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Japan’s First Cat Cafe On A Train Purrs To An Adorable Success

2017-09-13 11:17

Japan’s love for cat cafes has yet to burn out. The feline trend has evolved beyond a simple opportunity to sip coffee and play with cats, and spawned interesting varieties that offer up incredibly luxurious cat host clubs, cafes with cosplaying kitties, and even opportunities to raise awareness for and adopt FIV+ cats. Recently, Japan continued the evolution of cat cafes by introducing the world’s first cat cafe train, courtesy of Yoro Railways. More photos from Sunday's first ever cat cafe train. One train in Japan with 30 kittens. For 2 1/2 hours, the cutest place on earth. #cats pic.twitter.com/BV8HRYsenv — Bill Adler (@billadler) 2017年9月11日 The event, hosted by Yoro…


“Re:Zero” x Lawson Collaboration Will Make September a Month to Rem-ember

2017-09-12 09:53

Fans of the ever-popular blue-haired part-coiffed younger sister maid demoness, Rem, from the anime “Re:Zero: Starting Life in Another World” have been treated to some exciting news lately. Not only was there an announcement on Sunday of a new original OVA episode, but there’s a delightful collaboration with convenience store mainstay Lawson to look forward to as well! source: (C)長月達平・株式会社KADOKAWA刊/Re:ゼロから始める異世界生活製作委員会 (C)Lawson, Inc. From September 13 to October 16, Lawson is coming out with several types of Rem collaboration goods, some of them sold in select stores and others available for purchase online. Here is what has been announced thus far: Acrylic Figure Stands source: (C)長月達平・株式会社KADOKAWA刊/Re:ゼロから始める異世界生活製作委員会 (C)Lawson, Inc. These attractive acrylic…


It Turns Out Mario Isn’t Actually A Plumber Anymore

2017-09-05 10:54

For video game fans visiting Japan, it sometimes comes as a surprise that when discussing the occupation of perhaps the most famous video game character of all time, there seems to be some confusion. Despite his pipe-traveling adventures, the fact that Mario doesn’t actually do much related to his profession in either his games or promotions has resulted in knowledge of him being a plumber to be a little less known in Japan. There may be a much simpler reason, however, as Nintendo recently clarified that Mario is not actually currently in the plumbing business. マリオが配管工やめてた…。 pic.twitter.com/59jjl0rUoF — たす (@hinatas_Q) 2017年9月3日 As can be seen on the recent character profile…


Japan Opens “YouTuber Academy” Training Courses For Elementary School Students

2017-07-31 11:35

In 2016, Japanese newspaper Mainichi News, reported the results of a poll conducted among fourth grade boys at an elementary school in Osaka that showed “YouTuber” to be the third most desirable career after “doctor” and “soccer player”. Reasoning stated by the students was rather straightforward, with many saying that YouTubers don’t need to study and are highly paid. A similar poll by Sony Life this year surveyed 200 middle school students and 800 high school students (both boys and girls) that revealed “YouTuber” to be third once again, this time after “IT Engineer” and “Video Game Creator”. This past March, FULMA, which develops educational programs for elementary school students,…


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…


First Trailer For FLCL Seasons 2 & 3 Released

2017-07-03 06:46

Fans of the iconic in-your-face anime series FLCL rejoiced when it was announced that animation studio Production I.G. would be making two new six-episode seasons of the show in a co-production with Toonami. At Anime Expo 2017, fans got another reason to get excited as Production I.G. unveiled a new trailer for the sequel to the classic anime. Returning to create songs for the two installments is Japanese rock band, The Pillows, who were responsible for the original show’s memorable soundtrack, with vocalist Sayaka Yamanaka saying “If a different band did the music, we would refuse to watch the new seasons out of jealousy!” The second and third installments will…


Universal Studios Japan Teases Super Nintendo World In New Trailer, Mario Stage Photos

2017-06-08 02:58

Osaka’s Universal Studios Japan is making preparations for an expansion to their facilities called Super Nintendo World, which as the name should tell you, is a section of the park that will feature attractions in the theme of characters and scenery from the world of Nintendo. Much like the recently announced official Studio Ghibli theme park, you can likely already imagine several attractions, with perhaps a Mario Kart themed racing ride probably the most obvious. While the park isn’t set to open until 2020, several recently released photos show off construction of the site, and an official teaser trailer for the section of the park has been released by Universal…


Cowboy Bebop To Get U.S. Live-Action TV Series, Co-Produced By Original Studio Sunrise

2017-06-07 10:24

Entertainment news website Deadline has reported that Tomorrow Studios, a collaborative project by Marty Adelstein (Prison Break, Teen Wolf) and ITV Studios is in works to produce a live-action adaptation of the popular anime Cowboy Bebop in the form of a television series. Chris Yost (Thor: The Dark World, Thor: Ragnarok) will be writing the adaptation. Co-producing the series will be Sunrise, the studio, led by director Shinichirō Watanabe, which animated the original series, along with Adelstein, Becky Clements (Good Behavior, Aquarius), and Midnight Radio (Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec, Jeff Pinkner & Scott Rosenberg). “We are excited to work with Sunrise in bringing this beloved anime to the U.S. and…


12-Year-Old To Take On 24-Year-Old At Japanese MMA Event

2017-04-26 09:06

We’ve seen just about everything in the Japanese squared circle, including professional wrestling genius Kenny Omega take on a 9-year-old girl and Joey Ryan flip and slam his opponent using only his penis, but MMA is a whole different animal–although the line may be beginning to get blurred. On May 20th, Japanese MMA event DEEP JEWELS 16 will take place, where a 12-year-old girl going by the name of “MoMo” will make her MMA debut against 24-year-old Momoko Yamazaki (2-3 amateur) on the undercard. As reported by eFight, in accordance with DEEP JEWELS amateur rules, both fighters will wear headgear and not be permitted to strike the head while on…


Panic Buyers Brace For Great Japanese Potato Chip Apocalypse

2017-04-13 02:49

Whether it’s Milk and Toast or cola, Japan has a very appreciated reputation for getting creative when it comes to potato chip flavors. However, it appears that at least for a temporary window, it won’t be quite as easy to get your hands on some of the country’s more popular varieties of potato chips. Recent typhoon damage in Hokkaido has caused a potato shortage, resulting in limitations to Japan’s potato chip production–and so now people are panic purchasing. ジャガイモ不足でポテチ販売休止 ネットでは1袋750円の高値転売(AbemaTIMES) – Yahoo!ニュースhttps://t.co/hBskcOemY7 近所の西友も全然なかった(ू˃̣̣̣̣̣̣︿˂̣̣̣̣̣̣ ू) pic.twitter.com/S1iCwskgVl — 齋 濱 系 も っ く ん ⊿🍊 (@ashuu_neruzumin) 2017年4月12日 Japan Today reports that starting April 15th, Japanese snack maker Calbee will halt the shipment…


Skyscraper In Tokyo Shows Height Of The Devastating Tsunami Of The 2011 Tōhoku Earthquake

2017-03-10 03:19

On March 11th, 2011, a devastating maginitude-9.0 earthquake rocked Japan’s Tōhoku region. It triggered massive tsunami waves that washed away roughly 3,500 houses and buildings while also devouring everything else in its path — including the lives of thousands of people. The day has been etched into the memories of everyone living in Japan at the time, and the disaster has made people vow to never forget the lives lost and to be better prepared for future catastrophes. With Japan approaching the 6th anniversary of the Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, Yahoo! Japan took to the streets of Tokyo to make a powerful statement. Placing a large message board on a…


Lapras Pokémon Event Brought 20 Million USD To The Earthquake Affected Areas In Tōhoku Japan

2016-12-27 11:03

Pokémon GO launched its first largest Pokémon event in the northern east Tōhoku region of Japan, which was affected by a devastating earthquake and tsunami back in 2011, causing thousands of deaths and irreparable damages to buildings. In an effort to help those still in need, Pokémon GO app creator Niantic decided to support the disaster-stricken areas by attracting Pokémon trainers to catch the rare Pokémon Lapras. pokestop.miyagi Lapras’ spawn rate was boosted significantly like the common Pokémon Pidgey. nacionpix Japan #PokemonGo Lapras Event! Catching lots of Lapras at Ishinomaki, Miyagi. And lots n lots of evee too! pic.twitter.com/nKKibWcrlf — IZ Reloaded (@izreloaded) 2016年11月15日 The Lapras event was held from…


Japanese Twitter Captures Mysterious Spherical Cloud Floating In The Sky Of Kanagawa

2016-12-20 05:49

A mysterious-looking cloud popped up in the sky earlier this month in Shonandai, Kanagawa in Japan. Not in the form of a dragon, cat, or dinosaur, it was actually a perfectly round, big, fluffy cloud. The amazing view prompted excited SNS-users to take pictures and upload them online for the rest of the world to enjoy. 日曜日の午後3時に湘南台で奇妙な雲を見たとFacebookで投稿がありました。確かにこんなの、見たことがない…! pic.twitter.com/we1j5i2vKD — poppy (@pmxpvrtmx) 2016年12月6日 According to climate experts, the cloud probably falls under the “roll cloud” category. Its unique form is due to an undercurrent of air brushing over mountains on a windy day. As a volcanic island, Japan’s geography is a main factor in the production of these perfectly round clouds,…


Odaiba’s Life-Size Gundam Statue Is Leaving Next March

2016-12-05 04:44

Odaiba’s landmark giant Gundam wasn’t the first mecha statue in Japan, but having stood tall since 2012, it may be the most recognizable. Unfortunately, it’s been announced that the heroic statue will be removed on March 5th, 2017, ending a five year watch. himotarou The 18 meter tall Gundam statue was first installed in Toritsu Shiokaze Park back in 2009. With attractions of 4 million visitors after 52 days, it became a must-see for fans of the Gundam franchise, as well as somewhat of an iconic landmark for Japan’s love of robots. On July 10th of 2010, it moved to the world’s mecha capital “Hobby Shizuoka.” Then it moved to…


Domino’s Japan Reindeer Pizza Delivery Cancelled, Replaced With Reindeer Delivery Bikes

2016-12-02 06:23

It’s unfortunate, but the result is probably predictable. Last week, Domino’s Pizza Japan made an official announcement that they were training actual reindeer to help make pizza deliveries in the cold northern areas of Japan like Hokkaido. dominos It sounds ludicrous, but everything was measured, calculated, and ready to go in terms of promotion. While it’s very possible that this was all a joke and PR stunt by Domino’s, they released detailed analysis of delivery standards in terms of cost, mobility in snow, and speed needed to cover distances. It was projected that a successful reindeer delivery system could save as much as much as 10 times the cost compared…


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