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... read feature

WTF photo

WTF Fridays: Fair fight?

Olympian vs plebeian
May 02
50 vs 3? Sounds good to me! read
Hello Kitty photo
Hello Kitty

The cutest Kendo players should wear Hello Kitty armor

The bogu of my dreams
Feb 08
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... read
Skateboarding photo

Japanese skateboarder Gou Miyagi needs no rules

Serious skills
Dec 16
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... read
Osaka mountain biking photo
Osaka mountain biking

Mountain bikers speed down a temple trail in Osaka

Nov 05
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... read
Video photo

Tokyo Olympic bid committee's final presentation

A video meant to inspire
Sep 12
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... read
Doreamon Olympics photo
Doreamon Olympics

Doraemon is trying to help Tokyo host the Olympics

What tricks could the naughty cat be hiding?
Apr 08
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... read

You don't have to wait 7 days for Sadako's opening pitch

Apr 26
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 ... read

Sadako from The Ring will be pitching at a baseball game?

Apr 10
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... read

One Piece My Ball Stamp isn't as painful as it sounds

Sep 26
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... read

MMA fighter Kazushi Sakuraba has mad Doraemon skills

Sep 22
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 ... read

AKB48's second annual Janken tournament winner is crowned

Sep 22
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] read

Two more Sumos charged with fixing matches

Apr 01
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&... read

Score 9000 under par with Dragon Ball golf...balls

Dec 01
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... read

Japan's little league could take the world stage

Aug 24
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... read

Air Gear gets an OAD with its 30th manga volume

Jul 22
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... read

Chimp plays baseball, actually interests me in the game

Jul 21
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... read

Fish are the new barbells

Jun 23
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... read

Japan celebrates Big Windup day, forgets to invite me

May 27
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 ... read

Suprise! Crunchyroll brings you Giant Killing

May 21
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 ... read

Eri Yoshida makes her way to the US baseball world

Apr 14
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... read

Ando, Asada and Suzuki compete in World Championships

Mar 23
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... read

Mao Asada sets Olympic record, wins Silver Medal

Feb 26
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... read

Mao Asada wows in Ladies Short Program

Feb 24
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... read

Alright! Big Windup coming back for a second season!

Dec 21
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... read

Card game rips off NBA, King of Fighters simultaneously

Nov 22
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... read

Matsui leads the Yankees to win the 2009 World Series

Nov 05
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... read

Surfing with a tatami goes about as well as you'd expect

Aug 29
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... read

The little known story of Wat Misaka, the first non-white NBA player

Aug 11
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... read

Sumo grand champ Asashoryu announces divorce

Jul 09
That's right: if you're a woman who happens to be a chubby-chaser, then you've got the chance to land yourself a jackpot of a man here. The sumo grand champion Asashoryu announced that he's getting a divorce from his wife of ... read

Curious sumo stickers decorate Tokyo, signal E. Honda's invasion

Jul 06
To signal Edmond Honda's conquest of Glorious Nippon, the borders of his empire-to-be have been marked by a series of mysterious stickers. Over 87 of the seals have been found in Ginza district alone, with more in Roppongi. A... read

Curse on the Hanshin Tigers exorcised, team will surely go on to win National Championship

Jun 29
Back in March, Japan finally dug out Colonel Sanders from the Dotonburi river, a relic from when Osaka's Hanshin Tigers won the National Championship for the first time back in 1985. Ever since then, the team has been cursed ... read

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