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Commuter Gamer #4: Passing the Time on Tokyo Trains (REVIEW)
Whether it’s collecting cherry blossoms after a cold winter wind, venturing into a unique wilderness in search of birthday cake or stamping documents in a Cold War-era, Eastern bloc country, your next commute to the immigration office will never be the same again.
It's bee a few monts, but Sony finally announced the release date of their spherical speech recognition Bluetooth speaker, BSP60. It is going to be available on July 11. also moves around, getting down to the beat - opening and closing its top speaker covers, with LEDs bouncing along to the rhythm.
Suitcase with Built-In Desk for Digital Nomads & Other Officeless Professionals
It could be a perfect tool for your business trip if you are workaholic...or just part of the new professional economy centering so much about creative yet mobile professionals. So many of us (including Aki Editors) seldom need an office proper. This has appeal!
Sanwa Supply's new light-weight camera backpack (200-BAGBP003BK) is now available for ¥5,480. The shoulder straps are detachable so that it can transform into a shoulder bag according to the user's preference. Hey, looks good to us.
Top 5 Japanese Tech (and culture) Videos of the Week
1) New plastic can be heated and reshaped, 2) Too lazy go out to the gacha gacha machines in meatspace? Do it online!, 3) The cloudy dreary Tokyo rainy season can also be beautiful (in 4K), 4) Draw a fish and watch it swim in an AR aquarium, and 5) SELFIE STICK KILLER DEMO!
Selfie Stick Killer: Clip-On Wide-Angle Fisheye Lens for Smartphones
The simple clip doubles your average smartphone’s field of view from 70 degrees to 140, pretty much eliminates the need for increasingly frowned-upon and/or outright banned selfie sticks, dials in some great macro shots, and does it all for well under $20.
TokyoStreetView: Imperial Palace Part I (4K VIDEO)
Located on the former site of Edo Castle (1888) near Tokyo Station, the Imperial Palace is the official residence of the Japanese royal family. Divided into four distinct areas or sectors, it covers a total area of 3.41 square kilometers. And yes - you can go there!
Takara Tomy unveiled an aquarium-themed toy called "Oekaki Suiso Picturium." It enables you to make your hand-drawn fish swim freely in a watertank-looking unit. The kids are going to dig this in a serious way.
Rainy Day in Tokyo - Let's Have Some Clouds at 2160p (4K VIDEO)
This video is exactly what it sounds like, and in this case it's exactly beautiful. While we love pretty much anything he creates, "Clouds above TOKYO" is one of darwinfish105's best videos - and if your monitor can handle it, crank it all the way up to 4K!

Contributor - June 19, 2015

Culture: Tokyo Indie Bands Rock Vancouver
Last night Special Contributor Jordan Yerman found the heartbeat of Japanese indie rock at the East Van stage in Vancouver, B.C., and, according to his report, the Next Music from Tokyo tour has a lot of good things to deliver - including generous amounts of crowdsurfing!

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