Storm Brings Heavy Rain To Southwestern Japan

Storm brings heavy rain to southwestern Japan

Severe tropical storm Ampil is lashing the Amami islands in southwestern Japan with heavy rain and strong winds.

The Meteorological Agency says that as of noon on Saturday, Ampil was 130 kilometers off Naha City on the island of Okinawa. The system is heading northwest at a speed of 30 kilometers per hour.

Nara-style Tea Rice Brings About Aroma From The Edo Period

Nara-style tea rice brings about aroma from the Edo Period

Besides teaching Japanese cuisine in Tokyo's Akasaka district, Naoyuki Yanagihara frequents libraries to read documents from the Edo Period (1603-1867). He believes that studying the originality and ingenuity of his forerunners will show him the path he should take.

"I try to learn the changes in the ingredients and cooking procedures and make use of them today," the 39-year-old cooking expert says.

Sony Brings Night Light And One-handed Mode To Xperia Xz2

Sony brings Night Light and One-handed mode to Xperia XZ2

Sony Mobile will finally add a ‘Night Light' mode to its official Xperia firmware for the first time. The new feature will be introduced in the Xperia XZ2, with the option found under the Display settings. We really enjoyed using the feature when Sony had included Night Light in its Xperia Concept firmware, so we're excited to see that Sony is baking this into its official firmware now.

Subaru Viziv Tourer Concept Brings Back The Wrx Wagon In Geneva

Subaru Viziv Tourer Concept brings back the WRX wagon in Geneva

Last month, we ran a dimly-lit teaser image depicting the taillight of the new Subaru Viziv Tourer concept, slated for a Geneva Motor Show reveal. Now the wraps have come off the handsomely bronze concept, and it all looks good for a future WRX wagon design. The second-generation wagon was replaced by a hatchback variant, so there hasn't been a WRX wagon for 10 years now. The Viziv Tourer is a welcome Subaru return to longer roofs in this segment, albeit with slight crossover flavors. A production version is still expected for a 2020 launch.

The taillights cut into wide wheel arches, but the sides are slightly less bulging than with the Viziv Performance STI Concept shown at the Tokyo Auto Salon earlier this year: If you get your ruler out, the Tourer is 20mm narrower. It all looks very production ready, just lacking door handles and side mirrors — and perhaps it could use some slightly bigger headlights. The concept's glasshouse is tinted heavily enough not to reveal anything from the interior.

Hmd Brings Back Another Nokia Classic With The Nokia 8110

HMD Brings Back Another Nokia Classic With The Nokia 8110

We know that many were surprised when HMD Global decided that one of the Nokia phones that they would be bringing back to the market would be the Nokia 3310, but it turned out to be something of a hit, especially in markets that still use feature phones. Now it looks like the company is back with yet another classic from Nokia's portfolio in the form of the Nokia 8110.

For those unfamiliar, the Nokia 8110 was launched in 1996 and what made it such a unique device was its banana-like shape and the fact that it had a slideout cover that not only protected the keypad, but also allowed users to answer calls in that manner. It was also made more popular thanks to its appearance in The Matrix in 1999.

Japanese Photographer Brings "cinema Stars" To Africa

Japanese photographer brings

A project that began with a simple idea to deliver the magic of cinema to children in Africa has not only led to a cultural exchange but to an unlikely collaboration -- the production of a music video by Japanese and Ugandan elementary school children.

"Cinema Stars for Africa," a roaming theater project traveling mainly around northern Uganda, was launched in 2016 by photographer and writer Naoko Sakuragi to give some African children their first-ever taste of the silver screen.

Sony A9 Firmware 2.00 Brings Improvements To Continuous Af And More

Sony a9 firmware 2.00 brings improvements to continuous AF and more

Sony has released firmware version 2.00 for its flagship a9 mirrorless camera. The most notable improvements are to continuous AF, with the company claiming enhanced performance while tracking as well as more stability when zooming.

Speaking of stability, the firmware should bring general bug fixes and reliability enhancements, and the overheating warning function is more accurate, according to Sony.

Nissan Brings 7 'star Wars: The Last Jedi' Show Cars To L.a.

Nissan brings 7 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' show cars to L.A.

UPDATE: It's seven, now. Nissan added a 2018 Titan AT-M6, which is another vehicle used by the First Order in the new film. Nissan says it's also the biggest ("in physical size") vehicle to debut at the L.A. Auto Show this year. This one has wheels, but in the "Star Wars" universe, the AT-M6 is a gigantic armored transport "walker."

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