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Garage Hero's upcoming Hayate web series goes on hiatus

Well, folks; it looks like Garage Hero's upcoming ninja-themed web series, Hayate, has been put on hold for now. The reasoning behind the hiatus is because of the group's production on Ayakashi Zamurai, Garage Hero's show for Toei and YouTube Space Tokyo's Jidaigeki project, and two other pieces. Show More Summary

Japan’s Best Oyakodon Restaurant? Come See For Yourselves!

Who doesn’t like oyakodon (???)? It's surely one of life’s great comfort foods; goopy eggs drooling over a bowl of juicy chicken atop a bowl of steaming rice. So let’s not muck about here, if you’re a fan, you should go to Tamahide (???) in Ningyocho; Tokyo’s (neigh, Japan’s) best oyakodon restaurant, apparently. Show More Summary

Meguro River Cherry Blossom

The cherry blossom (sakura) season has just ended but there are a few trees here and there hanging on...

OP Up! - Winter 2015 Edition

Last season had some really great shows and a few surprises even though the lineup didn't seem that strong. Since we just started a new season, I'm back with some openings for this week's OP Up! with a few that I thought were pretty good.Which one is your favorite from last season? TELL ME IN THE COMMENTS BELOW! Read more...

Japanator LIVE - Watch Red be a total noob at Bloodborne

Watch live video from japanator on For the first time, Red is going to play Bloodborne and he is going to be horrible at it because he is a total noob that is afraid of everything and hates stressful games. Red is also going to get drunk off some strong beer. Show More Summary

Final Impressions: Sword Art Online II

There’s something wonderful about having a show make you feel emotional-- especially when you were certain that the series couldn’t top its first half. One moment you’re expecting the program to fall apart when it when it failed to live up to its earlier storyline. Show More Summary

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Japan’s bleak northern coastline

Hokkaido, Japan’s northernmost prefecture, is quite rightly famous for its beautiful mountains, caldera lakes and rolling hills. Natural splendours that are a huge draw for skiers in winter, and sightseers of all ages in the mercifully more temperate summer. But that’s not the whole picture. For starters, there’s a fair bit of heavy industry, which […]

Dental Care In Japan: About As Much Fun As … You’d Expect?!

When it comes to getting your teeth seen to in Japan, the foreign resident faces perhaps four choices: 1) Dig deep and pay for a multilingual dentist at a posh clinic, who won’t accept your national/social insurance. 2) Do some research to find a regular clinic that happens to have a (probably) English-speaking member of staff. Show More Summary

Momoiro Clover Z get the full Dragon Ball treatment

The ladies of Momoiro Clover Z finally get to earn that Z at the end of their name. As the cover of their upcoming single for Z no Chikai, the girls have been illustrated by non other than Dragon Ball series creator, Akira Toriyama!Show More Summary

Dissidia Final Fantasy is looking pretty hot

Time to get brawling in Midgar! Team Ninja's newest outing for Square Enix is a fresh entry to the Dissidia fighting series. The upcoming Sony PS4 game is an adaptation of the arcade game, with some sexy new upgrades. I never reallyShow More Summary

A Daily Dose of Music: MEJIBRAY

It's not that often that I cover the Visual Kei scene, but every once in a while there's a band that stands out to me. This week we're kicking off the Dose with MEJIBRAY, which has transformed from singer Tsuzuku's solo project into a rocking band. Show More Summary

Annotated Anime: Plastic Memories episode 2

Who would ever buy an android that has to go to the bathroom? Worse still, who would ever buy an android that, though it doesn't age, degrades in much the same way that people do when its up there in years? These are questions I'd like to ask of SAI, the big company behind Plastic Memories' setting. Read more...

Top Japanese web site annoyances

goo Ranking took a look at what things on web sites annoy people. Demographics goo Rankings asked iBRIDGE’s Research Plus to conduct this survey, where between the 10th and 12th of February 2015 500 members, 50:50 male and female, of their monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. No further demographics were given. Most of […]

Animator Expo's 17th short hits us with a quick mystery

It's time to look at another Animator Expo short and we might have to put on our thinking caps. Compare to the other stories, "Three Fallen Witnesses" throws us in the middle of a situation where two detectives are investigating a case where the victim was burned to death. Show More Summary


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How to be brave at karaoke

“I hate it!” is what a lot of people say about karaoke, but it’s one of the most popular things to do in Tokyo after dinner with friends. Although it’s a predominantly Asian pastime, I think if you did a survey on who loves or hates karaoke, you could probably end up with a 50-50 […]

This weekend in Tokyo

The chill is letting up a little (or we’re just getting used to the cold — I know I am!) so don’t hole up in your apartment. Get out there and make sure you soak up some of that wintry sun and gorgeous blue skies Tokyo has to offer. + Hang out with Tokyo’s Rockabilly […]

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