When I'm given a choice between using an elevator or walking up the stairs, I tend to go with the latter. Even though the former lets you relax while you reach the next floor, my movement skills tend to help me reach my desti...
In which seafood and deserts unite
To this day, seafood is one of the meat groups that hasn't disappointed me. As the people of Niigata Prefecture's Uonuma invent the Nanban Shrimp soft serve to attract more tourists, I'm willing to see if I can maintain ...
Sounds like a new transformation
For a good while, the Super Sentai, Kamen Rider, and Precure franchise have been airing every Sunday on Japan's TV Asahi network from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m., with the two toku shows being part of the Super Hero Time bl...
I didn't see this coming
When the ice cream shop Baskin-Robbins and sandwiches come to mind, one will imagine that it has to do with actual ice cream. Lo and behold, that isn't the case with this latest dessert.
Unlike your average ice cre...
Should be it called the one-year gorge?
Mobile Suit Gundam's Amuro may have gone through some rough times while fighting the Principality of Zeon with his trusty giant robot, but that doesn't mean that he can't enjoy a relaxing meal. Luckily, the restaurant franchi...
RIP Avocado Toast
You've probably seen those weird fruit from Japan like those square/cube shaped watermelons but what you didn't kow is that those things are expensive costing over $100 and are sold in high-end department stores.
Today we're ...
Ore no house in the middle of the street
A few months ago, YouTube channel Life where I'm from, showed us what a modern Japanese home. While not anything extravagant, this new house looks to be similar to modern affordable housing in the United States, save for a fe...
Earth has never tasted this good
If you ever wanted to know what it was like to eat the Earth, Twitter User @kyooochang decided to make her batch of takoyaki resemble the blue planet. Sure, the taste is the same, but the craft behind its structure makes the ...
Sign me the hell up
I may not get to have tempura too often, but I've enjoyed the meals that use this tasty batter as one of its ingredients, such as the crunchyroll, shrimp, chicken and cheesecake. As Tenya, a tempura restaurant franchise ...
Petal Dance Type Booze
There comes a time when you just want to bring out the booze to commemorate a joyous occasion. Of course, it's important to do this responsibly. With the cherry blossom season hitting Japan, Sankt Gallen is making sure that e...
Mewl in delight
The best thing about living in a world with more than one country is that folks in the right frame of mind can celebrate certain holidays more than once. Like Cat Day, which is today in Japan.
Whereas Cat Day in North A...
10th title added to light novel site
J-Novel Club does it again as it adds to its line up with Arifureta: From Commonplace to World’s Strongest. The light novel series by Ryo Shirakome and illustrated by Takayaki is available with a 40-page free preview and the first half of the first volume available to members.
Fantasy, swords, and four bars!
The folks over at J-Novel club have added a new title to their lineup of Japanese light novels for English readers by announcing they will carry "In Another World With My Smartphone" for its premium members.
No more crushed rice balls
If you were looking for a compact way to bring your rice balls with you, Japanese Leather Items Creator Arataya came up with an onigiri holder that'll keep your rice ball's shape intact. That way, you can enjoy this...
Did they sing your favorite theme?
If anime fandom is the bedrock of otaku culture, Anisongs - the songs that serve as anime series' opening and ending themes - are its voice. For a lot of fans, anisongs are also their gateway to Japanese music as well, as man...
Kisenosato rules over all
Japanese sumo wrestling crowned a new Yokozuna (grand champion) on Wednesday as Kisenosato attained the highest rank in sumo after winning the Janurary tournament on Sunday.
Why do these sweets have to look pretty?
I may be a fan of delicacies that are crafted to look like works of art, but there's something sad about seeing one's favorite food being turned into a masterpiece. While it looks amazing, one might have second thoughts since...
Which will be in your Full Course Menu?
My first encounter with an onigiri was at a convenient store located in Tokyo, Japan (huh, why does that sound so drastic? It's as if a showdown is about to occur). I looked directly at the well packaged rice ball, and saw...
To be completely blunt, I didn't expect much going into Christine Mari Inzer's Diary of a Tokyo Teen. When I was approached for a review of the book, I accepted because I really dug the art and figured it'd be a nice, light l...
WrestleKingdom 11 time!
Hello Japan wrestling fans and welcome back to Strong Style, Japanator's look at New Japan Pro Wrestling on AXS TV! We are back after a break and we start off the first show of the year with WrestleKingdom 11's MAIN EVENT!
Two Locals Tell Us Why
As I cycled through the streets of Tokyo, Shibuya to be specific, I couldn't help but notice the Christmas lights and decorations throughout the city. "This can't be what I think it is; the decorations surely aren't set up fo...
Three big shows in one!
Hello, puroresu fans, and welcome to Strong Style, Japanator's look at New Japan Pro Wrestling on AXS TV. Tonight we got a big night as we have three shows. The date is May 3, 2016, and we are at the International Center at Fukuoka.
So hold on and here we go!
Another double shot of action
Welcome back to another week of Strong Style, Japanator's look at New Japan Pro Wrestling action on AXS TV. This week we have two big episodes! The first is the third episode covering Invasion Attack 2016 held at the famed Sumo Hall in Tokyo on April 10, 2016. The second episode takes place on April 27, 2016, from the Hakata Star Lanes in Fukuoka.
Those who commit a crime won't survive
When a hero's battle against evil comes to a close, this doesn't mean that their passion for justice hasn't stopped. Even though it's been a long time since Satoshi Masuda (Kamen Rider Ryuki's Ren/Kamen Rider Knight, Akihabar...
Will Ospreay arrives!
Hey, Gang! Welcome to Strong Style, Japanator's look at New Japan Pro Wrestling on AXS TV. This week we are taking a look at Invasion Attack from April 10, 2016. We have two episodes tonight as the action is coming from the famed Sumo Hall in Tokyo. Let's get to the action!
One of the latest and weirdest viral videos that really took off is one from Japan is PIKOTARO, or better known for his video "Pen Pineapple Apple Pen" or "PPAP" for short. If you've been living under a massive pen-pineapple-...
Layer up, we're going to explore.
As the plane begins to descend, your heart starts to race; each second feels like it's passing extremely slow, yet at the same time, everything is happening so fast. As the aircraft door begins to open, you take your first fu...
New Japan Cup time!
Hello! Welcome back to Strong Style, Japanator's look at New Japan Pro Wrestling on AXS TV.
With WrestleKingdom in the rearview mirror, it's now time to determine the next top contender with the New Japan Cup tournament...
Could it make up for the Gatchaman film?
Well, people: It looks like the 1974 Tatsunoko anime, Hurricane Polymar, is getting the live-action movie treatment. While this news might make many fans of the original series concerned, there's a chance that it could m...
Double the action!
Hi, gang! Welcome to Strong Style, Japanator's look at New Japan Pro Wrestling on AXS TV. I'm fresh off spending the weekend at my home Convention, AniMaine with coverage of that coming soon so keep an eye out for that.
We're freezing over here
[Update: The stream is over, but you can watch it here and here.]
In a miraculous turn of events, I was able to get through a good chunk of RosenkreuzStilette Freudenstachel. This was likely thanks to my decision to use most ...
It's refreshingly ameowzing
I've always been a sucker for foods that are shaped like other things since their creators took the time to create an edible artistic piece. One of these impressive treats is Mithiruka's water cake that's shaped like a c...
Japanese food can be known for its presentation, and in some cases its carefully considered portion sizing, but this might be going a step too far...if we're talking about actual food.
Japanese artist Masako (known as "chi___...
Okada defends the belt!
Hi Gang! Welcome to another Strong Style, Japanator's look at New Japan Pro wrestling on AXS TV. This week it is a New Begining! We are traveling to Osaka fresh off the heels of WrestleKingdom 10 with some big matches from February 11, 2016!
Let's get to the matches!
Don't forget to bring a warm coat
[Update: The stream is over, but you can watch it here.]
It looks like things are going to get icy around here, as I attempt to go through RosenkreuzStilette's sequel, RosenkreuzStilette Freudenstachel. Compare to its pr...
This group has more bark than bite
Well, people. It looks like we have a new dog-themed group in town and they're ready to create music with their barks. Going by the name of Mofu Mofu Dogs, these idols are actual Akita-Inu breed canines with human bodies...
Can we pull off this disappearing act?
[Update: The stream is over, but you can watch it here.]
It looks like fate wasn't on my side last time since I wasn't able to get to the final boss in the Megaman-like doujin game known as RosenkreuzStilette. Part of this fa...
2 stars say goodbye
Hello and welcome back to Strong Style, Japanator's look at New Japan Pro Wrestling on AXS TV.
This week we deal with the immediate fallout of WrestleKingdom 10. Okada is still the IWGP Champion, GBH are the new tag cha...
This is not a lie
It looks like November might be a good month for fans of Vocaloid music, as PinocchioP's upcoming album, HUMAN, comes out during that period. From the looks of it, it might be a good way to start the holiday season.