There comes a moment in the life of a writer when he must lay down his liver for his profession. Regardless of how daunting the task, how high the bar or bar stool, he must climb up to that high place where truly great prose is written and look over to see what is there. That my friends is the time and place that the writers of NAGMAG found themselves this month. Following in well sod paths of the legends who came before us, Ernest Hemingway, Hunter S. Thompson, Jack Kerouac and of course Dan Brown, we brave few have taken on the monumental task of etching a great historical narrative depicting the people and places that define Japan’s 4th most exciting city in the middle of the second decade of the 21st century. Ladies and gentleman we humbly present… Life Behind Bars!