Kancho figurines

I still remember how much a laughed when I learned about the Kancho. “Kancho” is a procedure in which you attack your victim from behind putting together both of your hands in a “kancho position”, the purpose is to hit your “rival’s” ass with your index fingers.

The news today is that Takara Tomy has released a new series of figures adopting the kancho position. If you buy several figures they can be “interconnected” 🙂

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Via RocketNews

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Japanese Sleeping – Vol 20

Yet another edition of the most popular series on this blog. 20th edition of the Japanese Sleeping photo series! As always with all my respect and affection to the Japanese people, I have also learned to sleep in trains and enjoy it 🙂

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Purikura

It’s been a while since I last used a purikura プリクラ machine. Last week we tried this last generation purikura booth with state of the art technology at Harajuku. First you enter a booth and the purikura system takes pictures of you, next you have to move to the “editing room”. In the editing room you have time to all types of filters, depending on the model it allows you to do certain things or not. For example, the one we used has an special algorithm that makes your face look like the face of the Japanese model Rola.

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Kitty themed construction fence

I love when I find funny construction fences here in Japan. I think it is a good idea to have smiling characters in a fence that might annoy you because some construction has started and has changed the way you usually go home. I found this Kitty fence at Shinjuku station.

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Design your own aroma

Aromatherapy is very popular here in Tokyo since a long time ago. Many profesionals dedicate their lives only to aromatherapy. Walking around Harajuku we found this shop called @aroma where you con touch sensors on the street and a fan expels the selected aroma letting the user sense it.

Inside the shop there is a system with buttons that allows you to combine different essences in order to create your own original aroma. Once you have selected the ingredients that you like you can buy your originally designed aroma bottle for 2000 yen.

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Solar islands

Kyocera is running, since last April, the largest floating solar power plant in the world in Kagoshima. It has 11,250 solar modules and it generates above 3,000 MWh per year in total. The installation is ready to withstand winds of more than 200km/h and also earthquakes and tsunamis. It seems having solar panels on the sea it is more efficient because the water acts as a natural cooler. Also, it helps the ecosystem (There is more algae below the power plant and fish are thriving).

It is a good business and Kyocera has started to build another solar island in Chiba that will be two times the size of the one in Kagoshima. It will have an installed capacity of 14W.

It doesn’t look very “natural” but I prefer a world filled with solar islands instead of oil platforms.

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More info at Kyocera news.

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Instagram from Japan 2015 – Part 1

This has been the first year that I have taken more pictures with my iPhone than with my “traditional” cameras (Nikon D800 and Fuji X100). I don’t know if it’s laziness or that the difference in quality between a photo taken with a 2kg Nikon D800+24-70mm and a smartphone weighting less than 200 grams is much less than years ago.

These are my best pictures from instagram judging from the number of likes, which it doesn’t mean that they are good pictures per se. I have selected all the pictures from last year with more than 400 likes.

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Shinjuku street photography

Before living in Japan I didn’t have any interest photography, now it is my passion. My interest started back in 2005 after seeing in action two great Japanese photographers taking pictures in Shinjuku: Moriyama Daido and Nobuyoshi Araki. I didn’t know it at the time, but they were and they still are two of the greatest Japanese photographers ever. I was fascinated by how they merged into the crowd with their little cameras. There was something about the passion they showed that captivated me.

I’ve been trying many types of photography during the years. Even though I like taking all types of pictures I’ve found that what I enjoy the most is doing the same as Araki and Moriyama: walking the streets and capture moments and people. I like the feeling of capturing a very unique moment on the street: a gesture, a group of people talking, leg shadows merging with neon lights reflected on rain water.

 

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