Sunday, August 31, 2014

Aug. articles in the media

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

Japan Times

Original 'Barefoot Gen' manga on atomic bombings goes on display

A deeper look at Hayao Miyazaki's nature

Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Taika-hen (Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno)

Big Evangelion statues sell in minutes for cool 1.8 million yen apiece

Comiket grows stronger each year

Daily Yomiuri

'Japan Houses' to tout washoku, manga

Govt, publishers to demand operators of online manga piracy shut down sites

When Marnie Was There review

Anison concerts: A kaleidoscope of color and sound

Manga museum welcomes 2 millionth visitor

Pliny the Elder: Manga artists take historic look at Roman genius

Private girls’ comic library in western Tokyo takes visitors back to childhood

Miyazaki to receive honorary Oscar


Ghost in the Shell Art Exhibition set to hit Tokyo, Osaka

New 'Saint Seiya' feature wows audiences with gritty realism

English-dubbed 'JoJo's Bizarre Adventure' makes U.S. debut

New 'Sailor Moon' audience hits 1 million in just 2 days

Japan to crack down on illegal uploaders of anime, manga

Improved AnimeJapan 2015 scheduled for March 20-22

Volume 2 of 'Evangelion: 3.0' art book

Second chapter of Tezuka's 'Legend of Forest' to be premiered

Miyazaki eyes producing anime shorts as Studio Ghibli suspends full-length production

'Shinkansen Love' Exhibit fetes 50th anniversary of first bullet train

Gajo Sakamoto's 'Tank Tankuro,' other prewar manga go digital

‘ONE PIECE’ exhibition mega hit in Taiwan

New 'Gundam' feature film to hits theaters

Postwar tale on 'Giovanni's Island' screened in Russia

'Attack on Titan' dominates U.S. graphic novel market

New 'Dragon Ball Z' film announced for spring 2015

35 years since debut, 'Gundam' continues to attract legions of new fans

Special trailer for animated 'Garo' series revealed

Anpanman tops Bandai poll as kids' favorite character for 13th straight year

Sayoko Kinoshita: Hiroshima anime festival celebrates 30 years of love, peace

Westernized 'Doraemon' successful in North American run

Much-ballyhooed film on founder of 'gekiga' to hit theaters in November

Retired anime giant Miyazaki to receive honorary Oscar

Realistic locales catch young 'Yokai Watch' gamers' imaginations

Legendary sci-fi writer Sakyo Komatsu's earliest work found in U.S. archive

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Eva Racing

7-11 is now promoting Evangelion racing, a motorcycle race team.

Friday, August 29, 2014

4 Liters of Shochu

This is what four liters of shochu (1 gallon) looks like. Granted, it's really watered down, to 20% alcohol (40 proof), but it's only 1,400 yen ($15 USD). The 26% version is only an additional 100 yen. Tastes like cheap rum. Fine as a mixer. From the generic line, Topvalu.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Bar Heathen

I love this sign. Bar Heathen. "I demand a better future."
It's a shame that the bar is just a regular little hole in the wall, but they have a great name.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Kirin Fire

Kirin put out a line of can coffee with the Japanese national soccer team on the label. After their humiliating defeat at the World Cup, the stores quietly unloaded the rest of the stock. They're all gone now.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Beat Up

Boxing gyms have such interesting names in Japan...

Actually, it's a dance studio that had closed for remodeling and reopened in June under a new name. The parking garage underneath used to be a Cocos convenience store, until the walls were ripped out and the floor repaved.

Small mini-adventure:

One night, I was walking to work and I'd passed Beat Up with the intention of taking a photo for the blog. Since it was dark out, the lights in the studio showed the dancers pretty well. And, there were two women in the parking lot practicing their moves away from the main group. (I haven't checked to see if a mirror has been put up on the far back wall.) As I got closer to the spot where I took the above shot, I noticed a teenager in the doorway of the adjacent building, standing with a pair of earphones in, staring up at the window. I doubt he was there waiting for his sister to come out to walk her back home.

As an additional side-note, "Beat Up" is an excellent example of the Japanese tendency to append "up" to the end of words to mean "improve", such as to "skill up".

Monday, August 25, 2014


Regain is an energy drink. This ad ran on the main page. No idea who the green-haired girl is supposed to be...

Sunday, August 24, 2014


"Excellent stuffs always go on leading your style up with newest sence and technique."

Any guesses as to what they sell?

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Swallow Babies

Back last Spring, I wrote about how I was pretty much unable to find any swallow nests because two of the three had been torn out and the third was damaged a day after I found it. Well, in mid-August I was walking by the taxi stand in Tenmonkon when I heard chirping. It was raining, so I waited until the next day to return with the big camera. This nest was close to one of the damaged ones, and the chicks were getting close to "leaving the nest" size. I'm pretty happy with how the shots turned out, but I am surprised that the eggs were laid so late in the year. A few days later, the next was empty.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Zettai Dame

One weekend, Tenmonkan was the site of the "Zettai Dame" campaign, with a mascot and people handing out flyers, fans and tissues, all aimed at telling people to not use drugs. Not sure how a deflated world globe ties to drug use, but there's probably a logic behind it somewhere.

Part of the campaign.

The insert in the packet of tissues handed out along with the fans. "Golgo 13 says, 'Just say No to drugs'."

This actually isn't part of the zettai dame campaign, but it was in the same location. It's advertising for a new vegetable market that just opened up - Yumeria (which I think is supposed to be something like Dream-atorium).

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Monster Watch

Ad banner in front of 7-11 for the "Watch Monster" game. Pokemon without the skilled artists.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014


Restaurants come and go all the time in Tenmonkan. This is the second one in this location within 6 months. The interesting thing about Segodon is that it's kind of built around Saigo, one of the local heroes in Kagoshima (Saigo is also known as "the last samurai"). In the local dialect, his name is pronounced "Sego".

I really dislike taking photos through windows. Anyway, this is supposed to be Saigo.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014


A bakery with a great poster.

And a really horrible location in the back of a parking garage.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Power Coffee, part 2

I'd mentioned Power coffee in a previous review (I didn't like it). Here's the ad display with Bruce Willis. The coffee tastes like Bruce looks.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Pocket Empire sandwich board

Pocket Empire is a tiny anime goods shop in Tenmonkan. They generally have good drawings on the board out front, although this side seems to have gotten smudged.

The other side is still ok, though.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Pudding Shop Chaplin

There's a place in the Caparvo building near Tenmonkan called Pudding Shop and Bar Chaplin. I might have to check this out when it's open some time.

I think the door handle is designed to look like a tray of chocolates.

I like the logo.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Pokemon Banner

7-11 ad for another Pokemon something.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Pink Car

It's very pink.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014


I'd been picturing something more in the way of pearly gates, personally...

Tuesday, August 12, 2014


When one door closes...

(Closing notice)

Another one close 50 feet away. Initially, I thought Jihodo was simply moving to a new location across the walkway, but the doors for this one have been down for the last few weeks, too.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Game Arcade

I like visiting the game arcade on the top 2 floors of the Amupla building just to see what's new, and occasionally I find stuff to use for this blog. This time, we have anime-related token pusher games, starting with Gegege no Kitaro.

Gambling for money isn't legal in Japan, so these machines just use tokens which can be used on other games. So, while you can win, it's not directly translatable into refundable cash.
I used to play these kinds of machines a lot when I first came to Japan, but they didn't have built-in video screens at the time.

Crayon Shin-chan.

Keroro Gunso (Sgt. Frog).

Evangelion pachinko.

Hokuto no Ken slots.

Then we have the UFO catcher machines.

I'm not sure what these figures are from. Maybe Clash of Titan? They're very high-quality, any way.

Arale-chan from Doctor Slump, and Lunch from Dragon Ball in the same machine.

I'd consider trying to get this figurine, except that the machines are programmed to have sprung arms most of the time. It'd probably cost $30-$40 USD for the machine to decide that it'd let me win. Not going to spend that kind of money on something like this.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Building Tear-down

This is becoming a much more common sight lately. Probably, this office building/restaurant is going to turn into another parking space.

Yep, a few weeks later, and the space has been repurposed. Took one night to put in the parking machines once the ground was paved over.