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  • Japanese Farmer Finds an Enormous, Mutated Strawberry That Is Now Officially the Heaviest Ever Found

    27 May 2015 | 4:25 pm
    A farmer in Fukuoka, Japan found an enormous strawberry that tipped the scale at a whopping 250 grams-that's a little over half a pound for metric system haters.
  • U.S. Funds Hope to Cash in on Japanese Pensions

    27 May 2015 | 12:03 pm
    Making more people eligible to use individual retirement accounts is the latest in a series of steps that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's administration is taking to reinvigorate financial markets, while giving workers more responsibility for preparing to...
  • 7 world-renowned chefs demonstrate love for food

    27 May 2015 | 7:56 am
    Seven internationally renowned star chefs gathered in one spot at the JW Marriott Seoul, making for something of a culinary "Avengers" team. The chefs have landed here to participate in the hotel's Culinary Art event, a global gourmet project featuring talented chefs from around the world.
  • AbbVie announces new results from Phase 3 GIFT-I study in GT1b HCV infected Japanese patients

    27 May 2015 | 3:45 am
    GIFT-I evaluated genotype 1b chronic hepatitis C virus infected Japanese patients, with and without cirrhosis, who were either treatment-naive or IFN treatment-experienced. The primary endpoint was achieved, demonstrating 95 percent SVR12 in a sub-group of treatment-naive, non-cirrhotic, adult GT1b HCV infected Japanese patients who were eligible for therapy with IFN and had a high viral load.
  • Cs-134/137 found from swallow nests in 13 prefectures in Japan

    27 May 2015 | 2:45 am
    Cesium-134/137 was found from swallow nests collected in 12 prefectures and Tokyo, which include all the prefectures in Kanto, North East, North West coasts and Mid Japan area except Tochigi, local media reported Wednesday. The research was conducted by Yamashina Institute for Ornithology.
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  • Yen’s fall raises hopes for higher stock prices

    27 May 2015 | 11:55 pm
    The trend of the yen falling against the U.S. dollar has been accelerating amid investors' expectations of the gap widening between Japanese and U.S. interest rates. The weakening of the yen is favorable for Japanese exporters, with market observers thinking that stock prices will remain high. (The Japan News)
  • Japan aquariums group says its website was hacked by Anonymous

    27 May 2015 | 11:51 pm
    The Japan Association of Zoos and Aquariums says hackers stole phone numbers and email addresses of thousands of zoo and aquarium workers nationwide in an incident earlier this year. (Japan Times)
  • Trial begins for Kashiwa stabbing rampage defendant

    27 May 2015 | 11:42 pm
    A 25-year-old man on Wednesday went on trial for fatally stabbing one man and wounding three others during a 10-minute rampage in Kashiwa, Chiba Prefecture, in March 2014. (Japan Today)
  • S. Korea, U.S., Japan agree to ramp up pressure on N. Korea

    27 May 2015 | 11:37 pm
    Top negotiators of the United States, Japan, and South Korea -- three of six countries involved in stalled talks aimed at ending North Korea's nuclear program -- agreed Wednesday to increase "pressures and sanctions" on North Korea to dissuade the North from military provocations. (Kyodo)
  • Lawmakers OK health care reforms to address growing costs for old people

    27 May 2015 | 9:32 am
    Japanese lawmakers approved health care reforms on Wednesday to address the rising costs of elderly care, with increased cost-sharing by high-income workers and prefectures taking over the running of loss-making public insurance bodies from municipalities. (Japan Times)
 
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    An Eternal Thought in the Mind of Godzilla

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  • On the "HYPERSONIC music club Art Print"

    Patrick Macias
    19 Apr 2015 | 5:19 pm
    My webcomic Hypersonic Music Club, which I write and Hiroyuki Takahashi draws,  is a thing now and we have several (!!!) anime industry and licensing people looking at taking it to the next level. But now is sort of a crucial time where we have to show traction / buzz / interest. If anyone wants something killer cool to hang on their wall, you could actually spend a few bucks on this and I will kiss you on the astral plane!  HYPERSONIC music club Art Print  VAL rocks the HYPERSONIC music club in this limited-edition high-quality print by artist Hiroyuki…
  • The voice of the gaki

    Patrick Macias
    16 Mar 2015 | 3:54 am
    Back to yawning face red skin disease because it pleases the gods. He is rudder and harsh, hair tonic and cough drops. She is skull with skin pulled gently over it, false eyelashes and watery mascara caught in the rain stretched out over fields of black down winter coats now past their welcome, cocooned in cold grey city, never understanding modulation because someone needs to make you humid humid humid in here. I am tired hip socket joint laying down legs in fetal position left. Everything was done and tried before a million times because maybe it pleased the gods before tonight.
 
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  • Kanda Matsuri

    16 May 2015 | 12:54 am
    If you like anime and traditional Japanese culture then you may want to stick the Kanda Matsuri (Kanda Festival) on your radar from now on. The Kanda Matsuri [神田祭] is one of the 3 largest festivals in Japan that take place on the Saturday and Sunday closest to and before the 15th of May. Held since the 17th century to celebrate the victory of Tokugawa Ieyasu's victory at the battle of Sekigahara, the festival continues today accompanied by many Omikoshi and a legion of folks who take turns to carry the Omikoshi and generally cheer on the proceedings. These photos are taken last weekend…
  • Harajuku in the Spring

    10 May 2015 | 1:49 am
    Tis Spring right now in Japan but the weather can be a bit funky of late. Its generally warm but from time to time there can be a sudden cold spell and it looks like we are expecting another typhoon next week >< Today we take a photowalk around Harajuku where we explore Meiji Jingu Shrine, Takeshita Dori Street, Cat Street and some of the back streets too. To get to Harajuku get off at Harajuku station [原宿駅] on the JR Yamanote Line or Meiji Jingu Mae [明治神宮前駅] on the Chiyoda or Fukutoshin Metro Line. First photo - Meiji Jingu Shrine (or just Meiji Shrine).Takeshita…
  • Hestia X Draven

    4 May 2015 | 6:28 am
    Because sharing is caring - Hestia (Danmachi) X Draven (League Of Legends) spotted at Anime Festival Asia Thailand - a few more photos on YingTze's Twitter account.
  • Design Philosophy

    26 Apr 2015 | 12:50 am
    Purpose If you have not done the “what is the purpose of my existence” exercise then I would recommend that you take time out to discover what it is sooner rather than later. The sooner you find your purpose, the more time you will have left of your life to fulfill your existence. Some people never find out the answer before they die but just before they do, many of them end up saying "I regret living the life of others instead of living a life for myself" - according to a research by nurses who interviewed people on their deathbeds who spoke about their regrets in life. It’s not easy…
  • Brooks Pickwick Review

    20 Apr 2015 | 11:37 pm
    I'm not sure if I've mentioned this before but I'm a bit of a bag otaku - I love bags! I think I like them because they help keep my stuff organized and the better the bag I find - the more productivity I will gain. Or at least thats the excuse I give my wife.Today I'm going to review my latest bag that I've been using for the past year - the Brooks Pickwick Backpack. I got mine from a cycling shop back in the UK near Liverpool Street Station (forgot the name of the shop) and remember it costing about 200 pounds at the time. The price varies a lot online as you can see from this Google…
 
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  • Federation Eliminates Selection Advantage from National Team Program

    Brett Larner
    27 May 2015 | 5:59 pm
    http://www.nikkansports.com/sports/athletics/news/1483468.html an editorial by Hirokazu Ogishima translated by Brett Larner At a meeting of its executive committee May 27 in Tokyo, the JAAF made the decision to eliminate the advantage in Olympic and World Championships marathon team selection given to members of its National Team program.  The National Team program was launched last spring and
  • Yamanashi Gakuin's Omwamba After 1500 m Collegiate National Record - "I Want to Win at All Three University Ekidens"

    Brett Larner
    25 May 2015 | 12:57 pm
    http://www.hochi.co.jp/sports/etc/20150523-OHT1T50192.html translated by Brett Larner video by naoki620 With Yamanashi Gakuin University having scored a place in the Hakone Ekiden's seeded bracket for the first time in 3 years, on May 15 its star senior Enock Omwamba broke the 1500 m national collegiate record in winning the Kanto Region University Track and Field Championships in 3:35.69, at
  • Bolder Boulder - Japanese Results

    Brett Larner
    25 May 2015 | 9:53 am
    Bolder, U.S.A., 5/25/15 click here for complete results Women 1. Meskerem Assefa (Ethiopia) - 33:32 2. Amane Gobena (Ethiopia) - 33:38 3. Risper Gesabwa (Kenya) - 33:54 4. Rei Ohara (Japan/Tenmaya) - 34:05 5. Makida Abdela (Ethiopia) - 34:24 ----- 9. Miho Ihara (Japan/Sekisui Kagaku) - 34:47 20. Yurie Fujita (Japan/Tenmaya) - 37:23 Men 1. Belete Assefa (Ethiopia) - 29:05 2. Solomon Deksisa (
  • Collegiate 5000 m National Record Holder Takezawa: "I'm Almost Back"

    Brett Larner
    24 May 2015 | 3:01 pm
    http://www.sankei.com/west/news/150524/wst1505240046-n1.html translated and edited by Brett Larner Holder of the 13:19.00 collegiate national record for 5000 m, Kensuke Takezawa (Team Sumitomo Denko) won Sunday's Kansai Corporate Track and Field Championships men's 5000 m in 13:59.67 with a surge over the last 300 m.  Having just come off a long season off due to an Achilles tendon injury
  • Kawauchi and Nojiri Set Kurobe Meisui Marathon Course Records

    Brett Larner
    24 May 2015 | 1:05 pm
    http://www.tulip-tv.co.jp/news/detail/?TID_DT03=20150524112830 translated and edited by Brett Larner More than 10,000 people took on the Kurobe Meisui Marathon in Kurobe, Toyama on Sunday, the most in the event's 32-year history.  Special guests included former world record holder and Sydney Olympics gold medalist Naoko Takahashi and 2014 Asian Games bronze medalist Yuki Kawauchi (Saitama Pref.
 
 
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  • JavaScriptフレームワーク「AngularJS 1.4」がリリース

    末岡洋子
    27 May 2015 | 11:14 pm
     米GoogleのAngularJS開発チームは5月28日、JavaScript向けWebアプリケーション開発フレームワーク「AngularJS 1.4」(開発コード「jaracimrman-existence」)をリリースした。コードのリファクタリングを進め性能を強化したという。 ニュース デベロッパー 開発ツール フレームワーク 末岡洋子 関連記事Webアプリケーションフレームワーク「AngularJS 1.3」リリース 優れたオープンソースソフトウェアを選ぶ年次アワード「Bossies 2014」発表…
  • Fedora 22リリース、パッケージ管理ツールとしてyumに代わり「DNF」が導入される

    松島浩道
    26 May 2015 | 11:16 pm
     The Fedora Projectは5月26日、Linuxディストリビューション「Fedora」の最新版となる「Fedora 22」をリリースした。Linuxカーネルはバージョン4.0を採用し、新パッケージマネージャDNFの導入、Waylandの採用など多くの変更が加えられている。 ニュース オープンソース Linux Fedora 末岡洋子 関連記事「Fedora 21」が公開、Cloud、Server、Workstationの3エディション構成に ARMを正式サポートした「Fedora 20」がリリース、Fedoraプロジェクト10周年記念 Fedora…
  • 米Intel、コンテナベースのディストリビューション開発プロジェクト「Clear Linux」を発表

    末岡洋子
    26 May 2015 | 11:14 pm
     米IntelがLinuxベースのコンテナ環境向けOSを開発するプロジェクト「Clear Linux Project for Intel Architecture」を立ち上げた。クラウドにフォーカスした取り組みで、仮想化向けのハードウェアアクセラレーションなどIntel Architecture技術の特性を生かしたOSになるという。 ニュース オープンソース デベロッパー グリッド/クラウド 仮想化 Linux 末岡洋子 関連記事Dockerサポートの分散システム用サーバーOS「CoreOS」が初の安定版リリース…
  • Node Foundationに加入するio.jsプロジェクト、「io.js 2.1」をリリース

    末岡洋子
    25 May 2015 | 10:34 pm
     Node.jsからフォークしたJavaScriptプラットフォームio.jsが5月24日、最新版「io.js 2.1」を公開した。WindowsおよびMac OS X、Linuxに対応する。バイナリやソースコードはプロジェクトのWebサイトより入手できる。 ニュース オープンソース デベロッパー プログラミング 開発ツール 末岡洋子 JavaScript 関連記事Node.jsからフォークしたio.js、バージョン2.0をリリース Node.jsからフォークした「io.js」バージョン1.0系がリリースされる 独立非営利団体「Node.js…
  • 2要素認証を導入した「GitLab 7.11」リリース

    末岡洋子
    24 May 2015 | 11:45 pm
     オランダGitLabは5月22日、Gitレポジトリ管理ツール「GitLab 7.11」をリリースした。2要素認証の導入などが特徴となる。 ニュース オープンソース デベロッパー 開発ツール 末岡洋子 関連記事GitHubインポート機能が加わった「GitLab 7.7」が登場 Bitbucketインポーターが加わった「GitLab 7.9」が公開 オープンソースのCIサーバー「GitLab CI 5.0」リリース
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  • 伝搬遅延特性50nsの絶縁IGBTゲート・ドライバ

    27 May 2015 | 5:30 pm
    アナログ・デバイセズは、モーターの電力効率、信頼性、システム制御性能を改善する絶縁IGBTゲート・ドライバ「ADuM4135」を発表した。50nsの伝搬遅延と15nsの遅延スキューにより、デッド・タイムを最小化できる。
  • PR: クルマ重視! 早くもみせた“新生・サイプレス”の可能性

    27 May 2015 | 4:00 pm
    スパンションとサイプレス セミコンダクタが経営統合して発足した“新生・サイプレス セミコンダクタ”。“新生・サイプレス”として国内初の展示会出展となった「人とくるまのテクノロジー展2015」での同社ブースの様子をリポートする。
  • 電力密度従来比10倍の超小型・高効率絶縁型DC-DCコンバータ電源

    27 May 2015 | 2:30 am
    バイコージャパンは、超小型・高効率絶縁型DC-DCコンバータ電源「DCMシリーズ」を発売した。独自のスイッチング技術に新たなパッケージング技術を併せることで、大電力化、高効率化、小型化を可能にした。
  • マイコンとDSPの違いって何?

    26 May 2015 | 8:00 pm
    マイコンユーザーのさまざまな疑問に対し、マイコンメーカーのエンジニアがお答えしていく本連載。今回は、初級者の方からよく質問される「マイコンとDSPの違いって何?」についてです。
  • IoT市場向け組み込み用無線通信モジュールにコーディネータタイプを追加

    25 May 2015 | 8:00 pm
    OKIは、IoT市場向けに、組み込み用「920MHz帯無線通信モジュール」のラインアップを拡充し、コーディネータタイプを発売した。マルチホップ無線ネットワークを上位のデータ収集装置やクラウドに接続するために集約する無線親機機能を搭載した。
 
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  • 【 Booking.com 】 Content Editor Japanese

    28 May 2015 | 8:50 am
    Japan head office in Tokyo sits within Omotesando area featuring the famous upscale shopping district. The office was designed to reflect Booking.com style mixed with hints of local heritage.
  • Corporate Receptionist (Multinational Company)/受付(東京オフィス)

    28 May 2015 | 8:50 am
    Become part of our International team of professional receptionists! The 5-star and hi-tech office environment will complement this exciting position! Great opportunities for advancement within the company.
  • セールスエンジニア(SE)

    28 May 2015 | 8:50 am
    「セールスエンジニア(SE)」としてご活躍頂ける、お客様志向の営業のプロフェッショナルを募集中です。お客様に対して高度なプリセールスサポートやガイダンスを提供し、また、テリトリーマネジャーやパートナーと共に適切なソリューションの提案や開発を行って頂きます。営業スタイルとしては、コンサルティングセールスとなり、チームやパートナー、お客様からエキスパートとして見られるポジションです。
  • Recruiter

    28 May 2015 | 8:50 am
    急成長中のコグニザントでは成長を支える採用担当者を募集しております。グローバルな環境で活躍したい方、是非ご応募下さい!
  • プロセスエンジニア

    28 May 2015 | 8:50 am
    ▼EVG 社製装置の性能と生産性を最大限に引き出すプロセスの開発・提案 等。 主な取引先は大手総合電機メーカーや大学・研究機関であり、エンジニアに対する信頼が弊社製品への信頼に繋がるため、全社にとって非常に重要なポジションとなります。入社後にはオーストリア本社での研修を行うなど、研修体制も整っているため、着実に技術習得・レベルアップすることができます。 アットホームな社風から定着率が高く、勤続年数11~12…
 
 
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  • Cabinet of Japan Decide to Make Full Use of Rainwater in Newly Constructed Buildings

    24 May 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Image Photo On March 10, 2015, the Cabinet of Japan approved the wider usage of rainwater harvesting systems in newly constructed buildings by the state government or incorporated administrative agencies, aiming for a 100% installation rate. The decision was made based on the Act to Advance the Utilization of Rainwater (Rainwater Act, promulgated on April 2, 2014).
  • Current Status of Renewable Energy in Japan

    24 May 2015 | 1:06 pm
    Japan's feed-in-tariff (FIT) scheme for utilities to purchase electricity from renewable energy sources has made some outstanding achievements since its start more than two years ago. But it is now facing a major turning point, as power utilities have stopped responding to new applications for grid connection from renewable energy producers. We at Japan for Sustainability (JFS) have continued to post the latest status of renewable energy in Japan through our newsletters and articles. In December 2014, we provided information on the current status and challenges in Japan in our newsletter,…
  • Abundance at Lake Saroma, Japan: Saroma Fishery Cooperative Practices Socialism within a Capitalist System (Part 1)

    19 May 2015 | 8:00 pm
    JFS Newsletter No.152 (April 2015) Copyright Kagaribi All rights reserved. The "transition town" movement from the United Kingdom and local energy projects are spreading, with numerous initiatives and projects to reexamine the concept of local economy being launched in Japan and the world. JFS's own "Local Well-Being Project," launched in April 2013, looks at some examples, in sections on work style, community, and economy (local currency, local investment, and local autonomy) on its project webpage (English version in progress).
  • Dreams for 1,000 Years Declared by JCC2015 at Civil Society Global Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction

    17 May 2015 | 2:10 pm
    Copyright Japan Civil Society Organizations Coalition 2015 WCDRR All Rights Reserved. The Japan Civil Society Organizations Coalition 2015 WCDRR (JCC2015) delivered a declaration on March 17, 2015, entitled Dreams for 1,000 Years, at the Global Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction for Civil Society. The conference was planned and organized by JCC2015 alongside the United Nations World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (UN WCDRR). The declaration was a compilation of messages collected from over four thousand citizen participants, looking into the future one thousand years from now.
  • Simulated Experience of Managing an Evacuation Center

    15 May 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Copyright Sendai Disaster Risk Reduction Project Team All Rights Reserved. The JKSK Yui-Yui Project, an initiative to support people in Japan who were affected by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, has been publishing a series of articles on reconstruction efforts called the "Tohoku Reconstruction Diary" in the Tokyo Shimbun Newspaper. The Yui-Yui Project was launched by JKSK Empowering Women Empowering Society, a certified non-profit organization. The following is a translation of an article, published June 27, 2014, about the challenges of operating an evacuation center as a place to live.
 
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  • Osaka Bang – Best Street Game Ever

    Travis
    4 May 2015 | 8:51 am
    This is why I love Osaka. I may have to try this out and see if it works :D Related Posts:Neko AtsumeThe Best Ways to Get Around in OsakaBackpackers Guide to OsakaMy Dream Japan Vacation – KinashiMeetup and Guide App for Japan Travellers
  • Neko Atsume

    Travis
    1 May 2015 | 9:26 am
    Just read an article over on Kotaku on Neko Atsume. The game is in Japanese but I have a feeling that Stacey may want to check it out :D Here are the Android and iPhone links. Related Posts:Astro Boy Crossing SignalHigh Speed SushiYummy JapanRobotic Comedy DuoJapan’s Cat Travellers
  • Japanese Gyusuji Curry (Beef Tendon Curry)

    Travis
    17 Apr 2015 | 7:27 am
    I’m a big fan of Japanese curry…well any curry to be honest. Plus I feel like we haven’t seen a Cooking with Dog episode for way too long. This recipe looks like it’s a bit too concerned about removing fat and I think it takes so long that Francis falls asleep, but the end result looks yummy! Phrase of the day is “rippling jelly like state” :D Related Posts:Eat Curry. Win Money.Here’s how you Make Curry RiceYummy JapanBook Review: My Japanese Table5 Most Famous Sushi Bars In Japan
  • The Shabu Shabu Spirit

    Travis
    25 Mar 2015 | 10:19 am
    I’ve only been out for shabu shabu once, but from this video I now know that I totally blew it! Related Posts:How to Eat SushiLet Your Dog Take Your Cows for a WalkOne Japan – VideoDancing from all 47 PrefecturesCat Dress Up in Japan
  • Renting a Mobile Phone or Data Sim Card in Japan

    Travis
    18 Mar 2015 | 9:30 am
    Photo by Miki Yoshihito A few months back I visited Australia and decided it would be a good idea to pick up a local mobile and data sim card to use in my phone while I was travelling. While transferring from Sydney to Melbourne I walked into the first cell phone store I found in the airport a picked up a sim card from my mobile. Total price was about $40 and it took maybe ten minutes. I wish it was going to be that easy in Japan. The mobile phone and data sim card rental situation in Japan Four years ago when we visited Japan for a two month stay, the ability to get my hands on either a…
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  • Wear Japan’s past this summer with yukata and monpe

    Tom Hanaway
    22 May 2015 | 4:38 am
    Japan’s summer fashion are starting to appear on store shelves, and increasingly retailers are turning to tradition for new yet tried and true ideas. This week clothing chain Uniqlo launched a line of colorful yukata for women and girls who don’t have the time or budget for a custom-made outfit. The yukata comes in a variety of colors and designs inspired by Japan’s past. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=vN1D7EF9MHs As Uniqlo often does, the motifs of the women’s yukata are borrowed from famous artists, in this case, the roses and polka dots of Yumeji Takehisa (1884-1934) and the fields and…
  • Save your breath and let ‘Suimasen!’ make the call

    Tom Hanaway
    20 May 2015 | 2:44 am
    Getting the attention of a server can make some people feel a little anxious. Should I raise my hand? Do I wait to make eye contact? How loud should I yell? Well rest your nerves (and your voice) because there is a new app that makes eating out a little less stressful for soft-spoken diners. “Suimasen Daikō” (“Excuse Me Agent”) is an application where users simply tap a button and their phone will let out a hearty “すいませ~~~ん!” (“Excuse me!”) Users can choose between a female voice, a male voice and even an ikemen voice for the cool kids. In addition,…
  • Funassyi — Japan’s favorite shrieking pear

    Irene Wang
    14 May 2015 | 4:00 pm
    In a recent episode of “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver,” the British comedian dove into the weird and excessive world of Japan’s yuru-kyara. During his on-air explanation of the nation’s many mascots, Oliver highlighted Funassyi, the giant yellow pear who is the unofficial mascot of Funabashi in Chiba, and included one of his more explosive moments on TV. Need to know more about Japan’s most popular pear? At first Funnasyi was rejected as the official mascot of his hometown but unlike other successful official mascots, such as Kumamon of Kumamoto Prefecture, Funassyi has…
  • Grow a new boyfriend with ‘ikemen’ seeds

    Tom Hanaway
    13 May 2015 | 3:50 am
    Sick of waiting to meet your dream man? Why not grow your boyfriend from the ground up? That’s the idea behind “Tabegoro kareshi Ikusei Setto” (“Ripe Boyfriend Growing Set”), a line of vegetable seeds that are adorned with cute ikemen. The manufacturers hope to turn up the heat in the greenhouse as each vegetable features a handsome animated character (Mr. Habanero Pepper has fiery red hair, Mr. Eggplant as smooth purple hair, and so on). Girls are encouraged to buy their favorite boy and watch him grow right before their eyes . . . after some tender love and care. Gardeners might…
  • Flushed with success: Innovative new toilet accessory to offer full body wash

    Tip Washburn
    31 Mar 2015 | 8:01 am
    The eco-friendly Bathlet modification of well-loved Washlet is bound make waves. In February, bidet-type commodes equipped with built-in washers and pre-warmed seats made news after Japan’s media reported that they were enjoying heady demand by Chinese tourists visiting Japan during the lunar new year holiday. The reaction to this in Beijing’s state-run media was largely negative. The Global Times, a tabloid affiliated with the Communist Party organ People’s Daily, protested tourists misplaced priorities in a commentary titled “Popularity of Japanese toilet seats…
 
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  • Kanda Matsuri

    16 May 2015 | 12:54 am
    If you like anime and traditional Japanese culture then you may want to stick the Kanda Matsuri (Kanda Festival) on your radar from now on. The Kanda Matsuri [神田祭] is one of the 3 largest festivals in Japan that take place on the Saturday and Sunday closest to and before the 15th of May. Held since the 17th century to celebrate the victory of Tokugawa Ieyasu's victory at the battle of Sekigahara, the festival continues today accompanied by many Omikoshi and a legion of folks who take turns to carry the Omikoshi and generally cheer on the proceedings. These photos are taken last weekend…
  • Harajuku in the Spring

    10 May 2015 | 1:49 am
    Tis Spring right now in Japan but the weather can be a bit funky of late. Its generally warm but from time to time there can be a sudden cold spell and it looks like we are expecting another typhoon next week >< Today we take a photowalk around Harajuku where we explore Meiji Jingu Shrine, Takeshita Dori Street, Cat Street and some of the back streets too. To get to Harajuku get off at Harajuku station [原宿駅] on the JR Yamanote Line or Meiji Jingu Mae [明治神宮前駅] on the Chiyoda or Fukutoshin Metro Line. First photo - Meiji Jingu Shrine (or just Meiji Shrine).Takeshita…
  • Hestia X Draven

    4 May 2015 | 6:28 am
    Because sharing is caring - Hestia (Danmachi) X Draven (League Of Legends) spotted at Anime Festival Asia Thailand - a few more photos on YingTze's Twitter account.
  • Design Philosophy

    26 Apr 2015 | 12:50 am
    Purpose If you have not done the “what is the purpose of my existence” exercise then I would recommend that you take time out to discover what it is sooner rather than later. The sooner you find your purpose, the more time you will have left of your life to fulfill your existence. Some people never find out the answer before they die but just before they do, many of them end up saying "I regret living the life of others instead of living a life for myself" - according to a research by nurses who interviewed people on their deathbeds who spoke about their regrets in life. It’s not easy…
  • Brooks Pickwick Review

    20 Apr 2015 | 11:37 pm
    I'm not sure if I've mentioned this before but I'm a bit of a bag otaku - I love bags! I think I like them because they help keep my stuff organized and the better the bag I find - the more productivity I will gain. Or at least thats the excuse I give my wife.Today I'm going to review my latest bag that I've been using for the past year - the Brooks Pickwick Backpack. I got mine from a cycling shop back in the UK near Liverpool Street Station (forgot the name of the shop) and remember it costing about 200 pounds at the time. The price varies a lot online as you can see from this Google…
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    Kirainet.com - A geek in Japan

  • Tohoku Shinkasen Free Wi-Fi

    kirai
    28 May 2015 | 12:46 am
    JR is now offering free wi-fi for the passengers of the new Tohoku Shinkansen. We thank JR for its kindness as it is still not easy to find places with open wi-fi networks in Japan. However lately it seems the situation is improving a bit in preparation for the 2020 Olympics. In addition to the free wi-fi in some train lines, stations and airports, you can also get wi-fi in 7-Eleven shops, Dennys restaurants and Starbucks. You will have to register in the service the first time you go online but once you do it you can seamlessly connect at any Starbucks/7-Eleven/Dennys.
  • Urban Mini Temple

    kirai
    25 May 2015 | 10:25 am
    When strolling around the streets of Japanese cities one of the things that I enjoy the most is bumping into small Buddhist temples or Shintoist mini shrines. Sometimes they are so well integrated into the architecture of the buildings that you might not even notice them when passing by.
  • Kyunkun – Fashion & Robots

    kirai
    21 May 2015 | 8:50 am
    Kyunkun is a girl born in Tokyo who defines herself as a “Robot Fashion creator”. She started making wearable prototypes using arduinos and LEDs and little by little she evolved her style by adding mechanical elements. Her latest model is some kind of bag with arms coming out of the back. For the moment this is just a hobby and to make a living she does temporary work “baitos” バイト. In the following videos you can see the process followed by Kyunkun to create her “wearable” robot models. Kyunkun official website
  • Relocation And Inauguration Flowers

    kirai
    19 May 2015 | 11:00 am
    When you find many flowers at the entrance of an office building, hotel, restaurant or store like in the following pictures… …the most likely reason is that a new business is being inaugurated or and existing one has relocated. Each flower pot is the present of a client or a business partner. If you can read some Japanese you can identify the name of the companies and the persons that sign the flowers. For example these flowers are a present of the president of Kadokawa: Another curious thing is that you could guess how wealthy or powerful the company sending the flowers is just…
  • River Fish 川魚 ー Kawasakana

    kirai
    17 May 2015 | 11:22 pm
    The Japanese love fish, not only from the sea, but also fish (Sakana 魚) from rivers (Kawa, 川). Depending on the area and the season, the types of fish available vary a lot. The most common ones are ayu 鮎 and iwana 岩魚, which you can find almost throughout the country. They are easy to spot in a menu or in street food stalls because they are almost always barbecued and served with skewers. Related posts: Tsukiji Fish Market Fish Skewers Fugu – 河豚
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    Tokyo Times

  • Slowly disappearing Tokyo?

    Lee
    26 May 2015 | 4:30 pm
    A long life, in an old Tokyo house, slowly disappearing from view.
  • Happy Japanese family

    Lee
    24 May 2015 | 4:30 pm
    Well, mother and son are happy — of that there’s no doubt. The father’s expression, however, make his feelings much harder to fathom.
  • A Japanese priest on horseback in Tokyo

    Lee
    21 May 2015 | 4:30 pm
    Exactly what the title says, along with a colourful, but rather carelessly placed parasol. A sight that needless to say is not something one sees everyday. Or indeed the vast majority of days. Making the slightly surreal scene all the more special.
  • Tokyo: The struggle

    Lee
    19 May 2015 | 4:30 pm
  • Odd foreign mannequins in a faded Japanese fashion shop

    Lee
    17 May 2015 | 4:30 pm
    In older parts of Tokyo, and especially out of the city itself, faded fashion shops are far more common than any big brand stockist. Businesses that are stuck in the past both in the clothes they sell, and the kinds of customers they occasionally attract. This particular place, however, made up for any lack of visitors with the odd addition of some similarly odd foreign mannequins. Figures that while definitely on the disturbing side, at the same time draw you in. Tempting you deeper and deeper into the shop’s deceptively large interior. All of which is perfectly safe of course, provided…
 
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    世論 What Japan Thinks

  • Cheap smartphone SIM user satisfaction

    Ken Y-N
    25 May 2015 | 6:36 am
    MMD Labo recently published the results of their survey into user satisfaction with cheap smartphone SIMs. Demographics Between the 21th of April and the 7th of May 2015 1,250 users of cheap smartphone SIMs completed a private internet-based questionnaire. The only other demographics offered were that there were 250 users of each of the five leading brands, OCN Mobile One, IIJ mio, BIGLOBE LTE 3G, Rakuten Mobile and b-mobile. I currently have a standard, expensive SIM (around 5,000 yen even with various family discounts), but in Autumn my two-year contract is up, so I am very tempted to go…
  • Things that happen in lifts

    Ken Y-N
    24 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    Today’s nonsense from goo Ranking is common lift (elevator) happenings. Demographics goo Rankings asked iBRIDGE’s Research Plus to conduct this survey, where between the 11th and 16th of March 2015 500 members, 50:50 male and female, of their monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. No further demographics were given. I often do number 2 too, but my wife complains, so I’m glad to see that it’s not just me being thick! Rather disappointingly, this didn’t feature in the list: Ranking result Q: What happenings do you often experience in lifts?
  • My life is over!

    Ken Y-N
    17 May 2015 | 7:15 am
    Today’s fun from goo Ranking is a look at what moments make Japanese think their life is over. Note that the answers include actual experiences and imagined but dreaded events. Demographics goo Rankings asked iBRIDGE’s Research Plus to conduct this survey, where between the 25th and 27th of March 2015 500 members, 50:50 male and female, of their monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. No further demographics were given. I can relate to Q3 – I’ve got a number of secrets in my past that will stay there! As usual, there seems far more…
  • Childhood memories of found dirty mags

    Ken Y-N
    10 May 2015 | 7:02 am
    goo Ranking recently had a survey on where people found porno magazines when they were boys. Demographics goo Rankings asked iBRIDGE’s Research Plus to conduct this survey, where between the 7th and 10th of April 2015 250 male members of their monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. No further demographics were given. This is perhaps an experience kids today will not have – perhaps the nearest will be finding an open proxy to get around a smartphone or school blocking program! And I found mine in 1 and 4, since you ask. Ranking result Q: Where did you find…
  • Which acts should open the Tokyo Olympics?

    Ken Y-N
    3 May 2015 | 8:31 am
    There’s still five years to go, so no doubt this topic will appear again a good number of times, so here goes with the first look at what acts people want to see at the Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony. Demographics goo Rankings asked iBRIDGE’s Research Plus to conduct this survey, where on the 17th of February 2015 500 members, 50:50 male and female, of their monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. No further demographics were given. I cannot argue with the top two; Sakamoto will bring some class, and Southern All Stars are a great band for live events, but…
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    Lets Japan

  • Train gropers flagged with smartphone sticker stamper

    MW
    16 May 2015 | 6:29 am
       Railway police in a Tokyo suburb are handing out free stickers that use red ink to identify molesters caught on trains. The "Molester Deterence Seal" (in Japanese "Chikan Seal") is a 2-ply peel-off sticker intended to be put on smartphones. The 1.5 centimeter diameter sticker is applied to the back of a smartphone. The outer image layer warns perverts "Don’t Touch Me." Police suggest that the warning be flashed first at molesters. If the molester continues, the victim can flip the phone over, peel off the top layer of the sticker with a…
  • Battle of black buns: Burger King vs. McDonald’s in Japan

    MW
    4 Oct 2014 | 8:52 pm
    Ikasumi squid ink colors lots of foods long time in Japan   A McDonald’s double cheeseburger that has black buns, and is topped with fried onions, yellow chipotle sauce and yellow cheddar cheese will go on sale at all McDonald’s Japan stores October 8. The special "Ikasumi Burger", colored black with squid ink, is available now at 3 McDonald’s outlets in Tokyo. The contrasting yellow ingredients on a black bun is intended to be a Halloween color scheme. McDonald’s is also offering its Chicken Fileo on a white bun topped with Camembert sauce.
  • 3D breasts popping up on gadget accessories; Big thumb swipe - personal parts popular in Japan

    MW
    29 Sep 2014 | 11:55 pm
      Handy tablet thumb stylus, pointy stick-on teeth and other gadgets and products that look like body parts help Japanese have a convenient and happy daily life.   All thumbs not the same A thumb-shaped slip-on stylus extender that provides more thumb and makes it easier for small hands to navigate the new big-screen smartphones and other devices is just the latest body part-inspired product made in Japan. The prosthetic Yubi Nobiru thumb stylus is made by novelty goods maker Sanko and sells for JPY 1480. The finger debuted in May this year but has attracted attention now due to the…
  • Weather girls go watch guerilla thunderstorms

    MW
    25 Sep 2014 | 1:47 am
    A TV weather channel in Japan has added staff "Guerilla Thunderstorm Girls" to its volunteer force of citizens who report weather conditions around the country. A "guerilla storm" refers to a severe thunderstorm which occurs with little warning – and is hard for forecasters to predict – and which has the potential for heavy downpours, high winds and tornadoes. Weathernews has utilized volunteers nationwide to monitor the weather and developing thunderstorms since 2008. The 50,000 "Guerilla Thunderstorm Guards" use the "Guerilla Thunderstorm…
 
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    Japan Real Time

  • Panasonic Still Tries to Sell to Chinese Consumers

    Takashi Mochizuki
    28 May 2015 | 12:55 am
    Like other Japanese electronics makers, Panasonic Corp. has been getting out of highly competitive consumer businesses after facing Chinese rivals, but that doesn’t mean it’s withdrawing completely.
  • Japan’s Robotic Cat Doraemon Hits Chinese Theaters

    Megumi Fujikawa
    27 May 2015 | 8:59 pm
    A movie featuring Japan’s blue robotic cat Doraemon hit Chinese theaters on Thursday, becoming the first Japanese film to be shown in the country in nearly three years.
  • Top WSJ Stories on Japan: Apple, Sony, Toshiba, Universal Studios

    WSJ Staff
    27 May 2015 | 6:25 pm
    Your daily roundup of news from The Wall Street Journal related to Japan: Apple Inc. will likely issue the company’s first yen-denominated bonds in June, in the latest of several moves to take advantage of rock-bottom interest rates in some non-U.S. markets.
  • Japan’s Solar Farms Take to the Water

    Mari Iwata
    27 May 2015 | 1:25 am
    Japan has become a global force to be reckoned with in the area of floating solar power generation.
  • Weak Yen: Good News and Bad News

    WSJ Staff
    27 May 2015 | 12:39 am
    Here is a look at some of the ups and downs of the yen's decline under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
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    GaijinPot

  • 3 Food You Have to Try When In Fukuoka

    James Darnbrook
    27 May 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Japan is obsessed with food and at no time is this more obvious than when you take a trip to a new part of Japan. Every town seems to have its own delicacy or speciality to try, and colleagues and co-workers will inevitably ask if you tried them after your visit (they may even ask for you to bring some back for them). It’s almost as if these cities are defined by their specialities; Hiroshima will forever be the home of Okonomiyaki for most people, the best Miso Katsu you ever have will probably be from Nagoya, and there is only one present any one ever wants from Kyoto… Yatsuhashi…
  • How To Watch A Sumo Morning Training Session

    Rebecca Quin
    26 May 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Seeing sumo in action is one of the best cultural experiences you can have in Japan and watching a grand tournament should definitely be on your list. But there’s a way to experience this centuries’ old sport up close and personal – as in twenty feet away personal – by visiting a sumo stable and watching the morning training session, known as asageiko. More and more stables or ‘beya’ are allowing tourists to watch the wrestlers in training and setting up a visit is much easier than you might think. Many travel websites say that for entry into the privileged world of asageiko…
  • Top Jobs in Japan for Week 22 – 2015

    GaijinPot Blog
    25 May 2015 | 8:49 pm
    Check back every week as we look through the database of jobs in Japan that have been posted to GaijinPot and pick out the ones that we think are the most interesting. Apply directly to these companies by creating a profile on GaijinPot Jobs. Sales Director Salary Negotiable Ebisu, Tokyo Japanese: Native level Must currently reside in Japan Cutters is looking for a motivated people-person to lead our sales and marketing team in Tokyo. The right candidate has excellent communication skills and knows how to make work fun. He or she will develop a deep understanding of Cutters’ services,…
  • A Scottish Solution to the Okinawa Issue?

    Liam Carrigan
    25 May 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Friday May 8th wasn’t a good day to be a left-leaning UK citizen. On May 7th, the general election was held, and without going into hyperbole, it’s fair to say the Labour Party was routed. Not only this, but in England a great deal of their vote share was lost to the far-right UK Independence Party. The UK, it seemed, had taken a massive lurch to the right of politics, as the Conservative party of Prime Minister David Cameron was returned triumphantly to government, with its first overall majority in 23 years. However, there was one country within the UK that bucked the national trend.
  • This Week in Tokyo May 25 – 31, 2015

    Leslie Lee III
    24 May 2015 | 7:40 pm
    Would you rather watch fearsome pro wrestlers or graceful burlesque dancers? Would you like to spend an afternoon looking at a 1,000 year old statue or cutting edge technology? Would you rather run a marathon or stuff your face? This week, Tokyo offers you all those choices and more. If you’re doing something fun or interesting, be sure to leave us a comment or email us to have your event listed. Shobo Junshokusha Irei-sai Date: Monday, May 25th Time: 11:00 Location: Sensoji Temple, Taito Admission: 1F standing ¥8500, 2F seating ¥9500 This event commemorates firefighters who gave their…
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    IGNITION - Your everyday source for inspiration and motivation -

  • The Amazing “Edible Castle” That a Japanese Feudal Lord Built!

    IGNITION Staff
    27 May 2015 | 6:00 pm
    That Amazing “Edible Castle” Japanese Feudal Lord Built(This article was previously published in TOYO KEIZAI ONLINE. It has been modified from the original.) During Japan’s Warring States period (1467 – 1603), military commanders looked at plants as more than just things to be admired and appreciated. To them, plants were also provisions, medicine, building materials, and, sometimes, even weapons. For example, pine trees were often planted within the walls of Japanese castles, creating beautiful landscapes. However, the pines weren’t mere decorations. In fact, they had a brilliantly…
  • “Qrates” Is Going to Change the Way Artists Do Business

    IGNITION Staff
    26 May 2015 | 5:00 pm
    “Qrates” Is Going to Change the Way Artists Do Business(This article was previously published in TechCrunch Japan. It has been modified from the original.) On April 24, 2015, Tokyo Digital Music Syndicates (TDMS) has officially launched “Qrates,” a new audio streaming service and online store where users can buy analog recordings and download music. Artists can use Qrates to easily upload, stream, and sell their songs as digital downloads, but the site’s most unique feature is that it also gives artists the option to release their music in the form of crowdfunded vinyl records.
  • The Story of a Centenarian and His Nel-Drip Coffee Shop

    Mamiko Nakano
    25 May 2015 | 6:00 pm
    The Story of a Centenarian and His Nel-Drip Coffee ShopIt is said that coffee was first introduced to Japan in the 17th century. Several hundred years later, the nation supports a rich cafe culture – and Ichiro Sekiguchi of Cafe de L'ambre could be described as one of the founding figures. Sekiguchi, who opened his first coffee shop in 1948, is now 101 years old. "COFFEE ONLY"  Cafe de L'ambre is a coffee shop in the Ginza district of Tokyo. Outside the shop hangs a sign: “COFFEE ONLY”. Upon entering, if you look to the right you’ll see the roasting room. When we visited the shop, we…
  • The 22-Year-Old Girl with Gameboy: TORIENA, Kyoto Chiptune Artist

    IGNITION Staff
    24 May 2015 | 6:00 pm
    The 22-Year-Old Girl with Gameboy: TORIENA, Kyoto Chiptune ArtistGame Boy. Over 25 years have passed since the groundbreaking handheld console sent out its first cries from Nintendo HQ in Kyoto. Today, its great-grandson the 3DS has enthralled game fans the world over, but behind them there lurks one girl still toting the original around its Kansai homeland. Born in 1993, the 22-year-old TORIENA is a chiptune artist who composes songs with her Game Boy. “Chiptune,” simply put, is electronic music composed from 8-bit sounds like those on the Nintendo Entertainment System, usually made by…
  • Taco Bell Takes a Second Bite of Japan’s Restaurant Market

    IGNITION Staff
    22 May 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Taco Bell Takes a Second Bite of Japan’s Restaurant Market(This article was previously published in TOYO KEIZAI ONLINE. It has been modified from the original.) Returning after a two-decade absence from the Japanese market, Taco Bell, a major U.S. Mexican fast-food chain, opened a restaurant in Tokyo’s Shibuya area April 21. The chain had operated in major cities like Tokyo and Nagoya in the late 1980s, but worsening business performance forced it to withdraw in the early 1990s. What’s interesting about its renewed attempt is that it made a franchise contract with Asrapport Dining,…
 
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    City-Cost | Real advice and cost data for your life in Japan.

  • How Much Is A Cup Of Coffee In Japan?

    25 May 2015 | 6:00 pm
    On Saturday May 23rd (2015), frothy coffee Goliath Starbucks opened its first branch in Tottori Prefecture, the final piece of a jigsaw puzzle started back in 1996. The company opened its first Japanese store in Ginza, Tokyo and currently has a presence in all of Japan's 47 prefectures. Now, anyone based outside of Tottori Prefecture is probably thinking, There was a prefecture in Japan without a Starbucks?!. Apparently so. Not that there can't have been a demand for it. Japanese media reported of a queue forming from noon the Friday before. By the 7:00 am opening time, some 1000 people were…
  • Why Can't I Vote? Foreigner Suffrage in Japan

    21 May 2015 | 4:53 pm
    The UK’s general election this month (May 2015) saw the highest voter turnout since 1997. Here in Japan, the last general election turnout (December 2014) saw an estimated record low. Local elections were also held here on Sunday (May 17, 2015), and in both, there will have been one population demographic conspicuous (or not) by its absence. Non-Japanese residents. So, here at City-Cost we’re asking, Why can’t non-Japanese residents of Japan vote?. Let’s clear something up first. There's a danger that this question sounds loaded with chagrin, as if Japan is the ONLY country in the…
  • Love and Language Barriers

    21 May 2015 | 10:40 am
    It's not uncommon to find veteran gaijin in Japan who have been here for longer than expected for one reason: love. There's never a dull day in an international relationship. Things like values, religion, preference in food, taste in fashion and your definition of "blue" are completely different. But for some these are the things that draw us be attracted to each other. Everyday is an adventure, a new experience, and a life lesson. In the midst of all that fun, there is bound to be some turbulence at some point or another. That's when our biggest difference becomes an obstacle. That is, of…
  • Attention Matsuri Lovers!!

    21 May 2015 | 2:07 am
    If you're like most foreigners in Japan, you can't help but be drawn to "extra Japanese-y" things like lanterns, samurai, taiko drums and yukata. These are the things that make us say to ourselves "Wow... THIS is Japan!" Imagine this: a city with streets barricaded off. Melodies of drums and flutes ring throughout the town so loud, they rattle your heart. People of all ages clad in a variety of traditional clothing are singing, dancing and shouting in their local tongue. Then, a line of 9 meter (30 ft) tall lanterns painted with samurai make their way through the streets. Tons of weight is…
  • Can’t Keep Your Clutter Under Control? Tidy Up Services In Japan!

    14 May 2015 | 5:05 pm
    Last month (April 2015), Time Magazine published its annual list, The 100 Most Influential People. The list features celebrity ever-presents like Kanye West and Kim does my bum look big enough in this Kardashian, as well as political heavyweights, Obama, Putin and Merkel. Rubbing shoulders with these luminaries are two Japanese entries, Haruki Murakami and Marie Kondo. Anyone who’s asked the question, Who’s a famous Japanese author?, should need no introduction to Murakami. Kondo on the other hand, might raise a few eyebrows. Visit Kondo’s Wiki page and you’ll see she’s referred to…
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