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 . . .
- Visual guide to Japanese kaomoji (emoticons) (from Japan Sugoi): One of the sad things about coming to Japan is discovering that your phone is able to express more shades of human emotion than you. The only logical step is to start copying the emoticons — Japan Sugoi shows you how.
- 7-Eleven Japan Asks Kids to Draw Mom’s Portrait for Mother’s Day, Chaos Ensues (from Rocket News 24): Humankind has already found the perfect place for children’s drawings — on the fridge in the privacy of your own home, preferably covered with receipts. Tamper with that formula and you are asking for trouble, as 7-Eleven found out.
- Media Power, And Media Lies About Power (from Kurashi): YOU are wrong, and YOU are wrong, and don’t even get me started on YOU! Wonderful rant about the media in these nuclear-free times.
- Visualizing the meals in Haruki Murakami’s ’1Q84′ (from Spoon & Tamago): You thought the characters in Murakami’s epic ate simple meals? This wall-covering infographic proves exactly to what extent you were wrong about that.
- A Poppin’ Cookin’ Good Time (from Sake Puppets): “Where’s my flying car,” you might ask. “Where is that love-making robot I was promised?” If you feel a little sad about this future we’re living in, maybe this DIY ice-cream cone candy set will cheer you up.