Female models pose for Japanese military calendar

Scanned images of the 2014 calendar for Japan Self-Defense Forces, featuring some pretty models and actresses to “boost morale” of the military forces. Not sure if it’s an annual practise or a one off thing; the 2014 girls are Anna Konno, Azusa Yamamoto, Narumi Konno, Erina Matsui, Mai Fuchigami, Mai Hakase and Rina Nagai…

Anna Konno Japanese military calendar 2014

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Momusu Sayumi & Mizuki GTV Magazine

Japanese girl group Morning Musume’s Sayumi Michishige and Mizuki Fukumura in recent issue of Gravure The Television [Jp] Magazine.

Morning Musume Japanese Gravure Television Magazine

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Comic Fiesta 2012 cosplay

Gathering of cosplayers at the Comic Fiesta – Malaysia’s longest running anime-comic-gaming convention (since 2002) – at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre in December 2012. Nice videos by Studio.Omoshiroi, a bit dizzy after watching though…

Doraemon turns minus 100 years old

Doraemon Hong Kong Harbour CityPopular Japanese comic/cartoon character Doraemon is celebrating his “early birthday” on September 3, exactly one hundred years before he was born.

The character was created (as manga) in 1969 and has turned into a huge franchise (anime, movies, video games etc.) and culture icon in Japan and East Asia.

The series tell the story of a robotic cat (Doraemon) who was sent back in time by a young kid from the future to aid an incompetent schoolboy named Nobita, his great grandfather, in order to change the family’s continuous misfortune.

What makes Doraemon really popular among readers/viewers is his ability to pull out various futuristic gadgets from his magic pocket. Some of the ideas might seem extraordinary these days, but obviously amusing to people in those ages (yours truly included).

Photo from an exhibition in Hong Kong’s Harbour City shopping mall for the special occasion, via Doraemon’s official Facebook [Jp].

Anime Festival Asia Malaysia 2012

Photos by Malaysian blogger JohnDiew from the inaugural Anime Festival Asia Malaysia (June 9-10), a branchout of the Japanese pop culture event which has been held annually in Singapore since 2008. Cosplay, goodies and miscellaneous…

Anime Festival Asia Malaysia 2012

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