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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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].