Cabinet Support Rate

Taro Asou became the prime minister of Japan after Yasuo Fukuda's sudden resignation.

As usual, Newspaper companies started the "cabinet support rate survey" (内閣支持率調査, Naikaku Shijiritsu chousa) .

**Asou's cabinet support rate (compared with Fukuda/Abe)**

Jiji press article[ja]
Nikkei article[ja]
Mainichi article[ja]
Sankei/FNN article[ja]

You can see how different the numbers are, based on which newspaper company did the survey. Nikkei result says Asou has 53% support rate whereas Sankei's number is 44.6%- 10 points lower than Nikkei. This has become a debate in people interested in surveys - there could be various factors that made this difference - it could be due to how the questions were phrased, what method they did the survey (some are telephone interview, some are F2F, etc), what time they did the survey, whether it was weekday or weekend, etc.

This is the latest political party support rate.
Yomiuri's result says DPJ has 22.8% whereas Nikkei has a score 10 point higher- 33%.

**Party support rate**

**Abbreviations I used for the political parties**

LDP - Liberal Democratic Party
DPJ - Democratic Party of Japan
Komei - New Clean Government Party
JCP - Japan Communist Party
SDP - Social Democratic Party
PNP - The People's New Party
NPN - New Party Nippon

Following is the historical chart of the cabinet support rate of prime ministers... I listed the data of Yomiuri and Asahi.

**Historical Cabinet Support Rate**

This debate is nothing new however- this article on J-Cast pointed out the difference of the survey results conducted after the cabinet reform of Fukuda last month (Survey period was 2008/8/1-8/2)

**Cabinet support rate differences (this data is from 2008/8/1-8/2)**

* "point change" refers to the comparison between the survey result from last time and this time.

There was a huge difference in those numbers here too.

Whichever company's data you use, certain facts- such as the fact that Asou's cabinet support rate is lower than what LDP expected- lower than recent prime ministers such as Abe and Fukuda- does not change.

2010/4/30 update:
Sankei/FNN did a cabinet support rate survey on 4/24-25 and the result was as follows. Blue line is support rate of Hatoyama cabinet (which fell from 68.7% last September to 22.2% this April), red line is non-support rate...

Cell Phone Novels

***Atashi Kanojo***

Keitai Shousetsu means "Cell Phone novels", which are short novels meant to be read with cell phones.

Today, "The 3rd Cell Phone Novel Award" was awarded[ja], and a novel called "Atashi Kanojo (I, girlfriend) "[ja] won the grand prize (with 2million yen prize).

I have never read Cell Phone novels before,but I tried reading this for a moment now...

The screen looks like this:

You can see from the image that all of the lines are really short with one or two words, and it has dozens of line breaks.

This is the translation of the first page:





Well this year 24



Of course

I have

I mean

Why not?



is ordinary


I'm dating him


-end of page1-

and it goes on and on with all these line breaks and "mitaina"s.

I don't think there is any translation for "mitaina" as it doesn't mean anything, it's there at the end of some of the sentences. Someone counted this "mitaina"s and it is said that there are 423 pages for this novel, and there are 210 "mitaina" in this novel.

Those line breaks and "mitaina"s are unique and it is so different from what we read as paper novels or within the internet world that we see on computer screens.

This unique "Atashi Kanojo" grammer was not acceptable to most of the grownups and there is a big buzz online by the adults making fun of this.

"Atashi blog"[ja] is a joke website that enables you to put your blog URL in the box, and returns contents in a "Atashi Kanojo" grammer. Of course the enter button says "mitaina(みたいな)"

On the other hand, others got used to this style where there is a certain rhythm and got sympathetic about the story - some even blogs that they had cried out with tears reading this.

***Impact of Cell Phone Novels***

Whether we like it or not, the impact of cell phone novels are becoming so huge that we cannot ignore.

The year 2007's best selling novels ranking shocked the industry. 5 out of top 10 best selling novels had cell phone novels, especially all of the top 3 were cell phone novels written by amateurs. The best selling novel in Japan in 2007 was a cell phone novel "Koizora" which was read by 25 million readers, got published and sold approximately 2 million copies, was made into a film with gross revenue of 3.9 billion yen, with 3.14 million people visiting the theater.It was later adapted into drama series too. Koizora was 10th in the year 2007's best selling book ranking.

***Who are the players?***

The biggest company providing the cell phone novels is "Mahou no Island (magical island)"[ja] which Koizora was originally uploaded and published.

Following is based on a translation of an interview article with Akira Taniguchi[ja], the CEO of Mahou no Island on Chiyoda Portal site, plus what I heard from my friend who works for Mahou no Island.

Mahou no Island is a website that enables you to create websites, novels, poetry etc for free. It started in December 1999, and has 5.7million users (of which 80% are female) and has monthly page view of 3.3billion. Their business model is advertisements, content business, content management, publishing and EC.

The service "Mahou no Island" started 8 years ago, but the company actually started 19 years ago. They were a IT developer company then, they did the developing work during the day, and developed Mahou no Island during the night as a side project. The first server was placed under the CEO's desk.

The first day they had 300PV, the first week 30 thousand PV/day, the first month they had 400thousand PV/day and in 3 months they grew to 1.2 million PV/day.

The reason why Mahou no Island had a competitive advantage was that they started with cell phones and grasped the customer needs and coped with them rapidly, whereas for the competitors, cell phone site was like an appendix to the PC site. They grew up with the cell phone users together to make the website better. It is said that the users were amazed by how fast the fixes were made on the site when they gave requests- it is funny when you know about the fact that they were doing a big company's work during the day and those fixes were made during the night... with all the passions toward creating a better site.

Cell phone websites are always fighting with the problem of unethical contents for their young users. Mahou no Island has a service called "i-police" which checks the community sites within Mahou no Island and warns or deletes certain contents when they find them. As most of the users of Mahou no Island are teenagers, harmful contents (such as bullying) is a serious problem. 70% of the checks are done by computer, and 30% is by human. They say deleting the contents is easy, but it will not solve the problems. The real solution is to educate "why" such usage is bad, and stop that child from repeating that mistake. Mahou no Island invites students to visit the company now and then, to learn / experience from them.

It was also revealed today [ja]that Jakucho Setouchi, an 86 year old novelist secretly created a cell phone novel. Many people points out that cell phone novels has a bad influence on Japanese novel culture, but she says she wanted to know the reason why cell phone novels are read so much. Cell phone novels has strange grammers that are used by the youngsters, and Setouchi tried using such grammer for the novel.

***Cell Phones***

We really can't live without cell phones in the current society.

We wake up
- cell phone is your alarm

Commute (Go to school/office)
- cell phone serves as your wallet(osaifu keitai), train ticket
- you use cell phone to read e-mails, browse the web, play games, listen to music, watch TV (one-seg), etc

While at school / work
- you use cell phone for phone calls / internet / e-mails, etc

After school / work
- email / call your friends to get together
- use train timetable applications for changing trains
- use GPS to find restaurants etc
- use to pay for tickets, get coupons, etc

We're using the cell phones the whole day, and more so with the children.

Some children are addicted to cell phones, some are bullying other children using cell phone emails and BBSs, etc. I think I should write about this in another post, but some of the children seems to have a weird rules that they have to reply to cell phone emails within 3 minutes which accelerates the cell phone addictions...

***Some numbers on cell phones***

There are more than 100 million cell phones in Japan.

**Internet usage research by Ministry of General Affairs**

- Use PC to access internet 78,130,000 (88.7%)
- Use cell phone to access internet 72,870,000 (82.7%)
- Use Games and TVs to access internet 3,580,000(4.1%)

- PC and cell phone 59,930,000(68.0%)
- PC only 14,690,000(16.7%)
- cell phone only 9,920,000(11.3%)

**Mobile contents business market research report by Ministry of General Affairs[ja]**

Mobile business market is 1.1464 trillion yen(2007)23% increase from last year.
Within this, mobile contents market is 423.3 billion yen(16% increase from last year)
Mobile commerce market is 723.1 billion yen.(29% increase from last year)

red:mobile content market
blue: mobile commerce market

Mobile content market

ring tone : 55.9 billion yen(34% decrease from last year)
ring song : 107.4billion yen(42% increase from last year)
mobile game : 84.8 billion yen(13% increase from last year)
e-books : 22.1 billion yen(220% increase from last year)
fortune telling : 18.2 billion yen(15% increase from last year)
standby display image : 22.7 billion yen(8% decrease from last year)
other : 112.2 billion yen(34% increase from last year)

**Mobile websites data**(08/11/12 update)

major mobile websites in Japan

data source: Nikkei IT PLUS

**Mobile industry study group**(08/10/07 update)

Taguchi-san did a study group on mobile industry with Sato-san of froute as the lecturer.

Post from IDEA * IDEA [ja]
Post from Akiyan.com [ja]

-mobile search industry trend

indexing by (1) directory by manual (2) parser by crawler (3) DB
vertical search
specialized search engine (music etc)
PFI(pay for inclusion)ads
mobile search word trend are becoming specific words such as artist name (not ring tone etc)
users search periodically (such as once a day) on specific words
cross media (TV to mobile)
mobile search used to be a pass time- it has now become a tool to use "when in need"


mobile search results are displayed in the following order: Official site - mobile site - PC site
best to become PC site.
include meta tag to claim it is a mobile site

- how to increase access

Getting exposure on the news of mobile SNS is important
Get introduced in GIGAZINE or narinari.com, and you will be on mobile SNS which will drive you traffic

- contents

comics, games about love
highschool students find interesting contents through SNS
people in their thirties use Gmail and YouTube

- monster sites

there are monster sites in the mobile world with more traffic than Yahoo or Google
partnership with those companies helps your business a lot.
Megaview (BBS), Zenryaku Profile (前略プロフィール), AWalker (エーウォーカー), Peps! (ペップス)


CTR depends on number of unique user and how much users are used to ads.
banner ads on imenu has higher CTR(3-10%), portals (0.1-0.5%), CGM sites has lower CTR(0.01-0.05%)

-market trend

E-commerce will grow in terms of sales, but may not be very profitable

-industry trend

There might be a big change in 2010-2011
openness, standardization of pictogram, etc.

-why there is not many engineers in the mobile world

Making a mobile site alone is not easy. Coding 20%, testing 80%... leads to demotivation, mobile-native youngsters are not working yet, no way to promote= do not get access= demotivation

- current trends of difficulties in these couple of years for the developers

there are increasing number of engines (Java etc) that the applications run
basically support only the applications that are tested with real machines


don't use too many images

-Japanese mobile contents that are popular outside Japan

games are popular in EU

**Some numbers on DeNA**[ja]
DeNA is the company that operates mobage-town

2008 Apr-June sales 9 billion yen (60.7% increase from last year), 4.337 billion yen (108% increase from last year)

***Cell phones to be banned in schools?***

Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology told the elementary schools and junior high schools all over Japan to prohibit students from bringing cell phones to schools[ja]. It says 1) elementary school children and junior high school children are basically prohibited to bring cell phones to schools 2) if it is going to be allowed for safety reasons etc, the usage must be limited to certain functions such as GPS 3) Cell phones that are allowed to be brought into schools may not be used in the schools.

Although it is understandable that there are various negative effects for the children especially by becoming cell phone addicts, is banning the usage really the right solution? Isn't it more important that we try to educate them and make them understand what is wrong and what is right and why? Innovation starts when you use them- and currently, Japan is fortunately advanced in the mobile world because the users are using cell phones so much and the manufacturers are trying to keep up with the demands, creators are creating applications to meet those demands, and new culture including cell phone novels - whether you like it or not - came to exist. We all know that there is going to be even a bigger market in the mobile world- are we trying to lose Japan's competitiveness by decreasing the exposure of the children to mobile world? sigh...


Mobile device market in Japan

IDEA * IDEA had an interesting post: summary of mobile devices sales [ja]

I think this is very interesting, so made them into a chart:

30% of NintendoDS and 25% of PSP are sold in Japan.

■ worldwide market

iPhone 3G
3,000,000(as of 8/11)

Source: 1 2

iPhone (original+3G)
7,120,000(as of 7/13)

Source: 1 2

Nintendo DS
77,540,000(as of 7/30)

Source: 1 2

41,000,000(as of end of June)

Source: 1

cell phones
1,152,840,000(in 1 year: 2007)

Source: 1 2

■ Japan market

iPhone 3G
70,000(as of 7/21)

Source: 1 2

Nintendo DS
22,970,000(as of 7/30)

Source: 1

10,000,000(as of 7/15)

Source: 1

cell phone
52,300,000(in one year: 2007)

Source: 1


Google Street View

Google started Google Streetview [ja] service (GSV) in Japan.

Google Streetview is a service that Google's car with a camera runs around in town taking photos of everywhere and is located in Google Maps.

***The camera***

Photo CC-BY-NC by boingboing

Google Streetview service launched in August in Japan which invited LOTS of debates.

Photo CC-BY-SA by Knife-thrower


There is a hot debate over GSV. Google insists that they are taking photos in the public road so there shouldn't be any problem. Some say it is useful and interesting. Others say it is infringement of privacy, might be used by thieves or terrorists, etc.

Osamu Higuchi wrote his blog titled "a letter to Google"[ja] asking to exclude Japanese cities from Google Street View because of the cultural differences between the U.S. and Japan. The notion of privacy is linked to cultural lifestyles that differs in each country, and in Japan - in his opinion- Google Street View is not suitable.

Chris Salzberg posted on Global Voices the full translation of this letter: and this is abstract from that post.

-The residential roads of Japan's urban areas are a part of people's living space, and it is impolite to photograph other people's living spaces

-In our way of living, you do not unilaterally, and in a machine-readable form, lay open people's living spaces to the whole world

-Before this problem gets more tangled, please make a decision and take action on this based on your own sense of morals

Discussion went on, and Chris wrote another post "Japan: Debate over Google Street View continues" a week later on Global Voices summing up comments on Higuchi-san's blog, blog posts and comments on this issue. Some of the comments are:

-Certainly it satisfies a certain sense of curiosity to see these places that you normally wouldn't be able to see, and there is a kind of guilty pleasure in that, but when you really think about it carefully, it's actually pretty scary.

-At Baldanders.info, another blogger offers a perspective on privacy [ja] as someone who grew up outside of these urban areas:Maybe it's because I'm from the country, but although I can sympathize with the idea that [Japanese] alleyways [”roji”/路地] are a part of the living space, I don't think that this is connected to the problem of privacy. The reason [I say this] is that this “living space” is a shared space of the neighborhood community in the area, and is not a private space. In other words, this “foreign substance” Street View which has entered into people's “living space” is not something that intrudes on people's private space, but rather something that intrudes on the shared space of the neighborhood. So although I don't see it as a problem of privacy, I do hope that this issue will form the starting point for a discussion on the relationship between the tight spaces that are peculiar to Japan and what is outside of these spaces. This must also have an impact on the way that security is managed in everyday life.

Interestingly, after the discussions about GSV in Japanese were translated into English, the English blogosphere had another round of discussion about this in English, and a blogger "Essa" summarized those discussions and translated some of the debates and responses back to Japanese in his blog [ja/partially en] . So it was 1) a Japanese debate on Japanese GSV and cultural issues 2)translated into English, debated there and 3) those English feedback translated back into Japanese again :)

-Hebohebo programmer diary, had a post on summary of blog posts discussing GSV [ja]

- This blog is fully dedicated to finding interesting stuff in GSV.

***MIAU symposium***

MIAU held a symposium on GSV, and Shinyai liveblogged it [ja] and IT Media wrote an article [ja].

Q: Situation outside Japan?

- In U.S.,Google is sued because of privacy infringement (shot inside room)
- In Canada, GSV was launched and then terminated due to privacy infringement
- In England and France, service launched but in France they only shoot big roads.

Q: Similar services to GSV already exists

- Location View
- Everyscape
- Alps Lab Video
- Iseemedia

Location View launched 2 years ago, but there had not been any complaint filed to the company. This was probably because the company deleted photos with privacy concerns by hand. Google took the opposite "Optout" approach- they shot everything, publicized, and told the users if there is anything that has problems they will take them off. The latter is obviously easier, cheaper and faster, but this approach was questioned by the panelists.

Q: Notion of "Privacy" in Japan

- "The notion of "privacy" changed a lot during those 20 years." says one of the panelists and a lawyer, Toshimitsu Dan. People put their names and phone numbers in the phone book. Name lists were sold and it was not illegal then- now it's illegal.

- Another panelist Masayuki Hatta points out that in the U.S., there are front yards and you can't really see the houses. In Japan, we don't have yards so GSV car can easily take photos of the houses. On the other hand, he says "saying GSV is grose is similar to pre-camera era when people thought "if you get photos taken, your soul gets stolen."


Want to see more of the statistical data of people's perceptions towards GSV?
Those issues depends on who you ask and what they know etc so nothing is definite, but here are some examples.

MIAU symposium's participants were 50% positive 50% negative to GSV.

Hatena user id:gohshi reported that they had surveyed all the bookmark comments [ja] on the original Letter to Google (in Japanese), and reported the breakdown:
Positive: 65 were against Higuchi
Negative: 112 agreed with Higuchi
Neutral: 93

Hatena user id:matsunaga, posted a question [ja] to Hatena Question asking users about GSV and the result was:

Positive “Doesn't bother me. Seems like a good thing.” 123 (41.0%)
Negative “It's creepy and inexcusable. Stop it right now.” 125 (41.7%)
Don't know “GSV, what is that?” 52 (17.3%)

Japan.internet.com carried out an online survey [ja] on this topic:

Q:Have you ever used GSV?
Used Japanese GSV 67.6%
Was using non-Japanese one already 5.6%
Have not used it 26.6%

Q: Have you searched on your own house?
Searched and found my house: 50.9%
Searched but my house was not displayed: 31.6%
Have not searched my house 17.5%

Q: Have you or your friends been found in GSV?
Neither I nor my friends were found 64.9%
I don't know 29.8%
I found myself in GSV 1.8%
I found my friend in GSV 1.8%
other 1.8%

Q: What do you feel about GSV?
-I feel I am watched
-infringement of privacy

***Hiromitsu Takagi***

Hiromitsu Takagi, a security consultant has been looking into GSV problem more than any person I know of.

His series of GSV related blog posts started with this one:

- Notes from Telecom Platform Research Group
Various companies including Yahoo, Google, MicroSoft, NTT, KDDI, JR-West, etc were present. During this meeting, Google said "In Japan, houses has the name plates in front of the house. People do not care about privacy as they are pubicizing their names on public roads."" Value criteria of what is harmful and what is harmless differs among each person, and it is questionable to bind with the ethical sense of academists."

-Would Japanese houses' fence grow 70cm longer in accordance with Google?
Investigating GSV, Takagi-san noticed that there are some places that shows houses inside of the fence, and he went to interview the residents. The issues are 1) cameras were in a high position 2) in the US, GSV cars probably didn't go to small streets and therefore the angle from the camera wasn't that steep, and as a result it did not cover houses inside the walls. Japanese GSVs goes into even extremely narrow roads and takes photos there which could shoot even inside the house if the curtains are open. GSV car cameras seems to be taller than the fences and covers that the citizens put to hide things from the eyes of the public.(Location View which is a similar service sets its camera in a lower position)

-He goes on investigating how GSV car went on to shoot private roads, car license plates, etc.

-He started a survey using Hatena's survey system. The purpose of this research was to check if the tendency differs by the respondants' housing environment.

SURVEY1: What do you think about GSV- positive or negative? [ja]

positive 47%
negative 33%
I don't know 20%

General findings from this survey were:

-people whose own house was shot has the tendency of being more negative about GSV.
-people in houses are more negative compared to people living in apartments.
-people in lower floors are more negative compared to people living in higher floors
-peope who owns the apartments are more negative compared to people who are renting
-people who lives alone are more positive
-people who thinks they have high IT literacy are more positive

He comments that "Hatena people have higher IT literacy than ordinary citizens, so it might have pushed the "positive ration", and also as more people gets their own houses' shot, they might be more negative."

He did another survey.

SURVEY2: What should happen to GSV?" [ja]

No problem, Keep the service as it is 19%
Keep as it if the problems will be solved 33%
Terminate until the problems get solved 17%
Problem will not be solved. abolish the service 21%
I don't know 10%

General findings from this survey were:

-When their own houses get shot by GSV, they have clearer understanding and stance toward GSV.
-Women feel more negative toward GSV (only 9% responded that GSV has no problem and should keep as it is)

-"problems that should be solved by GSV" include:
Car license plates should be blurred (434),
Name plates in front of the houses should be blurred (385)
Publicize Google's criteria of photo deletion (345)
Do not shoot on private roads (342)
Google should delete or edit inproper photos before publicizing (332)
Blur clothes and futon (276)
Do not enter narrow roads (272)
Blur bodies not just faces (265)

-"Do you think the problems will be solved?"
no problem even now 13%
will be solved soon 8%
will be solved in a year 10%
will not be solved in a year but some day be solved 20%
will not be solved 34%
I don't know 16%

***being excluded from GSV***

- "Hey, if you don't want to be in GSV, write "rel="nofollow" on your forehead!" says Ichiru in his blog [ja]:D

- It looks like Alaskan GSV camera was covered with a plastic bag :P

- Japan: Street View's Missing Streets is another blog post on Global Voices by Chris, pointing out about the blank zone in GSV.

Ōta Ward [大田区] (Tokyo) in GSV. direct link to GSV

Hatena blogger id:buyobuyo compares the atmosphere of Ōta Ward in these pictures to Area 51 in the U.S.

A famous blogger Nobuo Sakiyama wrote a post on this:

Outside of Tokyo, a well-known large-scale discriminated community [被差別部落/hisabetsu buraku, or “burakumin area”] (a group from the area has bought a domain and has its own web site, but just to be safe I will avoid citing the actual name of the city and region here) hardly appears in Street View except for its periphery area. There are however many more areas in this city that are also blanked out, and also on the human rights board on 2channel [they are saying] that there is no causal relationship between Google avoiding this area and the fact that it is a burakumin area. Nevertheless, if you know the rough whereabouts of this region, then there is the potential to visualize it on the map.


It's a SONY

SONY held a dealer convention as well as blogger seminar last weekend.

Luckily, I was invited as one of the bloggers :)

They showed us their newest products so I will introduce some of them here:

"sountina" is a speaker, designed as an interior, made of organic glass. Beautiful design as well as sound.

sountina sountina
Photos CC-BY-NC-SA by Fumi Yamazaki

"ECM-HW1" is a wireless microphone for Handycam video camera.

Photos CC-BY-NC-SA by Fumi Yamazaki

Pros: you can get better sounds for your video - you can shoot from a distance, or in a different room, you won't get your own voice in the recording when you interview someone. It's light(as in weight).
Cons: It's big. It's 200USD. (some say it's expensive, some say it's not. But as video cameras become cheaper and cheaper, 200USD for a microphone seems a bit expensive for me.)

NAV-U (car navigation)

NavU nav-u
Photos CC-BY-NC-SA by Fumi Yamazaki

Being able to attach the car navigation to a car with those suckers is one of the features.

Photo CC-BY-NC-SA by Fumi Yamazaki

SONY has a team dedicated for this sucker development. He has been doing research on sucker for 3 years already.

Car navigations with GPS loses the location data when it enters tunnels.
Nav-u has acceleration sensor and calculates the speed and direction to keep track of the location even in the tunnels. Acceleration sensor miscalculates the gravity when there are hills etc and the road goes up and down. Therefore it has atmospheric pressure sensor to fix this. It also has Jairo sensor.

Applicast is a widget for televisions that you can use with SONY Bravia TVs.
You can check out information from the internet on the widget while you watch TV. Just like App store for iPhone apps, SONY will make a scheme for individual developers to upload and distribute their own Applicast widgets.

Photo CC-BY-NC-SA by Fumi Yamazaki

Life-X is a lifelog sharing service which enables you to aggregate your photos, videos, blog posts, twitter tweets, social bookmarks, and output them to your PC, Bravia(TV), Cell phones, PSP(portable game), and PS3(game).

Photo CC-BY-NC-SA by Fumi Yamazaki

It is sort of like Friendfeed, but one thing is that it is made by SONY and it supports various devices other than PC, also the interface is more catchy in a Japanese sense.

* Remember, Google Japan's simple interface and Yahoo Japan's colorful/contentful interface difference... and Japanese loves Yahoo Japan. According to Comscore,
Yahoo Japan: 46 million monthly unique visitors
Google Japan: 35 million monthly uniques

Other highlights were 9.9mm Bravia television.
9.9mm TV!! Isn't that insane?

Photo by Current

To the "small and thin extreme", they also had 0.3mm organic LED TV and golfball size speaker.

To the "large and powerful extreme", their demonstrations of the beautiful Blu-ray movies and 48:9 3-screen movies were pretty amazing.


Harukiya @ Ikebukuro

If you are an comic/anime geek visiting Japan and love AKIRA, you should definitely visit Harukiya(春木屋) -and you probably know why this place is called Harukiya ;) - .









Alcohol called Harukiya.





They will show AKIRA anime on the TV screen and has AKIRA comic books.





Harukiya (春木屋)

-Address 3-30-6 NishiIkebukuro Toshima-ku Tokyo Isono bldg B1F (東京都豊島区西池袋3-30-6 磯野ビルB1F)
-Access 5min walk from Ikebukuro station (JR, Yurakucho-line, Fukutoshin-line)
-Phone 03-5956-4422
-Open hours: 18:00-05:00(Mon-Sat) 18:00-0:00(Sun/Holiday)
Coupon (20%OFF if you go in before 20:00, 10%OFF if you go after 20:00)




Nico Nico Douga blog

I am writing another blog -Fumi25 blog- completely dedicated to introducing Nico Nico Douga videos in English.

The reason why I made this blog was because there is no English interface, I thought non-Japanese speakers might find it difficult to find interesting Nico Nico videos.

Here is the summary of the posts:

***Nico Nico Douga***

What is Nico Nico Douga?
What are the popular contents in Nico Nico Douga?
Popular videos within Nico Nico Douga -2008 version
Nico Nico Channels - Nico Nico Douga is trying to build content channels

***Hatsune Miku (Desktop Music application called Vocaloid)***

What is Hatsune Miku?

Miku Miku Dance(MMD) (Consumer generated 3D application)
Miku Miku Dance Cup a user oriented tournament for videos created using MMD
The most corny MMD in the world
Vocalomark, creating 3D Miku using XSI
Miku meets ARToolKit AR= Augmented Reality
Miku meets PTAM PTAM=Parallel tracking and mapping
1 year work on Miku-3DPV - this creator spent a whole year trying to create a Miku 3DPV

Onsha - company that that the CEO loved Miku so much and started to create products
Miniature Miku Project (techies competing on the smallest Miku they can make)
Moesha Moesha or itasha are cars with anime stickers, and one of the itasha of Miku challenged to run in GT race
DIY object creation with Miku

MikuMikuVoice -software to import wav data to VOCALOID
Vocalis and Vocannaindesu more technology to make Miku sing better
realtime VOCALOID performance using keyborads
UTAU- handmade VOCALOID-someone created a DTP software like VOCALOID
re:Package Hatsune Miku album sold commercially

Roshin Yukai - a popular song of Kagamine Ren

German Vocaloid voice of "keyboard crasher" boy from Germany is sampled
NOCALOID IKZO (Ikuzo Yoshi)'s music is sampled


What is NicoMas? (IdolM@ster videos on Nico Nico Douga)
VOC@LOIDM@STER festival Vocaloid/IM@S joint event
Popular IdolM@ster videos among bloggers

***Nico Nico Tech Group***
- tech geeks in Nico Nico community uploading geeky vidoes

Using Excel in various ways...
Music created using PC effect sounds

Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, 3D, 2.5D, 2.8D...
How to create Doujin Games - series of videos to introduce how they created a doujin game
Yurikamome Futuristic video created by editing a video riding on a train (Yurikamome)
Happy New Year! - new year greeting video -NicoTech way
"Innocence" musical instrument - people are trying to create a new musical instrument


Ine Nakamura- horsehead musician who plays multiple instruments
Jimuin G who plays multiple instruments at the same time
Maru, an amazing electone player
Kumikyoku NicoNicoDouga - collection of Nico Nico users' favorite songs-1
Nico Nico Douga Ryuuseigun - collection of Nico Nico users' favorite songs-2
HongKoong Nicochu in HongKong
Amazing guitar player
Be MYSELF - a popular anime song singer posts her dance to Nico Nico Douga

***Animal Videos (AVs)***

Fuchagi Family (video of cats)
Neko Nabe (cat in a pot)

- the weekend of 8/30- 8/31 had lots of Nico Nico Douga events, and here are some.

Hatsune Miku's 1 year anniversary
Nico Tech Meeting tech lovers withing the Nico Nico community got together to do a demo event
Tokachi Gold, a live DJ/VJ event
Makoto's birthday (Makoto is one of the characters in idolM@ster)
Cine☆MAD/Neta☆MADNicomas MAD video creators and Nicomas novel video creators got together to create a series of videos =Cine☆MAD. People who were not invited to Cine☆MAD decided to create videos and upload them during Cine☆MAD period= Neta☆MAD


trace What is a copycat and what is just similar?
"Hand-drawn (tegaki) MADs" User generated animations
Automatic Mario
Political NicoNicoDouga channels
Donald MacDonald Donald is a favorite character of NicoNicoCreators!
Usavich Original has become NicoNico official videos!
Love Cheat! MADs
Tegaki JOJO
Video created by comments
GONG - MAD animes using the song "GONG"
LEGO - amazing LEGO creator