If you’re visiting Japan and happen to come across these, please do not attempt to rescue them by pulling them out. They are actually scarecrows. Made in Japan, and only in Japan. :3
nekoguchi goes Halloweeny!
Halloween’s not big here in Singapore but it certainly is quite so in Japan! There, the festival has become popular with the increasing influence of western pop culture. While Japan faces its aging population problem, the younger generation’s acceptance to western pop culture is evidently apparent during such events like Halloween where chance is given to cosplayers to dress up in Gothic Lolita and all its gory. Ooops, I meant glory.
There’s been an ever growing popularity of video-sharing over the Internet , especially apparent when YouTube recently hosted YouTube Mix – a party just to thank users who generated the most viewed content for YouTube Japan.
But unfortunately for some, there has also been a slew of extremely compressed ones so much so that you only see blotches of blur and are barely able to make details out. Where’s the kick in that?
Ever wondered what the showdown between two of Japan’s most popular game developers will be like? Temco Vs Square Enix. Well somebody thought it would be cool to have the characters battle it out themselves!
Ψ(｀∇´)Ψ ヽ(´―｀)ノ (*´д｀*) (´・ｪ・｀) ヽ(;´Д｀)ﾉ
What are those extremely cute smileys?!
Japanese emoticons are called Kaomoji 【顔文字【かおもじ】】 (face characters) or Emoji 【絵文字【えもじ】】 (picture characters). My first encounter with them was probably when I started playing Final Fantasy XI in 2002. At that time, the NA version hasn’t been released yet and the servers consisted of mainly Japanese players. While they were conversing, they used these very cute and expressive emoticons that I’ve never seen before. Then, I saw a fellow non-Japanese using it as well and I asked him what are these called. Kaomoji he replied, and told me I’d be able to find instructions on how to get them on a FFXI forum that we non-Japanese frequented. I went on the forum and browsed through the threads, sure enough, I came across one that taught users how to install Japanese emoticons for use in the game! This is what I am sharing in this post, how to use Japanese emoticons on your own english based PC.
5 easy steps to tell if you’re Satō Tatsuhiro (above) number 2!
For those who have caught the popular anime Welcome to the N.H.K. (N・H・Kにようこそ, NHK ni Yōkoso), or read the novel & manga series by Tatsuhiko Takimoto (滝本竜彦), you’ll most probably be able to relate (either like thisclose OR t h i s a p a r t . . .) to the male protagonist Satō Tatsuhiro .
So . . . ever wondered if you’re a true blue Hikikomori or just what the hell it means? There’s always the below mini quiz* to find out for sure!
Who do you think resembles Aburame Shino from Naruto in this image?
Apart from Mobile Suit Gundam SEED and Destiny, this is the third Gundam series that I’m watching. Based on a different universe and era, unlike SEED and Destiny, there are no genetically enhanced humans(coordinators) who can pilot mobile suits more efficiently than regular humans. That seemed to be the main reason how coordinators in Gundams can take down entire fleet of enemies easily. In this series it seems that everyone is only human. Perhaps that is why Sunrise is focusing on faster, more powerful, and specialized Gundams to set the pilots apart from the rest. With images and some captions, I’ll introduce the Gundams that appeared in the first episode below.
Left to right, top to bottom: Syuri, Nanaka, Sana, Syusuke, and Aoi.
Sakuranomori is the birthplace of Sana Hidaka, a sixteen year old high school student, who grew up with his childhood friend Nanaka Yatsushiro, Aoi Oribe, his best male friend Syusuke Wakatsuki, and his twin sister Syuri Wakatsuki. Sana left Sakuranomori when he was eleven years old, but returns five years later living on his own in the apartment building Aoi’s family runs. Sana soon finds out that while some things have stayed the same, there are still just as many things that have changed.
Another interesting moe food product from Japan.
I was walking around Daikanyama when I saw this Akihabara Oden Curry selling in a vending machine, inside a lifestyle furnishing shop!! There was a small note (captured below) on the shelf giving a brief description of what it is. Thank god the note’s in English.
October’s no longer about Halloween in all its eerie squishy Black & Orange. Quite contrary, it’s been recoloured PINK!
Many sites, TV channels, magazines & even retail fronts have gone PINK (nekoguchi included) during the month of October to bring attention to Breast Cancer Awareness Month ultimately raising some money for research.
EHo@#Q).Th=PWPRIVMSG hocchan :xdcc send #101
can be captured by the ISP. What the above says is that the user is sending an IRC message to hocchan to request for xdcc pack #101. If SSL is used to connect to the IRC server, then any information that is exchanged between your PC and the IRC server will be encrypted.