Anime From Akira To Howl’s Moving Castle: Experiencing Contemporary Japanese Animation

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This new edition of the groundbreaking popular book is a must-have for both seasoned and new fans of anime. Japanese animation is more popular than ever following the 2002 Academy Award given to Hayao Miyazaki’s “Spirited Away.” It confirmed that anime is more than just children’s cartoons, often portraying important social and cultural themes. With new chapters on “Spirited Away “and other recent releases, including “Howl’s Moving Castle”-Miyazaki’s latest hit film, already breaking records in Japan-this edition will be the authoritative source on anime for an exploding market of viewers who want to know more.

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Japanese Restaurant Selling Poo-Flavored Curry

If there ever was a restaurant destined to get crappy reviews, its Curry Shop Shimizu.

The Tokyo-based eatery opened earlier this month with the house specialty being “poo-flavored curry.”

To be fair, the dish doesn’t contain any actual poop, just natural ingredients like green tea, bitter gourd and cocoa powder that, when combined, looks and tastes similar to human defecation, OddityCentral.com reports.

To enhance the illusion, the caca curry is served in a porcelain bowl meant to resemble a bedpan — bottoms up!

 The poo-flavored curry is the brainchild of executive chef Ken Shimizu, who designed the defecation dish to remind people of his other line of work: As a male porn actor who has eaten feces in some of his filmsSo , according to Kotaku.com.

None of the Japanese publications reporting on the poo curry have actually said if it tastes like, er, crap.

But even if the food is better than it looks, sounds or smells, Curry Shop Shimizu will have an uphill battle convincing consumers to have a bite of bile.

The restaurant’s own market research suggests that 85 percent of people would never go, based on the description of the food, according to RocketNews24.com.

That doesn’t mean poop doesn’t have a place at the restaurant table.

Toilet-themed restaurants where guests sit on toilets and eat non-poop-flavored dishes out of bedpans are popular all over Asia, and starting to get a foothold in America.

In October 2013, the Magic Restroom Cafe opened in the City of Industry, California, where it sells appetizing menu items like “golden poop rice,” a “black poop” chocolate sundae, “smells-like-poop” (braised pork over rice),” and “bloody number two” (vanilla-strawberry sundae).

 

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Fashion Designer KENNETH COLE founded his company, Kenneth Cole Productions, with the debut of a ladies footwear collection in December of 1982. Today, the company manufactures internationally and distributes mens and womens footwear, accessories, and clothing under the Kenneth Cole, Reaction, and unlisted.com labels, as well as offering over 30 product categories. Kenneth Cole retail stores have expanded throughout the United States and abroad in Amsterdam, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Taiwan. The Kenneth Cole Catalog mails to over three million consumers a year, and the award-winning Kenneth Cole and Reaction websites receive thousands of hits per day. Kenneth Coles marketing savvy has earned the Company a renowned image as a forerunner of fashion and trends. His controversial advertising campaign has garnered worldwide attention for its humor and social consciousness. In 1985, Kenneth Cole was the first member of the fashion community to take a public stand in the fight against AIDS. Since then, he has continued to support the global fight through both personal and corporate initiatives, including the dedication of an ongoing portion of marketing budget to public awareness initiatives. Cole continues to serve as a National Board Member of both AmFAR: The American Foundation for AIDS Research since 1985 and the HELP U.S.A. Homeless project since its inception in 1987. Kenneth Cole has been recognized for his design and business talents as well as for his philanthropic involvement. The Creative Coalition honored Kenneth with their Spotlight Award for dedication to increasing public awareness; Amnesty International honored Kenneth Cole with their 1998 Media Spotlight Award. Kenneth was simultaneously chosen as Humanitarian of the Year by Divine Design and the CFDA presented their Award for Humanitarian Excellence to Kenneth Cole in 1996. Kenneth Cole has been awarded the Extraordinary Voice Award by Mothers Voices for his continued efforts in AIDS awareness. Cole was re

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Marina Rinaldi Links With Japanese Designer Tsumori Chisato

JAPAN MEETS ITALY: Marina Rinaldi will present its spring 2016 collection together with a capsule specially designed by Japanese designer Tsumori Chisato for the Italian brand in Milan during fashion week. At what the company dubs the “Fun Japan Event” to be held Sept. 25, Marina Rinaldi, which is part of the Max Mara group, will also unveil and exhibit an original Manga story designed by Japanese artist Britney Hamada with curvy characters wearing clothes from the brand.

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Fashion Designer KENNETH COLE founded his company, Kenneth Cole Productions, with the debut of a ladies footwear collection in December of 1982. Today, the company manufactures internationally and distributes mens and womens footwear, accessories, and clothing under the Kenneth Cole, Reaction, and unlisted.com labels, as well as offering over 30 product categories. Kenneth Cole retail stores have expanded throughout the United States and abroad in Amsterdam, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Taiwan. The Kenneth Cole Catalog mails to over three million consumers a year, and the award-winning Kenneth Cole and Reaction websites receive thousands of hits per day. Kenneth Coles marketing savvy has earned the Company a renowned image as a forerunner of fashion and trends. His controversial advertising campaign has garnered worldwide attention for its humor and social consciousness. In 1985, Kenneth Cole was the first member of the fashion community to take a public stand in the fight against AIDS. Since then, he has continued to support the global fight through both personal and corporate initiatives, including the dedication of an ongoing portion of marketing budget to public awareness initiatives. Cole continues to serve as a National Board Member of both AmFAR: The American Foundation for AIDS Research since 1985 and the HELP U.S.A. Homeless project since its inception in 1987. Kenneth Cole has been recognized for his design and business talents as well as for his philanthropic involvement. The Creative Coalition honored Kenneth with their Spotlight Award for dedication to increasing public awareness; Amnesty International honored Kenneth Cole with their 1998 Media Spotlight Award. Kenneth was simultaneously chosen as Humanitarian of the Year by Divine Design and the CFDA presented their Award for Humanitarian Excellence to Kenneth Cole in 1996. Kenneth Cole has been awarded the Extraordinary Voice Award by Mothers Voices for his continued efforts in AIDS awareness. Cole was re

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Japanese cuisine is the food-ingredients, preparation and way of eating-of Japan. The traditional food of Japan is based on rice with miso soup and other dishes, each in its own utensil, with an emphasis on seasonal ingredients. The side dishes often consist of fish, pickled vegetables, and vegetables cooked in broth. Fish is common in the traditional cuisine. It is often grilled, but it may also be served raw as sashimi or in sushi. Seafood and vegetables are also deep-fried in a light batter as tempura. Apart from rice, staples include noodles, such as soba and udon. Japan has many simmered dishes such as fish products in broth called oden, or beef in sukiyaki and nikujaga. Foreign food, in particular Chinese food in the form of noodles in soup called ramen and fried dumplings, gyoza, and western food such as curry and hamburger steaks are commonly found in Japan. Historically, the Japanese shunned meat, but with the modernization of Japan in the 1860s, meat-based dishes such as tonkatsu became common. Japanese cuisine, particularly sushi, has now become popular throughout the world.

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Most Sexually Bizarre Japanese Game Show Videos Ever (NSFW)

When it comes to Japan, nothing surprises us — except their game shows.

Coed has compiled a list of the ones that are really bizarre in a sexual way.

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Japanese Shipping Company Advertises With … Giant Pettable Cat Head??

A Japanese shipping company is doing some strange things to convince consumers it’s the cat’s meow.

On Tuesday, Kuroneko Yamato — or Black Cat Yamato — installed a a giant billboard that is nothing but a humongous cat’s face at Tokyo’s Shibuya Station, according to Kotaku.com

The giant black cat face features plush, pettable fur, a nose with actual nostril holes big enough to fit a human han, and giant eyes that stare right through you, WTFark reports.

Although the billboard is attracting lots of selfies, it will be a while before w know if it increases business.

Kuroneko Yamato is no stranger to bizarre branding techniques.

Last July, Kuroneko Yamato started making employees wear pawprint gloves as a way to advertise that any parcels delivered by the company would be handled as delicately as a mother cat handles its own child, RocketNews24.com reports.

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Japanese Designers are Hopeful as Tokyo Fashion Week Begins

TOKYO — As the fashion pack barely catches its collective breath from the conclusion of the Paris shows, Tokyo Fashion Week starts today, with designers here voicing optimism despite the looming challenges of growing their small businesses and a domestic economy that continues to sputter.
Future prospects look mixed. On the one hand, Japan is struggling to climb out of a recession and local consumers remain cautious about spending. On the other, tourists from elsewhere in Asia are flooding the country to take advantage of a weak yen and shop. While most Japanese designers still do the bulk of their business in their home country, the currency factor stands to boost the nation’s fashion exports.
Designers are going to need all the overseas help they can get. Last week [EDS: March 9], Japan revised down its fourth-quarter GDP figures to show that the economy grew at an annualized rate of 1.5 percent in the October to December period — the initial estimate pegged growth at 2.2 percent. Meanwhile, household consumption in January fell 5.1 percent in price-adjusted real terms, indicating that consumers still have not fully recovered from last April’s historic sales tax hike. On a brighter note, consumer confidence in February

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Japanese Drummers Bring the Culture of Sado Island Statestide

Unlike any musical group I’ve ever heard, Kodo is a group of Japanese drummers that perform on a worldwide scale but remain rooted in the local community and rich cultural traditions of Japan’s Sado Island. The group boasts international esteem and is known for their innovative recreation of the traditional Japanese performing arts. The group spends two-thirds of the year touring (four months in Japan, and four months internationally) counting over 5500 performances in 47 countries worldwide under the theme, “One Earth”. Kodo continues to break boundaries of expression with their unique and vibrant living art-form.

They have been bringing their work to the U.S. since 1975. And thankfully we have the privilege of seeing them again–this time in North America for the Kodo One Earth Tour: Mystery’s debut outside of Japan. This new production, Kodo One Earth Tour: Mystery, was created by its Artistic Director and Japanese Living National Treasure Tamasaburo Bando. The leading Kabuki actor and onnagata (actor specializing in female roles), Bando was a catalyst for Kodo to break new ground in taiko expression.

I had the chance to talk to the group and get a better idea of how they make this unique mix of old and new work. You can see Kodo’s incredible performance live now through the end of March.


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Steve Mariotti: How did Kodo get started?
Kodo:
In 1971, a handful of young men and women gathered on Japan’s Sado Island to form Sado no Kuni Ondekoza, a way for Japanese youth to learn traditional arts and crafts. They began to study and perform taiko, eventually taking the sound of the drum around the globe on world tours–all with the intention of financially supporting their arts program.

Members lived communally in an abandoned elementary school and spent much of their time practicing the taiko and training to run marathons. After debuting internationally in 1975, Ondekoza emerged as a professional performance group that became highly acclaimed among European and North American audiences. In 1981 the group changed its name to Kodo, with the singular mission of bringing Taiko to ears around the world while preserving various Japanese art forms on Sado Island.

SM: How is Kodo continuing these traditions today?
Kodo:
We are always looking for new ways to explore the profound subtleties of taiko. In the past ten years, this has meant that Kodo is exploring richer levels of stage expression. The Kodo Cultural Foundation supports both local and international activities through education outreach projects designed to give back to local communities.


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SM: How does Kodo manage its tours and performances?
Kodo:
Since the group’s debut at the Berlin Festival in 1981, Kodo has given over 3,700 performances on all five continents. This comes out to about a third of the year overseas, a third touring in Japan, and a third rehearsing and preparing new material on Sado Island.

As for performances, we stand by three principles to build each performance. Building a Kodo performance program begins with blending these three elements together amidst the sights and sounds of Sado Island. It is then forged into shape on the anvil of dedicated practice and rehearsal.

The first is that performances are based on traditional folk arts, learned from local practitioners throughout Japan. Our intention is not simply to replicate these historical arts. Instead, by reinterpreting and rearranging them for the stage, we strive to capture their universal spirit and energy as they filter through our bodies. Art forms rooted in the earth are developed through intimate relationships both between people and their art as well as between art and nature. Therein lie invaluable treasures rich with insights for people living in a bewildering age.


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Secondly, performances feature compositions by Kodo’s friends and mentors. These include composers Maki Ishii and Shinichiro Ikebe, Kabuki musicians RoetsuTosha and KiyohikoSemba, jazz pianist Yosuke Yamashita and Tamasaburo Bando.

The third element is that we use original works composed by Kodo members. In this case, Kodo’s members leverage their exposure to the rhythms and sounds of the many people and places they have visited as inspiration for their own creations.

SM: What is the process for joining Kodo?
Kodo:
Apprentices who hope to become performers or staff members will spend two years living together communally in what was once an abandoned schoolhouse. After this period, Apprentices who have been selected to become Junior Members spend one more year training and practicing in the hope that at the end of the year they will be chosen to become part of the Kodo organization.

Altogether there are currently about 100 members of Kodo, including 35 performing members including 6 junior members (27 men and 8 women) and 37 staff members. The performers range in age from 20 to 64 years old. We have 5 staff members from Sado Island. Our other members come from as far away as Hokkaido and Kyushu, and from everywhere in between.


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SM: What is the Kodo Apprenticeship program?
Kodo:
In a converted schoolhouse in Kakinoura on Sado Island, young people are trained, not just in musical technique but also in all matters of body and spirit. Beginning in April, apprentices live communally and train for two years. From this group, probationary members are selected to spend one year as junior members, and if they are successful, they then become full Kodo members.

Kodo seeks people of all backgrounds who are interested in becoming apprentices, and perhaps the next generation of Kodo players. Apprentices live together while they learn taiko, dance, song, and other traditional arts in the rich natural and cultural surroundings of Sado. We have some specific rules for living there: drinking alcohol, smoking, using a mobile phone and internet capable devices of any kind are prohibited during apprenticeship, and they are given the time to fully devote themselves to their lifestyle on Sado.

Upon completion of the program, apprentices hoping to become Kodo members may be selected to become probationary members. Probationary members spend an additional year training on the job and can become full-fledged Kodo members if they pass the final stage of selection.


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SM: How do members get recruited into the process, and what is daily life like once you are a member of Kodo?
Eri Uchida, member since 2010:
I started playing taiko in a local taiko group in Japan when I was sixteen, and then I moved to Canada to study abroad at a public high school. After I graduated from high school, I went back to Japan and decided that Kodo’s Apprentice Centre really was the best place to study.

On the day of a performance, I exercise near the hotel, eat a good breakfast, and see what kind of condition I am in that day. We create our daily rhythm by loading in and setting up the stage in a timely manner. While the technical crew take over the stage to set-up the lighting, we eat lunch, lightly exercise, and rehearse.

SM: What do you hope to accomplish during this North American tour?
EU:
This tour’s production, “Kodo One Earth Tour: Mystery,” features a lot of theatrical moments, so the timing and delivery are very important.I think the right “timing” may vary between different countries and environments. Therefore, it will be challenging to react accordingly and nail that “timing” in each performance. I want to make each performance the best performance for that particular place and audience. Also, the number of people playing taiko worldwide is on the rise and I think that the North American taiko community is very humble and constantly thinks about what taiko means to them. Interacting with them and performing for them makes me think about my own taiko playing, too.


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SM: What do you think the artistic vision is for this tour?
Yuta Sumiyoshi, Kodo member:
We started off by taking apart our production style and any fixed idea we had. We were constantly challenged to express ourselves as a single taiko performer and a Kodo member, without the traditional happi coats and hachimaki headbands. I believe one of Tamasaburo Bando’s vision for Kodo is to broaden theatrical expression by learning how to express delicate musicality instead of just hitting the drums with all our might. In addition to the beauty that is being portrayed for each individual when we play taiko to the fullest, we are asked to work through the beauty of performing arts as well.
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The utilitarian capabilities of a Japanese mini truck are remarkable, making it one of most versatile vehicles on the planet. Small enough in stature as to fit in the bed of an F150, but amazingly resilient, conquering mountainous terrain as a top-notch four-wheel drive should. As no English writing was found to exist, I thought it about time to write one, especially as Americans have been catching the buzz on mini trucks as the rest of world has been utilizing their attributes for decades. This guide through over 160 full-color images will bring to light as to what you?ve been missing; a mini truck truly will be a different experience than you can compare with any other vehicle in the automotive realm. Covered here are the history, uses, configuration, comparisons, specifications, makes, parts, accessories, and conversions (electric and amphibious). A book/guide you may start out reading alone, but as I?ve always discovered, the excitement this book lends through its photos and exposing mini trucks? odd capabilities; you will wind up sharing it with family and friends. Sincerely, Mark Roehrig I was amazed to find that English books on Kei trucks don?t exist (kei is Japanese for lightweight truck, pronounced? K?). That didn?t seem right; after all, there?s been over four million built and delivered to every corner of the world. So I thought it was about time that these magnificent, mighty mini trucks were put into words and photos for the English speaking and reading public. My hope is this illustrated guide will become your illustrated review as you can shelf it, and come back as needed, and it?s the perfect show-and-tell for your family and friends who may have never heard of Kei trucks. What this book will do for you, after you?ve completed this guide, you?ll be able to quote which states allow Kei trucks on public access roads, load and tow capabilities, the differences between a Acty and a Carry, or a Jumbo from a standard Hijet. You?ll discover the possibiliti

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Meet Hatsune Miku, The Sensational Japanese Pop Star Who Doesn’t Really Exist

Hatsune Miku is the world’s most famous virtual pop star. And now she’s even more famous, having made her U.S. television debut this Wednesday on “Late Night With David Letterman.” She didn’t come out of nowhere: this summer, the Japanese sensation toured as an opener for Lady Gaga, materializing regularly on stages around the country in a confounding flash.


Hatsune Miku performing live in 2011.

All Miku concert footage makes for strange watching. Legions of fans pump light sticks at every swish of those blue ponytails, as if a virtual star needs the encouragement. The sight is arguably even odder live, as an in-person Miku doesn’t exactly seem worth the fuss. Media outlets routinely mistake her for a hologram, but in fact, she’s less sophisticated than that. She’s a 2D image, rendered onto the stage using mirrors (the technology, called Pepper’s Ghost, is so far from cutting edge, it’s been used for decades at the Haunted Mansion in Disney World). Critics who trek halfway across the world to see Miku rock out invariably leave underwhelmed. She looks more magnificent — and just plain larger — on YouTube than in life, having been enhanced by video editors.

But the deception shouldn’t matter. “People focus on the live show like it’s so bizarre,” says Ian Condry, a professor of Japanese studies at MIT. He blames this preoccupation on a lack of context, coupled with a scenario that requires some explaining — a crowd “cheering at a cartoon on stage.” Without context, the sight, he admits, “doesn’t make sense.”

In fact, fans aren’t cheering for Miku per se, but for everything she represents. “They know Miku doesn’t exist,” Condry says. “But they know people on the other side do.”

Miku is a mascot for a product: a voice synthesizing software, through which users can write songs. In 2007, a company called Crypton Future Media released the software online, freely available, and built using Yamaha’s Vocaloid technology as well as a database of samples recorded by a voice actress. As with most of Japan’s entities (including the country’s police agencies), this offering came with a cartoon mascot. She was 16, liked pop music, and wore her hair in long pigtails. She was Hatsune Miku, a name that translates to “first sound of the future.”

Crypton’s president Hiroyuki Itō realized that Miku was more powerful the less there was to know about her. The company isn’t interested in creating a franchise — no spinoff anime shows, or prequels that tell her story. In an interview with HuffPost, Itō spoke through a translator about his intention to keep Miku “an empty canvas, a plain piece of paper, because only then, people will project their own feelings and use her as an interface.”

The model is revolutionary. Every song Miku sings in concert is written by a user of the software. Most Miku music videos are also the work of fans. Crypton has developed a licensing agreement that allows MikuP, or Miku producers, to use the software mascot’s likeness without paying royalties. If a creator’s work becomes wildly profitable, the company enters into a more traditional licensing agreement.

Condry compares Miku to a sample in a hip-hop track. “If you’re some underground person, you can sample without paying anything. Even if you’re indie level, you can probably get away with it. Girltalk can release albums, even though he can’t put them on iTunes. But if you’re Kanye, you’re going to pay top dollar.”

Writing for Vocaloid software is a bit like pulling the strings of a puppet. Miku does what a composer wants, albeit a little jerkily. The upshot is a sense of freedom: a MikuP can theoretically try anything and see what sticks. One composer, who goes by the name Kz, dedicated himself to writing lyrics about the community of creators that sprung up around Miku, rather than Miku herself. One of his songs, “Tell Your World,” became such a popular anthem for Mikuheads, Google eventually licensed it for a Chrome ad in Japan.

Another Kz song caught the attention of Pharrell, who remixed it for the soundtrack of the recent Takashi Murakami movie, “Jellyfish Eyes.” The attending music video, also directed by Murakami, features Miku, her clan of tertiary Vocaloid avatars, and an animated Pharrell dancing on a high-octane version of the Starship Enterprise.

Speaking to HuffPost through a translator, Kz likened his writing process for Miku to osmosis. “She has no kind of will or ideas herself, so you have the direct message going directly through.”

Plenty of Miku songs are as vapid as any pop hit, with references to her long hair, short skirts, and princesslike demeanor (there’s also a vibrant Miku-based pornographic culture, not sanctioned by Crypton). But the genre has deepened as it’s grown, with narrative lyrics that wouldn’t typically make a top 40 list, from the story of a cancer patient to a set of songs about a single day that unfolds with the gruesome strangeness of a Haruki Murakami novel, complete with an all-seeing cat. In the latter, Miku’s chirps are actually scary, multiplied at moments of high stress into a wall of noise.

Other songs use Miku’s lack of personhood to comment on our own devolution into so many “data packets,” as Condry puts it. “They play with this idea of whether she exists, and how much we exist in comparison,” he says.

He sees the Letterman appearance as a rare misstep in a campaign that’s mostly foregone the old routes to cultural takeover, like late night debuts. “The pathway to Miku’s success in Japan went through a grassroots community before it had a chance to break into the mainstream. If people aren’t impressed by what they see on Letterman, they may have to wait a bit until their kids and grandkids explain what it’s all about.”
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Employee Work Motivation in Japanese Fitness Clubs. : Paperback: Proquest, Umi Dissertation Publishing: 9781249894148: 01 Oct 2012

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Zenus LG G2 Luminous O Premium Olephobic Screen Protector [ Crystal Clear ] [ 3 Pieces ] Japanese Base PET Film Front Screen Protector for LG Optimus G2

Zenus LG G2 Luminous O Premium Olephobic Screen Protector [ Crystal Clear ] [ 3 Pieces ] Japanese Base PET Film Front Screen Protector for LG Optimus G2


Type: Screen Protector Compatible Phone Manufacturer: LG Materials: Japanese Base PET Film Specifications: Why just protect your phone’s display screen when your screen protector can be so much more? The Zenus Luminous O Screen Protector for LG G2 features an oil-resistant coating to prevent smudges resulting from oil, cosmetics, and other contaminants.The Luminous O Screen Protector is a premium PET film specifically made for LG G2 display. The screen protector is really easy to install. The Luminous O Screen Protector has absolute transparency and there is no interference in the brightness of clarity of the LG G2 Display. There is no rubbery or rough feel during use and Zenus is known for creating one of the best quality screen protectors for mobile & tablet devices. Features: Oleophobic coating : Oil resistant coated, No rainb…
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Zenus Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Luminous Premium Olephobic Screen Protector [ Crystal Clear ] [ 2 Pieces ] Japanese Base PET Film Front Screen Protector for Note II

Zenus Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Luminous Premium Olephobic Screen Protector [ Crystal Clear ] [ 2 Pieces ] Japanese Base PET Film Front Screen Protector for Note II


Type: Screen Protector Compatible Phone Manufacturer: Samsung Materials: Japanese Base PET Film Specifications: Why just protect your phone’s display screen when your screen protector can be so much more? The Zenus Luminous Screen Protector for Samsung Galaxy Note 2 features an oil-resistant coating to prevent smudges resulting from oil, cosmetics, and other contaminants.The Luminous Screen Protector is a premium PET film specifically made for Galaxy Note 2 display. The screen protector is really easy to install. The Luminous Screen Protector has absolute transparency and there is no interference in the brightness of clarity of the Galaxy Note 2 display. There is no rubbery or rough feel during use and Zenus is known for creating one of the best quality screen protectors for mobile & tablet devices. Features: Oleophobic coating :…
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These Minimalist Japanese Posters Make Hollywood Classics Look Even Better

There’s nothing quite like a vintage movie poster, but these beauties from Japan raise the bar. We first spotted them on the tumblr 50 Watts (itself a thing of beauty), and we’re reposting them here courtesy Heritage Auctions, where they were found.

Spanning from the 1930s to the 1970s, the posters advertise imported movies — like “Fantastic Voyage,” “Play It Again Sam,” “A Fistful Of Dollars,” and “The Birds.” There are also some domestic creations further down, including a poster for the 1970 film Dodes’ka-den (Clackety Clack), designed by Akira Kurosawa himself.


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Articles on Japanese Role-Playing Games, Including: Legend of Crystania, Rune Soldier, Record of Lodoss War: Advent of Cardice, Sword World RPG, Deedlit, Parn, Ghim, Record of Lodoss War, Enterbrain, Alshard

Articles on Japanese Role-Playing Games, Including: Legend of Crystania, Rune Soldier, Record of Lodoss War: Advent of Cardice, Sword World RPG, Deedlit, Parn, Ghim, Record of Lodoss War, Enterbrain, Alshard


Used – Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Hephaestus Books represents a new publishing paradigm, allowing disparate content sources to be curated into cohesive, relevant, and informative books. To date, this content has been curated from Wikipedia articles and images under Creative Commons licensing, although as Hephaestus Books continues to increase in scope and dimension, more licensed and public domai

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SharkStores Deal A Day – Receive a $3 Coupon on all Japanese Automatic Heritor Watches

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Twist, Turn & Tie 50 Japanese Kumihimo Braids: A Beginner’s Guide to Making Braids for Beautiful Cord Jewelry

Twist, Turn & Tie 50 Japanese Kumihimo Braids: A Beginner’s Guide to Making Braids for Beautiful Cord Jewelry


The traditional Japanese art of cord braiding–known as kumihimo– has been around for centuries. The technique, which uses a loom and several strands of silk thread, was once used to create the strong, slender cords that reinforced samurai warrior armor. Today, it is primarily used to make beautiful, color-drenched cords for jewelry and other decorative items. In “Twist, Turn, & Tie 50 Japanese Kumihimo Braids,” readers will get everything they need to get started in this ancient craft, including a mini braiding loom They’ll also find: An overview of tools and materials from looms to bobbins to glues to beads Step-by-step instructions for basic loom braiding, handling threads, beads, and more 50 gorgeous projects from simple beginner braids to complex beaded cords 400 full-color photographs for inspirations and instruction With details on kumihimo terminology, starting and finishing braids, and calculating thread and bead counts, this book is an ideal guide for new braiders.

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食べる指さし会話帳9 JAPANESE FOOD – Issue

食べる指さし会話帳9 JAPANESE FOOD – Issue


“YUBISASHI Point and Phrase Book” is the best seller book and series in Japan. YUBISASHI is for travelers who want to communicate freely, even though they are in foreign countries. We came up with various ideas to make this book more convenient. There are over 4,000 practical words and phrases written by English and Japanese in this book.There are lots of useful conversation phrases with pretty illustration. Only you have to do is just POINTING. Point the conversation phrases or cute illustration, then you can communicate with people who live in Japan. You have this book, you don’t worry what
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Japanese Baby Names: Names from Japan for Girls and Boys

Japanese Baby Names: Names from Japan for Girls and Boys


This guide offers information on a large collection of Japanese baby names for girls and boys. This includes a large selection of traditional, popular, unique and modern names from Japan. Each name includes information on any known meaning, and its traditional gender use.

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食べる指さし会話帳9 JAPANESE FOOD – Japanese Food – Single Copy

食べる指さし会話帳9 JAPANESE FOOD – Japanese Food – Single Copy


“YUBISASHI Point and Phrase Book” is the best seller book and series in Japan. YUBISASHI is for travelers who want to communicate freely, even though they are in foreign countries. We came up with various ideas to make this book more convenient. There are over 4,000 practical words and phrases written by English and Japanese in this book.There are lots of useful conversation phrases with pretty illustration. Only you have to do is just POINTING. Point the conversation phrases or cute illustration, then you can communicate with people who live in Japan. You have this book, you don’t worry what
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