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

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

ChuckJohnsonHeadShotby Michelle “Ms. Geek” Klein-Hass Chuck Johnson arrived in Japan with a desire to become a stuntman in Asian martial... Read More

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

RHPSBy Kristen Olson How’d you do I, see you met my faithful handymen… The Tokyo International Players (TIP) are paying... Read More

Down the rabbit hole: experiencing Volks Dolpa in LA 2015

RememberWhatTheDormouseSaidby Michelle “Ms. Geek” Klein-Hass The first thing you absolutely, positively need to know about Asian Ball Joint Dolls and... Read More

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

Cosplay1By Kristen Olson World, meet Ben Carpenter – the engineering student showing us that one man’s spinal muscular atrophy is... Read More

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

Cat1By Kristen Olson As part of an initiative launched in July, the tourism board of Hiroshima Prefecture has invented an... Read More

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

LuidasBar_SignBy Clay Bohle After a day of questing through Tokyo, there’s no better place for a tired otaku to get... Read More

Signed, Sealed and Delivered

TraditionalStoneHankoby Michelle “Ms. Geek” Klein-Hass In most of Asia, you don’t just take a pen and sign stuff. Instead, one... Read More

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

By Kristen Olson Curious which countries are behind the most beloved TV shows of all-time? The Internet Movie Database (AKA,... Read More

British Musician + Japanese Video Game Composers = Fantastical Concept Album

By Kristen Olson Before you begin reading, open up another window or another tab and follow this link. Then, grab... Read More

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

KyotoBy Kristen Olson Sōichirō Hatano’s Myriad Colors Phantom World (Musaigen no Phantom World) officially set for anime adaption as Kyoto... Read More

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

AOT_JrHSBy: Kristen Olson Attack on Titan fans rejoice! No, it’s not a Season 2 release date yet, but it just... Read More

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

The IdolmasterBy Kristen Olson Anime Consortium Japan, an increasingly popular anime streaming platform for overseas markets, has just secured 6 Japanese... Read More

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

RickyBoyTheWonderBoy_NAFFAwardBy Clay Bohle Founded in 2008, the Network of Asian Fantastic Films (NAFF), a multifaceted, in-depth industry program for global... Read More

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... Read More

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

Shenmue1By: Kristen Olson When Shenmue 3 was announced during E3, the whole world went crazy. Series creator Yu Suzuki was teasing it... Read More

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... Read More

Eiichiro Oda’s One Piece Is Bringin’ Kabuki Back

OnePieceKabukiBy: Kristen Olson Japanese classical theater is abuzz with anticipation as the critically-acclaimed manga, One Piece, sets sail to bring... Read More

TOKYOPOP Luvs Halloween and So Do These AX 2015 Cosplayers!

by Michelle “Ms. Geek” Klein-Hass Anime Expo has gotten so huge that it is impossible to take it all in.... Read More