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If you're anything like me, the sheer mention of traditional Japanese steel gets you excited in ways you dare not mention publicly, especially if you want to stay off of government watch lists, and be able to freely travel wi...
Watching films from the infancy of the medium is an interest of mine. It's neat to see how people lived back in that time and how they reacted to this new device that not only captured their image, but their movement as well...
I am feel ashamed that I've never gotten the chance to go to the arcades like most people in my age group. Instead of hearing me whine about a great era that I missed out upon, let's rejoice over the idea that 100 Yen: The Ja...
Have you messed up so bad that only in death can you reclaim your honor? Ever wonder just how to commit seppuku or harakiri? Thanks to an infographic from Tumblr user error88, now you too can engage in ritualistic suicide![Ed...


If I had make a top 10 of the things I miss most about my childhood, this would so be in the top 2. Arcades are something I believe most of us that read this site miss terribly. The memories of begging your parents for quarte...
Everyone thinks that ninjas have more or less vanished in the modern age, replaced by plucky little kids with powers out of Dragon Ball Z. But if you happen to attend Mie University in Tsu City, Mie Prefecture, you might come...
Welcome back to JapanaTour, the series of articles that are written in my spare time, between watching Pokémon, Godzilla and Ghibli films.  The next few JapanaTour articles are going to feature places outside of T...
You've asked the question, and I've heard people ask the question. Heck, even I asked myself the question: "What is a Japanator?" Well, after a lot of research, I'm 85% positive I've came up with the right answer. But rather ...
A show on the BBC by the name of QI committed quite the social faux pas last December, and is still causing worldwide debate today. What could possibly be so offensive? A few panelists on the show joked about about Tsuto...
The Japanese press is not the best at covering its own history-making events, it seems. Our Man in Abiko caught wind of this, and brought to light the news that the ultra-conservative Foreign Minister of Japan, Seiji Maehara,...
The 14th Dalai Lama: A Manga Biography, by Tetsu Sawai is...a manga biography. I don't think I've read a manga biography before. Yoshiro Tatsumi's A Drifting Life came out fairly recently, but that was an autobiography, so it...