Cristiano Ronaldo Sponsors a New Facial Fitness Device

27 de August, 2014 archived at Advertising

Cristiano Ronaldo has recently become the sponsor of MTG, a Japanese company that makes fitness products. Cristiano Ronaldo appears on the TV commercials to promote one of their devices, the Facial Fitness PAO. It is a flexible device that you stick in your mouth to train your face muscles. It seems like a stupid thing but it costs ¥13,824 or around 100 EUR/130 USD!

Cristiano Ronaldo Facial Fitness

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Bananas Vending Machine

27 de August, 2014 archived at Various

Eggplants and Cucumbers in Obon

26 de August, 2014 archived at Traditional

A couple of weeks ago, from the 13th to the 15th of August, Obon お盆 was celebrated around Japan. Matsuris took place all around the country to honor the spirits of the people’s ancestors.

One of the traditions during Obon consists on introducing wood sticks into eggplants and cucumbers like shown on the pictures below. Cucumbers represent horses and eggplants represent cows. Legend has it that the spirits of one’s ancestors travel to our world riding on cows and horses. In the following pictures that I took in a coffee shop in Kichijoji there’s no incense, but usually there should be. The smoke of the incense marks the way from our world to the spirits world so they don’t get lost when coming and going back.

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obon

Mario at Yamanote Line

24 de August, 2014 archived at Trains,Videogames

The other day I had to use the Yamanote line and found a little nice surprise. The whole line has been decorated with Mario themes as part of a campaign to promote the collaboration between Nintendo and Suica by JR. Nintendo eShop users can now use the e-money of their Suicas on the Wii U to buy games and other items.

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yamanote line mario bros

yamanote line mario bros

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Ghost in the Shell: Arise

24 de August, 2014 archived at Anime

Ghost in the Shell: Arise is an OVA divided into four parts based on the Ghost in the Shell universe 攻殻機動隊. I recently finished watching the third part “Ghost Tears”. In September the fourth part, “Ghost Stands Alone”, will be released and will complete the series. Masamune Shirow has not been involved in the production team and for that reason the style of Arise has changed from the style of the movies and Stand Alone Complex. One of the most significant changes is that instead of having blue tachikomas now there are red logicomas.

Arise begins just at the end of World War IV in year 2027. The plot explores the depth of the formation of Sector 9, the intelligence department of the Japanese ministry of internal affairs. Another novelty is the new characters, many of them related with Rikugun Go Maru Ichi Kikan 陸軍501機関, the organization that transformed Kusanagi into a cyborg.

The Arise OVAs are ideal if you still don’t know the Ghost in the Shell universe and want to immerse yourself in it. It is much more “light” than Stand Alone Complex.

Ghost in the Shell: Arise

Ghost in the Shell: Arise

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Photo by Nihongogo

Ghost in the Shell: Arise

Ghost in the Shell: Arise

Ghost in the Shell: Arise

There’s also an Arise manga drawn by Fujisaku Junichi, one of the key members of Production I.G. Its name is Ghost in the Shell: Arise ~Sleepless Eye~ (攻殻機動隊ARISE~眠らない眼の男). The art is impressive but the story is quite boring because it’s just a connection of several action scenes.

Ghost in the Shell: Arise

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Nagashi Soumen

16 de August, 2014 archived at Food

Nagashi Soumen 流し素麺 is a Japanese Summer tradition which consists on putting noodles (Soumen, 素麺) on a bamboo cane and leaving them fall along together with water. If you participate you will have to catch the noodles with your chopsticks as they pass in front of you. The more you catch the more you eat!

Last week in Osaka a 30 meters Nagashi Soumen was organized.

nagashi soumen

nagashi soumen

nagashi soumen

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How Much Japanese People Sleep?

13 de August, 2014 archived at Society

According to data from an OCDE study, Japan and Korea are the countries in the world that sleep the least hours, 469 and 470 minutes per day respectively, around 7 hours and 50 minutes. The French are the ones that enjoy more sleep time (8 hours and 50 minutes), while Americans get to sleep also quite well (8 hours and 38 minutes). My home country Spain ranks 3rd in the world enjoying 8 hours and 34 minutes sleep on average every day. Maybe this data is one of the reasons why when you come to Japan you can see so many people sleeping in trains or on the streets.

How many hours do you sleep on average every day? My average, calculated during the last 3 years using the Sleep Cycle app on my iPhone is 7 hours and 56 minutes.

Japanese people sleeping average

Source: Govexec

Dragon Ball Scouter

13 de August, 2014 archived at Anime

Many Dragon Ball fans have tried for years to create their own homemade scouters, but the scouter shown in the video created by Kier Simmon is the most faithful to the original one designed by Akira Toriyama.

Dragon Ball scouter

Source: Kotaku


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