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Cuter Than a Speeding Bullet: JR Railways Introduces Hello Kitty Shinkansen

May 20, 2018 8:16am CDT
Specially decorated Series 500 Shinkansen will serve Osaka and Fukuoka Prefectures beginning in June of 2018

The Ryuo’s Work Still Isn’t Done – A Collab Café Is Coming!

May 20, 2018 11:45am CDT
AniON STATION teases upcoming event with new art

Middle-aged man arrested for stealing whistles from little girls

May 20, 2018 / Sora News 24
Search of suspect’s home revealed 12 whistles, suggesting repeat offenses.

7-Eleven store resorts to cute illustration and heartfelt message to help sell excess pasta

May 20, 2018 / Sora News 24
Honesty, sincerity, and a bit of creativity can go a long way in solving mistakes.

Prince Hisahito competes in his final elementary sports day

May 20, 2018 at 18:05 JST / The Asahi Shimbun

Why the empress must leave her ‘cocoon’ at the Imperial Palace

May 20, 2018 at 07:20 JST / The Asahi Shimbun

Japan Coast Guard holds fleet review for first time in 6 years

May 20, 2018 at 18:55 JST / The Asahi Shimbun

Kore-eda nabs Palme d’Or on 5th try for top prize at Cannes

May 20, 2018 at 18:40 JST / The Asahi Shimbun

Check Out Voice Actor Mamoru Miyano’s MV “Sotto Toketeyukuyouni” Behind-The-Scenes

May 20, 2018 8:35pm CDT
His 1st best album “MAMORU MIYANO presents M&M THE BEST” hits stores June 8

Never lie to children, says Japanese animation master

May 20,2018 05:01 am JST / Japan Today


Hokkaido and Osaka team up to send NEETs to agricultural sectors to do some productive work

May 21, 2018 / Sora News 24
It’s time for Japan’s recluses to step out of their comfort zone and change the world.

Police officer caught smelling coworker’s shoes, Department: “sniffing shoes is not illegal”

May 21, 2018 / Sora News 24
To protect and serve and occasionally smell women’s shoes.

Japanese climber dies on eighth attempt on Everest–official

May 21, 2018 at 16:45 JST / The Asahi Shimbun

Thirsty? Tokyo reckons its tap water is great, offers it on tap

May 21, 2018 at 07:30 JST / The Asahi Shimbun

Proprietor’s final push to prevent 12-tier soft-serve maker collapsing

May 21, 2018 at 18:25 JST / The Asahi Shimbun

Kore-eda turns his lens on the ‘invisible people’ in society

May 21, 2018 at 17:35 JST / The Asahi Shimbun

Picture Of The Day: Your turn

May 21, 2018 at 05:40 am JST / Japan Today

City govts remove rainbow marks from public bathrooms / LGBT users cite concern over privacy

11:56 pm, May 21, 2018 / The Japan News

Manga Creator, Illustrator Hisashi Eguchi Draws Lyrical School CD Artwork

posted on 2018-05-21 14:45 EDT by Lynzee Loveridge

New Game! Manga Creator Stops Replying to Letters After Fans Resell Gifts

posted on 2018-05-21 16:45 EDT by Jennifer Sherman

Visit Whole Cake Island at “One Piece” Resort Takeover

May 21, 2018 5:05pm CDT
Collab event runs this summer

Agency Cancels Ensemble Stars! Stage Play Actor’s Contract Due to ‘Inappropriate Posts’

posted on 2018-05-21 19:45 EDT by Jennifer Sherman

Lupin the 3rd Goes Live in Upcoming Concert

May 21, 2018 10:35pm CDT
Event to be rebroadcast via Nicovideo

Thousands of people line up in Shibuya to get their bust measured by famous Japanese actor 【Pics】

May 21, 2018 / Sora News 24
Videos and photos from the event show women happily offering up their breasts to the handsome star.


“PreCure” Voice Actress Hibiku Yamamura Shows Her Daily Life in New Music Video

May 22, 2018 2:35am CDT
Her first major mini album “Love Magic” hits stores June 6

Idol Yui Ogura Promotes Gunma City as Tourism Ambassador

posted on 2018-05-22 15:45 EDT by Lynzee Loveridge

Character Designer Mel Kishida Creates Art for World Cosplay Summit 2018

posted on 2018-05-22 17:45 EDT by Lynzee Loveridge
Hana-Saku Iroha character designer will also attend event

Why’s my order taking so long? Boss of restaurant mysteriously found dead drunk with employees

May 22, 2018 / Sora News 24
Customers shocked to find them lying on the ground intoxicated with alcohol.

Gaming chair advert stereotyping Japanese as short has Twitter raging

May 22, 2018 / Sora News 24
Is Japan Lilliput? Chair company appealing to ‘short-legged and short-bodied’ Japanese seems to think so.

Love Live! fan gets kicked out of event for wearing mountain of anime merchandise

May 22, 2018 / Sora News 24
The character merchandise was made into what looks like enormous samurai armor, but event officials weren’t impressed.

World’s biggest climbing orchid species has huge taste for fungi

May 22, 2018 at 07:30 JST / The Asahi Shimbun

Office tug-of-war turns into real thing as workers go into battle

May 22, 2018 at 14:20 JST / The Asahi Shimbun

First Heisei Era portrait captures spirit of beloved imperial couple

May 22, 2018 at 14:40 JST / The Asahi Shimbun

How a Digital Rabbit Hole Gave Midori Takada’s 1983 Album a Second Life

May 22, 2018 at 12:39 JST / © 2018 The New York Times / The Asahi Shimbun

Lisa’s In and Around Tokyo: Boso-no-Mura: Dive into the past through dragons’ dreams

May 22, 2018 at 07:00 JST / The Asahi Shimbun

Night tours draw foreign tourists to Tokyo’s buzzing Shibuya district

May 22, 2018 at 05:45 am JST / Japan Today

New Japan, Old Japan / Shizuoka woods reborn with glowing tents

5:20 pm, May 22, 2018 / The Japan News

MY HEROES / ‘Cho Kabuki’ has spirit of tokusatsu heroes

10:32 am, May 22, 2018 / The Japan News


3 Kids Crush the Competition in Functional Transformers Costumes

posted on 2018-05-23 16:45 EDT by Lynzee Loveridge

“Fujio Rock Festival 2018” Celebrates the Life of the King of Gag Manga

May 23, 2018 6:09pm CDT
Two day event at Yebisu Garden Place in Tokyo features live music, rakugo story-telling, and bon dancing

Jump Music Festa Adds GRANRODEO, SPYAIR, FLOW, More Performers

posted on 2018-05-23 19:45 EDT by Lynzee Loveridge

[ALEXANDROS] reveals new music video for ‘KABUTO’

May 23rd 2018

Special Edition for International Fans of Linked Horizon Available at Animate International

May 23rd 2018

May’s Garden House Restaurant: The first Totoro-themed restaurant officially licensed by Studio Ghibli

May 23, 2018 / Sora News 24
The grand opening is scheduled for late May.

“No seeds, please.” Pigeons in Japanese anti-birdfeed posters show startling self-awareness

May 23, 2018 / Sora News 24
The Internet has a great time with the “Please don’t feed the pigeons!” campaign, in which pigeons tell passers-by where they can stick their birdseed.

Arashiyama bamboo forest in Kyoto “crying” as tourists vandalise trees

May 23, 2018 / Sora News 24
Kyoto has a heartbreaking message for visitors who carve graffiti on trees in the famous grove.


Steampunk designer shows off new occult gun, no CGI used in the making of this video

May 24, 2018 / Sora News 24
It’s the perfect weapon to fight evil, and by “fight evil” I mean scare the crap out of your pets.

Luxurious Sleeping Beauty Taxi service awaits all princesses in Tokyo

May 24, 2018 / Sora News 24
When you get that urge to pamper yourself like a princess while traversing the big city.

Beautiful crossplayers to convention perverts: If you have to touch someone’s boobs, touch ours

May 24, 2018 / Sora News 24
They’re cute, and they’re pretty, but they’re also tough, and they will make you take no for an answer.

Do Japanese people kiss on the first date? Survey investigates

May 24, 2018 / Sora News 24
The poll was conducted as part of celebrations to commemorate Kiss Day in Japan.

JR West unveils new Japanese long distance train with special features for passengers

May 24, 2018 / Sora News 24
This is an extra special rail experience, even by Japanese standards.


Man Arrested for Death Threats to Nogizaka46 Idol Mai Shiraishi

posted on 2018-05-25 01:05 EDT by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Allegedly sent threats over Twitter from December 2015 to May 2018

Yoshikitty Battles Aggretsuko in Sanrio Popularity Contest

May 25, 2018 7:10pm EDT
Fans around the world cast their votes

Japanese dad turns daughter’s drawings into her bento lunches

May 25, 2018 / Sora News 24
The bigger the imagination, the crazier the lunchbox.

Study finds Japan to be the country that most prefers aisle seats on airplanes

May 25, 2018 / Sora News 24
Age, politeness, and alcohol all appear to be key factors in seat choice.

David Beckham visits Japan with son Brooklyn, feasts on Japanese sushi and wagyu beef

May 25, 2018 / Sora News 24
The father-son duo went on a food odyssey of epic proportions.


Why is “Akihabara” shortened to “Akiba?” The historical reason may surprise you

May 26, 2018 / Sora News 24
Yeah, wait a minute. Why isn’t it shortened to “Akiha” instead?

Fish, sea turtles inhabit former Kochi school turned aquarium

May 26, 2018 at 11:00 JST / The Asahi Shimbun

Picture Of The Day: Manila port call

May 26, 2018 at 05:52 am JST / Japan Today

Boom-and-bust coal town seeks to reinvent itself

5:00 am, May 26, 2018 / The Japan News

Voice Actress Hisako Kanemoto Takes Hiatus to Study Abroad

posted on 2018-05-26 02:41 EDT by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Kanemoto plans return to voice acting in March 2019

“Real Sister” Character & VA Unit Little Sisters Releases Their First Dance PV

May 26, 2018 3:30am CDT
Smartphone game “Pocket Sister” featuring the little sister characters will be available soon

Hokkaido melons fetch record Y3.2 million at season’s 1st auction

May 26, 2018 at 03:55 pm JST / Japan Today

Nautical nuptials

9:01 pm, May 26, 2018 / The Japan News

“Macross Frontier” and “Revue Starlight” Singers Join Anisama Concert

May 26, 2018 6:47pm CDT
Animelo Summer 2018 adds more anison stars to its live event


Kemono Friends’ Sloths Debut in New Zoo Collaboration in June

posted on 2018-05-27 19:45 EDT by Jennifer Sherman

Fukushima Water Park Adds One Piece Slides, Squirt Gun Battles

posted on 2018-05-27 18:45 EDT by Lynzee Loveridge

Osaka Prefectural Police posters are so awesome they make us want to enlist

May 27, 2018 / Sora News 24
From recruitment ads to safety reminders, the folks in Osaka sure know how to strike the right chord.

Terahaku aims to be the Airbnb of Japanese temples

May 27, 2018 / Sora News 24
Experiencing life in a Buddhist temple in Japan is about to get a whole lot easier.

Picture Of The Day: Tenjin Festival

May 27, 2018 at 05:32 am JST / Japan Today


Japanese Rock Band RADWIMPS Returns to Singapore

May 28th 2018

Pokémon GO Fest Attendees Notified of Settlement

posted on 2018-05-28 14:00 EDT by Karen Ressler
Lawsuit brought by attendees seeking monetary damages

Feel like a sexy samurai with old-school underwear and the viral fundoshi dancer 【Video】

May 28, 2018 / Sora News 24
Loincloths make a comeback with the popularity of fundoshi dance videos and the oppressive heat of Japanese summer rearing its ugly head.

Wakayama’s “Umi no Sachi” train line adds a colorful splash to the start of summer

May 28, 2018 / Sora News 24
Let a ride on the “Medetai Train”–“Joyous Train”–lift your spirits as we soar into summer!

Japanese Twitter user divides anime into “world-class” and “ones otaku think are world-class”

May 28, 2018 / Sora News 24
Sparks heated debate about which type deserves worldwide recognition.

Dirty play a requirement at Ariake Sea tidal flat’s ‘Olympics’

May 28, 2018 at 13:20 JST / The Asahi Shimbun

Hello Kitty restaurant brings a ‘Smile’ to Awajishima

May 28, 2018 at 08:00 JST / The Asahi Shimbun

Picture Of The Day: Zen cats

May 28, 2018 at 05:36 am JST / Japan Today

1,852 more war dead laid to rest

10:31 pm, May 28, 2018 / The Japan News

Incense ceremony involves the 5 senses

10:00 am, May 28, 2018 / The Japan News


Otaku life in pictures: Fan buys enough copies of anime idol photo album to cover half his floor

May 29, 2018 / Sora News 24
Hardcore fan spends nearly US$1,500 amassing stockpile of voice actress’ newest book, doesn’t know what to do with them all.

Here’s an important message about macho goldfish from university baseball in Japan

May 29, 2018 / Sora News 24
Television coverage of baseball in Japan really takes you inside the game like no other.

Daughter of Japanese idol and former SMAP star Takuya Kimura makes her modelling debut in Japan

May 29, 2018 / Sora News 24
The Japanese beauty steps out from the shadow of her father’s “sexiest man of the year” titles with some good-looking poses of her own.

2018 Tohoku Kizuna Festival aims to unite the people of northern Japan

May 29, 2018 / Sora News 24
This “Festival of Tohoku Bonds” continues to pay homage to six of northern Japan’s most important annual festivals all at one time and one place.

Japanese idol singer announces hatred of otaku faces, further solidifies masochistic fanbase

May 29, 2018 / Sora News 24
Being sweet and coy didn’t work when discussing a photo ban, so Eren tried the brutally direct approach instead.

Japanese school’s ethics text encourages kids to “work without reward,” gets slammed online

May 29, 2018 / Sora News 24
Exasperated mom says cute animal characters are showing young students exactly what not to do in life.

Observatory opens on rooftop of Shibuya 109 fashion building

May 29, 2018 at 07:30 JST / The Asahi Shimbun

50 Years of Go Nagai Heads to Osaka, Tokyo in September

posted on 2018-05-29 14:45 EDT by Lynzee Loveridge

Jump Music Festa Adds Keyakizaka46, Sakanaction, Leo Ieiri, More Musical Performers

posted on 2018-05-29 19:45 EDT by Lynzee Loveridge


“My Hero Academia” Mystery-Solving Game Event 2nd Round “Heroes Destroy Project” Set for This Summer

May 30, 2018 3:35am CDT
Advance tickets will go on sale from June 2

“Gurren Lagann” Star Stages Sweets Paradise Takeover

May 30, 2018 6:15pm CDT
Kisho Taniyama prepares a special menu for the Shinjuku sweet shop

Picture Of The Day: Polo demonstration

May 30, 2018 at 05:56 am JST / Japan Today

Secrets of Kyoto / Maiko — a dazzling sight in Kyoto

6:18 pm, May 30, 2018 / The Japan News


High-Profile Manga Artist/Illustrator okama’s First Art Exhibition to be Held This Summer

May 31, 2018 12:30am CDT
He currently serves as concept designer for the TV anime “Dragon Pilot: Hisone and Masotan”

Musician Kohmi Hirose Leaves Agency, but Agency Claims Rights to Her Stage Name

posted on 2018-05-31 15:15 EDT by Karen Ressler
Hirose plans to continue to use the name

7:00 pm, May 31, 2018

13,000 fireworks dazzle spectators at horse track in Kyoto

May 31, 2018 at 13:20 JST / The Asahi Shimbun

Picture Of The Day: Car of the future

May 31, 2018 at 05:43 am JST / Japan Today


Former Niji No Conquistador Idol Sues pixiv Representative Director for Sexual Harassment

posted on 2018-06-01 17:00 EDT by Karen Ressler
Director responds with libel lawsuit

Japanese Summer Rock Concert Comes to Singapore on 22 June 2018

Jun 1st 2018

Animate Girls Festival Prepares to Rule Ikebukuro This Fall

June 01, 2018 11:35pm CDT
Ninth annual fandom event brings all the girls to the yard

Idol group AKB48 sells 2.5 million copies of new CD, bags full of them end up in trash days later

June 1, 2018 / Sora News 24
In the Japanese idol singer world, sometimes the difference between love and hate can be hard to see.

Iconic Hokkaido clock tower to be covered during renovation work

June 1, 2018 at 16:15 JST / The Asahi Shimbun

Picture Of The Day: Thermos world

June 1, 2018 at 06:28 am JST / Japan Today

Japan whale hunt killed 122 pregnant minkes

June 1, 2018 at 06:40 am JST / Japan Today


Watch “One-Punch Man” Saitama VA Makoto Furukawa’s Solo Debut Single MV “miserable masquerade”

June 02, 2018 2:30am CDT
The lyrics for all three songs in his 1st CD are written by himself

Butsukariya: Men who purposely crash into women when walking through Japan’s crowded stations

June 2, 2018 / Sora News 24
Distressing video recorded in Tokyo’s busiest station shines light on a problem women have been complaining about for years.

Japanese woman fed up with being expected to serve male coworkers tea shatters corporate culture

June 2, 2018 / Sora News 24
Frustrated professional busts up her office’s outdated “tea squad” tradition with a perfectly salted comeback.

Kumamon comes under fire for prank against TV presenter, apologizes

June 2, 2018 / Sora News 24
Beloved regional mascot admits he’s been a bad, bad bear.

200 works from ‘Hokusai Manga’ on display at Urawa museum

June 2, 2018 at 07:00 JST / The Asahi Shimbun

Picture Of The Day: Reducing plastic consumption

June 2, 2018 at 06:00 am JST / Japan Today

Dazzling Buddhist murals miraculously survived

5:00 am, June 02, 2018 / The Japan News


Okinawa’s captivating city halls will make you wonder what floor the final boss is lurking at

June 3, 2018 / Sora News 24
This Twitter thread makes a great showcase of government halls you could grind EXP inside, instead of just grinding your teeth.

10,000 treats ‘connect’ rail worker with 250 schoolchildren

June 3, 2018 at 07:10 JST / The Asahi Shimbun

Alarm sounded over plastic debris polluting deepest seas

June 3, 2018 at 07:20 JST / The Asahi Shimbun

Japan drops bid for World Heritage listing of southwest islands

June 3, 2018 at 04:01 pm JST / Japan Today*

Long-haul fight: Farmers battle Narita airport

June 3, 2018 at 06:15 am JST / Japan Today

Picture Of The Day: Farewell

June 3, 2018 at 05:43 am JST Japan Today

Cry if you want to: 13 governors back bawling babies

June 3, 2018 at 06:45 am JST / Japan Today

FamilyMart opens shop with discount retailer Don Quijote

June 3, 2018 at 06:40 am JST / Japan Today

Tree rows returning to Ginza’s central street

4:00 am, June 03, 2018 / The Japan News


Cygames Establishes New ‘Cymusic’ Subsidiary

posted on 2018-06-04 02:15 EDT by Rafael Antonio Pineda
New company will focus on music, video production, artist management

Foreigner’s 200-yen social experiment shows once again how unbelievably safe Japan is【Video】

June 4, 2018 / Sora News 24
Programmer from overseas leaves change out in public to test Japanese honesty, ends up with more money than he started with.

Cool History Garage in Toyota’s massive car theme park warps you back to Japan’s 1960s【Video】

June 4, 2018 / Sora News 24
Take a peek into Japan’s past and immerse yourself in the golden age of cars.

Sailor Moon’s Universal Studios Japan attraction cheats death, gets extended through summer

June 4, 2018 / Sora News 24
Just like when the anime heroine came back from the dead, Sailor Moon the Miracle 4-D isn’t going down so easily.

USJ to offer ‘One Piece’-themed attractions this summer again

June 4, 2018 at 07:00 JST / Translated by The Asahi Shimbun from the website of Anime Anime Japan Ltd.

Down-to-earth Kanai requests 1st meal of rice and miso soup

June 4, 2018 at 14:35 JST / The Asahi Shimbun

‘Pregnancy rotas’ add to working women’s woes in Japan

June 4, 2018 at 01:20 pm JST / Japan Today

Brand new Shibuya mall and hotel to open in Sept with riverside strolls, tasty food

June 4, 2018 at 05:43 am JST / Japan Today

Picture Of The Day: Violet days

June 4, 2018 at 06:47 am JST / Japan Today

Nagoya Castle’s Honmaru Palace to fully open after 10 yrs of repairs

8:45 pm, June 04, 2018 / The Japan News

Univeral Studio Japan’s Sailor Moon 4D Show Gets Extended Run

posted on 2018-06-04 15:45 EDT by Lynzee Loveridge


“Attack on Titan” Theme Song Artist Linked Horizon’s Live Tour Heads to Blu-ray

June 05, 2018 11:05am CDT
January 13-14 concert is available to pre-order via animate International’s shop

Illustrator Akemi Takada Celebrates 40 Year Career with Tokyo Exhibition

June 05, 2018 5:04pm CDT
Autograph session and “Magical Angel Creamy Mami” screening & talk event also scheduled in June and July

[New Life+] Young Again in Another World Creator Apologizes for Controversial Tweets, Novel Content

posted on 2018-06-05 19:45 EDT by Jennifer Sherman

Japan to Open “Sylvanian Families” Theme Park

June 05, 2018 8:20pm CDT
Your forgotten childhood cartoon is back

[New Life+] Young Again in Another World Anime Cast Resigns After Creator’s Apology for Controversial Comments

posted on 2018-06-05 22:58 EDT by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Novelist MINE apologizes for “inappropriate remarks” on China, South Korea

Date and Key Visual Revealed for Kizuna Ai Birthday Bash

June 05, 2018 10:31pm CDT
Ain’t no party like a YouTuber party


pixiv Representative Director Resigns From Company Amidst Lawsuits

posted on 2018-06-06 12:00 EDT by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Former idol filed sexual harassment suit against Hiroaki Nagata

Devilman Crybaby Holds a “Sabbath Shibuya” Exhibit in Shibuya Tower Records

posted on 2018-06-06 12:45 EDT by Kim Morrissy

Numazu City Pulls Love Live! Sunshine Manhole Covers After Repeated Vandalism

posted on 2018-06-06 14:45 EDT by Lynzee Loveridge

NHK Hosts Historical Mystery-Solving Event in Ashikaga

posted on 2018-06-06 15:45 EDT by Lynzee Loveridge

ANIME CITY - Jumpin’ into J-World Tokyo with “Dragon Ball Z” and “Naruto”!

June 06, 2018 8:30pm CDT
CR News invades the Shonen Jump themed amusement park


The Pillows Concert Changes to Larger Venues in Los Angeles, Portland

posted on 2018-06-07 02:47 EDT by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Tickets for 6-city tour sold out in less than 30 minutes; update on Seattle venue coming soon

Rejet Reveals Release of Diabolik Lovers, Dear Vocalist Music CDs

posted on 2018-06-07 03:45 EDT by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Music CD releases are part of Rejet’s 10th anniversary project

“Comic Girls” Voice Actress Hikaru Akao Suffers Injury

June 07, 2018 3:03pm CDT
Actress absent from weekly livestream, will attend home video release event as scheduled

Japan’s “No.1 Cosplayer’s” Salary Revealed on Abema TV

posted on 2018-06-07 17:45 EDT by Lynzee Loveridge

Shōnen Jump Characters Strike Up the Band for Jump Music Festa

posted on 2018-06-07 18:45 EDT by Lynzee Loveridge

Watch Digest Clip from Nana Mizuki’s Budokan Concert DVD/Blu-ray

June 07, 2018 8:10pm CDT
The last 7th show was held on January 21, 2018, her 38th birthday


Manga Time Kirara to Celebrate Its 15th Anniversary with Special Art Exhibition in November

June 08, 2018 3:10am CDT
More than 20 titles have been adapted into anime from the magazines

Voice Actress Hiroko Konishi Reveals Industry Disagreements About Ojarumaru Role

posted on 2018-06-08 13:15 EDT by Lynzee Loveridge
Also alleges manager attempted to lure into a mixed bathing trip with director Akitarō Daichi

Taekwondar Park Creator’s Twitter Suspended After Racist Remark

posted on 2018-06-08 14:45 EDT by Lynzee Loveridge
Masao Shiro used derogatory Japanese slur; suggested staff should adapt his manga instead