Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Frog Nuts

You may be forgiven for blindly walking past these guys.
The restaurant's name is Vagabond, for those of you keeping track of these things.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Meitantei Conan Poster

New Meitanei Conan (Case Closed) movie coming out soon. Display boards have been up in front of the theater in Amupla for a month. It's actually kind of interesting, pondering just how much time and effort went into making the big display below. Got to wonder, though, just how much howling there would be from parents' groups in the U.S. over a children's cartoon where the advertising includes a picture of a woman being shot through the shoulder.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Thermae Romae II Poster

The second movie based on the gag manga, "Thermae Romae" is about to hit the theaters. It's about a Roman baths architect who has the ability to time travel to modern day Japan, where he studies the public baths here for ideas to take back with him to Rome. Eventually, a Japanese woman falls in love with him.

No points for knowing what the joke is in this movie poster.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

March articles in the media

Here's the batch of articles to show up in the media from Mar.-Apr., regarding anime, manga and related stuff.

Japan Times

Doraemon, the robot cat, gets your tongue

Mechademia 8. Tezuka Osamu: Manga Life

Live-action Ghibli remake delivers a new Kiki

‘Tank girls’ lead the charge

Giant robots officially fly the flag for cool Japan

Anime industry reunified at expo, satellite events

Daily Yomiuri

Get psyched for AnimeJapan 2014

1st new Gundam works in 14 years scheduled

Enjoy an anime character treasure hunt

Weekly List of Anime-related News Links

'Captain Tsubasa' statues pop up in artist's hometown

High-tech anime street to open

Manga gives lowdown on Iwate Prefecture


'Attack on Titan'-themed ume juice, liqueur offered from author's hometown

New 'Tiger & Bunny' film to be shown across U.S. from March 14

'Giovanni's Island' to compete at New York children's film festival

'After School Midnighters' hits silver screen in Italy

Miyazaki's 'The Wind Rises' pays homage to Italian aircraft designer

First 'Space Brothers' anime film to hit theaters on Aug. 9

Town turns to anime to revive classic gangster tale 'Tenpo Suikoden'

Huge cosplay competition set to energize Chicago comic con

Osamu Tezuka museum marks 20th anniversary with a tribute to 'Astro Boy' creator

Hakone to issue 'Evangelion' license plates for motorized bikes, microcars

Torishima's 'Kaikin no To' wins Nihon SF Taisho Award

Nominations announced for Competition Program at Tokyo Anime Award Festival

Hayao Miyazaki's 'Wind Rises' wins Japan Academy Prize

Cambodian kids get first movie experience with 'Hal's Flute'

Nominations selected in Anime of the Year category at TAAF

City tells schools to pull 'Barefoot Gen' manga from libraries

Landmate Guges robotic battle suit from 'Appleseed' brought to life

'Appleseed Alpha' CG anime scheduled for summer U.S. release

Website marks 25th anniversary of 'Ghost in the Shell'

14th Japanese Film Festival Nippon Connection to open on May 27 in Germany

'March Comes In Like a Lion' wins manga grand prize

2nd Japan Expo USA slated for August in San Mateo

Ghibli producer Suzuki, singer Mizuki, artist Moroboshi receive state prizes

'Insufficient Direction' to premiere April 3 on TV Tokyo

17th Pokemon movie to hit cinemas on July 19

Director Goda, British band Sade collaborate in short film for Tohoku children

'Sailor Moon Crystal' to stream online in July; Brazil to get first comics

AnimeJapan 2014 leaves its mark with 111,000 visitors

Anime-themed subway train promotes Kyoto fair

Trio of Japanese shorts to be showcased at Annecy festival

Hiroshima ballad written by ‘Barefoot Gen’ artist set for June CD release

Fuji TV to make film adaptations of Project Itoh sci-fi novels

Original drawings by legendary cartoonist Tezuka found in his desk

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Solar Toys

There's an apartment building along my route to Tenmonkan that has a number of little solar-powered dancing toys set up outside. In America, someone would have stolen or crushed all of them by now.

I tried seeing if the light from my camera flash was enough to get the toys dancing at night. I guess the short answer is "no".

Friday, April 11, 2014

No Parking

Time for "More learning Japanese from Signs!" The top line reads "Tousha ni goyou no nai kata ha Chuusha Genkin". "Tousha" is "this company. "ni" is "towards" or "with". "Goyou" combines "purpose" (you) with the honorable prefix, "go". "no nai" is possessive + "not". "Kata" is a very polite way to say "person", or "you". "ha" is a particle marker that can kind of be treated as "is" in this case. "chuusha" is "car parking". "Genkin" is "strictly prohibited" or "banned".

this company + with + (honorable) purpose + of not + person + (marker) + parking + banned.

Or, "If you don't have business with us, don't use our parking spaces!!!"

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Real Partner

Another logo visual illusion question. Do you see a red sun behind 2 birds, or one really fat white bird with a green belly?