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Japanese Children Motivated by Poop to Learn Kanji

24 May

By James Robert Shaw (The Wind up Geek)

Japanese parents can now take a different approach to motivating their children to learn kanji, by talking about poop. The fascination with excrement comes in a series of books that were designed to make learning kanji more fun for Japanese school children. Six books have been released and according to publishing house Bunkyosha (文響社), it took two years to produce from planning to selling. At the time of this article, the books were in the top six spots on Amazon Japan’s Japanese Language Learning Chart.

The series follows the standard teaching method and covers more than the 1,000 characters studied at the Japanese elementary level. Continue reading

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Japanese Artist Hikaru Shirosu Upstaged by Cat in Latest YouTube Video

4 Mar

hikarushirosuprofileBy James Robert Shaw (The Wind up Geek)

For those of you who love cats or even own one or two (or three), you’ve come to realize (as I have) that cats come with incredible power. They may not fetch a stick or even a ball like our canine companions, they are more than willing to look silly chasing a bit of yarn, tossing a fake mouse laced with catnip, or bravely explore a brown paper bag. But the true power of cats comes from their ability to inject themselves into whatever we are doing at the time, no matter how important, and cause us to stop and pay attention to their kind. In a way they are saying “I want to be loved, now.”

That appears to be what is being told to Hikaru Shirosu, a talented pianist and singer from Japan. In his latest video we get a behind the scenes look at a video he produced for YouTube back in 2013. Shirosu found the video on an old SD card. Posting through his official Twitter the artist stated of the video:

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First Full Length Trailer Released for Cyberpunk Animated Movie, Blame!

23 Feb

blamemovie2By James Robert Shaw (The Wind up Geek)
(Updated February 24, 2017; 19:14 PST)

Blame! (pronounced Blam!) is here, it’s real and it’s finally happening with a full length animated feature coming in 2017. Based on the short story Blame by Tsutomu Nihei, (later serialized from 1997 to 2003), it was originally announced for a feature-length CG rendered film in 2007. Micott and Basara (Appleseed Ex Machina) were to provide animation services with Production I.G for background, but the project was halted when Micott and Basara filed for bankruptcy in 2011.

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PIKOTARO and Donald Trump Characterized at 2017 Sapporo Snow Festival

15 Feb

pikotaroBy James Robert Shaw (The Wind up Geek)

One of the biggest events of the year in Japan can be found in Sapporo. The Sapporo Snow Festival is held over two weeks in the largest city on the north island of Hokkaido, is the Sapporo Snow Festival. The festival displays giant ice and snow sculptures in Sapporo’s downtown area that are createed by artists from around the globe. The larger sculptures are built and later demolished by the Japan Self-Defense Forces (JSDF). During this festival Sapporo hosts winter-themed events and offers tasty culinary delights.

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