Japan Central!


Japan Central!

Is there something going on in Japan that you just found out about? Just as the forum section states, whether it’s news, music, pop idols, something weird, the latest craze, or anything else about the Japanese lifestyle… this is the right place to post! There never seems to be an end to it all as we know! :no_mouth::smile:


Here is a Yahoo! news article that I stumbled across the other day that I think would fit both as a latest craze & something weird. :open_mouth:

Japanese Snaggletooth Craze Spawns Dental Procedures, Girl Group…

Yahoo! Shine News Article Link:



For those that do not know this already… Valentine’s Day is much different in Japan… :no_mouth:

Valentine’s Day is All About the Men in Japan…

Yahoo!/ABC Good Morning America News Link:


Ah man… I want some chocolate now!


May 6, 2013

World’s best unknown hike: Japan’s Kumano Kodo

June 4, 2013

Japan’s first ‘4D’ movie theater opens in Nagoya


‘Tenugui’ towels bring sense of summer to Kyoto

June 5, 2013


Interior of Expo '70’s ‘Tower of the Sun’ to open on permanent basis

June 7, 2013


June 11, 2013

Fallen idol Sashihara scores upset in AKB48 fan general election

Tachikawa sells demon items based on ‘Saint’ comic


June 14, 2013

Craftsman keeps the tradition of samurai armor alive

Tokiwa-so recruits budding manga artists for Kyoto project


June 15, 2013

Film documents how ‘black corporations’ abuse young workers

Tezuka’s previously unpublished manuscripts found

Special Licca-chan dolls to honor Fukushima’s Hula Girls

Ghibli art director seeks funds to make anime about ‘miracle’ tree


Toei Kyoto Studio Park turns to ninja, samurai to save the day

June 16, 2013


June 18, 2013

‘Yama-girl’ pioneer sets the scene for Kamikochi with manga-style guidebook

East meets West in Kyoto maker’s new umbrella


June 19, 2013

Futuristic anime mecha world to come to life at ‘Macross’ exhibition

Woman’s makeup videos charms YouTube fans around the world


June 20, 2013

Boshu fan craftsman prepares for summer

Shape-changing metalware takes off in Tokyo, Europe

Kyoto geisha rehearse for 20th-anniversary performance


June 21, 2013

Ryo Okawara wins big at Stuttgart animated filmfest in Germany

Free Japanese anime channel planned for Nigeria

Two Japanese historical items to be listed in UNESCO’s Memory of the World


June 23, 2013

Traditional ‘ukai’ cormorant fishing starts in Kyoto

INTERVIEW/ Yuko Oshima of AKB48: ‘Sisters, improve yourself’

INTERVIEW/ Rino Sashihara of HKT48: ‘I will leave things to chance’

Oldest domestic TV anime found; to be broadcast in July

Japan Expo to host ‘Evangelion’ art exhibition


July 6, 2013

Second Kobe Pop Culture Festival to be held Sept. 21-23

Nagano exhibition to showcase animation legend Koji Yamamura

Shonen Jump fetes 45 years with Banpresto figures

‘Evangelion 3.0’ to play at Japan Film Festival of San Francisco

Japan Expo in Paris to showcase Hatsune Miku


July 11, 2013

17th Japan Media Arts Festival to accept entries from July 11

‘Dokake’ fabric created for lead float at Gion Festival in Kyoto

Museum displays folding screens that glow in the dark


July 15, 2013

Playwright Kuramoto creates requiem for Fukushima

Reproduction of previously unpublished Foujita painting unveiled


July 16, 2013

Miyazaki reaches new heights with World War II-era love story

Police dogs on alert in Kyoto at traditional Gion Festival

Maze of sunflowers delights visitors to Chiba ranch

Ex-Fukushima plant chief dies, cancer said to be unrelated to nuclear disaster


July 21, 2013

Miyazaki, Studio Ghibli against LDP plan for constitutional revision

Pictures of grace, fun emerge in Iwate rice paddies

Editors to evaluate amateur artists at Kyoto International Manga Anime Fair

Special train generates buzz for release of ‘Anohana’ feature film

Theater-fashion fusion sparkles in Paris with vintage kimono creations

Doraemon pulls fun exhibition out of pocket at Tokyo Tower