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The Three Bullets: Lessons from Japan's Survival Games Subculture
Airsoft guns were first invented in Japan in the late 1970s and early 1980s. In the beginning, they were used primarily for target practice, but ‘Survival Games’ soon grew in popularity and bizarrely became a source of inspiration toward honesty, effective decision making, and the inclusion of women in Japanese corporate society...? Whaaaa?
The first part of the live action Attack on Titan movie will finally be released in 2 days on August 1st! Come on in and watch the trailer if you haven't seen it yet!
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.
Who wants to be a part of a SIM-unlocked Evangelion smartphone developing team? Register yourself as a supporter of the project and get the latest news. In all likelihood, it will not make you as completely schizophrenic as the show's storyline. But...maybe it could.

Editor - May 25, 2015

This huge Doraemon-shaped speaker will be available for sale in mid August. The price will be ¥18,144. You can connect your music player, smartphone, iPhone or PC using a 3.5mm mini plug.
Some Beautiful Cosplay to Kick Off Golden Week (PROBABLY NSFW GALLERY)
Really, it seems like yesterday, but it’s been more than two months since we brought readers a nice, succinct (lightly curated) cosplay gallery. While anytime is a good time for such things, since the Golden Week holidays are (kind of) starting tomorrow with Showa Day, we decided that putting up a bit more light reading - and viewing - was in order.

TokyoStreetView - April 26, 2015

TokyoStreetView: Akihabara! (4K VIDEO)
It was after the second world war that Akihabara became Tokyo’s hottest market for electronics and other household goods, but it wasn’t until around 1980 that Akihabara started to became the place to go for all your computer needs - and then, it changed again...
The Hikaru Skirt, a Fashion Statement that Demands Yet Defies Explanation.
One of the great things about living in Japan is knowing that there are 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!
SCENE IN TOKYO: Hatsune Miku Minivan in Akihabara!
In this publication’s namesake Akihabara district (pre-AKB48ification, mind you), one of the most important categories used to evaluate individuals is known as the Ambient Otaku Threat Level Barometer. How do we judge this artifact of otaku culture?
Japanese Girls Underwater in Knee-High Mecha-Socks (MOSTLY SFW GALLERY)
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.

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