It was by chance that I found Héctor García’s (aka Kirai from KiraiNet) A Geek in Japan.
A Geek in Japan - Héctor García
In short, it’s an essencial book for every otaku, geek who likes Japan or is going to Japan, is interested in modern japanese culture, or simply wants to know more than the average cliché that’s always on the traditional media.
I’ll elaborate some more after the jump. Continue lendo 'A Geek in Japan — Héctor García'»
Mameshiba is a series of very short (30 seconds) animations involving some kind of talking seed, nut or sweet (with kind of a dog’s face) which will always ruin the mood of people trying to eat it with some piece of unwanted information very inappropriate for the specific moment!
Sometime ago, blogs where taken with the story of this one house built entirely of Lego blocks, and how it was going to be disassembled after being completed and used due to having no one to buy it. It was pretty expensive though, and so was it’s end.
But while the Lego House no longer exists in physical shape, it can live forever in as an episode of James May’s Toy Stories show, the 5th episode if commenters on source post aren’t mistaken!
So there you go! James May may (sorry about that) have the answer as to why no one was eager to buy the house though…
Shure most people nowadays will just shove it off as some japanese otaku weirdo that’s too timid to go after a real girl etc etc, but reporter Kyung Lah goes a little deeper into the question showing that while this might be a little odd now, it also can be the very start of a tendency of people getting related more to virtual beings than real ones.
As I’ve seen in lots of otaku documentaries and stuff, what seems to happen is that these anti-social oftenly shy and recluse people finds in virtual characters and friends relationships that are more confortable and less prone to bad surprises and judgements.
Despite Sal9000 there being an extreme case going as far as a simulated marriage and total dedication to the character, it’s becoming less and less a far fetched idea not only in Japan but also in the rest of the world of people turning the virtual world his/her only contact or at least the main contact with the outside world.
If this is bad or good, I won’t be the judge… today’s society standards certainly looks at it as something odd and weird.
But at least in some cases, I’m not so shure it’s as bad as the news makes it look…
RenderYardChannel and Retro Producciones has this trailer for an interesting indie documentary about Japan and hobbies, called (duh) Hobby: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xan18q
With Ciro Altabas as guide, and lots of interesting stuff!
Master blogger of all things otaku in Japan – Danny Choo seems to be a big theme there, which is just awesome!
This isn’t news, but I bet lots of people didn’t hear about this one yet…
Sal9000 is the nickname of a japanese guy who married Nene Anegasaki last month.
His wedding was broadcasted live on japanese video sharing website NicoNico Douga.
Why am I posting something like this, you ask?
You see, everything would be completely normal, if it wasn’t for the fact that Nene Anegasaki is actually a character from the dating sim game Love Plus, for Nintendo DS. Continue lendo 'Sal9000 and Nene Anegasaki Wedding'»