The Weekend Xbox Japan Conquered Akihabara

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On a chilly afternoon this past weekend, well over 100 people waited in line in Akihabara to see Microsoft's "Xbox 360 Kansyasai in Akiba" (Xbox 360 Festival of Thanks in Akihabara). The event was a joint effort between Microsoft and Capcom, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Japanese release of the original Xbox (February 22nd, 2002), and to promote some of the upcoming titles to the Xbox 360.

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On hand (aside from the sensibly dressed booth babes) were Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City, Street Fighter x Tekken, Dragon's Dogma, and Asura's Wrath. For Kinect exclusives, playable demos of Kinect Star Wars, Diabolical Pitch, Kinect Rush A Disney/Pixar Adventures, and the newly unveiled Crimson Dragon (Formerly code-named "Project Draco").

Aside from game demo machines, the event included a raffle, on-stage interviews, and demonstrations for Dragon's Dogma, Crimson Dragon, Diabolical Pitch, Biohazard Operation Raccoon City, and Steel Battalion.

The Xbox has never been the top selling hot-item in Japan, but devoted Xbox fans as well as Capcom lovers arrived in droves to show their support, get the latest news, and wait in line (over 2 hours for some) for a chance at some comfort time with the upcoming titles. The event lasted from 1 PM to 7 PM with, at times, nearly 200 people packed in the 5,370 square foot event hall; a huge turnout considering the Xbox's weak hold in Japan. Despite the somewhat cool weather (around 46 degrees F), staff and viewers were enthusiastic and the event seemed a success for Microsoft.

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otokonomiyaki
otokonomiyaki

Sorry to get all Japanophile and nerdy here, but...

"Kansyasai"? I really, truly hate the Kunrei romaji writing system with a passion. It's not 'kansyasai', it's 'kanshasai'.

The Hepburn system of romanization has been around for aaaages, and yet kids still get taught the Kunrei system with its 'syu' and 'zi' instead of 'shu' and 'ji' and the like at elementary school. When they go to junior high school they get told 'that's wrong,' taught the Hepburn system, and sit there thinking 'what the f*ck did we study that other system for then??'

I get that the old system is useful for entering Japanese into a standard keyboard, but aside from that what's the point of putting a Japanese word into roman characters if a person who cannot read Japanese can't correctly pronounce a romanized Japanese word?

A woman I know has the last name 'Hozumi', but because she uses the Kunrei romaji system, when she writes it in Roman characters she writes it as 'Hodumi'. When I first met her and I was still getting to grips with the language, I honestly thought her name was 'Ho-doo-mi' for about six months...

What's the point of writing a word for the benefit of a foreigner who can't read Japanese (and honestly, what else is Romaji for if not the benefit of foreigners?) if, when they read it they're still not able to say it right?

End of rant. Sorry, but this annoys me almost as much as when people misuse "your" and "you're" in English... I'm a language nerd I suppose.

You can always tell when publications have been put together by someone who learnt English and romaji prior to the last fifteen or twenty years...