Urusei Yatsura Cafe opening in Tokyo, four other cities to celebrate manga/anime’s 40th birthday

Come for the food and drink inspired by Rumiko Takahashi’s first manga series, stay for the special guest appearance by Maison Ikkoku.

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Former Japanese porn star Sola Aoi announces pregnancy, hits back at trolls

Aoi has a message for those who say they “feel sorry for the children of adult video actresses”.

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New Final Fantasy sake from “Black Dragon” brewery features awesome Yoshitaka Amano illustration

200-year-old sake brewery teams up with Final Fantasy’s legendary designer for a very special crossover.

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Japanese man in trouble for taking 11-second nap on train…that he was a conductor for

Taking a nap on the train in Japan is A-OK if you’re a passenger. Otherwise, not so much.

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Taiwanese model selling fish draws a crowd to her family’s business【Videos】

Is there something a little bit fishy about this fishmonger?

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Explosion in Sapporo injures dozens following gas tank fire at real estate agency【Video, photos】

Explosion occurred during dinner rush at second-floor restaurant.

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Revolutionary A.I. voice software produces incredible vocals that sound just like a real human

The day when human singers get replaced by A.I. inches that much closer.

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Expert paper crafter fashions more wondrous creations from popular Japanese snack packaging

The creativity and talent is seriously impressive.

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Girl’s hair-flavored fried chicken now on sale, is embarrassingly delicious

We try Tenka Torimasu‘s latest girl-flavored chicken and learn there really is no dignified way of ordering it.

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Japanese illustrator designs dental clinic billboard to look like an ad for an awesome anime

Makes us wonder if there will be an action-packed dentist anime someday.

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Want some bling in your snack? Koikeya’s new luxury chips features actual gold leaf

Koikeya has a new item in their line of Pride Potato luxury chips, and the special ingredient is golden — quite literally! 

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Annual Japanese horse racing event to start off with a bang by collaborating with… Gundam?!

Welcome to Japan, where robots riding on horses can be a thing.

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A visit to the back-alley Tokyo ramen restaurant listed in the Michelin dining guide

Amazing ramen that’s well worth stepping off the main road for.

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Japanese police officer admits he was looking at porn on his phone while suspect escaped lockup

“To serve and protect” gets trumped by “to ogle and leer” as violent-crime suspect slips out of detention center.

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Japan’s number-one cosplayer plans first major photo album with Dragon Ball, One Piece outfits

Enako is ready to take her cosplay act to its biggest stage yet with a brand-new photo collection produced by manga mega-publisher Shueisha.

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We visited Tokyo’s samurai-period style cat cafe, and here’s why you should too【Photos】

The Edo Neko Chaya has a beautiful interior, charming kitties, and a heartwarming mission.

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For the Dragon Ball fan who has everything: A gold super Saiyan Goku pendant with diamond hair

Anime’s most famous martial artist enters his ultimate-bling form, and so does one of his many rivals-turned friends.

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We try cold soba with a creamy and delicious soy milk broth. It’s better than it sounds!

An unlikely pairing makes for delightful flavoring, and it’s vegetarian-friendly too!

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Five lies to help you get out of Japan’s dreaded end-of-the-year office parties

Attending the company’s “forget the year party” is all but required in Japan, but there are ways out, say the people who came up with these five fibs.

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Calendar sales of a certain foreign world leader are surpassing those of native stars in Japan

Perhaps even stranger still, this particular person has achieved an almost cult-like status among some Japanese women.

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