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2020 Tokyo Olympics photo
2020 Tokyo Olympics

New sports may debut at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics


Baseball, bowling, Wushu on the list
Jun 24
// Soul Tsukino
The International Olympic committee (IOC) announced that it has narrowed down the list of proposed sports to be added to the 2020 Olympic Games, held in Tokyo. The Tokyo 2020 Additional Event Programme Panel was tasked with l...
World Cup photo
Eat your way through the games
The World Cup fever is in full swing, so I figured it was about time I highlighted some of the stuff Japan has been producing to celebrate. Sure, you can head on to the mall and grab a hat, jersey, or stuffed Pikachu to show...

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WTF

WTF Fridays: Fair fight?


Olympian vs plebeian
May 02
// Hiroko Yamamura
50 vs 3? Sounds good to me!

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Hello Kitty

The cutest Kendo players should wear Hello Kitty armor


The bogu of my dreams
Feb 08
// Kristina Pino
A Twitter pic snapped by Ayatan at a recent Hello Kitty expo caught the cutest kendo bogu I've ever seen. I wonder whether it's fully functional? The most customizing I ever see on these pieces are in the stitching or occasio...
Skateboarding photo
Skateboarding

Japanese skateboarder Gou Miyagi needs no rules


Serious skills
Dec 16
// Hiroko Yamamura
Growing up, I was hard core into skateboarding. In fact, along with anime and manga, it was pretty much the focus of my youth. Nowadays the sport has flourish into something bigger and awesome than I could have imagined, but...
Osaka mountain biking photo
Osaka mountain biking

Mountain bikers speed down a temple trail in Osaka


Wh...What??
Nov 05
// Kristina Pino
Last Sunday, over 100 mountain bikers had a downhill race at Osaka's Katsuoji Temple. Apparently, it's the first time that one of these races has ever occurred in such a place, though previous runs have happened at shrine si...
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Video

Tokyo Olympic bid committee's final presentation


A video meant to inspire
Sep 12
// Tim Sheehy
Having finally won their bid to host the 2020 Summer Olympics in Neo Tokyo, Japan's Tokyo 2020 bid committee has posted their final presentation film to remind us that sports is a thing. Also, apparently, nothing is more ins...
Doreamon Olympics photo
Doreamon Olympics

Doraemon is trying to help Tokyo host the Olympics


What tricks could the naughty cat be hiding?
Apr 08
// Hiroko Yamamura
Japan's most famous, earless, robotic cat is at it again, and now he's on a mission for Tokyo. The Japanese Olympic Committee has appointed the famous Fujiko F. Fujio creation as the ambassador for Tokyo's bid of th...
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You don't have to wait 7 days for Sadako's opening pitch


Apr 26
// Bob Muir
As part of a promotion for the upcoming Sadako 3D, the famous ghost from The Ring showed up at the Tokyo Dome to throw the ceremonial opening pitch. The Hokkaido Ham-Fighters (whose mascot is a bear for some reason) and the ...
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Sadako from The Ring will be pitching at a baseball game?


Apr 10
// Hiroko Yamamura
In what has to be one of the most bizarre movie promotions I have ever heard of. Sadako Yamamura (no relation) of The Ring fame, will be throwing the opening pitch at an upcoming baseball game. The Hokkaid...
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One Piece My Ball Stamp isn't as painful as it sounds


Sep 26
// Chris Walden
Fan of playing a few rounds of golf? Always losing your balls? Tired of getting your balls mixed up with your friends balls? Well then, there is an unfortunately named product simply beckoning for your hard earned pennies. It...
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MMA fighter Kazushi Sakuraba has mad Doraemon skills


Sep 22
// Hiroko Yamamura
I'm not sure how many people of this site follow mixed martial arts or its roots, but if you do, Kazushi Sakuraba and his anime antics are no stranger to you. In my eyes Saku is the probably the greatest fighter of ...
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AKB48's second annual Janken tournament winner is crowned


Sep 22
// Hiroko Yamamura
Alright, let's get serious for a moment. We're talking about AKB48 and a game of paper, scissors, rock. Who will be the victor! Who's head will end up on a spike? Wait, what? Sorry I got a bit excited there. Watch the stunning competition after the jump! [Thanks Ric Quintanilla for the tip]
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Two more Sumos charged with fixing matches


Apr 01
// Tim Sheehy
Sumo wrestling is pretty serious business in Japan. Matches are often televised and people still fill arenas to watch it on a regular basis. It's not exactly a lucrative sport either. If you've got a low ranking -- most&...
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Score 9000 under par with Dragon Ball golf...balls


Dec 01
// Mike LeChevallier
Of all the accessories most appropriate to be paired with the likes of the Dragon Ball franchise, one might believe golf-related products to fall somewhere near the bottom of that particular list. On the other hand, there are...
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Japan's little league could take the world stage


Aug 24
// Tim Sheehy
I've never been big on sports. Sure I enjoy watching some on occasion, but in terms of actual fandom, I'm not the guy to talk to about it. When it comes to baseball, I'm even less interested, but Japan, on the other hand, lov...
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Air Gear gets an OAD with its 30th manga volume


Jul 22
// Bob Muir
Are you a fan of Oh! Great's popular skating manga Air Gear? Do you pine for more episodes than what 2006's anime adaptation by Toei Animation could provide? Then get excited, because more animated goodness is heading your wa...
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Chimp plays baseball, actually interests me in the game


Jul 21
// Bob Muir
Monkeys are awesome. End of discussion. Now that we've established that inarguable fact, let's see what awesome things monkeys are doing now. With their awesomeness. Because they're awesome.This week: baseball, the American p...
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Fish are the new barbells


Jun 23
// Bob Muir
This is a video about cats weightlifting fish. Let that sink in for a moment. The concept will feel weird at first, as it should, because this is entirely ridiculous. And yet, something about it just makes sense, like it's th...
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Japan celebrates Big Windup day, forgets to invite me


May 27
// Brad Rice
Japan has a fanatic love affair with baseball, so it's only natural that they manage to seamlessly tie in the hit anime (in Japan, anyways) Big Windup with the sport itself. June 30th will be Big Windup Day at the Nippon Ham ...
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Suprise! Crunchyroll brings you Giant Killing


May 21
// Ben Huber
Giant Killing has gotten a pass quite a bit this season. A sports anime? Most people are quite content with Big Windup, but if you're not a baseball fan, there's always football (soccer for you crazies)! Given that the World ...
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Eri Yoshida makes her way to the US baseball world


Apr 14
// Brad Rice
Eri Yoshida is a name that keeps popping up here at Japanator. She was the first woman to debut in a men's league in Japan, and although it was mostly a publicity stunt for the WBC, Eri Yoshida is nobody to laugh at. She's ev...
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Ando, Asada and Suzuki compete in World Championships


Mar 23
// Karen Mead
Just because the Olympics are over doesn't mean it has to be the end of Japanese figure skating coverage on Japanator; it's a beautiful sport. And I like all the pretty, shiny outfits. Shut up.Just like during the Olympics, t...
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Mao Asada sets Olympic record, wins Silver Medal


Feb 26
// Karen Mead
It says something about the astounding level of performance in this Olympics that the woman who landed a record-destroying three triple axels, two of them in the same program, wasn't even the top scorer. While Kim Yu-Na of Ko...
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Mao Asada wows in Ladies Short Program


Feb 24
// Karen Mead
I'm old enough to remember when Midori Ito was the hot young Japanese figure skater, so I have some perspective on the matter, but I don't know when Japan decided to own Ladies Figure Skating. After Tuesday's Short Program, t...
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Alright! Big Windup coming back for a second season!


Dec 21
// Brad Rice
The latest volume of the Big Windup manga brings some great news: production on another season of the show has been green-lit, and the second season will be debuting in the Spring of 2010. I fell in love with the first season...
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Card game rips off NBA, King of Fighters simultaneously


Nov 22
// Josh Tolentino
As seems to be the case with any Japanese franchise these days, there seems to be a trading card adaptation of The King of Fighters video game series. That's hardly news.What is news is that a Chinese otaku, for whatever reas...
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Matsui leads the Yankees to win the 2009 World Series


Nov 05
// Andres Cerrato
The Evil Empire New York Yankees are once again the World Series Champions. For their 27th title, the Yankees defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 4 games to 2. In last night's Game 6, none came up bigger than Godzilla, otherwi...
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Surfing with a tatami goes about as well as you'd expect


Aug 29
// Brad Rice
Surfing isn't the easiest thing in the world to do, so why go and make it harder by using a tatami mat for a board? I guess just so you could say it's been done.After waxing down the board, giving it a few practice strokes in...
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The little known story of Wat Misaka, the first non-white NBA player


Aug 11
// Brad Rice
Caught off of TokyoMango, there's a New York Times piece on Wat Misaka, the first non-white player in the NBA -- a Japanese-American that played for a short three games on the New York Knicks in 1947 before being cut from the...

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