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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SamuraiGuitarist’s Disney song medley will bring a smile to your face【Video】

The classic sing-along-songs of a million childhoods seamlessly blended and performed for your listening pleasure by a samurai in a dapper suit.

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We investigate a Japanese military base convenience store – no need to enlist!

Courageously protecting Japan with the aid of garrison-exclusive convenience store meals and socks.

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Kirin beer company toasts same-sex marriages for its employees

A step towards same-sex marriages being officially recognised throughout Japan?

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Malaysian man pays over US$46,000 to look like Final Fantasy’s Squall Leonhart【Photos】

A shed-load of plastic surgery and cosmetic products later, the model looks (a bit) like his Final Fantasy VIII video game mercenary inspiration.

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One Piece, Star Wars and other characters come to life with mind-bending art within art 【Photos】

Can you identify Ah Leung‘s gorgeous Magic Eye-style film and anime characters?

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Freemason toys now on sale in Japan

A shadowy organisation wreathed in mystery and the basis of a thousand and one conspiracy theories, now with collectibles!

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Overworked Japanese monk cured by the power of online gaming

Online warrior monk gets his real-life HP restored.

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Seven diet-sabotaging Japanese foods to avoid…or seek out!

Despite its healthy holier-than-thou image, Japanese food has more than a few calorific goodies/evil temptations.

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It’s official: You can’t be angry at Doge【Video】

Not when he has the cutest face, and eyes that have seen an eternity of sorrow.

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Looking for love in Japan? Come to the Aiseki Beach House this summer!

Meet singles and eat and drink as much as you like in a prime location right next to the Pacific. And all for free (if you’re a girl).

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Beautiful papercraft commercial celebrates 106 years of Japanese company Idemitsu【Video】

A blend of modern and traditional designs come together for a whistle-stop tour.

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Husband “Death Note” shows dark side of Twitter, and married life

Fortunately for these bad husbands, no “shinigami” death gods seem involved…yet.

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AKB48 mega-fan creates labour-saving CD packaging-opening machine【Video】

Although presumably created at great expense and effort.

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Bath transforms Japanese Twitter beauty’s appearance…and seemingly gender too!

Twitter user goes from girliest of girls to manliest of men in two minutes flat.

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Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen creator Piko Taro to get the anime treatment

Piko Taro‘s comedy gets a fairy tale animation makeover.
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Japanese high school student’s workshop project blows minds, hides things.

Looks like a simple block of wood? There’s a secret inside, or at least there could be!

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Japanese survey reveals the reason for Your Name’s immense popularity

It turns out a specific demographic of the audience is the driving force behind the animated hit’s domestic success.

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Bright, fresh, breezy, and nowhere safe to pick your nose or scratch your arse?

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Hatsune Miku goes retro sci-fi with God of Manga-style makeover

Vocaloid star Hatsune Miku meets the “God of Manga,” Osamu Tezuka, in new exhibition.

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ANA’s gluten-free meal? A single banana, allegedly

Have a banana? No joke.

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