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11:05 PM on 01.05.2011

Thanks, Photoshop: Strike Witches demo at Iruma Air Base

Whether or not you give a rat's ass propeller's blade about Strike Witches, the sheer amount of fanboyerism and stances, for or against the franchise, amounts for some amusing Internet bafflement from time to time.In this cas...

Mike LeChevallier


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5:25 PM on 09.09.2009

A final tribute: See the Odaiba Gundam in time-lapsed, tilt-shifted glory

Well, to be fair, the actual Gundam statue only makes up a small part of this latest time-lapse footage project by Youtube user mockmoon. Nevertheless, this awesome film stands as one more hurrah for the giant statue, which...

Josh Tolentino

5:47 PM on 08.18.2009

For the greater good: Japan wants to use your apartment as a firewall

Sacrifices sometimes need to be made for the good of the community as a whole, but oftentimes the people that do the sacrificing don't always want to hear about it beforehand.In this case, I'm hoping that the residents of T...

Josh Tolentino

6:00 PM on 08.07.2009

Man constructs CG recreation of Hiroshima before the bomb

Sixty-four years ago yesterday the city of Hiroshima in western Japan was destroyed in the first-ever wartime use of a nuclear weapon. Delivered by the U.S. Air Force bomber Enola Gay, the 15-kiloton bomb's explosion flatte...

Josh Tolentino

4:30 PM on 08.03.2009

Don't worry, zombies are training hard to scare the crap out of you

The Fuji-Q High Land amusement park is a pretty cool place. How could any place with a Thomas Land in it NOT be cool?! One of the other things that make Fuji-Q however is the Saikyo Senritsu Meikyuu, or "Ultimate Horro...

Josh Tolentino

4:30 PM on 07.27.2009

You still haven't had enough of life-size giant robot statues, says this life-size giant robot statue

The work on Kobe's planned life-sized Tetsujin 28-go statue is proceeding nicely, as you can see in the news update above, which is cued to some badass old-timey robot show music. The official unveiling seems to have been...

Josh Tolentino

6:30 PM on 07.21.2009

Feel real true horror at full-bodysuit cosplay cafe this July 25th

On July 25th 2009, from 10am to 4pm, Tokyo's Cafe & Bar DiCE! will be turned into a place of terror, borne from the stuff of nightmares. It will turn into Aokazetei, a full-body kigurumi cosplay waitress cafe.For the fort...

Josh Tolentino

2:15 PM on 07.17.2009

Welcome Home: VIZ opens cinema dedicated solely to Japanese film

If you live in and around San Francisco, you may know of Japantown, an area of the city that's full of great Japanese shops, restaurants, and cultural areas. It's like Chinatown, except curiously clean, much smaller, and with...

Josh Tolentino

7:30 PM on 07.14.2009

Do not go to a Pachinko parlor or you will die in a fire

I visited Japan once on a study tour way back in the day, and if there's one thing I took away from that experience, it's that Japanese arcades are eff'n LOUD. I couldn't help but wonder how those kids were able to play Dan...

Josh Tolentino

7:00 PM on 07.03.2009

Recession what? Love hotels doing just fine, thank you very much

If anime, manga, videogames and countless other works of fiction have taught us anything, it is that love conquers all. None can deny its power, or resist its clarion call. Love cannot be stopped. That goes for its hotels too...

Josh Tolentino

9:40 PM on 06.29.2009

Hundreds of cops raid Roppongi, nab five hostesses and a visa-jumper

The Man came down hard on Roppongi, with more than two hundred police officers and immigration agents scouring the popular Tokyo nightlife district for illegal foreigners. After a lengthy search of every cavity, the long arm ...

Josh Tolentino





7:15 PM on 03.03.2008

Pro tip: Take cash when visiting Japan

We all have to eventually make at least one pilgrimage to the "holy land" called Akihabara. Dorks like me try to do it as often as possible. First time or not, one thing a gaijin visitor should never do is count on ...

Dale North