Drawing its power from the squid’s natural bioenergy, there’s no need to recharge the batteries. One ad shows has Imperial Storm Troopers raising funds to rebuild Death Star. By the way, did you spot this one in The Japan Times.The i KA’s long tentacles serve as a handy neck-strap, it glows in the dark and has endless supply of ink. Dominos’s new canned pizza is not only compact, it’s long-lasting, so you can stock up your bomb shelter and never go without a slice! How about Hanamaru Udon‘s giant squid, caught daily by harpoon fishing and fried up as tempura, from That will be ¥87,000, please. We have to give full props to Eiga.com, a movie info site, for its execution of Yoda’s account on Forcebook. I mean we highly admire professor Mogura Tataki’s mission to eliminate society’s bias against lefties but something tells us we’re being pawned.His debut novel, Cross Road, a tale of romance with a protagonist inspired by Emily Bronte's Heathcliff, was an immediate success.More than two million copies were downloaded in the first week of it being published online before he was approached by a conventional publisher who transformed his work into traditional book form.Through a series of real-world case studies, it examines the relationship between mobile technology and Japanese society.In doing so, it sheds light on the way handheld connectivity tends to reshape cultures worldwide.
Introducing the i KA Organic Ebook from publisher Kodansha. Abrams to Anakin Skywalker changing his account name to Darth Vader to R2D2 denial of Jar Jar Bink’s friend request.On a smartphone running the Facebook app, the Places feature shows nearby sports where the users can “check in” (i.e., announce to Facebook friends where they are).Shops offering coupons have a yellow icon next to the name.The popular myth of Japan as a surreal, warp-speed incubator for all things handheld and digital is nothing new.But rarely do outsiders have an opportunity to venture beyond iconic anecdotes for a matter-of-fact understanding of how mobile technology shapes that country's culture – and our own.