Robo-Geisha is one crazy movie +

Bit NSFW. Well, I’ve never been one to shy away from crazy Japanese cult movies. As a matter of fact, I didn’t …

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A 3 foot horror story +

The bathroom in many homes is a very lonely room. You only visit it when you need something, and not for the …

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A real Hello Kitty +

If you are reading this website right now, I would find it very hard for you to not know what Hello Kitty …

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Kids vs Zombies +

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Ichi the Killer Bento +

Gore movies are one of my many favorites from Japan. The last one I watched was Tokyo Gore Police a few months …

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Naoto Fukasawa’s Fruit Juice +

They say that the way food or drinks look plays a major influence on how well we like it. I would have …

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Mini Nikon SLR in Japanese candy +

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Space Invaders Bank +

Tomy has done it again. If you are old enough to remember space invaders, this functioning bank will trigger your¬†nostalgia¬†reflex. Personally I …

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      Robo-Geisha is one crazy movie

      Bit NSFW. Well, I’ve never been one to shy away from crazy Japanese cult movies. As a matter of fact, I didn’t think I would find one that topped Tokyo Gore Police. Silly me. Leave it to the minds that created Machine Girl and Tokyo Gore Police to team up and create this over the top movie called Robo-Geisha. Words can’t begin to describe this… well… maybe the announcer does a good job in the trailer.

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      A 3 foot horror story

      koji-suzuki-drop-toilet-paperThe bathroom in many homes is a very lonely room. You only visit it when you need something, and not for the pleasant atmosphere the room provides. So is it really hard to believe that the lonely bathrooms around the world holds a deep seated grudge for the humans that use it? I think not.

      Who else better than Koji Suzuki to put a little fear into this underappreciated room. Who is Koji Suzuki? While the name might not ring a bell, I’m sure you have heard of his work. He was the mastermind behind Ju-On… which was adapted into The Grudge here in the states.

      The story “Drop” is set in a public bathroom, a place even more underappreciated than your normal bathroom. But would I be writing about Koji’s latest work if there wasn’t an interesting twist? How about this story takes up just 3 feet of text? And interesting way of measuring a story normally denoted by pages you say? Well this is no ordinary print. Drop is printed on, you guessed it, toilet paper.

      For just $2.12 a roll, you can have a short story written by a master of horror himself… not to mention it’s perfect reading material during your short or maybe not so short stop. Maybe afterwards, you will have a new found respect and could consider bringing a book into the bathroom just to sit down and read.

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      A real Hello Kitty

      If you are reading this website right now, I would find it very hard for you to not know what Hello Kitty is. One could argue that it is one of the most well known Japanese brands right up there with Honda and Sony.

      This video has nothing to do with Hello Kitty other than the fact that this kitty’s meow has sparked a viral video hit. The video has topped 7 million views so far. I have to admit though, if my cat’s meow was like that, I don’t know how long I could take it.

      Not quite from Japan, but the wordplay was too good to pass up.

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      Kids vs Zombies

      So, Andrea subliminally tricked me into purchasing Left 4 Dead on Steam, and I have been enjoying playing it for the past few days now. Funnily enough, I have to play Louis everytime I play online because well… my real name is Louis and I’m African-American.

      You may be wondering what zombies have to do with Japan. Well, other than there is a pretty popular Japanese L4D group on Steam, it seems that it’s also pretty funny to trick kids into believing there is a zombie apocalypse happening right outside. Are your kids ready for the apocalypse?

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      Ichi the Killer Bento

      Gore movies are one of my many favorites from Japan. The last one I watched was Tokyo Gore Police a few months ago. What can I say about that besides it was unbelievably gory… As for the actual story, I think I could of written something better as weekend homework in the 4th grade. But that’s not the point. The movie was filled with impossible situations, and more blood, flying body parts, and

      If I had to choose one movie as my favorite from the gore genere, it would have to be Koroshiya.  It features the naive and misguided Ichi, and the fearless yet deranged Kakihara.  Here in the states, the movie is called Ichi the Killer. Kakihara becomes obsessed with finding Ichi after he finds out how much pain he can inflict.

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      While browsing Zaeega, I found this cool bento of Kakihara from Koroshiya. The maker even included a small side dish that features a tongue. I won’t explain the significance of that just incase you are looking to watch the movie, but I must say it was a nice touch. Here’s the trailer below.

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      Naoto Fukasawa’s Fruit Juice

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      They say that the way food or drinks look plays a major influence on how well we like it. I would have to agree. These are some awesome fruit juice packaging from Industrial designer Naoto Fukasawa. Looking at the strawberry box, it looks as if the packaging may even feel like the specific fruit it represents. Something like this would be a major hit, even though, I suspect that the product would be a bit more expensive than your average juice box. Would you pay for it?

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      Mini Nikon SLR in Japanese candy

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      Gilco is one of Japan’s oldest candy companies, and is home to the popular Glico caramel candy as well as the legendary Pocky.

      For about 80 years now, inside the Glico caramel candy boxes there is a small toy called “Omake of Glico” (Small gift of Glico). It started off as little toys kids would love such as toy cars and rockets. It soon came to include miniture models, such as this Nikon F SLR camera that would melt the hearts of adults as well.

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      What’s so crazy about this is the level of detail. While the cameras obviously don’t function, the above picture shows a real MACRO Nikkor 35mm F4.5 lens mounted to the mini-model.

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      Space Invaders Bank

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      Tomy has done it again. If you are old enough to remember space invaders, this functioning bank will trigger your¬†nostalgia¬†reflex. Personally I remember the game, but I’m too young to remember the actual table. We did have a functioning Atari when I was a child though. Ah. Memories.
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      Storm-G would make me sick

      I love rollercoasters. However the one thing that I just cannot stand is going upside-down in tight circles. Big loops are fine, but something like Sega’s new Storm-G arcade game would probally have me running to the bathroom in no time.

      We all know that arcades are pretty much dead here in the states. In Japan, arcades have taken a major hit as well, but they still have companies churning out new innovative machines such as this one. Watch as Akihabara News takes you on a demo of the Storm-G.

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      Sasuke 22 (Ninja Warrior) Spring 2009

      Sasuke Ninja Warrior Spring 2009It’s time for Sasuke! Tonight between 8:00pm and 11:30pm JST, TBS will be airing the Spring edition of the popular TV competition. You may have read on Olivia Munn’s blog that she was just in Japan with Kevin running the course yet again. I believe this makes 3 years in a row for the Ninja Warrior celebs. Will they make it past Stage One? You’ll have to wait and find out.

      For those of you in America, it will be airing tomorrow morning between 7:00am and 10:30 EST, if I did my conversion correctly. Those of you that have to work, you can check out the Lost In Ube blog. He has been posting the Sasuke results for awhile now, and will be live blogging the event.

      I will try to refrain from posting results and pictures due to last year’s… um, incident. However, if you don’t have access to TBS where you live, you can always download KeyholeTV and watch it live. A bit of warning though, the servers are bound to be packed for the broadcast.

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      Japan suicide fad crosses the pond

      Suicide victum in CaliforniaRemember the wave of suicides that happened last year in Japan due to the toxic hydrogen sulfide mixture? Well, it has now officially traveled across the pond here to the U.S.

      Turns out that there were over 500 deaths in Japan due to the mixture. Here in the states, there have been more than one case of the suicide attempt. In August of 2008, police found a car with a note on the side warning of gas. Inside the VW Beetle, they found a dead man. Later in the year, there was a man also found inside his car with a bucket containing a yellow substance. On the window, he left a note warning people of the compound by name.

      It wasn’t until last month that a Texas doctor realized that these two cases were linked to what happened in Japan. Dr Paul Pepe, chief of emergency medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center, then put out a warning to emergency workers that if they were not careful, they too could be a victum of the gases. Luckily the two cases here in the states have left a warning message. The bath sulfer that’s used in the Japanese version isn’t commonly available here. So the recipe has been changed to include a common insecticide.

      The Japanese suicides became a popular item in the news due to the constant reporting. I can’t blame the news agencies because they are just doing their job, but it was an unfortunate side effect. If this story becomes news here in the states, I can see the trend continuing especially in these depressing times for our economy. What do you think?

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      KeyholeTV update & new version

      New KeyholeTV version KeyholeTV has been updated! If you are having issues with KeyholeTV, just head over and download the newest version, 3.13, for Windows.

      There has been a significant reduction of processor use in 3.13. You can also now resize the main window, a feature that I have been desperately wanting for awhile now.

      A bit of good news for Mac OSX users. After quite a long wait, there is now a Mac version of KeyholeTV!

      Linux users, there is a new version for you too. Head over to the Linux download directory to get your update.

      Thanks Likm for the heads up as always!

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