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Japanese indie games festival BitSummit gets underway on July 9 and 10 in Kyoto. This year, Nintendo and Sony are among the official sponsors. According to Famitsu, Hironobu Sakaguchi and Goichi Suda are both slated to give talks. For more, check the event’s official site.

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Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored five books, including most recently, Japanese Whisky: The Ultimate Guide to the World's Most Desirable Spirit.

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