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Fukushima Photo Essay: A Drone’s Eye View (GALLERY)
Just...amazing work. Today we're re-sharing this article to commemorate the 5th anniversary of the 2011 Tohoku Disaster and showcase a wonderful example of using cutting-edge technology to further international cooperation toward community reestablishment and rebuilding.
Giant Star Wars Snow Sculpture Built by Japanese Self Defense Force (Flashbacking)
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.
Meet Saya: the Incredibly Realistic Computer-Generated Japanese Schoolgirl [TOP 15 of 2015]
[#9 of 2015's Top 15 Articles] Saya was gently brought to life by the Ishikawas, a Tokyo husband-and-wife duo working as freelance 3D CG artists. According to the artists, the hardest part was achieving the moist, soft and translucent skin of girls this age...
Commuter Gamer #7: Passing the Time on Tokyo Trains (REVIEW)
These mobile games are a blend of the surreal and the obscure - like a busy weekend in Harajuku, spend some time in strange company. Beat deadlines and werewolves, deal with random celebrities, master mathematics with livestock or fight your way through a horde of aliens.
Meet Saya: the Incredibly Realistic Computer-Generated Japanese Schoolgirl
Saya was gently brought to life by the Ishikawas, a Tokyo husband-and-wife duo working as freelance 3D CG artists. According to the artists, the hardest part was achieving the moist, soft and translucent skin of girls this age. They have big dreams for their beautiful daughter: playing a character in a movie they are self-producing.
Size Doesn’t Matter: CASIO Launches the Celviano Grand Hybrid Digital Piano
Far from the iconic Casiotone keyboards beloved by electronic artists specifically for their abnormal sound, with the new GP-500BP, the GP-300BK, and the AP-700BK, CASIO is confident they’ve created the first digital pianos that truly emulate the sound of a grand piano.
Japanese Technology from the Future Friday! (GUEST COLUMN)
This week China wants to get its hands on Japanese test-taking A.I. and is asking very politely; meanwhile, the U.S. is going to get an LA-to-Vegas bullet train from China – which technically means the Americans will finally get to ride some Japanese trains!
Fishing in Fukushima with the CASIO PRO TREK 3500 (FIELD TEST)
We didn’t want to just take CASIO’s word that the PRO TREK 3500 watch delivers for the outdoor enthusiast – and they didn’t want us to, either. So we swapped skyscrapers for trees, highways for rivers, and ventured north to Lake Hibara in Fukushima prefecture to put the watch through some real-world trials!
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?
Commuter Gamer #6: Passing the Time on Tokyo Trains (REVIEW)
Read on as you learn the ever vital skills of cutting through hordes of monstrosities, dodging traffic, evading shambling zombies and generally figuring out complex puzzles. Getting out of the train station at rush hour will be a breeze after playing this month’s mobile game picks.
Commuter Gamer #5: Passing the Time on Tokyo Trains (REVIEW)
Take a walk in the well-worn shoes of a homicide detective, wax lyrical with Hamlet’s ghost over the ineffectual ways to murder your uncle, or just straight up run for your life from unseen, impending doom. This morning commute has everything.
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.

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!
Commuter Gamer #3: Passing the Time on Tokyo Trains (REVIEW)
For your playing enjoyment: Evolving graphics, Frogger-like obstacle avoidance, philosophical conundrums, fighting motorcycle gangs, building new worlds, and tossing a can of whoop-ass on some post-apocalyptic bears - PLAY!
Commuter Gamer #2: Passing the Time on Tokyo Trains (REVIEW)
For your playing enjoyment: A strategic, action-adventure and story-driven journey set in a Viking-esque time where the land has been cast into perpetual day by an unknown curse, and/or an elegant and relaxing puzzle game, based around the discovery and manipulation of objects.
REVIEW: Fujifilm X-T1 and The Street Cat Project
You’ll see here the Fujifilm X-T1 Silver Graphite Edition tested for two weeks, solely in the arena of street cat photography - it's s smaller than your DSLR, but it’s certainly not pocket- or even purse-sized. It’s a big camera for taking big photos, for when you absolutely, positively must capture that moment. Read me and look at kittehs!
Commuter Gamer: Passing the Time on Tokyo Trains (REVIEW)
Introducing the Commuter Gamer! Four titles tested and rated in real-life Tokyo commuting - this month’s selection of games offers chilled out rides, crazy all-out racing, and some peculiarities in between, all to keep your commute a quick and enjoyable experience!
REVIEW: The ASUS ZenPhone 5 & ZenWatch Do Tokyo
Tech giant ASUS recently came out with two new devices in Japan, and they're looking to compete with the likes of Samsung, HTC and yes - even Apple. The Asus ZenFone 5 is a smartphone running Android, and the elegant ZenWatch brings some style to the future-thinking Android Wear ecosystem.
Tokyo Department Stores Have an Opening Ritual (VIDEO)
The managers then bow to each other and line up facing the front doors. They bow to the customers waiting to shop. They then open the doors and greet everyone who enters. It’s a fascinating ritual that I encountered by chance last time I was in Japan, and was happy to experience again.
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:

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