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This corgi's costume is over 9,000


Oh my dog
Aug 29
// Dale North
Cosplay? Corgsplay? With their long shape, oversized head, and ridiculous features, Welsh Corgis make the best costume dogs. And as members of the herding dog group, they're a perfect fit as scouter users. I almost couldn't b...
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This McDonald's news video is better than Ran Ran Ruuu!


McHormones?
Apr 29
// Dale North
We've followed the weirdness over at McDonald's Japan for years now here at Japanator, so you all should be used to the strange stuff that we tag Ran Ran Ruuu here. But today we have news coverage of McDonald's that's even s...
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This is fantastic


Wii U Karaoke of a classic
Apr 25
// Dale North
If you weren't sold on Wii U Karaoke yet, you should be now.
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Seven Japanese anime firms to stream anime overseas


Anime coming to Daisuki.net
Feb 27
// Dale North
My anime dreams are coming true. Well, not those dreams (that's another post). I'm talking about my dreams for how we as non-Japanese fans will view anime. Cutting out the middleman, if you will.  Welcome upcoming websit...

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I'm sayin'!


Don't make me bomb you, hag
Jan 25
// Dale North
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'Chocolate Love' is footsie, glasses, and cymbal licking


Music video craziness
Jan 24
// Dale North
Twinkie drumming idol (yes, really) duo Bandjanaimon has a new music video for their song "Chocolate Love." Read that sentence again. Gotta love J-pop. This new PV is off the charts as far as weird goes. I don't want to spoi...
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Greatest software ad ever: Trend Micro's Password Manager


Cannot. Stop. Listening.
Jan 22
// Dale North
Only can Japan make you excited about an advertisement for PC software. Trend Micro's Password Manager has received the full treatment, complete with a character, theme song and animation. Head over to the 'Pasumane...
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Beckii Cruel's first vlog in 2 years


Starting over?
Jan 22
// Dale North
It has been awhile since we've heard from Beckii Cruel, the dancing Brit girl on YouTube turned Japanese idol-ish jailbait, but she's back with a new vlog that promises more ...vlogs as well as dancing and hairstyling v...
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Survey says Japanese workers spend less than $6 on lunch


What crap are they eating?
Jan 22
// Dale North
How much do you spend on lunch while working? I'd guess about $9 outside of the rare times I feel like going all dollar menu. Even if it's cheap, we all know that eating $1 filler is not eating well.  It's hard to eat we...
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Possibly my new jam: Cosplay idol group panache!


That name
Jan 14
// Dale North
It might be too early to call, but I'm going to anyway: my new jam will be idol group panache!. And they're not just your everyday idol group, either. Try cosplay idol group. Oh, and look at them! LOOK! This trio (Akira Itsuk...
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Ran Ran Ruuu! 5th anniversary video will break your brain


You'll never eat at McDonald's again
Jan 12
// Dale North
[DISCLAIMER:  Japanator and its parent network, ModernMethod, are not responsible for trauma or death caused by watching this video.] While Japanator's Ran Ran Ruuu! tag has become a sort of catch-all for anything ...
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BWAHAHAH! Josh Groban singing in Japanese!


Oh, Josh...
Oct 19
// Dale North
You guys know who Josh Groban is, right? He's a very talented multi-platinum selling 'easy listening' vocalist that has 'raised up' so many weddings with his music that I get teary just thinking about his voice. So, again, s...
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Uniqlo and Bic Camera unite to form new store BICQLO


Sep 27
// Dale North
[cue robot connection sound] Uniqlo, Japan's rapidly growing clothing company, and Bic Camera, one of the country's largest electronics retailers, have come together to open a new store in Shinjuku. The name of this new store...
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Look at this lovely Square Enix 25th Anniversary art


Sep 20
// Dale North
Square Enix's Tokyo Game Show booth has a gallery of lovely Final Fantasy 25th anniversary artwork on display. The pictures here do not do the original pieces justice at all, though.  I want to buy all of these. Especially the Final Fantasy IX one. 
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Remember how Japan said that they would be giving 10,000 free flights to foreigners in 2012? Well, not so much anymore. Japan's national tourism agency had high hopes for boosting visits to Japan with some free flights, but t...

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Dark Souls ESRB listing: Multi-headed dragons, breasts


Aug 15
// Dale North
Oh, ESRB. We love your little game listing write-ups. They always inform us and they sometimes entertain us. I see that your new listing for upcoming game Dark Souls is marked with an M rating for blood and gore, p...
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Fuami fuami fuamiiiima, fuami fuamima!


Aug 11
// Dale North
Fuami fuami fuamima, fuami fuamima! Fuami fuami fuamima, fuami fuamima! Fuami fuami fuamima, fuami fuamima! Fuami fuami fuamima, fuami fuamima! Fuami fuami fuamima, fuami fuamima! Fuami fuami fuamima,...
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Hulu is coming to Japan


Aug 11
// Dale North
I love me some Hulu. US Hulu, that is. The funny thing is that I mostly watch Japanese stuff on it! You get some J-drama on there and I'll never need anything else. I think Japan will love it just as much as I do. Hulu has re...
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Because I can...


Aug 09
// Dale North
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Tommy Lee Jones is making new BOSS commercials


Aug 05
// Dale North
It never fails. Take someone to Japan for the first time and it seems like the first thing they do is jump back in surprise at advertisements for Suntory's BOSS coffee. I'm so used to seeing it that the ads never look out of...
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ICO novel based on the PS2 game coming August 16


Aug 04
// Dale North
Viz Media has announced that they will publish author Miyuki Miyabe's novel ICO: Castle in the Mist, on August 16th. The new book will be published by the company’s Haikasoru imprint and will carry an MSRP of $15...
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This English-language guide to Tokyo arcades is awesome


Jul 15
// Dale North
The folks at the Madman's Cafe have been working on an English-language guide to Tokyo area arcades for fighting game fans since before the March disaster. I'm with them in hoping that this guide gets good use even the scary ...
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CandyJapan: The Japanese candy subscription club


Jul 14
// Dale North
I'm in love with Japanese candy. There's no measure for my love. In fact, I'm eating a soda-flavored Puccho right now! During my childhood in Japan I usually had one daily goal: To walk to the konbini and buy a bunch of sweet...
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iTunes Japan drops prices to closer match the U.S. dollar


Jul 13
// Dale North
When you try to line up Japan's Yen to the U.S. Dollar, it just doesn't work anymore. There was a time where 100 yen was a dollar, and you could easily figure out that thae dusty Sega Saturn game in the reduction bin in an Ak...
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I've said it before, but I love the work that "Steadycam Guy" does at anime conventions. YouTube user acksonl goes everywhere with his full-body steadicam rig: Otakon, New York Comic-Con, and most recently, Anime Expo, which ...

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GONNA MAKE YOU SWEAT: Tokyo's summer power cuts begin


Jun 30
// Dale North
Starting tomorrow and running from September 22nd, power consumption will be restricted from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays in Tokyo areas covered by TEPCO. Most other areas won't have a set restriction, but the supplying power...
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Wait, this isn't Stein's Gate!


Jun 30
// Dale North
*scratches chin* Something is a bit off here. Maybe something changed and I missed it.
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Lady Gaga's best song yet is for Japan...kinda


Jun 29
// Dale North
If you watch Japanese television news broadcasts you'll know that Lady Gaga is all over the news. Re-dei Ga-Ga. LOL. I shut off one news show last night because about 30 minutes of the hour long broadcast was dedicated to her...
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If you don't like this video then we can't be friends


Jun 27
// Dale North
This intro sequence to 1980's show Space Sheriff Gavan is so amazing that I've made it part of my new friendship threshold evaluation kit. It's test number one, actually. Watch it, like it, and you're my friend for life. Disl...

Niconico.com is now open!

Apr 20 // Dale North
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Niconico.com is now open as Beta. It's our own taste of Japanese video site Nico Nico Douga, complete with commenting directly on videos. The team is still working out the kinks, but you can join in the early fun now. Go now:...


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