Brian Ashcraft
brianashcraft
Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored six books, including most recently, The Japanese Sake Bible.
Jul 1
15

Those carts are a menace. I would have been surprised if they made goal.

Jun 16
13

As someone who makes 3D models of humanoid mechs, I can tell you that making one this flexible while still retaining the robot look is a feat of engineering. It’s extremely hard to make limbs that have such a range of articulation when you have a crap load of rigid armor than can’t bend. Read more

May 20
17

In America, Ramune bottles would be 1 liter and the glass bead would weigh half a pound. 

May 15
10

....And THEN he will retire. Really! For real really, real! Really! 

May 1
11

You’d think video games of all hobbies would normally lend itself to people staying indoors.  Isn’t there virtual stuff that people could be grinding for, like shinies or something?

Apr 28
14

I’m more curious about the world textures. Those images make it hard to tell if the world will look like low res like the Wii game. Which for the Wii was okay, but higher quality textures for the whole world would be nice.

Mar 31
4

These are bloody slick yeah. This is one time I actually wish something was all style and we didn’t need the functionality. Ugh.

Mar 23
39

Great, now I’m reading everything the Nooks say in English as being totally sarcastic and condescending.
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Mar 19
9

This gives us insight into something I believe we tacitly knew without ever being told directly, but I guess workplaces in Japan, even the tech industries, are particularly behind on the digital infrastructures required to work from home.

Mar 16
24

At this point, I wouldn’t be surprised if 2020 threw us some ghost whales in a couple months.

Mar 4
11

Dude needs to buy a toto. Everybody needs to buy a toto. Hi. I’m Jicago, and the Toto Washlet changed my life. It can change yours, too.