Japan Archive

I'm Riding a Bike for the First Time in Years and I Need Tips So I Don't Run Over People

For the first time since I was 10, a bicycle is my primary means of transportation. Mr. Louise and I got used bikes to get around Yamaguchi because it takes too long to walk to the grocery store, and the train only runs sometimes. While at first the romance of breezily biking … Continue reading Source link

What Is the Most Boneheaded Thing You've Done While Moving to a New Home?

When I moved from St. Louis to Los Angeles, I accidentally threw out all of my underpants. I arrived in Los Angeles at 11 p.m., eyes still puffy from leaving my boyfriend, friends, and home in St. Louis, and all I wanted to do was shower, curl up on my air mattress in graduate … Continue reading Source link

In Japan, Tapping the World’s Best Vintage

TOKYO, Japan — These days, vintage fashion is more popular than ever, driven by a growing consumer interest in unique products that signal individuality, as well as rising cost-consciousness and the storytelling value of vintage finds. Indeed, according to the annual resale report published by online consignment website ThredUp, the fashion resale market has grown 82 percent over the last three years, reaching $14 billion, and …

Virtual reality in Japan

I spent a week in Tokyo last month as a speaker at the CEDEC gaming conference. Had you asked 10 year old me about Japan, I would have conjured up images of Godzilla, Dragon Ball Z, and ninjas. Funnily enough, day trips to Akihabara and Harajuku brought some of these to life through arcades, cosplayers, and stores full of manga collectibles. Walking around Tokyo, I saw …

Priceless 170-year-old Japanese fart scroll digitized

Priceless 170-year-old Japanese fart scroll digitized / Boing Boing About 170 years ago, during Japan’s Edo period, a 34-foot scroll called Fart Battle (He-gassen) was created by unknown artisan(s). The work lives on in glorious hi-res digitized collection at Waseda University. Nothing is safe in this fart battle, not even cats. Some fart battle participants use fans defensively against their opponents. The …

Verbal and Yoon’s New Plan of Attack

TOKYO, Japan — Louis Vuitton menswear maestro Kim Jones calls his friends Verbal and Yoon the most famous couple in Japan, like Beyoncé and Jay-Z, only more so, because they are such all-powerful style icons. “People don’t download music so much in Japan,” he explains. “They’re still really caught up in the whole package, the look as well as the sound. And Verbal and Yoon …

Sony may unveil two new versions of the PS4 next month

Sony will reportedly unveil two new versions of the PlayStation 4 at its upcoming New York press event on September 7. We already know that the company is set to launch a more powerful version of the console — called ‘Neo’ — but now the Wall Street Journal is reporting that it will also refresh its standard model. There are no precise details right now, but the …

Sony posts $205M profit as downsized mobile business stops bleeding cash

Sony posted a slim ¥21.2 billion ($205 million) profit for its Q1 2016. That’s down on the ¥82.4 billion profit it carded this time last year, but in general the quarter was a mixed bag of positives and negatives following the impact of cost-cutting initiatives. We already knew the firm would take somewhat of a hit this quarter after it warned of the impact that the Kumamoto earthquake had …

Paidy lands $15M Series B to simplify buying online in Japan

Paidy, a fintech company that makes it easier to buy online in Japan, has closed a $15 million Series B to grow its userbase and invest in new financial products. Eight Roads, the investment arm of Fidelity, SoftBank affiliated SBI Holdings and SBI’s FinTech Business Innovation LPS led the round, which included participation from Itochu Corporation and returning investors Arbor Ventures and SIG Asia. The round is a sizable amount …