A brand new app using “Voice over IP”, or VoIP, technology has been launched in Japan. The app, called Reengo, has been developed by KAYAC, Inc., an IT and web agency that works in a unique and playful way.
What makes this app different is that it uses Facebook. Users simply download the app, log into Facebook, and can then start talking to their Facebook friends who also have the software installed. This means that users can start making use of the service without having to recreate their social network.
16th May is "Travel Day (tabi no hi)" in Japan, with the date chosen to mark the dayin 1689 on which Matsuo Basho, Japan's most famous haiku poet, set off on his journey along The Narrow Road To The Deep North (Oku no Hosomichi), a travel journal punctuated with some of his most famous haiku poems.
The Terracotta Far East Film Festival kicks off tomorrow, Thursday 5th May, with a screening of The Lost Bladesman. Telling the story of legendary Chinese historical figure Guan Yu, the film stars Donnie Yen and Jiang Wen.
Guan Yu is the greatest warrior in the land. He is also loyal to his friends and to join Cao Cao would mean a betrayal to his sworn brother, Liu Bei. Choosing to rejoin Liu Bei, Guan Yu becomes an enemy of the powerful Cao Cao and he must flee, with Qian Lan, from the might of Cao Cao’s army.
The Embassy of Japan in the UK has announced that it is now accepting applications for the MEXT Postgraduate Scholarship programme 2012-2014. This award is offered on an annual basis to those with a minimum of a bachelor's degree, under the age of 35, who wish to continue their studies in Japan. The scholarship is offered for both research and taught postgraduate courses. With regard to a taught course, any additional entry requirements specified by each particular university must be met. No knowledge of Japan or the Japanese language is necessary.
Terracotta Festival is run by the Terracotta Group, a company dedciated to bringing quality and entertaining Far East films to the UK. Throughout the rest of the year, Terracotta Distribution releases current new releases theatrically, on DVD and on TV, as well as hosts other Far East film screenings and events.
Japan's all-female theatre troupe, the Takarazuka Revue, celebrates the 97th anniversary of its first ever public performance today, April 1. Based in Takarazuka, Hyogo Prefecture, it is today renowed throughout Japan for its melodramatic and lavish productions of romantic tales set to music, with all parts played exclusively by female actors.