A Portable iPod Speaker with Just a Bit of Character

Posted by Michael Pinto on Sep 20, 2010 in Hobbies and Collections, Tech

Speagurumi Cute Carrying Pouch Speakers

If you like you sounds kawaii this Speagurumi Cute Carrying Pouch Speaker collection is for you! Each speaker retains it’s block look, thus giving a superdeformed blockhead version of Hello Kitty, Elmo from Sesame Street, Doraemon and a Mukku version of Gachapin: Read more…

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Doraemon Museum Set to Open in 2011

Posted by Michael Pinto on Mar 31, 2010 in Animation, Comic Books

Fujiko Fujio Kawasaki City Museum

A museum in honor of Fujiko F. Fujio (pen name for Hiroshi Fujimoto) is set to open in Japan on September 3, 2011. Hiroshi Fujimoto was half of the duo known as Fujiko Fujio who created the Doraemon manga which is one of the most popular franchises in Japan — although sadly the robotic blue cat has never quite caught on in America. Fujimoto passed away in 1996, and as a tribute to his fans his widow helped bring the museum to life as a “way of giving back”. In addition to the many interactive exhibits the museum will include Fujimoto’s drawing table, his personal beret and his pipe. Read more…

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A Japanese Jenga: Doraemon Darake

Posted by Michael Pinto on Feb 11, 2010 in Animation, Hobbies and Collections

Doraemon Darake

Doraemon DarakeSometimes some of the best game concepts are the simple timeless ones, and Jenga is a great example of this: The games designed by Leslie Scott a Swahili speaking Brit living in Africa who designed the concept in the 70s and then brought it to the London Ty Fair in 1984. Since then 2.7 billion Jenga blocks have been sold owing to the joy of destroying your own leaning tower of Pisa. Doraemon Darake adds a Japanese twist to this old favorite by replacing those dull wooden blocks with (you guessed it) every anime fans favorite blue cat! And then instead of merely pulling out cats you have to do the opposite and construct a cat tower using chopsticks: Read more…

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Doraemon Your iPhone

Posted by Michael Pinto on Feb 4, 2010 in Animation, Tech

It’s always the silly things that amuse me: In this case it’s an iPhone application that turns your icon set into a grinning Doraemon. Apparently this is a free set of applications from Yahoo! Japan — which include Doraemon manga as well! Here are screen shots and there are iTunes links on this Japanese page: Read more…

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Doraemon: Shining a Light on a Neglected Neko

Posted by Michael Pinto on Sep 1, 2009 in Animation, Hobbies and Collections

Despite having no mouth Hello Kitty has taken a huge bite out of America, yet most mundanes have no clue who Doraemon is! Example: When I came across this cute Doraemon flash light it was sadly listed as a “Space Kitty Rechargeable Flash Light”. Now looking at this site it’s clear to me that I’ve committed the crime of just shining the light on all things Sanrio — so here’s a quick intro to Doraemon, the other Japanese kitty you should know: Read more…

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