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Porsche now sells 21 different versions of the 911— here they are

All five models bear the GTS nomenclature. They include the Carrera GTS Coupe, the Carrera 4 GTS Coupe, the Carrera GTS Cabriolet, the Carrera 4 GTS Cabriolet, and the Targa 4 GTS.<p>The GTS cars are all powered by a 450 horsepower variant of Porsche's new 3.0, twin-turbocharged, flat-six. According …

How the Body-Switching ‘Your Name.’ Became an Animated Oscar Contender

Director Makoto Shinkai's tells IndieWire how anime and rock music propelled his Oscar-contending romantic fantasy.<p>With its surprising Los Angeles …

Anime

The Top 10 Shopping Districts in Tokyo for Fashion Enthusiasts – Japan Info

Fashion has become synonymous with well-known places like France, Italy, and the US. These countries house the big names for haute couture and were …

Amazon’s got great prices on Cowboy Bebop, Evangelion and more anime today

It’s a pre-holiday anime extravaganza<p>Amazon’s Deal of the Day is all about the anime, and some of the best-known series are on sale at big discounts through the day’s end. From now until 11:59 p.m. PT on Dec. 21, Blu-ray and DVD sets of shows and movies like <i>Cowboy Bebop</i> and <i>Ghost in the Shell</i> are …

Neighborhoods in Brief in Tokyo | Frommer's

advertisement<p>Taken as a whole, Tokyo seems formidable. Instead, think of Tokyo as a variety of neighborhoods scrunched together, much like the pieces …

Delve into Japanese lesbian manga with new book "The Introduction to the World of Yuri"

New book introduces <b>140 titles from the yuri genre</b> that explore the topic of <b>lesbian love</b>.<p>While a lot has been written about the “Boys’ Love” subgenre …

Stunning portraits of New York’s trans community

For many of us non-New Yorkers, Christopher Street is synonymous with the image of voguers congregating on its pier in Jennie Livingston’s documentary <i>Paris is Burning.</i> For those living in the city, its importance transcends the silver screen and for years the West Village street has been a central …

LGBTQI

What it's like using the 'iPhone of vaporizers' — a $275 gadget that lets you smoke weed on the go

The marijuana retail industry has been disrupted again and again.<p>Years ago, glass bongs, pipes, and joints dominated the pot paraphernalia space. Those devices gave way to clunky desktop vaporizers used for inhaling marijuana vapor. They gained in popularity through the mid-2000s by delivering …

Cannabis

Japanese are working themselves to death--literally

TOKYO — Matsuri Takahashi was just 24 years old and a graduate of prestigious Tokyo University when she leaped to her death from her company dormitory on Christmas Day last year.<p>Tokyo Labor Bureau investigators ruled her suicide <i>karoshi</i> — death by overwork.<p>The Labor Bureau announced on Oct. 7 that …

Japan

'Sweet holy Jesus'; Russian traffic wardens go topless to make roads safer

This is the Russian front as you’ve never seen it before.

This Is What a $21,000 First Class Airplane Seat Looks Like

Flying first class is a delicacy some of us will never experience. But flying first class like this — well — it’s pretty much the stuff of kings.<p>On a …

Here's What It's Like to Jump Back Into Destiny... 2 Years Later

A lapsed Destiny player tries to jump back in.<p>Like many others, I quit playing Destiny in 2014. I’d reached level 20, and while my friends tried …

Stranger Things

The pink glow of these Tokyo streets are like scenes from a stunning anime film

Transport yourself to a <b>bustling, real-life anime world</b> with this breathtaking photo collection.<p>Tokyo is always a fascinating place to visit at any …

Japan

All-Russian maid cafe opening in Japan, crowdfunding exceeds goal by over 800-percent

Here’s your chance to meet, and maybe even take language lessons from or tour Russia with, Russian cosplayer and maid cafe manager Nastyan!<p>There are …

7 Places Around the World You Must Visit Before You Die

If you were able to get round the world tickets business class, the world is yours. You can go anywhere and see anything. This is the perfect time to …

Grand Canyon

Explore the Japanese Alps and Stay at the Kamikochi Imperial Hotel in Nagano! – Japan Info

How fancy it is to have your stay in an environmentally protected national park combined with imperial cuisines and services. Such rare experience …

Japan

planetarian: Hoshi no Hito Film's New Trailer, Key Visual Unveiled

Tamio Ohki, Sanae Fuku, Yōko Hikasa, Minami Tsuda star in film follow-up to net anime<p>The official website for the anime project adapting Key's …

Inside Ferrari's program to turn mere mortals into Formula One racers

With the right combination of budget and skill, you too can own a Ferrari F1 car, though you can't necessarily take it home.<p>The first motorsports events were primarily automotive executives demonstrating their wares and rich playboys showing off their toys.<p>The cost here? About $2.7 million for an …

Le Mans

Overwatch fans are trying to crack the latest mystery about Sombra

Blizzard hides more secrets in its Summer Games trailer<p>When Blizzard released a new video to promote <i>Overwatch</i>’s seasonal Summer Games content yesterday, fans noticed a secret message hidden within. Blizzard’s been tucking little Easter eggs into its recent videos which seem to point to the game’s …

Re:Zero Rem Pillow Delayed Due to High Demand

Back in June it was revealed that a hug pillow of Rem went on sale with plans to be released in August for a total of ¥12,000 ($113.00 USD). Due to …

Anime

The Acceleration of this VW Golf With an Audi RS6's Turbo V10 Is Ridiculous

Of course, an uncalibrated speedometer can make a car look faster than it really is.<p>We're all for ridiculous engine swaps. The bigger and more powerful the engine you can squeeze into a smaller and lighter car, the better. Like this Golf IV with the turbo V10 from an Audi RS6.<p>Yes, you read that …

Why CVTs Are Awesome Transmissions

You may hate them, but CVTs are actually excellent. Here's why.<p>If there is one transmission that has the most detractors, it's the continuously variable transmission, or CVT.<p>It's criticized for how it sounds, how it operates, and how it feels. The main criticism is that it feels unnatural compared …

A Friend Gave Me Date Rape Drugs, And I Got Pregnant. My Church Told Me To Repent.

After years of being quiet, I am no longer afraid.<p><b>Warning: Some readers may find parts of this post to be triggering.</b><p>I was raised Mormon. For the most part, I was a decent kid. I went to church every Sunday and participated in weekly activities with the other Mormon youth.<p>During my teen years, …

Safe-Space

“I wish I had never heard of Allegiant!”

<i>How long are you supposed to stay on hold while waiting for customer service to answer your request? And why do you need to request a refund seven</i> …

3 Magic Anime Schools Harry Potter Fans Should Visit

Japanese entertainment has a fascinating way of taking Western pop, claiming it, and giving it an extreme makeover. You better believe anime’s …

Couple Reunited With Wedding Ring Lost In Hawaii Thanks To GPS Coordinates

The numbers inscribed inside the ring helped it find its way back to Kansas.<p>They say love always finds a way.<p>In early July, while Brandon and Megan Schumacher were lounging on the beach during their honeymoon on the Hawaiian island of Maui, Brandon took off his brand-new wedding ring for …

Weddings

Here are the 16 busiest airports in the world

The Airports Council International (ACI) recently released its list of the busiest airports in the world. Once again, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta …

La Cucaracha: No Pot, No Travel

<i>If you're a frequent visitor to Mexico, chances are you've heard bands play the popular Latin song "La Cucaracha" a zillion times at floor shows and parties. But you likely have no idea of what the song is all about. Someone said it's about cockroaches. Could that be right?</i><p>La Cucaracha came from …