Yoriko Takahashi

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New athletic model - Mitamanma Megane Goggles - from Thanko's miniature camera built-in glasses series called "Mitamanma Megane" - is out.

Häagen-Dazs just introduced their new "Spoon Vege" vegetable flavored ice cream series.  They will release 2 flavors on May 12 in Japan: Tomato Cherry and Carrot Orange   

Tomato Cherry has mainly a rich tomato flavor and the fruity aroma and acidity of cherries is added to it. Carrot Orange has a sweet carrot flavor and the refreshing aroma and acidity of orange.

Canon is releasing "Macro Ring Light MR-14EX II" for its EOS series for ¥80,000 on April 25.

It is an external strobe light that gives a flash light evenly to subjects and it's suitable for macro photography. There is a two-lamp light-emitting system. You have the option of emitting light from only a single lamp and you can control the light amount.

The guide number is 14 (ISO 100, m).

  • Weight: 450g
  • Battery: 4 size AA alkaline batteries or Ni-MH batteries

 

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Transformers film series, Takara Tomy is going to release fully posable Transformers Movie Advanced Series figures on May 17.

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Hatsune Miku is going to join Lady GaGa's world tour "LADY GAGA’S artRAVE: the ARTPOP ball" and will be performing as an opening act at 16 venues in North America from May 6 until June 3.

This is Miku's first time to participate in a musician's live concert tour. Japanese geekiness will spread to North America via Lady GaGa!

Hatsune Miku also participated recently in a duet with Japanese music group, BUMP OF CHICKEN.

 

Toshiba today started shipment of sample products of a new microSD card to companies such as mobile device manufacturers.  The micro SD card supports the ultra-fast UHS-II interface standard for the first time in the industry.

There is a 32GB model (THNSX032GAJCM4) and 64GB model (THNSX064GBK5M4).

The 32GB model has a read speed of 260MB/s and a write speed of 240MB/s, which is an 8 times faster read speed and 2.7 times faster write speed than Toshiba's current UHS-I compliant model (MUH-A032G).

Last month, Sony gave notice that they will release the Evangelion model of the portable audio player WALKMAN, and finally they just unveiled the details of the model.

The special collaboration model is made based on Android WALKMAN F series "NW-F887 (64GB)" which supports high-resolution audio. It is scheduled to be out on April 24.


3 models are ready to be released:

NW-F887/EVA1 - ¥43,000

Yoriko Takahashi - April 16, 2014

Akihabaranews.com - Sony sells share of Square Enix

Sony Computer Entertainment Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary company of Sony, has just announced that they gave up all 9,520,000 shares they have (equivalent to 4.8 billion yen) of the Japanese video gaming developing company, Square Enix Holdings Co., Ltd, and have transferred them to SMBC Nikko Securities Inc.

Square Enix is well-know for its Final Fantasy series and the Dragon Quest series.

 

 

Yoriko Takahashi - April 16, 2014

While there are a great deal of fancy cleaning robots such as Roomba available in the market, CCP is going to start selling another casual, reasonable cleaning robot - Mofa -  in mid-May.

Speaking about CCP, they released the cute and fluffy reasonable microfiber robotic mop ball called MOCORO last year.

Toshiba is going to unleash the world's first 4K LCD display (3840x2160) built-in notebook PC - dynabook T954 - on April 25.

The price is expected to be about ¥220,000.

Toshiba used the technology of their 4K compliant TV REGZA and improved it for this notebook PC. The dynabook T954 has a 15.6-inch IGZO touch panel display, Core i7 4700HQ CPU, Radeon R9 M265X GPU, 8GB memory, 1TB storage, Hybrid HDD, Blu-ray as an optical drive, Wi-Fi (IEEE802.11ac/a/b/g/n) and Bluetooth 4.0.

Buffalo is going to release a uniquely shaped USB2.0 cable in early May to use with a smartphone/tablet for transferring data or for charging.

Ricoh Imaging announced that they will bring their new medium format DSLR camera PENTAX 645Z to the market for ¥860,000 in late June. It was displayed as "PENTAX 645D 2014" at CP+2014 that was held in Yokohama in February.

Yoriko Takahashi - April 14, 2014

With the growth in demand for a large screen TV including 4K TV, the demand for home theater systems has been increasing. Sony is keeping pace and are going to release 4 new models of their home theater system on May 31. They all support NFC.

- Soundbar type (HT-CT370)

In Japan, there are lots of restaurants offering an all-you-can-eat or all-you-can-drink service, which means you can eat as much Yakiniku (Japanese BBQ), sushi, alcoholic drinks or sweets as you want (menu differs depending on the restaurant) for a certain amount of time. However, we have never heard of an All-you-can-eat Convenience Store…

Honda's stylish new 745cc motorcycle NM4-01 (announced here a few weeks back), has been given a price: ¥999,000 (~$9,999); and it will go on sale April 21.

It was first shown to the public at the Osaka Motorcycle Show that took place in March.

COWON Japan is going to release new portable audio player iAUDIO E3 on April 18. It's only 3.9mm-thick (at its slimmest part) and weighs 20g.

An 8GB model will be sold for ¥8,900, and a 16GB model for ¥10,900.

Playable files are MP3, WMA, FLAC, OGG and WAV. iAUDIO E3 has a recording function too. It has JetEffect BBE+ which produces powerful sound.

Panasonic announced that their new 4K Ultra-HD VIERA TV - AX800 series - will be released in mid-May. 5 models will be available:

Standard Design Model:
- TH-58AX800F (58 inch)
- TH-50AX800F (50 inch)

Slant Design Model:
- TH-65AX800 (65 inch)
- TH-58AX800 (58 inch)
- TH-50AX800 (50 inch)

Panasonic is going to release 2,500mAh mobile battery "QE-AL101" on May 30. It can fully charge up a smartphone.

The company says that this is the first mobile battery that can charge something as many as 2000 times.

There are 2 USB ports built-in. White and black models will be available.

  • Size: 24x75x64mm
  • Weight: 125g

 

Nikon is going to release the D7100 18-300 VR Super Zoom Kit on April 24 that comes bundled with Nikon's flagship single-lens-reflex camera D7100 and the new high-power zoom lens "AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G ED VR".

The price will be about ¥213,300.

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