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Two Wrestlers Speak On ‘Life After Sumo’ (Documentary)

The glamor and prestige of being on top of the sumo game in the Land Of The Rising Sun… if you can get to the top. And even if you do, being ‘about that life’ comes at a price. Watch VICE SPORTS tally up the bill in this documentary episode.

Sumo wrestlers enter training stables, or beyas, as young teens and dedicate their lives to the sport until they retire. Training involves incredible food intake, heavy beer consumption as a means of weight gain and daily full-contact sparring. Along with the health impacts, most wrestlers leave the sport with little education and less money. In this VICE Sports exclusive, we visit with two retired rikishis to get their take on life after sumo.

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‘The Monkey King’ Is Ready To Rep China And Take On The American And Japanese Big Bots In Battle (Video)

Awwww daaaamn! Now China has a battle robot that wants a piece of the U.S. Megabot’s chassis? Well, bet money the Americans are gonna say that ‘The Monkey King’ can come and get some… AFTER the battle with the Japanese Kuratas bot! Watch the vid above and continue on the robo-journey after the jump!



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Were There Really “Samurai Headhunters?” (Researchers Say Yes) [Documentary Trailer]

Knights of the Far East, we see the Samurai as honorable protectors of their traditions, their ordained rulers, and the people of Japan. But… that’s how we SEE them. Now let’s look at the whole TRUTH; at least an alternative powerfully put forth by this documentary – “Samurai Headhunters.”

Noble swordsman? Ruthless head collector? The Samurai were both. The drama documentary charting the unknown, dark side of these ancient Japanese warriors by recreating the life of a young farmer forced into their army. Since their first appearance in the 8th century, Japan’s famous elite warriors are celebrated for their courage, formidable fighting techniques and above all, their code of honour. But do these Far Eastern knights really measure up to their heroic image? Now, for the first time, we reveal the unknown dark side of the Samurai – a fascinating tale of forbidden love, extreme cruelty, and treachery.
– Urban Canyons


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The Birth of Saké (Documentary)

The award-winning documentary “The Birth of Saké” balances the physical labors of saké-making with the brewery workers’ personal stories and private sacrifices.

Incredible! This documentary is about a tradition, an art, craftsmanship, a lifestyle, a family business, a journey of self-discovery and appreciation and so much more brought to us by Japanese-American documentarian Erik Shirai. Turns out that Saké is waaaay more than fancy rice wine. The story’s telling – in “The Birth of Saké” – does involve a lot of cups of it though. The best!

In Japan, it’s such a normal thing to be an artisan, to dedicate your entire life to one craft and to be really good at it, so much so that Japanese people don’t find it interesting. But I was able to understand the culture, but also see it from a different perspective and really appreciate it. Hanging out [at the Tedorigawa brewery] for such a long period of time helped me realize that the Japanese culture is very embedded in who I am, in my aesthetics, my values, and how I see the world.- Erik Shirai

Check out the trailer above. Catch it on Netflix. More on the documentary at NBC News online.


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Regular People Wrestle Sumo Champions (Video)

Bwaaahahaaaa! Some of these folks really went at it with the Sumos. Well, if you gone do it… For though, I like the way that the pros in this segment are not that brash, and willing to share in their sport. One even took a ‘L’ and not so much as a frown. We could learn a thing or three in The States from them.


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F1 Driver Lewis Hamilton Goes To Japan: Winning Before The Race (Video)

Luxury living fam… the Maybach, the girl, sipping some of the finest tea in Tokyo, and getting down with Hugo Boss on some high-end fashion.

Explore the buzzing city of Tokyo with Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 driver Lewis Hamilton.

Thumbs up, Lewis. We approve.

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Sean Falyon – “Still Everywhere” (Video)

#SFBE never truer for Sean Falyon [Be Everywhere] than when he caught that flight overseas. Checking in from Tokyo, cam in hand everywhere he jammed, the Beard Whisperer put together a li’l something to go with that “Still Everywhere” freestyle he dropped (posted on here a while back).


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Japanese Sword Master Isao Machii Slices Through A 100-MPH Fastball (Video)

Above: Poised and ready to strike is Guinness World Record-holder Isao Machii, a master of Laido (a Japanese sword-based martial art). The latest demonstration of craft mastery from this “modern-day samurai”… oh… just cutting a baseball, flying at him at 100 mph, in half while standing about 30 feet away from where it was fired. That’s all. You do know that a baseball mound is over twice that far from a major league batter at home plate, right?

Watch reeeeallly close in the clip above. The slice so deadly precise happens in the blink of an eye!

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Japanese Sword Master Isao Machii Slices Through A 100-MPH Fastball (Video)

Above: Poised and ready to strike is Guinness World Record-holder Isao Machii, a master of laido (a Japanese sword-based martial art). The latest demonstration of craft mastery from this “modern-day samurai”… oh… just cutting a baseball, flying at him at 100 mph, in half while standing about 30 feet away from where it was fired. That’s all. You do know that a baseball mound is over twice that far from a major league batter at home plate, right?

Watch reeeeallly close in the clip above. The slice so deadly precise happens in the blink of an eye!

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Too Far To Walk? Nowhere To Park? WalkCar Lets You Ride In And Take Your ‘Ride’ With You (Video)

Wow! Are you seeing this? It’s like they’ve almost figured out a futuristic George Jetson car; one that you can ride to work and carry into the office. Now, if they could only make it fly (like this one here). WalkCar is the world’s smallest electric car, as small as a laptop. Super cool transportation tech! You steer it with your body movements; so it’s not a big effort to learn to operate. This could be the biggest thing is small vehicles EVER!

Soon to start fundraising via Kickstarter. Pre-orders for WalkCar will be taken starting October 2015.

Hmm… Did I say “could” be the biggest…? Nah, this WILL be huge! For more on this compact, powerful mini-vehicle innovation from Tokyo’s Cocoa Motors, visit the company website

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KONNICHIWA: Japanese Urban Night @ Studio No.7 ATL [1.17.15]



Japan’s Ninja School Girls (Video)

Awww so cute. “Ninja Schoolgirl” viral videos of students in Japan running/racing about town doing parkour stunts off buildings, walls, and walkways… and some ring sparring (kicking serious butt)… basically training to be able to chase down suckaz and kick their azzes wearing cute smiles and bedazzled fingernails.

Try explaining the result of that fight with your homies if you ever tick them off. Or… OR… you could just click play above and watch them tell VICE all about it.

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Straight Outta Japan: DJ Sarasa at the Blu & Exile Japan Tour 2013

artworks-000061931339-nch6en-t500x500Proper party energy in a mix conveyed by a mixmaster. Respect to DJ SARASA for providing the blend of music made to rock Japan (rolling with Blu & Exile on their 2013 Tour). A mix that’ll rock a crowd stateside (USA), too… more than ‘something to dance to’… you can groove to this – be you a dancer or desk jockey, at work or in the ride, at the house or (of course) at the show. Plus: NO WACK TRACKS. Plus… You can get this for exactly FREE.99 (so help yourself to FREE downloads until the Soundcloud hits its limit)!


VICE: The Japanese Love Industry (Video)

‘In a society that commoditizes everything, sex sells, and the Japanese are buying!’

Ryan Duffy, VICE

VICE with another very interesting expo. We posted the one on successful women ‘hiring out’ for boyfriends a short while ago. So, what might happen to a society that, on the whole, does more ‘microwave dating’ than mating and creating families? VIBE found an answer… Less focus on family, and more focus on buying, has left Japan a nation that is dying.

‘Japan is a country that is dying—literally. Japan has more people over the age of 65 and the smallest number of people under the age of 15 in the world. It has the fastest negative population growth in the world, and that’s because hardly anyone is having babies. In these difficult times, the Japanese are putting marriage and families on the back burner and seeking recreational love and affection as a form of cheap escape with no strings attached. We sent Ryan Duffy to investigate this phenomenon, which led him to Tokyo’s cuddle cafes and Yakuza-sponsored prostitution rings.’


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Tommy Lee Jones and Matthew Fox Seek Justice in Post-World War II Japan In “Emperor” (Movie Trailer)

War being an ultimate evil, carried out by loyalists who kill and destroy on a massive scale, how can we hope to bring ‘war criminals’ to justice – to bring closure to the war and ensure justice and peace for both sides? Can we call an enemy combatant a criminal who was doing the same thing our warriors and officers were doing just because we won? Big dilemma.

As the Japanese surrender at the end of WWII, General Douglas MacArthur (played by Tommy Lee Jones) charges General Bonner Fellers (played by Matthew Fox) with the task of deciding if Emperor Hirohito will be hanged as a war criminal. Influencing Fellers’ ruling is his quest to find Aya, an exchange student he met years earlier in the U.S.

“Emperor” tells a portion of the story of post-war justice in Japan (with a love story sort of mixed in, of course). Bold (and secret) moves that won the peace in that time are shared and explored. But more pressing than the measures taken, consider a couple of the issues/questions faced at the time:

  1. Emperor Hirohito was considered a god to many in Japan. How do you bring a god to man’s ‘justice’?
  2. Emperor Hirohito being a spiritual leader, not a figure wielding much political or war-making power, may have been no more than a figurehead for government and military officials to use to rally troops. Can we find justice in sentencing a figurehead to death?

A spiritual figure of a people put to death for ‘crimes’ per the judgement of those who had the power to do so. Why does that sound familiar? Argh! I know this one… hair like wool… feet like bronze… Jesus why can’t I remember?

Well, I’ll leave it there. Interesting story. Looks like this could be a good movie. Tommy Lee Jones movies often are.


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Joell Ortiz Throws Listening Session For Slaughterhouse’s “Throw That” w/ Eminem In Japan (Video)

While Slaughterhouse & Eminem are out on tour in Japan, 1/4 of the Slaughterhouse gang Joell Ortiz decided to throw an impromptu listening session of one of the songs on the album called “Throw That featuring Eminem. Listen in carefully to peep out the joint…
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Lord Finesse – “Check The Method” (Remix)

Lord Finesse is STILL doing it! Who remembers “Return of the Funky Man” (video seen here)? RESPECT! Well… Lord Finesse returns AGAIN! Slice Of Spice in conjunction with Wax Poetics Japan have announced (and released, end of June 2012) an incredible 24 page collaboration in Wax Poetics Japan Issue #22 of the magazine (available via Amazon); featuring Lord Finesse among others. In addition, Slice Of Spice has provided a flexi-disc for every copy of Issue #22 of the brand new and exclusive remix of “Check The Method.”

We have been keeping up with Lord Finesse here with several posts. So to us, he never left. But as Biz Markie would say, “Damn, it feels good to see people up on it!”


Casual & Phesto of the legendary Hieroglyphics crew rock Japan (Video)

Once again while checking out my homie Daisha Hunter’s new gig at Future Sounds TV, I spotted another interesting video from Japan this time it’s with Cali’s finest Casual & Phesto of the legendary Hieroglphics crew. The brothas were in town for the FTC 25th Anniversary party out there & gave an exclusive interview to the Future Sounds TV conglomerati at the Japanese temple in Ebisu…

J. Period First Time In Tokyo Japan

While checking out my homegirl Daisha Hunter’s new hosting gig over at Future Sounds TV in Japan, I ran across this interview with DJ J. Period. Producer & remixer J. Period made his first trip to Japan recently & spoke about the creative mixtapes he put together for Nas, Lauryn Hill, The Roots, Q-Tip, Kanye West, Mary J. Blige, & more. Whenever he’s not crafting mixtapes, J. Period is the official DJ for Black Thought of the Legendary Roots crew when Mr. Tariq Trotter is on solo missions doing those live mixtape shows.

Remembering JAX: Phife Dawg, DJ Rasta Root & Jax In Japan 2003 (Video)

Rest in Peace to one of my favorite artists based out of Atlanta & good friend JAX. The homie DJ Rasta Root recently uncovered some footage from 2003 on their tour with Phife Dawg to Japan….

“In 2003, Jax, Phife and I travelled to Japan for the ‘Smokin Needles Japan Tour. It was a pleasure going over there with Jax and seeing how excited he was to be in Japan. All he kept saying was, ‘I’m in Japan’. Almost like trying to tell himself over and over that it was true. With the hardships of being on tour, early flights..lost luggage and occasional language barriers, none of that seemed to matter while Jax was around..he made jokes out of everything, and kept the tour fun and light. I miss him dearly, and count myself blessed to have crossed his path.”

Thank you Jax Forever King.

– DJ Rasta Root