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Katana coaster photo

Drink like a samurai with Kotobukiya's katana coasters

If there's one thing that's similar about a katana and a drink on a table, it's that they both contain an important piece that serves as a means to protect something. The former's handguard makes sure that the person doesn't get cut by...

 
 
Gandalf x Fate/stay night photo

Here, let Gandalf lend some class to Unlimited Blade Works

There are no words for this, besides "HOLY SHIT SIR IAN MCKELLEN JUST READ THE UNLIMITED BLADE WORKS INCANTATION". It's even funnier when you see the 77-year-old, award-winning British actor pause ever so slightly when he encounters the ba...

 
 
Overwatch photo

Go full weeaboo with Overwatch's anime intros

Overwatch. It's all anyone can seem to talk about when it comes to hot new games, and with good reason: Blizzard's team shooter is kind of rad, and appeals to a lot of folks. Part of the reason for that is its deep bench of interesting...

 
 
 
Science photo

Mazin Go: Atomic element 113 is now called nihonium

Whenever a new scientific discovery is made, I can't help to be impressed by the hard work that people put into the research-- especially when we see them come up with a name for the fruits of their labor. With element 113 being offici...

 
 
Odin Sphere Leifthrasir photo

Try out Odin Sphere's long-lost 8-bit ancestor

I've always said that the games of Vanillaware feel like they came from an alternate history where 2D graphics continued to reign supreme instead of being supplanted by ever more realistic 3D tech. Now, with Odin Sphere Leifthrasir bei...

 
 
History of Japan photo

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'...

 
 
Missing boy photo

Hokkaido Lost boy found!

After spending nearly 5 days alone in the bear-infested woods at the base of Komagatake, a volcano in southern Hokkaido, 7-year-old Yamato Tanooka has been found alive and unhurt! As we posted a few days ago, the ordeal of how thi...

 
 
Missing boy photo

Parents try to teach kid lesson by losing him

While in the United States a mother is coming under fire after her three-year-old climbed into a Gorilla exhibit, leading to the endangered animal being shot and killed, a Japanese couple are showing that bad ideas in parenting do not follo...

 
 
 
Yuko Mizutani photo

Veteran voice actress Yuko Mizutani passes away

Deaths may be a fact of life, but it's always sad when someone is taken too soon. That's the case for Japanese voice actress Yuko Mizutani, a veteran of Japan's voice acting scene who was best known for playing Sakiko Sakura, from the long-...

 
 
 
Anime Expo photo

Uh-oh: Anime Expo could be harmed by sudden regulations

I think we can all agree that youths need protection from creeps and other predators, but what's happening at this year's Anime Expo in the name of protecting the children seems to be a bit...undesirable. Last week, the Society for the...

 
 
 
Rickshaw Pullers photo

Japanese ladies love them some rickshaw-pullers

When the single women of Japan are asked about the types of guys they are into, you get the usual answers of rock singers, pilots, and of course Foreign men, but the men of one particular occupation have seen their stock in the eyes of wome...

 
 
Corpse Hotels photo

Book your dearly departed at a Corpse Hotel today!

If you watch anime or pay attention to Japanese culture long enough, the subject of hotels inevitably comes up. Be it either Mountain hot bath retreats, hourly love hotels, and those ever quirky capsule hotels. But there is a new ...

 
 
Hokkaido photo

Hokkaido is taking the air out of tourism

A downloadable guide put out by The Hokkaido Tourism Organization to help foreigners understand the customs of Japan's northernmost island sparked a bit of an outrage recently when it was found it to be offensive. Common Sense Whe...

 
 
 
 
2020 Tokyo games photo

2020 Tokyo Olympics new logo search down to final four

At least one of the major issues that have plagued the 2020 Olympic games in Tokyo will be resolved later this month as the search for a new logo has narrowed down to four. As we've posted before, The Olympic games of Tokyo have had both it...

 
 
BABYMETAL photo

BABYMETAL rocks the Late Show in their US television debut

If anyone remembers when Hatsune Miku showed up at the Late Show back in in late 2014, it was a bit of an awkward affair. I don't think anyone bothered to explain properly about Miku and her popularity in Japan, but earlier this week we hav...

 
 
 
GDC 2016 photo

GDC pays touching tribute to the late Satoru Iwata

One of the sadder events in recent memory for gamers was the passing of former Nintendo President Satoru Iwata. Aged 55, he played a key role at Nintendo for many years, contributing to the development of games like Balloon Fight, Earthbou...

 
 
White Day photo

Give back to Women on White Day!

Exactly a month after Valentine's Day, Japanese men try to repay women who've given them chocolate during the oddly named "White Day". Also celebrated in other nearby countries such as China, South Korea, and Taiwan; this holiday isn't just...

 
 
Cat Island photo

Japan's Cat Island gets lots of love to fight food shortage

Aoshima is a small island in a remote part of the Ehime prefecture of Japan. It's the kind of small island you mind find a martial arts master residing, or the kind of place you'd take a high school class for a trip (don't forget the commem...

 
 
Today in Anime photo

Today in Anime: Happy Valentine's Day!

No matter the country, the day of love and romance will always fall on the 14th day of the second month of the year. Valentine's day is a day dedicated to being with your loved one and is common practice to exchange heart-shaped dairy confe...

 
 
Ramen photo

Chocolate Ramen is here for Japanese Valentine's Day

Japan is one of those places synonymous with odd and interesting food science with their culinary products and here we are again reporting on just that. Chocolate is the common staple for Valentine's day in Japan, and now sweet and savory f...

 
 
 
The Raid Samurai Edition photo

Check out this awesome samurai short from The Raid's director

The Raid was one of the coolest martial arts films of all time, and a lot of that was due to the expert choreography of director Gareth Evans and his crew. So count me as interested when he puts out a kick-ass samurai-themed short using th...

 
 
McDonald's photo

Watch people try out McDonald's Chocolate French Fries

Japan has always been associated with weird and unusual stuff, and the food they come up with is usually what turns heads when they come up with something new or different. McDonald's Japan, taking something so American as French Fries (It'...

 
 
Cowboy Bebop photo

Figure skater jams to Cowboy Bebop theme

Figure skating is the last thing I ever thought I would have to write about here on Japanator but today is the day. This past weekend was the 2016 Canadian Figure Skating Championships and figure skater Kevin Reynolds, clad in an outfit in...

 
 
 
'Lucky Man' race photo

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...

 
 
Tekken IRL photo

Watch this martial artist bring Tekken's Kazuya to life

Most fighting games may not have an especially strong connection to real-life martial arts, but that doesn't mean they're completely unrealistic or impossible to "do" in meatspace. The trick is in finding the right game to represent. And f...

 
 
Today in Anime photo

Today in Anime: Christmas

I don't think I'll need to preface this Today in Anime section with an explanation about Christmas. It's grown past it's pagan roots and grown into an international holiday celebrated by cultures all over the world and that includes the lan...

 
 
 
 
 
Meowgaroo Jumpsuit photo

This cat jumpsuit lets you bond with your feline purrfectly

There's something uplifting about hugging an animal-- especially if they're your pet. In a way, it can help relieve one's stress from a rough day at work, which is one of the best things about taking care of a dog, cat, or any other creatu...

 
 
 




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