Tokyo Disneyland Tease New Attraction in Behind the Scenes Video

2018-12-07 Fri

Tokyo Disneyland have previously announced their plans for an ambitious expansion project, the most expensive in the park’s history. Brand new themed areas will be added such as Frozen’s fictional kingdom of Arendelle and Peter Pan’s Neverland. As work is slowly progressing, Disney have given us a behind the scenes look at a brand new attraction being built. Enchanted Tale of Beauty and the Beast will be the movie’s first ever ride through attraction, anywhere in the world and is the first time the main characters of Belle and the Beast have been made into animatronics. The video gives a cool insight into how Disneyland create the immersive worlds we…


Interview With Horipro International CEO Yoshitaka Hori (Part 3): The Business of Musicals

2018-12-07 Fri

Introduction In June 2018, Japanese entertainment giant HoriPro Inc. announced the creation of HoriPro International, a new company wholly owned by HoriPro, with the goal of aggressively expanding overseas with a focus on Asia. Aiming for the “creation of world-class specialists,” HoriPro International manages voice actors and music artists with international potential. May’n, Azusa Tadokoro, Ami Wajima, Machico, DJ YURIA, and cosplayer Liyuu are some of the more famous members in the current lineup. At the helm of HoriPro International is visionary leader Yoshitaka Hori, President & CEO of HoriPro Inc. A vital contributor to the HoriPro Group ever since he joined in 1993, Mr. Hori has been president since…


These Magical Photos Prove You Should Visit Kyoto and Nara in the Autumn

2018-12-06 Thu

You can’t stop us from gushing about Kyoto in autumn. As pointed out in a previous article, ‘Why Autumn is the Most Magical Time to Visit Kyoto’, different areas of Japan are at their best at different seasons. Kyoto, while lovely all year round, is particularly magical during autumn, thanks to surrounding mountains and leafiness which explode into a range of fiery hues. Photographer, Yako, spent 20 hours shooting in the height of Kyoto’s fall, and also visited neighbouring prefecture Nara, known for the deer which roam freely around the town and surrounding national parks. Source: yako_FLPR3 Source: yako_FLPR3 The almost otherworldly results show a bit of everything which makes…


All Eeveelutions Available as Detailed $100 Silver Necklaces for Stylish Pokemon Trainers

2018-12-06 Thu

Jewellers U-Treasure are the purveyors of fine jewellery for the more sophisticated otaku. They have a wide range of themed items based on popular series such as Star Wars or Pokemon, but their items don’t look childish or garish in any way. The stylish jewellery is aimed at adult fans, and they’ve even brought out some pretty Pokemon wedding rings for trainers who are done adventuring solo. A very delicate and feminine line of necklaces dedicated to the ever-popular Eeveelutions (a collective term for the different Pokemon that can evolve from Eevee) have recently become available. The whole set of Eeveelutions were revealed one by one in classic ‘Who’s that…


Petition For Original Neon Genesis Evangelion Dub Cast To Re-Dub Series For Netflix

2018-12-06 Thu

Anime fans rejoiced when Netflix announced during last week’s Anime Lineup Presentation event that they would stream Hideaki Anno’s megapopular and iconic anime series Neon Genesis Evangelion, as well as Neon Genesis Evangelion: Death & Rebirth and Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion films around the world next spring. While obviously excited, fans of the original dub voiced concerns over whether the original ADV Films dub would be featured, or if Netflix would choose to re-dub the classic series. As many longtime fans of the series identify Shinji, Rei, and Asuka with the voice acting performances of Spike Spencer, Amanda Winn Lee, and Tiffany Grant, the concern was understandable….


New Sake Bar Targets “27-Year-Old Office Ladies” With Ad Featuring Drunken Foreigner

2018-12-06 Thu

Are you a 27-year-old OL (office lady)? Are you curious about sake but never drink it because you don’t think it’s Insta-worthy and doesn’t fit into your idea of a happy, fulfilled life? If that describes you, then H View Corp. wants you to try a new concept bar opening up on December 12 in the Kamata area of Tokyo called “Hoisassa.” Oh, and for some reason, they think you’d also react positively to an advertisement of a drunken foreigner in a suit riding a rocking horse, yelling: “It’s all your fault, sake!” © PR Times, Inc. We’re not making this up. Their press release clearly states: Our target is…


Organize A New Year’s Party in Japan And Feed 30 People With This Gargantuan Osechi Platter

2018-12-05 Wed

If you happen to be in Japan over this New Year’s holiday season, one of the things you may be interested in trying is traditional Osechi ryori お節料理 (Osechi cuisine). These are special dishes, usually served in a square box, often a lacquered jubako tray, which are intended to celebrate the New Year. These dishes are either made with luxury ingredients (top-tier seafood items such as shrimp, crab or lobster) or are considered auspicious because they symbolize long life, family happiness and bountiful harvest. Unless you are fortunate enough to spend New Year’s Day with a Japanese family, the only way to try Osechi cuisine as a foreign visitor is…


Japan Has a Deer Overpopulation Problem and Japan Wolf Association Think They Have a Solution

2018-12-05 Wed

Japan’s native sika deer have become a massive tourist draw in Nara and Miyajima where they are revered as messengers for deities, free to roam around the town. These regions are willing to put up with the trouble a massive, roaming deer population causes in return for the increase in tourism, but these aren’t the only places that are overrun. Source: Fast&Slow / PIXTA(ピクスタ) The deer populations of Japan’s forests and national parks have been exploding causing damage to Japan’s ecosystem, agriculture and forestry. Now in many regions, the scenic forestry is being ravaged by deers, their grazing affecting plant growth and diversity. They strip bark off trees and eat…


Chichibugahama Beach: The New Photo-Perfect, Favorite Destination in Japan

2018-12-05 Wed

by Ryosuke Kawaguchi The colors of the rapidly changing evening sky were reflected in the water. As the sun was setting on the inland coastline, a wave of appreciative cries came from the happy onlookers. Mitoyo City in Kagawa Prefecture boasts about Chichibugahama’s coastline, which offers a stunning view at low tide. It has become famous as a place to take “Insta-worthy pictures” on an evening with little wind, bringing together with the ’grams an increasing flow of visitors. Source: Sankei Shimbun This location’s success story started two years ago, when the city organized a photo competition. One of the entries portrayed two children reflected in the shallow waters of…


Coca-Cola Japan Celebrates The New Year With Plum Blossom And Kimono Design Bottle

2018-12-05 Wed

Coca-Cola Japan has grabbed headlines in the past with Japan exclusive items such as Coca-Cola’s first ever alcoholic beverage, coffee Coke, and even frozen Coca-Cola slushie packs. However, what many souvenir-hunters find themselves seeking out is the rare packaging of regional exclusive bottles and the popular sakura decorated label. Now, following up on their special 2018 New Year golden plum blossom release, Coca-Cola Japan is releasing a 2019 New Year bottle decorated with fluttering plum blossoms and a pattern inspired by the ornate kimono seen at a variety of New Year holiday events in Japan. 出典:出典名 Cherry blossoms in Japan are known as an emblem of peak spring. However, plum…


Let’s All Take A Moment And Appreciate How Sumo Wrestlers Sign Autographs

2018-12-05 Wed

As very modest compensation for their grueling training and dedicated lifestyles, sumo wrestlers enjoy a bit of a revered status in Japan, and along with that comes a certain level of celebrity that means getting asked for your autograph a lot. However, sumo wrestlers don’t simply hand out signatures. They treat fans to tegata, or hand prints that both serve as an autograph and proud proof of the giant hands sumo use to batter their opponents. But when you have thousands of clamoring fans to please, you need to be as diligent in stamping as you are in an actual contest. A video below, posted by the Japan Sumo Association,…


Virtual Singer YuNi To Have Her First Live VR Concert on Xmas Eve

2018-12-04 Tue

A rising virtual star Virtual YouTuber and singer YuNi, whom we had the pleasure of interviewing earlier this year, has seen her channel steadily climbing the ranks, now in 8th place for video views at over 23.1 million plays and in 13th place for popularity with over 185,000 fans at time of writing. In addition to her nearly weekly updates of cover songs, she has collaborated with other VTubers, made appearances on Japanese television and even made her first virtual performance abroad at C3AFA in Singapore earlier this week. With permission from © Candee Inc. / © Ren Sakuragi With permission from © Candee Inc. / © Ren Sakuragi Check…


Pokemon Fan’s Accidental Roast Pikachu Disturbs Japanese Twitter

2018-12-04 Tue

As we learnt with the recent Mister Donut Pikachu face doughnuts, making a cute Pikachu shaped snack seems like a good idea, but the fantasy doesn’t always reflect cold, hard reality. The press release photos looked adorable, but some people noticed their Pikachus were coming out a little bit strange looking. 友達が買ってきたミスドのピカチュウ全然かわいくなくてわろた😂血管ビキビキ pic.twitter.com/Ceve1rqhJa — きざおじ (@11ii29niku) 10 November 2018 Twitter user @konbuwasabi, encountered the same sort of issue. A Pikachu sweet potato? Sounds great. But what emerged was not quite what was envisioned. 出典:出典名 The Pikachu shape is actually impressively on point, and there was no reason to think when putting it in to bake, that it wouldn’t come out…


Wearing a Mask to Terrify Children Recognised by UNESCO as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Japan

2018-12-04 Tue

Japan is not a country short on UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Properties and Cultural Heritages. In the most recent additions to the list of UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritages, a rather frightening tradition has recieved recognition. ‘Raiho-shin’ is the Japanese folk tradition of local people dressing up like deities, with outlandish costumes and genuinely scary masks. They then go into town, or even enter neighbourhood homes, scaring children into being good for the rest of the year. The ritual takes place in various forms in several areas of Japan, especially in the Tohoku, Hokuriku, Kyushu and Okinawa regions. Often, they celebrate the new year or a change in seasons. Namahage and…


Shin Noguchi Captures The Charming And Odd Of Everyday Life In Japan With Street Photography

2018-12-04 Tue

In searching the internet for Japanese photography, you’ll find no shortage of beautiful work that celebrates the country’s rich culture and scenery. While many of these certainly accurately portray the gorgeous sights Japan has to offer, some rely on extensive set up and conditions for the perfect shot. Kamakura and Tokyo-based award winning street photographer Shin Noguchi welcomes the opposite approach, aiming to capture what he calls the extraordinary moments of excitement, humanism and beauty among the flow of everyday life. While his technique and skill are recognized on a worldwide level, he forgoes elaborate staging for an approach that he hopes can subtly and naturally show the nuances of…


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