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Inside Japan’s Disposable Housing Market: Why Folks Would Rather DIY-Not

Housing4By Kristen OlsonAs a young, potential homeowner in the United States, making the switch from apartment to your first home is a hefty investment. Unless you’ve just come out with the next Uber service, Continue reading

Bringing Trains Back: How The Kyoto Subway Is Doing It Right

Subway1By Kristen OlsonAbout two years ago, the bigwigs at the Kyoto Municipal Transportation Bureau got together to brainstorm and figure out how to convince more people to ride the subway. Staggered by his Continue reading

Chuck Johnson: The Dojo Master Takes His Game To The Next Level

ChuckJohnsonHeadShotby Michelle “Ms. Geek” Klein-HassChuck Johnson arrived in Japan with a desire to become a stuntman in Asian martial arts cinema, and with a love of the cultures of the region. Since 2004, when he Continue reading

Tokyo International Players to Turn Tokyo Into ‘Sensational Transylvania’ with “The Rocky Horror Show” Performance

RHPSBy Kristen OlsonHow’d you do I, see you met my faithful handymen…The Tokyo International Players (TIP) are paying homage to Richard O’Brien’s Sweet International-Vestite as they present their specta Continue reading

Down the rabbit hole: experiencing Volks Dolpa in LA 2015

RememberWhatTheDormouseSaidby Michelle “Ms. Geek” Klein-HassThe first thing you absolutely, positively need to know about Asian Ball Joint Dolls and Asian Vinyl Dolls is that they should not be confused with those full-size Continue reading

Disabled Student Owns Mad Max Cosplay; Earns Forever Place In Valhalla

Cosplay1By Kristen OlsonWorld, meet Ben Carpenter – the engineering student showing us that one man’s spinal muscular atrophy is the same man’s brilliant Mad Max costume. It was just another lovely Dragon Con Continue reading

Just When You Thought Your Ankles Were Safe: Hiroshima’s Cat Street View

Cat1By Kristen OlsonAs part of an initiative launched in July, the tourism board of Hiroshima Prefecture has invented an all-new way to attract visitors to Onomichi City, and it’s right up the sterotypica Continue reading

A Visit to the Dragon Quest Themed Tavern: Luida’s Bar!

LuidasBar_SignBy Clay BohleAfter a day of questing through Tokyo, there’s no better place for a tired otaku to get a little R&R than Luida’s Bar. A ‘Dragon Quest’ themed tavern in Roppongi, the establishmen Continue reading

Signed, Sealed and Delivered

TraditionalStoneHankoby Michelle “Ms. Geek” Klein-HassIn most of Asia, you don’t just take a pen and sign stuff. Instead, one uses a seal. In Japan, it’s called an Inkan or a Hanko. In China, there are a myriad of seals u Continue reading

Anime Claims 28 of IMDB’s Top 250 TV Shows of All Time

By Kristen OlsonCurious which countries are behind the most beloved TV shows of all-time? The Internet Movie Database (AKA, IMDb) has spoken, and Japanese netizens will be pleased to know the Land of Continue reading

British Musician + Japanese Video Game Composers = Fantastical Concept Album

By Kristen OlsonBefore you begin reading, open up another window or another tab and follow this link. Then, grab a pair of headphones or turn up your speaker and skip to track 5, “Krystal”.Everybo Continue reading

Behold! Kyoto Animation’s Next Anime: Myriad Colors Phantom World

KyotoBy Kristen OlsonSōichirō Hatano’s Myriad Colors Phantom World (Musaigen no Phantom World) officially set for anime adaption as Kyoto Animation (Sound! Euphonium, Amagi Brilliant Park, Free!) develop Continue reading

‘Attack On Titan: Nugget Style’ Gets TV Anime Adaptation

AOT_JrHSBy: Kristen OlsonAttack on Titan fans rejoice! No, it’s not a Season 2 release date yet, but it just might fill that Titan-shaped hole in your heart until then.In 2012, the world was graced with an Continue reading

Anime Consortium Japan Is About To Get A Lot Cooler With $3 Million Investment

The IdolmasterBy Kristen OlsonAnime Consortium Japan, an increasingly popular anime streaming platform for overseas markets, has just secured 6 Japanese companies as shareholders contributing a collected US $3.05 m Continue reading

Why a TOKYOPOP Asian Film Award?

IMG_3301TOKYOPOP Fam:안녕하세요!!  (anyong-haseyo = hello in Korean)Every year during the heat of summer, a suburb outside of Seoul lights up the neon sky for Asia’s top “fantastic” film festival:  B Continue reading

‘Ricky Boy The Wonder Boy’ Wins the NAFF 2015 TOKYOPOP Asian Film Award!

RickyBoyTheWonderBoy_NAFFAwardBy Clay BohleFounded in 2008, the Network of Asian Fantastic Films (NAFF), a multifaceted, in-depth industry program for global genre film professionals, has provided invaluable programs for all film- Continue reading

Tomohiro Machiyama Is Not Attacking Titan, He’s Trying to Make It More Relatable

AoTBy Kristen Olson”Please change Eren’s character,” Attack on Titan author, Hajime Isayama pleaded of AoT screenwriter, Tomohiro Machiyama. “He’s not that sympathetic as a shōnen manga hero. …I want Continue reading

Shenmue 3: The Kickstarter Campaign That Broke Kickstarter, Records, And Maybe Fan Trust?

Shenmue1By: Kristen OlsonWhen Shenmue 3 was announced during E3, the whole world went crazy. Series creator Yu Suzuki was teasing it a day before, but no one really could have expected it given the game’s Continue reading

The Return of the Native: Back at Comic-Con

by Michelle “Ms. Geek” Klein-Hass The last time I went to San Diego Comic-Con International was in 2007. Lots of changes going on around me of a very personal nature, the Cartoon Geeks podcast was on Continue reading

Eiichiro Oda’s One Piece Is Bringin’ Kabuki Back

OnePieceKabukiBy: Kristen OlsonJapanese classical theater is abuzz with anticipation as the critically-acclaimed manga, One Piece, sets sail to bring kabuki back on Tokyo’s Shinbashi Enbujō stage later this year. Continue reading

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