If Interlink gets their way, you may be able to locate your website or email under .moe In an application filed June 13th, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is asked to accommodate niche subculture with a .mode top-level domain. More after the jump.
Recently Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department's Crime Prevention Task Force has been featuring their own moe mascot character named "Tewatasanaiinu" through their official twitter account. She has a dog's head and ears, and wears female police officer's uniform. Check her cuteness after the jump. ;
As we have reported regularly, the street of Akihabara, the Mecca of Otaku in Tokyo, changes its looks almost every month. The most advertised and featured titles right now are Evangelion 3.33 and popular anime voice actress/singer Yukari Tamura's 23rd single "Fantastic future." Check the latest photo report from Akiba after the jump!
As previously reported, the Tokushima Base of Japan's Self-Defense Forces has been famous for its recruiting posters using female anime-style or moe characters since 2010. The 2013 poster features three female members of the land, sea and air forces at work. You can check the posters from 2010 to 2013 after the jump.
A university student group "Niji Yasai Koubou" (roughly means Rainbow Vegetable Workshop) has been featuring moe girl illustrations on the packages of their vegetables. Now they have held the second illustration contest for their next vegetables, tomato and cucumber. Hit the jump for more details.
Following the last year's competition, the final round of the third Akihabara Moe Queen Contest was held at Akihabara UDX on January 12th. The winner chosen from 12 finalists was 17-year-old "Airi," who is working for AKIHABARA MUSIC CAFE＆BAR 441, one of the famous maid cafes in the area. Check the video of the contest after the jump!
Using pretty moe girl labels on the bottle of alcoholic drink has been very popular in Japan. The latest one is "Moe Shochu Lily" which features one of the vocaloid characters Lily in oiran (courtesan) costume. The illustration for the labels is drawn by the original character designer KEI. Check the "Oiran Lily" after the jump!
"Moe Sake" that features cute and pretty moe girl labels on the bottle has been very successful marketing strategy in Japan. The newest comer is "GIRLS MUHOUMATSU PROJECT" to promote a local sake called "Muhoumatsu" in Kitakyushu-city in Fukuoka Prefecture. The project features three moe/bishoujo girls, Makoto, Maika, and Maya. Hit the jump for more details.
Literally, you can find moe-related stuff everywhere in Japan now, even in a legal document. Suwa City Office in Nagano Prefecture is featuring the illustrations of Suwahime, the moe mascot character of the city, in the series of its official Certificate of Acceptance of the Marriage Report. Check the details after the jump.
As Girls und Panzer has recently demonstrated, history otaku can be a bit frightening. Ikaros has just published a mook (magazine/book) featuring the chronicles of the 20th century's worst dictators, entitled Nyotai ka!! Sekai no Dokusaisha Retsuden (In Female Form?! Biographies of World Dictators). In it, you can find moe depictions of the brutal autocrats, along with prose histories. Warning, this gets a bit weird. See for yourself after the jump.
Like other countries in the world, there have been many efforts to increase turnout and encourage voting in Japan. Fukushima Prefecture in the Touhoku region has used a moe character named "Mirai Fukushima" to encourage people to vote since 2010. Now they have a new promotional character for the next election in this month, Mirai's younger sister "Nozomi". Check the details after the jump.
After the 3.11 earthquake, renewable energy has been one of the most important topics in Japan. LMD, an anime production company headed by the former GONZO producer Shouji Murahama, and a social seeding site WESYM have started a new project to promote renewable energy sources by using moe characters "Kirara" and "Fuuka". Hit the jump for more details.
Nowadays so many Japanese public facilities and organizations have their own moe/bishoujo mascot characters. Yokumi Kanda is the latest one. The Kanda Fire Station in Akihabara district of Tokyo have adopted a moe girl Yokumi Kanda as PR character for Autumn Fire Prevention Campaign. Check her activities after the jump!