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The real Akihabara: ‘publication of the private’
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Read the full story Events | Film, TV, manga & anime | Interviews | Japan 10:54 PM JMLH • Permalink
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Anyone with even a passing interest in modern Japan will have heard of Tokyo’s Akihabara district, most likely through squealing newspaper or blog stories detailing just how weird and depraved the one-time electronics Mecca is…

Virtual reality umbrella shares vibe of guerrilla rain, frog falls and more
Friday, October 23, 2009
Read the full story Environment | Events | Interviews | R&D | WTF? 09:54 PM JMLH • Permalink
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This week’s Digital Content Expo at Miraikan is one of the less corporate tech shows on the Tokyo calendar, so it’s no surprise to see some pretty kooky engineering like the Funbrella from a grad-student team at Osaka University.

Tokyo Gift Show packed with unnatural goodness
Wednesday, February 04, 2009
Read the full story Events | Household | Japan | Off Topic 07:03 PM JMLH • Permalink
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Banana gadgets, super-soapy shower slippers and ingenious uses for empty drinks bottles are among the zillions of products you didn’t know you needed, but now can’t live without, that are on display at this week’s International Gift Show in Tokyo.

Best of Japan Media Arts Festival award winners
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Read the full story Events | Film, TV, manga & anime 06:44 PM Emru Townsend • Permalink
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One of the pleasures of film festivals, whether you’re watching them or organizing them, is in discovering unintended themes in the films.

Video: Sony shows off PlayStation Home and Life With PlayStation services
Friday, June 27, 2008
Read the full story Events | Japan | Video 07:11 PM JMLH • PermalinkComments
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We’ve all heard about Sony’s strategy meeting in Tokyo yesterday (read my report here, if you’re bored), but even more interesting than the news that everything’s going to be connected in Sony’s Brave New World and movies will be streaming left and right were a couple of demo videos unleashed on the underwhelmed journos assembled at the event.

Display 2008: The e-paper that begs to be caressed (now with added video)
Saturday, May 03, 2008
Read the full story Displays | Events | R&D 02:07 AM JMLH • PermalinkComments
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One of the more low-key exhibits at the Display 2008 show in Tokyo was a new kind of e-paper that promises an electronic experience far closer to real paper than anything we’ve seen before.

Display 2008: E-paper makes move for big time (with video)

Aside from flashy 3D displays, the other big draw for fans of future tech at Display 2008 in April was electronic paper in at least 57 flavor-packed varieties.

Display 2008: 3D displays dump the silly glasses
Read the full story Displays | Events | R&D 12:46 AM JMLH • PermalinkComments
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Flat-panel displays are so mainstream these days they have an entire massive exhibition dedicated to them – the Display Expo in Tokyo. That’s where the technologies we’re likely to see in the shops over the next few years get an early airing, and we were there last month.

Video: World’s first full-size e-paper newspaper
Saturday, April 26, 2008
Read the full story Displays | Events | R&D 11:30 PM JMLH • Permalink
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Ever wondered what we’ll all be reading on the hover bus in The Future?

London Dimensional Manga signing today – get ‘em while they’re hot

It’s kinda late notice (understatement and a half, eh?), but our pals at Orbital Manga in London have an in-store event today to mark the launch of Demon Prince: Children of Gaia from Dimensional Manga.

Event: Meet manga artists at Orbital Manga, London
Monday, January 14, 2008
Read the full story Events | Film, TV, manga & anime | NOT Japan 08:06 AM JMLH • Permalink
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Emily at Orbital Manga in London dropped us a line with word of a cool-sounding event there next month.

Tokyo bloggers meetup: prizes, beer, food and more…
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Read the full story Digital cameras & camcorders | Events 06:03 AM JMLH • PermalinkComments
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Blog-happy Tokyo residents might want to make a note of a fun event taking place in early December at which they could walk off with not just a Sanyo Xacti camcorder for free, but also plenty of insight from a living, breathing Japanese video-blogging legend.

China to fall short in Olympic 3G mobile bid
Friday, October 26, 2007
Read the full story Events | Wireless 09:35 AM JMLH • PermalinkComments
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Despite China’s promise to have a 3G phone network in place by the time of the 2008 Beijing Olympics, a bluster-filled announcement made yesterday only served to underline that commercial services will not be ready in time.

Samsung joins fat fighters with 1cm thick TV
Monday, October 22, 2007
Read the full story Displays | Events | R&D 10:17 AM JMLH • PermalinkComments
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As we mentioned last week, Samsung has a few surprises in store at this week’s Flat Panel Display International show in Japan and has been drip-feeding them to the press ahead of the show’s opening on Wednesday.

Samsung's white—backlit LED LCD and true 16:9 screens
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Read the full story Displays | Events | R&D 09:44 AM JMLH • PermalinkComments
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Head to the Flat Panel Display International show in Yokohama, Japan, next week and you’ll get an eyeful of three new LCDs from Samsung that will probably start showing up in laptops sometime next year.

Slimmer sets mean we’ll be seeing a lot less TV in future
Saturday, October 06, 2007
Read the full story Displays | Events | R&D 05:22 AM JMLH • PermalinkComments
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With the end of CEATEC 2007 looming, it’s the perfect time to reflect on the strongest theme of this year’s show and the implications for what we’ll be finding in our electronics shops over the next months and years.

Stunning JVC high-def setup does quadruple HD TV
Friday, October 05, 2007
Read the full story Events | R&D | Video 05:08 AM JMLH • PermalinkComments
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Another day at CEATEC, another amazing piece of technology; this time in the realm of higher-than-high-definition video. JVC’s stand at the Japanese electronics show is dominated by a boxy-looking camera that can shoot video at four times the resolution of standard HD TV.

FED TVs join OLED, SED, LCD and PDP in alphabetti spaghetti display soup

We’ve seen plenty of next-generation flat televisions at this week’s CEATEC show in Japan, but a technology we haven’t heard of in a while is the field emission display, or FED.

Mr Spock would be proud: Booth babe totes tricorder to perfection
Thursday, October 04, 2007
Read the full story Events | Film, TV, manga & anime | Off Topic | Video 11:00 AM JMLH • PermalinkComments
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To pimp the Japanese HD DVD release of all 1,450 minutes of the original Star Trek in 1080p glory, the HD DVD promo body has decked out its booth attendants in appropriate regalia at CEATEC this week.

Sharp multi-touch screen puts iPhone to shame
Wednesday, October 03, 2007
Read the full story Displays | Events | R&D 04:24 AM JMLH • PermalinkComments
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Apple’s Multi-touch technology, as seen in the iPhone and iPod touch, are pretty good, but don’t you think they’re just a little bit, well, yesterday? If you don’t already, you will when you see what Sharp has in store.

Japanese trains beaming RFID info to passengers on the go

Those funky little RFID chips embedded in almost all new Japanese phones just learned another trick to add to a growing repertoire that already includes e-cash, train and bus tickets and e-credit cards, with the introduction of a handy new technology from Mitsubishi.

Toshiba’s Cell-packing SpursEngine impressive in the flesh

Toshiba has been showing off its new, powerful SpursEngine processor at the CEATEC 2007 electronics show just outside Tokyo and we were there to take a look.

HTC CEO to reveal shakeup plans for Japanese smartphone market
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Read the full story Events | Wireless 04:39 AM JMLH • PermalinkComments
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The Japanese cellphone market is pretty much a closed-membership club, in which most phones are sold by the networks and can never be unlocked - in other words, if the phone you want isn’t available from the carrier you choose, then you’re out of luck. Forget even thinking about importing something cool from abroad too.

Sony Rolly viral website goes live, irritates like hell
Monday, August 20, 2007
Read the full story Audio | Events | WTF? 08:49 AM JMLH • PermalinkComments
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What looks like the latest attempt by Sony to knock the iPod off its throne appears to have kicked off in Japan this morning with the launch of a new website called Rolly World.

Normal-size phones set for fuel cells and touchscreens
Thursday, July 19, 2007
Read the full story Events | R&D | Wireless 08:50 AM JMLH • PermalinkComments
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The Wireless Japan exhibition near Tokyo this week has seen plenty of demonstrations of existing and future technologies, but there’s one that we’re still not sure how to categorize – fuel cells.

Book tour: Japanamerica by Roland Kelts
Monday, June 25, 2007
Read the full story Events | Interviews | Japan | Robots | Toys 09:07 AM JMLH • PermalinkComments
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DWT friend and all-round good-egg Roland Kelts has a new book out about the bizarre and intriguing bonds between the cultures of Japan and the US. Japanamerica touches on everything from manga to maniacs, so get your click on and hear what Roland has to say for himself after the jump. PS If you’re in Tokyo, don’t miss the chance to get it straight from the horse’s mouth tomorrow night - details at the end.

Beefed-up 80GB PS3 available now in Korea but who cares?
Monday, June 18, 2007
Read the full story Events | Gaming 09:29 AM JMLH • PermalinkComments
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So, the fabled 80GB PS3 has just launched in Korea and gamers worldwide are united in grumbling about how it ain’t fair they only got 60GB, well so what?

Sony’s geeky backside exposed in Tokyo R&D extravaganza
Friday, June 08, 2007
Read the full story Events | GPS | Internet | R&D | Storage | Wireless 08:12 AM JMLH • Permalink
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We all know Sony for its games hardware, TVs, cameras and other audio-visual products, but it’s not such common knowledge that the company has a bleeding-edge research laboratory dedicated to exploring the technology of tomorrow just for the heck of it.

Sony hooks up with Italian masters to tease us with luxurious fantasy products
Thursday, April 19, 2007
Read the full story Events | Home theater | R&D 01:45 AM JMLH • PermalinkComments
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European readers with an eye for design and a free afternoon might like to know about the latest Sony Design event being held in Milan, Italy, this week that combines technology with old-fashioned Italian craftsmanship.

Toshiba RD-A1 HD DVD recorder launches in Tokyo
Thursday, July 27, 2006
Read the full story Events | Home theater | Video 10:51 PM JMLH • PermalinkComments
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Toshiba’s ass-kicking RD-A1 HD DVD recorder with a 1TB hard drive went on sale this morning, after a delay of a few weeks natch, for the wallet-kicking sum of ¥398,000, or about US$3,400.



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