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7:00 PM on 04.23.2014

Japan's King of Hosts pulls in $30,000 a month

Ever wonder what it's like being on top of the world as a host? Naoki of "Club Fantasy" is just that: selected as Japan's #1 host in 2011, Naoki has it all. He's currently managing the host club, acting as frontman for music...

Brad Rice


Mistwalker Announces Upcoming Terra Battle Concert

Terra Battle concert planning is now underway as the popular mobile-RPG surpasses 1 million downloads in less than a month. For more information on upcoming milestones and recently unlocked milestones, please visit Terra Battle's Download Starter.

10:00 AM on 03.01.2014

Yamada Heiando shows what it takes to make lacquerware

Japanese lacquerware producer Yamada Heiando opened their doors to filmmakers to give an idea of the delicate and perfect work that goes into making their products. Every piece they do is gorgeous and stunning -- fit for the...

Brad Rice

4:00 PM on 10.03.2013

Sega closes all official non-Japanese Yakuza sites

The chances of Yakuza 5 making it outside of Japan with an official translation are already pretty slim, but news that Sega has closed all of its non-Japanese Yakuza sub-websites feels like the final nail in the coffin. Unles...

Chris Walden

1:00 PM on 08.27.2013

JX: Photos from the Omatsuri performance

As I touched upon in my Day Two impressions post, the Omatsuri performance was something that you shouldn't have missed it you were there at Japan Expo. It's not often that you get to see these types of festival celebrations ...

Josh Totman

12:25 AM on 08.25.2013

JX: Day two impressions

Saturdays at a convention are always the best day of the convention. You have the whole day to do everything that you want without a time limit of any sort. I mean, there is no need to go to work or school tomorrow, right? Wi...

Josh Totman

2:00 AM on 08.24.2013

JX: Day one impressions

It's been a busy day for us here on day one of Japan Expo USA. Tim and myself were running all over the place trying to see what this convention has in store for us. You know, in between guest interviews and such. We were abl...

Josh Totman

2:00 PM on 08.15.2013

Sit back and enjoy some traditional Taiko drumming

Last week the awesome people over at Akihabara News shared some lovely video of a Japanese summer festival that was in full swing. They also captured some lovely traditional Taiko drumming that was on display, much to the cr...

Hiroko Yamamura

12:00 PM on 08.07.2013

Pikachu is ready to explode!

Oh man, as if yesterday's video didn't make me long for Japan's summer festivals enough, now a new video has made me even more home sick. There must be some Pokemon working the Itabashi Fireworks festival this year, because ...

Hiroko Yamamura

2:00 PM on 08.06.2013

It's summer matsuri time in Tokyo

The weather hot, and the party spirit is in the air! This can only mean it's summer matsuri time in Japan! Today we take a small glimpse at a festival in Tokyo, as our friends over at Akihabara News have captured. If this vi...

Hiroko Yamamura

10:00 PM on 05.14.2013

Curry Refills at Coco Ichibanya in Japan

After reading a recent article about getting free refills of curry sauce, I had my doubts. I completely trusted in the news, do not get me wrong, but it seemed too good to be true. There had to be some catch. I mean, seriously, we are talking about getting free curry sauce here. Join me as head into my local Coco Ichibanya in rural Japan and try to ask for a second helping of their fine sauce.

Eric Koziol

8:37 PM on 03.04.2013

Bento Books looking to kickstart Black Wave translation

It's incredible to me how many great Japanese novels go without translation. There's a host of quality content over here that gets overlooked time and time again. Enter Bento Books' new translation/publishing Kickstarter for ...

Elliot Gay

11:00 AM on 02.28.2013

Eating at a sushi shop properly

So you made it to Japan and want to go get some sushi from it's birthplace. That's great, but did you know that there are some very strict rules on how you eat and enjoy sushi? The Japanese have this down to a science, right ...

Josh Totman