Comiket grows stronger each year

Aug 22, 2014

Comiket grows stronger each year

by Ben Brady

Held twice a year and famous among otaku (fanboys and fangirls) the world over, Comiket, short for Comic Market, held its 86th event Aug. 15-17 at Tokyo Big Sight in Odaiba. With more than 550,000 people reportedly attending the event over the three days, ...

Aug 22, 2014

New fashion trends look to squeeze out skinny pants

by Selina Wang

It shouldn’t be hard to kill skinny jeans. After all, women love and loathe them in equal measure. Three years ago, clothing merchants tried to snuff out the trend with flares. Now, chains — from mass market Gap Inc. to luxury-leaning Bloomingdale’s — are ...

Apps help owners find lost dogs

Aug 8, 2014

Apps help owners find lost dogs

by Sue Manning

Any worried pet owner who has spent days hanging posters, making phone calls and knocking on neighbors’ doors hopes there’s a more scientific way to find a lost dog. That became a reality when facial recognition technology successfully reunited a pet at San Diego ...

Japanese architects sell lifestyle on a global stage

Aug 8, 2014

Japanese architects sell lifestyle on a global stage

by Yuri Kageyama

A new generation of Japanese architects is scoring success by reinterpreting the past. Unlike their predecessors, who modernized Japan with Western-style edifices, they talk of fluidly defining space with screens, blending it with nature, taking advantage of earthy materials and incorporating natural light — ...

Teens experimenting with HGH on the rise

Aug 1, 2014

Teens experimenting with HGH on the rise

Michael Guerreri wanted to try human growth hormones (HGH) so that he could look like a pro wrestler. Joe Badalanato hoped HGH would help him become a better football player. James O’Brien thought the drug would improve his fastball. The three 18-year-olds from suburban ...

'Space Expo' offers a cosmic sense of wonder

Jul 26, 2014

'Space Expo' offers a cosmic sense of wonder

by Ben Brady

With man’s natural curiosity and a potentially endless, undiscovered universe waiting to be explored, it’s no wonder that space appeals equally to both the scientist and the fantasist. The “Space Expo 2014″ collaborative exhibition being hosted through Sept. 23 by U.S. space agency NASA ...

Rediscovering lost Tokyo

Jul 19, 2014

Rediscovering lost Tokyo

by Rebecca Milner

People who have lived in the capital for more than a few years generally claim to know Tokyo pretty well. We discover a forgotten side to the city that suggests they may not know it quite as well as they think.