Category Archives: CULTURE

Hiiro: A Modern Bizen-Yaki Water Carafe

Hiiro is a modern, ceramic water carafe made from traditional bizen-yaki. It’s the result of a joint-effort between product designer Shizuka Tatsuno and Daikura, a pottery studio specializing in bizen-yaki. Bizen-yaki is a type of Japanese pottery that dates back to around the 14th century. It originated in Bizen province (present-day Okayama) and is often […]

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Arifureta Shokugyou de Sekai Saikyou Episode 2 Impression

Source: Supaku Blog
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On this episode, Hajime continues his journey and level development. Later, he meets a mysterious girl.

For the first episode, I had mixed feelings because it got rushed (even though I haven’t read the light novel novel as of yet). But, surprisingly, they revealed some actual story development while Hajime himself travels. Also, it was cool to see a new character introduced and how our male lead reacted to her. Other than that, the gun the action is great. Now what’s going to be the next obstacle for Hajime? I can’t wait to find out. Overall, more cool action and nice story development.

Conclusion: More cool action and nice story development. …continue reading

    

Music Monday: Furutori

Furutori (written in Japanese as 奮酉) are a two-piece band made up of Maki Takada on guitar and Aisha Kawanishi on drums. The two met in high school and have been making music together for the past 7 years. They make up for the omission of a base by both singing, harmonizing and rapping as […]

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Better Fact-Check Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself

Although I dislike Twitter so much, I sometimes fall back into old habits since I do realize I can come up with some witty things to say.

I made a Tweet about Komi Can’t Communicate (since it’s finally getting the attention from manga-reading circles involved with the industry) and I compared it to Blade of the Immortal. This is the Tweet I wrote.

“The whole premise of Komi Can’t Communicate sounds like a reverse & more charming version of Blade of the Immortal. One guy has to kill 100 evil guys to become human, one girl wants to make 100 friends to feel whole.

I can’t be the only one who thought about this.”

You might think “Oh wow, this is pretty witty.” Then I was thinking last night about Blade of the Immortal’s premise. Wasn’t the main character Manji supposed to kill 1000 evil folks, not 100? I later did a quick search and found it was 1000.

What’s scary is that no one bothered to fact-check me. Maybe because I’m a reasonable guy who’s not some wacky extremist.

I know it sounds like I’m being hard on myself and I kind of am. I think it’s because I realize how I’m not immune to saying BS and possibly get away with it because I seem like a “nice person.”

There’s terrible people who spout crap a lot, don’t fact-check and they do deserved to be called out in a responsible manner. I felt like I’m not any better. It made me realize that people’s bias are are very implicit after all. Even if those people were ones I don’t mind talking to or getting along with.

Plus emotions are almost always going to be stronger than facts in many cases.

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