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How to Find an Affordable Home in Tokyo

When I arrived in Japan to teach English for the first time over twenty years ago I was very worried about the cost of renting an apartment in Tokyo, but I was lucky to find a job in The Japan Times that provided free accommodation.Show More Summary

Attention all cat lovers!

If you'd like multiple feline friends for an hour or more and you're in the Tenjin, Fukuoka area, there is a perfect place for you! Keurig: The Loft is the second branch of the very popular Neko Cafe Keurig also in Fukuoka city, situated in the Daimyo district. Show More Summary

First Impressions: Attack on Titan: Junior High episode 1

Attack on Titan is one of those series that it doesn't matter what they do, people pay attention to it. The graphically violent and gruesome series shot to popularity first as a manga and then as an anime series. Soon all kinds of spin-offs...Show More Summary

Annotated Anime: One Piece episode 712

I'm not too sure if Toei planned it to coincide with the month of Halloween, but this episode is scarier than the whole of the Thriller Bark Arc. Yep, the arc that is devoted to all things creepy and ghouly was showed up by an episode in the Dressrosa arc. I'd watch this episode with the lights on and when the little ones are already tucked into bed. Read more...

Final Impressions: School-Live!

School-Live! (or Gakkou Gurashi!) nearly slipped under the radar. If you had no idea of the more sinister plot afoot, you'd probably skip the series thinking it's yet another show about four young girls doing young girl things. NoneShow More Summary

Indivisible Indie GoGo Campaign Launched

Before people start rolling their eyes at another post about a crowd-funded game needing backers, listen to me. These guys know what they're doing and they've gone through development hell with their last game and came out on top. Lab Zero Games, best known for the indie smash hit Skullgirls is working on their second game called Indivisible. Show More Summary

Final Impressions: Garo: Gold Storm Soar

Have you ever had that feeling where a show that you’re keeping up with ends sooner than expected? In my case, it feels stranger for the latest Garo toku series to end at episode 23, since each installment of the franchise usually runs for 25 episodes. Show More Summary

Japanese career women on marriage and children

A recent survey from LiB,Inc, a firm that says they support working women facing issues regarding careers, private life, marriage, childbirth, etc, recently conducted a survey to find out what career-women’s outlook on marriage. Demographics Between the 10th and 16th of September 2015 500 women from their database of 29,661 working women completed a private […]

Eiji Seiun Mold 2 Faceup Tests

I will be updating this post with progress as I work on the final stages of the first Smart Doll guy -...

How Much Does it Cost .. to Travel From Tokyo to Nagoya?

Sightseers usually fly past Nagoya in a feverish desperation to get amongst the attractions of the Kansai region, or Tokyo. But Nagoya didn’t grow to be one of the nation’s largest cities by accident. No, this huge urban center is a vital part of Japan’s East Coast economic/industrial juggernaut, and has a proud people with a proud culture to boot. Show More Summary

How Much Does it Cost .. to Travel From Tokyo to Osaka?

Tokyo and Osaka are Japan’s economic powerhouses. Every day, an army of besuited office workers races between the two cities to keep the wheels of finance, commerce, and industry turning. Unsurprisingly then, they’re well connected, and if you’ve got the money, getting from one to the other should be an absolute breeze. Show More Summary

First Impressions: One Punch Man episode 1

One Punch Man is easily the most anticipated anime series of this Fall, and for good reason. ONE and Yusuke Murata's manga is a heavy hitter in the pages of Shonen Jump, and its lead character, Saitama, is the heaviest hitter of all. That...Show More Summary

20 ways to blow your declaration of love in Japan

goo Ranking looked this time at how to muck up a declaration of love. Demographics goo Rankings asked iBRIDGE’s Research Plus to conduct this survey, where between the 1st and 3rd of June 2015 500 members, 50:50 male and female, of their monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. I think my own declaration of […]

Japanator Live: Sal attempts to unravel La-Mulana's mysteries

Watch live video from japanator on Now that I beat Ys Origin as Hugo, it's time for me to travel into another title. Continuing from last week's segment, I'll be figuring out how to navigate through La-Mulana's ruins. Right now, I'm basically lost since the game requires for players to solve a few puzzles along the way. Show More Summary

Review: Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls

When it was first announced that Spike Chunsoft's third Danganronpa game wouldn't be a visual novel, a lot of folks, including yours truly, were understandably apprehensive. Trigger Happy Havoc and its fantastic sequel Goodbye Despair were master-class examples of the medium, after all. Show More Summary

Week Ender - Macross Edition

Macross is one of those recognizable anime properties around the world, though it may be in due to Robotech, the US cartoon franchise that combined Macross with two other unrelated robot anime to be able to syndicated on US television. Show More Summary

Annotated Anime: Bikini Warriors episodes 9-12

Seems we are winding down on this season of anime and getting ready for the winter. First Nagato-chan finished, then Umaru-chan, I had dropped GANGSTA from my weekly roster and I hear that has also finished its 12 episode run. Now it...Show More Summary

Strong Style: Eight-Man Scramble!

It's Friday night and it's time for a fight. Welcome back to Strong Style as we take a look at New Japan Pro Wrestling on AXS TV. This week we are taking a look at a couple of matches from the December 7th, 2014 show from Nagoya. This...Show More Summary

Hiroyuki Okiura's recent piece takes us on a road trip with a perverted traveler

For some unknown reason, I've always found it fascinating when a project would release a new segment that shares a similar theme with its predecessor. In this case, the Japan Animator Expo's 34th short, "Robot on the Road" (NSFW), happens to have a machine as the main character. Show More Summary

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