Kyoto slammed for manga telling people not to talk at restaurants

Four-panel manga fires up the Internet. 

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Gorilla with a randoseru backpack and elementary school student cap is Japan’s newest WTF gacha

There’s a lot to unpack in this new six-piece collection.

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Japanese game developer reveals the rags-to-relevance tale behind his mobile JRPG

He allegedly had just 20,000 yen (US$188.87) left in savings when the game was released.

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Rising sun removed from Street Fighter II background in game’s latest re-release

The sun sets on E. Honda’s bathhouse mural design 30 years after it first appeared.

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Sakura tacos? The Tokyo treat we didn’t know we needed until right now

A totally unique bite to eat in one of the city’s favorite cherry blossom-viewing spots.

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Ichiran ramen vs. Ichiran instant ramen: The ultimate taste test right outside the store

Running out of the ramen restaurant to eat its instant version seconds afterwards on the street is the kind of reporting you won’t get anywhere else.

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Mos Burger adds sliced bread to their menus in Japan

Fast food chain surprises everyone by branching out into the bread market. 

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Man vs. Steak: We band together to eat 4.5 kilograms of beef at Ikinari Steak

Will the power of four of our reporters be enough to vanquish 10 pounds of meat?

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Summer Wars director Mamoru Hosoda reveals trailer for new anime movie, Belle【Video】

Wolf Children creator says his latest anime is a mix of romance, action, and suspense.

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Is the six-foot long Subway Sub coming to Japan?

All signs point to yes!!!

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Leader of political party that refuses to pay NHK ordered to pay NHK

It will be the hardest 40 bucks he ever spent.

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Private teleworking booths–how much work can you get done in one? We test it out

Sure, they’re convenient, but can you actually get work done in them?

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Japan petitions to add 40 traditional folk dances to UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage list

If approved, the new additions would join one dance already on the list under the collective title of “Elegant Dances.”

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Tokyo cat shelter and coworking space lets you be productive with cats

Working with cats might actually be counterproductive, but who could say no?

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Brown-haired girl sues Japanese school for telling her to dye hair black, court makes decision

Four-year lawsuit ends with win for former student, but not the one she was hoping for.

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Anime figures damaged in earthquake? Tokyo manufacturer offers to repair them for free

A new lease on life for figures from series about rebirth.

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Coronavirus vaccinations finally begin in Japan【Video】

Eight inoculation centers begin administering shots as first vaccine shipment arrives in the country.

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Drummer wows Internet with miniature taiko gacha capsule toy performance 【Videos】

Taiko capsule toy level: Expert!

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Fukushima supermarket sells earthquake-damaged beers as “heroes”

A good beer has character.

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Official Super Mario 35th anniversary theme song is filled with Easter eggs non-gamers will miss

Gen Hoshino’s musical love letter to the Nintendo series is filled with fun for fans and newbies alike.

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