interview

Why are people moving in droves to Fukuoka Prefecture? We asked someone who did for some insight

What’s the appeal of the more rural southwestern prefecture over a centralized urban lifestyle?

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How Japan helped Ben Verlander meet his favorite player Shohei Ohtani [Interview]

Ohtani’s pull is so huge that even his most outspoken fan in the U.S. finds fame in Japan.

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The Japanese convenience store with a secret DJ booth in the basement

“Record Conveni” is the coolest combini in town!

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Why are there so many reincarnation and villainess anime and manga? Manga editor explains

We sit down for an interview with an industry pro and learn about “zamaa-style” manga too.

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Learn how to crush walnuts with your butt from Japan’s Guinness World Record holder【Video】

Will our butts survive the crushing blows of victory?

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We caught up with Travis Japan to chat dancing, anime dreams, and back scratchers

We interview the all-male J-Pop group Travis Japan in the midst of their trailblazing efforts in the U.S.

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Why are almost all women you see riding rickshaws in Japan cute? We ask a pro, learn two reasons

Our Japanese reporter has his impression confirmed.

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How do Japan’s host club hosts get their professional names? We talk with five Kabukicho pros

Interviews reveal backstories behind the genjina.

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Japanese drummer makes rubber chicken cover of Attack on Titan Theme 【Interview】

No live chickens were harmed in the making of this masterpiece.

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What’s the true reason for Japanese train delays classed as “customer support”?

When you hear this term being used on trains, it’s often a euphemism for something more serious.

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Meet the Japanese grandma who manually operates vending machines in the countryside

A unique place where there really is a person inside the machine. 

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Living with coronavirus in a Japanese share house

Firsthand account reveals there are pros and cons to catching the virus in a communal living environment.

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Hayao Miyazaki gives interview on Earwig and the Witch, praises use of CG and son’s skills【Video】

Studio Ghibli legend also says what modern children are missing that kids had back in his day.

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Studio Ghibli producer makes bombshell anime revelations during online Q&A

Howl’s Moving Castle has a prequel? Why does Ghibli food look so good? Is Hayao Miyazaki a mummy’s boy? Toshio Suzuki spills all the tea.

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Creator of Japan’s first pole dancing manga talks with our pole-dancing reporter【Interview】

After Harukana Receive, manga artist Nyoijizai’s next series is all about the allure of the silver pole.

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Hayao Miyazaki ambushed while picking up trash on street for opinions on Demon Slayer

Plucky reporter approaches the Studio Ghibli director for an on-street interview about the success of a new anime film.

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Hayao Miyazaki has a gripe against Japanese female voice actors

Legendary director ruffles feathers by throwing shade at the anime industry.

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A talk with the man who helped bring Studio Ghibli to the west, Steve Alpert【Interview】

An inside look at Studio Ghibli at a crucial time in its history.

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We interview Japanese comedy duo Yumbo Dump, learn how to make noises with our bellies

Of course, Mr. Sato was also intrigued by their stories about performing overseas, but the weird noises were priority.

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Foreign comedian Atsugiri Jason’s hot take on Japan’s apology culture has netizens abuzz

This time he really means “WHY JAPANESE PEOPLE?!”

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