Archive for the ‘Culture’ Category

Dubbing Gaining Popularity in Japan

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

The Hollywood Reporter reveals that an increasing percentage of Japanese teen moviegoers prefer Hollywood movies dubbed in Japanese instead of subtitled. Reportedly, Hollywood films targeted at older viewers, or likely to appeal primarily to older Japanese viewers, are typically still distributed theatrically in Japan in original English language with Japanese subtitles. But Japanese teen audiences reportedly are increasingly considering subtitled movies “too much trouble” to watch.

Article provided by Daniel Zelter


X Japan Moving to America

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010


X Japan band leader Yoshiki announced last Friday that the entire X Japan rock group will be moving to Los Angeles. Yoshiki has already been living in Southern California for over a decade. In February the popular group announced plans to perform at the Lollapalooza music festival in Chicago from August 6 to August 8. The group now says that it may hold its first American concert performance at a smaller Loa Angeles “live house” prior to its Lollapalooza appearance.

Source: Tokyograph


Cycling the Yamanote Rail Line

Saturday, February 6th, 2010

Yamanote Rail Line - Tokyo

I know, we’re an anime blog, but I love pics of Japan, Tokyo especially, so when I come across some nice ones I like to share them with everyone. With much of the US in the icy grip of winter, don’t you wish you could be biking this right now?


Japan’s Corporate Culture Floundering

Monday, February 1st, 2010

Yahoo! News has published an incisive article examining the progressive breakdown of consumer confidence and market lead of major Japanese corporations due to a number of factors including oppressive Japanese corporate culture, over-expansion, sluggish response to developing trends, and reliance on status quo rather than innovation.

Article provided by Daniel Zelter


JAL Files for Bankruptcy

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010


Japan Airlines has filed for bankruptcy protection in one of the biggest corporate failures in Japanese history. Asia’s biggest airline reported last October that it faced 1.5 trillion yen ($16.5 billion USD) in debt, falling passenger traffic, and swelling pension costs. The airline has filed for for protection from creditors under the Corporate Rehabilitation Law – Japan’s version of Chapter 11 – and plans to institute a restructuring plan to cut inefficiency and expenses.

Source: Excite News

Article provided by Daniel Zelter


Love Tokyo Pictures?

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

I love sites like this, they remind me of my trips to Tokyo. Tons of beautiful pictures, well organized, browsing here makes me wish I could go again today.

Dotonbori small street


Shibuya on Vimeo

Friday, September 18th, 2009

For those that have been to Tokyo, or those just interested in the ‘land of anime’ culture, here’s some very cool video of Shibuya. Be sure to check out the poster’s other videos by following the link below as well.

Shibuya Final Bargain Sale from James T. Kirk on Vimeo.


Cherry Blossom Season in Tokyo

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

Sakura in Tokyo from James T. Kirk on Vimeo.

Loving this one. We found this here, where there are some other great Vimeo Tokyo videos. (I really like the Kaiten-zushi one…) If only we could be there… :)