Japan

Anime vs. idols? Latest annual otaku survey shows where fans are spending their money

One type of surveyed otaku spends twice as much as almost any other.

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Survey shows Japanese women would love to be getting some chocolate on Valentine’s Day too

New social movement gives rise to a new word: gyaku choco.

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Nintendo announces return of Dr. Mario this summer to smartphones worldwide

Everyone’s favorite physician who likes to get high from mushrooms is back!

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Japanese kids can get boo-boos treated by augmented reality anime characters in Bandai-d form

These Bandai band-aids come with an app that lets Super Sentai or PreCure characters wish away the pain. Aww!

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San Francisco’s Dumpling Time arrives in Japan, opens in downtown Tokyo

Mr Sato meets the King-Dum Xiaolongbao.

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Ariana Grande’s “7 Rings” Japanese tattoo fail spawns hilarious parody tattoos online

Her kanji tattoo doesn’t make sense in any language, but the humour is universal.

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Japanese mom finds kid’s cute rice bowl contains tale of dinosaur infidelity, illegitimate child

Eat up, kids! Also, be aware that sometimes mommies and daddies sleep around.

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Limited edition lucky cat lunch boxes are back, promise to make your food too cute to eat

The cat-shaped boxes come in three adorable varieties.

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“Do you have a lot of money?” Japanese kid crushes day care worker with innocent cruelty

Care provider admits he doesn’t, and the kids aren’t at all surprised.

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Tokyo anime toymaker has the world’s coolest office entrance【Video】

The spirit of anime runs strong through Bandai Spirits’ office culture, where just going to the conference room is a dramatic experience.

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New Sweet Sake Pocky showcases the flavour of a centuries-old Japanese sake brewery in Tokyo

Special regional-exclusive release uses ingredients from the only sake brewery in the 23 wards of Tokyo.

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Nintendo announces first-ever dedicated Nintendo shop in Japan, set to open in Tokyo

And, surprise, it’s not coming to video game mecca Akihabara.

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Photographic evidence that the fourth and final new Evangelion anime movie has started production

Director and voice cast of groundbreaking, long-stalled anime franchise gather for formal ceremony.

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Japanese Twitter invites you to run the adorable Snoopy marathon hiding in Tokyo

One of the coolest points is the identity of the real-world location that forms Snoopy’s ear.

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Japanese beer giant Asahi buys British London Pride brewery; U.K. writer hopping mad

Would a London Pride beer brewed in the same location under Japanese management still taste as patriotic? Both sides weigh in.

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Film about Japanese-Russian POW romance gets crowdfunding project for screening in Russia

In an age fraught with international tensions, a new movie co-produced by Russia and Japan sends a powerful message that love transcends language and borders.

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Let’s make some French cuisine using two bucks worth of junk food from the convenience store!

This dish made with a cheese stick and Pringles pairs well with a nice Auvergne red.

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How women can shoot down dessert dates before they’re even invited, according to Japanese Twitter

It’s all in how you answer “What kind of sweets do you like?”

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Mr Sato steps inside the Embassy of Afghanistan in Tokyo【Photos】

A number of embassies in Japan are opening their doors to the public for a limited time. 

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Giri obligation chocolates seen as power harassment, more Japanese companies ban practice

Survey results indicate that Japan’s Valentine’s Day custom of giri choco may soon become a thing of the past. 

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