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Monthly Archives: November 2009
It’s probably not fair to say that people in general are more annoying than they were 20 years ago, but it’s certainly true that the advent of the internet—and all the blogs, SNS and forum sites that sprung up with it—has given the more vocal members of society a place to air their grievances. And ...
Nov 26, 2009 | One Comment | 1,755 views
Love triangles and roommates are two surefire subjects for TV sitcom writers, and the creators of Not Going Out, it seems, are no different. Starting this month, Japanese viewers get their first chance to see the popular BBC series on satellite channel WOWOW. Lee (Lee Mack) is a happy-go-lucky “freeter” in London who ekes out ...
Nov 26, 2009 | No Comments | 995 views
1. Samus Aran (Metroid) 2. Lara Croft (Tomb Raider) 3. Chun Li (Street Fighter) 4. The Boss (Metal Gear Solid 3) 5. Bayonetta (Bayonetta) 6. Lenneth (Valkyrie Profile) 7. Princess Zelda (The Legend of Zelda) 8. Shion Uzuki (Xenosaga) 9. Yuna (Final Fantasy X) 10. Princess Peach (Super Mario Bros.)
Nov 19, 2009 | No Comments | 2,622 views
Despite the current so-called e-book boom, the jury is still out on how far Japan’s major players will go along with the digital publishing revolution. But a few houses, have shown that they are willing to explore the possibilities. Weekly manga magazine Comic Bunch is now available to read, in its entirety, via the publisher’s ...
Nov 19, 2009 | No Comments | 812 views
When faced with the long, torturous daily commute to and from work, one of our favorite pastimes is gazing up at the colorful magazine posters hanging from the ceiling of the carriage. From “Fallen idol caught in secret love nest” to “Ten new ways to beat that hangover,” these cheery headlines always brighten our day. ...
Nov 19, 2009 | No Comments | 1,127 views
Remember those old episodes of Sesame Street or Mr. Rogers when they would take you on a tour of the crayon factory, or go behind the scenes to show how ice cream is made? Well, TV Tokyo’s new variety program The Gyakuryu Researchers takes that tried-and-true formula and gives it a grownup twist. Past shows ...
Nov 19, 2009 | No Comments | 1,486 views
Tenchijin (NHK, Sun 8pm) Aibou: Season 8 (Asahi, Wed 9pm) Tokyo DOGS (Fuji, Mon 9pm) Jin (TBS, Sun 9pm) Detective Asahina Yoko: 8 (Asahi, Sat 9:50pm) Welkame (NHK, Sat 8:15am) Koshonin: The Negotiator: Season 2 (Asahi, Thu 9pm) Fumou Chitai (Fuji, Thu 10pm) Real Clothes (Fuji, Tue 10pm) Gyne (NTV, Wed 8:30pm) Oct 26-Nov 1. ...
Nov 12, 2009 | No Comments | 921 views
If there’s one thing Japan’s celebs need, it’s another place to showcase their brainpower. Well, maybe not, but that’s exactly what they’re getting with Asahi’s new Tensai wo Tsukuru! Galileo Noken, premiering this week. The program will feature two teams of tarento competing against each other in a series of brain-twisting quizzes involving short-term memory, ...
Nov 12, 2009 | No Comments | 1,357 views
Halloween may be over and Thanksgiving still around the corner, but Tokyoites know that it’s never too early to start thinking about those nengajo. And believe us when we say that Hallmark’s marketing department has got nothing on the Japanese tradition of New Year’s cards. These postcard-sized greetings—sent to coworkers, friends, neighbors and passing acquaintances—are ...
Nov 12, 2009 | No Comments | 1,443 views
Tsutaya is reinventing itself yet again in an attempt to stay ahead of the changing—and steadily digitizing—market. With its new location in Ebisu Garden Place, the media-rental giant is testing out an entirely new store concept targeted at the area’s busy office workers. In contrast to the multistory Shibuya outlet, this new shop measures a ...
Nov 12, 2009 | No Comments | 1,160 views
Hot on the heels of Twitter’s new Japanese-language keitai site comes one of the first major tweet memes to hit Tokyo. On October 15, vocalist Yuhi Komiyama of the band Hoff Dylan tweeted about the similarity of the words “Shibuya-ku” and “tsubuyaku” (“murmur”); the musing was retweeted by freelance journalist Nobuyuki Hayashi, who posts in ...
Nov 5, 2009 | No Comments | 1,023 views
October has been generous to action gamers here in Japan. Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2, Brütal Legend, Uncharted 2, Bayonetta and Borderlands all made their debuts and, taken together, offer thrills for just about everyone. Yet November is also looking set to be a spectacular month, with the hugely anticipated Call of Duty: Modern Warfare sequel ...
Nov 5, 2009 | No Comments | 803 views
Returning for its second season this fall is the 2007 smash hit show Liar Game. The series follows Nao Kanzaki (Erika Toda), a naïve and “stupidly honest” college student who gets drawn into the titular “Liar Game”—a battle of wits and deception where the goal is to trick the other players out of ¥100,000,000. In ...
Nov 5, 2009 | No Comments | 999 views
Ever wished you had a personal shopper who could instantly call up a list of movie, book or music recommendations impeccably tailored to your likes and interests? Well, with Tsutaya’s new Concierge service, that dream has come a little closer to reality. When users login to the (Japanese-only) cellphone site, they fill out a basic ...
Nov 5, 2009 | No Comments | 1,014 views