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Chris Hart's first Japanese single to release in February

Chris Hart has become a bit of a sweetheart in Japan. He's been fascinated by the culture and language for some time, and released videos of himself singing on YouTube which were noticed by a talent show specifically for foreigners. He got...

 
 
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A Look @ Hello Kitty: Delicious!

The first volume in the Hello Kitty (reviewed) series published by Perfect Square was all about travel, and it didn't disappoint; we went all over the world and beyond. This second volume promised to have our mouths watering, and once again...

 
 
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Japanator Eats: Mountain Dew Cheetos

At the behest of our Editor-in-Chief Tim Sheehy, I went ahead and grabbed a cup of these Mountain Dew corn snacks all the crazy kids are talking about. I wasn't expecting them to taste good, really. And I procrastinated tasting them for a ...

 
 
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A Look @ Nisekoi, vol. 1

Nisekoi turned out to be one of those happy discoveries you sometimes stumble upon when you aren't looking for anything particular, read a silly synopsis, and think, "Why not?" I wasn't too sure what to expect from this coming in, except th...

 
 
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Happy birthday, Haruki Murakami!

Haruki Murakami, today's Jtor-honored birthday boy, isn't a character from an anime or video game, but a real person who is still alive and kicking. And to mark the occasion, I am joined by Brittany and Karen in sharing our love and appreci...

 
 
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Hello Kitty is preparing to surprise you in April

This week saw the release of Hello Kitty Delicious!, the second volume in the new Hello Kitty manga series being published by VIZ Media's Perfect Square imprint. And hot on its heels is the listing of Hello Kitty Surprise!, which has been g...

 
 
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Japanator Eats: McD's '50s honey mustard chicken sandwich

As per my notice on yesterday's post regarding the new "American Vintage" food items at McDonald's Japan, celebrating American food of the '50s, '70s, and '80s, I went ahead and grabbed a sandwich from the first wave. The honey mustard chi...

 
 
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Crunchyroll announce three new manga for simulpub library

For all you lovelies who don't live in Japan, but want to read comics just as they are released, Crunchyroll has this nifty simulpub thing going on with a bunch of Kodansha's titles including Attack on Titan and Fairy Tail, and they're not ...

 
 
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Every Pokemon ever scaled in one handy chart

When I saw this chart by DOTBstudios, which factors in all 649 Pokémon and sets them up in order and in scale with each other, I thought, "If ever I needed something to be a thing I can buy, this is it." And guess what? You can buy i...

 
 
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McDonald's Japan serves up 'American Vintage'

Starting tomorrow, January 7th, McDonald's Japan is rolling out new items and even new t-shirts under the banner American Vintage, which is apparently their portrait of how Americans eat. More specifically, how Americans ate in the '50s, '7...

 
 
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Happy birthday, Utena Tenjou!

Utena Tenjou, the Revolutionary Girl, turns 17 today! And all these years later, she still inspires some beautiful artwork of which I've chosen a modest sample to share with you. Well, to be precise, a sample of 17 images since that's the m...

 
 
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Happy birthday, Kagamine twins!

Today, December 27th, the Kagamine twins Rin and Len turn six years old. Though they're perpetually 14, there's always a steady flow of art, new costumes, and updated music for all members of the Vocaloid world, so let's enjoy some of it in...

 
 
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Tell me how you feel about Super Mario 3D World

Earlier this year at MAGFest, I had the pleasure of seeing Brentalfloss perform live for the first time (my first time, not his). For those unfamiliar, his style is to basically add lyrics to the themes of video games which express his fee...

 
 
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New Hello Kitty shoes are a stylish delight

As if to emphasize the established fact that Hello Kitty is always in style, Randa have revealed some new shoes featuring Hello Kitty designs on them which are available now in stores and online. There are two styles of shoe to choose from....

 
 
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Details on FFX and X-2 HD for your PS Vita

In case you hadn't heard yet, FFX and X-2 fans planning on grabbing their copy for PS3 soon will also be able to enjoy it for their Vita. You have the option of buying it separately for US$39.99 alongside the PS3 version at launch, or as a ...

 
 
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KFC serving up the sandwich of WIN to get 2014 started

KFC Japan have announced a new sandwich, which will debut on December 26th, that's all about winning. The do-your-best sandwich (or sandwich of WIN, if you prefer) features a minced (then fried) pork and chicken patty with cabbage and gouda...

 
 
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Don't leave on Pokemon adventures without a field guide

Kari Fry is so dedicated to your success as a Pokémon trainer that she created a beautiful field guide to all things Kanto. It kind of flew under our radar - this book was released at the end of November and it sold out last week - b...

 
 
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Deck out your smart phone display with Bleach and Naruto

VIZ Media have announced that starting Monday, December 23rd you'll be able to get Bleach and Naruto image packs via the CocoPPa app for iOS and Android and totally bling your phone out from icons to wall papers. Actually, I lied; the Narut...

 
 
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Uniqlo getting ready to stock loads of pop culture tees

There's a whole new tee collection set to hit the shelves at Uniqlo sometime around Februrary and March of next year, and I'm thrilled to report that designs and characters from Disney, Sanrio, Peanuts, LINE, and even the Simpsons (and more...

 
 
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I can't stop staring at Masaaki Hiromura's book clock

A super cool digital clock was recently installed at Shibuya in front of a department store featuring disembodied hands turning the pages of books as they mark the time. As you can see in the video above, there are three books, one each fo...

 
 
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VIZ Media announce a big sale and some new additions

Viz Media have announced that from now through January 15th, all of the manga titles purchasable at Viz Manga (or on the VIZ Manga app) are 20% off. This includes such titles as Naruto and One Piece, Hana Kimi, Magi, Honey and Clover, Ouran...

 
 
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Delightful Pokemon paintings by Kat Brunnegraff

Kat Brunnegraff is no stranger to us over at sister site Tomopop since she customizes toys. But this time around, she's appearing on Japanator for some fabulous Pokémon paintings I didn't know she created until Toysrevil showed off h...

 
 
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CNN names Japan among top destinations for 2014

It's that time of year when every travel outlet and publisher is talking about 2014 travel. CNN just revealed a list of 11 countries they deem top destinations for next year, and Japan sits comfortably among the likes of Ecuador, Brazil, Ic...

 
 
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Ice skating lessons at the littlest rink in Tokyo

The Hermes store in Tokyo's Ginza district has constructed a small ice skating rink - only 3 x 3 meters - right in front of their doors. The little platform just opened up for business, and somehow they're even going to be offering 30-minut...

 
 
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Meiko is ready to crush you

So I came across the latest demo for Meiko V3, and this time it's all hardcore and dark and stuff. The song, Crush Down, is by L.A.M.B. and I haven't quite decided how I feel about it yet. The song itself and its style aren't the problem, ...

 
 
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Happy birthday, Fuu Hououji!

Happy birthday to Fuu, the ever-gentle, ever-green (at least in eyes and dress) Magic Knight who stole my heart so many years ago. I always did like her powers and humor, and green is my favorite color. That and she was an amazing archer be...

 
 
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Japanator Eats: McD's seasonal cheesy potato dippers

As you can see, it didn't take much convincing to get me to head over to McDonald's and grab some of those new cheesy potato dippers. Really, I just kind of wanted an excuse. Anywho, the video above is my look at (and taste of) the new sid...

 
 
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McDonald's Japan is feeling cheesy

Not one, but two menu items are getting a cheesy update at McDonald's Japan. For images of what I'm mentioning below, check out the gallery! The first is a side menu item which is limited to the winter season: cheese potato dippers. The lit...

 
 
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Full MV for Perfume's 'Sweet Refrain' is now released

A month ago, Eric wrote about Perfume's new song Sweet Refrain, which has been released in their latest album titled LEVEL3. Back then, we only had the short version of the music video - just a tease. Last week, Perfume published the full ...

 
 
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Meiko's latest demo does her way more justice

In a continued effort to demonstrate how dynamic and versatile Meiko V3 (set to be released in February 2014) is, another demo has been released. And this time it's a more powerful, upbeat tune that I can definitely get behind. The slower ...

 
 
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New offerings at Mister Donut are actually pretty gross

I found out that today Mister Donut rolled out some new Pon de Rings, and since those are my favorite treat at their store, I thought it'd be fun to try some. My area got four new flavors, and the two I chose for this video were edamame an...

 
 
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Docomo is extremely concerned about your safety

Docomo is concerned about people texting/internetting while walking, which is undeniably dangerous. But I must admit that I have very little faith in what Docomo have chosen to do in response to this concern: release a completely optional, ...

 
 
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Eating in just got way more exciting

Bored of the same old plates with little floral and checkered borders at home? Thanks to the folks at The Mary Sue, I've found a delightful otaku approved method to spruce up your meals. Check out the gallery for images of mangazara, or man...

 
 
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Get a real good look at the Snow Miku 2014 street train

Pedro gave you all a preview of the Magical Snow Miku train at Sapporo, but now there's a whole video showcasing it and its opening day. You can see all the lovely details of the outside of the car as well as the posters, toys, and other d...

 
 
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An artbook preview just for Luka Megurine's biggest fans

UDON Entertainment have revealed a nifty 12-page preview of an artbook featuring the lovely Luka Megurine all by her glamorous self. This artbook comprises over 150 illustrations on 96 pages created by over 35 artists, and it's available fo...

 
 
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This Hero of Time wields a violin

Before anyone gets all snotty and technical with me about how Taylor Davis is wearing Sheik's outfit here, and not Link's, just indulge me. OK? This talented musician has just released a Legend of Zelda album called Melodies of Hyrule, whi...

 
 
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Osaka is ready for the opening of Wizarding World

Rocket News reports that Osaka is already gearing up for next summer's opening of Wizarding World, which I remember writing about here way back in 2012. It doesn't seem like that much time has gone by, but we're almost there! In anticipatio...

 
 
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SE taunts overseas fans with LRFFXIII's special effects

Many people already have their mitts on the Japanese version of Lightning Returns, and all we who await the NA or EU versions can do is watch trailers and game streams while we salivate. Square Enix released a special effects trailer a few...

 
 
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Let tunes from A Link to the Past serenade you

Bummed out that you haven't been able to grab a copy of A Link Between Worlds? Put the above video on loop and listen to the glory that is Smooth McGroove's latest cover, the themes of the Lost Woods and the Master Sword blended in this fr...

 
 
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Ghibli, Hatsune Miku, and more among new LINE stickers

Oh hey, it's Kristina with another update on the amazing stickers LINE has updated their store with recently! You can see images of all the stickers I'm talking about in this post down in the gallery. First is a new set by Ghibli featuring ...

 
 


About Kristina Pinoone of us since 10:02 AM on 08.25.2010

Kristina is a freelance photographer and writer from Miami now moved to Japan. She's a hardcore nerd culture enthusiast, Disney fan, sunflower admirer, and book slinger. Tweet her @geekerydo.

For a full look at where she writes and where you can keep up with her work, check out https://geekerydo.blogspot.com.
 
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