Where the rubber meets the (virtual) road

Gran Turismo 4, Mini Cooper in Japan
Fool.com: Where the Rubber Meets the (Virtual) Road [Commentary] November 30, 2004
…..we’d have up to four brand new street race [games] for this holiday season, on top of Sony’s (NYSE: SNE) grand simulator Gran Turismo 4….there is now room for all five games to have their own varying degrees of success….Namco released Street Racing Syndicate in September. While that game was fun, it got played out in about four days, and gamers were ready for another title…..

It’s Karate, Kid The Musical

It’s Karate, Kid the Musical
It’s KARATE, KID! The Musical is an outrageous and unconventional riff on the beloved 80s film. Under the manicured guiding hand of a mystical
maintenance man, Daniel-San Larusso wages war against pill-popping, white trash deviants; well-styled, bloodthirsty karate students; rampaging hormones and many more unsavory things….
Karate, Kid the Musical

Floating Christmas tree in northern port of Japan

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NHK WORLD DAILY NEWS — A huge floating Christmas tree is attracting visitors to a historic warehouse area in the northern Japanese port city of Hakodate….After being decorated with 36,000 miniature bulbs at Hakodate port, the tree was loaded onto a transport vessel by crane on Monday. It was taken to a seaside tourist spot lined with red-brick warehouses….
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Godzilla stomps Tinseltown


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LOS ANGELES : Godzilla celebrated his 50th birthday on Monday by breathing fire on Tinseltown, as the Japanese movie monster was awarded his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Screams went up on Los Angeles’ Hollywood Boulevard as the slick black sea creature turned out to see himself immortalised on its famous pavement along with the likes of movie royalty Marilyn Monroe and Greta Garbo.

” Little Questions” about Japanese product names

The New York Times > Business > Media & Advertising > Advertising: Twenty Little Questions
Now that the Kia Sedona and Hyundai Santa Fe have been joined for 2005 by the Reno, from the American Suzuki Motor Corporation, and the Tucson, also from Hyundai, how long will it be before other automakers pay similar tributes to Western towns like Helper, Utah; Jackpot, Nev.; Carefree, Ariz.; Arriba, Colo.; Bountiful, Utah; and Bar Nunn, Wyo.?

Marie Antoinette is Japan’s favorite queen

Japan's true queen
TOKYO, JAPAN: This handout picture released from Shochiku shows Japanese actress Mao Daichi, wearing a richly-embroidered dress, performing as French tragic Queen Marie Antoinette at a Tokyo theater. Japan’s love of Marie Antoinette is notable compared to other countries. Japanese audiences are attracted to her dramatic and tragic life.