EAST MEETS NORTHWEST : Ryuichi Sakamoto Live in Seattle Read more

EAST MEETS NORTHWEST : Ryuichi Sakamoto Live in Seattle

Ryuichi Sakamoto is an enigma in my mind.  Perhaps just as well known for his work with Japanese synth-pop group, Yellow Magic Orchestra, Sakamoto had established himself as one of the most important solo composers in modern Japanese music.  Credited with hundreds of releases, spanning from 1978 to the present, he has bestowed upon his […]

The Japanese art of U-Min: Animatronic Breakdancing Read more

The Japanese art of U-Min: Animatronic Breakdancing

Everyone knows that spaceships are really time machines and that aliens are clearly future humans traveling back from a post-apocalyptic world and altered by an evolution stemming from the side-effects of a nuclear holocaust.  The words “Asian” and “Alien” are strikingly similar and, with their advanced technology, along with the following footage, I finally feel […]

Barack Obama: A Call To “ACTION” (figures?) Read more

Barack Obama: A Call To “ACTION” (figures?)

The major news from this week was obvious to anyone that’s been paying attention.  Tearful speeches of hope and redemption poured through the airwaves and moved all of us that were watching the national broadcast.  The struggles ahead are clear but the idea of “CHANGE” remains the focus.  At a time where there are feelings […]

Shiro Ameko! (White American) Read more

Shiro Ameko! (White American)

One of the first people contacted after starting MonsterFresh.com, was our writer known as D.W. Patton. It may have been the last time that I saw him face to face when we were sitting at the China Town bar in Olympia, Wa. We traded manuscripts. I gave him a 19 page paper I had written […]

Godzilla Size Me! Read more

Godzilla Size Me!

It was another rainy night in suburban central Japan, so I decided to take my night elsewhere, namely to the city of Gifu to see what a rainy Friday night was like in that city which I hesitate, but only slightly, to call romantic. With the rain came some humidity, but still I wore my […]