the food culture. When dessert was presented at all, it wasn't sweet enough for my tooth. A reader's letter espousing the virtues of Patisserie Norina's "Japanese Cheesecake"…
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News, The Snitch Earthquake Hits Japan Again, No Tsunami Warning for S.F.

Earthquake Hits Japan Again, No Tsunami Warning for S.F.

Sadly, Japan was shaken again by another earthquake Thursday night, and is now under the threat of a tsunami, a month after it was devastated by an 9.0 earthquake and a tsunami that killed more than 25,000 people. Buildings as…
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Calendar, Night&Day Rage Politely Against the Machine

Rage Politely Against the Machine

The frustrated, flummoxed characters in Japanese wunderkind Yuya Ishii’s semi-absurdist comedies are typically running from something. It might be the boring confines of small-town life for the neon allure of Tokyo, or the cruelty of the big city for the…
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Calendar, Night&Day Kurosawa's Lower Depths

Kurosawa's Lower Depths

The name Akira Kurosawa means one thing to most people: samurai films. So it's no surprise that the various local celebrations of the director's centenary this year have tended to trumpet (perhaps inevitably) his iconic efforts in that genre. Yet…
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Film, Rep Showtimes

Film Showtimes for the week of November 10-16, 2010

4 Star Theatre. Stories from Chinese America — The Arthur Dong Collection: Screening of newly discovered 1916 film by Marion Wong also features dance performance by the Grant Avenue Follies. Sat., Nov. 13, noon. $25. 2200 Clement (at 23rd Ave.),…
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News, Sucka Free City A "life hacker" is selected by a game of Roshambo to travel the world

A "life hacker" is selected by a game of Roshambo to travel the world

Earlier this month, the Mission District-based hacker collective Noisebridge held a party celebrating its third anniversary. It collected $10 donations and asked partygoers to decide how to spend the money, about $1,000 in all. One idea: Pay a mariachi band…
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Calendar, Night&Day Family Plots

Family Plots

In the annals of audacious counterprogramming, it’s hard to beat a Yasujiro Ozu series going up against Hollywood’s summer onslaught of infantile antics and empty explosions. A director of exquisitely elemental films — dismissed as “too Japanese” by some critics,…
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Film, "Babies" is pretty much straight babies, all the way through

"Babies" is pretty much straight babies, all the way through

Did I say "Awww" at Babies? I did. Did I giggle at the adorable things babies do in Babies? Oh my, yes. Did I ovulate about a dozen times during Babies? You better believe it. Is Babies a good movie?…
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Music, BeatBox DJ Krush

DJ Krush

While cleaning his desk one day in the early '80s, Tokyo gangster apprentice Ishi Hideaki discovered the severed finger of his best friend wrapped in a handkerchief. Luckily for music fans, both that episode and watching the legendary New York…
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Music, Hear This Melt Banana

Melt Banana

Since launching in 1992, Tokyo's Melt-Banana has become Japan's quintessential No Wave spazz-punk outfit. While effects-whiz guitarist Agata and bassist Rika surgically intersplice short, incendiary song blasts, vocalist Yako shrieks twisted English lyrics like a bonkers banshee. It's always a…
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Calendar, Night&Day Manna from MONO

Manna from MONO

Tokyo’s MONO is one of those “ya gotta see 'em live” bands. Sure, the instrumental quartet’s recordings are lovely, filled with long tracks of glistening neoclassical compositions featuring fragile, Brahms-lullaby melodies slowly crescendoing into epic, crashing rock. And other groups…
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Calendar, Night&Day Tôkyô Sonata

Tôkyô Sonata

Like a bottled message cast from the shores of an economy whose implosion precipitated our own, Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s Tôkyô Sonata centers on Ryûhei (Teruyuki Kagawa), a 46-year-old middle manager for a health-care equipment company who learns that his entire department…
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Play Me the Music

Like a bottled message cast from the shores of an economy whose implosion precipitated our own, Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s Tôkyô Sonata centers on Ryûhei (Teruyuki Kagawa), a 46-year-old middle manager for a health-care equipment company who learns that his entire department…
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