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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...
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. ...
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...
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...


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...
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 ...
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...
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...
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...
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 ...
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...
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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...
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...
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...
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". ...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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 ...
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...
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 ...
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...
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...
According to figures put together by the 21st Century Public Policy Institute, a think tank linked to Japan’s Keidanren business federation, Japan might no longer fall among the world’s top economies by the year 2...