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Sumo

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

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
Blow off

AKB48 find out who is the best at blowing


Mmmmm cicada
May 13
Oshima Ryoka and Mogi Shinobu of AKB48  faced off during a new episode of AKBINGO! This time, it was their cheeks, lungs and taste for insects that was put to the test! Which gal was better at blowing! Who enjoys the crunch of flying protein? read
Attack on Avengers

Behold, the Attack on Titan and Marvel crossover nobody asked for


Titans Assemble?
May 12
I've been getting back into reading comic books of late, the fabled "ame-comi" from across the Pacific, and one fun part of American comic book culture is the practice of "Free Comic Book Day", when comic stores and publisher... read
WTF

WTF Fridays: It's Gyoza time


Who's got time?
May 08
Everybody loves a succulent gyoza, but really... Who has time for all that? read
WTF Friday

WTF Fridays: Brooklyn Rage


Sorry, this isn't about Joey Wheeler
May 01
Momoiro Clover Z

Momoiro Clover Z get the full Dragon Ball treatment


What is their power level?
Apr 13
The ladies of Momoiro Clover Z finally get to earn that Z at the end of their name. As the cover of their upcoming single for Z no Chikai, the girls have been illustrated by non other than Dragon Ball series creator, Akira To... read
WTF Friday

WTF Friday: SHOCKER


SHOCKER indeed.
Apr 10
Yes, that is a certain German Fuhrer crossed with a Starfish monster. read
WTF

WTF Fridays: Sushi is for the dogs


Skilled sushi chef
Apr 03
Do you make your dog sushi on their birthday? Must be good to be a dog. read
Naruto: The Last

First In, The Last Out: Naruto The Last finally clear for Philippine release


Took 'em long enough
Mar 26
If you're reading this, chances are you're based in North America: The majority of Japanator's traffic comes from that area. That said, you might be curious as to how folks in other countries outside Japan get their Japanese ... read
Brafile

Accurately measure oppai with the BraFile


No more second guessing
Mar 24
Knowing a ladies' three sizes is a blessing and curse. It shows that you are accurate and observant but to the woman in question it just means you're a massive pervert. There has only been one person I know that has the abili... read
Dinosaurs

Dino-mite: A new dinosaur species has been discovered in Japan


Let's give a warm welcome to a new prehistoric creature
Mar 17
Ever since I was a kid, I've always been fond of dinosaurs, since they're literally giant reptiles with their own unique feature, such as huge wings, fierce claws and deadly spikes. While we're on the topic of prehistoric cre... read
English

Wonder why Korean and Japanese students can't speak English?


Kind of true
Mar 17
The guys over at RocketNews24 posted a pretty interesting video, where they interviewed some Japanese and Korean students about why they had difficulty speaking English, even though they had studied the language for a long t... read
Pi Day

Celebrate Pi day with a minute and half of pai


Notice me, Sen-3.14
Mar 14
Today happened to be "Pi Day" where today's date in the USA being 3-14-15, which is exactly the same as the number Pi being 3.1415. Many people have used today's celebration of the irrational number to promote math and as a g... read
WTF Fridays

WTF Fridays: Finishing Move


Finish him indeed
Mar 13
You are shocked. read
Ninjas

Japan uses their ninja skills to increase tourism


Ninjas are back in business
Mar 10
I know that I joked around in the past about 2015 being the Year of the Ninja, but Japan's recent tourism-related move might as well turn my made-up holiday into a real thing. Long story short, the Japanese government have de... read
IJN Musashi

Battleship Musashi rediscovered 70 years after World War II


Get me a repair bucket, stat!
Mar 05
I'm not sure who should be more overjoyed by this news: History buffs or Kantai Collection fans. Perhaps both? I am, of course, referring to a cool tweet from a fellow named Paul Allen, formerly a founder of Microsoft and now... read
Food

KFC and Potato Chips. Together at Last


For Increasingly Accessible KFC munchings
Feb 24
There are some Japanese snacks that wouldn't fly in the west. Pocari Sweat has the connotation of drinking someone's perspiration, and their eclectic Kit Kat flavours can make some taste buds shudder. But this concept already has me salivating. read
WTF

WTF Fridays: Beauty is Skin Derp


There's a product for everything
Feb 20
Girl you look good. read
Final Fantasy

Now we're cooking: Final Fantasy kitchen knives forged


Ouch! Seafood Soup!
Feb 03
Final Fantasy and ridiculous swords: The two concepts just seem to go together, even when, practically speaking, many a hero's blade in that franchise would likely be more useful chopping vegetables than monsters. ... read
Universal Studios

Universal Studios' Attack on Titan and anime attractions are pure nightmare fuel


Zombies, Monsters, and Nudists, Oh My!
Feb 02
I took a trip to western Japan last year, and my big regret of the trip was not finding enough time to visit Himeji castle, the best-preserved traditional castle in the country. I think it's time to add another regret to the ... read
One Punch Man

It takes just one man to make a One Punch Man anime


Well, a prototype of one, anyway
Feb 02
If there's anything I've learned over the years of writing about the things I enjoy, it's that making those things - in this case, anime - is very hard work, often done by large numbers of very talented people. That makes th... read
Super Mario World

Watch this guy use his amazing nose to play Super Mario World


With a recorder, of course
Jan 29
This might surprise most people on here, but Super Mario World was actually one of the first titles that got me into playing video games. As for the reason why I didn't get to play games before the SNES, this was due to my y... read
Arpeggio x JSDF

Buy some Japanese navy propaganda, get a free Arpeggio sticker


Just...don't join the navy for your waifu, OK?
Jan 27
Think "Military-Entertainment Complex", and videogames like Call of Duty or even the actual U.S. Army-sponsored shooter America's Army comes to mind. That's not the only way cross-promotion can happen though. ... read
Pottya

This plus-sized idol group is literally big in Japan


They ain't heavy, they're my idols!
Jan 22
Here's one to file under the "Sure, why the hell not?" column: Pottya, (or more accurately, "P♡ttya"), a five-girl idol quintet consisting entirely of plus-sized girls. They made their debut last week, with their first... read
Mari-chan

This adorable Shiba Inu loves to mess with its owner


Mischievous yet cute
Jan 20
Dogs may have a great reputation for being loyal to their owners, but that doesn't stop them from messing with their caretakers from time to time. In this case, Mari-chan the Shiba Inu decides to fool around with her master ... read
React

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
Spider-Man

Japanese Spider-Man always saves the day!


Best Spider-Man ever
Jan 09
All us normal everyday folks know to call their friendly neighborhood Spider-Man when they get into a jam, but what happens when Spider-Man gets into a jam? If Amazing Spider-Man writer Dan Slott is to be believed, ... read
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
Surveillance robot

Japan Ministry of Defense's surveillance robot is almost ready to roll out


Transformation feature included
Jan 02
Good news, everyone! It turns out that the Japanese Ministry of Defense's Technical Research and Development Institute is close to finishing their special surveillance robot. Going by the name of the Throwable Type Reconnaiss... read
Kinoko Collection

Sure, why not make game about Mushroom Girls?


Meet your new Shroom-mates!
Dec 16
Really, why not? The last few years have seen a Cambrian Explosion for weird games, and people are now taking notice of good ol' Japan, which has been doing weird for longer than just about anybody. Of course, I could just be... read
Attack on Titan

Attack on Titan maneuvers its way to Universal Studios


There should be a climbing wall
Dec 08
I'm usually not one for theme parks. All the kids, lines, and expenses generally keep me away. Add in the fact that I'm scared of heights, and you can understand why I keep my distance. However, now that Universal Studios is... read
WTF

WTF Fridays: I want pizza!


P I Z Z A
Dec 05
I don't think I've seen people get this excited about a pizza since the Olsen Twins. read
Shrimp Cannon

Want Shrimp Tempura in 3 seconds? Take this cannon


Mid-air Ebi-Fry
Dec 02
You never know where useful information will come from. For example, would you expect to learn a secret technique for preparing fried shrimp in an instant from...a wireless carrier? Yeah, neither did I.  NTT Docomo's pr... read
Gundam

Check out this amazing 'anime-style' Gundam model


3D goes 2D
Nov 24
Rejoice, otaku, for the utopia that is the 2D world is much closer than we thought. All it is is a matter of shading, if the jaw-dropping work of Gunpla builder Mumumuno is anything to go by.  The champion builder has co... read
WTF

WTF Fridays: Jimmy Fallon went to the Library?


Yup, still funny
Nov 21
Silent Library was based off a segment of a Japanese show, Downtown no Gaki no Tsukai ya Arahende!! Yes, that is a really long name. While it didn't quite pack the same punch as the original, it was a pretty funny show for a... read
FF8 HD

This is what a Final Fantasy VIII HD remake might look like


If only it were actually happening
Nov 16
I don't think Square Enix are ever going to make the much-demanded HD remake of Final Fantasy VII, but that doesn't mean we can't dream of how awesome a beloved game can look when done up in modern technology. For artist Scot... read
WTF

WTF Fridays: Mo Fiya


Safety training at its best
Nov 14
Let's hope this lady isn't in charge when someone yells fire. Staged or not? I can't quite tell. I'm actually hope so. read
WTF

WTF Fridays: Creamy


King has to know by now..
Nov 07
Most desserts taste better with whipped cream on top, right? You'd think these guys would learn by now. I hope they have some Kleenex to blow their noses. read






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