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Gems of Japan: Why is Christmas popular here?

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 for Christmas, it...

 
 
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Review: Japanese Tattoos: History * Culture * Design

What comes to mind when one thinks of "tattoos"? Some might imagine the anchor on Popeye's forearm, the pointy tribal band encircling a local gym fiend's bicep, or the crude inkings associated with prison art.Thinking of "Japanese tattoos" ...

 
 
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Learn a bit of Japan's history in a fun 9 minute video

Learning is fun but school can be boring and monotonous at times when information is just dumped onto you in a continuous stream that you don't get to digest any of it. But how about we turn that large info dump into a short video that won'...

 
 
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Check out Japan's recent 'Lucky Man' race event

When it comes to receiving good luck, most of the requirements for this blessing usually require a prayer or a special type of offering. However, there are some cases where you'll have to compete against a large group of people to obtain t...

 
 
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Take a look at Japanese New Year Celebrations!

Happy New Year! We had a great one here at Japanator and enjoyed many things this past year. I hope everyone had a great year and enjoyed their New Year's celebration! The whole world celebrated the New Year and since you are on a site...

 
 
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Some misconceptions about Japan

Two of my favorite Youtube vloggers, Sharla and Rachel have thrown together a cute little video talking about a few misconceptions about Japan that visitors might have. It's worth a whirl, and the comments section of the video is quite int...

 
 
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Chop the head off a tuna on your wedding day

Slicing a wedding cake together is so passé nowadays. Why not be hip and butcher a giant sea creature with your 3D waifu? With hair like this guy, you know there's no way his wedding is going to be less than awesome! I wonder what t...

 
 
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Canadian makes impact in Sumo debut

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 park in Japanes...

 
 
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So there's a katana made out of meteorite

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 suggest that y...

 
 
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Is New Japan Pro Wrestling the new WWE?

Being a fan of professional wrestling in the United States, you've got choices. Of course there is the biggest game in town in Vince McMahon's WWE, who have dominated the market practically  unopposed since 2001. Behind them you also h...

 
 
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What do American teens think of J-Pop?

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 spoil the video fo...

 
 
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Meet Shaheen, Tekken's first Saudi character

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. Back then he an...

 
 
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Japan's King of Hosts pulls in $30,000 a month

Ever wonder what it's like being on top of the world as a host? Naoki of "Club Fantasy" is just that: selected as Japan's #1 host in 2011, Naoki has it all. He's currently managing the host club, acting as frontman for musical group Never ...

 
 
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Yamada Heiando shows what it takes to make lacquerware

Japanese lacquerware producer Yamada Heiando opened their doors to filmmakers to give an idea of the delicate and perfect work that goes into making their products. Every piece they do is gorgeous and stunning -- fit for the Imperial Famil...

 
 
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Sega closes all official non-Japanese Yakuza sites

The chances of Yakuza 5 making it outside of Japan with an official translation are already pretty slim, but news that Sega has closed all of its non-Japanese Yakuza sub-websites feels like the final nail in the coffin. Unless of course the...

 
 
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JX: Photos from the Omatsuri performance

As I touched upon in my Day Two impressions post, the Omatsuri performance was something that you shouldn't have missed it you were there at Japan Expo. It's not often that you get to see these types of festival celebrations outside of Japa...

 
 
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JX: Day two impressions

Saturdays at a convention are always the best day of the convention. You have the whole day to do everything that you want without a time limit of any sort. I mean, there is no need to go to work or school tomorrow, right? With that, Japan ...

 
 
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JX: Day one impressions

It's been a busy day for us here on day one of Japan Expo USA. Tim and myself were running all over the place trying to see what this convention has in store for us. You know, in between guest interviews and such. We were able to make it ou...

 
 
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Sit back and enjoy some traditional Taiko drumming

Last week the awesome people over at Akihabara News shared some lovely video of a Japanese summer festival that was in full swing. They also captured some lovely traditional Taiko drumming that was on display, much to the crowd's pleasure....

 
 
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Pikachu is ready to explode!

Oh man, as if yesterday's video didn't make me long for Japan's summer festivals enough, now a new video has made me even more home sick. There must be some Pokemon working the Itabashi Fireworks festival this year, because they came packi...

 
 
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It's summer matsuri time in Tokyo

The weather hot, and the party spirit is in the air! This can only mean it's summer matsuri time in Japan! Today we take a small glimpse at a festival in Tokyo, as our friends over at Akihabara News have captured. If this video doesn't hav...

 
 
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Curry Refills at Coco Ichibanya in Japan

After reading a recent article about getting free refills of curry sauce, I had my doubts. I completely trusted in the news, do not get me wrong, but it seemed too good to be true. There had to be some catch. I mean, seriously, we are talki...

 
 
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Bento Books looking to kickstart Black Wave translation

It's incredible to me how many great Japanese novels go without translation. There's a host of quality content over here that gets overlooked time and time again. Enter Bento Books' new translation/publishing Kickstarter for Daigo Okazaki's...

 
 
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Eating at a sushi shop properly

So you made it to Japan and want to go get some sushi from it's birthplace. That's great, but did you know that there are some very strict rules on how you eat and enjoy sushi? The Japanese have this down to a science, right down to the las...

 
 
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Thrown back for being too small! Tsukiji Market to close

It is a sad day for me my friends. My beloved Tsukiji Market will be closing its doors by the end of 2013. This is so sad for me because I have yet to have the chance to visit said market. Which you know, if you have been following me here,...

 
 
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Hyper Japan 2012 Christmas: Final Impressions

While there are many different conventions around the UK that focus on Japan and the cool things the Japanese are responsible for, there are two that clearly overshadow the rest. The first, and biggest, is the London MCM Expo. This runs bi-...

 
 
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Reminder: Hyper Japan 2012 Christmas starts this Friday

Stumped for something to do this weekend and can get to London? Well, perhaps you should go book your ticket to Christmas Hyper Japan 2012, because it looks like it's going to be a real treat. There are many interesting events that'll be sh...

 
 
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Dead or Alive 5 claims sexiness is 'cultural differences'

Here's a nasty little step backwards: Team Ninja staffer and Dead or Alive 5 director Yosuke Hayashi has attempted to pass the buck on the series' notoriously sexualized female characters as the "Japanese approach to women". In an interview...

 
 
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Tokyo Sky Tree and Sumida River light up for festival

The Tokyo Sky Tree tourist blitz is about ready to begin, but some festivities have already begun. To celebrate the Tokyo Hotaru (Firefly) Festival on May 6, it was decided that the night should be lit up. So once night came, the Tokyo Sky...

 
 
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Tokyo Sky Tree Town and aquarium are ready for your money

The Tokyo Sky Tree isn't just for TV broadcasting. It's also expected to be a major tourist attraction once it opens to the public on May 22. On May 10, the Japanese media got to check out Tokyo Sky Tree Town, the area surrounding the tower...

 
 
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NSFW: Incredible Mini-Doc on Aokigahara, "Suicide Forest"

I end up getting a lot of crazy content funneled to me through a lot of RSS feeds, Japanator readers, word-of-mouth and just plain dumb luck. I'm an avid reader of magazine and website publisher Vice, which itself boasts a lot of crazy...

 
 
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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 entering their pre...

 
 
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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 been gradually...

 
 
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Handsome monk picture books are now a thing

Here at Japanator we don’t judge. What is that you say? you have a soft spot for smoothly shaved heads and monastic robes? we totally respect that. In fact, we want you know that handsome monk picture books are now a thing. It was rea...

 
 
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Japan and South Korea engage in another petty argument

Japan and South Korea are at it again, like a couple of kids fighting over which first generation Power Ranger is the toughest. Okay, that's a harsh over-simplification of the relationship between the two countries, but this week their riva...

 
 
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Chicano Rap and Lowrider culture in Japan

It’s common knowledge that American pop culture has had a great impact in Japanese media, particularly when it comes to music and fashion, but it’s a much lesser known fact that Chicano culture has also been pretty influential d...

 
 
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Japan named most creative country, Japanese disagree

In a recent survey carried out by the multinational software company Adobe, global respondents named Japan the most creative country in the world. Japanese, however, disagreed with most participants. Figures estimate that as many as 84% of ...

 
 
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About 40% of foreigners seldom interact with Japanese

The Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper recently published the results of a sociological survey carried out by Toyota. The study was conducted in Aichi, a prefecture known for employing many foreign employees in  auto manufacturing factories. On...

 
 
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The fascinating world of Japanese Food Replicas

Have you ever seen those food samples displayed in Japanese restaurants and wondered how exactly they are made? I have. For years I have debated whether they are made out preserved edible ingredients, bits of plastic, or a combination of bo...

 
 
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Women could rescue Japan's economy

According to figures put together by the 21st Century Public Policy Institute, a think tank linked to Japan’s Keidanren business federation, Japan might no longer fall among the world’s top economies by the year 2050. A shrinkin...

 
 




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