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“Scholar” tops list of what Japanese boys want to be when they grow up, “restauranteur” for girls

Boy’s sporting ambitions slide in survey as girls stick with the same favorite for the 21st year running.

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【Lucky Bag Roundup 2018】Yodobashi Camera offers up a tablet box of techie dreams

Popular retail chain Yodobashi Camera sets the bar high with their “Tablet Computer Dreams i” New Year’s gift box. 

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Why right now is one of the best times of the year to shop for dojinshi manga and merch in Japan

Lucky bags always make January a great time to go shopping in Japan, but it’s the prime dojinshi-buying time for a very different reason.

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Japanese Twitter reacts to Logan Paul’s “Japanese Suicide Forest” video

Video showing body of man who committed suicide in Aokigahara forest was only up for a day, but the backlash is likely to last much longer.

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The five best anime of 2017【Seiji’s World of Anime】

The biggest otaku in the SoraNews24 office runs down his picks for the five series you need to see to feel like you “watched anime” in 2017.

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【Lucky Bag Roundup 2018】Animate’s awesome set has over 70 anime goodies for under 30 bucks

A near-unbeatable equation for anime otaku to start the new year with.

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【Lucky Bag Roundup 2018】McDonald’s Japan brings out exclusive goodies for customers this New Year

These are some of the cutest McDonald’s items we’ve ever seen!

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【Lucky Bag Roundup 2018】KFC Japan fukubukuro makes fried chicken dreams come true

Colonel Sanders has been kind to his finger-lickin’ customers this New Year.

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【Lucky Bag Roundup 2018】Meg tries her luck with a fukubukuro from Japan’s top lingerie maker

Intiame apparel lucky bag is available only through Amazon Japan.

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Researcher claims North Korea’s Kim Jong-un loved manga, got bad grades as a teen

Plus, his familial connection to Sailor Moon fandom.

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【Lucky Bag Roundup 2018】Krispy Kreme ups their game in these trying times for donuts

With a simple wish to start your year off with some tasty donuts, Krispy Kreme delivers big in this year’s bag.

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New Japanese takoyaki candy tastes so bad, even the makers doubted it would sell

But boy were they wrong.

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Bad weather ruined your chance to see Mt. Fuji? This Japanese hotel will give you a free room

Because when your name is the Hotel Mt. Fuji, you want your customers to be sure they’re going to see Japan’s most famous mountain.

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Starbucks’ new matcha cheese Frappuccino is here, but can this crazy combo work?【Taste test】

Frappuccino connoisseur Meg muses on mascarpone green tea beverage.

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Our reporter Meg turns her lens on 12 months’ worth of steamy male skin, including borderline-illegal cosplay.

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Japanese arcade owner arrested for allegedly rigging crane games to be unwinnable

Japan’s first-ever crane game fraud investigation claims arcades used secret setting so prizes could only be won in employee demonstrations.

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Butter on sushi? We’d heard it was great, but we wouldn’t believe it without trying it ourselves

Fans swear this sushi restaurant’s butter unagi is amazing, so we taste-tested it.

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Starbucks promises “new world of matcha” with green tea cheese Frappuccino, citrus green tea

Two new beverages are ready to take green tea sweets to unexplored areas of your palate.

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Apple still lets video game developers keep their loot box odds a secret in Japan

Recent rule that companies must disclose probabilities not yet added to Japanese App Store, perhaps due to cultural differences.

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New Pokémon earrings and hair accessories will have you looking Pikachu-perfect

Need something special to finish off your holiday party outfit? Let Pikachu and Eevee help.

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