Craig Shannon

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The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Dawn Is Headed To PlayStation Vita In Japan

<b>By Sato</b> . December 14, 2016 . 3:00am<p>Userjoy Japan announced that the PC browser game, <i>The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Dawn</i> (<i>The Legend of Heroes:</i> …

Images: Incredible Vintage Japanese Movie Posters

This is an incredible assortment of vintage movie posters.<p>Their is something truly special about movie posters that are foreign and not from the …

Film Posters

The Japanese House: ‘Coming to terms with what pop actually means’

Like the xx, the mysterious muso makes sad synthpop for modern times. Here she explains how to write a bleak banger<p><b>I</b>t’s May 2015, and Instagrammers are commenting on a picture of a stormy sky uploaded by mysterious musician the Japanese House. “The 1975, that you?” asks one. “The Japanese House is …

A Guide to Japanese Christmas Words

Appropriately for a festival borrowed from abroad, a lot of the Christmas words in Japan are katakana words. Therefore リース (wreaths), プレゼント …

Japan Box Office: ‘Monster Strike,’ ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Dispute Top Spot

TOKYO – Warner’s animation “Monster Strike The Movie Hajimari no Basho e” (translation: Monster Strike The Movie: To the Place of the Beginning) …

The Outrageously Charming Art of Kyary Pamyu Pamyu

I have a confession to make.<p>I am into Japanese culture—I have always been. I grew up like the standard Spanish nerdy kid, playing Japanese video …

Shinkai's 'your name.' Surpasses 1st Harry Potter Film as Japan's #4 Film of All Time

Sells 15.78 million tickets after 108 days in Japan<p>Makoto Shinkai's your name. (Kimi no Na wa.) anime film has earned 20,510,000,000 yen (about …

Legendary animator Hayao Miyazaki slams AI generated animation as 'an insult to life itself'

'We humans are losing faith in ourselves,' Miyazaki said.<p>Legendary Japanese filmmaker and animation master Hayao Miyazaki was recently shown a demo …

Anime

Incredibly strange spherical cloud spotted in Japan

Twitter user @pmxpvrtmx posted images of an astonishing spherical cloud over the city of Fujisawa, south of Tokyo.<p>"When I saw the cloud it was an …

WWII Japanese War Crimes So Appalling That The Perpetrators Still Won't Acknowledge Them

During World War II, Japan fought with such brutality that even today Japanese scholars and diplomats have a hard time admitting these atrocities …

Japan

Japan's Electric Whip Will Snare Space Junk

Whip it good.<p>Japan wants what is essentially a giant electric whip on a cargo ship to take on the problem of space junk.<p>The electrodynamic tether, or EDT, is made with the help of 106-year-old fishing net company Nitto Seimo. The Japanese space program, JAXA, plans to launch EDT as "a promising …

Space Exploration

Miramax Boards Sales For Japanese Horror Mini-Series ‘Crow’s Blood’

Miramax has picked up worldwide sales rights, excluding Japan, for six-part horror-suspense mini-series <i>Crow’s Blood</i>. It’s created by Japanese record …

Why organ transplant is so difficult to carry out in Japan

Restrictive laws, religious concerns and a lack of knowledge about donating organs mean that medically-sophisticated Japan lags well behind other …

Discover Japan's Atlantis of the East

At the westernmost point of Japan lies the mysterious monument of Yonaguni – was it made by man, martians or Mother Nature? A dip underwater is the …

Japanese Spaceship Makes Christmas Delivery at Space Station

It may not be a sleigh driven by a jolly old elf, but a Japanese cargo ship arrived at the International Space Station today (Dec. 13) to make a …

Space Exploration

U.S. Should Consider Trade Deals With China and Japan, Rob Portman Says

With the Trans-Pacific Partnership in tatters, Sen. Rob Portman says the U.S. should consider negotiating separate trade deals with China and Japan. “Right now we’re losing out” on potential exports, said the Ohio Republican, who was U.S. Trade Representative in George W. Bush administration. “We’d …

China

China holds memorial ceremony for Nanjing Massacre

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese soldiers laid wreaths on Tuesday at a ceremony to mark the 1937 massacre of civilians in the Chinese city of Nanjing by Japanese troops.<p>The televised event at the Nanjing Massacre memorial recalls an incident in which China says Japanese soldiers killed 300,000 people in …

China

PlayStation Awards Honor Biggest PS4, PS3 and PS Vita Games of 2016 in Japan and Asia

Today Sony Interactive Entertainment Japan and Asia held its annual PlayStation Awards in Tokyo, recognizing the best selling PlayStation titles in …

Dragon Quest Builders

State Shinto: A Religion Interrupted

Religion

Tokyo Rainbow Pride planning a bright future for Japanese gays and lesbians

I met Inui Hiroteru, co-chair of Tokyo Rainbow Pride at the Park Hyatt hotel near Shinjuku.<p>‘Call me Hiro…’ he said politely as we shook hands; …

How the Japanese art of rope bondage hit pop culture

In a pub in Peckham, south London, ropes are speaking. As shadows swim on the screen behind them, Dry Sin and Billie Rose, two shibari performers from Romania, engage in a silent play of wanting and will whilst the audience observe like a vigil. Dressed in a white shirt Sin weaves the cord around …

Lady Gaga

Inside Japan's Dangerous, Unregulated 'Baby Hotel' Childcare Industry

Getting a nursery or kindergarten place for kids is next to impossible in Japan. Instead, some families are left with no choice but to check their children into unregulated "baby hotels"—with disastrous results.<p>If you think finding a good daycare center in the US for your kids is tough, try Japan. …

Parenting

PUTIN: Russia wants to fully normalize ties with Japan

Putin also said that absence of peace treaty between Moscow and Tokyo was an anachronism. Putin plans to visit Japan on Dec. 15-16.<p>(writing by Denis Pinchuk, editing Katya Golubkova)

Russia

The Trailer Of Irrfan Khan’s Netflix Series ‘Tokyo Trial’

The much-awaited trailer of the Netflix mini-series <b>'Tokyo Trial'</b> featuring Irrfan Khan is here.<p><b>'Tokyo Trial'</b> is a historical drama that focuses on a …

Japan

Kim Jong Un wakes up from blackout, wonders why everybody is crying

Kim Jong Un is not a happy drunk.<p>The ruthless North Korean dictator had overindulged on spirits this September when he ordered several top military …

The Legend of Zelda 30th Anniversary Concert album coming to Japan in February

<b>Update (12/15):</b> Pre-orders are live on Play-Asia. The first-print limited edition is <b>here</b> while the standard version is <b>here.</b><p><b>Original (12/14):</b> Towards …

Live-Action Tokyo Ghoul Film Debuts First Image

The live-action adaptation of creator Sui Ishida’s manga, “Tokyo Ghoul,” has debuted its first poster, including the first photo from the</b> …

Ken Kaneki and his his ghoul mask revealed for live-action Tokyo Ghoul movie

Tokyo Ghoul is getting a live-action film, and now, they have revealed its very first visual, and it features actor Masataka Kubota as Ken Kaneki, …

Valkyria Revolution revives a beloved alternate World War II series in the West

The U.S. is going to get its first Valkyria Chronicles game since 2010, even if it is a bit of a departure for the series.<p>Sony announced today on its PlayStation Blog that Valkyria Revolution, known in Japan as Valkyria Azure Revolution, is coming to Europe and the Americas in the spring. This will …

World War II