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Beams and Ziploc team up for series of upcycled wearable plastic fashion items

ziploc beams couture plastic fashion

Leading Japanese fashion brand has launched one of the most unusual collaboration ranges of the year with the Ziploc x Beams Couture lineup.

Yes, that Ziploc. The Ziploc of the plastic storage pouches you use to carry sandwiches and the like. The Ziploc of everyday kitchen functionality.

But in the hands of Beams (and specifically, its Beams Couture label that remakes items from past seasons lying dormant in the Beams warehouse), Ziploc’s containers become hats, bags, pouches, an umbrella, and even an apron…. There are nine items in total here that are as transparent as you’d expect. All the upcycled products are branded with the Ziploc logo.

ziploc beams couture plastic fashion

ziploc beams couture plastic fashion

ziploc beams couture plastic fashion

ziploc beams couture plastic fashion

ziploc beams couture plastic fashion

When announced last week, the web seemed to explode around the world, with many decrying the collaboration as ridiculous (“wacky functionality” and “certifiably bonkers,” according to The Fader). Some, however, saw innovation at work here, such as Design Boom, which said “the brand treats Ziploc plastic products as if they were forgotten favorites in the bottom of the drawer, and transforms them into fresh, wearable characters of their own.”

This is not a joke and the marketing campaign alone shows that Beams is investing serious money in this project. It hired popular actress Mei Nagano (currently appearing in the 2018 NHK Asadora morning drama series) to promote the new range but is nonetheless aware that the products are treading a fine line between novelty and absurdity. Perhaps that’s why its main promotional material is a video with Nagano and Satoru Matsuo that pretends to be an over-the-top shopping channel.

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Girls' Frontline Fireworks Festival Event

Source: Supaku Blog

Girls’ Frontline EN will be having the Kitsune Mask boss hunting event after August 21 maintenance.

— Girls’ Frontline-EN Official (@GirlsFrontlineE) August 20, 2018

Although, Girls’ Frontline JP/Dolls’ Frontline already has the on-going event. Each boss hunt objective can only be completed once per day – earning 12 Kitsune Masks per objective.

Also, support squads does not count toward boss hunt objectives. Basically, it has to be your own squad to defeat the bosses.

Here are the following boss hunt objectives. The EN server could follow these.

【Normal】 Chapter 1-6 Operation Uproot

【Normal】 Chapter 2-6 Termination

【Normal】 Chapter 3-6 No Hunting

【Emergency】 1-4 Advance Training IV

【Emergency】 2-4 Field Samples IV

【Emergency】 3-4 Data Retrieval IV

【第一戦役】-【通常】-【1-6 除草作戦】

【第二戦役】-【通常】-【2-6 作戦終了】

【第三戦役】-【通常】-【3-6 狩猟禁止】

【第一戦役】-【緊急】-【1-4 上級訓練Ⅳ】

【第二戦役】-【緊急】-【2-4 戦地サンプルⅣ】

【第三戦役】-【緊急】-【3-4 データ回収Ⅳ】

As for the Kitsune Mask redeemable prizes, they include the exclusive yukata Kalina costume, furniture items, pet, Five-seven T-Doll, gacha tokens and more.

However, the Five-seven T-Doll may not be included in the prize pool in the EN server since they already had the Five-seven points collection event.

So I’m already working up in the event for obtaining Five-seven (again) with my main level 40+ team. It seems to be much easier than EN server’s Five-seven points collection event.


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Nitori acquires 118-yr old ryokan in Hokkaido

Furniture company Nitori Holdings is entering the boutique hotel industry with the acquisition of a historic hot spring hotel in Hokkaido’s port city of Otaru. The sale price has not been disclosed.

Ginrinsou has long been considered one of Hokkaido’s leading onsen inns. The three-story ryokan sits on a prominent hilltop location overlooking Otaru’s port district and Ishikari Bay. An additional five-story concrete building was added to the ryokan at a cost of 400 million Yen, bringing the total floor space up to 3000 sqm. Nightly room rates at the 14-room ryokan are around 37,000 Yen per person.

The ryokan was built in 1900 in neighboring Yoichi town as a ‘Herring Mansion’ (Nishin-Goten) for the Inomata family. These large Herring Mansions were built by wealthy fishermen not only as their residence but also to process fish. Local materials such as chestnut, ash, Sakhalin fir and castor were used, with construction spanning three years. In 1938, town planning saw the house relocated to its current location where it opened up as a ryokan the following year. In 1944 it was briefly confiscated by the Imperial Japanese Army and used as an anti-aircraft weapon camp.

Nitori is considering opening up the ryokan’s hot spring baths to day-trip visitors, expanding the services on offer.

In 2016, Nitori opened the Otaru Art Base – a group of four historic warehouses alongside Otaru canal. The art space is open to the public. Nitori also owns historic residences in Tokyo and Kyoto.

The relocation


1-1 Sakura, Otaru City, Hokkaido

Ginrinsou Homepage (
The Hokkaido Shimbun, August 14, 2018.

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Claims about China’s ‘missing’ US$24 billion border on yellow journalism

Filipino powerline technicians repair power meters near the Port of Manila, the Philippines. (Photo: Reuters/Romeo Ranoco).

Author: Alvin Camba, Johns Hopkins University

Numerous reports in the past few weeks have claimed that China’s US$24 billion commitment to the Philippines has barely materialised. These stories suggest that the Philippines ‘gave up’ the South China Sea to China in exchange for investment and aid that never arrived, and that China ‘used’ the Philippines by making false investment promises to acquire geopolitical concessions.

But a careful assessment of the projects included in the initial investment agreement demonstrates that these claims are untrue. Rather than deceptive Chinese behaviour, changes in the Philippines’ national institutions, its regulatory procedures and project-specific factors better explain the delays and cancellations. These host state factors affect Chinese and non-Chinese projects alike.

One reason foreign investment and aid projects in Mindanao are delayed is due to the uncertainties regarding the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), which institutionalises a high level of autonomy to the Islamic areas of the southern Philippines. The BBL shifts authority over investment decisions and other legal regulations, causing headaches for Chinese firms and Filipino development authorities alike. For instance, the BBL hindered China Power corporation’s ability to raise funds from public sources in 2017, which led to the project’s eventual cancellation.

Another cause for delay is that Philippine regulation requires detailed feasibility studies of planned projects, which can cost millions and take an enormous amount of time. Findings from these feasibility studies — which can uncover geographic unviability, technical incapacity and immense cost overruns — explain many instances of modification, delay or cancellation of Chinese projects in the Philippines.

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TJ on “Doing a Debito”: Gaijin Carded at Nagoya Airport and Airport Comfort Inn


Submitter TJ: I’m an American married to a Japanese, and we’re on an adventure doing standby flights from Japan to overseas. However, unluckily we got bumped at Nagoya Airport. So we checked into a Comfort Inn at the airport in my (Japanese) spouse’s name. He filled out the card for our twin room. But the receptionist looked at me and said that she needed to photocopy my passport. But I know from that she doesn’t have the legal obligation to photocopy my passport, or even see any ID, when I have a Japanese address as a Japanese resident, and I told her so. So she said she needed to copy my “Gaijin Card”, or Zairyuu Residence Card.

I gave her a chotto matte kudasai… and dug out that nifty Japanese paper you posted on years ago and I held it up to her to read, showing her the letter of the law that says that ID is only required for tourists, not for residents of Japan, including foreign residents. Another receptionist came over to investigate, and I repeated that I live in Japan permanently. Basically, the other woman’s attitude was since my Japanese spouse was with me, I didn’t have to hand any ID to be photocopied. Because I’m “one of the good ones”. Not a win, but I don’t think she expected me to stand my ground the way I did. Thanks to But then I got carded again by Nagoya Airport Security for sitting in the airport lobby while foreign… …continue reading