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Hyper Japan on NHK World's Imagine-nation

Date: Monday August 26th 2013 [8:38] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > TV

The good folks from NHK World have sent us details of the next episode of Imagine-nation. The special episode focuses on Hyper Japan 2013 in London.

It includes NHK World's Cosplay Portrait Studio, plus the European Cosplay Gathering at the main stage and Vocaloid boom in the UK.

We've covered Hyper Japan 2013 previously.

It's due to air from Tuesday 27th August to Wednesday 28th August 2013, depending on your timezone.
UK based viewers can catch the show on the following times -
Tuesday 27th August - 16:30 and 20:30
Wednesday 28th August - 0:30/4:30/8:30/12:30

You can check the schedule here.

UK viewers can watch NHK World on :
Sky Channel 507
Freesat - Channel 209
Virgin Media Channel 625

Source: NHK World

The latest craze in Japan - eyeball licking?

Date: Friday August 2nd 2013 [14:46] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Freaky Things

We know readers of Otaku News are up to date with all the latest crazes in Japan, but have you heard about eyeball licking? If you read some news websites they state that it's the latest craze in Japan. They all give the impression that it's sweeping the country. They also interview various doctors who confirm that eyeball licking isn't a healthy thing to do. What they don't do is actually double check with anyone in Japan about this strange craze, because if they did, they'd find out that it isn't really happening. It's another one of those weird Japan stories that people just assume is true.

The Number 1 Shimbun has an excellent article by Mark Schreiber who analyses the origin of the story and how lack of any fact checking caused the article to be picked up by more prestigious news outlets.

Thanks to Matt Alt for making us aware of this story.

Source: Number 1 Shimbun

Win a night at Alice Cartalet's house from Kinmoza

Date: Sunday July 7th 2013 [10:16] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

To celebrate the launch of Kinmoza we've teamed up with Fosse Farm who were a key location in the show. You can win a chance to spend a night in Alice's Bedroom in the show!

Read More... | Source: Fosse Farm

On location at Fosse Farm - Alice Cartalet's house from Kinmoza

Date: Sunday July 7th 2013 [8:19] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Features

For most otaku it would be a dream come true to be contacted by an anime studio wanting to use their home as a location in a new anime series. For Caron Cooper, it is just the latest unlikely chapter in her incredible life story.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

NHK World at the Japan Expo 2013 Paris

Date: Tuesday July 2nd 2013 [17:13] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

The good folks from NHK World have sent us details of their latest European adventures.

They'll be at the Japan Expo 2013 in Paris from 4th to 7th July 2013. NHK world will have a host of events at the Expo, highlights include a Shironuri Makeup Session with leading shironuri artist Minori.

We've been told that they'll also be at Hyper Japan 2013 in London on Friday 26th to Sunday 28th July 2013.

For the latest event schedule, please visit their Japan Expo 2013 Website.

UK based readers will be pleased to hear that you can now watch NHK World on Virgin Media Channel 625, along with FreeSat Channel 209 or on Sky Channel 507.

Read More... | Source: NHK World

San Francisco 2013 J-POP Summit Festival Details

Date: Monday June 17th 2013 [15:12] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

US based readers who can get to San Francisco should get ready for the 2013 J-POP Summit Festival. It's set to run in Japan Town in San Francisco on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th July 2013.

Get ready for weekend of Japanese Harajuku Fashion Culture, street styles and kawaii!

Read More... | Source: J-POP Summit Festival

An Interview With Anime Director Kenji Kamiyama

Date: Monday June 3rd 2013 [15:20] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Features

April 2013, it's spring time in London, it should be warm and sunny, but instead it's snowing sideways. We're off to meet renowned anime direction Kenji Kamiyama, writer and director of hit titles like Ghost in The Shell: Stand Alone Complex, Eden of the East and Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

009 RE:Cyborg Cinema Review 2

Date: Monday June 3rd 2013 [14:58] | Posted By: Eeeper
Category: > Anime > Film

We're not going to give you one, but two different takes on the latest anime cinema screening of 009 RE:Cyborg. We also have an interview with the film's director Kenji Kamiyama. Here's Eeeper's take on the title.

Working off the notion that all good remakes don't try and make sense of their origins, RE: Cyborg 009 is a fresh and funky look at a classic manga and anime. If you've ever read or watched Shotaro Ishinomori's original tale then you are missing out on a great thing. Despite having a cute exterior with cartoonish designs, Ishinomori's ideas in the background tackle things like racism, war, poverty and the brutal nature of the, then, growing military industrial complex that arose after the Second World War. Kenji Kamiyama's version takes all of these aspects and posits an interesting question? If after we stop fighting nations, ideologies and groups who is left to fight? Ourselves would be the main answer but what if it's not another person but our own values, beliefs and morals? While there is a definable enemy that the main heroes fight, the best way to describe them are antagonists who are created by the situation not by themselves.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

009 RE:Cyborg Cinema Review 1

Date: Monday June 3rd 2013 [14:54] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

We're not going to give you one, but two different takes on the latest anime cinema screening of 009 RE:Cyborg. We also have an interview with the film's director Kenji Kamiyama. Here's Joe's take on the title.

Production IG's Latest movie is a big budget action adventure based on the manga Cyborg 009 that started in the 1960's. Since then it's had several incarnations with different twists. The film was released in Japan in October 2012 and has already made its way to the UK at the BFI as part of a special screening with a Q&A from director Kenji Kamiyama. It'll also show in Scotland soon before hitting UK cinemas in June 2013 thanks to the good people from Anime Ltd. We like such a speedy turn around and hope it becomes such a regular thing for top notch titles.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Manga Industry Pioneer Toren Smith Passes Away

Date: Friday March 8th 2013 [16:00] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Current Affairs

Readers will be sad to hear that manga industry pioneer Toren Smith passed away on Tuesday March 5th 2013.

We could write an obituary about the man who brought manga to the English speaking world, but we don't have the words. We suggest you read the one written by Jonathan Clements.

We've never had the privilege of meeting Toren. For many of us, ourselves included, his work were fundamental in discovering the world of anime and manga.

The news was first broken on Twitter and Anime News Network.

Source: James Hudnall's Blog

Kawaii International on NHK World this weekend

Date: Thursday February 21st 2013 [14:59] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > TV

Fans of everything kawaii will want to tune into NHK World this weekend to catch the latest broadcast of Kawaii International.

Episode #09 Kawaii Summit will feature a visit to London's Hyper Japan Festival (filmed in 2012) and feature some of the Kawaii at the culture festival.

It'll be broadcast on NHK World on:

UTC
Friday 22nd, February 2013 - 23:10
Saturday 23rd February 2013 - 3:10/ 7:10/ 11:10/ 15:10/ 19:10

JST
Saturday 23rd February 2013 - 8:10/12:10/16:10/20:10
Saturday 24th February 2013 - 0:10/4:10

NHK World broadcasts content in English and is free to access. It's available in many countries.

In the UK if you have Sky you can access NHK World on Channel 507. If you've got FreeSat you can access it on channel 209.

Failing that, you can also watch the show on-line on the NHK Website, JIB TV, or on the NHK World App on iOS Devices (iPhone, iPad, etc) and Android Devices.

Source: NHK World

Johnnys' World: Top of the J-Pops

Date: Friday January 25th 2013 [15:36] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Culture

J-Pop fans who can access NHK World will want to tune in for Johnnys' World: Top of the J-Pops.

The documentary focuses on Johnny Kitagawa of talent agency Johnny's Entertainment. The talent agency represents Tsuyoshi Domoto of Kinki Kids and Hey! Say! Jump!.

It'll be broadcast on NHK World on:
Saturday 26th January 2013 - 23:10 (UTC)
Sunday 27th January 2013 - 3:10/ 7:10/ 11:10/ 15:10/ 19:10 (UTC)

NHK World broadcasts content in English and is free to access. It's available in many countries.

In the UK if you have Sky you can access NHK World on Channel 507. If you've got FreeSat you can access it on channel 209.

Failing that, you can also watch the show on-line on the NHK Website, JIB TV, or on the NHK World App on iOS Devices (iPhone, iPad, etc) and Android Devices.

Source: NHK World

Tentacular! An interview with Toshio Maeda

Date: Sunday December 9th 2012 [12:17] | Posted By: Priss
Category: > Features

October 2012's London MCM expo was the most successful ever. It included a stall by influential and controversial manga artists Toshio Maeda. Creator of the the renowned Urotsukidoji and La Blue Girl. We caught with the manga artist and were lucky enough to interview him at the Expo.

NSFW Content Warning. This article contains content that is not safe for work. This article contains an interview with the creator of a certain tentacle based genre of manga.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

NHK World December 2012 Highlights

Date: Friday December 7th 2012 [17:47] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Culture

The good folks from NHK World have sent us details of their December 2012 highlights have sent us details of their December Highlights.

The works of surreal comedian Kentaro Kobayashi should be of particular interest to all!

The station broadcasts content in English and is free to access. It's available in many countries.

In the UK if you have Sky you can access NHK World on Channel 507. If you've got FreeSat you can access it on channel 209.

Failing that, you can also watch the show on-line on the NHK Website, JIB TV, or on the NHK World App on iOS Devices (iPhone, iPad, etc) and Android Devices.

Read More... | Source: NHK World

BBC News on Bento Boxes

Date: Sunday December 11th 2011 [14:58] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Cuisine

We've covered Bento Boxes and the fun designs you can make with the food called kyaraben before on Otaku News. BBC News have a video on bento boxes in Japan. It includes a bento making class eager parents go to in order to learn about the art of making kyaraben.

Source: BBC News

Sentai Filmworks Licenses Grave of the Fireflies

Date: Thursday December 1st 2011 [16:54] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

We've received news from US Anime Distributor Sentai Filmworks that they've licensed Grave of the Fireflies. The Ghibli classic is emotional story of the cold realities of war, and often forgotten victims, the children.

Sentai Filmworks will begin digital distribution of the title this winter and a digital restored DVD will be released next year.

Read More... | Source: Sentai Filmworks

An Interview with Helen McCarthy

Date: Sunday November 27th 2011 [16:11] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Nostalgia

We're going all nostalgic here at Otaku News and have decided to dig up some old articles from our archive that are not published on-line, either because they were originally for print or from websites that are now off-line.

Just because they're old doesn't mean they're not relevant to today's otaku.

Before Otaku News, we used to run Anime Digital, a website hosted by the London Anime Club. In October 1999, we were lucky enough to interview Helen McCarthy, who is an anime expert, author, speaker and so much more. Although the interview is over 10 years old, it's interesting to see how many things are still the same in the industry and fandom. We've reprinted this article with Helen's permission. Readers familiar with Helen's work will note that she did write an award winning book about Tezuka in the end!

Update: Helen has also blogged about this article.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

AM2 Convention coming back to Anaheim

Date: Wednesday September 14th 2011 [12:58] | Posted By: Eeeper
Category: > Events

The AM2 Convention in Anaheim in California is set to return in 2012 with more guests.

Read More... | Source: AM2 Convention

Cosplay Ireland announce first event

Date: Thursday August 18th 2011 [20:06] | Posted By: Eeeper
Category: > Fandom

Cosplay Ireland website announces a cosplay event in Dublin in early September. Attendees are encouraged to cosplay but event is open to all aged 18 and up.

Read More... | Source: Cosplay Banter in the Attic

Murakami makes his mark at the Gagosian

Date: Thursday July 14th 2011 [15:42] | Posted By: Priss
Category: > Art

This article features coverage of the Takashi Murakami Exhibition at London's Gagosian Gallery.

Due to the nature of some of the artwork on display in this article, we issue a NSFW content rating.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Mnet Premieres New Series Culture Japan with Danny Choo on July 5 2011

Date: Tuesday June 21st 2011 [15:30] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > TV

US based readers who can receive Mnet will want to tune in July 5th 2011 at 9:30pm ET/PT to catch Culture Japan which stars expert otaku Danny Choo. Each week Danny will explore different aspects of Japanese pop culture.

You can also catch the show on Crunchy Roll.

Read More... | Source: Mnet

After school tea time with Beckii Cruel

Date: Wednesday June 8th 2011 [16:35] | Posted By: Priss
Category: > Culture

As an avid follower of Japanese popular culture and a regular anime viewer, I am more than familiar with the style of dance routines that have become inseparable from so many titles and credits sequences. From classics such as Urusei Yatsura and more recently popularised by Kyoto Animation's iconic series Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuutsu, shows have taken to inserting dances at any available opportunity to arrest a fan following with catchy tunes and infectious dance moves. The indigenous para para dance style steps are synonymous with series such as Super Gals! where character Kotobuki Ran regularly regales audiences through her hyper rhythmic routines.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

An Interview with Figure Sculptor Momiji

Date: Sunday February 27th 2011 [14:00] | Posted By: Priss
Category: > Production

Last year, the second annual MCM London Expo returned to bring together a myriad of media and popular culture exhibitors and merchants. It is an exciting occasion for anime fans who attend to meet, mingle and fight their way through the melee of merchandisers and organisers.

Expo is an event that I attend on the front line behind the dealers' tables as an assistant for sales. I am predominantly positioned ready and waiting to serve customers who are on the hunt for anime, manga and figures from the store United Publications. It is an intense and demanding event and catering for the volume of visitors is often a challenge that affords little time to explore the wonders of the wider event. This time, however, I had to make the exception for a remarkable appearance amongst October's exhibitors.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Natsume Ono at The Toronto Comic Arts Festival 2011

Date: Wednesday February 2nd 2011 [17:26] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Manga fans in Toronto Canada are in for a treat on the first weekend in May, where Natsume Ono will be the featured guest at The Toronto Comic Arts Festival 2011.

The event is set to run on Saturday May 7th 2011 and Sunday May 8th 2011 with free admission. This will be Natsume Ono first ever public appearance in North America.

You may know her from such works as not simple, Ristorante Paradiso, Gente, and House of Five Leaves.

Read More... | Source: Toronto Comic Arts Festival

Distant Worlds - Music from Final Fantasy

Date: Friday December 24th 2010 [12:35] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Fans of the music from Final Fantasy are in for a treat next year as the venues and dates for The Distant World music from Final Fantasy have been announced.

Returning to Chicago! First Ever Distant Worlds
"Marathon Final Fantasy Concert" June 26, 2011!
Tickets on sale now!

Distant Worlds in London!
November 5, 2011 at Royal Albert Hall!
Tickets on sale Dec 17, 2010!

Distant Worlds in Australia!
April 15 & 16, 2011 at Sydney Opera House!
Concert Tickets on sale now!
Meet and greet tickets on sale Dec. 17, 2010!

Source: Distant Worlds

Makers of the Modern World from Haus Publishing

Date: Thursday December 23rd 2010 [18:27] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Culture

The good folks at Haus Publishing have sent us the details of their Makers of the Modern World series of 32 volumes on the Paris Peace Conference, which tried to create a new world order after the devastation of the First World War.

Why would that interest an anime fan? I hear you cry. Well we know some of our readers are history buffs, while others would be interested in the Prince Saionji: Japan volume, which is written by Jonathan Clements, who is best known to anime and manga fans as the co-author of the Anime Encyclopedia, along with being an industry expert, translator, anime magazine columnist, he also did the Wellington Koo: China volume.

You can order the books on Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com -

Makers of the Modern World - Prince Saionji: Japan
Order from Amazon.co.uk
Order from Amazon.com

Makers of the Modern World - Wellington Koo: China
Order from Amazon.co.uk
Order from Amazon.com

Read More... | Source: Haus Publishing

Reni on NHK World - Tokyo Fashion Express

Date: Sunday December 12th 2010 [17:14] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Fandom

We've covered Reni everyone's favourite cosplay maid in Manhattan before, and how Japanese TV station NHK World would be filming here performance in November. NHK World are going to broadcast their feature this week.

Read More... | Source: Reni's Blog

BBC News on Cosplay

Date: Tuesday December 7th 2010 [17:27] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Fandom

BBC News have an interesting video and article about cosplayers. The cosplayers interviewed are fans of World of Warcraft. It's a basic introduction into cosplay and highlights how much effort goes into creating great costumes.

The article even suggests a suitable qualification for cosplayers an HND in Theatrical Make Up and Costume. We also suggest a degree in fashion or a fashion design related subject as we've met a fair few cosplayers who are currently students at fashion colleges and are keen for a career related to cosplay.

Source: BBC News

Reni Mimura NYAF interview

Date: Friday October 15th 2010 [16:51] | Posted By: Eeeper
Category: > Anime

Reni Mimura, a cosplayer and singer living in New York, was performing at this years New York Anime Festival. Despite her busy schedule, she found the time to sit down and chat with us for a brief time about her reasons for taking her work to New York, what she thinks of her fans and which she prefers: cosplay or singing!

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Jonathan Clements' obituary on Satoshi Kon

Date: Sunday September 5th 2010 [11:48] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

Anime Expert Jonathan Clements has written an obituary on Satoshi Kon for Sci-Fi and fantasy magazine Salon Futura along with one for British Film Institute's Sight and Sound Magazine.

Source: Jonathan Clements' Blog

The Art of Osamu Tezuka wins a Harvey Award

Date: Wednesday September 1st 2010 [16:46] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Culture

Helen McCarthy's book The Art of Osamu Tezuka: God of Manga has won a prestigious Harvey Award for Best American Edition of Foreign Material. Congratulations Helen!

Source: Helen McCarthy's Blog

Anime director Satoshi Kon passes away

Date: Thursday August 26th 2010 [12:53] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

Acclaimed anime director Satoshi Kon passed away 2 days ago on 24th August 2010. He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer on 18th May 2010.

Satoshi Kon has directed several popular films which generally have a cerebral dream like element to them, where the imagination, dreams and reality all mix together. He directed the films Perfect Blue, Millennium Actress, Tokyo Godfathers, Paprika and the TV series Paranoia Agent. Satoshi Kon was working on a feature film called Yume-Miru Kikai, which is unofficially known as Dream Machine in English.

News of death spread like wild fire on the internet, with many anime fans expressing their sadness of his death.

Prominent food and bento blogger Makiko Itoh has translated Satoshi Kon's last words.

The New York Times also have a detailed obituary.

Anime expert Helen McCarthy points out that "at that age Miyazaki hadn't finished Totoro, Tezuka hadn't created Black Jack, Kurosawa hadn't made Yojimbo."

The Anime News Network have details from his wife.

The Guardian also has a good write up.

Source: Anime News Network

Idle Idol - The Japanese Mascot

Date: Wednesday June 23rd 2010 [15:11] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Culture

Fans of Japanese street furniture, retail space and the quirky side of things will want to check out the new book called Idle Idol: The Japanese mascot. The authors have sent details about this book, which collates the plastic mascots found outside shops, restaurants and other places trying to draw the attentions of passers by.

Read More... | Source: Idle Idol - The Japanese Mascot

Metropolis Interviews Helen McCarthy

Date: Friday May 14th 2010 [14:34] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

Tokyo based English Language Magazine Metropolis have just published an interview with Helen McCarthy. She talks about her Book The Art of Osamu Tezuka: God of Manga and it's recent Eisner Award Nomination.

Source: Metropolis

Japanese Maid Reni to perform at PJ mini Pop in NYC

Date: Friday May 7th 2010 [18:31] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

NY based fans of Japanese Cosplay Singing Maids will want to head over to the anime and Japanese Cultural event PJ "mini" Pop to see Reni Mimura . The event is set to run on Sunday May 23rd 2010 from 12:00 until 6:00pm at the The Dwyer Cultural Center in South Harlem.

Read More... | Source: Reni's Blog

Tokyo Bento Shopping Guide

Date: Sunday May 2nd 2010 [14:59] | Posted By: Helephant
Category: > Retail

Bento, beautiful and healthy lunchboxes, is an otaku passion that keeps niggling at the edges of mainstream consciousness. The New York Times ran an article on it recently, some of the most amazing photos made the Flickr blog last week and there has been an explosion of books (US, UK) about the topic.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

The Art of Osamu Tezuka nominated for 2010 Eisner Awards

Date: Sunday April 18th 2010 [14:13] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

The Art of Osamu Tezuka: God of Manga by Helen McCarthy has been nominated for the prestigious 210 Eisner Awards. The book is up for Best Comics-Related Book, it competes against the following titles -

- Alan Moore: Comics as Performance, Fiction as Scalpel, by Annalisa Di Liddo (University Press of Mississippi)
- The Art of Harvey Kurtzman: The Mad Genius of Comics, by Denis Kitchen and Paul Buhle (Abrams ComicArts)
- Manga Kamishibai: The Art of Japanese Paper Theater, by Eric P. Nash (Abrams ComicArts)
- Will Eisner and PS Magazine, by Paul E. Fitzgerald (Fitzworld.US)

The Otaku News crew congratulate Helen McCarthy and the team behind the book for the nomination and wish them the best of luck in winning the award.

Source: Comic-Con International

Shoes made from kimono fabric

Date: Friday April 9th 2010 [3:40] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Art

UK based Hetty Rose designs and makes bespoke shoes using vintage kimono fabric from Japan. Her most popular market is weddings. They're perfect for the bride looking for something unique and colourful. We're wondering if they'll be popular with the fashionable otaku girls out there? It's interesting to see what kind of twists designers are doing with traditional Japanese fabrics, mixing the old and the new.

Source: Hetty Rose Shoes

BBC News on Beckii Cruel

Date: Wednesday February 10th 2010 [7:24] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Fandom

BBC News have an interesting article about Beckii Cruel a girl who dances to anime theme music and J-Pop on YouTube. Internet sensation then followed and she even got to fly out to Akihabara to perform. She releases her debut album on Wednesday. DVDs are also available.

Her father said:
"So far it's been a tremendous adventure, not many teenage girls get to travel across the globe and have this sort of exposure".

What's also nice to note is responsible parenting (instead of paranoia about the internet):
"We've brought our children up with the internet, they've always had access to it."

"Rebecca is well aware of the online dangers, she's been well advised and has told us when there have been problems."

Rebecca got into anime fandom when she picked up a copy of Fruits Basket.

Source: BBC News

Original Laughing Man Creator Dies

Date: Thursday January 28th 2010 [17:14] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Culture

Author JD Salinger dies, aged 91. Anime fans who have seen Ghost in the Shell : Stand Alone Complex, will be aware of the Laughing Man. The Japanese producers of the series created the antagonist after being inspired by a short story by JD Salinger, which was called The Laughing Man.

The logo used in Ghost In the Shell : Stand Alone Complex also references Catcher in the Rye, his best known work.

Source: BBC News

Manga Inspired Textiles from Ikea

Date: Monday January 11th 2010 [17:37] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Retail

A keen eyed Otaku News reader has sent us details about the latest range of IKEA Textiles. The flat pack furniture store is probably best known to otaku alike as the place to go to get Billy Bookshelves to store manga and stuff.

The website Ikea Fans has details about the new manga inspired IKEA Textiles.

Read More... | Source: Ikea Fans

Comiket 77

Date: Wednesday December 30th 2009 [7:30] | Posted By: Franki Webb
Category: > Events

A man sits in the corner of the busy square caressing his gun then pointing it at a bunch of schoolgirls who shriek in excitement and begin flashing the cameras, while another man beside him dressed elaborately in leather swishes his cape to an amused crowd of photographers. Welcome to Comiket!

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Santa Penguins of Matsue City

Date: Tuesday December 8th 2009 [4:17] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Freaky Things

BBC News have an amusing article about the Santa Penguins of Matsue City. The article includes a video of the 5 African penguins who parade around a local park in Santa costumes. The handmade costumes consist of a red cape, with small bell along with a white trim. The parade is due to take place everyday until Christmas. It's not every day you see cosplaying penguins! We wonder if they dress as Pen Pen for the rest of the year?

Source: BBC News

The Monster Movie Fan's Guide To Japan

Date: Monday October 19th 2009 [15:18] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Fandom

Contributing writer for G-FAN magazine Armand Vaquer has sent us details about a new travel guide he's written called The Monster Movie Fan's Guide To Japan.

The travel guide is due out next month and will retail for $15 a copy.

Read More... | Source: Armand Vaquer's Blog

The Art of Osamu Tezuka God of Manga out November 2009

Date: Tuesday October 13th 2009 [15:40] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

Fans of Osamu Tezuka, the founding father of modern anime and manga will be pleased to hear that a new book is due out November 2009. Written by prominent anime and manga expert Helen McCarthy the hardcover book published by Ilex Press reveals what makes Tezuka one of the key figures of 20th century pop culture.

It includes 350 colour illustrations and a 45 minute DVD documentary never aired outside of Japan before.

The publication coincides with the annual Comica Festival.

Buy from Amazon.co.uk
Buy from Amazon.com

Read More... | Source: Ilex Press

Reni's new songs and CD on sale now.

Date: Sunday October 11th 2009 [16:53] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Culture

Fans of Akiba culture, especially singing maids based in New York will be pleased to hear that Reni Mimuraís new songs and CD are on sale at http://www.renireni.com/.

Read More... | Source: Reni's Blog

Japanese Maid Show October 4th in NYC

Date: Tuesday September 29th 2009 [14:30] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Fans of Akiba culture in NY should head over to Top Tunes Karaoke Bar on October 4th 2009 where Japanese Copsplay Singer Reni will perform anime songs and J-Pop.

Read More... | Source: Reni

MTV Iggy on Otaku Culture

Date: Thursday September 10th 2009 [14:36] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Fandom

The good folks at MTV Iggy (which is focused on breakthrough music and pop-culture from around the globe) have sent us details of their new feature - Otaku Culture.

They've got a couple of videos up from Otakon 2009 in Baltimore. It includes some otaku steampunk culture along with a video on ball jointed dolls. They've also got details of J-Rockers VAMPS, and plenty more to explore too.

Source: MTV Iggy

Emotion is all in the Eyes for East Asian People

Date: Saturday August 22nd 2009 [13:28] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Culture

BBC News have published the details of a study by a team from Glasgow University. The study showed that different cultures read different facial expressions differently.

They discovered that East Asian participants in the study focused mainly on the eyes, but those from the west read the whole face.

"The paper states that the Eastern participants used a culturally specific decoding strategy that was inadequate to reliably distinguish the universal facial expressions of fear and disgust.

It concluded that information from the eyes is often ambiguous and confusing in these expressions, with consequences for cross-cultural communication and globalisation."

The researchers also cited the difference between western emoticons - :-) and Eastern emoticons - ^_^.

Source: BBC News

Interview with Helen McCarthy

Date: Sunday April 5th 2009 [16:42] | Posted By: Eeeper
Category: > Anime

Audio interview with Japanese culture expert Helen McCarthy in conjunction with Irish Film Institute.

Read More... | Source: Eeeper's Choice Podcast / Otaku News

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