Interview with Indie Jrock band Akai Sky

akaiskycoverThis is a Ramen episode flashback to this summer’s Japan Expo (JX) 2014 in San Mateo, CA.  The Ramen crew caught with indie Jrock band Akai Sky.

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Kendama USA

kendamausaIt may look like a simple wooden toy game, it’s not as the Ramen crew finds out!  The Ramen crew visits the Kendama USA booth over at Japan Expo:  2nd Impact.  The game requires hand eye coordination and is fun for all ages.  The “Ken” is the wooden handle that catches the “Tama” the ball and you will be amazed at the many cool tricks you can do.

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Japan Expo: 2nd Impact 2014 @ San Mateo Event Center


The Ramen crew attended the anime convention imported from France, Japan Expo at this past weekend’s San Mateo Event Center.  The Ramen team of Eddie, Ramon and Jonelle roam the floors and stages to soak-in the event.

Ramen goes Snack Tasting @ Japan Expo 2013

Not all anime-cons are about cosplay, manga, buying toys and going to the different panels, our Ramen and a Half team goes snack tasting at Japan Expo 2013.  The convention took place August 23-25th, 2013 at the Santa Clara Convention Center, CA.  Our host Eddie and Jonelle hit-up JFC International to taste all the yummy snacks and candies.  With their stomachs full, they also headed to the Yakult booth to drink the healthy yogurt drink.

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Interview with Legendary Character Designer: Yoshiyuki Sadamoto

NadiaAt Japan Expo 1st Impact 2013, Jonelle from “Ramen & a Half” had the pleasure of interviewing iconic artist and character designer Yoshiyuki Sadamoto.  His famous works include Nadia, Neon Genesis Evangelion, FLCL, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time and Summer Wars.  Emanuel, the agent for Yoshiyuki Sadamoto was our translator during the interview.


RTNDR:  What was your background and inspiration in becoming a character designer and artist?

Sadamoto:  First, it was the director Yamaga Hiroyuki, the director of The Wings of Honneamise who asked him to do the character design.  It started here.  Up to that time, it was manga that had led him to draw his own characters for his personal works and this, in turn, led him to work in character design.

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The Highlights from Japan Expo 1st Impact 2013!

The anime convention imported from France, Japan Expo (JX) landed into Santa Clara, CA on August 23-25th, 2013 and our Ramen crew recapped the highlights from the 3-day event.

For more info, go to:  Japan Expo.

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