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Scary Tokyo Immigration

Given my last years experience of the dreaded Tokyo Shinagawa Immigration Bureau experience, I felt the need to talk about this years test to try and obtain a three year visa. Having lived in Japan for three years, I have never been granted a three year visa. Show More Summary

And the best bread in Japan for 2016 is ...

Bread (?? / pan) loving community website in Japan votes for 2016’s Bread of the Year (???????????????) and the bakeries that are selling it.Would it be fair to say that the high quantity of bakeries and cake shops in Japan comes asShow More Summary

In search of Santa

I have spent quite a considerable amount of time looking for a Santa in Japan. Believe it or not, he is quite hard to come by in this neck of the woods. I guess we are just a little too far from Lapland. Although my kids are aged between...Show More Summary

Getting prepared for the JLPT N4

As you may know: being good at Japanese language is important for living in Japan. To find out about your Japanese skills there is a test called Japanese-Language Proficiency Test (???????) or shortly JLPT.The JLPT takes place twice a year - once at the begining of July and once at the begining of December - in Japan and a lot of other countries. Show More Summary

Cup Noodles and Final Fantasy provide instant weirdness in commercial

In the world of Japanese commercial sponsorship, we often get odd and sometimes downright weird partnerships that often end up being horrible or glorious. Sometimes, we get both. Now, Final Fantasy XV, the latest big budget game from...Show More Summary

Lelouch Lamperouge Smart Doll

Lelouch Lamperouge Smart Doll There is no better day than today to announce the second installment...

Fujiyama Ichiban Ultimate Kickstarter failed to achieve its goal

Today marks a sad moment for many toku fans, as the Kickstarter for Fujiyama Ichiban Ultimate, the PG-13 film that brings us a different take on Los Angeles' local hero, ended at $7,282. Unfortunately, this means that it didn't get funded. While Michi Yamato and his crew weren't able to achieve their goal, they're not giving up on their project. Show More Summary

An old and cluttered Tokyo fabric shop

Tucked away down a quiet little side street, this man was working away on a Sunday. Presumably just like he has done on countless other traditional days off. But that didn’t seem to bother him in the slightest. And fortunately neither did a foreigner poking his head through the window to take a photograph.

Weekend Japanatainment - Final Fantasy Anime Edition

The Final Fantasy series is one of the most prominent video game series from Japan and is still considered a big name even with the bumpy transition to the HD gaming era in the last decade. Last week marks the decade the end of the long...Show More Summary

Strong Style: Gold on the line!

Hey, Gang! Welcome to Strong Style, Japanator's look at New Japan Pro Wrestling on AXS TV. This week we are taking a look at Invasion Attack from April 10, 2016. We have two episodes tonight as the action is coming from the famed Sumo Hall in Tokyo. Let's get to the action! Read more...

Japanator LIVE: Belly dance like a pirate in Shantae and the Pirate's Curse

[The stream starts at 9 p.m. Central Standard Time.] With the month of December among us, I felt that it's the perfect time to work my way through Shantae and the Pirate's Curse since Risky's Revenge left us with a cliffhanger that left...Show More Summary

Annotated Tokusatsu: Dobutsu Sentai Zyuohger episodes 4-10

I may be really late to the party with my thoughts on Zyuohger, but I felt that I should do my best to catch up with the series before it comes to a close next year. Seeing that I dug the idea of a zoologist fighting alongside a group...Show More Summary

Studio Khara sues Gainax over unpaid royalties

As we continue to wait patiently for Eva 4.0's possible completion, a Studio Khara ends up going through a major turn of event. It turns out that they're suing Gainax for not fulfilling their deal to pay Khara royalty fees of the projects...Show More Summary

PIKOTARO and Sesame Street come together for a delicious combination

One of the latest and weirdest viral videos that really took off is one from Japan is PIKOTARO, or better known for his video "Pen Pineapple Apple Pen" or "PPAP" for short. If you've been living under a massive pen-pineapple-apple-pen...Show More Summary

Huzzah: Gun Caliber heads to Blu-ray, DVD, and VHS next year

Ladies and gentlemen. The best bothday celebration of the century has arrived, as Garage Hero teams up with the indie film distribution company, SRS Cinema, to bring Gun Caliber to the whole world in 2017 on Blu-ray, DVD and VHS. One...Show More Summary

Lunch in an old Tokyo alleyway?

Big and shiny buildings may well be sprouting up all over town, but even on dark, damp afternoons, Tokyo’s narrow little alleyways remain considerably more compelling. I’ve just been told that comments haven’t been working properly. Some being flagged as spam. Sorry about that. Tomorrow I’ll have the chance to look into it properly, […]

What is Bounenkai?

One of the perks of working in Japan is being invited to Bounenkai, a type of enkai that occurs at the end of the year. Restaurants will start to fill up with reservations all throughout December. The Bounenkai season is upon us. While...Show More Summary

A bearded, schoolgirl uniform wearing Japanese man

Hideaki Kobayashi, or GrowHair as he is also known, has become a celebrity of sorts due to his love of wearing sailor suit schoolgirl uniforms. A man whose courage to hit the streets on his terms has to be applauded. Plaudits too for the city around him. There’s no judgement. No mean-spirited comments. Just enjoyment […]

Trust in Japan: A Vegetable Stand

I love these fruit and vegetable stands you can accidentally run across or sometimes find throughout Japan. The thought of having one of these in my parent's current American city is unfathomable. It would not be more than 5 minutes before everything was long gone and stolen. Show More Summary

Coyote Ugly comes to Japan with saloon opening in Roppongi, Tokyo

Coyote Ugly Saloon comes to Japan next month, with the franchise opening the doors to COYOTE UGLY TOKYO in Roppongi on December 8. What could be a better form of promotion for your bar than than for it to be the setting of a Jerry Bruckheimer...Show More Summary

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