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Takarazuka musical theater fans might be the nicest in the world, according to Japanese Twitter

They only want to share their love of Takarazuka with everyone else!

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Our Japanese-language reporter dressed up to woo his celebrity crush, but it didn’t go as planned

Someone really should have warned everyone involved about what was going to happen.

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Bruno Mars throws towel at model for using phone at Japanese concert, she mistakes it as a gift

The lost-in-translation moment went straight to #1 trending on Japanese YouTube.

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Tokyo cosplay studio to hold photography event just for dolls and figures this summer

For a single day in June, cosplay studio Haco Stadium will be welcoming dolls, instead of people, to partake in photo shoots at their Ikebukuro location.

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Love-all: Prince of Tennis jackets are a real winner

There are plenty of sports manga and anime whose fictional teams’ paraphernalia can be purchased in the real world. The teams might be fictional, but our love for them is as real as that which we may have for any flesh-and-blood sports team, and if you’re a Prince of Tennis fan the good news is that you’re about the get the chance to subtly express your meta fandom by wearing one of these brand new jackets inspired by the clothing seen in the show!

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Why do otaku walk so fast? “They are bound for the future!”

The Japanese stereotype for otaku is far from pretty. Hardcore fans of anime and video games are largely regarded as social outcasts and are characterized as unkempt men in button-up plaid shirts, high-waisted pants and running shoes, carrying around backpacks and shuffling quickly through the streets of Akihabara on the hunt for the latest game, hardware or erotic 2-D merchandise.

The Japanese text board 2channel appears very well acquainted with this skittish sub-section of society, so when someone asked why it is that otaku walk so fast, the anonymous responders had a lot to say, and it certainly opened our eyes!

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