| Mar 2, 2013

What ever 'appened to the Tamagotchi?

by Amy Chavez

Tamagotchi, the electronic pets that were first released by Bandai in Japan in 1996, have returned. But this time in the form of an app in which you can feed, discipline and even play “rock, paper, scissors” with your not-really-there pet. The bonus is ...

| Feb 23, 2013

What's next for Toto? More toilet humor

by Amy Chavez

What is the next logical toilet model for Toto? After one has invented a toilet that welcomes you by lifting it’s lid automatically when you walk into the bathroom, cuddles you with a heated toilet seat, washes and dries your bum after you’ve done ...

| Dec 15, 2012

Do young Japanese people dream big?

by Amy Chavez

Do young Japanese people dream big? This was the question posed by Steven Kim recently on LinkedIn’s “InStyle Tokyo Premier Networking” group. When I taught at a Japanese women’s college in the late 1990s and early 2000s, one of the entrance exam questions was, ...