J.K. Rowling Announces Four Additional Wizarding Schools, Including One In Japan

SchoolBy Kristen Olson When the High Queen of Wisdom and Wizardry J.K. Rowling speaks, we (the Internet) listen. And when... Read More

Odds Are Ever In Fans’ Favor As J-pop ‘No Dating’ Clauses Ruled Unconstitutional

AoyamaBy Kristen Olson Where there’s a will, now there’s an easier way. Previously on “Fantasies That Will Never Happen”, male... Read More

Take Your Cosplay from Inexperienced to Expert with this Cosplay Photo Tour

Cosplay4By Kristen Olson Reason #743 to move to Japan: their Cosplay game is smoking’ Ho ho! You didn’t expect me... Read More

Star Wars and the Japanese Connection

kamenvaderby Michelle “Ms. Geek” Klein-Hass Back before the 1960s, most people entered the American film industry through apprenticeships. Usually those... Read More

How Much Japanese Beauty Has Changed In 100 Years

2000bonusBy Kristen Olson Western styles and trends have had a huge influence on Japanese beauty through the times, and the... Read More

Demonically delicious: Sebastian of Black Butler becomes a BJD!

SebastianShowingHisDemonBirthmarkby Michelle “Ms. Geek” Klein-Hass Ball-Joint dolls (BJDs) are elegantly beautiful dolls made from modern plastic resin compounds. They are... Read More

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8 Movie Posters Whose Japanese Versions Sound Really… Different

Army2By Kristen Olson Differences in marketing from the United States to overseas are actually pretty commonplace. Some are more egregious... Read More

Case Opened: 20th “Detective Conan” Film Title & Teaser Visual Revealed!

Detective conanaBy Kristen Olson Earlier this month, Crunchyroll reported on a teaser video which hinted that the 20th installment in the... Read More

A Look Behind 10 Of The Sloppiest Moments In Anime

Naruto PainBy Kristen Olson Animation is expensive. Really expensive. An average 22-minute episode of an anime costs around $123,000, and American... Read More

Show By Rock! releases some wild merch: “Itachari” bicycles

ShowByRockBikeby Michelle “Ms. Geek” Klein-Hass Itasha, “Painful Cars,” have been a subculture of Otaku culture for quite a while. It... Read More

Anime Merchandise Gets Bibbidi, Bobbidi, Boobidy!

np11By Kristen Olson Giant anime boobs, also known as fan service, have had just about all they can stand. From... Read More

Hot Spring + Hot Men = Hot DVD Night

Onsen1By Kristen Olson Ladies, has there been a towel-clad, handsome man-sized hole in your heart when you’re bathing? This Sunday... Read More

Why Akiko Higashimura’s Manga ‘Himo Zairu’ Will Not Be Training Men Anytime Soon

Manga3By Kristen Olson With only two episodes out, manga author Akiko Higashimura (Princess Jellyfish, Tokyo Tarareba Musume) has suspended publication... Read More

Gotta Train Em Small: Real Life Pokemon Gym To Open In Japan Next Month

Poke1By Kristen Olson To add intensity to your desire to visit Japan, Sanoyas Interaction announced that they’re opening a real-life... Read More

Is this the new Kaiju golden age?

Godzilla2014by Michelle “Ms. Geek” Klein-Hass Evangelion auteur Hideaki Anno has teamed up with the Live-Action Attack on Titan director Shinji... Read More

Japanese Employment Site Attracts Would-Be Employees With RPG-Style Job Illustrations

Kyuryo2By Kristen Olson In an effort aimed at attracting the younger generation to relatively new professions (and perhaps providing an... Read More

Laundroid: yet another labor saving robot from Japan

RosieTheRobotFeatherDusterby Michelle “Ms. Geek” Klein-Hass Every year, CEATEC, the Combined Exhibition of Advanced Technologies, parades the most advanced technologies Japan... Read More

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

Housing4By Kristen Olson As a young, potential homeowner in the United States, making the switch from apartment to your first... Read More

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

Subway1By Kristen Olson About two years ago, the bigwigs at the Kyoto Municipal Transportation Bureau got together to brainstorm and... Read More