Technology

Translation, Localization, and Nice Japanese Things: A Q&A with Matt Alt

When it comes to Japanese pop culture, I'm like a lot of fans. Despite years of off-and-on attempts at study, I don't know the language well enough to follow the original versions of manga, anime, or live-action drama and … [Read more...]

Japan’s Solar Revolution – The Sky’s (Not) the Limit

My neighborhood is changing. When you run everyday, you get to know your surroundings. You learn the locations of the essentials - water fountains, vending machines, and toilets. There are familiar faces and places. You … [Read more...]

The Marketing Genius Behind The “Magic” Japanese Necklace

In 1983, a company named Phiten was founded in Kyoto. The company made products it calls “quasi-drugs,” alternative medicine with pseudoscientific explanations for what each product is supposed to do. Most of them are … [Read more...]

Ten Japanese Toys You Might Want to Reconsider Buying For Your Children

Let's face it: there are a lot of terrifying children's toys out there. Walking down the isles of "Toys 'R' Us" I can't help but gawk in awe at some of the items on the shelf, wondering "Who the fudge would buy this for … [Read more...]

10 Imagined Futures as Predicted by Anime

Last week I wrote a post about robots and space and technology. That got me thinking about the future. And then that got me thinking about anime. A lot of anime gives us a glimpse of what the future might look like one … [Read more...]