Posts Tagged ‘Japan’

Rockin’ Ramen!

January 5, 2008

The Los Angeles Times has an interesting profile on Rickmond Wong (if that’s not a true Chinese American name, I don’t know what is), aka the Rameniac, a popular food blogger on all things ramen: He’s the rock star of ramen. His blog includes an in-depth discussion of Japan’s regional styles of ramen, reviews of ramen restaurants, reviews of packaged ramen, and even videos of ramen being made and slurped.  On a cold winter day, a big bowl of steaming hot ramen sounds pretty damn good. I’m now really really hungry!


Second Life flops in Japan

December 30, 2007

Second Life is flopping in Japan! Apparently, the competition from games like meet-me and Hatena World is too much for Second Life in the land of the rising sun. Second Life publishers Linden Labs are addressing the game’s popularity gap in Japan by adding some uniquely Japanese touches:

  • Virtual subways, where virtual hands grope virtual asses
  • Virtual working hours, where leisure is forbidden until work is complete
  • Virtual drinking binges, complete with virtual puddles of vomit on the virtual streets
  • Purple octopus demons that rape everyone and everything in sight

Will it be enough to close the cultural gap? Only time will tell.

Hello Kitty Hits on Guys

December 29, 2007


An Sanrio Co. employee shows Hello Kitty products targeted at young men at the company’s headquarters in Tokyo Friday, Dec. 28, 2007. The cuddly white cat, usually seen on toys and jewelry for young females, will soon adorn T-shirts, bags, watches and other products targeting young men, company spokesman Kazuo Tohmatsu said Friday. The feline for-men products will go on sale in Japan next month, and will be sold soon in the U.S. and other Asian nations, according to Sanrio. (AP Photo)

Macho Makeover for Hello Kitty 

The watch looks really nice.. would you guys get one? 🙂