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Hatsune Miku drives a Corolla

There’s something magical about American marketing strategies. It might have something to do with its strong culture that emphasizes might (wealth) makes right, and a general lack of doujinshi culture, but when you see something that’s typically driven by fans for fans in Japan, you can bet it’ll never grow to see the light of […]

Joi Ito Named new Director of MIT Media Lab

Pal of Ryuichi Sakamoto and all-around cool dude Joi Ito was recently named the new director of the MIT Media Lab! From the NY Times article (which I found on Boing Boing): Mr. Ito… is neither a conventional Japanese technologist, nor your average college dropout. Raised in both Tokyo and Silicon Valley, Mr. Ito was […]

Book Reviews of Inconsequence: Doctor and Daughter

All I have time to do these days are book reviews. Well, the quake also put a damper on the anime industry, and I’m not so up for writing about stuff, anyway. And thus I come to #3 of Book Reviews of Inconsequence. Today, I’ll write about something with a Nikkei angle. 猟奇博士と生贄娘ドクター&ドーター (Bizarre Scientist […]

TokyoPop’s closure a tale of destiny

I’m not a fan of TokyoPop, and this entry may be read as just one blogger’s loud-mouthed harangues on the grave, but this end is a lesson to be learned and the closing act of a tragedy. I will not deny where credit is due. TokyoPop is one of the most influential presences in the […]

SPORTS BY THE BAY: A semi-preview of the 2011 Giants season

So the offseason is over, spring training is done, and the baseball season has finally begun. What better way for the Giants to start off the season than with a good old shellacking of the Dodgers, right? Well, the Giants ended up losing three out of four against the rivals from down south, but fans […]

Whoops!

While it serves as a point of bereavement for many people (mostly just the unwitting and misinformed investors) that, “Yu-Gi-Oh’s” licensor, 4Kids Entertainment has not only lost its license to the English release of its popular show about adults playing children’s card games (on motorbikes), but filed for full blown bankruptcy, there’s hope at the […]

2 more ways to help Japan

We’re almost a month out from the devastating events in Japan and I still feel a little weird talking about something as lightweight as food. But you probably don’t come to this blog for Japan relief updates, so this week I’m compromising with this quick post on two more opportunities to help, and a full-length […]

Sansho: Pan-Asian pepper

One of the things I love almost as much as eating is taking photos. So it was that I found myself in Kyoto this past summer, snapping pic after identical pic of a stunning sunset. When I finally emerged from my singular focus I realized I’d lost track of my ever-patient translator (my sister). To […]

Junji Ito’s Gyo to become an anime

Little girls are made of sugar and spice and everything nice. Little boys are made of snips and snails and puppy-dog tails. Junji Ito is made of Maggots and offal and kitty-cats. I discovered Junji Ito as a young high schooler browsing Borders. It was there I discovered the magic of  “Uzumaki,” a few years […]

Limbaugh Amused that Earthquake Hit Birthplace of Prius

Apparently, Rush’s understanding of the concept of environmentalism is that you make Mother Earth offerings of Priuses and recycled plastic in hopes she won’t smite you. Media Matters has a transcript and a quick list of some of his other absurd, unfeeling statements.

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