Here are the latest Pulsations, links to fresh stories and visuals about Japan, shout-outs to fellow bloggers, and highly clickable stuff that we think you might enjoy.
In no particular order, they are . . .
- The Three Arrows, the Miniskirt and the Bras of Abenomics (from Kirai): Shorter skirts will soon be in fashion, but not because of the summer weather. The author of “A Geek in Japan” offers a lighthearted explanation of Abe’s economic strategy.
- How to Survive a Kappa Attack (from PechaKucha): Author Matt Alt discusses these well-known yokai river creatures and some interesting methods to deter them.
- Touch Detective’s Ozawa Rina Joining the Nendo Ranks (from TomoPop): Rina Ozawa (Mackenzie to English speakers) from the Touch Detective adventure series is about to debut as a member of Good Smile Company’s Nendoroid figure line. She will be joined by Funghi, whom fans of the massively popular Nameko “Mushroom Garden” games will recognize instantly.
- Dogslegs Disabled Pro-Wrestling: The Fight Club that Wants You to Stare (from Japan Subculture Research Center): The wrestling matches might appear to be exploitive, but these disabled athletes are hoping to gain admiration rather than pity.
- Aida Makoto: Far-Sighted Visions of Near-Sighted Japan (from The Diplomat): Controversial artist Makoto Aida says society is “immature” for only looking at the sexual motifs of his work. If you like that you might want to read another interview with Aida, this time in The Japan Times.
Japanese feline Internet sensation, Maru, has turned 5 years old. In his latest video, he can be seen trying to squeeze his frame into just about anything. We find his attempt at a paper envelope particularly entertaining.