Storm-G would make me sick

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...

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Barak Obama, Taro Aso, and the Internet

Barak Obama, Taro Aso, and the Internet

As I stopped at the last redlight before pulling into my driveway tonight, it hit me. Barak Obama and Taro Aso, prime minister of Japan, share one similarity; thier legions of fans on the internet. I believe I can safely say they are 2 of the talked about heads of...

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The most expensive video game in Akihabara

The most expensive video game in Akihabara

The Kotaku team has been in Japan all week waiting for today’s launch of the Tokyo Game Show 2008. With the 3 days leading up to the TGS, they had to keep themselves busy. How? Sure they took the tours, saw the sights, but we know they spent the majority...

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Tomohiro Kato is mentally stable

Tomohiro Kato is mentally stable

It has taken 3 months, but a psychiatric exam have determined that Tomohiro Kato is competent enough to stand trial, and thus able to receive the maximum punishment for his killings. I’m glad that this this decision was made as I believed he definitely knew what he was doing when...

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AKIBA Today site launches

As an American covering Japan, I depend on blogs and other websites that offer glimpses into daily Japan. I believe many people would be surprised to see how many blogs I have in Google reader in my quest to catch things off the radar that other Japan focused blogs miss....

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Akihabara’s vehicle-free street to reopen?

Could Akihabara’s vehicle-free street come back? Akibablog pointed out that earlier signs announcing the close of vehicle-free street are now gone. The vehicle-free street had been closed since June 15th, and had been the first time being closed since it started in 1973. July 27th marks the 49th day since...

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Rei Ayanami car in Akihabara

Rei Ayanami car in Akihabara

Were police hassling this Otaku because they thought he was a serious threat, or were they just intrigued by his cool Rei Ayanami car? Chovitz posted about how this was his second time being questioned by police in Akihabara for no appearant reason. Sure, his car does stand out, but...

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300 Internet Death Threats

Since the tragic stabbings in Akihabara by Tomohiro Kato, there have been around 300 death threats that have appeared on message boards Tokyo police report. While police admit many of the postings appear to not be serious, they have arrested 20 people on charges of public nuisance, and extortion. One...

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Akihabara Cafe: Miko-san Cafe

Akihabara Cafe: Miko-san Cafe

The Japanese tradition of Miko-san or shrine maiden, goes back thousands of years. They are the female attendants of Shinto shrines. Their duty is to assist the priests in ceremonies and weddings, and to perform ordinary shrine functions. However, in Akihabara, the Miko-san also have a new duty. To perform...

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Big Four of Akiba fund raising

Big Four of Akiba fund raising

Remember the Big 4 of Akiba? Those guys who cross dressed as Haruhi, and were shooting air-guns in the crowded streets of Akihabara? Well they’re back, but this time, it shouldn’t get them arrested. Last Saturday and Sunday the infamous 4 made their reappearance in Akihabara to begin a fundraising...

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Yahoo! Japan bans sale of daggers

Tomohiro Kato gestures with a military knife at a surplus store in Japan. Yahoo! Japan has made the decision today to ban sales of all daggers on their site due to fatal stabbings in Akihabara last Sunday. At the time the ban went into place, there were 3 daggers removed...

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Liquid nitrogen cooled Takoyaki

Akiba GeteQ (known for it’s bear, alligator, snake, and turtle Takoyaki) has come up with a very unique, and new kind of takoyaki called Cool-dere Q. This ball of meaty goodness is dipped in liquid nitrogen to make the outside “minus 195 degrees” but the inside piping hot. An employee...

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