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Mask on, Mask off. The Future of Face Covers, Conventions & Covid-19

29 Apr

Cosplay crafter creates awesome face masks based on Gundam and ...By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Interest in fashionable nerdy face masks is now the norm. While they are easier to find in Asia than America, all anyone has to do is look at Soranews for the latest trends or even Etsy to get a customized face wear. Even Kotaku has an article on how these face masks are sparking creativity amongst those who know how. Whether that’s with a solid piece of plastic with a 3D printer or something sewn, are they really needed?

When Disney, Chaosium Games and Inked Gaming is also getting on board, buyers really have to remember these customized face wear products are not medically certified. There’s still a chance of catching covid-19 if these fabric masks are not properly washed. The good is that part of the money made is going into a charity, the bad, they aren’t anything special to make the wearer feel protected.

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Top Rank Sumo Wrestler Wows Fans with Ghostly Kimono

29 Jul

By James Robert Shaw (The Wind up Geek)

Born in Tottori in Tottori Prefecture, Ishiura Masakatsu is that region’s pride and joy, not only because he is within the top ranks of Japan’s professional sumo league but because he won the “Fighting Spirit” prize at November’s Kyūshū basho in Fukuoka. Having the least amount of weight in the top division (260lbs), the wrestler from Miyaginobeya (beya meaning “stable” which is a home that sumo wrestlers live in both full and part time) has done considerably well for one who got a late start in the sport at the age of 23. Ishiura had no plans to enter sumo but changed his mind after seeing many wrestlers from his amateur days turn professional.

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Slashing Bluelight Away with Sword Art Online’s Eyewear

27 Jun

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By Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)

Timbuk 3 sang the praises for donning dark spectacles in their song, “Future’s So Bright I Gotta Wear Shades” but I was never sure about donning generic looking sunglasses. The multimedia franchise Sword Art Online explores virtual worlds where its heroes can enter (after putting on a specialized headwear instead of simply glasses) but never leave … and for fans to wear a product based on this series on their eyes will not doubt show to the real world how serious they are with being an otaku, especially when sitting outside in public and staring at their smartphones too long. Although these are meant to be simply computer glasses for indoor use, I’m sure anime fans want to show off their cred.

This piece of protective-wear is designed to filter out harmful blue light. The technology has been around for a fair number of years as generic eye-wear, as a coating over prescription lenses or clip-on over regular glasses. Not many entrepreneurs have decided to turn it into a fashion line, which is what this line is about.

Orders are being taken from June 27 to August 6, 2016 through Otakumode. This item is expected to ship on December 2017.

Three designs sporting different blades (belonging to the main characters) along the arm are offered. They are Kirito’s Elucidator / Dark Repulser, Asuna’s Lambent Light and Sinon’s Hecate II.

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2nd Wave of Artists Announced for Japan’s Cultural “Moshi Moshi Nippon Fest 2016!”

3 Nov

chururi-chururira-dempagumi-incBy James Robert Shaw (The Wind up Geek)

Cultural festival Moshi Moshi Nippon will be making its return to the Tokyo Taiikukan in Sendagayan this November 24-27. This festival will be 4 days filled with live performances, traditional culture, arts demonstrations, fashion shows, and food. Now in it’s third year, Moshi Moshi Nippon Fest 2014 saw 15,000 in attendance followed by a record of 25,000 in 2015. In 2016 the Moshi Moshi Nippon Festival has been promised to be bigger than ever. And as a special treat this year for non-Japanese citizens, those who pre-register will be given free entry.

Non-Japanese citizens can register at the following link: http://msmsnippon16-1.peatix.com/
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