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To Revitalize A Small Mountain Village, Japan Is Filling It With Zombies

2017-10-13 05:15

Promotional efforts for Japanese towns, particularly rural ones, often depend on some outside-the-box thinking–like making a pop idol unit out of 60 miner mannequins or documenting a traveling monkey in his quest for romance. One of the latest efforts, this time by the village of Kosuge in Yamanashi prefecture, seeks to outdo even Japan’s most terrifying abandoned hospital haunted house. In order to revitalize tourism and promote their local festival, Kosuge will be turning into a town overrun by zombies–and they need help saving the victims. Source: PR Times Like all good Japanese obake-yashiki (haunted house) events, the zombie outbreak has a backstory to it, and one that both ties…


My Neighbor Totoro Has A Sequel That A Lot Of People Don’t Know About

2017-10-11 05:38

Of all the classics legendary director Hayao Miyazaki has overseen for the much revered Studio Ghibli, it’s My Neighbor Totoro that most fans seem to reference with a sense of charm and nostalgia, which has come to make give it the status of one of his mostly fondly remembered works. Fortunately, taking that stroll down memory lane isn’t just limited to re-watching the film and playing the soundtrack–although you might have to take a trip for this alternative method. There’s actually a sequel to the beloved childhood romp My Neighbor Totoro titled Mei and the Kittenbus. トトロの続編『めいとこねこバス』を知ってる人ほとんどいない説 pic.twitter.com/p37x2Kpgwc — とある (@33kitta) 2017年10月10日 If the scenes in the above tweet by…


Japan’s First “Hotel in a Park” Lets You Slumber in the Heart of a Forest

2017-09-28 09:38

While the myriad sights and sounds of Tokyo and other big cities surely offer excitement and entertainment to those who visit Japan, there is a growing range of options for you to enjoy the beautiful and pristine natural environment of more rural areas as well. For example, Shizuoka Prefecture, just an hour or so from Tokyo by bullet train, famous for spring water, green tea, and of course, Mount Fuji, is an increasingly popular destination. Now, joining the list of recommended stops in the prefecture is a new concept hotel cleverly named “INN THE PARK.” Source: PR Times Inc. / 株式会社インザパーク When the Numazu City Youth Outdoor Learning Center closed…


Japanese Tech School Lets Students And Maids Learn Game Programming Together For Mutual Benefit

2017-09-28 04:16

Maids are a staple of Japanese otaku subculture, with maid cafes, where maids serve food and drink to guests while treating them like kings, being a shining example. In recent years the appeal of maids has expanded its umbrella to include even a gym where maids act as a personal trainer to motivate otaku to get fit, as well as a vocational “otaku training school” that teaches young women the ropes of the maid and cosplay business. Source: © Made In Maid Family / boonie bo Source: © Made In Maid Family / boonie bo Following the education route, Shibuya-based programming school Gifted Academy has launched a project to help…


One Piece Collaboration With City of Kyoto to Feature Special Exhibition at Daikaku-ji Temple

2017-09-28 12:49

The internationally renowned mega-hit manga and anime One Piece is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a multitude of events throughout the year, some of which have already been announced in July but others which are yet to be revealed. One of these is an elaborate collaboration with the City of Kyoto called “One Piece 20th x KYOTO — Kyoto Straw Travel Journal: Another Country of Wano” between October 7 and October 22, which will encourage visitors to discover the city’s landmarks while engaging in entertaining events and attractions centered around the familiar characters of the Straw Hat Crew. However, the centerpiece of this One Piece extravaganza in Kyoto will be…


Japanese Performance Group Rents Out Ripped Hunks For Cosplay And “Muscle Escort” Services

2017-09-27 12:07

Over the past few years, Japan has seen some muscle-themed “manly-man” services that seek to be crowd pleasers with women from muscle-troupe Macho 29 (the 29 is a play on “muscle” or “meat” in Japanese). These exist mostly in the form of pop-up services such as Macho Nikuya, where shirtless macho men suggestively grill meat for you, or a special service where they break your ex-boyfriend’s items for you in a moment of sexy catharsis. “Muscular performance group” ALL OUT, from Kyushuu, prefers to let fans rent them out and treat them to their muscular services as a a personal buff stud for the day. Source: PR Times ALL OUT…


Mysterious Objects in Shinto Shrine Are Not Entirely From This World

2017-09-26 08:46

Twitter user @kulanla, who was visiting Chikato Shrine in Nakanojo, Gunma Prefecture last weekend, came across something completely unexpected… 今日行った神社の謎のオブジェが気になった pic.twitter.com/m5wpKBm5dA — くくら (@kulanla) 2017年9月23日 “I went to a Shinto shrine today and was intrigued by a mysterious object.” A reaction which was clearly shared by many online, since the tweet soon went viral, with nearly 41,000 likes and close to 27,000 retweets as of this writing. However, as @kulanla revealed in a subsequent tweet, things got stranger still: 昨日呟いてた謎のオブジェある神社、賽銭入れようとしたら弾かれて、まじかよって言いながら入れたら電話かかって来ちゃって出て、さすがにこええと思って100円入れて拝んできた — くくら (@kulanla) 2017年9月24日 “You know that shrine with the mysterious object which I tweeted about yesterday? When I tried to throw a coin into the (offertory) box, it bounced…


Japan’s New Giant Gundam Is It’s Biggest And Most Epic Yet

2017-09-26 03:18

Reaction to the deconstruction and departure of the 18 meter tall landmark Gundam statue in Tokyo’s Odaiba area was bittersweet, but with the announcement that the previous RX-78-2 Gundam would be replaced by a bigger and better full scale Unicorn Gundam with special transformation abilities, complaints weren’t heard for long. This past weekend, the new and improved Unicorn Gundam was unveiled in Odaiba’s Diver City, and it is easily the biggest and most impressive Mobile Suit statue yet! 内山さんとユニコーン変形 pic.twitter.com/krEH8KRLWy — エイジ (@EIZ_510) 2017年9月23日 Standing at 19.7 meters tall, this RX-0 Unicorn Gundam clocks in at a one-to-one scale, and doesn’t just sport improvements in size. The new Gundam features…


“Your Name” Studio Makes Original Anime Tourism Commercial For Canada

2017-09-26 01:03

If you’re an anime fan, or even just a film fan, you probably recognize what considerable praise it is for Makoto Shinkai‘s hit Your Name garnered to become the the highest-earning anime ever around the world, leapfrogging even Studio Ghibli’s most celebrated films. Your Name was largely a hit due to its breathtakingly gorgeous animation and nostalgic feel. Now the animation studio behind the hit film, CoMix Wave, are teaming up with anime director Hisayuki Tabata to lend that charming touch to a beautiful anime short promoting Winter tourism in Canada. Vancouver, Toronto, Abraham Lake, Banff, Canadian Rockies, Niagara Falls and other scenic sights are on display in an anime…


Universal Studios Japan Announces Final Fantasy VR Roller Coaster That Lets You Travel The Worlds Of The Series

2017-09-21 02:02

The Universal Cool Japan initiative is Universal Studios Japan’s collaborative effort to promote Japanese entertainment and pop culture around the world with attractions that allow you to experience them in overwhelming scale. Just recently, fans of Final Fantasy and Sailor Moon started marking their calendars when it was revealed that the 2018 event would introduce attractions to the theme park based off of the worlds of those two mega-popular series. While the theme park, located in Osaka, has featured cafes and virtual reality experiences before, details about how the Final Fantasy series would be incorporated remained murky. Now USJ has announced that they will be offering a virtual reality roller…


Enjoy the Height of Japanese Desserts With The Tallest Matcha Parfait in Japan

2017-09-20 08:18

Matcha is probably one of the most recognized of Japanese flavors, even beyond Japanese borders. While it is a delight to sip matcha in the traditional style, sweets containing matcha are a more accessible way to enjoy the rich and concentrated powder. And while cakes, cookies, donuts, macarons and other varieties of sweets containing matcha continue to appear on Japanese store shelves, one combination stands out among all others as a perennial favorite with matcha lovers: matcha ice cream! For example, ice cream giant Haagen Dazs created a bittersweet matcha crumble ice cream bar, Shizuoka-based gelato shop Nanaya prides itself on offering the darkest (and most intense) matcha ice cream…


It’s a Fukui Sharknado! Or is it?

2017-09-19 01:49

Sometimes, certain less populated prefectures of Japan which are less commonly frequented by tourists and less commonly known by average city-dwellers are characterized in popular culture as wild and dangerous. For the most part, such characterizations are tongue-in-cheek, and even the locals enjoy playing it up. This seems to be the case with Fukui, located in the central Chubu region of the Honshu island facing the Sea of Japan, and one of the least populated prefectures. This picture posted on Twitter last Saturday by @oyayubi_814, along with the caption: “Fukui…dangerous!” caused quite a stir. It would seem to be a hammerhead shark lying on a street gutter, clearly far removed…


Japan’s Scariest Haunted House Experience Has Guests Wander Through An Abandoned Hospital

2017-09-15 04:49

Japan’s fascinating lore of vengeful spirits and abundance of spooky abandoned spots has resulted in some particularly interesting horror-themed services (as well as Instagram accounts), such as a taxi cab tour that drops you off at a series of haunted spots. Sometimes it’s the basics that are most terrifying, and that can be seen at Fuji-Q Highland’s Super Scary Labyrinth of Fear, an abandoned hospital-themed maze that claims to be the longest and scariest house of horrors in the world. Located in Yamanashi prefecture, the Fuji-Q Highland amusement park is most known for its adventurous roller coasters, it’s 900 meter long labyrinth of terror is one of its most sought-after…


Beautiful Mirror Landscape Rivaling Bolivia’s Salt Flats Found in Niigata Prefecture

2017-09-14 11:53

One of the most beautiful and otherworldly landscapes on our planet, the Salar de Uyuni in the Bolivian Altiplano is on the list of places to visit for many tourists headed to South America. When covered with a thin layer of rainwater, the largest salt flats in the world famously create perfectly smooth mirror-like vistas which are a favorite among photographers. However, as it turns out, Japan also has its own mirror landscape providing a breathtakingly beautiful scene. Niigata Prefecture-based photographer and Twitter user Shin Uehara posted these amazing shots of the Sasagawa Nagare coastline. source: @fuehrsn source: @fuehrsn source: @fuehrsn 新潟のウユニ 新潟県村上市の笹川流れで撮影した写真です! 岩場に囲まれた場所があり、とても美しくリフレクションしていました😆 #美しき新潟の風景 #写真好きと繋がりたい #ファインダー越しの私の世界 pic.twitter.com/zK0paecKw1 — uehara shin (@fuehrsn) 2017年9月11日…


Universal Studios Japan Is Opening Up Final Fantasy And Sailor Moon Attractions

2017-09-14 10:18

As part of their Universal Cool Japan initiative (an effort to promote popular Japanese entertainment around the world), Osaka’s Universal Studios Japan has often tapped into the appeal of popular Japanese video game and anime fiction, building attractions inspired by Neon Genesis Evangelion and even offering up a Super Nintendo World complete with Mario Kart racing. Now the park has announced that it will be introducing attractions inspired by two mega-popular franchises in Final Fantasy and Sailor Moon. 【更新】ユニバーサル・スタジオ・ジャパン®の大人気イベント『ユニバーサル・クールジャパン 2018』にセーラームーンの参加が決定しました!世界観をリアルに体感できるイベントです。https://t.co/DhSpGfeoMC pic.twitter.com/hcbYhSlMRu — セーラームーン25th公式 (@sailormoon_25th) 2017年9月13日 Starting on January 19th of 2018, USJ will offer a variety of Universal Cool Japan 2018 attractions inspired by Final Fantasy, Great Detective Conan, and…


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