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Bright ideas for bookmarks, toys and apps

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Kyouei Design’s flashy bookmark The tech-savvy may prefer to read e-books from tablets these days, especially since one of the advantages is that the device is often backlit making it easier to see text in dim environments. Printed matter, however, never seems to lose its charm, and there are still ...

Bright new things in Japan's gaming world

| May 21, 2016

Bright new things in Japan's gaming world

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Nintendo’s summer colors Over the years, Nintendo has released a slew of colors for its 3DS handhelds, so it’s easy to feel jaded and write new ones off as just another sales grab, but the upcoming Japan-only 3DS pop color combinations are definitely eye-catching. ...

Breaker helps pave a new path to stardom via YouTube

Apr 17, 2016

Breaker helps pave a new path to stardom via YouTube

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In the days of Japan’s bubble economy, the second-level basement of the Fiction Building in Tokyo’s Harajuku neighborhood housed a decadent Italian restaurant complete with a grand stairway down to the main dining area, providing every customer the chance to make an entrance. However, ...

New releases with a fighting spirit

| Mar 26, 2016

New releases with a fighting spirit

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‘Pokemon’ fights harder In a most unexpected collaboration, the folks behind the “Tekken” fighting games have teamed up with The Pokemon Company for a “Pocket Monster” fighting game. Dubbed “Pokken Tournament,” the game trades “Pokemon” attack cutscenes for fighting game play. “Pokemon” characters, such ...

Pikachu finds his voice

| Feb 27, 2016

Pikachu finds his voice

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Pikachu finds his voice The Great Detective Pikachu of “Meitantei Pikachu: Shin Konbi Tanjyou” is very different from other pikachus. The biggest shocker is that, unlike the others, he can speak. In fact, this crime-solving little guy not only talks, he likes to do ...

Time to watch out for those kids

| Feb 20, 2016

Time to watch out for those kids

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Get ready to answer the cat phone Aimed at kids — or even adults who love all things kawaii (cute) — the Hello Kitty Figurine KT-01 smartphone, created by Japanese startup Ola, is just as the name suggests: a cute palm-sized figurine that flips ...

The Uwaga Pies

| Feb 16, 2016

The Uwaga Pies

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The YouTube duo known as The Uwaga Pies — Krzysztof Gonciarz, from Poland, and Kasia Mecinski, from America — use their channel to give English-speakers a peek into Japan. The pair originally tried to document every single day of their lives in Tokyo for about ...