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Playing 'Surfer' in a Surf Shop in Chiba, Japan

One of the reasons I moved to Urayasu in Chiba, is to be a bit closer to the surf. I still can’t roll out of bed into the board shorts and onto the beach, but I’m significantly closer than before (about a 45-min drive). Urayasu is also...Show More Summary

Japanese men waiting

Or perhaps more accurately, Japanese men waiting somewhat awkwardly.

Protect the walls: Attack on Titan Season 2 launches next Spring

If you've been waiting patiently for the next season of Attack on Titan, then you'll be glad to hear that the show's team has confirmed that its sequel will premiere in Spring 2017. The anime's staff made this announcement at an Attack Festival Reading and Live event that happened today. Show More Summary

Aw, snap: Crunchyroll enters the dub and home release field

If there's one unexpected piece of news to come out of Anime Expo '16, it's that Crunchyroll revealed that they're planning to release anime on Blu-ray and DVD with English dubs. The interesting thing about this announcement is thatShow More Summary

Too Scared To Approach Japanese Girls?

“Nobita, I can’t talk to Japanese girls..”He looks at me anxiously from across the table, green tea in hand.“Why is that? What’s wrong?”“You know, Japanese girls are extremely shy like a scared child. I really don’t know how to start a conversation with that type of girl. Show More Summary

Japanator Live: Get comfortable with VA-11 Hall-A's bar setting

Watch live video from Japanator on www.twitch.tv [The stream starts at 9 p.m. Central Standard Time.] You know that you're in for a great time when a game presents you with a message that encourages the players to get comfy before they continue playing. Show More Summary

Strong Style: Wrapping up with the G1's Climax

Hello and welcome back to Strong Style, Japanator's look at New Japan Pro Wrestling on AXS TV. This week we finish off the G1 25 tournament with two doses of action from the finals, Both hours of action take place from the famed Sumo Hall from August 16, 2015. Let's get to the action! Read more...

News: Expats Say Life in Japan is ...

Over the course of May and into June (2016), we posed to you, the City-Cost users, some piercing (using the term tongue-in-cheek) questions about how it feels to be an expat living in Japan. Here’s how you answered. Don’t worry, no identities...Show More Summary

News: Neglected - Statutes come and go for 2,270 criminal cases in Osaka Prefecture

In a week when Osaka Prefecture revealed that the statute of limitations has come and gone for 2,270 criminal cases, we take a look at the nature of policing in Japan. How does police presence in Japan compare to that in your country?...Show More Summary

Special drink in Japan: Jelly in a can and mango yogurt

If you visit Japan and didn't check out the convenience store or vending machine you are missing a lot! Japanese don't like to drink the same things over and over again, that is the reason why most of the beverage manufacturer in Japan...Show More Summary

Urban Japanese farming

Tokyo may well be a bustling megacity of umpteen millions, but away from more central areas, it’s amazing how common it is to find concrete and crops in close proximity.

Here's a quick look at Garage Hero's new red samurai hero

It looks like the guys at the Indie Tokusatsu Studio Garage Hero have a new short in the work, as they show off their new hero known as Red Sun, which was made by Former Rainbow Zoukei (Kamen Rider 555 through Kabuto's suits) Member Daisuke Komatsu. Red Sun plans to make his debut in a new short that hits Garage Hero's YouTube channel on July 8. Show More Summary

Anime Expo 2016 is full of guests you should see

This weekend starts Anime Expo 2016 out in Los Angeles. It's nuts. A good anime convention not only provides a healthy crowd turnout and lots of things for the attendees to do, but also a wide variety of guests and events. Anime Expo...Show More Summary

Things you should know, when your family send you a care package.

Japan is great! You can get anythings you need from a department store, sometimes even in the convenience store nearby your home. When you need something from you home country, it maybe a little bit difficult.The best way to get those...Show More Summary

Doai: Japan’s deepest train station

Due to their very nature, most train stations in Japan are merely functional. Buildings designed to simply get you somewhere, rather than destinations in themselves. And when it originally opened in 1936, Doai, in Gunma Prefecture, was also a regular, run-of-the-mill station. But after the addition of a northbound line in 1967, all that changed. […]

Brilliant Hearthstone ad pokes fun at Japanese corporate culture

It's a cliche at this point to describe Japanese work culture as "quite hierarchical", but it is true that bosses, company officials, and executives are afforded a level of deference that's not as common in other cultures. Unless you're ace at Hearthstone, that is. Show More Summary

One in four LGBT Japanese don’t know what LGBT is

One of the objectives of this survey was to see how awareness of the English abbreviation “LGBT” was spreading through Japan, thus we get the apparently weird result of LGBT not being aware of their label; previously “sexual minority” was a more common label. This survey was from the Japan LGBT Research Institute Inc (A […]

Tokyo’s Best Outdoor Hotel Pools for Summer 2016

Presenting the best outdoor pools in Tokyo at some of the city's finest hotels for summer 2106. Non guests welcome.It’s hard to describe the climate during Tokyo’s summer; sweatier than a carpenter’s sock? Hotter than vindaloo curry?...Show More Summary

In Japan, we love our hormone. But just what is it?

I ate motsu nabe (???) for dinner tonight. There isn’t really much of a custom to eat ???? overseas, as I understand it. It’s pretty common in Asia though. Hormone (short term for internal organs) is very popular in Japan. Why? Because...Show More Summary

Problems being a leftie in Japan

I’m not the sinister kind, so I cannot say if these are universal problems identified by goo Ranking’s survey into typical things lefties have to face. I’m not sure if this cat is left-handed (left-pawed?), but it’s the only image I could find that suggested Japan and left-handedness. Interestingly, cats would appear to be twice […]

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