Tokyo Olympic Committee trains 220 “hackers” to protect games

The real global competition might be going on behind the scenes.

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High school students create petition to change the name of Family Mart’s “Mom’s Diner” line

These students object to the unconscious sexism of the name.

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Company PET partners with Kyoto temple to offer genuine funeral services for beloved pets

New collaboration services honor your departed pets as full members of the family while also granting you and your remaining family some closure.

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Japanese shrine may have created the most Kyoto-like “wear a mask” reminder ever

Fushimi Inari-taisha did all sorts of things to keep visitors safe this New Year’s, and one may be steeped in the local culture’s velvety harshness.

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Starbucks Japan lucky bag showdown! We snag three fukubukuro, but are they all the same?【Pics】

You can always count on cool drinkware, cute plushies, and free coffee from Starbucks Japan at New Year’s.

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The Animate anime lucky bag is an otaku mind-blowing value【Photos】

SoraNews24’s otaku reporter heads to one of Tokyo’s biggest anime fan neighborhoods and gets a massive return on his fukubukuro investment.

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You can eat bonsai trees? Sure, if they’re made of chocolate like this DIY kit【Video】

Okashi de Tsukuru Bonsai is beautiful to look at…until you inevitably eat it.

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7-Eleven Japan to double the shelf life of their onigiri rice balls

7-Eleven Japan announces their efforts to dramatically reduce food waste at its stores. 

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A totally classy gigantic anime girl bust for your home【Photos】

Is this a 1:1-scale figure of A Certain Scientific Railgun’s Mikoto, or a 1/2 1:1 one?

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We visit a Brazilian buffet in Shimane Prefecture, eat so much beef and sausage we forget dessert

The food was delicious, even though we didn’t get to try Brazil’s most famous dish. 

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After three years and 10 months, the deepest secret of Nier: Automata has been found【Video】

But does a “beat the game” code cheapen the message of Yoko Taro’s video game masterpiece?

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Mr. Sato remembers the hit song of 2020, it’s because of that $100 Dolce & Gabbana mask of his

Can you put a price on true comfort? Dolce & Gabbana can.

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Saitama city decides to build first new cinema complex in almost 30 years

It will hopefully see some use when it’s finished in 2022.

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Is it okay to bleach hair that has been surgically transplanted? Seiji reports on his hairline

Our resident otaku signed up to be the Internet’s guinea pig…the first to document bleaching his transplanted hair.

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Top 100 manga of all time chosen by survey of 150,000 Japanese people

Which of the thousands of titles came out on top?

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There’s no reason not to play with your food with this natto in Nanoblock form

All we have to say is that this is one curiously clever fermented soy toy for the win.

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AliExpress sets new standard for “creepy cute” with Pikacentipede plushie

Human Centipede, watch out. There’s a new challenger in town.

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Japanese Twitter shows reality of living in snowy Hokkaido, and it’s magical

Living in a snowy place is tough, but can be gorgeous too!

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When Kyoto snow falls, this mountain shrine becomes one of the most beautiful places in the city

Grab your coat, because winter is an amazing time to see Kyoto’s Kifune Shrine.

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Ring in the new year with papercraft tuna and plate of nigiri sushi from Sushi Zanmai

Despite the fact that we’re entering the Year of the Ox, might as well start off with some fish.

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