Interurban car 1207

A look back at the interurbans

Even though the Downtown Historic Railway is out-of-service, you can still experience the heritage interurbans online. Browse through pictures and brush-up on the routes these versatile rail cars took on their journeys through the Lower Mainland.

Anime Conventions

What is an anime convention?

Curious about what goes on at an anime convention? Ever wondered why people wear costumes to these events? Where can I find one that’s nearest to me? It’s my first time, what do I need to bring? Answers to these questions and more can be found in the all about anime conventions and the convention checklist articles.

Welcome to Vancouver

A quick look at Vancouver

Perhaps you know the story behind Vancouver’s founding. How about the salty snack that ran for the mayor’s office? Or the only time that one of the city’s early hockey teams won the Stanley Cup? Read all about them and more in the Quick Facts of Vancouver.


Blue Exorcist volume 13

Frederick Linsmeyer • April 26, 2015 • Manga
Blue Exorcist volume 13

Blue Exorcist volume 13

The Illuminati’s Professor Gedoin is one to be feared. Upon discovering that Izumo’s mother Tamamo had been subjected to his cruel experiments, the Exwires learn that now Izumo herself has been kidnapped. It’s up to Rin, Yukio, Shiemi, Suguro and Konekomaru to visit Izumo’s hometown of Inari to free her from the professor’s clutches. Will the Exwires find Izumo in time to save her from the same fate as her mother?

Volume 13 of the Blue Exorcist manga by Kazue Kato will be available for purchase on June 2nd, 2015.

Kakashi finally unmasked

Frederick Linsmeyer • April 25, 2015 • Manga
Kakashi's face!

After 15 years, Kakashi is unmasked!

One of the Naruto manga series’ long-running mysteries has finally been revealed. Patrons who attended Tokyo’s Naruto Art Exhibition were able to see the full face of Kakashi Hatake, but only if they bought a copy of Official Guestbook Shinden Fū no Sho.

Anime News Network stopped by the exhibition on its opening day and purchased the book, uploading an image of ninja’s face to their site for all to see.

Kakashi never fully uncovered his face during the series, only pulling down part of the covering to reveal his sharingan whenever necessary.

The Naruto Art Exhibition is open April 25th through June 28th before moving to Osaka from July 18th through September 27th. Naruto creator Masashi Kishimoto has provided new artwork to accompany models and other displays that delve further into his popular comic.

Source: Anime News Network

Naruto volume 70

Frederick Linsmeyer • April 16, 2015 • Manga
Naruto volume 70

Naruto volume 70

Naruto is down for the count and it’s up to Might Guy to stand face to face with Madara. With his own life on the table, Guy readies himself in what may be his toughest fight he’s had to date. Will Guy be able to subdue Madara and will the remaining shinobi troops reach Naruto in time to save him? It’s an action packed struggle!

Volume 70 of Naruto will be available for purchase on June 2nd, 2015.

Could Roy return to Super Smash Bros.?

Frederick Linsmeyer • April 15, 2015 • Gaming

Mewtwo was released as a downloadable character, along with a game update for Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U today. According to Smashboards, some fans have already begun searching through the update code in hopes of finding anything interesting. Reddit user shinyquagsire23 appears to have struck gold — victory themes for a few characters not yet in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U.

The victory themes are for Mewtwo (which is a given), Ryu, Roy and Lucas. Lucas has been announced as downloadable this coming June, while Roy and Ryu are interesting nonetheless. As there’s already a Roy in the game (as one of Bowser’s offspring), it’s possible that it might be the hero from Fire Emblem: The Sealed Sword while Ryu could be the one and only from Capcom’s Street Fighter series.

A video of the music files has been uploaded to YouTube.

Of course, the presence of these files doesn’t confirm anything. However, anything’s possible since Nintendo did ask fans to voice which character they want to see in the popular fighting franchise.

Sources: Smashboards, SmashWiki

Canucks vs Flames in round one of the Stanley Cup Playoffs

Frederick Linsmeyer • April 15, 2015 • Hockey

It’s that time of the year again! After missing the Stanley Cup Playoffs last year, the Vancouver Canucks are back and paired up with a familiar rival: the Calgary Flames. The two teams appear evenly matched, so it’s expected to be close, yet exciting series.

  • Game 1: Wednesday, April 15th – 7:00 pm PDT at Vancouver
  • Game 2: Friday, April 17th – 7:00 pm PDT at Vancouver
  • Game 3: Sunday, April 19th – 7:00 pm PDT at Calgary
  • Game 4: Tuesday, April 21st – 7:00 pm PDT at Calgary (if necessary)
  • Game 5: Thrusday, April 23rd TBD at Vancouver (if necessary)
  • Game 6: Saturday, April 25th TBD at Calgary (if necessary)
  • Game 7: Monday, April 27th TBD at Vancouver (if necessary)

Source: Vancouver Canucks

Got Craft? Spring Edition showcases local crafts

Frederick Linsmeyer • April 15, 2015 • Local

Looking for something unique or handmade? Got Craft? Spring Edition is a market place for local artisans to showcase their handicrafts over the May 2nd-3rd weekend at the Maritime Labour Centre in East Vancouver.

Got Craft? Spring Edition has over 70 local vendors selling jewelry, clothing, ceramics, stationary, housewares, toys and art. There will also be workshops for those wanting to get involved in their own craft projects. Food trucks and other delectable treats will also be available to satisfy those with a sweet tooth.

Admission to Got Craft? Spring Edition is $3 and the first 50 through the door will get a free goodies bag with items from vendors and sponsors. Hours are 10:00 am through 5:00 pm on both Saturday May 2nd and Sunday, May 3rd, 2015 at the Maritime Labour Centre on 1880 Triumph Street.

For further information and a list of vendors, visit the Got Craft? web site.

Sakura Days Japan Fair 2015 photos

Frederick Linsmeyer • April 12, 2015 • In Pictures

With a lovely Saturday and Sunday, VanDusen Botanical Gardens hosted another successful Sakura Days Japan Fair in its vast oasis of greenery. Amidst the beauty of the cherry blossoms and flowers, there was plenty of food, music, dancing, interactive exhibits and even cosplay. Be sure to relive the weekend through the collection of photos now available on Gallery.

Tetsuo Taiko Rakuichi Shishimai Grillin' up some yakitori
This duck wants some attention, let's look at him! Cherry blossoms of the ichiyo tree. Alcvin Ramos plays the Shakuhachi

Sakura-Con 2015

Frederick Linsmeyer • April 9, 2015 • Conventions

Spring is all about the blossoms, sunny weather and anime! Especially if you’re in Seattle around the Easter Weekend when Sakura-Con brings Japanese and Asian culture together inside the Washington State Convention Center. This year, the convention ran from Friday, April 3rd through Sunday, April 5th with plenty of anime to watch, manga to buy and costumes to admire.

Couldn’t make it? Photos are up on Gallery.
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EAT! Vancouver Food + Cooking Festival back this May

Frederick Linsmeyer • April 8, 2015 • Food and Drink, Local
Local strawberries on sale at the Urban Fare store during EAT! Vancouver Cooking + Food Festival in 2014

Local strawberries on sale at the Urban Fare store during EAT! Vancouver Cooking + Food Festival in 2014

If you like to cook or eat for that matter, head on down to BC Place Stadium to indulge in the EAT! Vancouver Food + Cooking Festival this May. From May 1st through 3rd, sample local fare, watch chefs whip up their specialties, and purchase that missing ingredient to spice up your meal.

Over 250 culinary-related exhibitors will pack the floor next to the stages for new demonstrations featuring VIP Chef Experiences and the “Talk & Taste” Stage at BC Place. Don’t forget to explore the Canadian Food Artisan Pavilion, the Craft Beer Alley and on-site Legacy Liquour Store for the adults. Celebrated chefs making appearances this year include Rob Feenie, Vikram Vij, Ned Bell, Anna Olson, Susur Lee and Mark McEwan.

Tickets for EAT! Vancouver Food + Cooking Festival can be purchased for a discount online or at regular price in person at BC Place.


Photos from Sakura-Con 2015

Frederick Linsmeyer • April 8, 2015 • In Pictures

It’s not spring without Sakura-Con! Thousands of people descended upon downtown Seattle, many in costume, for a three-day weekend party for all things Japanese. Were you there? Couldn’t make it? Browse through the Gallery and make it seem like it was the convention weekend all over again.

Rin and Yukio Okumura take a break! Kingdom 'Heart' with Kairi and Sora Ichigo and Toushiro strike a pose
Sōma Yukihira is ready for his next cooking challenge! If Black Star is lost, don't return him to Soul Evans. It's a volleyball game!

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