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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.

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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.