Welcome To Tokyo’s Underbelly!
As you know, I love Tokyo – the most beautiful night lights EVER – and of course, some of the world’s most unique food products:
I have had the opportunity to travel to this unique and fascinating city four separate times, and each time another part of the city unfolds:
Alex Sim-Wise embraced all of Tokyo’s unique culture as well, dressed up as a cosplayer in order to embrace that culture…and of course, it’s all about the amazing nightlife:
If you want to more about what goes on BEHIND THE LIGHTS, you should read this book NOW!
Tokyo Vice: An American Reporter on the Police Beat in Japan – by Jake Adelstein
What a great book! ANd just announced, it will be made into a movie!
Daniel Radcliffe is set to star in Tokyo Vice, a thriller that music video and commercials director Anthony Mandler will direct from a script by playwright JT Rogers. Le Grisbi Productions’ John Lesher and Adam Kassan are producing, and production will start early 2014.
Radcliffe will play American reporter Jake Adelstein who, while working at the Yomiuri Shinbun newspaper in Tokyo, covered the crime beat and locked horns with yakuza boss Tadamasa Goto, called the “John Gotti of Japan.
From the only American journalist ever to have been admitted to the insular Tokyo Metropolitan Police press club: this is a unique, firsthand, revelatory look at Japanese culture from the underbelly up, by a Reporter who experienced it all.
At nineteen, Jake Adelstein went to Japan in search of peace and tranquility. What he got was a life of crime . . . crime reporting, that is, at the prestigious Yomiuri Shinbun. For twelve years of eighty-hour workweeks, he covered the seedy side of Japan, where extortion, murder, human trafficking, and corruption are as familiar as ramen noodles and sake.
Life And Death Reporting!
This book is a fascinating inside look at life in Tokyo – including an amazingly dangerous encounter, when his final scoop brought him face to face with Japan’s most infamous yakuza boss — and the threat of death for him and his family!
Adelstein decided to step down . . . momentarily. Then, he fought back.
This is a great look at the real world behind the lights…for example, this is an adults only store in Tokyo’s Kabuki-Cho district…I took this picture while filming there…
In “Tokyo Vice”, Adelstein tells the riveting, often humorous tale of his journey from an inexperienced cub reporter—who made rookie mistakes like getting into a martial-arts battle with a senior editor—to a daring, investigative journalist with a price on his head.
The book offers a vivid, visceral description of crime in Japan and an exploration of the world of modern-day Yakuza – and it is a insider’s view that even few Japanese ever see.
“Tokyo Vice” is a fascinating book, so check it out!
Of course, we explored the safer side of the city, and Alex Sim-Wise embraced all of the fun aspects of the city:
Check out her adventure in the six-story sex shop here:
And of course, if you just want to try some of the craziest food ever sold, you can find my story about wacky Tokyo food HERE:
Thanks Tokyo for giving us so much to talk about!