Glass expert digs into secrets of historic Venetian process

Feb 5, 2016

Glass expert digs into secrets of historic Venetian process

A modern-day glassblower believes he has unraveled the mysteries of Renaissance-era Venetian glass-making, a trade whose secrets were so closely guarded that anyone who divulged them faced the prospect of death. Today’s glassblowers work with methane-fired furnaces, electric-powered kilns, good lighting and proper ventilation. ...

Ultraman: 50 years battling monsters

Jan 1, 2016

Ultraman: 50 years battling monsters

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Young boys and girls jumped up in excitement shouting, “Ultraman!” when three characters from the iconic series appeared on stage during an event in Kuala Lumpur in November. The Japanese superhero, who premiered in 1966 in the live-action special effects (tokusatsu) television series bearing ...

Get the goods on manga and anime

| Nov 14, 2015

Get the goods on manga and anime

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Back in the Stone Age of streaming media, the most notorious and popular of pirate anime websites suddenly went legit. In January 2009, after securing distribution agreements with Japanese studios, and a licensing deal with TV Tokyo that included episodes of the global hit ...

Localization: Has Japan lost the plot?

| Oct 17, 2015

Localization: Has Japan lost the plot?

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Japan once ruled and defined the global gaming industry. In the arcade age, Japanese developers gave us “Pac-Man,” “Space Invaders” and “Donkey Kong.” In the era of physical consoles: “Metal Gear Solid,” “Snatcher,” “Final Fantasy” and “Silent Hill.” Japan’s creative use of technology, physical ...