Tuesday, October 15, 2019

"Alleged Japanese stalker studied reflection from photos of pop star's pupils to find out where she lived"


Text from The Japan Times, 10/12/19.

A man arrested on suspicion of stalking a female pop idol used the reflections of her pupils in photos she shared on social media and Google Street View to find where she lived.

Tokyo police declined comment on the specifics of the investigation but confirmed Friday that 26-year-old Hibiki Sato was arrested Sept. 17 on suspicion of indecent behavior in connection with stalking and causing injuries to the 20-year-old woman.

The police official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the case was related to the reports about a stalker and pupil images.

Police described Sato as an “avid fan.”

NHK and other media reported this week that details in the woman’s selfies were used to identify the train station she frequented. They said Sato looked at other images she shared, such as her apartment, to figure out where she lived.

Police say he hurt her and committed indecent acts, such as groping her after accosting her from behind and knocking her down.

Tokyo Shimbun, a metropolitan daily which reported on the stalking case, warned readers that even casual selfies may show surrounding buildings that will allow people to identify the location of the photos.

It also said people shouldn’t make the V-sign with their hand because fingerprints could be stolen.

Cyberstalking has been a problem for years, with criminals and perpetrators of domestic violence using hacking, clandestine activation of microphones and cameras and other methods to track their victims.

It’s unclear how prevalent the use of high-resolution photos to locate potential victims might be.


Source: https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2019/10/12/national/crime-legal/alleged-japanese-stalker-studied-reflection-photos-pop-stars-pupils-find-lived/

See also: "Security researcher cautions against striking Japan’s favorite picture pose"
https://visualanthropologyofjapan.blogspot.com/2017/01/security-researcher-cautions-against.html

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

"Toyosu fish market to add noise in bid to liven up tuna auction experience for visitors"


From The Japan Times, 10/1/19.

Visitors to the Toyosu fish market in Tokyo’s Koto Ward will soon be able to experience the vibrant atmosphere of the tuna auctions by hearing the action live while watching the popular events from an upper-level corridor.

Currently, only visitors on the observation deck can both view the tuna auctions and hear the chants and other sounds through partially open windows.

But the deck has failed to draw crowds, with the number of visitors there rarely reaching the daily limit of 120, chiefly because lottery applications have to be made about one month in advance, according to Tokyo Metropolitan Government officials in charge of the Toyosu market.

On the other hand, each day around 1,000 visitors are able to reach an upper-level corridor while on a market tour and observe the auctions below without advance applications.

But many have complained that they were not fully satisfied because the sealed windows prevented them from hearing the auction floor.

In response, the metropolitan government has decided to install microphones around the auction floor in order to transmit the sounds to speakers set up in the corridor, and it hopes to launch the service by the anniversary of the opening of the Toyosu market on Oct. 11.

Tuna auctions are held for about one hour from 5 a.m. on market days.


Source: https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2019/10/01/national/toyosu-improves-tuna-auction-experience/

See related: "The New Toyosu Fish Market in Tokyo - still the biggest in the world!"
http://visualanthropologyofjapan.blogspot.com/2019/08/the-new-toyosu-fish-market-in-tokyo.html

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

もうすぐ「秋祭り」ですね... Getting ready to press the shutter and push the danjiri at the Fall Festival!


The Fall Festival happens on the second Saturday/Sunday of October every year in my neighborhood and surrounding areas...

Previous VAOJ Fall Festival Photo Essays:

「Visual Anthropology of Japan: Neighborhood Fall Festival」Presentation at AJJ 2019 Spring Workshop @ Minpaku: https://visualanthropologyofjapan.blogspot.com/2019/04/visual-anthropology-of-japan.html

2018 Fall Festival in Six Parts: 1) Pre-departure: https://visualanthropologyofjapan.blogspot.com/2018/11/2018-fall-festival-in-six-parts-1-pre.html

2018 Fall Festival in Six Parts: 2) Taking a break with another neighborhood association: https://visualanthropologyofjapan.blogspot.com/2018/11/2018-fall-festival-in-six-parts-2.html

2018 Fall festival in Six Parts: 3) Push-pulling the danjiri through the narrow streets: https://visualanthropologyofjapan.blogspot.com/2018/11/2018-fall-festival-in-six-parts-3-push.html

2018 Fall Festival in Six Parts: 4) Lunch break: https://visualanthropologyofjapan.blogspot.com/2018/11/2018-fall-festival-in-six-parts-4-lunch.html

2018 Fall Festival in Six Parts: 5) Celebration with another neighborhood association: https://visualanthropologyofjapan.blogspot.com/2018/11/2018-fall-festival-in-six-parts-5.html

2018 Fall Festival in Six Parts: 6) Post-matsuri and getting busted by the cops: https://visualanthropologyofjapan.blogspot.com/2018/11/2018-fall-festival-in-six-parts-6-post.html

2017 Fall Festival: https://visualanthropologyofjapan.blogspot.com/2017/10/2017-it-was-rainy-fall-festival-this.html

2016 Fall Festival: http://visualanthropologyofjapan.blogspot.jp/2016/10/2016-autumn-festival.html

2014 Fall Festival: http://visualanthropologyofjapan.blogspot.jp/2014/11/2014-fall-festival.html

2013 Fall Festival: http://visualanthropologyofjapan.blogspot.jp/2013/11/2013-fall-festival.html

2012 Fall Festival: http://visualanthropologyofjapan.blogspot.jp/2012/10/2012-fall-festival.html

2010 Local Matsuri in Classic Black & White: http://visualanthropologyofjapan.blogspot.jp/2010/11/local-matsuri-in-classic-black-white.html

2010 Local Matsuri In Living Color: http://visualanthropologyofjapan.blogspot.jp/2010/11/local-matsuri-in-living-color.html

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Post-Lecture and a shot of "double inspiration porn"

The talk at the Kyoto Asian Studies Group went very well last night. There was a good crowd with several familiar faces. The lecture was one hour and five minutes (thanks to my DWJ students for suggestions on how to cut an earlier and longer version...) and there was almost an hour of interesting and important discussion afterwards. It was a great time. Thanks to KAS and everyone who attended!

In a congratulatory message my former professor and colleague sent me this:


Those who came last night will immediately get it. For those who couldn't attend, it is related to the following quote used in the presentation (and ensuing discussion).

I used to watch videos of abandoned dogs finding their forever homes and deaf people being able to hear for the first time to help soothe me on a bad day.

"Inspiration porn misrepresents deaf people, culture"
BY BRITTANY CRUZ-FEJERAN
The Southwestern College Sun, 05/13/2019
url: https://www.theswcsun.com/inspiration-porn-misrepresents-deaf-people-culture/

See the video before and prepare to be double inspired! (Thanks to EK for the message and screen shot.)



See also: http://visualanthropologyofjapan.blogspot.com/2019/09/announcement-kyoto-asian-studies-group.html