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Four Centuries' Passion for Sake (4K VIDEO)
Exploring the history of the Toshimaya tavern and brewery, the ingredients and processes involved in sake brewing, and through personal narratives, learning about the motivations and inspirations for key members of Toshimaya’s professional family.
MTFBWY: Original Trilogy Japanese Star Wars Movie Posters (GALLERY)
MTFBWY! We’ve collected two for each of the three original films. So go ahead, take a look, and take a step into late 70s/early 80s state of the art movie marketing. And let's be honest, time and place and culture and history pretty much dictate that the original trilogy will never be matched.
Tokyo Street Shots: The Living Gallery (SPECIAL SPRING EDITION) [FLASHBACK]
When it comes to Japan's love of celebrating seasonal transitions, spring is definitely at the top of that leaderboard. Our now archived Tokyo Street Shots street photography gallery series has some great springtime shots, and we wanted to get them out there once again!
Yuriage & Tohoku: Back on the Map (4K VIDEO)
"Wiped off the Map" no longer applies! These girls lost their school, friends, and family in the tsunami, but they are spreading hope with their ideas for tourism, participation in a nationwide contest, and a message to the outside world and to future generations: Yuriage is Back on the Map!
The Hikaru Skirt Revisited: A Fashion Statement that Demands Yet Defies Explanation (GALLERY)
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!
Tokyo Observation Towers Tilt-Shift Time-Lapse Pastel Diorama Part 4 (VIDEO)
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.
CASIO Smart Outdoor Watch WSD-F10 Exclusive Hands-On (VIDEO; GALLERY)
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!

Editor - January 01, 2016

Top 15 of 2015: Full List in One Place and Farewell
THE LAST LIST: Here’s what you loved in 2015!
[#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.
Holiday Cosplay (DECIDEDLY NSFW GALLERY) [TOP 15 of 2015]
[#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.
Meet the AQUOS K Android Flip Phone: No Touchscreen! No Google Play! [TOP 15 of 2015]
[#6 of 2015's Top 15 Articles] Yes, feature- and flip phones are still widely available in Japan (not huge sellers these days), but we’re pretty sure this is first time anyone’s bothered to shoehorn Google’s Android OS into a device that doesn’t even have a touchscreen.
Sharp Launching Robot Smartphone "RoBoHoN" [TOP 15 of 2015]
[#8 of 2015's Top 15 Articles] A robot-style smartphone "RoBoHoN" will be released in early 2016. It's invented by Sharp and a robot genius, Tomotaka Takahashi. In addition to provide basic smartphone features, RoBoHoN is able to talk, walk, dance, and recognize human faces. It can also become a projector.
Some Beautiful Cosplay to Kick Off Golden Week (PROBABLY NSFW GALLERY) [TOP 15 of 2015]
[#10 of 2015's Top 15 Articles] Really, it seems like yesterday, but it’s been more than two months since we brought readers a nice, succinct (lightly curated) cosplay gallery.
Casio - EXILIM EX-ZR1600 camera - always able to pair with your smartphone [TOP 15 of 2015]
[#11 of 2015's Top 15 Articles] Casio's new EXILIM EX-ZR1600 digital camera can continuously pair with a smartphone, be controlled from the app, and instantly, automatically transfer photos to the smartphone.
Tokyo Marathon Brings out the Cosplayers (SFW GALLERY) [TOP 15 of 2015]
[#13 of 2015's Top 15 Articles] It comes as no surprise then that the subculture-gone-mainstream finds purchase in a 36,000-strong public sporting event. All we really have to say about that is: “WELL DONE! BRAVO! YOU ALL LOOKED FABULOUS!”
Japanese Darth Vader Showdown: New Samurai vs. Old Samurai (GALLERY) [TOP 15 of 2015]
[#14 of 2015's Top 15 Articles] It’s far from coincidence that George Lucas and the original Star Wars team’s Darth Vader character so easily transforms into a stylized Japanese warrior. Just look at the samples of Zunari Kabuto helmets - it’s much easier to pick out the ones that don’t remind us of Luke’s father!
Original Trilogy Japanese Star Wars Movie Posters (GALLERY)
We’ve collected two for each of the three original films. So go ahead, take a look, and take a step into late 70s/early 80s state of the art movie marketing. And let's be honest, time and place and culture and history pretty much dictate that the original trilogy will never be matched.
CASIO Launches EX-FR100 'Outdoor Recorder' Action Cam (GALLERY)
This is not necessarily a pro-level device, but that is not a pejorative - the EX-FR100 is high-end action camera for an underserved market: civilians - civilians who want to easily and creatively capture, summarize, and share the mundane-to-most but precious-to-them moments of life.

Editor - December 17, 2015

Jingle Bells in Japanese! (VIDEO)
People around the world, you may now begin the process of torturing your family with this song! Everybody together: "Hashire sori yo, kaze no you ni, yuki no naka wo, karuku hayaku, waraigoe wo, yuki ni makeba, akarui hikari no hana ni naru yo - Hey!!"
Top 5 Japanese Tech (and culture) Videos of the Week
1) Robots, robots everywhere, iREX 2015 is in the air...and at Tokyo Big Sight; 2) How seriously do the Japanese take their holiday/Christmas/New Year illumination? MADD; 3) Of course it's only natural to cook bacon with a laser cutter; 4) 360-degree Tokyo Time-Lapse nuff said; 5) Testing the 4K chops of the iPhone 6s Plus.

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