Doraemon Mugs

07 de August, 2014 archived at Anime

The other day I saw some cool Doraemon mugs at a shop in my neighborhood. Each Doraemon mug sells for 842 yen (6 EUR/8 USD).

Doraemon mugs

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Shopkeeper Dog

06 de August, 2014 archived at Various

A Shiba Inu (柴犬) breed dog has become famous on the Internet because he is in charge of opening the window to welcome clients in a shop in Musashi Koganei. There’s even memes based on the famous “doge”.

shopkeeper dog

shopkeeper dog

shopkeeper dog

Source: Buzzfeed

Mario Hanging Out Around Tokyo

05 de August, 2014 archived at Videogames

In this awesome video created by a fan you can see Mario running and jumping around Tokyo eventually arriving to Yoyogi National Gymnasium.

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Studio Ghibli Stops Making Movies

04 de August, 2014 archived at Anime

Toshio Suzuki announced yesterday a large restructuring of Studio Ghibli. Suzuki explained in front of cameras that the retirement of Hayao Miyazaki has had too many consequences and the studio has to start cutting costs. One of the first things to do is to restructure the department in charge of creating full-length films in order to produce films for others and focus on making money from licenses of films done in the past. The team in charge of Momonoma will continue with the work, but most likely it will suffer cuts because it’s a department where almost all the employees are temporary or freelancers.

Ghibli studios not making movies any more

Ghibli studios not making movies any more
“For the moment we are going to stop making new movies for a while and rethink our priorities”

Toshio Suzuki thinks that the stop will be something temporary. On the other hand, Hayao Miyazaki doesn’t see the future of Ghibli very clear :)

hayao miyazaki retired

hayao miyazaki retired

hayao miyazaki retired

hayao miyazaki retired

hayao miyazaki retired

hayao miyazaki retired

Sources: Oh-Totoro and Deculture.

Incense Fireworks – Senko Hanabi

31 de July, 2014 archived at Traditional

A typical scene seen in parks and beaches around Japan during Summer is this:

Incense Fireworks

Senko hanabi 線香花火 is difficult to translate but it would be something like “fireworks of incense sticks”. In reality the fireworks don’t have incense but they are very similar to incense sticks in shape and size, thus the name. Senko hanabi are sticks with a small amount of powder which doesn’t blow up and lights up with fire of diverse colours during some seconds. To play with senko hanabi is fun and not dangerous at all.

People say that lighting up a senko hanabi and seeing its light go away instantly in the darkness will make you feel closer to the ephemera of things (Mono no aware 物の哀れ) and will help you being more sensitive to the transience of our lives.

Senko Hanabi

Senko Hanabi

Senko Hanabi

Senko Hanabi

Senko Hanabi

Senko Hanabi

Senko Hanabi

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Giant Game Boy

28 de July, 2014 archived at Videogames

While at Super Potato, one of the most popular retro video game stores in Akihabara we bumped into this giant Game Boy. The screen was a TV that worked like a real Game Boy, I suppose by using an emulator or a Super Game Boy.

Giant Game Boy

The New Japanese Island Keeps Growing

28 de July, 2014 archived at Various

Eight months ago a new island emerged from the sea to the south of Japan near Ogasawara. It started as a small eruption but it seems that it hasn’t stopped and it is still growing. It already has a surface of 1.3 square kilometers and scientists say that it is large enough to consider that it won’t disappear submerged in the sea. As of now, this new territory doesn’t have an official name. For the moment people call it 新島 (新: new, 島: island).

The new island in Japan

Space Dandy – スペース☆ダンディ

27 de July, 2014 archived at Anime

It’s been a very long time since I last watched a Japanese anime series. On the other hand I have kept watching animation movies. However right now I am finishing watching the first 13 episodes of Space Dandy. And I love it! It’s fun, surreal and easy to watch. An ideal show to relax and leave your imagination flow.

Dandy is an intergalactic bounty hunter, some kind of Han Solo. He travels in his space ship with a robot named QT and a cat from Betelgeuse named Meow. Dandy loves to go to “boobies”, a chain of intergalactic restaurants inspired by Hooters. QT is a robot whose software hasn’t been updated for years which makes him have human-like emotions. Meow is a lazy cat that likes to eat and spend his time looking at his smartphone screen.

Admiral Perry of the Gogol empire is the archenemy of Dandy, QT and Meow. He wants to catch Dandy because he thinks that he is the key for the future of the universe…

Space Dandy

Space Dandy

Space Dandy

Space Dandy

Space Dandy


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