Japan's oldest existing animation for a television series is believed to have found by BS Animax staff at the Nippon Television Network Corp.’s Ikuta studio in the city of Kawasaki. The 1958 anime Mogura no Abanchuru, or "Mole’s Adventure," an 8-minute and 53-second film, is about a mole named Kuro-chan who launched on space adventures through his dreams.
If you've always wanted to have your wedding aboard a moving train, you now have the chance to do so. East Japan Railway (JR East) will be offering one lucky couple the chance to get married on their Yamanote Line in Tokyo, providing they're willing to do it on October 14, the 141st anniversary of when the railways started operating in Japan.
Famous blind Japanese pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii will be holding solo piano concerts in Hanoi on June 19 and in Ho Chi Minh City on June 21 as part of the 2013 Japan-Vietnam friendship year, to celebrate 40 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries. The concert is just one in a long line of events to bring more of Japanese culture to Vietnam.
The World Heritage Committee of UNESCO opened its annual meeting on Sunday in Phnom Oenh, Cambodia, whose objective is to determine which new places from all over the world would be added in to its World Heritage site list. Japan is hopeful that Mt. Fuji, after a long wait, would finally and formally be added to that list, making the iconic mountain Japan's 17th World Heritage site, if approved by the 21-member committee.
At the Global Futures 2045 International Congress in New York, a conference focused on the technological singularity in the coming years, Japanese scientist and robotics expert Hiroshi Ishiguro unveiled an android that so closely resembled him, that it was able to do small humanoid movements – even the blinking of its own eyes. Ishiguro, director of the Intelligent Robotics Laboratory at Osaka University, Japan, has been known for developing lifelike androids and presenting very advanced robotic technology to the public.
While Japan and China continue to bicker over the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands and other historical issues, there is at least one Japanese student who believes that learning the Chinese language and its culture will win her more friends abroad. 24-year-old Yui Tanaka won the preliminary contest for the "Chinese Bridge" Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign College Students.
The Wales rugby team is eyeing to stay part of the Six Nations while hoping to bounce back in their test-series against Japan on Saturday in Tokyo. The Welsh team had lost the first test held in Osaka the previous week and is now finding ways to make sure they win. But such a search led them to the opposing team’s own culture through sumo.
Just like with all its other offices around the world, Google always seeks to incorporate elements of the country they're in for their various national offices. For their headquarters in Tokyo, Klein Dytham Architecture was tasked with making it look Japanese without resorting to clichéd images, and still retaining the fun and warm culture of Google.
Asians are known to be pretty elaborate with their arts even with trivial things. It is then no wonder that Japanese kites are seen, for some or a lot of people, towering. The state of New Mexico, through the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, is exploring the unique nature of Japanese kites, which also used to mark someone’s social status, at least in one point of the Japanese history. Opening on June 9, Japanese kites were displayed in exhibit with the theme “Tako Kichi: Kite Crazy in Japan.”
Never did Shintaro Hayashi expect that his small business of making prosthetics would actually lead him to be involved with the Japanese underworld. It is his prosthetic pinkies that actually help some former members of the yakuza, or Japan's organized crime syndicate, reintegrate themselves into normal society.