Late last May, two members of the megapopular idol group “AKB48″ had to be hospitalized after they were attacked by a crazed fan wielding with a saw during the group’s meet ’n' greet. Since then there has been much angst about how to safely hold akushukai / “handshaking” events.
Many ideas have been suggested (3Yen / 2014-05-26 ), but the following was the most “Japanese” solution.
Translation: This new video conference system that can shake hands was created by a research group of the University of Osaka. The system allows you to remotely shake hands with a distant person by tele-connecting them using a robot pseudo-hand during an online conversation.
The exciting name J-CRAT stands for: ‘Cyber Rescue and Advice Team against targeted attack of Japan’ (Note 4: ipa.go.jp/about/press…).
Watch the always-dorky NHK News report (in Japanese but self-explanatory) about the newest Geek Police of Japan.
Click the view the news video at Japan’s public broadcaster, NHK.
← As a folllow-up to last week’s report of Smartphone/keitai Zombies of Tokyo (3Yen / 2014-07-06) , check out the following BBC news report on Tokyo’s growing problem with people ‘dumbwalking’ with cellphones.
Japan enters the era of smartphones and ‘dumbwalking’
BBC | July 14, 2014
…More than half of all Japanese now own a smartphone and the proportion is rising fast.
But with that rise has grown another phenomenon – the smartphone walk.
It’s that glacial pace people only adopt when they’re staring at a phone screen – their head down, arms outstretched, looking like zombies trying to find human prey…
…entering the ‘dumbwalking’ era: Will it change Japanese phone etiquette, notably the best in the world?
←Blowing-the-whistle on the dumbwalking boar is July’s poster from the Tokyo Metro’s “WATCHING YOU” campaign for better train manners. See this full-sized poster and all the Tokyo Metro’s manners posters at the official website.
Nearly as cute as sumo, these cartoon wrestlers…
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Here’s just your average Japanese obsan/housewife with a cosplay “hobby”…
ミドOMI（腐） pic.twitter.com/QNY4csNeKi –OMI と 化郎 (@OMI_KERO)’s twitter June 2, 2014
Thanks the coal-burning, toxin-spewing China, Tokyo is now DEADLY as well as waaaay to hot —Today’s high will be 34 degrees C (93.2℉).
—Real-time Air Quality Index (AQI): aqicn.org/city/japan…
The weird thing is:
•When I visited Tokyo as young boy for the 1964 Olympics, the air quality was about as bad as Los Angeles at the time.
•Later, when I shipwrecked on the shores of mid-1980s “Bubble Japan*” I was pleasantly surprised to find Tokyo air quality to be superior to many US cities like LA, Chicago, Denver, etc.
•Now, Tokyo has returned a being a toxic ‘n’ hot hellhole thanks to China, grrr.
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DeNA’s latest mobile puzzle game is a real peach!
THE BRIDGE | 2014.4.24
Japan’s DeNA launched a very unusual mobile game today. The title is really hard to translate,, but suffice to say that it includes ‘Peach butts’, reflecting the fun, rotund characters featured in this title.
Yes, this mobile game’s name really is Peach butts jelly shake balloon ↩ as you can see in the game’s Youtube trailer below. Oh and sorry butt this free keitai game is only available in Japanese from the Japanese iOS and Android stores.
New—plus York—equals New York! according to this boombox/turntable head (L) touting Japan’s new version of glacéau vitaminwater®, which supposedly is the New York inventor’s mangling remix of the French words “glace” (ice) and “eau” (water).
Slate’s "Culture" blog | April 9, 2014
Das Racist’s Heems Made a Japanese Commercial for Vitamin Water, and It’s Hilarious(?)
…since Brooklyn-based rap group Das Racist called it quits in 2012, founding member Himanshu "Heems" Suri has …managed to find the time to collaborate with Vitamin Water on what’s been dubbed the “New York remix” of a commercial airing in Japan…more…
It’s kids and workout. It’s Baby-car(sic) exercise. —Heams
For more about Japanese-engrish baby-cars, check out our previous posts:
• Ultraman ‘baby car’ …from Japan of course (3Yen / 2011-09-01)
• Single-seat cars for Japanese babies (3Yen / 2005-02-08)
The English language cannot fully capture the depth
and complexity of Gina’s advanced otaku mind and
therefore she speaks in Emoji on the ‘Brooklyn
Nine-Nine’ show. (>.< )°
Gina & the emojis —Brooklyn Nine-Nine — (S01 E22)
• Emoji are Japanese Smileys or Japanese Text Emoticons for otaku.
Refer to: wikipedia.org/wiki/Emoji
I can’t help but think of Genetically Modified Organism when I see these posters every morning.
pic.twitter.com/OBfzwOrE4k — JapanBlogList (@JapanBlogList) March 26, 2014
Despite what it looks like in these posters, Yuka Nakayama (中山由香) is not advertising genetically modified foods—She’s a genetically‑modified “campaign girl ()” for a online foreign exchange brokerage, GMO CLICK Securities—”GMO” stands for Global Media Online.
Supposedly, GMO CLICK is Number 1 in the user-friendliness of their trading tools for FX beginners, but their TV commercials stress the value of Yuka Nakayama as GMO’s zombie fighting, go-go girl. (Note the transexual, gaijin zombie at the 56-second point of the video.)
See more videos of GMO’s transexual gaijin zombies and islander cannibals too in the COMMENTS section.