Tachiyomi, Not Quite Dead Yet

Wanted to follow-up my recent post on “The Death of Tachiyomi.” Some readers may have taken the bombastic post title a bit too literally, thinking that suddenly Japan had turned into on anti-browsing state. As I wrote in the post, not only was this something I spotted in just one 7-11, like I said, even other 7-11s weren’t keeping everything wrapped (although most of the women titles are, but that’s to keep the included goodies safely inside). But it’s still quite shocking that at least one store went as far as it did.

But my friend Alastair Townsend (BAKOKO) made a good point on Twitter: Since most magazines really make their money from ad sales, someone is still making money, even if readers are just seeing the ads while reading and standing at the store.


SNOW Magazine Update

Time again for a round-up of recent articles to appear on SNOW Magazine, and also to welcome Alastair Townsend (BAKOKO) as a new contributor to the site — I’m now posting the terrific “A Few Things” series of posts he’s been doing on his blog, about contrasting housing-related issues between Japan and the West.

I’ll be debuting a few new columns this week too — expect Spoon & Tamago‘s Johnny Strategy first piece to go up later today. And here’s a reminder that you can subscribe to an RSS feed, or follow us on Twitter and Facebook.