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Don’t Fart in Japan

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

Saw this article….kind of funny: http://atimes.com/2016/05/travel-when-in-japan-dont-fart/

I mean has anyone gone to an Onsen town?

Nationalreport scam about fukushima

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

It’s showing up in some social media feeds that the Fukushima radiation is killing whales as reported here: http://nationalreport.net/breaking-fukushima-disaster-leaves-hundreds-whales-beached/

Claiming that he was there and took pictures of it and showed a photo lifted straight from a story of stranded whales in New Zealand from here:

http://metro.co.uk/2010/08/20/58-pilot-whales-die-in-new-zealand-beach-stranding-485748/

So folks, it’s a scam and we’re all linkbait LOL

Robot Pastors weds newlyweds – want to get married by Robot?

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

This is another “only in Japan” moment, a robot leads the wedding procession?!

The nuptials at this ceremony were led by "I-Fairy," a 4-foot tall seated robot with flashing eyes and plastic pigtails. Sunday’s wedding was the first time a marriage had been led by a robot, according to manufacturer Kokoro Co.

"Please lift the bride’s veil," the robot said in a tinny voice, waving its arms in the air as the newlyweds kissed in front of about 50 guests.

The wedding took place at a restaurant in Hibiya Park in central Tokyo, where the I-Fairy wore a wreath of flowers and directed a rooftop ceremony. Wires led out from beneath it to a black curtain a few feet away, where a man crouched and clicked commands into a computer.

Japan has one of the most advanced robotics industries in the world, with the government actively supporting the field for future growth. Industrial models in factories are now standard, but recently Japanese companies are making a push to inject robots into everyday life.

Honda makes a walking child-shaped robot, and other firms have developed them to entertain the elderly or play baseball. Kokoro, whose corporate goal is to "touch the hearts of the people," also makes giant dinosaur robots for exhibitions and lifelike android models that can smile and laugh. The company is a subsidiary of Sanrio Co., which owns the rights to Hello Kitty and other Japanese characters.

"This was a lot of fun. I think that Japanese have a strong sense that robots are our friends. Those in the robot industry mostly understand this, but people mainly want robots near them that serve some purpose," said bride Satoko Inoue, 36, who works at manufacturer Kokoro.

"It would be nice if the robot was a bit more clever, but she is very good at expressing herself," said new husband Tomohiro Shibata, 42, a professor of robotics at the Nara Institute of Science and Technology in central Japan.

The I-Fairy sells for about 6.3 million yen ($68,000) and three are in use in Singapore, the U.S. and Japan, according to company spokeswoman Kayako Kido. It has 18 degrees of motion in its arms, and mainly repeats preprogrammed movements and sounds.

Kitty 35

Monday, May 25th, 2009

So this is really interesting, Kitty is 35 years old and celebrating it in style, I saw some of the videos and…well obviously I had to share it with everyone! Taken straight from the blog!

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So here we go, Happy Birthday soon to Kitty for being a cool 35 years of wonderful cute age!

Some nice special items as well…like this special edition item below, I wonder if anyone can actually get them outside of Japan?

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Chun Li Movie – Streetfighter Special?

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

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Do you guys watch Smallville? Well if you do then you probably know Kristen Kreuk who plays Clark Kent’s first love interest, Lana Lang. She’ll be dropping the girl-next-door look when she debuts as Chun-Li in the next Street Fighter movie. Yes, you read that right. There’s ANOTHER Street Fighter LIVE movie being made and Kristen Kreuk will be Chun-Li. Find out more after the jump.

The movie is called Street Figher: Legend of Chun-Li and it’s directed by Andrzej Bartkowiak, the man behind DOOM which starred WWE superstar “The Rock”. The story of the movie will be centered on Chun-Li and not on everyone’s favorite, Ryu.

Please, for the love of God, don’t make this into a movie like the one where Van Damme starred in. Here’s a video of Jean-Claude portraying Guile to refresh your memory.

I think there are better candidates for Chun Li, look wise anyway, some cosplays here that I think really fit the Chun look!

This is true to costume, the one below has “the look” but the costume isn’t blue.

Why didn’t they pick a true asian face?

Creepy Crawly Cosplay - Shoko Nagawa

Monday, September 1st, 2008

Not something I would have thought of, for sure, from Shokotan.

They are bugs and cicadas up there, they are actual Locust molts, so while they aren’t alive, they are the real thing!

Shoko Nagawa, a Japanese pop idol and actress is apparently creating a new rage with the whole bug wear thing! The crowd went wild when after a performance she flung her dried Cicada’s into the crowd.

Creators of Kitty don’t know why Hello Kitty is so popular

Wednesday, June 18th, 2008

This is like everywhere..

The story of Hello Kitty rediscovering its japanese roots (even though she is an english girl according to her bio)  but the most interesting quote is that Sanrio themselves don’t seem to know why Kitty is so popular…wooot?

Even for Japanese fans, Hello Kitty, associated initially with elementary school-age girls, is wooing newcomers, with boxer shorts with glittery cat designs targeting young men and lingerie with cat-inspired lacing for adult women.

“We have to keep changing so people won’t get bored,” Sanrio manager Kazuo Tohmatsu said. “Ideas we would have thought out of the question 20 years ago are perfectly fine today.”

Sanrio officials acknowledge they don’t know for sure why Hello Kitty has proved so popular. But the absence of the mouth, a key feature for reading emotions, is believed to be one reason, allowing onlookers to add their own interpretations to the character.

Tragedy in Akihabara and more manhunt

Monday, June 9th, 2008

For those of us who know Tokyo’s famous Akihabara district (Electronic town) and love it for what it is, and all the craziness, cosplay, anime and whatever else we think is cool, screwy, funny and dorky all at the same time, a tragedy emerged there just a day ago.

 

Taken from Patrick Macias blog, the summary (worth checking out in more detail) is as follows taken from his blog.

The growing tension and push-and-pull between the cops, the normal people, and the otaku in Akihabara was shaping up to be a grand saga, complete with flash mobs and organized protests. But now, all of that has been preempted by some loser who just wanted to kill people.

(Here’s the part where I have to cover my ass by saying that I have friends who work in the area and who visit that very spot where the shit hit quite regularly, including me. So no, it’s not some abstract GTAIV sandbox where this all took place and I understand what it means when real human beings die real horribly.)

Meta Tame calls it the AKB Massacre. This is tragic because real people died and got injured because some insane person decided to go there, crash his car into people and then take out a knife and stab people before being taken down by police. It was said he announced his intention to kill to the public via the Internet days before.

Then, from the morass of it all comes an internet mob hunt against those that were less than respectful infront of news cameras… as posted in Japanprobe amongst other things and are now being hunted down by japanese internet mobs in more acts of hatefulness and other stupid things with posts and forum discussions debating the pro’s and con’s of effectively lynching innocent, yet arguably very stupid people. Were they stupid to do what they did? Yes, do they deserve to be lynched? I don’t remember reading in the constitution of any "democratic" country that you may be lynched for being stupid. As was commented, two wrongs does not make a right.

For more news related information check out the Times.

When you run out of space on Sanriotown…

Monday, June 9th, 2008

A quick guide/tip to overcoming the Video Sanriotown limit.

So you may be asking, why did I not post any videos recently, since I usually post a lot of videos.

Simply put, I ran out of space! I guess I didn’t realize but I used up hundreds of megabytes of upload space so I cannot post any new videos! The solution, open a new account! It’s free of course!

So I opened up a new video account here to see my new videos of course! If I tag them all right, they should all link to each other going forward, let’s hope and see!

Here’s my first video entry with the new free account, DOH!

 

Clash of Generations, how to become a Geisha by e-mail

Saturday, April 26th, 2008

Just eight years ago, Komomo was a Japanese teenager living in Beijing, riding her bicycle around the city and playing pool with her friends on weekends.

Now she is a geisha in Kyoto, Japan’s ancient capital, a proudly elegant member of a centuries-old but fading profession of female entertainers celebrated for their beauty, skill at traditional dance and music, and witty conversation.

Unlike the old days when girls would become geisha through personal connections, 23-year-old Komomo (Little Peach) took her first steps towards the vocation by e-mail.

As Komomo recounted in A Geisha’s Journey, a book of essays and photographs by Naoyuki Ogino due out in May, she had no way of learning about the remote and secretive geisha world until she found a website run by Koito, a Kyoto geisha who also ran an okiya, or geisha house (www.e-koito.com) .

“I wanted to know more about my own country and that’s why I chose this world,” says Komomo. “I wanted to make Japanese history and customs a part of my daily life, not just wearing a kimono occasionally but every day and living life as they did in the old days.”

But this seemed impossible until she found Koito’s website, one of the first written by a working geisha.

“I was so excited that I e-mailed Koito-san right away, telling her my dream of becoming a maiko, an apprentice geisha, but that I didn’t know how to begin,” she says.

The two corresponded for three years, until Komomo graduated from junior high school. Despite opposition from her parents, who wanted her to take a more conventional path of university and marriage, the 15-year-old headed for Kyoto. “I thought she wouldn’t last,” says Kimiko Nasu, Komomo’s mother, who was visiting her only child. “She has a strong will, and in the geisha world you have to make yourself disappear.”

Komomo moved into Koito’s okiya in Miyagawa-cho, a cluster of narrow, stone-paved streets lined with wooden houses in central Kyoto. Her first weeks were spent learning to greet people with polite bows, wear the kimono and speak in the soft Kyoto dialect.

“In the first year, it seemed I was scolded all the time. That was my job, to be scolded,” says Komomo, who stands barely 1.5 metres tall.

“At evening gatherings, no mistakes are permitted, and this isn’t something you can just learn suddenly. It has to be driven home, as part of your daily life, so you won’t do anything embarrassing in front of the guests.”

Each demanding day begins with lessons in dance, singing, tea ceremony and music, and continues with parties - the geisha’s real work - from six until midnight.

With only one day off every two or three months, Komomo at first sometimes longed for the life of an ordinary teenager, able to see movies on a whim. But she only thought of quitting briefly, during her first two weeks, when another girl decided to leave.

“I realised then what my true feelings were. I thought, since I decided to do this, I might as well try really hard.”

Wearing an elaborate maiko kimono with long sleeves and a wide, trailing sash, and learning to walk in the outfit without bumping into anything or anyone, especially during dance performances, was hard. Komomo also forgot rules and lost hair ornaments.

“In our okiya we didn’t cry that much,” she says. “My time in China was actually much harder at first.”

Komomo’s life overseas - she was born in Mexico and spent some years in Japan before moving to China - has helped her break the ice with guests. But there were problems.

“At first I had some friction with ordinary life in Japan, and I was a bit cheeky. Here they say it’s best to act as if you know nothing, but actually be really clever.

“Every so often, I got conceited from all the attention, but somebody soon brought me down to earth,” Komomo says of her five years as a maiko.

“It was actually refreshing to finally become a geisha because you’re not forced to be `on’ for 24 hours a day.”

She won’t say what she earns, but bystanders at the theatre where she took part in a dance performance say she is popular. She owns a house, and its main room has a huge flat-screen TV and new model Macintosh computer.

“I was told when I began that I’m not an incredible beauty so I should try to always keep a smile on my face. Beauties get work easily, but I need to work at it,” she says.

She confessed to worries about the future. There are no pensions for geisha and they are not permitted to marry, though in the past some were supported as mistresses. Some even became single mothers.

Although Komomo says she wants children, she has only been a geisha for two years and hasn’t thought about the future yet. “I don’t even have a boyfriend,” she says. “I’m too busy to meet anyone, and the guests at the parties are my father’s age.”

Of greater concern is the fate of the geisha world itself.

Geisha numbers in Japan peaked at 80,000 in 1928, but now only 1,000 are left. One of the six geisha districts in tradition-bound Kyoto has folded due to lack of business.

The economic woes of the 1990s slashed the expense accounts of business executives who were once the mainstays of geisha, while politicians shunned lavish spending after scandals.

A dinner with a geisha present can cost around 80,000 yen (HK$6,000) a person, depending on the venue and the number of geisha.

Another problem is that men today tend to prefer less formal entertainment such as karaoke or hostess bars.

Many people, including Komomo, say the geisha world needs to open up more, and they say the internet is an ideal tool.

“In the old days, people only got to know geisha through introductions, but now people rely on the internet to gather information,” says Kyoko Aihara, a geisha expert and author.

“Miyagawa-cho has introduced themselves on the net. They’re more flexible than some of the more traditional geisha areas, they want people to have fun - and this is working for them.”

In a move to gently ease neophytes into the geisha world, Koito, who trained Komomo, runs an elegant bar on the first floor of her okiya where guests can meet geisha for relatively inexpensive prices.

“History changes, so if you just offer the same thing it’s no good. The service you provide has to match the age,” she says. “We need to keep providing things the world needs. If we’re not needed anymore, all we can do is disappear.”