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Tokyo 2020 Olympics Welcomes Akira Comparisons With Projection Mapping Event

2017-07-26 03:27

Whatever the Tokyo 2020 Olympics Opening Ceremony turns out to be, it would be hard to imagine the proceedings not highlighting the many aspects of Japan’s rich traditional culture. In preparation for the event, however, it seems that Japan is also embracing the appeal of its modern pop-culture, making popular anime characters official ambassadors for the 2020 Olympics, as well as letting fans design a cutesy mascot to headline the games for a cash prize. The latest promotional tactic to embrace anime as an Olympic attraction come via the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, which capitalized off of comparisons being made to the upcoming games with those held in one of Japan’s…


Japanese Pro Wrestling World Mourns Explosive Death Of Stuffed Cat Doll

2017-07-24 12:44

If you’re not an avid follower, your introduction to Japanese professional wrestling might consist of some of the comedic stylings of DDT, such as Joey Ryan flipping wrestlers with his Herculean American penis. It’s not all fun and games, however. In fact, there can be some downright somber moments that demand the most genuine of reflections. One such moment occurred this past weekend on the under-card of New Japan Pro Wrestling’s G1 Climax Tournament at Tokyo’s Korakuen Hall. In a match that pit Bullet Club members Bad Luck Fale, Chase Owens, and Yujiro Takahashi against Los Ingobernables de Japon (Tetsuya Naito, BUSHI, and Hiromu Takahashi), we saw one of the…


Tokyo’s “Cosplay Alley” Lets Customers And Staff Cosplay Over Collection Of Japanese Food And Drink

2017-07-21 04:31

Hidden in some of Japan’s more sprawling metropolises are “yokocho”, alleyways that are typically jam-packed with cozy drinking establishments, as well as smokey and adventurous eateries. One of the most famous of these is the nostalgic Shinjuku Omoide Yokocho (Shinjuku “Memory Lane”–although it is sometimes less glamorously called “Piss Alley” or “Drunkard’s Alley”), which offers a friendly collection of tiny bars and restaurants that seat you elbow-to-elbow with other patrons in a neighborhood that to this day carries an atmosphere reflective of post WWII Japan’s izakaya. コスプレ横丁の新しい看板が出来ました!!目印にしてね(*^ω^*) #コスプレ #コスプレ横丁 #鶯谷 #鶯谷コスプレ横丁 pic.twitter.com/9u74QIwlx2 — コスプレ横丁(鶯谷の居酒屋です) (@cosplay_yokocho) 2017年6月28日 A recently opened yokocho in Tokyo is offering the same assortment of drinks and…


Hit Manga And Anime Series One Piece Is Getting A Hollywood Live Action Television Series

2017-07-21 11:51

Eiichiro Oda’s record-shattering manga and anime series, One Piece, is getting its very own live-action television series overseas. The announcement was made by Hiroyuki Nakano of Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump, at the 20th anniversary event of the popular series held at the “Tokyo One Piece Tower ONE PIECE LIVE ATTRACTION”. The live-action series will be produced by Tomorrow Studios, a collaborative project by Marty Adelstein (Prison Break, Teen Wolf) and ITV Studios , which is also handling the Cowboy Bebop live action series. A scheduled release date has not yet been announced. The announcement of the dramatization of easily one of the most popular animated series in Japan over the…


This Cosplaying Aunty Will Never Be Too Old To Dress Up

2017-07-20 02:01

At first glance, cosplay can seem to be a hobby for the young, but as we’ve seen in the past with a cosplayer’s grandmother lending her touching charm to a Howl’s Moving Castle photoshoot, it can be an ageless and rewarding endeavor. Fifty-year old mother and cosplayer from Brazil, Solange, is proving that again with the passion for life she finds in making costumes to transport herself to worlds of fantasy. Solange, from Manaus, Brazil, has adopted the nickname Tia Sol (Aunty Sun) for her cosplay persona, and it’s a fitting moniker given how bright and warming her love for the cosplay scene is. She tells BuzzFeed that she got…


Japanese Comedian Shows Inspiring Bravery With Tablecloth Trick On Naked Body, Balancing Hot Tea

2017-07-19 11:02

When it comes to crowd-pleasing magic tricks, the “tablecloth trick”–yanking a tablecloth out from underneath a set table and leaving the plates intact–doesn’t leave a lot of margin for error. So imagine the added pressure of replacing the table with your own naked body, and the plates with cups of piping hot tea. That’s a nightmare Japanese comedian uespiiiiii (ウエスP) must contend with when he performs his “Dangerous Tablecloth Pull” trick, which relies on the not very reliable cooperation of cooling fans and vacuum cleaners to pull a tablecloth supporting cups of hot tea from his body–including his private parts. 掃除機で危険なテーブルクロス引き pic.twitter.com/OlyAQTNw1z — ウエスP (@uespiiiiii) 2017年7月1日 扇風機で危険なテーブルクロス引き pic.twitter.com/42PNfqA6oD — ウエスP…


Japan’s Latest Idol Unit Is A Group Of 60 Miner Mannequins

2017-07-18 04:15

When it comes to regional promotions, Japanese towns in search of escaping the shadow of the bigger cities in the country and showing off their local hidden gems often turn to the attention-grabbing song and dance routine of idol units. In the past we’ve seen areas in Japan promote themselves with idol units made entirely out of credit card company employees, young-at-heart grandpas, and one crazy mascot. Now Hyogo prefecture’s Asago is using the mining history of it’s Ikuno Ginzan to generate interest in the area–with 60 mannequin miners as its “underground idol group”. Once a valuable mining district and source of funds for warlords during Japan’s Sengoku Period, Ikuno…


Creepy Evolving Japanese Baseball Mascot Hunted Down And Stripped By Other Mascots At All-Star Game

2017-07-18 12:58

You may remember that the latest in Japan’s long line of bizarre but adorable mascots literally “evolved” on the baseball field. The newest mascot for Chiba Lotte Marines in Nippon Professional Baseball, Nazo no Sakana (Mysterious Fish), teased fans for weeks with cheeky appearances before transforming and revealing its creepy final form just a month ago. 【報告】謎チョウチンアンコウ進化。#提灯鮟鱇対策本部 #提鮟対 #chibalotte pic.twitter.com/6O1tPVpdv3 — パ・リーグTV公式 (@PacificleagueTV) 2017年6月11日 On July 15th, the Mysterious Fish got to be a hometown hero of sorts, as the Chiba Lotte Marines hosted the NPB All-Star game at ZOZO Town Stadium. However, the evolving fish of mystery didn’t get to relax much over the All-Star break thanks to some…


Foxy Kitsune-Mask Band Rocks Out To Utada Hikaru, Lupin, Arrietty, and More On Traditional Japanese Instruments

2017-07-14 05:16

We’ve seen the wonderful sounds of traditional Japanese instruments fuse old and new in fantastic ways before, with several artists treating us to traditional Japanese instrumental renditions of Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal”, “Welcome to the Jungle” by Guns N’ Roses, and an awesome medley of nostalgic Nintendo music. As Japanese Instrumental Ensemble band Mahora (真秀) is showing us, however, adding Shinto-style fox spirit masks to the mix makes for a killer aesthetic. Lupin the Third Mahora is a group of five graduates from the Tokyo University of the Arts, and they’ve taken to YouTube to show off the awesome sounds of traditional Japanese instruments such as the koto, shamisen, shakuhachi,…


Japanese Comedian Naomi Watanabe Makes Vogue Debut With The Most Relatable Makeup Video Ever

2017-07-14 01:10

Having made her mark in the world as a Japanese plus-size comedian (who does a mean impression of Beyoncé, by the way), Naomi Watanabe isn’t afraid to keep it real if it means playing her part in empowering women and spreading body positivity. Her strong mindset has contributed to her well-established career not just as a comedian, but also a model and fashion designer. In fact, she’s proven that nothing can make her abandon her silly antics and self-deprecating humor, not even a highly-coveted collaboration with Vogue. A post shared by 渡辺直美 (@watanabenaomi703) on Sep 15, 2016 at 1:32am PDT Watanabe, who is known for her bright and colorful fashion…


Live Action Fullmetal Alchemist Trailer, Posters, Reveal Homunculi And More Characters

2017-07-13 10:24

On July 12th in Tokyo, a fan event for popular manga and anime series Fullmetal Alchemist showed off the third and latest teaser trailer for the upcoming live action film adaptation, which has provided us with a better look at the film’s character visuals beyond the two protagonists. Coupled with new character posters, we have a pretty good insight to the aesthetics of the film. While we had already seen Yamada Ryosuke as Edward Elric and the new CGI version of his younger brother Al, the trailer gives us a better look at Tsubasa Honda as Winry Rockbell, Ryuta Sato as Captain Maes Hughes, Dean Fujioka as Roy Mustang, and…


Japanese “Husband Death Note” Website Crashes Due To High Traffic

2017-07-12 05:50

When popular Japanese anime and manga series Death Note peaked in popularity, it wasn’t uncommon to see students lugging around notepads modeled after the mysterious book with the power to kill by simply writing a name down in it, and there were certainly gag websites where one could submit a name in very morbid humor. One Japanese website, however, is applying the appeal of those fatal tomes to those in disgruntled marriages. More particularly, those who want their husbands to drop dead. Source: By Keepscases (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons “Danna Shinne” (“Die, Husband”) is a Japanese website with a simple premise. Make a post detailing your grievances…


“World’s First” Anime Eyeglasses Shop Opens In Akihabara

2017-07-10 05:42

Akihabara is often lauded as Tokyo’s Mecca of tech and otaku subculture, so the district is not exactly a stranger to innovation. The district boasts “firsts” with an all female staffed sushi restaurant, vocational school for otaku, and even a gym where you are personally trained by maids. And while we can’t quite verify this, we’re going to take the word of a new store that is claiming to be the world’s first anime eyeglasses shop. 昨日に引き続き『エヴァンゲリオン』モデルのフレームです!零号機、初号機、2号機、Mark.06、8号機の全5色です!他にも色々な種類が入荷しておりますので是非見に来て下さい!※クリアー度付きに変更可能 pic.twitter.com/AXbPIAx5jS — アニメガネ (@animegane_akiba) 2017年7月7日 『銀魂』マダオ(長谷川泰三)モデルのサングラス入荷します!度付き対応も可能となっておりますので7/14に公開される映画に合わせていかがでしょうか?※新八モデル(本体)の入荷予定はありません pic.twitter.com/zocKy6eUUH — アニメガネ (@animegane_akiba) 2017年7月11日 Opening on July 15th, “Animegane“–a name that combines “anime” and the Japanese word for “glasses”(megane)–will offer eyeglasses with aesthetics inspired by popular…


McDonald’s Japan Is Releasing A Pokémon McFlurry

2017-07-07 05:49

McDonald’s Japan is no stranger to taking advantage of regional ingredients to spruce up their frozen beverage menu, having released Matcha and even crunchy Sakura McFlurries as Japanese exclusives in the past. This time around, McDonald’s is turning to the mega-popular and colorful world of Pokémon for refreshing flavor inspiration, with the fast food chain set to release a Pokémon McFlurry this summer–the only question is which Pokémon the flavor will be inspired by. Fortunately, it seems you can help out. Once the flavor is decided upon, the Pokémon McFlurry is scheduled to be released on July 14th, one day before the theatrical release of Pokémon the Movie 20: I…


Marrying VR Anime Characters In Japan Makes For A Pretty Empty Wedding Ceremony

2017-07-04 05:37

No bride? No problem. With the help of a headset, a marshmallow, and a video game, a man in Tokyo was able to have a VR wedding ceremony with an anime character this past week (June 30th). Romance and adult game developer Hibiki Works sparked interest their erotic game Niitzuma: Lovely X Cation (New Wife: Lovely X Cation), in which players court one of three female partners, become physically involved, and eventually even get married. While that typically wouldn’t be a departure from most Japanese adult games, Niitzuma: Lovely X Cation ran a campaign offering a special twist–a virtual reality marriage ceremony where players would slip on a VR headset,…


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