Happy Valentines Day 2012

So, today is the day where couples celebrate … well … being couples, and singles hate them. The couples. More or less – I mean, this is basically what I picked up from detailed observations over the many years. In the West, Valentines is of course celebrated by both parties in the relationship, which involves […]

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10,000 Visitors to Japan a no-go

I previously wrote about the Japanese Tourism Ministry’s intentions to sponsor flight tickets for 10,000 foreigners to go and visit Japan and write about their experiences, all as part of a greater plan to boost the country’s flagging tourism industry and help with recovery following last year’s earthquake. If you need a quick refresher, it’s […]

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Looking ahead to 2012

Okay – my plans for the year post comes a little late, but I still thought I’d share some of what I have planned for 2012, and of course, here’s to hoping a lot of it comes to fruition. A little warning though – this post is going to be a blend things from Animated […]

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Animated Bits and Pieces #1

As someone that works full-time, studies part-time and lives in a country that’s far removed from the general doings of the anime universe, it becomes tricky to both keep up with developments and still write full on posts about it. So, I’ve decided to do slightly more regular posts with a summary of recent happenings. […]

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The word “kawaii” is now in the Oxford Dictionary

So news broke earlier this week that the word kawaii had made its way into the Oxford Dictionary, joining other previous Japanese-only words such as tsunami, bokeh and otaku. Another minor victory for anime-fandom around the world, and much silly dancing and cheering commences. But then, I took some time out of my hectically packed […]

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Come see Japan! The guv’ment’s paying!!

It may come as no surprise to a lot of you – but Japan is struggling a bit at the moment. After the twin disaster of the Tohou quake and the near meltdown of the Fukushima Nuclear plant, Japan has lost a lot of the revenue it gains from it’s tourism industry – rather understandably, […]

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Happy 1st Birthday, Mitsuki

Anyone remember her? The cute thing in the picture? Probably not, right? Last year, 10 August, was the day I revealed, for the first time, the mascot character for Animated Meanderings, although she was unnamed at that point. If you need to refresh your memories, head on over to this post. :) With a little […]

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Regarding the recent downtime

Anyone who tried visiting the site over the past two days may have noticed a general failure to appear. While I was momentarily convinced that there was a giant conspiracy behind and/or the server hated me, after a great deal of back and forth between myself and my hosting provider we discovered that one of […]

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