Sekai Manga Senbatsu (World Manga Audition) is now calling one-page manga by artists from Japan and overseas. To apply, residents in Japan simply need to post their manga on Nico Nico Manga, while overseas residents are required to apply through Email. The audition process includes a preliminary audition and a final contest. The final will be conducted during the 5th Japan National Mangaka Conference scheduled in March 2019, in the form of public review by guest manga masters. Sekai Manga Senbatsu is hosted by Manga Oukoku Tosa, in collaboration with Nico Nico Manga and Comic Walker. Keep Reading
Masked girl idols Kamen Joshi have been appointed official ambassadors for Akihabara Tourism. Five years after the underground idol group established their permanent home at the P.A.R.M.S. Theater in Akihabara, the performers have been featured in international news media and achieved over 2.8 million followers on Facebook, the highest number of any group in the idol genre. Keep Reading
A-HO! Art Exhibition Vol.2 produced by broadcast writer Kuramoto Mitsuru is NOW LIVE on the 8th floor of Seibu Shibuya Department Store Building B. The public exhibition has been going on for about a week and will run until September 18. If you happen to be in Japan recently, definitely make sure to check out this unique world before it’s gone!
Is there anything more mentally refreshing for summer than haunted houses?
If there is ever such a thing, it should be the JAPANESE haunted houses!
The Japanese name for a haunted house is Obakeyashiki, which literally means a house full of ghosts (or monsters). Japanese Obakeyashiki as a form of entertainment was not developed recently but actually dates back to the 1830s, as early as when the first western simulated haunted house “Chamber of Horrors” was created in London by Marie Tussaud. The earliest Japanese haunted house was installed inside a private residence, but soon got more popularity as part of Japan’s traditional Kabuki performance. Japan has always been obsessed with horror stories and all forms of entertainment adaptations based on them. Judging from countless titles of world famous thrillers made in Japan, it is not hard to imagine that Japan never runs out of new ideas (and most of them are exclusive to the Japanese culture) for haunted houses, combining the most scary ghost stories, settings, latest technology (including VR and 3D) and a diversity of horror elements to stimulate and frighten your senses. Keep Reading
“Lemon & Sugar” are two adorable original characters, namely Lemon-chan and Sugar-kun, created by Lemona Design. They hit Japan by storm with their 4-koma manga, cute merchandise, signature Lemon Candies and huge Deco-Bento fan base. Lemon is a cute little girl who loves to be in love. As the world’s first Lemon Ambassador, she spends her days spreading LOVE and LEMON with her best friend Sugar, a fluffy plush toy. Snuggly and full of fun surprises, Sugar is very much in love with Lemon, so everything he does, he does it all for her from the goodness of his heart.
It’s a humidifier but it looks like we are giving water to the pet.
You use the humidifier in the same way you give water to your pet. Pour some water onto your favorite plate, and just set the product.
Official ‘PPAP’ Stickers by PIKO-TARO for iMessage are Now Available on the App Store!
With these stickers, PIKO-TARO’s fans will be able to send an animation with the real ‘PPAP’ song by PIKO-TARO via iMessage. The stickers are available in all areas where users can access the App Store on iOS 10 devices and the price is JPY240 (including tax).
ATV corporation (Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka) announced that they will launch the Electrorganic Percussion eFrame, which allows you to feel like playing percussion instruments.
You can play “bare hand playing style” which many percussionists and drummers do. You can produce not only the basic percussion sound, but also new digital sound.
Nintendo Co., Ltd. will launch Nintendo Classic Mini Family Computer, which allows us to enjoy 30 pre-loaded classic games and does not require cartridge changes. The console is 60% of the size of Original Family Computer (Famicom). On November 10, 2016, it will be released for 5,980 yen (tax excluded).
Kinky perm, sunglasses and clad in animal print. With the infectious bizarre phrase “Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen” (PPAP), PIKOTARO age 53, singer/songwriter from Chiba, Japan releases 4 songs including “PPAP” in 134 countries, only through digital distribution on Oct 7th. PIKOTARO finally made a world debut.