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#1161

Japanese craftsman creates a knife from jelly and a knife from rice: Which one is the sharpest?

June 9, 2018 / Sora News 24
White rice goes head to head with jelly in the sharpest blade stakes, but only one can win.

Old Japanese woman gives over 80 million yen to scam artist in new case of Japan’s oldest scam

June 9, 2018 / Sora News 24
Assumption that man on the phone was her son costs senior citizen a gigantic fortune.

Japanese vending machines loan out free, recycled umbrellas during the country’s stormy summer

June 9, 2018 / Sora News 24
No purchase required, consideration for others strongly encouraged.

NEWS Idol Group Member Keiichiro Koyama Takes Hiatus for Drinking with Underage Girl

posted on 2018-06-09 02:15 EDT by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Johnny & Associates agency also reprimands group member Shigeaki Kato

Feast on Kero’s Favorite Dishes at the Cardcaptor Sakura Café

posted on 2018-06-09 13:45 EDT by Kim Morrissy

HoneyWorks Teams Up With Sanrio Characters for Theme Park Event, Performance

posted on 2018-06-09 19:00 EDT by Jennifer Sherman

Luffy and Deku Rock Out in JUMP Music Festa Key Visual

June 09, 2018 4:45pm CDT
Shonen heroes sit in with the band to promote this year’s event

Otaku dating service says some of its female members specifically refuse to date Love Live! fans

June 9, 2018 / Sora News 24
Love Livers’ romantic prospects are limited, but there’s also a silver lining to being a fan of the hit idol anime.


#1162

Red, white… Beige? Twitter user overhears a children’s song with creepy implications

June 10, 2018 / Sora News 24

Teen Arrested for Bomb Threats Against Love Live! Sunshine!! Concerts

posted on 2018-06-10 13:02 EDT by Egan Loo
Allegedly posted threats on Saitama concerts on June 9, 10

Art Exhibition Honors Creamy Mami Character Designer Akemi Takada

posted on 2018-06-10 15:45 EDT by Jennifer Sherman

VA Unit Milky Holmes’ Final Concert to Be Held at Nippon Budokan on January 28, 2019

June 10, 2018 10:45pm CDT

Highway “ghost” spooks YouTube viewers in Japan【Video】

June 10, 2018 / Sora News 24
The driver in this strange dashboard camera footage says it all: “Whaaaaaaaa?!”


#1163

Design Festa Gallery: Freedom in Watercolors

posted on 2018-06-11 12:15 EDT by Kim Morrissy

Caly Poly Graduate Takes Waifu Nico To Accept Diploma

posted on 2018-06-11 13:45 EDT by Lynzee Loveridge

Average Age of Hikikomori on the Rise in Japan

posted on 2018-06-11 18:45 EDT by Lynzee Loveridge

Voice Actress Kaori Ishihara Dancing in Shining Laser Beams in Her 2nd Solo MV “Ray Rule”

June 11, 2018 9:15pm CDT
The voice of Madoka Kyono (Lagrange: The Flower of Rin-ne), Seira Otoshiro (Aikatsu!)

Step into the old pleasure quarters of a former red light district at this Japanese inn

June 11, 2018 / Sora News 24
This Japanese ryokan with a colorful past offers a modest place to stay near some major city attractions.

Japanese NASA engineer discovers letter from 2085, makes contact with time traveler

June 11, 2018 / Sora News 24
Could this letter from 67 years in the future be the real thing?

Ninja-star throwing contest now accepting applicants, grand champion gets a golden shuriken

June 11, 2018 / Sora News 24
Have you got what it takes to be the deadliest shuriken slinger?


#1164

Shinkansen: “Seats can be quickly used as shields in the event of an attack”

June 12, 2018 / Sora News 24
A part of what makes Japan’s bullet trains’ service so great can also save lives.

How to defeat mosquitoes using a chemical-free, super-cheap cleaning product

June 12, 2018 / Sora News 24
With mosquito season here, Japanese Twitter learns a quick and easy way to deal with the pests.

Random shadow on wall gets anime-style fan art as artists prove they can find cute girls anywhere

June 12, 2018 / Sora News 24
Nikko Nikolai: Cutest shadow ever?

Pokémon Dating Goes Wrong in WuMo Newspaper Comic

posted on 2018-06-12 16:45 EDT by Lynzee Loveridge

Tokyo One Piece Tower Theme Park’s Summer Festival Returns

posted on 2018-06-12 18:45 EDT by Jennifer Sherman

Voice Actress Ayuru Ōhashi Marries, Gives Birth

posted on 2018-06-12 19:45 EDT by Jennifer Sherman

Yuuto Ito of “3D Kanojo” Is Reborn as a Virtual YouTube

June 12, 2018 7:15pm CDT
Shouta Aoi returns to the role on a new channel


#1165

Watch “Kemono Friends” Serval VA Yuka Ozaki’s Solo Debut Song MV “LET’S GO JUMP☆”

June 13, 2018 2:20am CDT

Twitter User Reimagines Trump, Kim as Pop Team Epic’s Leading Duo

posted on 2018-06-13 19:30 EDT by Jennifer Sherman

Pro Soccer Player Yūto Nagatomo Goes Super Saiyan to Support Team

posted on 2018-06-13 21:30 EDT by Jennifer Sherman

Actor Yūdai Natsume Posts Apology After Agency Cancels Contract Due to Past Tweets

posted on 2018-06-14 14:15 EDT by Jennifer Sherman

Nagoya Store’s Giant Mannequin Gets Wookie Makeover

posted on 2018-06-14 15:45 EDT by Lynzee Loveridge

Tsukipro Suspends SolidS CD Releases Due to Yuichiro Umehara’s Illness

posted on 2018-06-14 22:35 EDT by Karen Ressler

ANIME CITY - Shonen Jump Food and Fun at J-World Tokyo!

June 14, 2018 8:30pm CDT
Part two of our wild visit to J-World!


#1166

Wake Up, Girls! Voice Actress, Singing Unit to Disband in March 2019

posted on 2018-06-15 03:03 EDT by Crystalyn Hodgkins
7 group members will continue activities as voice actresses

“Love Live! Sunshine!!” Aqours Posts Preview for Their Brand New Song “Hop Step Waai!”

June 15, 2018 5:30am CDT
The nine-member VA unit started their third live tour “~WONDERFUL STORIES~” last Saturday

NHK Denies Voice Actress Hiroko Konishi’s Prince Mackaroo Anime Role Claims

posted on 2018-06-15 13:45 EDT by Jennifer Sherman

Brazilian Anime Fans Re-Color Their Faves for the World Cup

June 15, 2018 6:10pm CDT
Anime characters sport yellow and green for the big event


#1167

Sneak a Peek at the Upcoming MIRAI Exhibition

June 16, 2018 1:35am CDT
Mamoru Hosoda’s films come to life in upcoming museum event

Voice Actor Kensho Ono Enjoys Holiday with Friends in His Latest MV

June 16, 2018 3:30am CDT
Popular voice actor’s 5th solo single “FIVE STAR” will be available on June 27

Voice Actress/Singer Megumi Nakajima Cancels Her Concert in Shanghai on June 24

June 16, 2018 4:30am CDT
The reason is explained as “due to various circumstances.”


#1168

Phantasy Star Concert Conquers Tokyo MX in June of 2018

June 17, 2018 6:45am CDT
“Live Sympathy 2018” celebrates the 30th anniversary of Sega’s JRPG video game series

Mother Collects Shonen Jump for 7 Years to Honor Son Who Died in Quake

posted on 2018-06-17 13:45 EDT by Jennifer Sherman


#1169

Sukima Switch, ENDRECHERI Cancel Monday Performances Due to Osaka Earthquake

posted on 2018-06-18 04:30 EDT by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Sukima Switch to announce rescheduling details at later date

YOSHIKI Announces Solo Performance at Lunatic Fest 2018

Jun 18th 2018

Alice or Alice Manga Creator Marries Da Capo Game Artist

posted on 2018-06-18 13:45 EDT by Lynzee Loveridge

Voice Actor/Music Artist Agency HoriPro Establishes Company for Overseas Expansion

posted on 2018-06-18 16:30 EDT by Karen Ressler
May’n, Ibuki Kido, Kosuke Hatakeyama among artists attached to new agency


#1170

Japanese fathers lack appreciation on Father’s Day, urged to celebrate it for themselves

June 19, 2018 / Sora News 24
A survey revealed that more than half of adults weren’t planning to give their dads gifts, leaving them sadly un-celebrated.

Japanese worker orders bento lunch, gets punished with televised apology and docked pay

June 19, 2018 / Sora News 24
People are saying this is Japanese workplace culture gone mad.

Foreign exchange student punches Japanese basketball referee, victim won’t press charges【Video】

June 19, 2018 / Sora News 24
Vicious attack that required 10 stitches is followed by startlingly kind gesture of forgiveness.

Japanese train company under fire for ad saying defenselessness is a form of femininity

June 19, 2018 / Sora News 24
Pairing statement with a picture of a young girl didn’t help.

Tokyo miracle hairstylist returns with new geek-to-chic video, plus how to have him cut your hair

June 19, 2018 / Sora News 24
Want the Japanese Internet’s favorite hairstylist to transform your hairdo? Here’s how to make an appointment.


#1171

Anime NYC to Host Voice Actor Tohru Furuya

posted on 2018-06-21 12:00 EDT by Jennifer Sherman
Furuya to appear for on-stage events, signings on November 16-17

Johnny’s Agency Performers Undergo ‘Compliance Training’ After Recent Legal Incidents

posted on 2018-06-21 14:45 EDT by Jennifer Sherman

Super Dimension Convention Welcomes the Return of Mari Iijima, Singer-Songwriter and Voice of Lynn Minmay in “Macross” as Guest of Honor

Jun 21st 2018


#1172

Interview - Kenshi Yonezu Talks About His Hit Song “Lemon”

June 22, 2018 12:57am CDT
Theme song of the J-drama series Unnatural

Montreal’s Otakuthon Hosts CyberConnect2 President Hiroshi Matsuyama

posted on 2018-06-22 04:15 EDT by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Convention takes place on August 3-5

Kouichi Yamadera Gets 57th Birthday Cake at Batman Ninja Stage Event

posted on 2018-06-22 16:45 EDT by Jennifer Sherman


#1173

Love blooms after loss: Japanese netizen commemorates grandparents’ romance, gardening skills

June 23, 2018 / Sora News 24
Twitter user is taking the gorgeous blossom that bloomed after her grandmother’s passing as a token of her grandfather’s deep and abiding love.

Bitter Colombian soccer fan tries to insult Japan, Japanese fans respond with kindness, and memes

June 23, 2018 / Sora News 24
You can’t faze these Japanese netizens.

Check Out PriPara Boy Idol Unit WITH’s New Songs for Their Summer Live Concerts

June 23, 2018 5:15am EDT
Tickets for the two concerts in Tokyo and one in Osaka are already sold out

Anime Director Makoto Shinkai’s Daughter Chise Niitsu Gets 1st Starring Film Role

posted on 2018-06-23 13:45 EDT by Jennifer Sherman


#1174

Osamu Tezuka Museum’s Macross Exhibit Debuts This Month

posted on 2018-06-24 13:45 EDT by Jennifer Sherman

Black Butler’s Yana Toboso Draws Mozart! Fan Art for Actor Who Played Sebastian

posted on 2018-06-24 15:45 EDT by Jennifer Sherman

Tokyo Salon Offers Steins;Gate 0 Anime Styles for 1 Month

posted on 2018-06-24 17:45 EDT by Jennifer Sherman


#1175

Voice Actress Yuka Aisaka Goes on Hiatus to Recover Voice

posted on 2018-06-25 04:45 EDT by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Actress, singer recently acted in Sword Gai, Uma Musume

From Macross to Miku: A History of Virtual Idols

June 25, 2018 2:00pm CDT
An overview of the key moments that led to Hatsune Miku and Kizuna AI

Prime Minister Abe: I’m Looking Forward to Hatsune Miku Concert

posted on 2018-06-25 18:45 EDT by Lynzee Loveridge

Cels from Ranma, Astro Boy, and More on Display in Tokyo Exhibit

June 25, 2018 8:05pm EDT
Summer exhibit shows fans the magic of traditional cel animation

Get Festive with Hinamatsuri Collab Café

June 25, 2018 10:05pm CDT
Yes, of course you can get ikura


#1176

Studio Ghibli’s Toshio Suzuki Opens Exhibit of His Works

June 26, 2018 2:20am CDT
Nagoya-based event will run until mid-July

Kemono Friends Teams Up with Nasu Animal Kingdom in Tochigi Prefecture

June 26, 2018 10:08am CDT
New Friend “Black Swan” introduced for latest collaboration combining zoos and popular mixed media project

A Look at an Exhibit of Gonzo’s Animated Classics

posted on 2018-06-26 12:45 EDT by Kim Morrissy

Attack on Titan’s New Animal Survey Corps Takes On Tobu Zoo

posted on 2018-06-26 18:45 EDT by Jennifer Sherman

Super Dimension Convention to Host Macross Singer Mari Iijima

posted on 2018-06-26 20:30 EDT by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Torrance, CA convention takes place on September 15

One Piece Unites Japan, Senegal World Cup Fans

posted on 2018-06-26 21:45 EDT by Lynzee Loveridge


#1177

Shouta Aoi Celebrates Five Years as a Performer

June 27, 2018 1:31am CDT
The UtaPri star celebrates with a new YouTube video and a new BD box

A Totoro Cat Bus Stalks the Night in Hiroshima

posted on 2018-06-27 13:45 EDT by Lynzee Loveridge

42-Year-Old Man Arrested for Stalking Former AKB48 Idol

posted on 2018-06-27 15:59 EDT by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Suspect had allegedly been stalking, harassing Karen Iwata since 2013

Eva Creator Hideaki Anno Stops in for a Pint in Beer Commercial

posted on 2018-06-27 17:45 EDT by Lynzee Loveridge

NEWS Idol Group Member Keiichiro Koyama to End 3-Week Hiatus for Drinking with Underage Girl

posted on 2018-06-27 17:59 EDT by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Performer said that he has “had time to deeply reflect on his actions”

Company’s 6 Million Yen Ita-Taxi Barred from Service

posted on 2018-06-27 18:45 EDT by Lynzee Loveridge

Kenichi Suzumura Leads the Way for 10th Anniversary Improv Show

June 27, 2018 9:15pm CDT
AD-LIVE '18 will feature more than a dozen well-known voice actors improvising an entire play


#1178

Miyuki Sawashiro Takes Maternity Leave This Summer

posted on 2018-06-28 05:17 EDT by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Voice of Lupin III’s Fujiko Mine, Fate/Apocrypha’s Mordred aims for early return to work

Staff Ask Persona 5 Pilgrims to Mind Their Manners

posted on 2018-06-28 15:45 EDT by Lynzee Loveridge

K-ON! Voice Actress Chika Fujitō Announces Marriage

posted on 2018-06-28 20:45 EDT by Jennifer Sherman


#1179

Voice Actress Ayaka Imamura Retires Due To Worsening Health

posted on 2018-06-29 00:58 EDT by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Actress debuted in Absolute Duo in 2015, acted in Princess Principal, Takunomi.

Maquia Main Animator Toshiyuki Inoue’s Work Revealed at Sasayuri Café

posted on 2018-06-29 12:15 EDT by Kim Morrissy

Tokyo Capsule Hotel Offers Encouragement of Climb Rooms

posted on 2018-06-28 17:45 EDT by Lynzee Loveridge

ANN Interview: Yuki Kajiura

by Jacob Chapman, Jun 29th 2018

Yoshiki Appears at Lunatic Fest. 2018 With HIDE Collaboration and All-Star Guest Performances

Jun 29th 2018

Hellshake Yano Is Coming to Anisama and We Can’t Stop Thinking About It

June 29, 2018 7:05pm CDT
Pop Team Epic’s guitar-shredding legend joins the three-day anime concert

J-Pop Summit Cancels 2018 Event

posted on 2018-06-29 23:30 EDT by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Japanese cultural festival in San Francisco launched in 2009


#1180

Satomi Akesaka to Leave BanG Dream! Franchise Due to Sudden Hearing Loss

posted on 2018-06-30 10:20 EDT by Egan Loo
Akesaka continues voice-acting, but Roselia band’s Rinko Shirokane will be recast

Voice Actor Natsuki Hanae Reveals Fake Instagram Account Uses His Name

posted on 2018-06-30 14:45 EDT by Jennifer Sherman

Nitroplus Character Super Sonic Debuts as Virtual YouTuber

posted on 2018-06-30 15:45 EDT by Jennifer Sherman

Kizuna Ai Wows Her Birthday Crowd with Two New Outfits

June 30, 2018 6:45pm CDT
YouTube personality expands her wardrobe for AIChannel and AIGames

Super Sonico Makes Her VTuber Debut

June 30, 2018 8:15pm CDT
Nitroplus mascot character joins the brawl