Canon New EOS Ad Featuring Ken Watanabe
September 21, 2010, 10:11 am
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A new commercial by Canon Japan promoting their new EOS 60D DSLR featuring Ken Watanabe.

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Pikachu School Bus
September 20, 2010, 7:35 pm
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Pikachu school bus in Osaka, Japan.


Yaskawa-kun: The Ice Cream Robot
August 27, 2010, 3:15 am
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Its name is Yaskawa-kun, it’s a robot which serves Ice Cream, made by the company Yaskawa, and can be found, of course, only in Japan, Tokyo’s streets.

You can follow Yaskawa-kun on Twitter!


What is Itasha?
August 22, 2010, 3:09 am
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What is Itasha?

Itasha are cars decorated with anime, video games, and manga characters stickers.

What does it mean?

The word itasha, which literally means “painful car,” is derived from the kanji for itai (painful) and sha (car), (painful for the wallet) due to the high costs involved. The word also appears to be a reference to the Italian sportscar, also known as itasha (although the ita for Italian is spelled with katakana instead of kanji).

When did it start?

Itasha was first shown around Tokyo in 1980s, but it became globally known in the 21st century when otaku culture became relatively well known via the Internet.

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Shortage of Muslim Graveyards in Japan
August 17, 2010, 3:08 am
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Muslims in Japan are worried by graveyard shortage, where graveyard sites are difficult to obtain.

While Christians in Japan generally are cremated when they die in line with the nation’s custom, Muslims more strictly adhere to religious principles. Generally, bodies of Muslims are buried uncremated in the places where they spent long periods during life.

Though the Japan Muslim Association and the Islamic Center Japan, a Setagaya Ward, Tokyo-based mutual aid organization for Muslims, searched for places nationwide where Muslims’ bodies could be buried, their requests largely were declined by cemetery managers.

One said, “The image of burial without cremation isn’t good.”

Despite such efforts, the two Muslim organizations could find only three sites–in Koshu, Kobe and Yoichicho–where bodies of Muslims could be buried uncremated.

However, Kobe’s cemetery is run by the city government and permits only city residents to be laid to rest there. The cemetery in Yoichicho is located in a remote part of Hokkaido, making it inconvenient for relatives to visit graves.

Therefore, many Muslims have chosen the Islamic cemetery in Koshu, in Yamanashi Prefecture west of Tokyo. However, Kazuhiko Furuya, 44, Monjuin’s chief priest, said, “The cemetery will be full in a few years.

To all Muslims organizations around the world, please support  (The Japan Muslim Association) and (The Islamic Center Japan) specially the ones in the gulf region, to solve this major issue. Imagine if your beloved one has to be cremated.


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July 3, 2010, 1:09 pm
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Gundam Cafe was opened on last April in Akihabara, Japan.

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Two True Messages Found in Narita Airport
June 23, 2010, 7:21 pm
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Those two signs were truly seen at Narita Airport, Japan.


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