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1:00 PM on 07.22.2014

Sony invokes dongs to sell the new PS Vita

Remember that time in middle school you and your friends would get naked in the locker room and compare genitals? Me neither, but Sony does. This Japanese ad for the PS Vita calls up youthful PS-envy as young boys remark on ...

Josh Tolentino


10:00 AM on 07.14.2014

New grapefruit flavor will make you pucker this summer

Coming to convenient stores across Japan is a new sour popsicle from the maker of the Gari Gari-kun Soda popsicle. Their new flavor puts your sourness to the test by combining lemon and grapefruit together. The bar itself is ...

Josh Totman

2:00 PM on 07.13.2014

Japan's Frozen PS4 would've looked better in white

Frozen may have pretty much taken over the world, but that won't stop companies trying to cash in on its popularity with tacky, cheap branded merchandise. No, that doesn't make sense, because that's exactly why companies...

Josh Tolentino

9:00 PM on 06.30.2014

Puppy Power! Two canines rescue their owners from a bear attack

There's something great about seeing a canine save someone from danger, as it symbolizes the strong bond between a dog and its owner. Speaking of which, we encounter two different situations in Japan where a dog manages to s...

Salvador GRodiles

2:00 PM on 06.23.2014

Check out a teaser for Perfume's upcoming single Cling Cling

We're a little late in catching this, but a couple weeks ago Perfume released a little teaser and some images to go with their upcoming single, Cling Cling. As usual, the girls look absolutely fabulous, and I'm probably going to love this release just like I love pretty much all of their songs. Cling Cling will be released July 16th in two editions.

Kristina Pino



The World Cup in Japan through snacks photo
The World Cup in Japan through snacks
by Kristina Pino

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 your spirit, or you can just spend your money on snacks.

In this video, I talk about the kind of food and drinks you can buy throughout Japan thanks to the games, and even taste a few. It's a bit longer than my usual videos, but there's just a bunch to cover.

Have any burning questions about life in Japan, or want to request specific snack videos? Hit me up in the comments, or email me directly at kristina (at) japanator (dot) com.

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9:00 AM on 06.18.2014

Colossal Titan now terrorizing various landmarks around Japan

Most tourist attractions and gift shops in Japan aren't complete without a huge selection of various cute phone straps and keychains you can buy as a memento. You can find them with Hello Kitty, Stitch, One Piece characters, ...

Kristina Pino

1:00 PM on 06.17.2014

A Daily Dose of Ab Crunches: Wonder Core

Hiroko's out today, which leaves you trapped in here with me! Bahahaha! And for today's Dose, hot abdominal fitness courtesy of this commercial for the Wonder Core exercise machine, starring the sensational six-pack of ...

Josh Tolentino

9:00 AM on 06.17.2014

Drink a tall glass of your favorite Disney princess

Entabe reports that Bourbon brand drinking water is now going to come in bottles with Disney Princess designs on its labels. The designs themselves are rather pretty: fashion designer-looking artwork with pastel watercolor wa...

Kristina Pino

3:00 PM on 06.16.2014

Got a rice cooker? Then you can make some tasty pancakes too!

The rice cooker is an appliance that you see pretty often in anime and dramas. Considering how important rice is in the general Japanese diet, that shouldn't be a surprise. What is surprising are the various other things you ...

Pedro Cortes



Japanator Eats: Mr. Croissant Donut photo
Japanator Eats: Mr. Croissant Donut
by Kristina Pino

With my return to Japanator comes the return of videos in which you get to watch me eat stuff from Japan with more regularity. My first entry in this new era of food videos features an inspired dish, the Mr Croissant Donut, which takes after the cronuts of New York. Mr Donut has given them fruit flavors, serving up orange, berry, and mixed fruit varities, and then added some sort of filling for maximum tastiness.

I grabbed an orange cronut with lemon filling, and ate it on camera. Check out the gallery for some stills!

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11:00 AM on 06.12.2014

Ken Watanabe does Clint Eastwood in Unforgiven

Japanator's about more than anime, don't you know! It's also about watching dignified hunks like Ken Watanabe do a samurai take on Clint Eastwood's 1992 western Unforgiven, and that's exactly what this is.  Yurusarezaru...

Josh Tolentino

8:00 AM on 06.10.2014

The Scouting Legion takes on the Bearded Titan

So what if they want to devour us whole for reasons unknown? The least we can do is make them look good while doing it, right? Apparently, that's Schick's logic for trying to hawk safety razors for the sake of mankind's grea...

Josh Tolentino

3:00 PM on 05.31.2014

Move over, Gendo: Attack on Titan now selling razors

Hey, remember when Gendo Ikari and the Evangelion crew teamed up with the forces of crass commercialism to hawk razorblades? Yeah, that happened, and now mankind's greatest challenge isn't a bunch of giant, skinless cann...

Josh Tolentino

12:00 PM on 05.06.2014

Japan wants to farm the sun...IN SPACE

Through some of the worst disasters can come some of the best, most innovative ideas. After the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and subsequent meltdown at Fukushima, the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency, or JAXA for short, has ...

Pedro Cortes

10:00 AM on 05.03.2014

Gainax's Aoki Uru set for 2018

Last year, Studio Gainax announced that they were finally returning to their Aoki Uru film project. A sequel to the classic Royal Space Force: The Wings of Honneamise, the film was initially conceived of in 1992, but for a va...

Elliot Gay

9:00 AM on 05.02.2014

Vita rhythm game IA/VT's latest trailer is colorful in all the right ways

Marvelous is clearly making a bid for some of that sweet Project Diva pie with their upcoming rhythm game, IA/VT -Colorful- For the uninitiated, IA/VT is a music game starring IA, a brand new Vocaloid that started to gain tr...

Elliot Gay

5:02 AM on 05.02.2014

New 5 minute Persona Q trailer is too hype

The past few months of Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth trailers have been fairly brief. Character overviews, brief bits and pieces of battles; there hasn't been a beefy video exploring the entire game in quite some time. ...

Elliot Gay

2:00 PM on 04.30.2014

Taito's 'Project Z' endeavor is actually a Left 4 Dead game

[As originally posted at Destructoid.] Left 4 Dead in Japanese arcades? It's more likely than you think. Actually, it's definitely going to happen. Taito's been teasing a "Project Z" for some time now for its Nesic...

Brittany Vincent

10:00 PM on 04.29.2014

Be the very best artist there ever was with Pokémon Art Academy

[As originally posted at Destructoid.] I've always wanted to learn how to perfect my nonexistent drawing skills, but games that promise to help me bone up on my technique just don't tickle my fancy. They're so dry. So boring...

Brittany Vincent

12:00 PM on 04.28.2014

Experience the sights and sounds of Corpse Party: Blood Drive with their new trailer

The latest entry in the Corpse Party franchise, Corpse Party: Blood Drive, seeks to put a final touch to the first game that released on the PSP. Some interesting story and character details were revealed to us, but now we c...

Dae Lee

9:00 PM on 04.26.2014

Shred with this ridiculous Monster Hunter guitar

[As originally posted at Destructoid.] My, how time flies. Capcom's indomitable Monster Hunter series has been around for ten years now, and to celebrate its tenth anniversary, Capcom has teamed up with ES...

Brittany Vincent





5:00 PM on 04.26.2014

Candy Crush has a bizarro nationwide ad campaign in Japan

[As originally posted at Destructoid.] Candy Crush Saga is coming to Japan in a big way, as developer King has prepared a slew of rather bizarre commercials for its freakishly addictive mobile puzzler. With King ha...

Brittany Vincent

4:00 PM on 04.26.2014

Magic Knight Rayearth Mokona prizes headed to Japanese Sega amusement centers

Magic Knight Rayearth is a classical magical girl series that should be on your radar if you haven't already taken the plunge, especially since Mokona plush prizes are hitting Sega amusement centers in Japan. The '90s series ...

Brittany Vincent

8:00 AM on 04.26.2014

Oh, Justin: Bieber in Yasukuni causes international incident

I don't have anything against The Bieb. In fact, I find the hate for him somewhat petty. I mean, it's not like he's against vaccines or whatever. That said, causing an international incident is something you really shoul...

Josh Tolentino

4:00 AM on 04.26.2014

New Persona Q key illustration, fusion details, and guest contributors emerge

Each new week brings with it a host of new details about Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth, Atlus' Etrian Odyssey-like 3DS Persona game.  I'm completely okay with this. This week we have a new key illustration in the fo...

Elliot Gay

2:00 AM on 04.26.2014

2nd Tales of Zestiria trailer hits the net

Bandai Namco's Tales games will always have a special place in my heart. Not all of them are great, but there's something comforting about knowing they'll always be there. It's one of the few long running RPG series that sti...

Elliot Gay

9:22 PM on 04.23.2014

Meiji era Ace Attorney game gets its first trailer

Ace Attorney is easily one of my top five favorite video game series. It's weird, it's got fantastic characters, and the music gets my blood pumping at all the right times. I loved Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies, and to say I ...

Elliot Gay

11:00 AM on 04.21.2014

Mt. Fuji-shaped ice goes best with whisky

I like to collect strange ice molds. I've got some shaped like Tetris pieces, Space Invaders, the symbol for Pi and many more. A new one that popped up in our inbox was this mold for Mt. Fuji. Designed for whisky aficionados,...

Pedro Cortes

10:00 AM on 04.21.2014

Japanese version of Harry Potter theme park opens in July

Come July 15, Harry Potter fans in Japan will be getting their own version of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Announced on April 18 in Osaka, the Japanese version of Universal Studios will be opening their Harry Potter l...

Pedro Cortes