Tokyo Film Center’s first ever International Film Festival

For the first time ever the Tokyo Film Center will be holding an International Film Festival which will be screening short films made by talented filmmakers who come from different parts of the world. The event will be held on Sat 25th and Sun 26th of July.

So, if your asking yourself “Is this one of those movie buff festivals where they’re just after your money?”, I have to say YES, we are movie buffs but not after your money because it’s a no charge event, yes you got it — NO CHARGE.


So if you are a movie buff or not I recommend for you to come by with friends or family and enjoy the films/live music/ethnic dancers/good food/cosplay make-up and much more.

If your a movie buff you’re lucky, because we have a little of everything for you, which includes meeting the creators of the films, special guests, coming by and seeing our film facility, and much more.

Thank you and hope to see you there.
Tokyo Film Center School of Arts

For more info:
Tokyo Film Center School of Arts
Tokyo, 134-0088
Tel. +81-3-5675-2009
Fax. +81-3-5667-2252
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Gundam – Standing Tall in Odaiba

Almost ready…This giant 35-ton, 18-meter tall, full-scale Gundam is in Shiokaze Park within Odaiba, Tokyo to commemorate 30 years of Mobile Suit Gundam. The Gundam sports a moving head and is able to shoot mist and light from fifty points on its body. Check out the cool video below.

Fire Breathing Baby Ignites Roppongi – Kenji Yanobe’s Giant Torayan Robot –

Sculptor Kenji Yanobe’s Giant Torayan robot, a 7.2-meter (24-ft) tall mechanical baby that sings, dances and spits up fire, was part of a larger art event in Tokyo’s Roppongi district. The fire-breathing robot performed on center stage at “Roppongi Art Night,” an all-night event featuring installations and performances by dozens of artists at various venues in the area.


Giant baby robot spits fire on Roppongi (pics)

Ping Pong Saves the World

In Japan, Ping Pong is more than just a sport. And Ping Pong has always been more than just a sport for the entire world. In fact, according to a PBS article, one of the first public hints of improved U.S.-China relations came on April 6, 1971, when the American Ping-Pong team, in Japan for the 31st World Table Tennis Championship, received a surprise invitation from their Chinese colleagues for an all-expense paid visit to the People’s Republic. Time magazine called it “The ping heard round the world.

On April 10, nine players, four officials, and two spouses stepped across a bridge from Hong Kong to the Chinese mainland, ushering in an era of “Ping-Pong diplomacy.” They were the first group of Americans allowed into China since the Communist takeover in 1949.

In 1956, the Chinese table tennis team was invited to take part in the 23rd World Championship held in Tokyo, the first sports exchange between the two countries since the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949.

As recently as last year, Chinese President Hu Jintao (Front R) played table tennis with Japanese table tennis player Ai Fukuhara (Front L) during the opening ceremony of the 2008 Japan-China youth friendly exchange year at the Waseda University in Tokyo.

The “China-Japan Youth Friendly Exchange Year” program was deemed a success by the leaders of the two countries last year. On March 15, 2008, the opening ceremony was held in Beijing. China and Japan then carried out a series of youth exchange activities in areas such as culture, academics, environmental protection, science, technology, media, TV, film and tourism.

A Japanese youth delegation consisting of representatives from all walks of life such as youth members of the parliament, senior high school students, college students, civil servants, corporate employees, and reporters arrived in Beijing on December 18, 2008 and visited Ningbo, Hangzhou, Shenyang, Dalian, Jinan, Qingdao, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Xi’an, Nanchang, Shanghai, and Tianjin.

Yasuo Fukuda said that Japan-China relations are developing smoothly toward the direction of mutual benefits from a strategic perspective. In the face of the current international financial crisis and challenges, Japan and China, in particular, should deepen cooperation and contribute to the financial stability and economic development of the two countries and the region. Yasuo Fukuda said that the foundation of Japan-China relations should be based on the promotion of mutual understanding and friendship between the people, especially between the youth. China-Japan Youth Friendly Exchange Year achieved a complete success. The Japanese side will continue to promote the exchange between the youth of the two countries.

So who can say Ping Pong is child’s play?

Ping Pong

Clinton in Japan Today!

Hillary Clinton will visit Japan today. During her two-day visit, Clinton will hold talks with Prime Minister Taro Aso and Foreign Minister Hirofumi Nakasone.

Japan is only her first stop. She also plans on visiting South Korea and China while on her first overseas assignment since assuming the office U.S. Secretary of State.

Tokyo 2.0

The web is going through another round of self-marketing and explosion due to social networking sites and the ease of publishing data to the world. Now we don’t have to have a website, blog, or even a facebook page to get our messages out. There are an increasing amount of web services that will just take your two-bits of info from your cell phone and publish them to the world for you.

But has our digital world gotten too complicated? There seems to be a different service or social network for everything we want to do. We have mySpace for when we want to promote our creative talents or just let people know what we like, we have facebook for friends and to tell people who we are, we have LinkedIn for business networking, we have twitter for friends and the followers, we have blogs to write about what we want to when we want, and some of us even still have websites to host our portfolios and businesses.

Wouldn’t it be nice if somehow we could organize all of these so that we could make updates to all of them from just one location? Why do we have to have twenty different logins and go to twenty different sites to post to all of our self-marketing endeavors? Is there a way to manage these seemingly disparate services?

Well, there may just be. And is this Web 3.0? Or is it’s going to be another service? Of course, its a service and maybe it’s a inkling on what what web 3.0 will be. For now it’s going to be a service that helps you do what you want where you want and organize it all so you don’t have to login in to 30 different services and spend all your time on the machine. It’s going to be a seemingly easy to use answer to managing our work-flow. It’s going to be a service that integrates all these other services and makes managing our online identities a breeze. It’s the new answer to the typical pattern of how our lives work. We build or start using something to make our lives easier then we make ten other things that we think make it’s even easier or cooler, then we try to organize all these into one package and hope we are done, but by the time that happens its no longer cool. So, when that package is built we say “Hey wait! What’s this! That’s new, bright and shinny, and coooooool…” And we start all over again amassing something that makes our lives complicated and cool once more. Had enough? No, never!

The Tokyo Web 2.0 event included presentations on social networking, life-streaming, and data mining that had some great insights into target marketing through the use of currently available open source API’s and other online services. There were some interesting projects presented that might be able to do some serious number crunching and definite organizing, if their services get picked up by the main stream. But, what both of these presentations had in common was that they were using all of the freely available information that they could from every known website, blog, SNS, or life-streaming service and trying to organize it into something that could be a central managing location for our online lives.

Opensocial is Google’s answer to making sense of all this. It’s a technology specification for SNS gadget platforms. So it’s a set of rules that will allow us to extend the use of social data from all the services, be it facebook, mySpace, or twitter, with the ultimate goal of making new gadgets that can display information from all of them and allowing us to use it freely and however we want to make new and cool tools and services.

The presentation given by Toshimasa Ishibashi, a web engineer at Media Technology Lab @Recruit, was a brief introduction to Opensocial application programming. OpenSocial is on it’s way for a broad release here in Japan with Mixi hosting it as an open beta platform, this coming spring. Toshimasa introduced some basic concepts of the specification, and shared some sample code and tips for non-hassle development. He even introduced a jQuery plugin to make developing with the necessary API’s even easier. The video of the presentation can be found here along with slides. The jQuery plugin here.

The other presenter was Dominiek ter Heide. He presented his own mash-up service that organizes your life-streaming information and presents it as an online blog for everyone to see. It’s like a dashboard that includes all the widgets of your life and presents your information to the world. Currently his project, Kakuteru, is an Open Business and he is asking for help from collaborators for exchange in ownership.