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Miitomo gets its first commercial in Japan, which features schoolgirls (of course!). In the ad, one teen finds out that, unbeknownst to others, her friend is a professional wrestler. The commercial’s tagline then asks if you really know your friends.


Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored six books, including most recently, The Japanese Sake Bible.

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In some sense, it’s pretty true. The questions are so simple and direct, they tend to be questions that we forget to ask our friends. One question I got a couple days ago was, “What’s something you do to have a good day?” I was like, “Wow. That’s an interesting question”, so I answered it, “Get about 8 hours of sleep, forgive everyone always, read something for at least an hour a day, and spend time with the people you love.” All of my friends started chiming in, and we had a great little discussion within the app.

I would have never guessed that Miitomo would be a catalyst for better knowing your friends, but it truly has been. It’s a great little app! And if Nintendo/DeNA make some minor tweeks, it could be so much better.