Putting on make-up like an anime character

This video explains in detail how to get Sailor Moon eyes. The result is shown in the following picture:

Sailor Moon Make up

Looking at the original Sailor Moon cartoons, the blue color and the shinings in the “real” version turn out to be even more exaggerated than in the anime version 🙂

Sailor Moon Make up

Via Japanprobe


Mount Fuji from Pablo's house

Yesterday the sky was so clear that Pablo could see Mount Fuji from his house in downtown Tokyo.

Fuji from Tokyo

This other picture was also taken yesterday but from a skyscraper, even farther from Mount Fuji than Pablo’s house. Maybe it doesn’t seem like it but the picture is taken from a farther point, it’s an optical illusion because the photo is taken from a higher point with another perspective.

Fuji from skyscraper


Photo mix

My random pics folder was starting to fill up with too many photos and I have decided to put them all together in a post. It’s a pretty senseless mix that contains some pictures I took 5 years ago and some that I took days ago.

Rose and building
Rose and building designed by Tadao Ando.

Kiyomizu-dera in Kyoto

Kyoto Shinsengumi
Shinsengumi in the streets of Kyoto.

Sunset in Kyoto
Sunset in Kyoto.

Kyoto night
Kyoto night.

Maid Kissa
Maid Kissa.

Tokyo 1964
Tokyo 2016 was not possible, back to the past!

A random Sunday in Harajuku.

Beware the crows
Beware the crows!.

Karaoke entrance
Karaoke entrance.

Tokyo crisis
The economic crisis is hitting Tokyo hard.

New DVD on sale
New DVD on sale.

Wedding at Meiji Jingu
A wedding at Meiji Jingu

Sweety Aibo
An Aibo craving for some sweets

Akihabara alley
Hidden alley in Akihabara

Yebisu Garden Place
Yebisu Garden Place

Tokyo bakery
Bakery in downtown Tokyo.

Okinawa soba restaurant
Welcome sign at an okinawa soba restaurant.

JUMP shop
JUMP shop.

Akihabara sunday

Akihabara sunday
A Sunday around Akihabara.

Sega building
SEGA building full of arcade machines.

Train models
Shelves plenty of train models.

A super thin tako-yaki restaurant.

Hatsune Miku
Giant figure of Hatsune Miku.

Shinjuku alleys
Shinjuku alleys.

Hakama around Shinjuku
A woman wearing a Hakama around Shinjuku.


Scarlett Johansson in Tokyo

Scarlett Johansson is in Tokyo to attend a series of events to sponsor the Moët champagne brand and to record a TV commercial for them. She is going through similar situations like the main character in Lost in Translation, but dealing with champagne instead of whisky 😉

Scarlet Johansson in Japan
This is one of the billboards of Scarlett Johansson sponsoring Moët that can be seen around Tokyo.

She has been to some events in Roppongi Hills and she is staying at Park Hyatt Hotel (the same as in Lost in Translation) but the security measures are so extreme that it’s impossible to see her. So I leave you with some pictures taken by a journalist in one of the events at Roppongi Hills.

Scarlet Johansson in Japan

Scarlet Johansson in Japan

Scarlet Johansson in Japan

Scarlet Johansson in Japan

Scarlet Johansson in Japan

Scarlet Johansson in Japan


Internet café with showers

This is a sign at the entrance of an Internet café that opens 24 hours and has showers. Notice the showers “icon” next to the TV one. Because of this trend many people that do not have a house spend the night at Internet cafes for a cheap price and at the same time they can use the showers.

Internet cafe showers


Drying Tetra Briks

It still surprises me that people in Japan dry tetra briks, cans and bottles before throwing them to the garbage. They worry about cleaning the trash!! Most of them decide to put the tetra briks and cans to dry in their kitchens but sometimes you can see them in a yard or outside of a window:

Tetra brik


An interview with Chris Willson

A few months ago I got to meet photographer Chris Willson and now I consider him a friend. You can follow him on Travel67.com, on his blog and on his flickr.

Your life in three sentences
Grew up in England. Traveled a lot. Now live in Okinawa where I take photographs, write and teach.

Why did you end up in Japan? and why in Okinawa?

I’d just got back home after working in Peru, and wanted to go somewhere completely different. I’d never been to Japan so thought it would be an exciting adventure. I lived in Niigata and Hokkaido, then moved to Okinawa because I heard it had good SCUBA diving. I stayed in Okinawa because it has an interesting mix of people, good weather, fascinating cultural events, sandy beaches and coral reefs.


When did you start taking pictures?

I used a point and shoot camera when I was a teenager, but it wasn’t until I got an SLR back in 2000 that I started taking photography seriously. Not long after I managed to get some photos into a local
newspaper and things grew from there.

What do you love most about capturing the world in pictures?

Planning my trips and the anticipation that comes with it. Visiting new places, talking to people, having surreal and exciting experiences, patiently waiting for the right moment, getting the shot.
Picking up film from the lab, then looking at the transparencies on the light box reliving those brief moments in time.

What camera do you use, are you thinking of changing or not really?

For the last seven years I have used a Pentax 67II. It’s a medium format film camera that produces transparencies about 4.5 times the size of 35mm film. I use Fujifilm Provia 100F most of the time. I
haven’t made the switch to digital yet, but the Pentax 645D looks like it will be a great camera, and I’ll be able to use my 67 lenses with it.


From all the pictures that you have taken up until now, which ones are your top 3 favorites? Do you have them at flickr?

These are three of my favorites. They involved a certain amount of planning combined with a good dose of luck.

Rising Sun

After securing the perfect location at 8 AM I waited 12 hours before the firework festival began. Pressing the shutter a little late in one frame and capturing the glowing embers was luck.

Into the Mist

I knew I wanted to get a shot of the world’s longest suspension bridge. Having sea fog rolling in off the ocean was a case of right place right time.


I was walking back to the subway, having taken photos of Notting Hill Carnival, when I saw this fantastic mural. I knew it was just a matter of time until someone walked past. The fact that the man is staring down at his feet really made the shot.

Tell us about your online strategy and how do you sell your art on the net.

A few years ago I set up my own website www.travel67.com. My friend Nick built the site and keeps it up to date with new articles and images. It is a good portfolio of my work, and through the site I have had several commissions from in-flight magazines and newspapers. A couple of years ago we added an area where people can buy limited edition prints of my photographs. I have however sold more prints at exhibitions than through the website. As the number of visitors to my site increases and the global economy recovers I expect sales to increase. Six months ago I started a blog and although it isn’t fully integrated with the main site it gets several hundred visitors a day.

What do you love the most about Japan?

The weird and wonderful festivals. From Okayama’s Hadaka Matsuri to Okinawa’s dragon boat races they are a great opportunity to see people relaxing, having fun, and celebrating their cultural heritage.

On a practical note I love the fact there is so little serious crime in Japan (however two of my bicycles and several umbrellas have disappeared).

What do you hate the most about Japan?

Nothing I really hate, but there are plenty of things that annoy me. Power lines, ugly buildings, taxi / bus / truck drivers, kids not in child seats, anyone with a loudspeaker, road works, lack of awareness
of cyclists (or vegetarians), most Japanese television.

Tell us something we should know about life that you have discovered lately

Our perception of the world is distorted by the types of maps we look at. Check out the Gall-Peters projection for a more accurate representation of our world. I discovered this delightful fact while watching The West Wing season 2 episode 16.

Greeting to all Kirainet readers and see you at flickr!.


Rice fields and Japanese characters

Browsing around Japan using Google maps I came across this village where they use a peculiar system to name the different rice fields. One single hiragana, katakana or kanji is used for each different field. I have only seen this naming system in this town, but maybe it is more usual than I think. Can somebody englighten us?

Rice fields
Seen in Google maps

Rice fields
Seen in Google maps

The art using rice fields is maybe a little bit more interesting than this boring maps plenty of Japanese characters.


Piano video game music

Komatsu is a kid with a great music talent and a special hability to play video game music, specially the music in Ghosts ‘n Goblins, Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest. Japanese people love the video game series Dragon Quest which is almost unknown outside of Japan, but here is even more popular than Final Fantasy. I really like Dragon Quest melodies and I have recently started playing Dragon Quest IX, which has been recently released in Japan.

Komatsu started putting his videos in YouTube but he became so popular that eventually he was on television playing music from his favorite video games:

More videos of Komatsu in action.



The Otamatone is a new musical instrument/gadget created by MaywaDenki that was presented in the last Tokyo Game Show at the end of September. Basically, it is kind of like a theremin but with buttons and… a mouth!

In this last video one of the employees of the company that has created the Otamatone explains in detail how it works:

Via Nopuedocreer.