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The Forefront of Japan’s Subculture — the Ever Evolving “Akihabara”

TOKYO, Aug. 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- "Akihabara"is well known to those not only in Japan but also overseas as "the City/Mecca of Electronics & Home Appliances". You will still see a lot of major home electronics retailers lined up side by side, and many people from the country and all over the world have made visits to the city looking for Japan's electronic appliances for decades. However, the city has now evolved brilliantly throughout the changes of a new era. Nowadays, "Akihabara" not only represents a name of a city, but also became an iconic figure that embodies Japan's own subculture. Japan's unique subculture scene largely represented by this city attracts travelers from all over the world. Akihabara, which is continuously evolving its appearance every minute, also owns its very unique in-station facility that fittingly serves as an entrance to the city. Here we will introduce you to some of the newest faces in Akihabara you will likely encounter in the station or somewhere under an elevated structure:

Why don't you get Japanese souvenirs and the hot items in Akihabara?
Why don't you get Japanese souvenirs and the hot items in Akihabara?

An art-turned train! Even a non-hardcore fan should stop by -- "TRAINIART"

"Atre Akihabara 1" is connected directly to JR East Railway Akihabara station's Electric Town exit (or "Denki-gai" exit). On the 2nd floor you will find "TRAINIART", a  boutique shop selling railroad/train merchandises. Here you will find a vast variety of railroad/train designed goods, from stationaries to accessories, all focused on both [design] and [functionality]. You will notice most of these goods are well-suited for its own brand name "-ART", all richly designed, stylishly finished that one would definitely be tempted to pick them up in their hands, and are very popular among the females. You can also find a pair of train-designed T-shirts tailored for parent-child; you would definitely find a train-designed merchandise of your own that you would probably want to bring home.

"CHABARA""NOMONO" - For those looking for tasting/bringing home Japan's regional local gourmet foods

In Japan, you will encounter distinctive local gourmet foods in each region throughout the country. Wouldn't it be nice if you could enjoy all sorts of gourmet foods from all regions in Japan even if you could only stay in Tokyo?

That's when we highly recommend"CHABARA", located under an elevated bridge connecting JR Akihabara Station and Okachimachi Station. You will find a rich variety of specialty goods, seafoods, and soil foods delivered directly from local producers throughout the country. Perhaps, it's a good idea to make gifts to your friends with soy-sauce, miso, tonkotsu (or pork bone soup) or other unique ramen noodles delivered from local producers, or for anybody, whose dad loves Japanese Sake, why not make a gift for him with a Japanese Sake processed with pure water and high quality grain of rice!

On the other hand, "NOMONO", located inside Akihabara Station, is "A shop introducing the allure of Japanese food" that is always crowded with visitors as, albeit its somewhat limited space, it is conveniently located inside the station. At "NOMONO Kitchen" located on 2nd floor, you will enjoy the aspects of traditional local culture and all sorts of menu filled with highly selective and seasonal ingredients from the east regional Japan.   

In Akihabara, the city that constantly provides us with the latest cultural ingredients, its nearest station is equally unique as well. As the forefront of Japan's cultural movement, we highly encourage you to visit there.

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Ambi Climate Launches on Crowdtivate

HONG KONG, July 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Ambi Climate -- the delightfully simple add-on upgrade that simplifies your comfort and optimises your home's air conditioning ("AC") -- has launched on Crowdtivate, the Asia-focused crowdfunding site. Crowdtivate is created by Starhub, Singapore's first fully integrated info-communications company, in partnership with Crowdonomics, the crowd-powered technology solutions and strategic advisory firm based in Singapore. "We are honoured to be selected as one of the launch products on Crowdtivate, the first site to truly support the Asian entrepreneur," says Julian Lee, the CEO of Ambi Labs. "We have been exploring, for some time now, how best to crowdfund our Asia-focused product, Ambi Climate. While certain country specific crowdfunding platforms exist, this is the first platform that can reach consumers throughout Asia."

Ambi Climate solves common AC usage complaints caused by the inability of current air-conditioners to automatically maintain constant thermal comfort. Over the past two years, Ambi Labs has conducted online surveys across ten key markets in Asia, with over 4,000 respondents. Over 72% of respondents in the region identified with at least one comfort challenge, such as finding the room too warm, too cool, too dry or too humid at times.

Ambi Labs' research indicates that these difficulties are largely due to the outdated design of existing AC remotes. Julian commented: "Current remote controls encourage the user to focus on power and temperature buttons, so it is unsurprising that many users engage in inefficient on/off control behaviour -- they switch on their ACs when they are hot, and switch them off when it gets too cold. The resulting 'yo yo-ing' in temperature, as some of our research participants called it, is both uncomfortable and a waste of energy. They have also complained about needing to adjust their ACs as much as every 30 minutes, and some habitually wake up in the middle of the night to adjust the settings."

This product resonates strongly with the Asian audience, with Ambi Climate recently winning the People's Choice Award at Echelon 2014, the leading startup event in Asia. Many consumers have also expressed their support, leaving messages of encouragement like: "The aircon at my office is cranky, sometimes being too cold and other times being not cold enough. It is quite tiring to constantly switch [it] on and off... Hope this device can settled [sic] my problem and others like me" and "[Needing] to always tweak the air conditioner to a comfortable temperature perfectly describes me. I'm excited that there is a product in the market that solves my daily frustration".

Julian continued, "Other global crowdfunding platforms seek the majority of their backers from US or European markets, leading to devices that are designed to solve problems focused on western habits and lifestyles. At Ambi Labs, our mission is to apply big data and machine learning techniques to solve problems faced by Asian households, so the Crowdtivate platform is perfectly tailored for us. Ambi Climate is the world's first AC upgrade with predictive comfort. Using machine learning, it predicts your in-room climate and optimises the settings on your air conditioner -- a device that is installed in over 80% of households in leading cities of Asia, and accounts for up to 50% of energy bills."

Ambi Climate is now accepting pre-orders on Crowdtivate. To celebrate the launch of this new platform, Ambi Labs is announcing the Ambi Climate Team Challenge, and offering up to a 25% rebate to the winning team.

To avail of this promotion:

  1. Back the Ambi Climate campaign on Crowdtivate (http://www.ambiclimate.com/crowdtivate)
  2. Join a team by using the hashtags #[teamname] #ambified within 24 hours of backing our campaign.
  3. Fill out this form so your team name can be matched to your Crowdtivate account.

For precise mechanics on this, and other exciting promotions, please refer to http://bit.ly/AmbiTeamsDay1 or to our campaign page at: www.ambiclimate.com/crowdtivate

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