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2:00 PM on 01.14.2015

What do American teens think of J-Pop?

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...

Hiroko Yamamura

12:00 PM on 01.06.2015

Meet Shaheen, Tekken's first Saudi character

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. ...

Josh Tolentino

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

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

10:00 AM on 12.11.2012

Thrown back for being too small! Tsukiji Market to close

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...

Josh Totman

Hyper Japan 2012 Christmas: Final Impressions photo
Hyper Japan 2012 Christmas: Final Impressions
by Chris Walden

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. This runs bi-yearly and draws in well over 70,000 visitors each time. However, this isn't just a convention about Japan, as it is also a Sci-fi event. You could even argue that Sci-fi is the main focus, but hey, we're moving a little off topic. Hyper Japan is relatively new in comparison, drawing in a little over 25,000 visitors. 

There's a big difference in the number of attendees, so why should I bother going to Hyper Japan when I could be spending all that money saving up for a long weekend around the London MCM Expo, or one of its many spin-off conventions? Hyper Japan focuses on the culture and cuisine from the Land of the Rising Sun, so theoretically, there will be more interesting and relevant things for you to see, if you don't care much for Sci-fi anyway. 

But was this the case? The last time I'd been was back in 2010 for the very first Hyper Japan, and that was held in the Old Truman Brewery of all places. Two years later it's in Earls Court and is bigger than ever, so things are looking good, right? Well, come find out!

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6:00 PM on 11.20.2012

Reminder: Hyper Japan 2012 Christmas starts this Friday

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...

Chris Walden

8:00 AM on 08.22.2012

Dead or Alive 5 claims sexiness is 'cultural differences'

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". ...

Josh Tolentino

8:00 AM on 05.17.2012

Tokyo Sky Tree and Sumida River light up for festival

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...

Bob Muir

10:00 AM on 05.14.2012

Tokyo Sky Tree Town and aquarium are ready for your money

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...

Bob Muir

12:00 PM on 05.10.2012

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

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...


3:00 PM on 05.08.2012

Osaka to hide tattooed city employees

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...

Michelle Rodanes

11:00 AM on 05.06.2012

Japan now spends more on bread than rice

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...

Michelle Rodanes

12:00 PM on 05.02.2012

Handsome monk picture books are now a thing

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...

Michelle Rodanes

11:00 AM on 05.02.2012

Japan and South Korea engage in another petty argument

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 ...

Michelle Rodanes

1:00 PM on 04.30.2012

Chicano Rap and Lowrider culture in Japan

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...

Michelle Rodanes

8:00 AM on 04.28.2012

Japan named most creative country, Japanese disagree

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 ...

Michelle Rodanes

10:00 AM on 04.27.2012

About 40% of foreigners seldom interact with Japanese

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...

Michelle Rodanes

9:00 AM on 04.23.2012

The fascinating world of Japanese Food Replicas

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...

Michelle Rodanes

8:00 AM on 04.23.2012

Women could rescue Japan's economy

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...

Michelle Rodanes