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RANmagazine Issue 9 January / February 2011

RANmagazine Issue 9 January / February 2011

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Published by J. L. Gatewood
RANmagazine is the art/music/urban/life voice of Nagoya Japan!

In this issue:

We start our series on giving to those in need- It's almost Walk-A-Thon time again, and this time RAN is the OFFICIAL magazine for the event!

We'll meet a woman from Mie who can can get you a primo gig here in Nippon, as long as you got skills in the financial game.

If you're type that thinks "getting there is half the fun", then we'll introduce you to a luxury ferry service based here in town.

Plus we have a brand new map section that pinpoints all the best places in Nags to eat, drink, shop, and get ya party on...

Yo-- Its twenty11, and the Year of RAN starts.... NOW!
RANmagazine is the art/music/urban/life voice of Nagoya Japan!

In this issue:

We start our series on giving to those in need- It's almost Walk-A-Thon time again, and this time RAN is the OFFICIAL magazine for the event!

We'll meet a woman from Mie who can can get you a primo gig here in Nippon, as long as you got skills in the financial game.

If you're type that thinks "getting there is half the fun", then we'll introduce you to a luxury ferry service based here in town.

Plus we have a brand new map section that pinpoints all the best places in Nags to eat, drink, shop, and get ya party on...

Yo-- Its twenty11, and the Year of RAN starts.... NOW!

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RANMAGAZINE.COM
January / February 2011|ISSUE 9|
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o, I’m dead tired of hearing people complain aboutNagoya. It isn’t that I’m in love with this city, far from it,but the same old complaints just create a really viciouscycle of that same stuff over and over again. That in mind,there are some things I love about Nagoya:Great Transportation, even if it stops running at 12am,the public subway system here rocks! It’s on time, fast, clean,reliable and dare I say, comfortable? I mean, compared toTokyo’s sardine tubes and New York’s ‘come-whenever-we-damn-well-feel-like-it’ subway system, Nagoya’s lines seemalmost perfect by comparison. I’m on the Sakura Dori line,catch me if you can…Parks. Come on, lots of folks say Nagoya could use lotsmore green space, true, I’m one of those people, but Nagoya’spark system is pretty good. All the major parks I go to,Shirakawa, Meijo Koen, Tsurumai Koen, Heiwa Koen, ShonaiRyokuchi Koen, Higashiyama Koen, even Central Park, theseare great places to lounge, play, chill, sport it up, dance, eat,relax, learn, meet, refresh and progress! Here’s to Nagoya’sPARKS, see you in one this year!Ease of living. Lots of folks complain that Nagoya is‘boring’, ‘uninteresting’, ‘not exciting’, etc, well, let’s turn thataround and say Nagoya is calm, peaceful, low stress, andrelatively friendly. Sure, Nagoyans aren’t the cosmopolitanbunch Tokyo-ites like to think of themselves as, nor areNagoyans the loud and outspoken brash comedians Osakansproclaim themselves to be, we’re somewhere in between.We’re laid back but upbeat, we’re mellow but interested, we’refun without being obnoxious. We’re down for the cause butwe’d just as soon stay home and chill. Nagoya and Nagoyansmake for a low maintenance but lively combination, all in asafe and easily-commutable city, best of all worlds I’d say. Citylife without city strife, heard? Word…I mean, let’s face it, where on earth is the absolute perfectlocation? Sure, there are lots of spots “cooler than”, “biggerthan”, “more interesting than”, wherever you’re currentlyliving, but it’s all relative, isn’t it? Me, give me a place witha city nightlife, some art and culture, an open-mindedpopulation, a few good restaurants, some decent bookstores,and throw in some mountains, or a seaside, and I’m good.It might be said Nagoya has none of those, but what it doeshave, I’m adapting to, and still, I’m good…you live insideyour head mostly anyway, it’s up to you how you read yourenvironment, and the grass is always greener on the otherside, never forget. We all came here for a reason, let’s explorewhat that/those reasons might be, and learn something,contribute something, get something and give somethingwhile we’re here. “You go through stages…”, my friend Yokotold me recently. Damn right. However you handle thosestages is what decides how your daily life is going to be. Half empty/half full, how do you see it?I hope in 2011 here in Nagoya, more people will takemore chances on themselves, their ideas, their dreams, andcontribute more to the environment of art and culture herein Nagoya. It’s a really fertile time, the soil seems ready to beplanted with some great ideas, concepts, innovations anddreams…why wait? Why wait for the perfect moment/time/ place/person? That time is Right About Now, make it happen,I’m looking at the man in the mirror, are you?2011 is the year of the rabbit, classy, sensitive, creative,optimistic, compassionate, this year is a year to PRODUCE, asthe rabbit is so well known for. The rabbit is also expressive,well-mannered and stylish, so 2011 looks to be somethingspecial! Reinvent yourself as how you see yourself in yourmind, the voice in your head is right-.Make it your best year ever,We plan to do the same thing.BLESS UP!We still love you Nagoya.TDHOUCHENRAN MAGAZINE PUBLISHER
REASONS TO LOVE NAGOY
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Publisher:
TD Houchen
Layout Designer:
Adrien Sanborn
Editor:
Adam Pasion
Photography:
Achim Runnebaum
Web Manager:
 Jason L. Gatewood
Send story ideas, art, photography,and advertising inquiries to:
tdhouchen@ranmagazine.com
Promotional Events/Co-Promotion:
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CONTENTS 
cover photo: ACHIM RUNNEBAUM table of contents photo: YUKO SANBORN
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The Green Spot
Arriving in "Eco" Style
Media
Nagoya Radio Rocks!
Success
Maki Means Business
Health
Yogini Sarah Speaks
Listen
Ali Huggins
Go
Taiheiyo! See Japan by Sea
Read
Hagakure: e Code of the Samurai
RAN Map & Club GuideComics
Art, comics, and other amusements
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Ch-ch-ch-ch ChangesWalkathon for Life
International Charity Festival 2011
The Pagoda Diaries
Half Pagoda Nerd
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