Japan

Mesmerizing GIFs Show Nintendo & PlayStation Controller Evolution
Sony may have nailed the utility right off the bat, but Nintendo’s bold choices from the SNES onward have arguably been much more fun and inspiring. Have a look at the GIFs below...it’s hard to look away!
SoftBank is going to release wireless MIDI music Keyboard C.24 exclusively on December 16 before the rest of the world. It is manufactured by an American startup, Miselu. The price is ¥24,000.
Kaga Hightech will start selling 2 new smartwatch models manufactured by Kronoz LLC in Switzerland on December 26. They are wristwatch-style "ZeWatch2" and wristband-style "ZeBracelet2", and both of them provide a sleep and activity management system. Both will be sold for ¥13,500.
Earphones that comes with Game Boy-like remote-control microphone will be released for ¥2,138 on December 19 by Datel Japan.

Reno J. Tibke - December 16, 2014

RECAP & TOP 3: Venture Day Tokyo 2014 (GALLERY)
With attendance more than twice that of 2013, interest is clearly on the rise and the collaboration seems well placed among the growing and steadily maturing calendar of Tokyo startup pitching events. Pitches were made by teams led by both Japanese and/or foreign residents, non-Japanese multinational teams of students or alumni from the two academic sponsors, and even a completely non-affiliated American developer who joined from Osaka.

TokyoStreetView - December 16, 2014

TokyoStreetView: Asakusa Temple & Sensō-ji  (4K VIDEO)
Located in Asakusa, the heart of Tokyo, Sensō-ji is by far one of Tokyo’s most popular tourist attractions. Founded in 645, Sensō-ji is Tokyo’s oldest temple. The landmark is dedicated to the Bodhisattva, and according to legend, the temple was erected after two fishermen found a Statue of Kannon buried in the nearby Sumida River.
Terrie's Take - AkihabaraNews.com
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:
You can decorate your eyes with Rilakkuma-designed disposable contact lenses. They come in a 10 lense-pack set and are sold for ¥1,800.
Leica Japan is going to release a Japan-only special model "Leica M Monochrome Silver Engrave" on December 20. Only 30 cameras will be available for ¥972,000. The special model is made based on the world's first interchangeable lens digital camera, Leica M Monochrome, that is designed to shoot sharp black and white photos.
Yudetamagokko, a fun cooking tool to make Doraemon-shaped hard boiled egg, is going to be released on January 30.

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