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“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…


Wanted: Apprentice to Last Living Expert in Shabari, Artisanal Craft Crucial to Japanese Textile Tradition. All Nationalities Accepted.

2017-09-11 04:11

In a tweet which got shared over 46,000 times, Ise-Katagami textile stencil artist and self-styled “hybrid craftsman” Atsushi Kimura sent out the following desperate plea for help: “Isn’t there anyone who would like to be the only craftsman in Japan? For shabari, a craft necessary for Ise-Katagami. The only living craftsman is here in Shiroko (a district in Suzuka, Mie Prefecture) and he’s already in his late 70s. Every day, he says: “I want to quit” but he can’t because he keeps getting job requests from all over Japan. Someone help!” 誰かさ〜日本で唯一の職人になりたいっ!ってひといませんか?? 伊勢型紙に必要な紗張り職人。これ、日本全国みても白子に1人しかおらず、その1人ももう70後半。「もう辞めたい」と言いながらも、全国から仕事がくるから辞めようにも辞めれず… だーれーかー!! — ハイブリッド職人 木村あつし (@atsushi800) 2017年9月1日 Ise-Katagami Ise-Katagami (伊勢型紙), the Japanese craft of making paper stencils for…


Sake Lovers’ Paradise Serves Over 100 Sakes From Mini-Vending Machines at 100 Yen a Cup

2017-09-08 09:15

Japan is famous for its astounding variety of vending machines selling almost everything under the sun, including dashi cooking stock, specialty goods from rural areas and such esoteric items as ema prayer plaques to hang in Shinto shrines, as you can see here, or even bicycles. But when it comes to sake, vending machine offerings are often limited to just one or two varieties at most. Not exactly a happy solution for the sake connoisseur. However, if you want the convenience of sake dispensed on demand but also seek to enjoy numerous varieties of sake, there is a paradise waiting for you in Niigata Prefecture, less than 90 minutes away…


Kitty Staff Strut Their Stuff At New Super Luxurious Cat Lounge Cafe

2017-09-06 06:42

Of Japan’s wide selection of animal cafes–cafes where you can enjoy a beverage while playing with, petting, and feeding animals–there has been a recent trend toward more exotic animals. However, by far the most common variety is that of cat cafes. So in order you stand out as a business, it makes sense to offer up a particularly cute gimmick, like a cat cafe in Saitama where the feline staff is known for cosplaying in their spare time. And while there are many uncomfortable with the idea of cat cafes in general, there are many that simultaneously operate as shelters where you can actually buy a cat–and even one that…


1,500 Pikachus Invade Yokohama For The Annual Pikachu Festival–This Time With Boats And Blimps!

2017-08-10 02:27

In what has become an annual event in Yokohama’s Minato Mirai area, the The Pikachu Outbreak Festival runs for nearly a week long (8/9-8/15 this year) never fails to impress with its inexorable onslaught of Pikachus. Home of Japan’s longest running Pokemon Center store, every year Yokohama is invaded by 1,500 Pikachus who dance, march, and cuddle guests in a festival that takes over major train lines and buildings with Pikachu decorations. This year, however, the Pikachu army isn’t just marching through the streets–they are taking to both air and land in the form of Pikachu boats and blimps! 輸送 #ピカチュウ大量発生チュウ pic.twitter.com/fkkVDid4Sj — オーナー🍕🌭🍢 (@hurousu_07) 2017年8月9日 #ピカチュウ大量発生チュウ pic.twitter.com/GOwTo5Y3U8 — ナーミ…


Tokyo’s New Life-Size Gundam Will Be Bigger And Better, And Even Has A Moving Head

2017-08-09 11:37

You might remember the bittersweet end to the 18 meter tall landmark Gundam statue in Tokyo’s Odaiba last march. The nostalgic life-size statue of the RX-78-2 Gundam was dismantled in dramatic fashion, but Mobile Suit enthusiasts were pleased to hear that a bigger and better fullscale replacement was being built, modeled after the RX-0 Unicorn Gundam and standing at 19.7 meters. 実物大ユニコーンガンダム立像、ツノ(Vアンテナ)の開閉動画。ツノ割れ→ユニコーンモード→ツノ割れ。ちょっとアップにし過ぎた。手持ち撮影なので揺れます。劇中の変身と同じくらいかな、結構速いですね('д')#実物大ユニコーン進捗 pic.twitter.com/tPSxPIKpTk — 湘南パイ(裏ブブリム) (@ShonanPai) 2017年8月2日 While not yet completed, some sneak peek footage has revealed that much like in the Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn television show, this new life-size Gundam will have a functional head unit with moving antenna! When the RX-0 Unicorn Gundam Mobile Suit shifts into…


Japanese Town Keeps Promise To Open Up A Hot Spring Themed Spamusement Park

2017-08-02 08:42

You may remember that last year, the mayor of Beppu city in Kyushuu, famous for its hot spring resorts, created a promotional video for his proposed concept of a hot spring-themed amusement park where guests could enjoy the refreshing experience of traditional Japanese hot springs while riding roller coasters and other attractions. While it seemed ridiculous at the time, the mayor promised to open up the park if the promotional video went viral with over one million views and cleared a crowdfunding goal. After those hurdles were easily cleared, visual plans for the park were released and now the park has arrived. たなともさん(@tana__tomo)がシェアした投稿 – 2017 7月 31 9:06午後 PDT While…


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…


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…


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