There is something about the Yamanote line and its 39 stations that you could miss: the platform tunes vary from station to station, and JR has commissioned somewhere around 100 unique departure melodies for use all over the Tokyo Metro area. You might not think you hear them, but your brain does!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.