It’s a great time to be in Japan right now with the annual blooming of the Cherry Blossom, or Sakura, transforming Japan into a wonderland of sort with pink blooms everywhere. Yasunori Iwamoto, a Tokyo based film maker took to Tokyo with a camera enabled drone to capture some stunning footage of the sakura doing their natural thing. Arguable one of the more popular spots for sakura viewing is the Megurogawa River. These viewing parties are called hanami.
There’s a spot that goes on for a little over 4km and is host to no less than 800 trees in full bloom. In any case, here’s the drone footage which shows off the absolute beauty and majesty of this gorgeous time in Japan.
The game, Hatsune Miku Project Diva f, did amazing business for Sony with regards to boosting the PS Vita sales in Japan when the game released in 2012.
Next Spring, it looks set to happen all over again with the news that the popular rhythm game will be receiving a sequel bound for the PS3 and the PS Vita. The game has the title of “Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F 2nd” and from what we hear, it looks set to pack in a deeper, richer experience for the gamer. The gameplay promises to evolve the franchise while some of the new tracks that will be in the game are “Akatsuki Arrival”, “Colorful X Melody” and “Romeo and Cinderella”.
A fresh update today from the set of the live action adaptation of the Studio Ghibli classic, Kiki’s Delivery Service. Kiki’s mother Kokiri is being played by Rie Miyazawa while her father’s role is being handled by Michitaka Tsutsui.
Shooting of the feature file is continuing on the island off the Seto Inland Sea of Japan and will be wrapping up at the end of July. The feature film is expected to debut during Spring in Japan, 2014.
We’ve been hearing that it’s been in the works for a while now but finally there’s a date for more Highschool of the Dead manga. Start getting yourself ready for more undead shenanigans as the latest instalment is released in Spring 2013.
Who knows where the series will head now seeing as how it was left so open, we don’t have much longer to wait now.
So you’re in Japan or about to jet off and are hoping to catch a glimpse of the famed Sakura or Cherry Blossom while you’re there? Japandaman has you covered with this quick guide to make sure you don’t miss out on these unique and stunning flowers which Japan is famous for.
If your trip starts in January going towards the middle of February then a trip to Okinawa would be in order. Here with the warmer climate, the Cherry Blossom start blooming earlier than usual given that the traditional season is normally around the end of March. If you’re planning to be in Tokyo, anywhere from late March to the end of April, that will guarantee you a fantastic viewing of the Sakura.
Keep in mind that the blooming season is unfortunately short, usually in the area of two weeks but it’s at this time that it makes for a more sensational viewing time with petals adorning the day and night sky. Just as you’ve seen in countless animes. Ueno Park in Ueno is probably one of the best spots with their Cherry Blossom Festival where thousands of people come and indulge in flower viewing or ‘hanamai’.
Hope this helps and don’t forget to take pictures because memories aren’t enough for this vision unique to Japan!
We recently mentioned that Square Enix will be showing their new title, Gyrozetter for the Nintendo 3DS, at the upcoming Jump Festa but just what is this new game with the strange name about?
Gyrozetter: Wings of the Albatross is a game revolving around a television series which also spawned an arcade game. You drive around the in-game world map occasionally coming across enemies you need to defeat to proceed. It’s at that point that you actually transform into a mech robot in order to undertake the battle.
Using the Active Gear Battle System, you’re able to obtain pickups to use, such as the Lightning Slash and the Fire Punch, which are put into use by touching the bottom screen on the 3DS.
There also appears to be a garage used for storing your vehicles, maybe that’s where you’re able to customise your cars?
The game is due for release in Japan in Spring 2013.