Tag Archives: Japan

Musings on Life and Culture from the Contemplative Mind Behind Doshin the Giant

Toco Toco‘s latest Japanese cultural showcase focuses on Kazutoshi Iida, the creative mind behind Aquanaut’s Holiday, Tail of the Sun and Doshin the Giant – minimalistic, pensive experiences that blend the traditional hallmarks of game design with distinctly human elements aimed at encouraging thought … Continue reading

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Highlights from the 2017 My Famicase Exhibition

We introduced this year’s My Famicase Exhibition, an art show consisting entirely of creative designs for make-believe Famicom games, at the end of last month. Hosts METEOR have now uploaded their full online gallery of every cartridge on display. After … Continue reading

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You’ve Probably Never Played… Barbarossa

Barbarossa Developer(s): SystemSoft Publisher: Sammy Platform(s): Super Famicom Release Date: November 27th 1992 (Japan exclusive) Hitler was a bad guy. It’s hardly a surprise, all things considered, that the majority of his video game appearances have seen him take on the fitting role … Continue reading

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2017’s My Famicase Exhibition Is Open for Business

Nakano design store METEOR is once again playing host to the My Famicase Exhibition, an art show of make-believe Famicom games featuring original label artwork from over 160 contributors around the world. The show runs until the end of May … Continue reading

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The Story and Inspirations Behind EDITMODE’s Nostalgic Nintendo-Themed Apparel

We’ve drawn attention to Kyoto-based apparel brand EDITMODE a number of times in the past, most recently when we showcased the 2017 Spring collection for their ‘THE KING OF GAMES’ line of quality Nintendo-licensed apparel. The latest episode of creative-focused … Continue reading

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THE KING OF GAMES 2017 Spring Collection Features Distinctive Styles with Heroic Influences

Kyoto-based EDITMODE have recently revealed the spring collection for THE KING OF GAMES, their tasteful gaming-inspired line of officially Nintendo-licensed apparel. This fresh line-up features casualwear styles celebrating beloved Nintendo characters, with the likes of Kirby’s Dream Land, Balloon Fight and The … Continue reading

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Unorthodox Haunts and Ideas with Nier: Automata’s Yoko Taro

Following the recent release of the critically acclaimed Nier: Automata, toco toco joined its director and scenario writer Yoko Taro, introducing us to his bizarre direction style and some of his favourite Osaka locales for both work and play. Taro discusses everything … Continue reading

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EDITMODE’s Winter ‘THE KING OF GAMES’ Pop-Up Shop Returns for 2016

Last year we featured EDITMODE‘s winter KOG pop-up shop in Kyoto at as a part of our Culture Collection series. This time around, we’re going to be directing you towards miki800, who visited the ‘ELECTORONIC WINTER 2016’ event and has put together a … Continue reading

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More than 30 years late to the party, an untouched Famicom gets its chance to shine

Our second treasure trove of the day, and this time one that’s been doing the rounds, is courtesy of Nintendo themselves (and spotted over on Attract Mode). A recent series on Nintendo’s Japanese website celebrating the 30th anniversary of The Legend … Continue reading

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Unique fashion and a cultural treasure trove, hidden on the third floor of an unassuming Nakano building

The latest instalment of Toco Toco features KAE, a Tokyo-based accessory designer and founder of fashion brand High-Me, showcasing her retro-inspired acrylic work. At a glance, it may seem bizarre to see something like this crop up on a games culture-focused site. … Continue reading

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