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Feast your eyes on Soba from farm to table in this video

Fri, 12/27/2019 - 19:00

Soba noodles are one of those simple but tasty staple dishes one can find in many Japanese restaurants around the world. Primarily made from buckwheat, soba noodles are usually the other noodle dish opposite of the now more popular ramen noodles in Japanese restaurants.

Life Where I'm From, a YouTube channel I've featured before, is featuring the humble soba noodle from it's harvesting as its main ingredient buckwheat to how it's prepared as a dish by the farmer's restaurant. You can't get any fresher than that, I haven't had a proper soba noodle in a while and this video is just making me want to make it myself with some buckwheat to get that pure soba taste.

Enjoy this video and I hope y'all are craving soba now as much as I am after watching it.

Feast your eyes on Soba from farm to table in this video screenshot

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Feast your eyes on Soba from farm to table in this video

Fri, 12/27/2019 - 19:00

Soba noodles are one of those simple but tasty staple dishes one can find in many Japanese restaurants around the world. Primarily made from buckwheat, soba noodles are usually the other noodle dish opposite of the now more popular ramen noodles in Japanese restaurants.

Life Where I'm From, a YouTube channel I've featured before, is featuring the humble soba noodle from it's harvesting as its main ingredient buckwheat to how it's prepared as a dish by the farmer's restaurant. You can't get any fresher than that, I haven't had a proper soba noodle in a while and this video is just making me want to make it myself with some buckwheat to get that pure soba taste.

Enjoy this video and I hope y'all are craving soba now as much as I am after watching it.

Feast your eyes on Soba from farm to table in this video screenshot

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Follow a day in the life of a Japanese video game developer!

Sat, 11/30/2019 - 13:00

PAOLOfromTOKYO is back on here once again with his Day in the life series of videos featuring Japanese people going doing their daily thing with their jobs and other life activities.

This time around it's a Japanese game programmer and his name is Masa. They don't mention the game development company by name but the games featured by the company makes it obvious that it's Bandai Namco (known as Namco Bandai outside Japan), the company behind the Tekken, Ace Combat, and other popular franchises.

I've heard that a lot of these companies in Japan are a bit more traditional but a tech oriented company like Bandai Namco seems very modern with certain perks that they provide for their programmers as seen in the video. The amenities provided are what you would expect in a typical office setting but nothing fancy.

Categories: General Japan News

Follow a day in the life of a Japanese video game developer!

Sat, 11/30/2019 - 13:00

PAOLOfromTOKYO is back on here once again with his Day in the life series of videos featuring Japanese people going doing their daily thing with their jobs and other life activities.

This time around it's a Japanese game programmer and his name is Masa. They don't mention the game development company by name but the games featured by the company makes it obvious that it's Bandai Namco (known as Namco Bandai outside Japan), the company behind the Tekken, Ace Combat, and other popular franchises.

I've heard that a lot of these companies in Japan are a bit more traditional but a tech oriented company like Bandai Namco seems very modern with certain perks that they provide for their programmers as seen in the video. The amenities provided are what you would expect in a typical office setting but nothing fancy.

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Review: Razer Panthera Evo

Wed, 11/27/2019 - 14:10

As you can imagine from my profile description, I’ve been a fan of fighting games for a while now. While I was never too good at it then and even now, many years later, I still say I’m pretty terrible at them. But for me, it’s always going to be a highly enjoyable genre, one that brings me joy, especially when facing an opponent face to face—right next to each other. It’s been my favorite genre since King of Fighters ’94 and since my first day I stepped into the arcades.

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Review: Razer Panthera Evo

Wed, 11/27/2019 - 14:10

As you can imagine from my profile description, I’ve been a fan of fighting games for a while now. While I was never too good at it then and even now, many years later, I still say I’m pretty terrible at them. But for me, it’s always going to be a highly enjoyable genre, one that brings me joy, especially when facing an opponent face to face—right next to each other. It’s been my favorite genre since King of Fighters ’94 and since my first day I stepped into the arcades.

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Review: The Alliance Alive HD Remastered

Fri, 11/22/2019 - 07:30

It wasn’t too long since The Alliance Alive was released on the Nintendo 3DS, with the game releasing on Summer 2017 in Japan and March 2018 in the west. Even though the Nintendo Switch has already come out worldwide, the Nintendo 3DS was still receiving titles. Personally, given that I didn’t enjoy The Legend of Legacy at all, I looked past it. However, a year and a half later after the North American release, the game was ported and enhanced to the Nintendo Switch, this time the game being published by NIS America.

Categories: General Japan News

Review: The Alliance Alive HD Remastered

Fri, 11/22/2019 - 07:30

It wasn’t too long since The Alliance Alive was released on the Nintendo 3DS, with the game releasing on Summer 2017 in Japan and March 2018 in the west. Even though the Nintendo Switch has already come out worldwide, the Nintendo 3DS was still receiving titles. Personally, given that I didn’t enjoy The Legend of Legacy at all, I looked past it. However, a year and a half later after the North American release, the game was ported and enhanced to the Nintendo Switch, this time the game being published by NIS America.

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Check out a day in the life of a Manga Author!

Sun, 11/17/2019 - 17:30

If y'all haven't noticed, we like manga here at Japanator and we're sure that y'all are as well and we found a video that might be pique y'all's interest. PAOLOfromTokyo is back with another video in his 'Day in the Life' series and now it's all about a manga artist. The process of making manga has been something that has been shown in manga and anime but with this video, we get to see real people do actual work.

The mangaka featured in the video is Reiji Miyajima, and his manga is Kanojo Okarishimasu, looks pretty interesting and I'm sure you'll go check out after watching this video. Miyajima's office is one of the more modern ones with a lot of the process done with computers, which is quite a different process than what we've seen depicted in some anime and manga that involves pens and papers.

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Check out a day in the life of a Manga Author!

Sun, 11/17/2019 - 17:30

If y'all haven't noticed, we like manga here at Japanator and we're sure that y'all are as well and we found a video that might be pique y'all's interest. PAOLOfromTokyo is back with another video in his 'Day in the Life' series and now it's all about a manga artist. The process of making manga has been something that has been shown in manga and anime but with this video, we get to see real people do actual work.

The mangaka featured in the video is Reiji Miyajima, and his manga is Kanojo Okarishimasu, looks pretty interesting and I'm sure you'll go check out after watching this video. Miyajima's office is one of the more modern ones with a lot of the process done with computers, which is quite a different process than what we've seen depicted in some anime and manga that involves pens and papers.

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See Japanese future tech in these videos from CEATEC 2019!

Thu, 10/24/2019 - 17:00

Cutting edge technology is what many out there would think when one thinks of Japan. While Japan isn’t quite the titan it once was when it comes to high tech toys for the average consumer, tthat innovation isn't quite gone just yet. At CEATEC 2019, that spirit of futuristic Japanese technology is still alive and well but it’s a bit more on selling tech to businesses than it is to the regular consumer.

CEATEC, or the Combined Exhibition of Advanced Technologies, is an annual technology exhibition and conference at the Makuhari Messe convention center located in Chiba City. This yearly trade show features the latest and greatest that Japanese tech companies have to offer.

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See Japanese future tech in these videos from CEATEC 2019!

Thu, 10/24/2019 - 17:00

Cutting edge technology is what many out there would think when one thinks of Japan. While Japan isn’t quite the titan it once was when it comes to high tech toys for the average consumer, tthat innovation isn't quite gone just yet. At CEATEC 2019, that spirit of futuristic Japanese technology is still alive and well but it’s a bit more on selling tech to businesses than it is to the regular consumer.

CEATEC, or the Combined Exhibition of Advanced Technologies, is an annual technology exhibition and conference at the Makuhari Messe convention center located in Chiba City. This yearly trade show features the latest and greatest that Japanese tech companies have to offer.

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Japanator Exclusive: Nihon Falcom President Toshihiro Kondo Talks About About Trails of Cold Steel 3's New Class VII, Ys VIII & More

Tue, 10/01/2019 - 12:30

Almost three months later, my coverage for Anime Expo 2019 still isn't done. While I didn't have the chance to properly conduct the interview in person due to some difficulties, I did get to briefly meet Nihon Falcom President's Toshihiro Kondo (as seen in the last picture.) during the convention. 

However, with the help of NISA, I was able to get answers for my interview via e-mail, in which he answers many questions of the upcoming Trails of Cold Steel 3, Ys VIII on the Switch, and about other Falcom titles. 

Christian Chiok (CC): When I had the chance to try out the game during the convention, I noticed the combat is different than the previous two games. Can you elaborate what has changed in Cold Steel 3?

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Japanator Exclusive: Nihon Falcom President Toshihiro Kondo Talks About About Trails of Cold Steel 3's New Class VII, Ys VIII & More

Tue, 10/01/2019 - 12:30

Almost three months later, my coverage for Anime Expo 2019 still isn't done. While I didn't have the chance to properly conduct the interview in person due to some difficulties, I did get to briefly meet Nihon Falcom President's Toshihiro Kondo (as seen in the last picture.) during the convention. 

However, with the help of NISA, I was able to get answers for my interview via e-mail, in which he answers many questions of the upcoming Trails of Cold Steel 3, Ys VIII on the Switch, and about other Falcom titles. 

Christian Chiok (CC): When I had the chance to try out the game during the convention, I noticed the combat is different than the previous two games. Can you elaborate what has changed in Cold Steel 3?

Categories: General Japan News