The latest Cherry Blossom Report for 2014 was announced today!
Today is Kumamon's birthday!
(a.k.a. the day when all of the Kyushu Shinkansen routes opened)
Kumamon meets Honda's small motorcycle series, Monkey. The collaboration motorbike Monkey Kumamon Version is going to be released on April 14. The exterior is colored with Kumomon's image color: black and red. Kumamon and Honda's logo are printed on the fuel tank. Red wheels are made in the motif of Kumomon's cheeks.
Story 311 is a manga project created in order to hand the history of the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami to the next generation by telling the story through manga. It was launched by manga artist Satoru Hiura, who is well-known as the author of Hotaru no Hikari.
For the project, manga artists actually took trips to the damaged area, interviewed local people, and gathered information there by themselves, and then they drew stories based on what they researched. 13 other manga artists agreed with Satoru's idea and participated in the project.
2 new models of USB adapter were released by Sanwa Supply. Both are ¥5,800.
They are compatible with TransferJet technology (Close proximity wireless transfer technology), which instantly enables them to send/receive data to/from another device just by putting the device above them.
In these adapters, Sony's ultra-fast LSI is built-in so they are capable of sending 50MB data to other devices in about 5 seconds. In addition to that, using close proximity wireless transfer technology lessens the possibility of data leakage.
The Great East Japan Earthquake happened at 2:46 P.M. on this day 3 years ago.
Terrie's Take: What if Japan Couldn't Import Food, Bluefin Tuna, Yakuza, Construction, Tweet Stocks, and Herbs!
Terrie’s Take is a selection of Japan-centric news collected and collated by long-time resident and media business professional Terrie Lloyd. AkihabaraNews is pleased to present Terrie’s learned perspective; we all could use another take on the news - here’s Terrie’s:
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Japan is awesome especially when it comes to food, culture, entertainment, and of course, geeky techie things, however Japan is not awesome at all regarding the coffee situation. It is usually very bitter or extremely watered down and diluted. One of the most popular types is called "American" at a regular cafe. If you order this, you're basically getting bitter coffee diluted with hot water.
Chinon's first camera release in 20 years!
Retro-looking but high-tech video camera - Bellami HD-1 - will be released on March 22 by Chinon. The price is ¥89,250. It is able to shoot movies in full HD quality. Shooting is started by pulling the trigger.
Now an LED USB mouse that glows in 7 colors is available at Shanghai Donya.
It romantically changes its color among 7 colors every 5 seconds once the USB cable is connected to a PC. If you want to keep your favorite single color turned on, you can lock it. And when you don't want it to start glowing, it can be set not to glow.