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If you don't mind staying in hostels when you travel* the Book and Bed Tokyo is opening in November. And has English books as well, as they're hoping to cater to an international clientele along with their Japanese customers.


* One of the best bits about getting older is, by God, I am going to have my own damn bathroom.
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Do any of you have suggestions for finding a copy of this Japanese artbook by Taiwanese artists Pin Fan and Chen Shufen? Used is perfectly fine--the amazon.co.jp site lists a number of used copies, but none of the ones I've added to my cart so far will ship outside of the country.

(ETA: Searching Amazon by ISBN pulls it up from a Marketplace vendor! Yay! h/t [livejournal.com profile] batwrangler)
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A list of overseas shipping services that will buy stuff in Japan and ship it to you for a commission. (A bit down the page. The top part is stores that ship to the US.)
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...and I mean that in the best possible way, actually. I'm sure that a lot of you are familiar with the Takarazuka theatre troupe, which I ran across a few years ago. For those of you who aren't, it's an all-female theatre troupe that's been around for decades - coming up on almost a century now. They have a school-type thing where young women go to be trained in theatre arts, and each member specializes in either male or female roles. You can learn a little bit more about them at the link above, which is to their English site, or at the Wikipedia site.

You cna see where this comes in handy for dramatizing anime. [livejournal.com profile] marith found a clip from the Takarazuka production of Revolutionary Girl Utena on YouTube. That's the opening number. If you look to the right, you'll see a few other clips linked - the Act 2 one stars the Student Council, where only Miki manages to be completely convincing in drag. :D

She also links to a clip from Guys and Dolls.

Searching on Takarazuka links to several more clips from various productions, including Phantom (not the Andrew Lloyd Webber version; the other touring version), a revue called Dream Kingdom, and more Guys and Dolls.

ETA: And a clip from their production of Rose of Versailles.

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