Protect Yourself From Natural Disasters in Japan With the Multilingual ‘Safety Tips’ App
22.March.2020 | SPOT
“Safety Tips” is an app for foreign travellers in Japan that was developed by the Japan Tourism Agency. The app has added three new languagesーKhmer, Burmese, and Mongolianーbringing the total number up to 14. The languages were added together with the new 3.4.0 version of the app on March 17, which is available on iOS and Android.
Safety Tips was launched in October 2014 and enables push notifications and alerts for sudden earthquakes, tsunamis, breaking news, volcano eruptions, virus outbreaks, civil protection news, evacuation announcements, and more. It also displays flow charts that showcases the spread of the particular disaster, links on where to get important and helpful information at the time of disaster, and more.
Compatible languages include: English, Japanese, Chinese (Simplified/Traditional), Korean, Spanish, Portuguese, Vietnamese, Thai, Indonesian, Tagalog, Nepali, Khmer, Burmese, and Mongolian.
If you’re worried about natural disasters when travelling to Japan, arm yourself by downloading Safety Tips for all the necessary information.
Compatible: iOS 9.0 and above / Android 5.0 and above
Official Website: https://www.rcsc.co.jp/safety
ISEKAI App That Lets You Talk With Anime Characters Begins Summer Event
23.July.2020 | ANIME&GAME
The ISEKAI app began its summer event on July 20, 2020. The app, developed by BOOK WALKER, lets you have conversations with anime characters.
The summer event will be split into two different phases. The first phase is running from July 20 to August 3 and lets you talk about the ocean, while the second phase which will run from August 3 to 17 lets you have conversations about Japanese festivals. The event also introduces a new swimsuit costume for Megumin from KonoSuba who is also the first character introduced on the app.
To get more people playing the game, users can now talk with Megumin for free up until August 3, 2020. The usual paying price is ¥360, so don’t miss out on this opportunity.
The light novel series, which is written by Natsume Akatsuki and illustrated by Kurone Mishima, concluded with its 17th volume on May 1, 2020. The series is being published in English by Yen Press.
©2019 Natsume Akatsuki・Kurone Mishima/KADOKAWA/映画このすば製作委員会
ISEKAI 2 Week Free Trial (Usual Price: ¥360)
Running: July 20, 2020 – August 3, 2020
Phase 1: July 20, 2020 – August 3, 2020 / Conversation Theme: Ocean
Phase 2: August 3, 2020 – August 17, 2020 / Conversation Theme: Japanese Festivals
Functions: English Pack (Voice Acting/Text) / Conversation / Alarm / Timer / Stopwatch / Costumes
Official Website: https://isekai.app/
KonoSuba Official Website: http://konosuba.com/
Smartphone App ‘Tipsys’ That Helps Women in Japan Make Friends Expands Service
27.March.2020 | SPOT
Tipsys, a social app for women in Japan, has expanded its reach to the whole of Japan on March 17, 2020. It was previously only usable in major cities throughout the country.
Tipsys is an app aimed at women who are at a turning point in their livesーwhether it be going to university, looking for work, changing jobsーand helps them make friends with other women to hang out with so they can go going shopping, get a drink at a bar, and so on.
The app launched its service in Tokyo in March 2017, and subsequently rolled out at surrounding major cities. It has over 60,000 users, and that number is set to grow as the app now caters for the entire country.
The app allows you to customise your profile with tags and details, like hobbies, where you want to meet up with people, if you drink and what you like to drink, your outing budget, and so on. Tipsys aims to introduce more functions that cater to the needs of its users and their matchmaking needs too.
Price: Free (*Select services require fee)
Official Website: https://tipsys.me
*Cannot be used by males or minors
Chat With My Melody Via Text Message Everyday With Sanrio’s Official New App
19.January.2020 | FASHION
My Melody’s birthday was yesterday (January 18), and in the run up to it, Sanrio released a new smartphone app on Friday named “Itsudemo Issho ni My Melody” (Together Always With My Melody). Described as a “healing app,” the app is My Melody’s way of cheering on those who are working hard every day; it continues her support of healing people on Twitter and radio with her personality.
This app was developed together with fans, with 300 of them participating in a questionnaire for it. It has three major functions including “Text Chat,” “Schedule,” and “Alarm,” all of which incorporate everybody’s favourite bunny.
Receive texts from My Melody with Talk Chat
The Talk Chat function enables you to chat with My Melody via text messages. Replies are given 24 hours a day, so you can send her a text at any time, whether it’s idle chit-chat or telling her a secret you can’t tell anyone else. Whatever it is you want to talk to her about, her words are sure to leave you feeling warm and fluffy.
The messaging service has 12 special stamps which can only be used on the app. If you send a certain stamp, you’ll even receive a call from My Melody. You can also customise the chat backgrounds as you please.
My Melody keeps your days organised with the Schedule
Using the app’s cute calendar, you can enter your schedule for each month.
My Melody will even send you reminders of upcoming plans in the chat too, even if the app is closed, so you won’t miss a thing.
There are 10 “Schedule Seals” you can use depending on what kind of reminder you are setting. Depending on which seal you use, My Melody will send you a different message. Setting a schedule has never been so much fun!
Look forward to waking up to My Melody’s voice with the Alarm
The Alarm function makes use of My Melody’s voice, which is sure to support you during your busy days. There are six voice functions you can set, from waking up in the morning to break time and more.
Additional convenient functions to be released in the future
More functions are set to be released in the future, including the Weather function in March which will have My Melody informing you what the weather will be like outside. If you ask her about the weather in the chat room, she’ll tell you the weather type, temperature, and more to help you prep for each day.
Download the My Melody app and make your days even more fun♡
Itsudemo Issho ni My Melody
Compatible With: iOS 12.0 and beyond (iPhone/iPad/iPod touch) and Android 5.0 and beyond
Tokyo Disney Resort® To Release FASTPASS App
On July 23, 2019, Tokyo Disney Resort will launch a new Tokyo Disney Resort App for smartphones which allows you to obtain FASTPASS tickets for rides from any location in the park.
After entering the park, you can download your FASTPASS tickets using the app. This allows visitors to fully immerse themselves in the magical atmosphere of the park, giving them more time to enjoy the delicious food and discover the shops without having to rush to the other side of the park to get to the machines selling the FASTPASS tickets.
You can use the app to get FASTPASS tickets at a total of 18 park attractions at the resort. This even includes tickets for the brand new DisneySea® attraction Soaring: Fantastic Flight, which will open on July 23, 2019.
Downloading the Tokyo Disney Resort App is sure to save a lot of time and energy so you and your friends and family can focus on having a good time and discovering this enchanted world.
Tokyo Disney Resort App FASTPASS Service
Release: July 23, 2019
Tokyo Disney Resort Official Website: https://www.tokyodisneyresort.jp/en/index.html
Sake App “SakeWiz” to be Released in Japan, US, Canada and Singapore for iOS & Android
13.May.2018 | FOOD
A mobile app called SakeWiz used for finding information on Japanese sake was released on May 8, 2018 and is available on iOS and Android in Japan, the US, Canada and Singapore.
There’s been a boom recently amongst young females in Japan for local sake. SakeWiz was developed to play a role in helping spread the boom of Japanese sake even more through the internet.
The app was officially endorsed by Sake Service Institute (SSI), a Japanese sake service that authorises the Kikisake, or Master of Sake course.
Using artificial intelligence, the app has label scanning software to search for Japanese sake brands and names which can be difficult to remember. Additionally, you can save your favourite brands on the app to share and recommend with friends.
Sake has a tendency to mostly be enjoyed by males and females in their 30s. The polyphenol effect, which became the impetus for the first wine boom in Japan, also played a role in lighting a fire amongst young women who are consistently the leaders consumption in this area.
There are plans to implement more functions such as to enable users to be able to comment on sake and food they like, as well as introduce coupons. The app is also available in multiple languages, including Chinese and Korean.
If you love Japanese sake or someone who wants to try out all the sake that Japan has to offer, then consider downloading SakeWiz.
Using the camera app, “SNOW” you can create unique photos which look just like instant camera photos
18.November.2017 | FASHION
The camera app, SNOW is known for its cute and fun processing features. For fashion conscience girls, the creating of instant camera-like photos using SNOW is gaining popularity. Here, we will explain what kind of processes are possible with SNOW.
First, start up SNOW and choose your selfie filter. Choose one of the camera icons from the icons enclosed in the red box. Next, choose the filter of your choice. For this example, we have chosen the Andriod version of SNOW．Try using the 3 filters enclosed in the blue box, starting from the one on the left.
For an iPhone use the camera filter.
Here is the first filter. It creates a faint-looking photo. The photo has a transient-feel to it.
The second filter creates a more austere-feeling image. This filter is recommended for taking cool landscape photos.
The last filter creates a photo where the center of the photo is clear and focused but the surroundings are a bit blurred. This makes for a retro-looking photo. Orange colors are highlighted so it is just right for taking café food items. For all filters the date appears automatically in the right corner of the photo so when you use a smartphone it is recommended that you take a photo with your smartphone on its side.
Another filter that is highly recommended is this one.
Choose the “collage” icon from the icons enclosed in the red box. Next, choose the filter of your choice from the filters enclosed in the blue box.
When you take a photo using this filter it looks similar to the frame of a film camera. It makes for a very unique photo, one you will want to upload on your SNS.
Better than having to carry a bulky film camera, why not just use SNOW to get a similar quality photo. If you get bored with the same style photos, why not try using SNOW and create film camera style photos.
Source：HARAJUKU KAWAII STYLE