April Fools’ Day Jokes On Japanese Websphere

On the day when all we are permitted to wag the dog, many companies devoted themselves to create attractive pranks on their websites.    I wrapped up what had happened on Japanese web scene.

For pursuing the journalist’s perspective to be honest on the facts, we Asiajin report no prank nor joke, but do the fact covering what people have made.    We appreciate your understanding.

Company / Website Main Business Pranks & Jokes
Tsuburaya's Logo
Tsuburaya Production
A well-known movie production for its special effects, and the father of Ultra-Man Kanegon or coin monster, which is appeared in Tsuburaya’s TV serials, restarted blogging.
ImpressWatch's Logo
Impress Watch
Japan’s oldest e-mail newsletter covering IT business matters The company started publishing a daily newsletter called “Cat Watch” that day.
DPZ's Logo
Daily Portal Z
The editorial team introduces useful tips for our daily life on the country’s popular portal site every day. The editorial team investigated the following supervisions.- A mermaid can be seen when you have the eyes opened in bath water.- In order to receive the appropriate signal from the radio station far from you, and to listen to your favourite program more clearly, how do you assume a pose to use your body as an antenna?
Irem's Logo
Irem Software Engineering
A famous pachinko game developer The secret society called “Black Irem” jacked the company’s website.
Google's Logo
Google
Unnecessary to explain A senryu or a humorous Japanese poem may be inserted to some search results.  The popular children’s TV program characters, Gachapin and Mukku were invited to GoogleMap advisory board[J].
SixApart's Logo
Six Apart
The world’s famous blog platform developer It showed an interview with Yaruo, the ASCII art character born on the “2ch” BBS, and asked him the reason why he had upgraded his blog platform to Movable Type 4.
MagMag's Logo
Mag Mag
Japan’s largest e-mail newsletter distribution platform provider The website’s top page turned to be a Google-like.
YouTube's Logo
YouTube
Unnecessary to explain Some videos are seen upside down.
NicoNicoDouga's Logo
Nico Nico Douga
Japan’s popular video sharing site Subtitles overwrapped on the video run through much faster than usual.  President Obama will join the program.
KokubanIn's Logo
Kokuban.in

(blackboard in)
Draw a picture on the virtual blackboard with your mouse, and share it with the other users on the illustration SNS The title has been changed to Sukebu.in, meaning “sketchbook in”.
Pixiv's Logo
Pixiv
An online illustration community for artists The company’s office is registered in Tokyo, but their data center facility is reportedly located in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, which causes reponse delay for browsing the website.
Yahoo Japan's Logo
Yahoo! JAPAN
Japan’s most famous search engine and directory service Planning on-the-spot filming of Evangelion drama movie, which is originally known as an animation.
Hatena's Logo
Hatena
Japan’s most popular social bookmark site Hatena has the service allowing its users to give rewards to interesting blog post, which is called “star”. Inspired by the supplementary income payments that Japanese government distributes to the national, the company also distribute “star” to all the Hatena users as to give it to their favorites.
Kayac's Logo
Kayac
Developing a number of entertaining and weird websites and projects As the substitute to the supplementary income payments, Japanese government will distribute Kayac’s product encouraging your fidgeting.
Interlink's Logo
Interlink
ISP, web hosting provider and domain registrar President Obama applied for “.obama (dot obama)” domain.
Himote SNS's Logo
Himote SNS
An internet forum for unpopular people, in response to the torment caused by St. Valentine’s Day The forum founder Ega-chan got his girlfriend finally, and he shut the website.
Vector's Logo
Vector
Japan’s largest library having shareware and freeware applications More than 100,000 software titles are available for free of charge.
Eiga.com's Logo
eiga.com
The portal site introducing new movie lineups The top page shows you no listing of movie titles, but a bunch of stupid news.
Paper Boy & Co.'s Logo
Lolipop
A famous website hosting provider Their business has been changed to an Indian curry restaurant.
WebKare's Logo
Web-kare
A role playing game on the website, for having dates with your virtual boyfriend Web-kare (web boyfriend) has been changed to the e-commerce shop selling curry (web curry).

GoogleSmileCompany's Logo
Good Smile Company
The company making and selling a number of cartoon character clay works. It shows you the preview of a movie titled Nendoroid Deka, a story about the detective girl with a clay doll.
MyNet Japan's Logo
MyNet Japan
Running a “Digg”-like social news site and mobile site integration. Their power source turned to naturally generated type, and the employees need pedaling bikes to keep their servers running.

Web-kare sold a fake product of “web curry” retort pouch on the website.Web-kare's Web Curry

Good Smile Company made a fake announcement that they intend to release a movie of the detective girl with a clay doll.
Nentroid Deka - A Detective Girl with A Cray Figure

MyNet Japan CEO & employees couldn’t stop pedaling bikes for generating power to feed their mission-critical servers.MyNet Japan Pedalling

7 Web services to become creative Japanese style

In the last few years and months, a couple of Japanese companies decided to launch web sites allowing users to create and share works of art (or trash as in my case) online.

Here is a current list of seven of the most popular Japanese web services aimed at creative people. None of these sites require you to download software.

Dream Tribe

This site will be established next month by Shogakukan, a famous media publisher based in Tokyo. In a recent Nikkei weekly article I read the company hopes to generate 30 million Yen of revenue (288,000 USD/186,000 Euro) in the first year with Dream Tribe (via ads since usage of the site is free).

The site promises to become a professionally made platform for user-generated media of various kinds (music, manga, novels etc.).

Tegaki

Tegaki is the name of a unique blogging service. Launched at the end of last year, the site quickly attracted a large number of users. Using the PC mouse, Tegaki lets bloggers create “hand”written articles. Texts can be combined with selfmade pictures.

Registration takes 5 seconds and the best thing: Tegaki is fully available in English. Bravo!

Pixiv

Another popular site of the creative kind is Pixiv. The number of registered users passed the 100,000 mark 2 months ago.

While some the services presented in this list are rather simple in structure, Pixiv is in fact a full-fledged SNS for creative people. The platform makes it possible to set up profiles, send messages, submit comments about other members’ works, save bookmarks, etc. etc.

Unfortunately, Pixiv is Japanese only. Registration is fairly easy though. Just submit your email address, click on the link in the email sent to you by Pixiv seconds after and fill out a simple registration form.

Flipbook

Flipbook lets you draw basic anime sequences. Although tools are limited (Flipbook is completely browser-based), I found some amazing ideas on the site. Luckily, the service is translated into English.

All works can be integrated into blogs and commented on.

Kokuban

Users can create images on a blackboard (kokuban in Japanese) and record the “production” from start to finish. The Flash-based site is Japanese only but registration is not needed.

Although Kokuban is pretty simple, some really cool stuff can be found here! The site launched in February this year and as of now, nearly 140,000 works are saved on the site already.

Noughts

Noughts is another platform where users can create images via their browser. This site is a little more sophisticated, offering more colors, functions and a slick user interface. Noughts also looks cooler and more professional than most of the other sites presented in this post. Unfortunately, there is no English version.

All images can be saved and integrated into blogs. Noughts also has its own store where people can buy T-Shirts with their favorite images. This actually makes a lot of sense.

Hatena Haiku

Hatena, THE online heaven for all Japanese geeks, has been covered in Asiajin quite a few times (i.e. here). For some reason, the site also offers its users a platform to submit and share haiku (a special kind of Japanese poetry). And it proves to be extremely popular!

The sub-site is aptly named “Hatena Haiku” and Japanese only. Registered users just enter a title into the Haiku form (displayed in light pink on the screen shot above), followed by the haiku itself. All poems can be commented on and discussed.

Hatena Haiku also features a drawing function so you can submit “handwritten” texts as well (example).

As Asiajin reported, Hatena USA also established an English version of Hatena Haiku in February this year!