Sumo photo

Canadian makes impact in Sumo debut

Homarenishiki starts to climb the ranks
May 22
It's not often you see a representative of the great white north inside the sumo halls of Japan, in fact it's been 30 years. Not since future WWF pro wrestler, the late John Tenta, made his debut in 1985 has a Canadian taken ... read
Katana photo

So there's a katana made out of meteorite

The power of the heavens
May 14
There's not much cooler than a traditional forged Japanese katana. That is of course, unless there a katana made out of meteorite iron! Guess what? There is. So yeah, if you happen to be visiting Tokyo Skytree anytime soon, I... read
New Japan Pro Wrestling photo
NJPW's presence in the U.S. grows
Being a fan of professional wrestling in the United States, you've got choices. Of course there is the biggest game in town in Vince McMahon's WWE, who have dominated the market practically  unopposed since 2001. Behind ... read feature

React photo

What do American teens think of J-Pop?

Not quite what I expected
Jan 14
I'm a bit of a Youtube React Channel junky. I especially love the show when they cover stuff that's near and dear to my heart, so you can be sure my interest piqued when the word "J-Pop" showed up on my playlist. I won't spo... read
Tekken 7 photo
Tekken 7

Meet Shaheen, Tekken's first Saudi character

Say "Salam!"
Jan 06
Bandai Namco are revving up the hype machine for Tekken 7, and with their latest character reveal, we finally get our first glimpse at what came of that call for feedback Chief Developer Katsuhiro Harada made in August. ... read
Host clubs photo
Host clubs

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

Vice Japan looks inside the world of host clubs
Apr 23
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... read
Culture photo

Yamada Heiando shows what it takes to make lacquerware

Crafters to the Imperial Family show their immense skill
Mar 01
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... read
Yakuza sites close photo
Yakuza sites close

Sega closes all official non-Japanese Yakuza sites

But...but Sega ;__;
Oct 03
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... read
Omatsuri photo

JX: Photos from the Omatsuri performance

Celebrating culture
Aug 27
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 ... read
Japan Expo photo
Japan Expo

JX: Day two impressions

More and better
Aug 25
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... read
Japan Expo photo
Japan Expo

JX: Day one impressions

It's roomy
Aug 24
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... read
Taiko drumming photo
Taiko drumming

Sit back and enjoy some traditional Taiko drumming

Move to the beat!
Aug 15
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... read
Pikachu fireworks photo
Pikachu fireworks

Pikachu is ready to explode!

Pokemon getting fired up
Aug 07
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 ... read
Tokyo matsuri photo
Tokyo matsuri

It's summer matsuri time in Tokyo

Ahh summer
Aug 06
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... read
Mmm, curry. photo
Mmm, curry.

Curry Refills at Coco Ichibanya in Japan

Investigation time!
May 14
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. read

Bento Books looking to kickstart Black Wave translation

A thriller set in the aftermath of 2011's earthquake.
Mar 04
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 ... read

Eating at a sushi shop properly

There are so many rules!
Feb 28
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 ... read

Thrown back for being too small! Tsukiji Market to close

Old shop is all fished out
Dec 11
It is a sad day for me my friends. My beloved Tsukiji Market will be closing its doors by the end of 2013. This is so sad for me because I have yet to have the chance to visit said market. Which you know, if you have been fol... read
It's good!
While there are many different conventions around the UK that focus on Japan and the cool things the Japanese are responsible for, there are two that clearly overshadow the rest. The first, and biggest, is the London MCM Expo... read feature


Reminder: Hyper Japan 2012 Christmas starts this Friday

Nov 20
Stumped for something to do this weekend and can get to London? Well, perhaps you should go book your ticket to Christmas Hyper Japan 2012, because it looks like it's going to be a real treat. There are many interesting event... read

Dead or Alive 5 claims sexiness is 'cultural differences'

Aug 22
Here's a nasty little step backwards: Team Ninja staffer and Dead or Alive 5 director Yosuke Hayashi has attempted to pass the buck on the series' notoriously sexualized female characters as the "Japanese approach to women". ... read

Tokyo Sky Tree and Sumida River light up for festival

May 17
The Tokyo Sky Tree tourist blitz is about ready to begin, but some festivities have already begun. To celebrate the Tokyo Hotaru (Firefly) Festival on May 6, it was decided that the night should be lit up. So once night came... read

Tokyo Sky Tree Town and aquarium are ready for your money

May 14
The Tokyo Sky Tree isn't just for TV broadcasting. It's also expected to be a major tourist attraction once it opens to the public on May 22. On May 10, the Japanese media got to check out Tokyo Sky Tree Town, the area surrou... read

NSFW: Incredible Mini-Doc on Aokigahara, "Suicide Forest"

May 10
I end up getting a lot of crazy content funneled to me through a lot of RSS feeds, Japanator readers, word-of-mouth and just plain dumb luck. I'm an avid reader of magazine and website publisher Vice, which itself boasts... read

Osaka to hide tattooed city employees

May 08
In Japan, tattoos --particularly full-body ones- have long been associated with the Yakuza. Partly due to safety reasons, even today public places such as bathhouses and gyms have banned people bearing large tattoos from ent... read

Japan now spends more on bread than rice

May 06
Japan has a long history of producing high-quality rice. Aside from being an important part of the country’s diet, the grain has also played a significant cultural role. In recent years, however, western-style bread has... read

Handsome monk picture books are now a thing

May 02
Here at Japanator we don’t judge. What is that you say? you have a soft spot for smoothly shaved heads and monastic robes? we totally respect that. In fact, we want you know that handsome monk picture books are now a th... read

Japan and South Korea engage in another petty argument

May 02
Japan and South Korea are at it again, like a couple of kids fighting over which first generation Power Ranger is the toughest. Okay, that's a harsh over-simplification of the relationship between the two countries, but this ... read

Chicano Rap and Lowrider culture in Japan

Apr 30
It’s common knowledge that American pop culture has had a great impact in Japanese media, particularly when it comes to music and fashion, but it’s a much lesser known fact that Chicano culture has also been prett... read

Japan named most creative country, Japanese disagree

Apr 28
In a recent survey carried out by the multinational software company Adobe, global respondents named Japan the most creative country in the world. Japanese, however, disagreed with most participants. Figures estimate that as ... read

About 40% of foreigners seldom interact with Japanese

Apr 27
The Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper recently published the results of a sociological survey carried out by Toyota. The study was conducted in Aichi, a prefecture known for employing many foreign employees in  auto manufacturin... read

The fascinating world of Japanese Food Replicas

Apr 23
Have you ever seen those food samples displayed in Japanese restaurants and wondered how exactly they are made? I have. For years I have debated whether they are made out preserved edible ingredients, bits of plastic, or a co... read

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