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Weekend Japanatainment - Nintendo Anime Edition

If you've been around the interwebs lately, you may have heard of Nintendo's new gaming device that both does portable and home game console gaming, the new system called "Nintendo Switch". Now I wouldn't be a good "journalist" if IShow More Summary

Hakata Toumyou Lantern Arts Festival

The 22nd annual "Hakata Toumyou Watching " or Lantern Arts Festival in Hakata was unfortunately rained out for the most part this year. In several locations in Fukuoka (Hakata-ku), we can see Halloween-style temporary lights: usually tealights nestled in sand in a colored paper bag. Show More Summary

Vocaloid Artist PinocchioP's third album launches next month

It looks like November might be a good month for fans of Vocaloid music, as PinocchioP's upcoming album, HUMAN, comes out during that period. From the looks of it, it might be a good way to start the holiday season. Among the songs that'll...Show More Summary

Iori Nomizu

Iori Nomizu What does voice actress Iori Nomizu (????) and Mirai Suenaga have in common? Well they...

Japanator LIVE: Let's shoot down magical girls in RosenkreuzStilette

[The stream starts at 9 p.m. Central Standard Time.] With October being the month that Halloween takes place in, I felt that it was time to play something that fits with the season. The Doujin Game RosenkreuzStilette by [erka;es] may...Show More Summary

Strong Style: Main Event time!

Ladies and Gentlemen. It is now time for our Maaaaaaain Event of the evening! Welcome to Strong Style, Japanator's look at New Japan Pro Wrestling on AXS TV. Tonight is our last look WrestleKingdom 10 with the main event match for the IWGP title. But first I should point out that even though we've seen some great action from January 4th, 2016. Show More Summary

What happens when the ETC barrier doesn’t open?

I’ve got the ETC system set up in the motor for Japan’s highways. Very quickly, for those that may not know, ETC stands for Electronic Toll Collection System. It’s a kind of box in car / credit card combo. Stick card into box and when you go through Japan’s highway toll gates, something scans it, opens the gate/barrier and off you go. Show More Summary

The Halloweenies in Shibuya

Halloween in Shibuya is WILD. So wild that it took me about 30 minutes to cross the Shibuya scramble from the JR station. If you don't mind crowds and if you want a taste of Halloween culture in Japan, this is one of the places to be in Tokyo during this season. Show More Summary

Tokusatsu Film School hits us with some useful tips

It's time to hit the book again, people. Garage Hero's Tokusatsu Film School series is back with a new episode that focuses on giving us some advice on the filming scene. Of course, it talks about the importance of keeping track of the...Show More Summary

Small Party, Big Fun: Halloween in Shiogama

Last Sunday marked my third year participating in BTC English School's Halloween Party in Shiogama. The eikaiwa is small but fun and run by one of my best friends in the whole country. I teach for them part time in addition to helping out with the events. Show More Summary

Vending machines in a cave

On hot, sunny days, caves with tables and chairs are lovely spots for a quiet little break. But for proper relaxation, it appears that soft drinks and cigarettes also need to be part of the equation.

Japan Robot Week 2016 switches on at Tokyo Big Sight

Today saw the opening day of Japan Robot Week for 2016, held at Tokyo Big Sight in Odaiba. The expo is a biennial event taking turns with the International Robot Exhibition. In 2015 the Japanese Government revealed a ‘Japan’s Robot Strategy’,...Show More Summary

All You Can Eat Fruits - Grapes and more

If you look hard enough, you can find all you can eat versions of almost anything in Japan, everything from sushi, to meats, to fruits. Even though Japan has an image of being healthy when it comes to eating, all you can eat venus are all over the place. Show More Summary

Going Pokemon -- One Week of Poke-ing Around

Pokemon Go isn't new, not even to Japan where it was released back in late July following the early July US and Australia release. In the months that have followed, lots of people the world over have used the digitally-veiled real world app to increase fitness, take silly pictures, and have a good time. Show More Summary

Dolls as objects of fear?! Protests raised over misuse of dolls at Universal Studios Japan

Media in Japan this morning reported on a curious story coming out of Universal Studios Japan (Osaka-sh)i, which is currently hosting a temporary Halloween attraction at its facility. The attraction, J??????? (J Horror Area) features dolls borrowed from Awashima Shrine (????) in Wakayama Prefecture. Show More Summary

Tokyo 3rd in Global Power City Index 2016 - think tank

In a report released by The Mori Memorial Foundation’s Institute for Urban Strategies, Tokyo finds itself in third position (out of 42) in an index of Global Power Cities. This represents an all-time-high for Japan’s capital which has, until now, been stuck in 4th place since the creation of the index in 2008. Show More Summary

Do you have what it takes to get published in Weekly Shonen Magazine?

For a good while, I've always been behind the idea of contests that let people get the chance to get their stories published if they win. Speaking of which, the Comic Website MediBang is teaming up with the folks at Weekly Shonen Magazine,...Show More Summary

Solo nights out for the nervous expat Umeda, Osaka

If you can escape from the mob of massive train stations that make up the Osaka transport hub of Umeda (??), consider yourself to have been somewhat lucky. For the uninitiated, the booming chaos and the post-nuclear underground shopping world, are a nightmare to try and figure out. Show More Summary

Japanator LIVE - World of Final Fantasy

[ Stream will begin at 10PM US Central Time over at the Japanator YouTube page and the video of the stream will also be posted here during and after the stream, so check it out!] The demo of World of Final Fantasy surprised everyoneShow More Summary

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