The Japanese marketing machine knows precisely how to push the limits of tasteful media, butt right up against straight-up pornography, and then settle in the purgatory therebetween. Hence our wishy-washy NSFW warning: Is it safe, or is it not? Answer: Yes, no, and maybe.
On paper, the Casio EX-100 seems the greatest imaging device in the history of our species. It can do things that sound mind blowing for a camera this small and almost too good to be true for a consumer imaging device of any kind. This camera has a list of features so long that, even in the 3 weeks I had to play with it, I couldn’t truly explore every single one of them.
Our friends over at Tokyo Otaku Mode - the very same who've brought us sushi socks, Attack on Titan Jenga and 2015 calendars, Japanese-designed Iron Man and Daft Punk figurines, and much more - have assembled a pretty fantastic gallery of some very accomplished (in many ways) cosplayers. We picked out our 15 favorite shots to share, but do click through if you want more, more, more.
If you're interested in Japanese startup/VC culture or just business in general, Disrupting Japan offers ground-level access to a movement many consider the cornerstone, if not the foundation of Japan's future economy. Check out episode 9, where we meet NuLab's Masanori Hashimoto, the "hardest working slacker in Fukuoka!"
Located a just few meters away from the busy Shiodome business area, surrounded by tall buildings, and near the mouth of the Sumida River, this garden is a typical Daimyo garden from the Edo Period. The landscaped garden has many water features including a tidal pond where fresh sea water enters from the nearby river.
Long under siege from Facebook, Twitter, and more recently, the semi-social Line, and confronted by a shift toward more open and international social networking options, Japan’s native mixi has signaled what looks a lot like retreat...
Here's What We've been Watching for the Past week:
1. Tokyo as Pastel Diorama III; 2. 4K Omotesando Avenue; 3. "Christmas in Japan" Sing-Along; 4. 3D-ifying 2D Anime, Etc.; and 5. Jingle Bells in Japanese!