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5:00 PM on 05.11.2012

Fishbowl bra aims to keep women cool in the summer

As you guys may know, Japan is expected to experience power shortages this summer as a result of nuclear power reactors being shut down in recent weeks. Some companies have already begun to cash in on the event by offering pr...

Michelle Rodanes

3:00 PM on 05.11.2012

SHIRI: the Japanese robot butt that responds to touch

A team of researchers from the Hentai Tokyo University of Electro-Communications have recently revealed their latest achievement in sensory robotics: SHIRI, the robotic butt. Yes, you’ve heard it right. Are you by any ...

Michelle Rodanes

1:00 PM on 05.11.2012

Gust releases Atelier Ayesha opening movie

Gust is getting ready to release their newest PS3 fantasy RPG Atelier Ayesha on June 28th, and just to make sure they've got our attention they've gone and released the game's opening movie in advance. The dreamy track in th...

Michelle Rodanes

3:00 PM on 05.10.2012

Tokyo Firefly Festival LED light installation is stunning

Last week, Panasonic put together a beautiful art installation in Tokyo as part of the city’s Symphony of Light event held during their annual Firefly Festival. Hundreds of LED lights wrapped within tiny orbs floated a...

Michelle Rodanes

5:00 PM on 05.09.2012

Japanator Kinda Recommends: Coicent, Five Numbers

The Japanator review process is very elaborate. We basically jump on stuff that we are really psyched to watch and save the rest for later. To some, this method might seem neglectful and self-serving, we like to call it &ldqu...

Michelle Rodanes

4:00 PM on 05.08.2012

Idol of the Week: Mai Hakase

Name: Mai Hakase Birthdate: March 25, 1987 Measurements: 93/60/90 Blood Type: A Mai Hakase is a model and former participant in the Japanese reality TV show Ainori. Last February, she was among the three winners of Kobunsha's...

Michelle Rodanes

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

1:00 PM on 05.08.2012

Beer Jug Jokki Hour will blow your minds

Last year, a certain Japanese McDonald’s commercial featuring several kids freaking out over Sponge Bob drinking straws became an internet phenomenon. Unfortunately for them, advertising is always one step ahead. Their...

Michelle Rodanes

5:00 PM on 05.07.2012

K-ON! college years manga to wrap up in June

Author Kakifly announced last week that one of his K-ON! spin-off manga will be ending this June 9th. Launched in April of last year on Manga Time Kirara Magazine, the series followed the adventures of a college-aged cast.&nb...

Michelle Rodanes

3:00 PM on 05.07.2012

New Code Geass: Akito the Exiled trailer is jazzy, hectic

A new promotional trailer for the upcoming Code Geass: Akito the Exiled theatrical OVA was released this week. Directed by Kazuki Akane (Escaflowne: The Movie, Noein: To Your Other Self) with character designs by CLAMP ...

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

10:00 AM on 05.06.2012

Japan switches off last nuclear reactor

While we were all busy sipping margaritas for Cinco de Mayo, Japan shut down its last working nuclear reactor last Saturday. As of today, all of the country’s 54 nuclear reactors are offline. This is the first time that...

Michelle Rodanes