Andrew Kane

Native of the middle-American rustbelt, full-time resident of Japan since 2013, Andrew has been bouncing back and forth between Japan and the US since the age of 17 when he spent a year attending high school in the icy hinterlands of Hokkaido. Now working as a full time writer/editor in Tokyo, he seldom makes use of his Master's Degree in Meiji Period Art History, preferring instead to spend his days engaged in grandfatherly pursuits including visits to public bathhouses and reflecting upon the virtues of his frugal, austere style of life —exciting! Other interests include old video games, pop cultural ephemera, and compulsively reading the news. Incidentally, Andrew has also attained an extremely marginal level of celebrity in Japan by appearing alongside his wife on a certain popular Japanese reality television show.

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See how this Japanese player clears this demonically difficult Super Mario Maker level!

Just watching this video gives us serious anxiety, but luckily this player clears this stage with ease — and they were only one of a handful players to accomplish this feat!

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【Monday Kickstart】Adorable Japanese cats sleep in strange places: a retrospective

We take a look back at a compilation of photos from Japanese net users of some of the most adorable and unexpected places cats have been caught napping over the years.

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Japanese inventor crafts homemade squirtgun that blasts thick plastic to pieces【Video】

Is this thing a toy or a lethal weapon? We’re not sure, but this video demonstration of a homemade water cannon is pretty impressive.

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This Kyoto landmark is offering a stunning new service!

For a fee, visitors to Kyoto will have the chance to illuminate one of the city’s most distinctive landmarks with a color (or two) of their choice!

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Did this animated Korean movie rip off Ghibli’s ‘Spirited Away’?

Director of the new animated film Moonlight Palace responds to allegations that his movie bears suspicious similarities to Ghibli’s masterpiece, Spirited Away.

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We tried the new McDonald’s Japanese seasonal exclusive “Full Moon Cheese Tsukimi Burger”!

What the heck is a ‘moon viewing’ burger? Why does McDonald’s Japan sell these lunar sandwiches at this time of year? Is it actually good? We solve all these riddles with this taste test!

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Video shows instant dog learns he’s actually going to the vet, not dog park

This dog’s face perfectly expresses  the feeling of those “oh, crap” moments in life.

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Is it possible to travel through a pipe from Tokyo to Rio? China’s best minds tackle the dilemma!

Prime Minister Abe’s bizarre yet awesome appearance at the closing ceremony of the Rio Olympics got many people thinking. Thinking a little too seriously maybe.

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See how this unbelievable Japanese robot makes sushi!

Japan’s robotics industry is freaking us out with this new sushi-bot. Is it the harbinger of an impending robopocalypse or merely a futuristic way to enjoy lunch? You be the judge!

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Japanese designers create a knit hat to help you look like Buddha

Japanese designers help you share your religious zeal (or irreverent sense of humor) with this quirky new hat that’ll make you look just like a statue of Buddha!

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Mosaic Sushi: gorgeous culinary craze sweeps the internet【Video】

It seems that sushi isn’t just delicious anymore — creative types online have transformed this classic staple of Japanese cuisine into Instagram-ready art!

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Japanese pet owner’s dead cat miraculously appears on Google Street View

This cat owner experienced a bittersweet reunion when his departed cat made an unexpected reappearence on the popular navigation service, Google Street View.

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Visit this Tokyo-area Ikea to find furniture, Swedish meatballs, goats, and — wait, goats?!

We discovered an unexpected sight during a recent trip to an IKEA in the suburbs of Tokyo.
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Pokédex, lies, and Jigglypuff: a cautionary tale

We tell the true-life story of a marriage brought to the brink of divorce by one man’s private Poké-passion!
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Hilarious Japanese hashtag celebrates most puzzling PokéStops in the country

The new hashtag offers a collection of some of the most unusually-named PokéStops in Japan, and some that just make us laugh.

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“Grand sponsor Tokyo day OH Christmas” — say what?

Japanese phrase misheard by overseas anime fan inspires amusement across the twittersphere. We solve the mystery of what it actually means!

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Pokémon GO enters partnership to help disaster-stricken regions of Japan 【Video】

Four prefectures in Japan team up with Pokémon GO developer Niantic to speed up their recovery.

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Critical hit! 30,000 visitors attend ‘Dragon Quest Museum’

A new interactive event in Japan offers a “brief history of slime” in commemoration of the legendary role playing game’s 30th anniversary.

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Emperor Akihito hints at abdication of throne in new video message

The Emperor’s decision to break his silence on the controversial issue has sparked considerable debate and contemplation in Japan.

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Amazing GIF compiles some of the best scenes inspired by Kaneda’s drifting in Akira

We doubt anyone could ever forget just how influential Akira is, but here’s a GIF to remind you just in case you ever do!

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