Koh Ruide

Born in Singapore, Ray left the island nation and spent a decade immersing himself in Melbourne's coffee culture. Fate would have none of that, and whisked him to Japan to fulfill his childhood dream of piloting an Evangelion unit. While he has yet to meet Rei Ayanami in the flesh, he has instead settled for savoring all the weird and wonderful foods that Japan has to offer. He is always on the lookout for all things unique and exciting. Luckily for him, Japan is never short on those.

All Stories by Koh Ruide

Recent opening dash of 2018 Winter Comiket the last in the Heisei era, new race tactic observed

Never underestimate the power of the elevator.

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Spirit of volunteering strong for Tokyo 2020 Olympics, but data suggests something may be off

Outstanding Japanese student participation may not be what it seems.

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Japanese police requests train stations in Shibuya to shut exits during New Year countdown

Measures to reduce problems related to overcrowding have ramped up this year.

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Cosmetic brand Kate to hand out exclusive cosplay makeup handbook for free at Winter Comiket

If you’re planning to attend Winter Comiket this year, be sure to drop by their booth for some valuable cosmetic tips.

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Japanese students’ eyesight the worst in recent years, smartphones and mobile games are blamed

A potential heavy price to pay for convenience and entertainment?

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Let’s talk about chips: Japanese netizens weigh in on the ten best potato chips in the country

Latest chip ranking reveals a preference for simple flavors.

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Massive hot spring theme park coming to Osaka Bay Hotel, a dream come true for onsen lovers

Customers get to enjoy four floors of steamy hot baths, exquisite restaurants, and fun activities right in the heart of Osaka.

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Train etiquette: top ten inconsiderate behaviors that tick Japanese train commuters off the most

Times have changed over the years, but one particular offence has steadily climbed its way up the list.

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Abysmal viewer ratings for Pokémon anime series does not worry its broadcaster the slightest bit

After all, it’s been through worse before.

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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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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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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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Nifty Japanese rice wine kit lets you brew your own tasty sake in the comfort of your own home

Now you can make awesome sake like a pro, too.

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Star Wars-themed eyewear arrives in Japan, lets you see The Force with unparalleled clarity

Spoil yourself with a pair of shadowy Darth Vader sunglasses or a golden C-3PO frame.

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Nissin collaborates with taxi app to introduce “Donbei Cabs”, offers users free rides this month

Reserve these cute cabs to pick you up from select areas for a free ride to any of the 23 wards of Tokyo.

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Spinning fiber optic light lets users cradle a swirling ball of energy in their hands

Home gadget meant for decoration doubles as Naruto’s Rasengan!

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Pokémon Company’s job listing hints at a new Pokémon game coming to smartphones

Signs point to either a port of its existing trading card game or something entirely new.

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Gorgeous funicular route in China is so beautiful, it looks like something out of a movie【Video】

This is one eight-minute long ride you will remember for the rest of your life.

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Exclusive hand-painted Louis Vuitton-Azur Lane secret collaboration project mystifies netizens

That is one amazing custom-made luxury bag.

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