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The Songs of Hatsune Miku’s Music Game Rival

For years now, virtual idol Hatsune Miku’s greatest hits have been showcased in the <i>Project Diva</i> music game series. Now however, fellow Vocaloid and …

Anime

Lunch Doesn't Get Cuter Than This

<i>Li Ming Lee, the author of Yummy Kawaii Bento, makes intricate character bentos that are practically too adorable to eat.</i><p>In Japanese, bento simply means "meal packed in a box." It is very popular in Japan and is in fact an integral part of the culture. Bentos can be bought in many places throughout …

Snoopy to your cleaning rescue -- and he even comes with his own doghouse power source!

Now, if Hello Kitty is a candidate for the most famous cat (or cat character … if that’s more accurate) in the world, then we have to say <b>Snoopy</b> …

Purritos hit Japan! Twitter users can't stop wrapping their cats and it's too cute!

Cats are notorious for being <b>finicky and difficult</b> sometimes (okay, actually quite a lot of the time). As cat lovers we learn to cherish every</b> …

Pets

Hayao Miyazaki on Charlie Hebdo attacks: Drawings of Muhammad were “a mistake”

Famed <b>anime</b> director <b>Hayao Miyazaki</b> may have retired from making feature films, but it’s not because he’s run out of clearly defined ideas or things to …

Anime

Owl Cafes Exist In Japan, Which Is Yet Another Reason To Move There Immediately

Well done, Kotaku, for identifying this amazing trend.<p>Thank you for bringing this to the world's attention, Kotaku.

This is What the World’s Greatest Pop-up Restaurant Looks Like

Digging into jumping shrimp, rose petal dashi and ant powder at Noma’s Tokyo outpost<p>In January 2015, Noma, rated ‘Best Restaurant In The World’ by …

Spices

Tokyo Otaku Mode secures up to $14M from Japan’s state-backed fund

Tokyo Otaku Mode, the startup behind the Japanese subculture site of the same name, announced today that it has fundraised from Cool Japan Fund, …

4 Picturesque Onsen Where You’ll Feel One with the World

Infinity pools are all the rage right now and we’ve picked 4 picturesque onsen with these hidden in Japan. You can make a day-trip out of any of …

Tokyo river tours: More setting sail on the city's waterways

TOKYO: Typical city tours in Tokyo involve strolling the grounds of the Imperial Palace and shopping at the glitzy Ginza district, but people are now …

Intense 5 Minute Pikachu Dance Lesson for Pokémon-Themed ‘Pikachu Outbreak!’ Event

The Pokémon Company will be hosting another giant <i>Pikachu Outbreak!</i> event in Yokohama, Japan this August where numerous people, dressed as the yellow …

Pokémon

Walking holidays in Japan: the best mountain hikes to tackle

Photograph: Angel Figueroa<p>276<p>image/jpeg<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/8/5/1438789946090/f097df47-d955-421a-94f7-95be27492cb9-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: Angel …

Hiking

Can you solve it? Are you smarter than a Japanese schoolchild?

Hello Guzzlers.<p>It is with huge pleasure that I introduce today’s puzzle, which is already a big deal in Japan. It’s called Menseki Meiro, or Area Maze, and I hope you find it as brilliant as I do.<p>Can you solve it? How can you engineer a country with more girls than boys?<p>Read more<p>Area Maze is the …

Equations

Japanese arcade has floor pads so fans can kneel before, leave offerings to their anime crushes

Even among <b>otaku</b>, those with a fondness for <b>anime</b> series <b>Love Live!</b> are known for being particularly obsessive. As a matter of fact, it wouldn’t be much …

Origami at the dinner table! How to make cranes and doggies out of your chopstick sheath

Ramen joints and other cheap restaurants in Japan often just leave a container of <b>chopsticks</b> out on the table for customers to grab a pair from. …

Origami

Make Japan the world’s peacekeeper

<i>Simon Partner is a history professor at Duke University who specializes in 19th and 20th century Japanese history.</i><p>On July 16, just one month before the 70th anniversary of Japan's defeat in the Second World War, the government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pushed legislation through Japan's Lower …

Three ingredient recipes inspired by Japanese souffle cheesecake

As a video for three-ingredient cheesecake gets 1.6 million hits - these are the other genius recipes that are as easy as 1, 2, 3<p><b>A Japanese souffle</b> …

A little girl shows off all the cool features of Japanese bathrooms

Lots of people know that high-end Japanese toilets are pretty crazy. They can play music, deodorize the area, and heat the seat. But the bathrooms …

Experience Incredible Autumn Colors at Japan’s Largest National Park in Beautiful Hokkaido – Japan Info

Daisetsuzan is the largest park in Japan covering 226,000ha area. It is located in the middle of Hokkaido, and consists of alpine mountain peaks, …

Another Fucked Up Japanese Game Show, This Time With a Bear

Japan already set the bar for craziest, not to mention most NSFW, gameshow, but not satisfied, it found a way to top itself. How? By enlisting a real …

Japan

A new residential complex in Japan is built into the side of a mountain

We’ve seen homes and villas built into mountainsides. But a recently completed project in Japan puts an entire seven-unit residential complex into one.<p>Located in the Kagawa prefecture’s capital Takamatsu, the Miyawaki Gurindo complex is built into the foot of Mineyama mountain. Since about 75% of …

Japan

The dark side of Japan’s schoolgirl obsession

<b>SCHOOLGIRL imagery has proved enduringly popular in Japanese culture but a new documentary shines the light on the seedier side of what is becoming a</b> …

The surprising name for Universal Studios Japan theme park in Okinawa leaves netizens confused

We reported earlier this year that <b>Universal Studios Japan (USJ)</b> is floating the idea of opening a new theme park in Okinawa. We now know the proposed …

Japan

Speak Japanese? Speak Korean, too!

In the first few months of being in Japan, my husband was hard at work, learning Japanese. I, on the other hand, could not discipline myself to do …

This "Transformers" Arcade Game In Japan Is Absolutely Insane

Talk about revolutionizing the arcade experience.

Japanese scientists are developing touchable holograms to bring us better virtual pop stars

Last month, Japanese scientists published a paper touting a touchable, plasma hologram. It's pretty cute:<p>Researchers in the Digital Nature Group, led …