In 1924 the artist Kanae Yamamoto and Sakura Company wanted to create the “ideal stick drawing material”combining oil and pigment. Finally after one year of research, they created “Cray-Pas” (a mix of pastel and crayon) and soon it became very popular in Japan especially in the manga and anime industry. For the 90th anniversary, a collector box of 700 pieces will be released at the “low” price of 525 000yen ($6690 / 5415 euros)! Image Sourced From: Asahi Shimbun Digital
Don’t you think it would be very fun if your iPhone (or iPod) transforms into a cute pet? “Smart Pet” is a pet robot released from BANDAI, which uses the iPhone as the robo-dog’s face. After you download app called smart pet from appstore, your iPhone dog starts moving like pet. You can train and control Smart Pet and let it perform over 100 kinds of movements. Even it can respond to your call and gesture. Furthermore, you can charge up with an accompanying bone-shaped attachement. The release date is June 16, 2012. See how cute it is!
You may know well about Ukiyo-e, Japanese woodblock prints & paintings, and its super stars like Utamaro, Hokusai, Sharaku, and many more. And some of you may think that the best era of Ukiyo-e definitely goes to Edo-period. Yes, that’s true. But, do you know Shin-hanga (lit. new woodcut block prints)? It was a new wave of Ukiyo-e, which was often called as “Neo Ukiyo-e,” emerged in the beginning of Showa era (early 20th-century). Let’s have a look of Shin-hanga works below. Some of them look very modern and stylish, and for the generation who have got used to TV animes, they may make you feel intersting. Kiyoshi Kobayakawa “#6 […]
She never forget about Japan. A teacup, which she sipped during the press conference held on last June in Japan, is now placed on Japanese biggest auction site, “Yahoo! Japan Auctions.” The teacup comes with her hand written message “Nihon no Tame ni Inori wo,” “Pray for Japan” in English, her autograph, and traces of her lip print. The bid will be closed on 11 p.m., May 6 (Japanese standard time). All proceeds will go to a program to support young Japanese artists to study in the US. She, at least last year, had donated $3 million for people in the disaster zones, including revenues from selling the wristband and […]
Cat ears have been used as an important icon adding people unique personality or just making people cuter in lots of animes, video games, movies, online virtual worlds, etc. It also have been loved by cosplayers all over the world. Surprisingly, neurowear, a Japanese exciting project, developed its real version, named “Necomimi,” that can be controlled by brainwaves and finally started selling them for the first time in the world at NICO NICO CHO-KAIGI, a meeting held at Makuhari Messe by Nico Nico Douga on April 28 & 29. According to some news, 3,000 copies was sold for two hours since the event was started. Amazing. Let’s have a look […]
Everybody may have already known well about Katsuhiro Otomo GENGATEN Exhibition because lots of medias, blogs, social services have reported its detail. So, let’s change the topic a little. Let me introduce the man who have already succeeded to his great father’s drawing style and will hold a big exhibition in the not-so-far future. His name is Shohei Otomo, the son of Katsuhiro Otomo, one of the Japanese great manga artists who created world-famous manga/movie “Akira.” He has already released some illustration works in Japan, but still has not well known over the world. Let’s have a look on his thrilling technique in drawing. He mainly uses a ball point […]
It was announced that Ayumi Hamasaki’s song “evolution” released in 2001 will be the main theme for the upcoming live-action film “Helter Skelter” directed by Mika Ninagawa (“Sakuran”). This will be the first film to use Ayu’s song as the theme since “Dragonball: Evolution.” The film will be shown in the theaters all over Japan on July 14, 2012. A collaboration of Ninagawa’s emotional movie and Ayu’s powerful song must be exciting!
AKB48 fans all over the world, especially ones in China, must be happy with this surprise. On April 22, AKS, the managing company of the group, announced that they’ll start “SNH48 project” in which they’ll make a new “48″ group based on Shanghai, China. As its first move, they’ll hold an audition for the group this Autumn, then will start activity on December 8, 2012. It is the same date that AKB48 started their first act in 2005. The video below captures fans’ excitement to the news which was announced during the AKB48 meet-the-fans session in Shanghai. And as lovers of AKB48 may already known, the group’s new DVD “AKB48 […]
Toei’s official “Unofficial” sentai series “Hikounin Sentai Akibaranger” is now avaiable on DVD & Blu-ray!
Toei’s official “Unofficial” sentai series “Hikounin Sentai Akibaranger” is finally available on DVD & Blu-ray! (“Hikounin” means “unofficial.”) The series features Akihabara-taste stuffs such as cosplay, maid, anime, figure, itasha and more! Plot: Set in Akihabara. When evil organization, Stema Otsu Corporation is threatening Akihabara, three young otakus appear and fight against them as Akibaranger with Moso Power (Delusion Power). Now, its photo book featuring heroines appeared in the series is also listed at CDJapan. Be sure to check out!
Takeshi Kitano‘s film “OUTRAGE BEYOND” is now on location. Kitano said he didn’t want it to be called a sequel to his previous film “OUTRAGE,” so he changed the title to “OUTRAGE 2″ to “OUTRAGE BEYOND.” He also said it will turn out to be an entertaining film for those who didn’t watch the first one. A press conference for the film was held on April 17, 2012. During this event, Kitano announced the new cast members for his upcoming movie. Among the newest cast members is actor Nishida Toshiyuki, who will be working with Kitano for the first time. Other new casts include Takahashi Katsunori, Matsushige Yutaka, and more. […]
Finally, the life-size Gundam came back in Odaiba, Tokyo! Along with that, Gundam Front Tokyo, the theme park specializing Gundam, will be opened on April 19, 2012. Just by seeing some photos of the project, you can clearly see that this place must be very exciting to experience the Gundam world. I just got a video on YouTube showing inside of Gundam front, mmm, very interesting. As you may have already known, Gundam.INFO, a web site publishing daily news about Gundam-related topics in multi-languages, is available since last march. Check out it as well.
Have you already checked Akiakane’s latest work “Boroboro na Ikizama,” or, you haven’t known her yet? If not, this is a perfect opportunity to check her works. She is an illustrator as well as a singer very popular in Niko Niko Douga, one of the biggest video sharing websites in Japan. Her debut is in 2008 also in the website. Since then, her unique vocal style and illustrations, it is called “Modern Singer Illustrator,” have been gaining more popularity not only in Niko Niko Douga but also outside Japan. She already made her appearance at Japan Expo Sud France in 2012. In the stage, she had a live-drawing with music […]
Here’s a happy news from US. On April 11, X Japan won the Award for the Best International Band at the fourth annual Revolver Golden Gods Awards. This was the first time ever, hadn’t even been nominated, that the award went to an Asian artist. This show is the America’s only hard-rock and heavy-metal awards show and this year, it featured appearances by world-famous rock acts such as Ozzy Osbourne, Metallica, Motley Crue, Slash, and many more. Both in name and reality, X Japan has became one of the greatest rock band’s in the world. Interview with Yoshiki. According to the band’s leader YOSHIKI, they are finishing thier first worldwide […]
Recently, a TV spot of a soda from France, ORANGINA is currently broadcasted in Japan, and Rechard Gere appears in this spot. He dresses up like a Japanese nationally popular character named Tora-san from comedy film series “Otoko wa Tsurai Yo.” This series is directed by Yoji Yamada, and he joined to create this spot, too. If you see the film, you surely can’t help but like Tora-san with his lovable character^^
Atsuko Maeda is talking about her feeling about the graduation from AKB48. Related Links Cup Noodle(Facebook) Complete releases from Atsuko Maeda(CDJapan) Atsuko Maeda(Google +)
According to today’s news, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu will apprear in the first episode of new TV series “Kazoku no Uta” starring Joe Odagiri! It is the first time for her to act in drama or movie, and she will play herself. She also brings her first album in May (check the article below!). Keep your eyes on her new activities!
Suntory, one of Japanese biggest companies offering beverages, has announced that they will start selling the Stones Bar series in June. They are alcoholic beverages stamped with a famous mark of The Rolling Stones, Lips & Tongue logo. The logo has been used on T-shirt designs and is well known to young generation who doesn’t even know the band. Suntory decided to use this logo on their products, since it is known to everybody and has a strong impact. Yeah, it surely has an impact. I am very curious about thier taste (by onag).
“Lupin The Third,” one of the greatest animes in Japan, brings its new TV anime series in commemoration of the 40th anniversary since it was aired for the first time on TV.
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