March 09

AKB48 In Never-Never Land!

In a rare non-plaid-skirt appearance, the babes of AKB48 star in Peter Pan, the ultimate non-Japanese-values play! Methinks Wendy has a distinctly Lolita-ish look about her, and Captain Hook rather suspiciously resembles a manually-challenged Captain Jack Sparrow…

For those of you who have been living blessedly AKB48-free lives, at the moment you can’t turn around in Tokyo without seeing their smiling, sexy-schoolgirl faces. As far as I can tell, their major claim to fame is that 1) they’ve singlehandedly kept the pleated skirt manufacturers in business and 2) there are LOTS of them. 48, and counting.

Read a novel set in Tokyo

In the wake of a deadly earthquake, fans erupt in a frenzy of mourning when it’s discovered that their favorite pop star is among the dead. But when Detective Kenji Nakamura is sent to investigate a death at a local shrine, he finds evidence that suggests the impossible: How could the head priest have been murdered by…read more