Monthly Archives:May 2014

YouTube Fan Fest Singapore — May 24, 2014

29 May , 2014,

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We were invited to YouTube Fan Fest 2014 on Saturday.

Surprise visit by from the Black Eye Peas. With performance from Tree Potatoes, Alodia GosiengfiaoBethany MotaTyler OakleyTroye Sivan and local pop group Trick.

If you missed this event, want to find out more about what is happening in other countries. Subscribe to YouTube Fan Fest with HP.

Next stop — Australia. This event is made possible thanks to HP.

Book Review: Japanese Schoolgirl Confidential: How Teenage Girls Made a Nation Cool

28 May , 2014,
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If you’re an Otaku and you’re not reading this book, you’re missing out on the fun.

Cosplay Queen -- li Niku Urshijima. Japan's most famous (and controversial) cosplayers.

Cosplay Queen — li Niku Urshijima, Japan’s most famous (and controversial) cosplayer

The first time I picked up Japanese Schoolgirl Confidential was from Kinokuniya when it first was released in 2010. Written by Brian Ashcraft and Shoko Ueda, a husband and wife team based in Osaka. Brian Ashcraft was a familiar name to me as I had read his works on video game website Kotaku as a Senior Contributing Editor. He writes for many other publications.

Tuttle's Edition versus Kodansha's 2010 Edition with a monochrome finish.

Tuttle’s Edition versus Kodansha’s 2010 Edition

The 2014 Tuttle Edition reprint comes in color and new content, reflecting changes that took place since 2010. Making Japanese Schoolgirl Confidential the most up-to-date text about Japanese popular culture. It contains more than 16 pages of new content and adjustments made to existing articles to keep them coherent to the present.

Sailor Dude GrowHair san

Sailor Dude GrowHair san

When Ashcraft first published Japanese Schoolgirl Confidential, reviewers are initially dumb struck with his brazen use of prose, with one online reviewer in 2011 commented that “He can’t decide whether he’s writing a piece for a magazine, or a serious investigation into this unique culture.”

Reviewers should get their heads out of their assess. No one will enjoys a long-winded academic essay on Schoolgirls, that is the harsh reality of today. This book is for Otakus, brought up by the internet, anime, manga and schoolgirl idols, who are thinking of making their hobbies an academic obsession.

Schoolgirl photographs by Motoyuki Kobayashi who believes that schoolgirls prevents suicide.

Schoolgirl photographs by Motoyuki Kobayashi who believes that schoolgirls prevents suicide

The Tuttle edition had done well to draw in readers with the use of full colored pages coupled Ashcraft’s addictive short, direct, bite sized prose. If you’re lost on where to start your own research about Japanese popular culture, start flipping through the pages of Japanese Schoolgirl Confidential: How Teenage Girls Made a Nation Cool.

6% Doki Doki at Harajuku

6% Doki Doki at Harajuku

Japanese Schoolgirl Confidential is available at Kinokuniya Singapore, Amazon, and Goodreads.

Real Escape Game Vol. 6: Escape From the Moon Base

25 May , 2014,
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If you’ve been following the great folks at Real Escape Game in Singapore, you’ll know that they’ve been doing some pretty amazing stuff. These guys popularized Escape the Room games in Singapore, and in just a couple weeks, will be returning with a sixth installment in their line-up.

Dubbed Escape From the Moon Base, this iteration will put players in the role of survivors in a space station disaster, who will have to race against time to complete challenging math, logic, linguistics and visual puzzles before air runs out.

If you’d like to play, here are the details:

Real Escape Game Vol. 6: Escape From the Moon Base

Venue: National Design Center

Dates: 7, 8, 14, 15 June 2014

Session Timings: 

7 JUNE 2014 – 13:00 | 15:30 | 18:30 | 21:00
8 JUNE 2014 – 11:00 | 14:00 | 16:30 | 19:30
14 JUNE 2014 – 11:00 | 14:00 | 16:30 | 19:30
15 JUNE 2014 – 11:00 | 14:00 | 16:30 | 19:30

TICKET PRICING: Limited Early Bird: $22 | Standard: $27 | At‐the‐door: $30

Tickets can be purchased from SISTIC here, and prices listed exclude SISTIC charges.

If you’d like to find out more, be sure to check out the official Real Escape Game in Singapore Facebook page, or email them here for more information.