Richard Simmonds

Originally from Sussex in the UK, Richard came to Japan for the first time in 2011 to teach English. Deciding that only one stint as a student wasn’t enough he returned to go to university in Osaka where he still lives, working slowly towards his inevitable destiny of being killed in an avalanche of manga and textbooks, surrounded by the discarded wrappers of assorted matcha-flavour sweets and biscuits. Whilst continuing his love-hate- hate relationship with the Japanese language he works as a translator, writer and sometime bar pet gaijin.

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Japanese Twitter goes crazy for cute Russian Hatsune Miku cosplayer【Video, Photos】

Vocaloid virtual singer Hatsune Miku comes to life in cute Russian cosplayer, Saya Scarlet.

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You’re so cute when you’re angry. Shiba Inu gets angry at mocking mini-me toy【Video】

Nobody likes a copy-cat, or even, it seems, a copy Shiba Inu dog.

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Japan by motorbike! Japanese biker captures his incredible round-Japan road trip on camera 【Vid】

Biker captures beautiful and varied scenery of Japan, friendliness of fellow travellers, edited down into two short montage pieces.

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We try out some space-saving jeans-folding wizardry, perfect for travelling light【Photos】

Folding magic that’s handy in a number of situations, including travel.

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Japanese people list their top ten fish, and tuna isn’t number one

Land of the Rising Salmon, as survey respondents choose their favourite fish.

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On behalf of the Moon, we’ll govern you? Rumours Sailor Moon creator will run for office

What campaign promises might Sailor Moon creator Naoko Takeuchi make, if she throws her hat into the political ring?

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FIFA 18 Nintendo Switch version’s colour-blind bugs level the playing field 【Video】

Detective Conan-like criminal silhouettes invade the pitch in Switch-specific glitch.

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Japanese Twitter artist considers the terrifying realities of hugging spiky Pokémon

Knowing which Pokémon to hug can make the difference between a good time and grievous injury.

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Re-do all your mistakes? Never die? All possible, if a well turns out to actually be a save point

Move over fountain of youth, Japanese Twitter user may have found a real-life save point, in a park.

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Welcome to the age of the “Insta-view”: Instagram interviews become popular in Japan

Growing number of companies expect job candidates to exhibit Instagram skills as part of the selection process.

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Show your love of erotic manga and anime, and disdain of social conventions, with a T-shirt!

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Japanese requirement for tattoo artists to have medical licenses may be nail in industry’s coffin

Osaka district court ruling says tattooing isn’t art, it’s a medical procedure.

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Eight Tales of the Unexpected (Japanese Twitter edition)

Introducing some of the strange situations that had Japanese Twitter users both amused, and bemused.

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Save yourself hundreds of yen at CoCo Ichibanya curry chain through menu mastery!

Taking advantage of the menu options can have you stuffing your face with delicious curry rice, for less.

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New mystery meat in the Mystery Meat Festival Cup Noodle【Taste Test】

Ten times the meat, twice the mystery in Nissin’s latest dehydrated riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma, inside a plastic pot.

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Can you guess the age of Taiwan’s “Never-fading Beauty”?【Photos】

Taiwanese model and actress Lin Chi-Ling has fans in her native Taiwan and abroad in a tizzy at her Instagram photos.

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Heart-meltingly adorable kitten twins share bed, and Internet’s love【Videos】

There were two in the bed, and the little one said… “Meow”, or perhaps “Nyah”.

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Invasion of privacy? Survey asks workers about social media friend requests from the boss

You have one new friend request: Survey answers reveal workers’ dilemma and bosses’ motivation.

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J!NS and Japan Rail East collaborate to bring a small piece of train history to your face

Having a face like the back-end of a bus is less than desirable, but how about a face like the front of a train?

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YouTube goes crazy for “Bubbly” high school girls’ amazing retro ’80s dance routine 【Video】

School dance club’s ’80s get-up and fantastic choreography nets millions of views in just two days.

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