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Tips For Living In Japan (Part 1)

If you’re reading this, ‘Congratulations!’, for hopefully it means you’ve an interest in living in Japan. Actually, maybe you already live here and are just looking to pick up some further tips about how to make ‘living in Japan’ a smoother experience. Show More Summary

Texting Japanese, I Think I'm Texting Japanese...

When you’ve been in Japan long enough, I would wager even if you’re not actively trying to learn the language, you pick up a few phrases here and there. “Arigatou.” “Sumimasen.” “Daijoubu!”(that’s “Thanks.” "Excuse me." and “Ok." respectively,...Show More Summary

How long will you live in Japan?

Another of the common questions you get from Japanese people as well as friends and family when you’ve decided to make Japan your home away from home. So how long will you be in Japan? What they mean is: "Are you gonna bail on me / Am...Show More Summary

Tokyo architectural contrasts

The stark contrast between Tokyo’s old and new. Plus the somewhat unexpected sight of an elderly person amidst the dereliction.

Review: Grand Kingdom

Being a fan of the JRPGs, I always look forward to new additions to the genre, especially ones that offer a unique gameplay style that separates itself from other series. While not entirely unique, when first announced, Grand Kingdom caught my interested since it was different from other Strategy RPGs. Show More Summary

News: Should Fuji Rock Festival Go Political

Japanese get (anti) political about SEALDs leader’s scheduled appearance at Fuji Rock Festival.We’re all aware that some institutions refuse to get involved in politics. Certain royal families for one. These living soap operas, living off the nation’s coffers, know better than to voice their opinions on how countries should be run. Show More Summary

Check out Garage Hero's latest choreography session

As the gang at Garage Hero are getting ready to launch another episode of Tokusatsu Film School on Friday, the crew give us a quick look at one of their latest choreography sessions. Instead of Bueno showing us his moves on film, weShow More Summary

Nishizumi Miho Smart Doll

It gives me great pleasure to announce that the first ever anime licensed character for Smart Doll wil...

Mirai Pulse

Mirai Pulse - the charging dock for Apple Watch that makes Smart Doll interactive - make calls, check...

Drink like a samurai with Kotobukiya's katana coasters

If there's one thing that's similar about a katana and a drink on a table, it's that they both contain an important piece that serves as a means to protect something. The former's handguard makes sure that the person doesn't get cut by the blade and the latter's coaster ensures that the cup's content doesn't ruin the table's surface. Show More Summary

Sunday worship, Tokyo festival style

No Sunday solemnity on the way to the shrine for these worshippers. Instead, there was booze, unfettered joy and a boisterousness more akin to a football match. It was wonderful.

Kick, punch, and crush ass through the '80s with Yakuza 0

The Yakuza games may be an institution when it comes to high-profile Japanese gaming these days, but strangely enough, they've never portrayed Japan's gangster culture at its true height, during the boom years of the late 1980s. These...Show More Summary

A Day Out Indoors: How Much to Enjoy Tokyo Station?

Tokyo's iconic train station eventually came out of its Sisyphean reform; reintroducing itself to the nation with befitting pomp and splendor. Whilst the glorious red-brick facade on the Marunouchi side takes the attention of camera lenses, it’s inside and underground that Tokyo Station comes into its own. Show More Summary

Surfing With Dolphins and Garbage in Chiba, Japan

I’m often surprised by the amount of sea life that I share waves with at my local surf break in Chiba. I’d always deemed the waters too unappealing to anything with gills. Especially given the area’s proximity to Tokyo Bay and all the industrial waste that is probably pumped into that. Show More Summary

Japanator Live: Danganronpa 2's despair is about to go bye bye

Watch live video from Japanator on [The stream starts at 9 p.m. Central Standard Time.] At long last, I made it to what might be Danganronpa 2's final ordeal. Compare to the first game's last obstacle, it seems that this...Show More Summary

Strong Style: Kicking some (block) A!

Hello again and welcome of Strong Style, Japanator's look at New Japan Pro Wrestling on AXS TV. We have another double shot of action tonight from the G1 Climax 25 tournament as we wrap up Block A action tonight. We have skipped WAYShow More Summary

News: Sashihara Rino (?? ??) Wins AKB48 Senbatsu Sousenkyo 2016 - Anyone still care?

Held in Niigata’s HARD OFF ECO Stadium, this, the 8th annual AKB48 Senbatsu Sousenkyo (?????) saw Sashihara Rino (?? ??) remain top of the groups fan ranking for the second year in a row. Sashihara will now take center stage for AKB48's...Show More Summary

Prepare for the BETA invasion: Muv-Luv is up for pre-order on Steam

As the BETA prepare for their attack on Earth next month, the Muv-Luv team has prepared their own countermeasure in the form of giving people the ability to pre-order Muv-Luv on Steam. If you happen to have HTC Vibe, you can enter a special training regimen to combat the BETA threat with the free demo of Muv-Luv VR. Show More Summary

Here's your new look at the Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV CG movie

Call me negative, but this hype campaign for Final Fantasy XV feels like it's getting a bit out of hand. I mean, look, the game is out in late September, and I'm sure it'll be fine but now we've got a new CG movie set to tell a sideShow More Summary

Japan’s Best Summer Music Festivals 2016: Kanto

Well, duuhhh, Fuji Rock!!! Yes, you probably don’t need to be told that Fuji Rock rules the roost when it comes to getting filthy in a field in Japan. It’s the only Japanese summer festival that anyone beyond these shores has heard of,...Show More Summary

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