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First Impressions: Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu

If you've ever held the opinion that the medium of Japanese anime could stand to see more mature stories for adults, you absolutely owe it to yourself to at least try watching Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu. I'm not saying you're going to like it, necessarily. Show More Summary

Review: Kizumonogatari

I don't think I could ever think of the Monogatari series without Shaft's trademark animation and visuals. It would be like eating PB and J sandwiches all my life and then discovering peanut butter could exist on starch without its conserve...Show More Summary

Train Chikan: Anti-Molestation Badge Designs Released

This story begins doesn’t begin well, but stay with it! A Japanese girl who, upon entering high school, became the victim of what seemed like daily chikan offences on her commute. Chikan/?? - molestation or molester The girl was scared and embarrassed to speak out about it at the time, and the people around her would turn a blind eye. Show More Summary

Representing Yourself and Your Country

In 2020 the Olympics will come to Tokyo, bringing many top athletes to Japan. They will train for years to be the best in their field. They will w ork very hard to represent their sport and their country. In the coming months you will have a some random foreigner s. With little to no training they will step into Japan. Show More Summary

Figure skater jams to Cowboy Bebop theme

Figure skating is the last thing I ever thought I would have to write about here on Japanator but today is the day. This past weekend was the 2016 Canadian Figure Skating Championships and figure skater Kevin Reynolds, clad in an outfit...Show More Summary


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Japanese-born sumo wrestler wins first tournament in ten years

In Saturday's finale of the New Year's Grand Sumo Tournament, history was made when ozeki-ranked (second highest rank in sumo) Kotoshogiku became the first Japanese-born wrestler to win a tournament in a decade. The 31-year-old's run...Show More Summary

Snowy Morning: How to walk safely on snowy road?

I have never seen snowfall in my country. It was snowing heavily yesterday in the western part of Japan. Many people said that it is rare to have such a huge snow in this part. All the roads are covered with snow. It was so dangerous to walk on the snow if you do not have the experience. Show More Summary

How I Became a Salaryman in Japan (And How You Can, Too!)

Unlike my Japanese salaryman counterparts, I'm going to hit the ground running on this. I came to Japan as an English teacher. I did my stint of aerobics in front of the little’uns. Moved on from that into the ALT dispatch racket, and then strapped on a suit... Show More Summary

Do you actually want to live in Japan?

We talked in our last video post about more overseas workers coming to Japan and how both they and the Japanese locals felt about working together (Find it here ). However, perhaps we jumped the gun a little, by neglecting to ask whether...Show More Summary

Evil gets slashed: Kakuranger heads to North America

You know that Shout! Factory's Super Sentai releases are doing fine when they hit us with a surprise announcement. During their special Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger streaming event on Saturday, the group revealed that they're releasing Ninja Sentai Kakuranger in North America. Show More Summary

Sumo and beers in a Tokyo bar

Sumo is nowhere near as popular as it once was. It presumably never will be either. But when there’s the very real possibility of a Japanese wrestler winning a tournament for the first time in 10 years, it can still garner a good deal of attention.

Family friendly snow resorts in NAGANO commutable from Tokyo

Snow Resorts are very popular in Japan during winter. Most people pay for a package that includes hotel accommodation, lift pass and rental gear. Sometimes food is included, too. However, it is not essential to make a full weekend of it, many of the resorts are accessible and accommodating to those on a day trip. Show More Summary

Japanator Live: Pierce the heavens with Gurumin: A Monstrous Adventure

Watch live video from Japanator on Due to a majority vote during my final Ys-related stream, Gurumin: A Monstrous Adventure ended up taking the lead, with Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale and Ys Origin's Canon Route being left in the dust. Show More Summary

Week Ender - Anime Game Edition Part 2

This week's selection of endings is all about Anime based on video games and this is the second time I've done this theme after about doing these features for almost a year. There are enough of these anime to warrant the second time, since a lot of games are written like anime anyways and the transition is usually okay in right hands. Show More Summary

Strong Style: The Final Four

Hey hey! The providers of Puroresu are back again this week as Strong Style takes a look at NJPW on AXS TV. We've got a lot to cover before we even get to the action so before we begin let's cover a few things. First, the big news finally...Show More Summary

Tokyo Snow

The first snow of the year for Tokyo wasn't too bad - most of it melted by the evening. Public transpo...

Get Pumped: The next Super Robot Wars game gets an amusing teaser

No matter what type of mood I'm in, a new Super Robot Wars trailer always manages to lift my spirits. I guess this just has to do with my love for seeing cool-looking machines doing badass things. Speaking of which, it turns out theShow More Summary

Eating Cockroaches and other rare meats

I’ve been looking for something weird to eat lately, so I turned to this blog site for help. Turns out Yuju, another user here, gave me a place with the best menu I’ve ever seen. I’m not really sure what to say about all of this. I’m not really into eating gross stuff, but I’m totally into grossing out friends and family. Show More Summary

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