Yoriko Takahashi

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Yoriko is an enditor and contributor for AkihabaraNews.

 

Massive lightning strikes moving train in Tokyo

 

During the summer in Japan, we can sometimes expect a torrential downpour in late afternoon. It's really scary because all of a sudden the color of the sky turns yellow and deafening rumbles of thunder start.   

Today we had a sudden temporary heavy downpour as usual and that reminded us of this currently popular youtube video. Probably many of you have already seen it as it was uploaded about 10 days ago. Massive lightning hit a moving Odakyu train in Tokyo. A part of the train was burnt, but fortunately no one on the train was hurt.

Vanilla Air - Can this Japanese Low-Cost Carrier Differentiate Itself?


AirAsia Japan, one of Japan's low-cost carriers (LCCs), in an effort to differentiate itself, yesterday announced that it will change its brand and company name to "Vanilla Air" in November.  

AirAsia Japan was jointly established in July 2011 by ANA and AirAsia (Malaysia) and started flying in August, 2012, but has struggled in competition with other full service and low-cost airlines.

Ever Green - Bamboo mouse heals your stress during hard desk work

 

Ever Green's online store, Shanghai Donya, is going to release a hand-made mouse made of natural materials, mainly bamboo.

4 colors are available: natural, red, brown, and moss green. For those who love the feel and look of bamboo. It will heal your stress during a hard day at work.

Price: ¥1,499
Compatible OS: Windows 8, 7, Vista, XP MacOS10.3 or later
Size: 11 x 5.5 x 3cm
Weight: 110g
Length of cable: 160cm
Material: bamboo, etc.
Reading system: optical
DPI: 880

 

 

Microsoft Japan - Sculpt Ergonomic Mouse & Keyboard

 

Microsoft Japan is going to release an ergonomically-designed mouse called "Sculpt Ergonomic Mouse" and a set of the mouse and its companion keyboard "Sculpt Ergonomic Desktop" on September 6.

The keyboard's curved surface shape is very stylish and eases the twist of your wrists and arms and helps ease strain. The attached cushion palm rest is removable.

Sculpt Ergonomic Mouse - 5,985 yen
Mouse and Keyboad set - 13,440 yen

 

 

Ultraman 2013 Festival is now being held until Sep 1 in Ikebukuro

 

At Sunshine City in Ikebukuro, Tokyo, Ultraman 2013 Festival is now being held until September 1.

One of the event's main features is "Ultra Monster Park", which displays 1,348 monsters that appeared on the Ultraman series. Not only children but also adults can enjoy checking out shows at the stage, special guests, and buy some special products that are sold only at the event.

Advance ticket: Adult ¥1,600, Child ¥1,000
Door ticket: Adult ¥1,800, Child ¥1.200
 

JVC - 4 new models from the elegant headphone "esnsy" series

 

JVC Kenwood is going to release 4 kinds of headphones from their stereo headphone series "esnsy".

"esnsy" is JVC Kenwood's elegant-looking headphone brand that has been sold in Europe already.  Finally 4 models will be out in Japan:  Head band type "HA‐SR85S" and "HA‐SR75S", and inner ear sound-isolating type "HA‐FR65S" and "HA‐FX45S"

Sanwa Supply - USB hub that comes with both of USB3.0 and USB2.0 ports

 

Sanwa Supply is going to release the USB hub "USB-HAC401" in mid August. It has 1 USB3.0 port and 3 USB2.0 ports built-in.

Because the USB3.0 port is compatible with Super-Speed (5Gbps standard), even while a USB2.0 compliant device is connected to one of the USB2.0 ports, USB3.0 is still capable of running in Super-Speed mode.

Price: ¥2,289(including tax)
Color: Black, White
Power source: Bus power
Size: W95×D23×H16.4mm
Weight: 34g
Length of cable: 10cm

 

 

Motorola - Moto X

Google Inc. (GOOG)’s Motorola Mobility unit today announced a flagship Moto X smartphone with customizable colors, in an effort to revive the business after falling behind Apple Inc. (AAPL) and Samsung Electronics Co.

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