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2:00 PM on 09.09.2014

Sword crafted by legendary swordsmith Masamune has been discovered

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...

Hiroko Yamamura

7:00 PM on 03.10.2014

Jump in the Wayback Machine to watch old-timey kendo

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...

Pedro Cortes

5:10 PM on 04.30.2013

Insert coin to play: 100 Yen film is out on DVD

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...

Salvador GRodiles

4:00 PM on 04.17.2012

Learn how samurai did seppuku with this handy diagram

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...

Bob Muir

12:00 PM on 03.21.2012

A documentary that's worth way more then '100 Yen'

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...

Josh Totman

8:00 PM on 02.01.2012

Mie University hires "Last Ninja" as a professor

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...

Bob Muir

JapanaTour: Hiroshima photo
JapanaTour: Hiroshima
by Chris Walden

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 Tokyo, where the shinkansen mentioned in the previous article will become extremely handy. You'll especially need it when visiting Hiroshima, as it is quite a distance away! Of all the places outside of Tokyo you can visit, Hiroshima is definitely at the top of my list of recommended destinations. Read on after the jump to find out why.

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What is Japanator? -- A History Lesson photo
What is Japanator? -- A History Lesson
by OxKing

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 than write the answer into a boring blog (who likes words, anyway? They're too scary!), I'll explain it to video form! I present to you folks the entire history of Japan, and maybe after watching this can you get an idea as to what this Internet that we call Japanator is all about:

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11:00 PM on 03.09.2011

News flash: A-bomb jokes still not funny

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...

Crystal White

7:00 PM on 11.30.2010

Press misses Japanese Foreign Minister's war apologies

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,...

Brad Rice

Japanator Recommends: The 14th Dalai Lama photo
Japanator Recommends: The 14th Dalai Lama
by Karen Mead

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's kind of apples and oranges there. It's hard to know where to start with this, because I haven't read much like it.

However, on the bright side, I doubt too many other people have read that many manga biographies (at least in English), so at least if I don't know what I'm talking about, I'm in fantastic company. Hit the jump for more on this unusual title.

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Yotsuba & Explaining photo
Yotsuba & Explaining
by Ben Huber
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