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Our older readers feel that Akihabara = Special, Cool, Rare Japanese Tech, which is fair and reasonable and truly the soul of our site. However, Akiba’s changed A LOT since this URL came online, and these days it’s also fair and reasonable to believe that Akihabara = Cosplay, Maid Cafes, Fetishization of Barely Post-Pubescent Girls, and Generalized Otaku-ness.
Lost Transformers Gallery Found at Last! (20 Photos)
The life-size, more "realistic" models were kinda meh, but the pre-Transformers Diaclone and Microman toys, along with generational collections covering yearly character iterations, themes, and variants, in addition to some super-obscure Japan-only figures - that's where the magic was...and we finally found this lost gallery!

Editor - July 08, 2016

Global noodle behemoth Nissin, a company very well known for it’s playful, often bizarre TV ad campaigns, has once again unleashed a winner: two hungry samurai come across some ducks; one of the ducks ain’t exactly a duck; goofy hijinks ensue.
Natural Beauty in the Middle of Tokyo (VIDEO)
In order to visit the Hatakeyama Memorial Museum of Fine Art, one must pass through the garden and experience the particular features of the season, and here we place the garden in a historical context, detailing its contemporary role as gateway to the expansive, highly regarded Hatakeyama art collection.

Nayalan Moodley - June 13, 2016

MINI-REVIEW: CASIO EX-FR100 Outdoor Recorder
Everything about the EX-FR100 Outdoor Recorder feels a little better than 2014's EX-FR10, It’s faster, snappier, button pushes register more easily and the engine generally feels like it’s been overhauled. But what about the output? How's that new sensor, new lens, and what about video? Well, come on in!
JAPANESE ROBOTS: iREX by iPHONE (VIDEO)
In December of 2015, hundreds of the world’s most advanced robots crowded the massive Tokyo Big Sight Convention Center for the biennial iREX International Robot Exhibition. You might be surprised how well an iPhone 6s Plus does with that.
Top 5 Japanese Tech (and culture) Videos of the Week
1) CASIO's Smart Outdoor Watch is here, and naturally, we've got opinions...like Android Wear is super-meh; 2) Can't go wrong with a good darwinfish105 love letter to Tokyo; 3) Senior Contributor Nayalan Moodley got to go play cars in Gunma Prefecture (his natural state); 4) Lights in girls' skirts. Nothing more to say; and 5) Tokyo's oldest sake purveyor in lovely, lovely 4K.
REVIEW: CASIO Smart Outdoor Watch WSD-F10 (VIDEO; GALLERY)
This is probably the best Android Wear smartwatch on the market. It looks good. It feels good. It's built to military-grade survivability standards to be water, mud, dust, and drop-proof. It comes with a suite of custom-made, proprietary tools and features...and they're so good that CASIO's Smart Outdoor Watch might be better off without Android Wear.
Four Centuries' Passion for Sake (4K VIDEO)
Exploring the history of the Toshimaya tavern and brewery, the ingredients and processes involved in sake brewing, and through personal narratives, learning about the motivations and inspirations for key members of Toshimaya’s professional family.
MTFBWY: Original Trilogy Japanese Star Wars Movie Posters (GALLERY)
MTFBWY! We’ve collected two for each of the three original films. So go ahead, take a look, and take a step into late 70s/early 80s state of the art movie marketing. And let's be honest, time and place and culture and history pretty much dictate that the original trilogy will never be matched.

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