Saturday, December 31, 2005
Wednesday, December 28, 2005
Sunday, December 25, 2005
Digging through the Japanese blogosphere is of course possible with Technorati Japan, but if you want to try something else, be sure to give maplog.jp a spin. Search results are displayed in the classic list form, but also projected on a Google powered map. I don't know if it's terribly useful, but well, it's a cool trick.
Also worth a look is kizasi. Its interface is different from other search engines: you not only get search results, but also a tag cloud of related terms + a time based stats overview - try "メリークリスマス", for instance.
And to finish this short list, a link to blogWatcher: although the service is visually not very appealing, there's a lot of power under the hood, and the statistics on the right are more than a gimmick.
Friday, December 23, 2005
Yahoo! Japan recently released a beta version of its AJAX powered "scrolling maps" service: Sweet!
Wednesday, December 21, 2005
Tuesday, December 20, 2005
Monday, December 19, 2005
An oldie (Sep 2002), but a goodie - if you need a crash course "Tokyo", check out Justin Hall's CC-licensed "Just In Tokyo".
Thursday, December 15, 2005
Tuesday, December 13, 2005
This acidic, low-sugar concoction tastes like coffee that's been left in the pot for a day then reheated in a microwave. Clean-lined and astringent. For best results, knock back with a grimace before telling her you need your freedom, then hop on the Inokashira line to Shibuya and get shit-faced on gin and tonics.
I just love that last sentence...
Monday, December 12, 2005
Saturday, December 10, 2005
Friday, December 09, 2005
Tuesday, December 06, 2005
In Japan, they're called CM, which stands for commercial message, and they usually feature famous people and/or songs. You can find these icons of Japan's consumist mentality at CMJapan and CMExploration. As anywhere else in the world, TV advertising is big business, and involves big money. Big money attracts big people - the love story between Hollywood and Japanese Advertising is told by Japander.com. And if you feel like becoming a CM-director yourself, consider taking part in NHK's Mini Mini Movie Competition.
Sunday, December 04, 2005
It started as a experiment at the Tokyo based Murota Lab, but now it's one of the most powerful Firefox extensions out there: ScrapBook allows you save, order and annotate webpages in a multitude of ways - a must have for any serious internet user. Power-users should check out the Multi-ScrapBook add-on, too.
Saturday, December 03, 2005
Product Design Database: Japanese consumer product ads of the '70s, '80s and '90s. For nostalgici and brushed-metal lovers.
Friday, December 02, 2005
Carpe ponkan, said the wise [webmaster] man. His [surfer] followers did what they always did: [click and] follow. And when their [finger-like] teeth, hungry for knowledge, slid through the ponkan's juicy flesh, streams of [Japan-related] data filled their minds. More and more, they wanted. More and more, they had. Squish'em & click'em!