Brian Ashcraft
Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored five books, including most recently, Japanese Whisky: The Ultimate Guide to the World's Most Desirable Spirit.
8:11 AM

Some comments I saw online stated how women were unhappy with the remark, saying that Bang Dream isn’t only enjoyed by men, so these language Kidani used was off-putting. 

7:43 AM

The tracks destined to be singles are all good — there are a couple songs, instrumentals, that are incredibly distracting in the film. Like, they’re bad movie music. The big ballads, though, are all on point.

6:43 PM

It’s viewed as a huge, scary no-no by the general public, underscored by a lack of experience and understanding and punctuated by how it’s portrayed by the domestic news media.

7:16 AM

If celebs in Japan break the law or associate with those who do, there always seems to be concern among the country’s corporate culture that doing will reflect poorly on them, thereby cut into profits, etc. So, for better or worse, they tend to act swiftly to negate that. Read more

5:31 AM

Cicadas aren’t until later. Still working our way through the raining season -- not too hot yet, but damn, we’re getting there. 

10:18 AM

Good question! We have not. I’ve had gay friends visit solo and as couples, and they didn’t seem to have any issues, but that’s anecdotal at best. Read more

10:46 AM

I dunno if it’s become too Westernized. That started long ago—in the Meiji Period and everything since then has been a natural extension of that, underpinned by government policies to Westernize/industrialize. Catering to foreign tourism isn’t new for Japan. It dates back to the late 19th century. Read more

7:26 PM

Oh hi! Sounds like an interesting plan! I’m not really the best person to ask about work experience in Japan as my commute is from my bed to my desk, and I work for an American company.... Read more