Here's the batch of articles to show up in the media from Aug., regarding anime, manga and related stuff.
Original 'Barefoot Gen' manga on atomic bombings goes on display
A deeper look at Hayao Miyazaki's nature
Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Taika-hen (Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno)
Big Evangelion statues sell in minutes for cool 1.8 million yen apiece
Comiket grows stronger each year
'Japan Houses' to tout washoku, manga
Govt, publishers to demand operators of online manga piracy shut down sites
When Marnie Was There review
Anison concerts: A kaleidoscope of color and sound
Manga museum welcomes 2 millionth visitor
Pliny the Elder: Manga artists take historic look at Roman genius
Private girls’ comic library in western Tokyo takes visitors back to childhood
Miyazaki to receive honorary Oscar
Ghost in the Shell Art Exhibition set to hit Tokyo, Osaka
New 'Saint Seiya' feature wows audiences with gritty realism
English-dubbed 'JoJo's Bizarre Adventure' makes U.S. debut
New 'Sailor Moon' audience hits 1 million in just 2 days
Japan to crack down on illegal uploaders of anime, manga
Improved AnimeJapan 2015 scheduled for March 20-22
Volume 2 of 'Evangelion: 3.0' art book
Second chapter of Tezuka's 'Legend of Forest' to be premiered
Miyazaki eyes producing anime shorts as Studio Ghibli suspends full-length production
'Shinkansen Love' Exhibit fetes 50th anniversary of first bullet train
Gajo Sakamoto's 'Tank Tankuro,' other prewar manga go digital
‘ONE PIECE’ exhibition mega hit in Taiwan
New 'Gundam' feature film to hits theaters
Postwar tale on 'Giovanni's Island' screened in Russia
'Attack on Titan' dominates U.S. graphic novel market
New 'Dragon Ball Z' film announced for spring 2015
35 years since debut, 'Gundam' continues to attract legions of new fans
Special trailer for animated 'Garo' series revealed
Anpanman tops Bandai poll as kids' favorite character for 13th straight year
Sayoko Kinoshita: Hiroshima anime festival celebrates 30 years of love, peace
Westernized 'Doraemon' successful in North American run
Much-ballyhooed film on founder of 'gekiga' to hit theaters in November
Retired anime giant Miyazaki to receive honorary Oscar
Realistic locales catch young 'Yokai Watch' gamers' imaginations
Legendary sci-fi writer Sakyo Komatsu's earliest work found in U.S. archive
Saturday, August 30, 2014
Friday, August 29, 2014
This is what four liters of shochu (1 gallon) looks like. Granted, it's really watered down, to 20% alcohol (40 proof), but it's only 1,400 yen ($15 USD). The 26% version is only an additional 100 yen. Tastes like cheap rum. Fine as a mixer. From the generic line, Topvalu.
Thursday, August 28, 2014
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Boxing gyms have such interesting names in Japan...
Actually, it's a dance studio that had closed for remodeling and reopened in June under a new name. The parking garage underneath used to be a Cocos convenience store, until the walls were ripped out and the floor repaved.
One night, I was walking to work and I'd passed Beat Up with the intention of taking a photo for the blog. Since it was dark out, the lights in the studio showed the dancers pretty well. And, there were two women in the parking lot practicing their moves away from the main group. (I haven't checked to see if a mirror has been put up on the far back wall.) As I got closer to the spot where I took the above shot, I noticed a teenager in the doorway of the adjacent building, standing with a pair of earphones in, staring up at the window. I doubt he was there waiting for his sister to come out to walk her back home.
As an additional side-note, "Beat Up" is an excellent example of the Japanese tendency to append "up" to the end of words to mean "improve", such as to "skill up".
Monday, August 25, 2014
Sunday, August 24, 2014
Saturday, August 23, 2014
Back last Spring, I wrote about how I was pretty much unable to find any swallow nests because two of the three had been torn out and the third was damaged a day after I found it. Well, in mid-August I was walking by the taxi stand in Tenmonkon when I heard chirping. It was raining, so I waited until the next day to return with the big camera. This nest was close to one of the damaged ones, and the chicks were getting close to "leaving the nest" size. I'm pretty happy with how the shots turned out, but I am surprised that the eggs were laid so late in the year. A few days later, the next was empty.
Friday, August 22, 2014
One weekend, Tenmonkan was the site of the "Zettai Dame" campaign, with a mascot and people handing out flyers, fans and tissues, all aimed at telling people to not use drugs. Not sure how a deflated world globe ties to drug use, but there's probably a logic behind it somewhere.
Part of the campaign.
The insert in the packet of tissues handed out along with the fans. "Golgo 13 says, 'Just say No to drugs'."
This actually isn't part of the zettai dame campaign, but it was in the same location. It's advertising for a new vegetable market that just opened up - Yumeria (which I think is supposed to be something like Dream-atorium).
Thursday, August 21, 2014
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Restaurants come and go all the time in Tenmonkan. This is the second one in this location within 6 months. The interesting thing about Segodon is that it's kind of built around Saigo, one of the local heroes in Kagoshima (Saigo is also known as "the last samurai"). In the local dialect, his name is pronounced "Sego".
I really dislike taking photos through windows. Anyway, this is supposed to be Saigo.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Monday, August 18, 2014
Sunday, August 17, 2014
Saturday, August 16, 2014
Friday, August 15, 2014
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Monday, August 11, 2014
I like visiting the game arcade on the top 2 floors of the Amupla building just to see what's new, and occasionally I find stuff to use for this blog. This time, we have anime-related token pusher games, starting with Gegege no Kitaro.
Gambling for money isn't legal in Japan, so these machines just use tokens which can be used on other games. So, while you can win, it's not directly translatable into refundable cash.
I used to play these kinds of machines a lot when I first came to Japan, but they didn't have built-in video screens at the time.
Keroro Gunso (Sgt. Frog).
Hokuto no Ken slots.
Then we have the UFO catcher machines.
I'm not sure what these figures are from. Maybe Clash of Titan? They're very high-quality, any way.
Arale-chan from Doctor Slump, and Lunch from Dragon Ball in the same machine.
I'd consider trying to get this figurine, except that the machines are programmed to have sprung arms most of the time. It'd probably cost $30-$40 USD for the machine to decide that it'd let me win. Not going to spend that kind of money on something like this.
Sunday, August 10, 2014
This is becoming a much more common sight lately. Probably, this office building/restaurant is going to turn into another parking space.
Yep, a few weeks later, and the space has been repurposed. Took one night to put in the parking machines once the ground was paved over.