One of the great things about living in Japan is knowing that there is a neverending string of things that you’ll never fully understand. The Hikaru Skirt (“hikaru” just means “shining”) is a pretty good example thereof. But as goofy as these might be, they do catch (and keep) the eye!
From 2008 to 2013, I lived in Gunma Prefecture, drove a Nissan Silvia S14, and found that the best parts of the prefecture - and, in fact, the country - are more often than not the places that are a bit of a drive past the typical destinations, and the best experiences you can have are the ones that you share with the amazing people you meet on the long, winding road.
Now that the building-sized artwork is complete, it seems Darth Vader is once again invading Japan, this time joined by three storm troopers, the Death Star and a TIE fighter. Best of all is his lightsaber, illuminated in red at night.
Shot from three popular Tokyo observation decks - Roppongi Hills, the World Trade Center, and Tokyo Telecom - this latest collection of lapses provides a really respectable overview of Tokyo's beating heart.
If wide and short were the overarching themes in automotive bodies at the 2016 Tokyo Auto Salon, slender and tall (by japanese standards, at least) was the the look most companies went for when choosing ladies’ bodies to bring attention to their short, wide, show ponies.
Turbo kits to make the new Mazda MX-5 and older Toyota 86 fast enough to actually be fun, extremely finely crafted components, all at the biggest Tokyo Auto Salon ever (325,501 peeps over 3 days). Some amazing, lustworthy rides to be seen in this finely assembled gallery of awesome.
Before releasing a smartwatch, CASIO wanted to wait until they could offer a product with clear, well-defined utility, and resistance to the elements coupled with a difficult to bruise design makes it clear that survivability is the Smart Outdoor Watch’s killer feature. Exclusive hands-on herein!
[#2 of 2015's Top 15 Articles] If you’re reachable by terrestrial radio waves or GPS signals from space, this watch will always be accurate within about 15 nanoseconds or less. And sure, you can pop out the electronic crown with a twist and pull and set the time manually, or just like, you know, pretty much never do that again. Come meet the beautiful hulk!
[#3 of 2015's Top 15 Articles] Taking underwater photos of girls in bikinis wearing knee-high mecha-socks might be one of the better jobs ever to have been conceived in the history of work. And if one could also get those photos published in a book and sell it for money, the gig would definitely crack the top 10. Well, someone nailed it.
[#4 of 2015's Top 15 Articles] We’ve racked up about 2.5 months since last we published one of these galleries, and the timing works: we tend to do it on Japanese holidays. Today’s gallery celebrates one player in particular: the very gifted and minimally costumed Ms. Ringo Mitsuki.