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Its absolutely boiling hot in Tokyo right now and Summer has only just started! The rainy season finis...

Japanator Live: Overcome large waves of monsters with Croixleur Sigma

[The stream starts at 9 p.m. Central Standard Time.] So I was able to get VA-11 Hall-A's good and bad ending last time, which means that it's time for us to start our next adventure. Tonight, I felt that I should slice my way through...Show More Summary

Gather your troops: Little King's Story conquers PC this August

For the longest time, the original Little King's Story was a game that caught my interest; however, for some unknown reason, I never got around to picking it up. Luckily, it turns out the that game's HD PC release hits Steam, GOG and the Humble Store on Aug. Show More Summary

Weekend Japanatainment - Japanese Curry Edition

If you've never had Japanese Curry, I honestly feel bad for you. Japanese Curry is a culinary curiosity, it isn't as exotic as its Indian or Thai cousins and comes in different varieties from sweet, hot & spicy, fruity, or even a mix of those flavors in varying degrees. Show More Summary

Strong Style: Aw crap, it's Bad Luck Fale

Hello again and welcome to Strong Style, Japanator's look at New Japan Pro Wrestling on AXS TV. This week we got back to Kobe World Hall and our second look at the Destruction of Kobe event from September 27, 2015. Since New Japan producers decided to show the main event of the card last week, this week we get Fale. Show More Summary

Catch Gun Caliber this Saturday at Anime Festival Orlando '16

It looks like the people of Florida are in for a treat, as Garage Hero's Indie Tokusatsu Film Gun Caliber gets a screening at this year's Anime Festival Orlando. To top it off, Bueno (Gun Caliber's Star, Director, and Producer) willShow More Summary

Almost all Japanese heard of Pokemon GO, 2 in 5 smartphone owners played it

With Pokemon GO taking the world by storm, I suppose it is no surprise that this survey from Mobile Marketing Data Labo into Pokemon GO usage found that it was just as popular over here. I am not in the least bit interested in it, and I don’t understand what all the fuss is about […]

Make your own Kakig?ri

A lot of us are not working much and getting in some travel time during summer. Any way to cut back on expenses without cutting out the fun sounds good to me. An inexpensive ??? / shaved ice machine (hand cranked) is less than 2000 yen most of the time. Show More Summary

The salaryman wants a holiday. Is that allowed in Japan?

When I first arrived in Japan, I taught at an English school that had fixed holidays. My initial feeling about this was shaded with disappointment; I was used to the system of being given a bunch of days at the start of a contract, and making use of them as and when.The ‘no choice’ system is not without it’s perks though. Show More Summary

The Sounds of Summer

I like learning the animal sounds or ‘giseigo’ in Japanese, so here are a few of the summer insect sounds. Frogs (kaeru / ???) say ???? or ???? (kero kero or gero gero) This spring, I was kept up at night by strange sounding frogs, confused that they sounded more like monkeys or what you hear in films about Africa. Show More Summary

Summer in Japan: Visit Matsumoto Castle (Summer Trailer)

Visit Matsumoto Castle in the summer. A light, cool, and breezy experience, mixed with glorious illuminations and a chance to become more educated about tradition in Japan!

Cancer, hell and happiness

It’s now just over a year since my wife’s initial operation for stage 3 breast cancer. A few months have also passed since the horrors of chemotherapy finally ended. All of which culminated in yesterday: the day she got the results back from the frighteningly extensive set of tests done a week earlier. Never before […]

Cool off from the summer heat with some Japanese Ice Cream

If you've ever lived anywhere that has some crazy humidity, then you know how summer can just completely ridiculous where it feels like being in a sauna every single time you're outdoors. Japan just happens to be one of those placesShow More Summary

Ghost in the Shell: First Assault Online rolls out the big guns ahead of launch

So it’s been almost eight months since I had the opportunity to play Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex - First Assault Online before it went Early Access, in which I wrote my thoughts about. To keep it short, I enjoyed what I played. Show More Summary

Review: God Eater Resurrection

The Monster Hunter franchise's meteoric rise in Japan in the past decade has given birth to a new genre that is still going strong in Japan with numerous contenders that spring up every so often. While many Japanese games that triedShow More Summary

Summer in Japan: Bon is... Well... What... What Can We Do in Bon? Part 2/2

The following morning after my venture to Matsumoto Castle, I wondered what I could do to beat the Matsumoto heat (although it was nowhere near close to the Tokyo burners) so I jumped down the stairs - well not quite - and spoke to the staff of Matsumoto Backpackers. Show More Summary

ANTEPRIMA flagship store combines fashion and food in Ginza, Tokyo

This Friday sees the opening of the flagship store for the Italy-based women’s designer brand. The ANTEPRIMA store will feature an Italian restaurant (ANTEPRIMA CASA CUCINA) in the basement, the first of its kind anywhere in the world for a brand like this.The brainchild of brand creative director Izumi Ogino, ANTEPRIMA came to life in Milan in 1993. Show More Summary

First Impressions: Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope's Peak High School - Despair Arc

Sometimes in life, the greatest things are those that occur out of an unexpected turn of events. These opportunities can give many people the chance to do things that they normally couldn’t do. In my case, Spike Chunsoft’s decision to...Show More Summary

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