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Project Phoenix Kickstarter: A Japanese Role Playing Game Set to Change the Future of Gaming

Project Phoenix announced earlier this week of their plans to set up a Kickstarter, a Japanese role-playing game (JRPG). The big difference with this project is that it’ll be combined with Real Time Strategy (RTS). The future of gaming is set to be changed with the founder of Creative Intelligence Arts, Hiroaki Yura in the head of the game development.

Uniting top game developers from the West and the East, Project Phoenix takes on the JRPG genre with art direction from Kiyoshi Arai, best known for Final Fantasy XII and XIV. Music is set to be headed by Nobou Uematsu, the legendary composer of the Final Fantasy series. This is the first independent game project Uematsu will be commited to.

“For 25 years, I’ve been working on a lot of video game music like the Final Fantasy series. This is the first time I’ve worked on an independent game,” says Uematsu, Project Phoenix’s lead composer, adding, “Although it’s fun to create a game within a large company, I’ve always been interested in being able to work in a small, passionate independent games team. I’m really looking forward to it.”

The team members in charge of development have quite the impressive credits of which include Halo 4, Final Fantasy series, World of Warcraft, Star Craft II, Diablo III, L.A. Noire, Soulcalibur V, Steins Gate and the Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya.

A few other members are yet to be announced of which includes a secret designer from one of Japanese leading anime mecha title who had changed pop culture influence in the world. Project Phoenix Kickstarter seelks $100,000 in funding for programming and artistic development of the game. Check out Project Phoenix for more information on the game set to change the history of Japanese role playing game.

Police seek father of TV celebrity Rola

The Metropolitan Police Department has obtained an arrest warrant for the father of television personality Rola on suspicion of fraud, it was learned Tuesday.

Jurip ASA Al, 53, from Bangladesh, is suspected of conspiring with a compatriot to receive about 875,000 yen in benefits under Japan’s national health insurance system in December 2009 by submitting a fake medical certificate from the accomplice, according to the police. They allegedly abused the system’s program of paying some overseas medical costs borne by the insured.

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Akihabara: The One Stop Japan Spot for Otakus

Japan is notable for its many splendour tourist spots such as Shibuya, Okina and Kyoto. However, if there is one spot Otaku’s from all over the world wish to visit and this would be none other than Akihabara. Akihabara has been considered Japan’s one-stop-shop for all anime lovers and enthusiasts.

Where in Japan:

Located in Sotokanda, Tokyo Prefectur, Akihabara (秋葉原) is two stations north of Tokyo Station. Locals call the area Akiba after the local shrine. This area has gained quite the recognition from all over the world due to its diehard otaku culture. Major developments have already occurred thanks to the Akihabara Crossfield complex that promotes Akihabara as the centre for global electronics technology and trade.

How to Get There:

It’s easy to head to Akihabra thanks to Japans’ complex train systems plus their trains give meaning to “faster than a speeding bullet.” There are two options of which are as follows:

  1. From Tokyo Station: Akihabara is located two stations north of Tokyo Station by Keihin-Tohoku or JR Yamanote Line. The trip costs 130 yen and will only take three minutes. However, during the weekdays, Keihin-Tohoku line skips one station between Akihabara and Tokyo which will cut off a few seconds off travel time.
  2. From Shinjuku Station: Travellers should take the JR Chuo Line (colour orange) from Shinjuku to Ochanomizu Station of which takes approximately ten minutes. After, take a quick transfer to JR Sobu line (colour yellow) for one more station headed to Akihabara. This trip takes two minutes max. Alternate options also include taking the yellow train without transfer from Shinjuku to Akihabara for seventeen minutes trip. The fare costs 160 yen for either case.

What to See:

As mentioned, Akihabara is the centre for Otaku enthusiasts and lovers. From maid cafes to Tokyo anime centres selling merchandise and games, everything can be found here. It’s best to load up the wallet because the merchandise scattered around can easily lure Otakus in.

  1. Maid Cafes: Cosplay themed restaurants abound where food is served basically by waitresses in frilly and colourful attires. These “maids” also engage in fun activities with the guests.
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  3. Tokyo Anime Center: This is found on the UDX building of Akihabara Crossfield where anime related exhibitions are held.
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  5. Gundam Café is extremely popular where food is served in gundam themes. A gift shop is also connected where visitors may purchase souvenirs and goods.

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Why Visit Akihabara:

While Akihabara is heaven on earth for Otakus, some visit the area for real steals when it comes to the latest gadgets and electronics. Various centres offer whopping deals that are definitely a real steal as compared to any other place in Japan or overseas.

When to Visit:

Akihabara is open all year round! Take a trip to one of Japan’s busiest and most Otaku-friendly place on earth.

Important Reminders:

Japanese don’t like tourists taking photos inside stores. Unless you’re a famous celebrity or you’ve got special permission, keep the trigger happy camera’s to yourself or outside the store.

Shishido Kavka: Meet Japan’s Famous Drummer, Singer and Model

Little drummer girl she is not, Shishido Kavka proves that she’s more than just the average J-rocker. Don’t let the name fool you though, Shishido Kavka is 100% Japanese and she’s already made a name for herself in Japan. For one, this girl can rock the runway and the stage.

Despite being born in Mexico, Kavka was raised in Argentina and Japan. At the young age of 14, Kavka tried her skills on the drums before going pro at the mere age of 18. All thanks to Kenji Ohshima of The High Lows and producer Satoru Horade, Kavka is now one of the prominent Japanese drummers in the business. Having played in more than a handful of Jrock bands, Kavka has settled for a solo career with her debut release of “Aisuru Kakugo” in 2012.

Shishido Kavka isn’t only popular for her drum playing abilities. Thanks to Kavka’s svelte and tall figure, the 27-year old has already walked for large-scale shows such as Tokyo Runway and Kobe Collection.

Model, Drummer, Singer
Model, Drummer, Singer

Being a well-known drummer and model, what more could Kavka ask for? Well, Kavka’s skills don’t just end there. This beauty also has the powerful vocals to boot. Shishido’s single, “Kiken na Futari” was used for the drama series “Doubles~Futari no Keiji” which catapulted her even more into the limelight.

Fans will be seeing more of this J-rocker and her music in the years to come.

Tomomi Itano, Japan’s new it girl?

Tomomi Itano of AKB48 was recently spotted in downtown Soho, NYC, looking vibrant in pink while filming alongside former Gossip Girl Taylor Momsen for the luxury Japanese handbag Samantha Thavasa—proving fashion knows no bounds. The handbag company officially announced Tomomi as a “muse” for its brand in 2011. The singer announced she was excited and honored to represent the famous Japanese brand alongside the other famous muses, which include Beyonce and Ebihara Yuri. Muses promote, and often collaborate alongside designers, an exclusive handbag for the famous it retailer to market to their fan base.

Tomomi alongside then Gossip girl actress on set in NYC.
All eyes weren’t on our star, but it did not impede her job on set.

The Dear J singer let slip that she will be “graduating” from AKB48 this year during a promotional tour for the band’s documentary movie. Rumors, however, are a buzz that the songstress departure from the band is also due to her new relationship with EXILE’s Takahiro.

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   The Shukan Bushun reported that the new couple are now living in the same building, setting twitter and social media ablaze with rumors of an impending announcement from the it couple.Heavy Rotation fans will surely mourn the stars departure, but are surely to see and hear more from the new muse in new movies, TV series, and music ventures.

Designers at Japan Fashion Week target growing Asian market

From a phoenix-themed collection by a Japanese designer who has clothed Lady Gaga to touches of traditional Mongolian decorations, designers showing at Japan Fashion Week set their sights firmly on Asia and its huge market.

Chinese consumers have become the world’s leading buyers of luxury goods and account for one quarter of this market globally with demand growing, according to a report by consulting firm Bain & Co.

The fashion extravaganza showcasing the autumn and winter collections of 2013/14 kicked off at the weekend but Japanese brands took to the stage on Monday with Masanori Morikawa and his self-directed label, “Christian Dada”.

Morikawa has created several pieces for American pop star Lady Gaga including a pink dress reminiscent of an origami crane for her 2012 “Born This Way Ball” tour.

This time he turned to Asia for inspiration with an edgy, androgynous collection titled “Fenghuang,” which is Chinese for the mythical bird phoenix, pairing long, loose pants with richly embroidered lace on shirt sleeves for men and women.

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Celebrity Photographer, Leslie Kee, Arrested in Japan on Obscenity Charges

Tokyo-based Singaporean photographer Leslie Kee was arrested Monday on suspicion of obscenity after selling books containing pictures of male genitals at a gallery in Tokyo, police said.

The 41-year-old photographer, known for his pictures of Japanese pop stars including Ayumi Hamasaki, Yumi Matsutoya and Kumi Koda, was arrested along with two Japanese publishing firm employees.

The trio sold seven copies of a book “containing many photographs explicitly showing male genitals and others” to two customers at the gallery in the upscale shopping and entertainment district of Minami Aoyama, a Metropolitan Police Department spokesman said.

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Triumph Japan Unveils “Rise of Japanese Women” Metallic Bra

Triumph International Japan unveiled its newest concept bra in Tokyo on Tuesday November 13 which features metallic breast cups and the Japanese characters “restoration” showing its support for the rise of Japanese women on the world stage and at home. The crown jewel of the concept bra are the pliable metallic cups made of tin and forged by a female cast metal artisan, Yuko Hagiwara. Side pockets house a comb and mirror. “I feel I am strong and am empowered and I think it is also cute. If I think I am cute, I feel empowered,” said 19-year-old model Alisa. Individual Japanese characters which form the word “restoration” when placed side-by-side sit in the mid-section and were hand-crafted by female blacksmith Yuki Okamoto. Two metallic ornaments designed as cherry blossoms sit on the bra strap and skirt. Japan was ranked 101 amongst 135 countries in terms of gender equality, according to “The Global Gender Gap Report 2012” released by the world economic forum. But Japanese womens achievements are on the rise, and Triumph said it wanted to celebrate that. “These past few years, we have seen a remarkable increase in incorporating Japanese women into Japanese society and witnessed their rise on the world stage in the areas of sports and arts. We wanted to make a bra which could support these women,” said 34-year-old marketing division employee Yoshiko Masuda. Japanese women brought back four of the seven gold medals won by Japan at the London 2012 Olympic Games and various Japanese womens teams broke new ground for their country by bringing home medals in events in which Japan had no dominance.

Kyary Pamyu Pamyu unleashes PV for “Fashion Monster”

The PV for Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s upcoming single, “Fashion Monster“, has been revealed through Warner Music Japan’s official YouTube channel!

“Fashion Monster” is Kyary’s 3rd single, and it’s scheduled for release on October 17th. This electronic rock number is written and composed by Nakata Yasutaka (capsule), and it serves as the CM song for apparel brand, ‘g.u.‘.

2NE1 Doing Song For Maybelline New York

2NE1 and Maybelline New York are doing an upcoming Japanese commercial.

Group member Park Bom announced at a PR event that a new 2NE1 song would be used for the companies’s commercials.

“The song expresses the feelings of a woman and perfectly fits Maybelline’s image. I can’t sing it for you yet, but please look forward to it,” she told reporters.