Joan Coello

Native to the sweltering lands of Singapore, Joan spent a substantial amount of her teenage years gnawing through translated versions of Japanese manga and dubbed anime. Picking up the language sparked off something in her to abandon years of education and experience in design to pursue a career in translation instead. After spending a couple of years localizing Japanese product packaging and mobile games for the English-speaking population, Joan gave in to her longing for the magical land of Japan and leapt into the arms of Tokyo (missing by a bit and landing in Kanagawa prefecture). In her free time, she continues to nibble on Japanese manga and anime, now savoring them in full authentic flavor.

All Stories by Joan Coello

Kanna Hashimoto to star alongside Shun Oguri in Gintama live-action movie

If you haven’t heard, Gintama is getting a live-action movie adaptation in 2017!

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South Korean “Poktanju Ajumma” wows with her cocktail party tricks【Videos】

Poktanju, sometimes known as Soju Bomb in English, is a cocktail popular in South Korea, and this lady is the queen of making them pop.

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Transform your hairdo in the name of the moon with these Sailor Moon kanzashi!

Wargo Nippon’s new collection of Sailor Moon kanzashi are here just in time for yukata season!

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Personified drinks are are singing, dancing and “Making Love” as Cocktail Princes in Japan

If there’s any trend our posts in the past couple of years have shown, it’s that the Japanese can and will personify absolutely anything.

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Cosplay ideals vs. reality, part 5: Props gone wild edition【Photos】

Sometimes it’s not about the quality of your props, but how you use them.

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We made the biggest burger possible at McDonald’s Singapore’s “Create Your Taste” kiosk!

Because the “Create Your Taste” service isn’t available at McDonald’s Japan (yet).

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Tamoya Udon in Singapore has something its outlets in Japan don’t

Guess what Singaporeans spice up their udon with!

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We caught the Angry Birds limited-time menu at McDonald’s Singapore!

A couple of weeks ago, Angry Birds crash landed into Singapore with a furiously red burger, spicy nuggets and a Chuck-coloured McFlurry.

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Arrive tired and jet off refreshed at Korea’s First Class “healing cafe”!

A new cafe chain has taken flight in South Korea, bringing “first class” relaxation service to shopping malls with its airline concept.

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Singapore’s favourite jerky coming to tantalize taste buds in Tokyo this summer

Foodies in Japan are about to get a well-barbecued piece of Singapore this coming summer.

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This South Korean cafe has the most fashionable coffee cups we’ve ever seen

Even coffee cups have a wardrobe these days.

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Rejoice! Anime about boys who love Boys’ Love coming this summer!

Because fujoshi aren’t the only ones who enjoy watching boys getting it on. Finally, some love for fudanshi!

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Behind every awesome cosplay, there are cosplay elves that lurk in the darkness 【Photos】

Getting the perfect cosplay shot is never easy. Some poses call for the powers of mysterious disappearing cosplay elves!

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In the name of the NEETs… Osomatsu and brothers have transformed into Sailor Senshi!

The colourful sextuplets from hit anime Osomatsu-san have transformed into the Sailor Moon cast and are here to punish you in the name of the NEETs!

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How long is your pinky? Your smallest finger may reveal your biggest personality secrets!

Our nails may reveal a lot about us, and so may our middle and index fingers, but so do the length of our pinkies (apparently).

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Love at first song? Turn any anime or movie scene into a romantic moment with this track!

If life were like a movie, then it’d have to have a soundtrack, and Japanese net users have found a song that turns any encounter into one of blossoming love.

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Male teacher in China cosplays as female characters, gets discovered by his own student

How would you react if you found out not only that your teacher cosplays female characters, but that he’s kind of a cutie too?

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Have a piece of One Piece’s Devil Fruit…cake! Super powers not guaranteed

One Piece fans in South Korea are getting a piece of the superpower-granting Devil Fruit in the form of Devil Cake!

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Seven reasons why 80 percent of young South Koreans don’t want to live in their own country

South Korea is a popular travel destination adored by many, but a recent survey suggests that almost 80 percent of its citizens want out. Why?

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Snow Miku is back, and this time she’s collaborating with μ’s from Love Live!

It’s less than a month till the Snow Miku 2016 festival! And even more fans will be delighted this year, as Miku teams up with μ’s from Love Live!

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