Posts with the tag "Japan"


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Virtual J-pop star pushes genre to new heights of artifice, annoying

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The number one factor contributing to my descent into madness this week is “the world’s first virtual diva,” Hatsune Miku. In case you don’t keep up with the steady flow of crazy oozing out of Japan (I admit it’s quite hard—one person can only handle so much) allow me to inform you of what I’m talking about, and maybe you too will wake up tomorrow morning singing nonsense songs about vegetable juice.

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RIYL: Mimes, people doing the robot, Japanese mimes doing the robot

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This new video from Japanese electro-poppers World Order features a cadre of men in business suits doing some of that “super slow mo” action all of us have probably reenacted (in a bar, during some sort of sporting event).  The primary difference here is that they do it really, really well.  In the grand tradition of OK Go’s uberpopular viral videos and, uh, pretty much every Michel Gondry video ever, it appears that these guys just practiced this moves–a lot–and then they filmed at regular camera speed.  Pretty cool.

One caveat: mute the sound (unless you are, improbably, a World Order superfan).  Instead, I recommend playing Hall & Oates’ “Kiss On My List” while you watch.  Seriously, it was amazing.

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A collection of Edo period Japanese anatomical drawings

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Pink Tentacle has posted a fascinating collection of anatomical drawings (in color!) from Edo period Japan. I’ll leave the explanations to the far more qualified folks over at Pink Tentacle, but below I’ve posted a few of the more interesting images.

Warning: If drawings of human anatomy in a distinct Japanese style gross you out, these images will gross you out.

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Laser Boobs Are Go!!!!!!!!

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Um . . . wasn’t that, uh . . . wait, what?  The above clip seems to indicate that the “Ancient Dogoon Girls” are back, and there will be:

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Original Pac-Man Sketches Released After 30 Years

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The original designs and sketches of the classic arcade game Pac-Man were recently unveiled at the Festival of Games conference in Holland.

The game is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year and as part of the festivities inventor Toru Iwatani revealed his original plans in a scrap book before speaking at the conference.

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3D Porn Shapes The Future

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There’s no doubt about it. Sex still sells – and may even alter the future of television.

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Japan’s Prime Minister Resigns. Will His Robot Moon Colonization Plan Survive?

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Japan is embarking on a $2.2 million venture to colonize the moon with humanoid robots, according to a recent Japanese government report (and a NY Daily News Story). Apparently, they’ll have a degree of autonomy, but not to the HAL 9000 or I, Robot level. Sleep sounder at night! Be Sociable, Share! Tweet

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