Awesome midflight action shot by Flickr photographer rampx!! Could this have been taken from one of the famous Cat Cafe’s in Japan?? See, you can see the Japanese comic books lined up behind the kitty! What’s a ‘cat cafe’? It is a theme cafe whose main attraction is cats that can be watched and played with. Patrons pay an hourly cover fee (900 yen = $10.00/hr) to read comic books and play with the cats. There are more than 39 just in Tokyo alone!

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What a great use of colours in this backlit shot of a Japanese Maple (by Redroom Studios, taken in Niagara Falls, Canada)!  Did you know the first known Japanese maple to arrive in North America was in 1862, and was planted in Long Island, NY.

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Do you like beautiful photos? Then you must like Flickr. So many wonderful photos, so little time to see all the best ones. So, onomeister is here to share the best photos! Like this one by NatashaP who took this eye-poppingly beautiful shot of Mount Fuji and cherry blossoms during a sunset on April 17, 2013 in Yamanashi, Japan. Oh, and there seems to be a river of strawberry milk…

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Everyone knows about photo blog websites like Flickr. So many amazing photos, and not enough time to sift through hundreds of pages of photos. So, onomeister is here to share the best of the best! Like this one by bbw1150 who took this incredible shot at the Osaka International Airport on May 5, 2013, which is a national holiday in Japan (no, not Cinco de Mayo, but Children’s Day). Also, this holiday falls during Golden Week, the busiest time of the year for the Japanese, as many take their vacations (like Christmas in western countries). Flights, hotels, trains, even restaurants are fully booked around this time of year, and prices are all increased to the highest peak season rates. Tourists, avoid visiting during Golden Week at all costs!

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Have I ever told you that Flickr is a geek’s paradise? Once in a while, you’ll see a photo on Flickr that represent the nerd in me. Like this one of some creative Lego by kwi-chang – I would buy this!! This reminds me of the gripping and highly-acclaimed Evangelion anime, and more recently Linebarrels (Click on the links to watch these anime right now). You know, in order to create this, one would have to be a Lego-maniac and have quite a big collection of bricks already. I wish I had his creativity. Remember, it’s best to see this photo on your PC or iPad, instead of your tiny smartphone!

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Many have said that Flickr is a wondrous website! People from all over the world share wonderful photos here. Like this wonderific shot of Shinjuku, Japan taken by hidesax. It reminds me of the many times that I missed the shuuden (last train) when I used to live in Japan (due to late night partying… lol), and I had to walk two hours to get home (saved me 12000 yen though – that’s $120). This photo reminds me of the movie Fast & Furious Tokyo Drift. (Important advice: Don’t miss the shuuden, and do see this photo on your PC or iPad, instead of your tiny smartphone!)

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Wii-u-doomedIt’s deja vu for Nintendo… A year and a half ago, their newest handheld portable device, the 3DS, was experiencing terrible sales, and Nintendo cut the price by 40% in less than six months after release. It was unheard of to slash prices so early in a release cycle. Now, it looks like they may have to go through it again, this time for the Wii U, even though in a recent investors meeting Nintendo president Satoru Iwata reassured them that they would not reduce the price as the newest system is already being sold at a loss.

There was a lot of hype for Nintendo’s new console, as it has a very versatile and responsive tablet controller (a first for consoles) and for the first time in Nintendo’s history 1080p HD quality graphics. So why are Nintendo sales now being associated with words like “abysmal”, “catastrophic lows”, “disaster” and even some are starting to call the system a “flop”? In only its second full month of availability, the Wii U sold a paltry 57,000 units in the U.S. (while the Xbox 360 sold 280,000).

Well, critics like Wedbush analyst Michael Pachter are saying various factors: “First, we think that the console was misunderstood by many as a peripheral for the Wii; second, the price point for the Wii U is relatively high, and the launch was into a weak economy; and third, first party software support was thin, and third-party software was not sufficiently differentiated to convince many that they needed a Wii U as a replacement for their Xbox 360 or PS3.”

Others are saying various reasons: Nintendo’s shoddy marketing of the system pre-launch (basically none); the rise of mobile gaming in Asia; the fact that it doesn’t really outshine existing competitors in any way; as with the company’s previous two consoles, the GameCube and Wii, the waning 3rd party support for the console.

IS THERE ANY HOPE?

Nintendo acknowledged last month that the launch of the Wii U were disappointing and confessed that it had failed to communicate its value to the end-users worldwide. They claim that they will ensure that there are more games for the platform on the market soon.

This is a critical stage. In order for the system to succeed, the only choices for Nintendo is 1. rush more games out from their 1st/2nd party development studios as there’s definitely no help from 3rd party developers on the horizon, or 2. the eventual price cut (I’m gonna say September 2013).

As a video games fan, I feel sorry for Nintendo, a company that stands for innovation and creativity. Competition is healthy for the industry, and gamers like us will benefit if Nintendo does succeed. I really hope that they turn things around.