entertainment

A visit to statue of Tokyo comedian and COVID casualty Ken Shimura still brings smiles to hometown

Ken Shimura put Higashimurayama on the map, and now Higashimurayama has put up a statue of him.

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Statue of comedian Ken Shimura erected a year after death from COVID-19

A tribute to his contributions to Japanese comedy and culture.

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COVID-19 turnabout—pandemic in Japan unexpectedly revives, instead of exterminates, a dying art

Amidst the number of closed businesses and beleaguered industries, one has made a surprise comeback.

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Coronavirus gives birth to new “Screambulance” haunted house delivery in Japan【Photos】

When you can’t go out during the pandemic, this company will bring the terror to you. 

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Drive-in theater in Kanagawa to offer Makoto Shinkai movie showings, concerts, and more

Looking for something socially distant to do? Look no further than Yokosuka!

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Ken Shimura remembered for his huge contribution to the game Rock, Paper, Scissors in Japan

Let’s take a look at what is undoubtedly Shimura’s biggest cultural impact.

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20th Century Boys star Toshiaki Karasawa named Japanese Jack Bauer in 24 reboot

That could work.

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Budget entertainment: 12 fun things to do in Tokyo that will cost you absolutely nothing

Enjoy free foot spas or amazing views of the cityscape and save money while you’re at it.

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What is Japan’s most used on-demand video streaming service?

In the relatively new market of video services in Japan, one clearly stands above the rest. But you might be surprised what it is.

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Taiwanese food stall becomes Internet sensation after hiring sexy model to boost sales

Tons of customers queued in line for a chance to see the “Braised Sister” up close.

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40 ways foreign and Japanese TV dramas are different, according to our Japanese-language reporter

A lot’s been said about how foreign audiences feel about Japanese TV dramas, but what if we flip the script?

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Enjoy karaoke while high! High up in a Ferris wheel that is

Our skeptical writers wonder if the combination of singing and elevating is a winner or a bust.

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App lets you dance til you drop in Tokyo, with unlimited access to nightclubs for a flat rate

The self-proclaimed “Netflix of nightclubs” lets you enjoy Tokyo’s nightlife for a great price.

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Oh God It’s Friday: Japan hammers tabloid for driving popular actor to early retirement

Some of the more civilized comments against the tabloid Friday include “Die” and “Do you feed your families with the money you squeeze out of people’s souls?”

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The inevitable march of Pokemon Go clones continues as Korean publisher announces “Pororo Go”

The production house behind Korea’s hit kid’s show Pororo the Little Penguin recently announced a partnership with a developer to release an augmented reality game called Pororo Go.

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Hollywood reportedly wants to make a Pokémon live action film because of, you know, that one game

Thanks to Pokémon GO, Hollywood executives are reportedly super-interested (again) in the idea of a live-action Pokémon movie.

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Japanese radio host arrested after beating female co-host with microphone during live broadcast

67-year-old entertainer flies into violent rage during regular afternoon talk show.

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Get your battle armor ready for the interactive “hottie” Samurai & Ninja Show coming to Tokyo

Next weekend, handsome versions of some of Japan’s most prominent historical military figures will grace the stage in Asakusa for an interactive, foreigner-friendly show!

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Get ready for excitement, Japan—Steve Wozniak’s Comic Con is coming to Tokyo in December 2016!

Comic Con, a festival of pop culture and entertainment, will be coming to Tokyo next year, and they’ve already put on a huge announcement bash!

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How to do Japanese karaoke the right way: Six tips for newbies, mic hogs and nervous singers

Karaoke in Japan tends to be a little different from in the west, and it comes with its own set of rules and etiquette that it’s a good idea to learn if you want to keep being included in karaoke parties.

Whether it’s your first time ever singing in (semi-)public or you’re a seasoned karaoke veteran back home, these six tips for not being a total karaoke bore will help make your singing sessions super special (and not at all humiliating…).

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