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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:
Yamaha has just announced that they will introduce their first LMW (Leaning Multi Wheel) bike - TRICITY - in Thailand next month. They are aiming to sell 10,000 bikes within a year in the country.
The bikes will have a 125cc engine.
NTT docomo released a new free smartphone application that could be very helpful for seniors and their family members called Tsunagari Hotto Support. Tsunagari means connection, and Hotto means relief in Japanese.
Panasonic officially announced that their new mirrorless camera LUMIX DMC-GH4, which is able to shoot 4K video, will be released on April 24 for the following price:
- Body (LUMIX DMC-GH4) - About ¥170,000
- Lens Kit (DMC-GH4 and the lens "LUMIX G VARIO 14-140mm/F3.5-5.6 ASPH./POWER.") - About ¥230,000
You can read details about the camera in Akihabaranews.com's coverage when the news of the camera was first made.
It was revealed that Tokyo Tower will be cast in pink-colored light for one day only to celebrate the official announcement by the Japan Meteorological Agency that cherry blossom trees in Tokyo are in bloom.
The project is the first attempt for Tokyo Tower and it is called Sakura Kaika Pink Diamond Veil (Sakura Kaika means "blossoming of the cherry blossoms"). According to some weather sources, the announcement will be made sometime this week.
The main photo is an image of Tokyo Tower covered with Sakura colored lights.
McDonald's Japan is currently selling new spring drinks, Sakurambo Frappe and Sakurambo Mocha. Sakurambo means cherry in Japan. It is available for a limited time only and will be sold until late April.
Sakurambo Frappe is a non-coffee frozen drink based on home-grown cherry syrup. Strawberry candy is sprinkled on the whipped cream.
Sony revealed that they are going to release an Evangelion model of their portable audio player WALKMAN F series.
There are no specifics out yet except that it will be a high-resolution audio player from the WALKMAN F series, and that it will possibly be based on the WALKMAN F880.
Sony will start accepting advance orders in late April. To those who want to purchase it, Sony will provide updates and a release schedule by email and people can register for the service on a special website for the Evangelion model.