Friday, April 28, 2017

Trick Art at the Reimeikan

The Reimeikan history museum is hosting a trick art exhibit from Apr. 28 until May 7th. 1,000 yen ($9.50 USD) for adults (I found a flier that had a 100 yen discount coupon, which was nice.)

Not including the obvious one beside the door, there are 7 ninja hidden in this picture.

This one's one of my favorites.

This is the other one.

And a good time was had by all.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Urology Poster

There was a big urology convention at the Volunteer Center last weekend. No idea what kiriko (Japanese cut glass) has to do with urology...

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Despicable Me Photo Op

Movie stars always look bigger on the screen.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Jan.-Apr. articles in the media

Here's the batch of articles to show up in the media from Jan.-Apr., regarding anime, manga and related stuff.

Japan Times

'Your Name.' to be released with English subtitles

Japanese folklore meets anime in Kyoto

'Wrong About Japan': A travelogue from the home of anime, manga and 'otaku'

'Slam Dunk': Japan's greatest sports manga?

Manga legend Jiro Taniguchi, a bridge between Japanese, French cartoon art, dies aged 69

Write-up on Marjorie Liu

Leiji Matsumoto surfs the floating world

Daily Yomiuri

Ashizuri aquarium review

Anime boom in China heats up, unaffected by chilly ties

Unveiling the world of voice acting

Mangaka spreads his wings from forerunner’s home

The Louvre presents manga as art

AI no Idenshi review

JR East launches Dragon Ball stamp rally

Genshiken review

Ikenami's novels made into hard-boiled anime

White Note Pad review

Hayato, the gale review

Venezia review (by Jiro Taniguchi)

ACCA TV anime review

'Golgo 13' gives lessons to firms on safety overseas

"One Room" TV series comments


'One Piece' fun run to return to Okinawa in March 2017

New 'Yu-Gi-Oh' feature film to open on Jan. 27 in North America

'Your Name.' pop-up cafe in Nagoya caters to hit movie’s fans

Drawings from Osamu Tezuka’s student days a rare discovery

A'Pretty Cure' series set to mark 14th year with a cute title

With giant expectations, 'Attack on Titan' to hit the stage

'JoJo's Bizarre Adventure' live-action film to open Aug. 4

'Dragonball Super'enters new 'Universe Survival' chapter

Netflix to stream 'Cyborg 009' worldwide in early spring

Blockbuster 'Your Name.' set for April release in North America

'Touken Ranbu' back for more anime action on TV this July

Studio Ghibli's 'The Red Turtle' wins prize at Annie Awards

'Your Name.' novel headed for 22 countries, regions

'Ancien and the Magic Tablet' to kick off Yubari film festival

Warner Bros. films a key test for adaptations of manga titles

Voice cast unveiled for first 'Godzilla' anime film adaptation

'Space Battleship Yamato'-themed Skymark jet about to take off

'Sailor Moon' 25th anniversary events move into high gear

'Mazinger Z' in movie comeback after 45 years off TV screen

Matsumoto's manga meets ukiyo-e in limited print run

Biggest Detective Conan Cafe to open in Tokyo's Harajuku

'Corner of the World' wartime anime draws in older folks

'Sailor Moon' musical to hit U.S. stage for first time in April

Tokyo hotel courts 'Gin Tama' fans with themed guest room

Author Aramata to take over as director of Kyoto manga museum

Sendai to stage month-long 'JoJo' summer festival

Live-action film 'Fullmetal Alchemist' to open on Dec. 1

Noboru Iguchi's horror anime shorts to premiere April 2

Some of Japan’s oldest existing animated shorts streamed online

'Your Name' Takes Adolescent Identity Crises to Extremes

'Evangelion and Japanese Swords' show hits Sendai

'Naruto' anime sequel, featuring son of ninja, starts its TV run

Guts and co. return in highly anticipated series 'Berserk 2'

Stage adaptation of 'Captain Tsubasa' set for Tokyo in August

Monday, April 24, 2017

KYT TV Spring 2017

The really big event this last weekend was the KYT TV Festa, which was broken up into three locations. The main one was in Central Park, with satellites in the space next to Lotteria, and at the Volunteer Center. The Lotteria spot was just a play space for small children and wasn't worth taking  pictures of. I swung by the Volunteer Center on Friday when they were still setting up the tables and booths, and most of that looked to be just food booths. I didn't have time to visit when I was at the school on Saturday (which would have been the best time to go, because the school is just a few blocks away from the Volunteer Center), and I was a bit pinched for time on Sunday, too. But I don't think I missed anything.

All I really cared about was the live stage in Central Park. They also had food, drink and activities tables here, which was good. The weather was great, too, and I ended up getting a mild sunburn after being outside for 2 hours. I grabbed a bacon and cheese hamburger for 700 yen ($6.80 USD), which was ok. The HHAE Mars Distillery, located at the south end of Kyushu, which makes whiskey and shochu, was also selling large glasses of their gin on the rocks for 400 yen. That was definitely good, and a good deal. I like their whiskey, and I think I'm going to have to get a bottle of their gin for mixing with tonic sometime.

The main point of the festa was to advertise KYT's weekly TV line-up. I don't have a TV, so I didn't care about any of that.

Balloon animals for the kids.

Balloon bumping for kids of all ages.

There were a few hundred people at the park on Sunday, enjoying the rare good weather (it had been raining heavily during the week.)

This was a bit weird. The two female MCs announced the presence of the masked Butt Slapper.

He prances about the stage for a while, acting menacing.

The two woman played rock-paper-scissors, and the winner takes her position on the stage. BS swings and pretty much misses.

The MC gets her chance for revenge, and sends the guy flying. Everyone waves to the crowd, Butt Slapper goes back off stage, and the MCs announce the next stage act.

There's a recording studio in Kagoshima called Walk-In. They have some local acts signed up, and they host Walk-In Fest live shows every few months. Between 2 and 4 PM on Sunday, Walk-In Studio had 3 of their acts playing at the KYT event, in part to advertise the next concert in May. Here we have Pupupu, a 3-woman group that was kind of marginal. I only took a couple photos for the blog and didn't bother recording them.

They were followed by Goh Wakamatsu, who was also kind of ignorable.

The only group I had any interest in at all during the weekend was the second band by my favorite SKA leader, Bon - ARTS. Bon leads both ARTS and Bon DX. Of the two groups, I'd have to say that ARTS is the most polished, professional one. LOTS of fun to watch and listen to. Unfortunately, I didn't have an opportunity to say hi, or pose for photos with them this time.

Good times. The rest of the day was spent editing the videos and fighting with Microsoft Live Movie Maker and Youtube in getting the below videos finished and uploaded (Movie Maker crashed several times, and youtube crashed Firefox three times. Sigh.)

Direct youtube link, part 1

Direct youtube link, part 2

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Wanwan Festa 2017

Finally, a busy weekend. I had to work most of Saturday, so I wasn't able to see much of the Wanwan Fest (Doggy Festival) this time. Mostly, though, it was just a chance for dog owners to get together and show off each other's dogs, and look at accessories.

I was on my way to the school, and the stage was between events at the time.

Not everyone was into cosplay. I think this guy was roleplaying as The Incredible Hulk.

Bunny girls are always a big draw, too.

Get your photo taken with the doggy mob.

Saturday, April 22, 2017


It's been a while since I've seen an itasha - a car covered in anime-themed decals.

This was another one of those situations where you have 30 seconds to pull the camera out to take as many shots as you can, hoping one or two will turn out well, while the car is stopped at an intersection and waiting to make a right-hand turn when there's a break in the on-coming traffic.

No idea what anime the characters are from.