The .Moe top level domain's "Landrush Period" is now over and as of July 22nd, the otaku web domain is in its "The General Availability phase," meaing that domain names will be allocated on a first come first served basis. More after the jump.
In time for the summer beetle hunting season, the Itami City Museum of Insects is opening a exhibit dedicated to the order or insects, and the flyer promoting the show has caught the attention of the net with moe versions of the various species.
Japanese confectionery company Ezaki Glico announced the winners of the design contest for Papico Whitesawa, the package character for its popular tube ice cream Papico's white sour taste. The contest was held at online artist community Pixiv between January 21 and February 24. Check the winners' cute illustrations after the jump!
Last June, Interlink filed with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), asking the organization that coordinates the Internet's global domain name system to accommodate niche subculture with a .moe top-level domain. Interlink has now announced that it's been approved. More after the jump.
Following the Okayama office, Japan Self Defense Force's Ibaraki provincial cooperation office has revealed its latest recruit poster featuring three moe mascot girls: Koume (Army), Nobara (Navy), and Hibari (Airforce), designed by manga artist/illustrator Pochi Iida. Check the cute poster after the jump.
What's the next for the three moe mascot girls of Japan Self Defense Force's Okayama provincial cooperation office? A dancing promotional video! The recently-posted teaser reveals popular anime voice actress Hisako Kanemoto, best known as the voice of Ika Musume in Squid Girl, is one of the three singers. Check the clip after the jump.
Shima Onsen, a famous hot spring resort in Gunma Prefecture, introduced its own mascot girl named Mayahime-chan (Princess Maya) on March 2 and is now holding her debut event "Mayahime Matsuri 2014." She is illustrated by Mako Aboshi, who is known as the chibi-character designer for the 2005 TV anime Pani Poni Dash!. Hit the jump for more about Mayahime-chan.
Following the very successful Moe Uzumasa and Saki Matsuga, Kyoto-city's public subway has finally revealed a new promotional poster featuring the third and final re-designed mascot girl Misa Ono. Her poster will start being displayed in the subway trains, stations, city office, and ward offices in the city from March 10. Check the poster after the jump.