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Capsule Hotels go upscale in Akihabara

A new hotel in the trendy area of Akihabara is taking the idea of the capsule hotel to an all new level of luxury. While capsule hotels are known as low priced, cramped, one night layovers for drunks and tired salarymen. That imag...

 
 
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JapanaTour: A boat ride around Tokyo Bay

As your plane arrives at Narita airport, your heart begins to race; after all, you'll be walking the streets of Tokyo, hanging out in Shibuya, and getting lost in the labyrinth known as Shinjuku station. However, there's something you may h...

 
 
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2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo sees major changes

The 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympic games have garnered a lot of controversy even before Tokyo won the bid to host the games in 2013. Ballooning costs, allegations that the official logo was a stolen trademark, and social media's comments on the ...

 
 
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2020 Tokyo Olympic Games scraps logo

The Tokyo Olympic organizing committee announced that it is scrapping the current logo for the games after the designer, Kenjiro Sano, had been accused of plagiarism. Almost since the logo's unveiling, it was met with a lot of negativity fr...

 
 
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Plans scrapped for site of Akira's final battle

The Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe, announced that the plans for the centerpiece stadium of the 2020 Olympic games have been completely scrapped and the development will start from scratch. The Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe ...

 
 
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New sports may debut at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics

The International Olympic committee (IOC) announced that it has narrowed down the list of proposed sports to be added to the 2020 Olympic Games, held in Tokyo. The Tokyo 2020 Additional Event Programme Panel was tasked with looking into spo...

 
 
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Watch a sumo wrestler go up against a polar bear in Shinjuku

During the early week of October, there was a video that featured a person walking a polar bear through Shibuya to promote LALSH's Oct. 24 announcement. Now that the promised day has passed in Japan, Eagle Liang uploaded a video of the eve...

 
 
 
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Sushi created with a single grain of rice

The potential of a lone grain of rice has been tested time and time again. It's been used as a canvas for meticulous illustrations, laser engravings, and sculpted on to make micro-masterpieces. This time, it's something with a bit more... ...

 
 
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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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Shinagawa gets a sweet craft beer festival this weekend

Me and beer, we go back. We're old buddies, and even before me, it has been one of humanities most constant companions. As such, just about every country in the world enjoys the company of our hoppy friend. On November 9th and 10th, folks i...

 
 
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JapanaTour: Where to start when planning a Tokyo vacation

In case you're planning a trip to Japan in the future (like for the 2020 Olympics), or even if you're there right now for Tokyo Game Show and are looking for suggestions, here's a list you didn't ask for but totally need. I've even gone thr...

 
 
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Tokyo Olympic bid committee's final presentation

Having finally won their bid to host the 2020 Summer Olympics in Neo Tokyo, Japan's Tokyo 2020 bid committee has posted their final presentation film to remind us that sports is a thing. Also, apparently, nothing is more inspiring than hav...

 
 
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Kristina's Summer Vacation: #25 - Homey

Today was mostly a travel day. I started towards Tokyo in the morning, met up with a friend for lunch, then came home to finally start winding down from my summer vacation. I've still got until the end of the month off, but I'll be spending...

 
 
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Kristina's Summer Vacation: #19 - Oversize

A sea of huge lily pads in the foreground, and a sea of modern buildings in the background. Sometimes, these contrasts are fun and interesting. One of the things I love about Japan is the juxtaposition of traditional and modern structures, ...

 
 
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Kristina's Summer Vacation: #18 - Akiba

Today, I spent a few hours wandering about Akihabara. Since it's Sunday, the main electric district area is closed to vehicle traffic from 1-6 p.m., so everyone is free to roam safely up and down the street. A friend tells me that there use...

 
 
 
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Kristina's Summer Vacation: #7 - Wonderland

Tokyo is home to tons of themed restaurants if you're up to trying some culinary fun. I went to an Alice in Wonderland-themed one recently, and it was not only delightful to sit in (decor, costumed wait staff), but delicious and reasonably ...

 
 
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Kristina's Summer Vacation: #6 - Panda Post

Care to send a letter home via Panda Post? This mailbox is located in front of the main entrance of Ueno Zoo in Tokyo.  [header image is cropped - please click on the gallery thumb to see the whole picture!]

 
 
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Kristina's Summer Vacation: #5 - Spider

Just hanging out at Tokyo, going to the theater at Roppongi Hills to catch Monsters University, and this happened. This sculpture is called "Maman" and is by a French artist called Louise Bourgeois. If you stand under it, you'll have a view...

 
 
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Kristina's Summer Vacation: #3 - Skytree

You could view it as a tourist trap, or a pointless skyscraper, or whatever you like, but I think the Tokyo Skytree is absolutely gorgeous. From this angle, it looks like a spaceship or something. That said, there are plenty of great views ...

 
 
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Check out this insane gigapixel panorama of Tokyo

Wow. So this must be what it's like to see things as God does. That and similar thoughts seem like an appropriate reaction to seeing this amazing "Gigapixel" 360-degree panorama photo of Tokyo. The photo was taken by photographer Jeffery M...

 
 
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Japanator Eats: Chanko - the soup of Sumo champions

I recently went to a restaurant in Tokyo which specializes in Chankonabe, or the hot pot-style cooking of Chanko, which is the traditional soup that Sumo wrestlers eat in order to get big and strong. It starts with a simple broth and mince...

 
 
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Capsule hotels in Japan: A brief video tour

In this video, you get a quick tour of the general dorm facilities at a capsule hotel in Japan. Obviously, I left out stuff like the shared baths and the lobby/common area, since that would involve either a) being arrested or b) shooting v...

 
 
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Anime-inspired novel, Kojiki, on sale April 19th

Keith Yatsuhashi's debut novel, titled Kojiki, is a whole new fantasy set in Tokyo, where powerful spirits await the 18-year old Keiko Yamada following the death of her father. She sets on a mission to fulfill his dying with by visiting the...

 
 
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Animate Cafe dresses up with Amnesia's pretty boys

For the month of February, the Animate Cafe at Ikebukuro (Tokyo) is pimping out Amnesia, this season's reverse-harem otome adaptation featuring some colorful and fasionable hotties. Crunchyroll reports that aside from being dressed up, Anim...

 
 
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Hop in the 1/1-scale Gundam bust like a real pilot

If you've ever dreamed of the day you could hop into a Gundam, a real life-sized Gundam, then you might want to take the next flight out to Tokyo and hit up the Gundam Front. The 1/1-scale Gundam Bust of Destiny's Strike Freedom is now full...

 
 
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Uniqlo and Bic Camera unite to form new store BICQLO

[cue robot connection sound] Uniqlo, Japan's rapidly growing clothing company, and Bic Camera, one of the country's largest electronics retailers, have come together to open a new store in Shinjuku. The name of this new store is BICQLO, and...

 
 
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Hit up Shiro-Hige in Tokyo for some Totoro in your mouth

Once again proving that Japan has all the best sweets, Shiro-Hige in Tokyo is now serving Totoro cream puffs with various flavors like classic custard, chocolate and a seasonal peach flavor. Each Totoro has a little hat or some decoration s...

 
 
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A Daily Dose of Music: Yellow Magic Orchestra

Hiroko is out for the week, so that means you're left with me and my crazy music tastes!  Hi everybody! This is Yellow Magic Orchestra, from Tokyo, Japan! The song above is Rydeen, whose music video COMES FROM THE FUTURE. You can...

 
 
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Be proud: Tokyo Disney allows same-sex weddings

If you keep up with the news, you'd know that the last few days have been fairly good to folks looking out for public expressions of support for same-sex rights. The latest happy news comes straight from Glorious Nippon, home of Disneyland....

 
 
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Tokyo Jungle is nearly done, and it's as weird as ever

Way back at the Tokyo Game Show twenty-ten, we caught a peek at a weird little PlayStation 3 title called Tokyo Jungle, which seemed to star a number of animals-gone-wild (most iconic being a little Pomeranian) in the middle of a Tokyo devo...

 
 
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Watch this little girl brush teeth inside a creepy robot

TokyoTek in an amazing website. The fact that I can properly put up a header title like that proves that there is no shortage of interesting pieces of technology coming out of Japan. Case in point, the Simroid... or also referred ...

 
 
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BREAKING NEWS: Japan under threat of invasion

A video has leaked onto popular video site Youtube, detailing an oncoming invasion of Tokyo. Words cannot convey the severity of the issue, so I implore you to watch the video, which can be seen further on in this article. 

 
 
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This English-language guide to Tokyo arcades is awesome

The folks at the Madman's Cafe have been working on an English-language guide to Tokyo area arcades for fighting game fans since before the March disaster. I'm with them in hoping that this guide gets good use even the scary events of earli...

 
 
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GONNA MAKE YOU SWEAT: Tokyo's summer power cuts begin

Starting tomorrow and running from September 22nd, power consumption will be restricted from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays in Tokyo areas covered by TEPCO. Most other areas won't have a set restriction, but the supplying power companies for ...

 
 
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Yokatta! Goro is fine

Goro, our favorite Japanese Welsh Corgi, is fine. That's a huge relief as he and his owner, SiroWan, live 400km from Sendai. I'm also fine. Thanks for the love, Japanator. It means a lot. If all goes well, I'll be back home in America very ...

 
 
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A Big One: Japan hit by magnitude 8.9 earthquake

Reuters reported it as a 7.0, but as of the time of this writing the US Geological Survey has updated it to an 9.0, with some aftershocks reported as high as 6.0, and tsunamis up to four meters high. Thoughts and prayers go out to everyone ...

 
 
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Video: Lovely day on the Tama river

On one of the first sunny days of spring here in Tokyo I enjoyed a walk by the Tama river, starting out near the absolutely lovely Futako-Tamagawa area. This area, which is west of Shibuya, is consistently voted by Tokyoites as one of the b...

 
 
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McDonald's Japan's Manhattan Burger has pastrami on it

Last month I showed you McDonald's Japan's Miami Burger, which is one of their series of Big America 2 sandwiches. It was...pretty good. Strange, but good. Taco meat and chips on top of a cheeseburger is crazy, but it kind of works. This ne...

 
 




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