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Enjoy An Augmented Reality Date with Hatsune Miku at Special Pop-up Cafe Event

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JAPAN TRENDS
 
Between the dolls, robots and maids, there are plenty of substitutes for real-life dating partners in Japan. A notable few of them, however, will (or can) speak with you, and fewer yet will serenade you.
Filling this void is au Sendai’s BLUE LEAF CAFÉ, which is running a limited-ti...

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Virtuoso Drums The Entire Game of Street Fighter II, Shows Us Its Music Was Actually Pretty Good

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ROCKET NEWS
 
Dainashi shows the stamina of a warrior as he drums the extremely high tempo theme songs to every stage.
Because I’m an old fart now, I can fondly remember playing the original Street Fighter IIin the arcades. However, in that environment I could only really make out the sound effec...

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Kalita Looks to Traditional Japanese Wood Crafts for Handmade Coffee Mills

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JAPAN TRENDS
 
Next year, Kalita will be 60 years old, and in those six decades Kalita has become one of the world’s leading brands in pour-over coffee. From its humble beginnings as a coffee filter company, Kalita now produces a wide range of coffee-brewing essentials, including elegant steel ke...

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Play Virtual Reality Mario Kart in Tokyo at VR Zone Shinjuku

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JAPAN TRENDS
 
As previously reported, VR Zone Shinjuku opens this summer as Tokyo’s latest virtual reality entertainment facility.
Produced by Bandai Namco, the large space in Kabukicho features a range of VR games and rides based on a number of popular franchises, including Dragonball and Evang...

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MetaLimbs Give Users Multiple Arm Interaction with Two Wearable Robotic Arms

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JAPAN TRENDS
 
Japan is the land of high tech, if you discount the national obsession with faxes. And you might also be forgiven for chuckling at that reputation as you peruse the funky but quite low-fi charms of chindogu “useless” gadgets created by the likes of Thanko or the wacky musical instr...

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HAJIME’S VIDEO LAB / To be Creative, You Need Plus Alpha

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THE JAPAN NEWS
 
Hello everyone, I’m Hajime. I’ll be writing down my daily thoughts in this monthly column, starting this month. Please lend me your support.
This is my first time writing for a newspaper on a regular basis, and I’ve been wondering what to write about. For this first installment, ...

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Denim Dreams: Dyeing to Live in The Industrial Heart of Okayama

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JAPAN TIMES
 
Hirohiko Sunami’s hands emerge from his indigo vat covered in rivulets of fermenting natural dye. The light is dim in this Kojima workshop, but a few stray sunbeams reflect off the millions of bubbles at the vat’s surface as Sunami pulls a piece of cotton from the dark liquid. “Look...

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Designer Yuri Suzuki Chases His Dreams Through Sound

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JAPAN TIMES
 
LONDON – As a boy in the 1980s, Yuri Suzuki fell under the spell of video games and his father’s record collection. The family home was in bustling Shibuya Ward, near the border with Shinjuku, and the influence of global cultures within its walls was strong. Both parents were in pub...

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Tokyo’s Green Tea Beer Garden Gives You all-you-can-drink Matcha and Hojicha Beer This Summer

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ROCKET NEWS
Matcha wine, sausage, and desserts also on offer at elegant restaurant in the heart of the city.
Along with shrine festivals and fireworks displays, beer gardens are a much-loved part of summer in Japan. While all-you-can-drink beer is always part of the package, each beer garden tr...

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Shoemaker Hidetaka Fukaya Models Creations on Feline Elegance

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JAPAN TIMES
 
PIRAN, SLOVENIA – It’s easy to miss Hidetaka Fukaya’s bespoke shoemaking shop in the heart of Florence. “Il Micio” lurks in a narrow street in a tangle of other narrow streets, as if unwilling to call attention to itself. Just like a cat. And that’s fitting because Fukaya, recently ...

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