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#1201

Japanese daughter’s attempt at making cool watermelon soda fountain turns into torture device

July 23, 2018 / Sora News 24
Still, it was a lot of messy fun for the whole family.

Locked and blocked! Japanese people don’t trust others on social media, survey finds

July 23, 2018 / Sora News 24
Japanese social media users are more wary about opening their hearts online compared to other countries — but why?

Sure eel flavored potato chips are great, but here’s a recipe that’ll make them even better!

July 23, 2018 / Sora News 24
Try this life hack to get the most out your eel chips

Japanese restaurant puts up sign that every waiter and waitress has always wanted

July 23, 2018 / Sora News 24
Being rude here is going to cost you.

Hokkaido woman arrested for stealing 1.9 million yen from convenience store in broad daylight

July 23, 2018 / Sora News 24
Bold but non-violent robbery says a lot about the way convenience stores operate.

Japan once had a sightseeing cable car at Shibuya Station 【Video】

July 23, 2018 / Sora News 24
People used to travel on a ropeway between department store rooftops overlooking today’s scramble crossing.

Anime NYC 2018 Announces Inaugural ‘Anisong World Matsuri’ Concert Series at Hammerstein Ballroom

Jul 23rd 2018


#1202

Toei Animation Museum Opens in Tokyo in July

July 24, 2018 8:06am CDT
Location includes exhibition and event spaces, a character goods shop, and more

Shibuya 109 building unveils new winning logo design set to appear over scramble crossing in 2019

July 24, 2018 / Sora News 24
Owners say sayonara to their iconic red sign with a new logo that captures the spirit of all the youth fashion stores inside the building.

This Love Liver’s anime armor may be the most extreme otaku outfit ever conceived

July 24, 2018 / Sora News 24
Hardcore Love Live! fan celebrates birthday of his pick for best girl by wearing a merchandise mountain that’s big enough for eleven people.

Japanese hair stylist chops and snips a tiny doll’s hair to a chic new ‘do【Video】

July 24, 2018 / Sora News 24
This salon worker is renowned for trimming hair into stylish bobs and short styles, but his miniature doll makeover is something special!

Kyoto Ninja Run tour can add over 100 ninja missions to your itinerary if you’re tired of temples

July 24, 2018 / Sora News 24
English-language programs don’t let you just dress like ninja, but act like one too.

Famous anime voice actor offers to perform at fan’s house for one day for an eye-popping price

July 24, 2018 / Sora News 24
Fan of actor from Fate, Bleach, and Detective Conan franchises wanted to hire an imitator, but got a response from the actor himself.

Former Momoiro Clover Member, Actress Akari Hayami Announces Engagement

posted on 2018-07-24 18:45 EDT by Lynzee Loveridge

School Idols Take the Front Page in Aqours Special-Edition B.L.T. Mag

July 24, 2018 9:05pm CDT
Latest Love Live! group treats fans to new photos, interviews, and a calendar


#1203

College Student is 3rd Arrested for Love Live! Sunshine Manhole Vandalism

posted on 2018-07-25 15:45 EDT by Lynzee Loveridge
Suspect Takahito Yamaguchi is thought to have spray-painted the covers with a high school student

Actors Kenta Kamakari, Yuria Haga Welcome 1st Child

posted on 2018-07-25 17:45 EDT by Lynzee Loveridge

The Legendary Tofu Delivery Car Drifts to Yushi-Con

Jul 25th 2018


#1204

Check Out Voice Actress Yui Ogura’s Heart Touching Singing from Her New Live DVD/Blu-ray

July 26, 2018 12:10am CDT
The voice of Hinata Hakamada (Ro-Kyu-Bu!), Homare Kagayaki / Cure Étoile (Hugtto! PreCure)

Liberty City Anime Con Hosts Shingo Yamashita, Jun Sugawara, Shintarou Douge as Guests

posted on 2018-07-26 04:00 EDT by Rafael Antonio Pineda
New York City convention takes place on August 17-19

Chihayafuru Actress Suzu Hirose Promotes 2020 Olympics Volunteers in New Ads

posted on 2018-07-26 17:45 EDT by Lynzee Loveridge


#1205

Love Live! Summer Festival in Numazu Cancelled Due to Typhoon

posted on 2018-07-27 14:45 EDT by Lynzee Loveridge

Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal VA Tasuku Hatanaka Shows His Dancing Skill in New MV “Manatsu BEAT”

July 27, 2018 11:20pm CDT
Also known as Ushio Aotsuki (Ushio and Tora), Denki Kaminari (My Hero Academia)


#1206

Kaito Kid Abducts YTV’s Detective Conan Statue

posted on 2018-07-28 12:45 EDT by Jennifer Sherman

Precure, Utano☆Princesama VA Yuka Imai Announces Martial Separation

posted on 2018-07-28 14:45 EDT by Lynzee Loveridge
Imai claims husband became distant after their child was diagnosed with a disability

Someone Bid 1 Million Yen on a Summer Pockets Themed Car

July 28, 2018 8:45pm CDT
One lucky fan will receive a car full of visual novel goodies from Key

Kanji Tetris is the coolest way to practice and play with Japanese that we’ve ever seen【Video】

July 28, 2018 / Sora News 24
We want to play this game ourselves! There’s just one problem….


#1207

Hiroshima Carp Baseball Player Yoshihiro Maru Uses Sword Art Online II Theme as Entrance Song

posted on 2018-07-29 13:45 EDT by Crystalyn Hodgkins

Oldest man in the world celebrates his birthday following recognition from Guinness World Records

July 29, 2018 / Sora News 24
Hokkaido resident Masazo Nonaka credits sweets and hot springs for his longevity.

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9 million yen awarded to convenience store from man for over 11,000 hours of unauthorized parking

July 29, 2018 / Sora News 24
But will a man who ignored years of warnings bother heeding a court order?

Secrets of Kyoto / For Kyotoites, ‘the most recent war’ recalls a 15th-century turning point

4:00 am, July 29, 2018 / The Japan News


#1208

Kind netizen leaves thoughtful message and gifts for couriers who work hard in the summer heat

July 30, 2018 / Sora News 24
They always deliver goods no matter the weather, so why not return the favor?

Japan ministry urges universities to adjust curriculum to accommodate student Olympic volunteers

July 30, 2018 / Sora News 24
The shortage of capable volunteers is causing the government to turn to universities for resources. But does it really help?

Man released on drug charges because police wouldn’t let him use the toilet

July 30, 2018 / Sora News 24
Officers found in violation of our inalienable right to go potty

Museum offers last chance to see Japan’s oldest insect specimens

July 30, 2018 at 08:30 JST / The Asahi Shimbun

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Voice Actor Yuichiro Umehara Leaves Hospital, Will Slowly Return to Work

posted on 2018-07-30 02:09 EDT by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Voice actor was hospitalized in May with autoimmune disease

YOSHIKI Makes Surprise Fuji Rock Appearance with Skrillex

Jul 30th 2018

New law urges overworked Japan Inc to rethink work styles

July 30, 2018 at 06:45 am JST / Japan Today

Govt ponders residency for more foreign workers

8:35 pm, July 30, 2018 / The Japan News

Event Report: Hatsune Miku Expo 2018 in New York City

by Rai Kelly, Jul 30th 2018

Saga Prefecture Collaborates With Gintama in ‘Sagaharu’ Project

posted on 2018-07-30 18:45 EDT by Jennifer Sherman


#1209

Japan Railway doing away with train departure chimes in plan to stop dangerous mad dashes

July 31, 2018 / Sora News 24
Company is tired of people thinking the chime means “Feel free to knock people over if they’re standing between you and your train.”

Attendees beware: high chance of man-made sweat cloud forming at this year’s Summer Comiket

July 31, 2018 / Sora News 24
Go prepared or you might not make it back home in one piece.

Psychology professor says Japanese people show mood with their eyes, Westerners with their mouths

July 31, 2018 / Sora News 24
Educator ties theory into why Japanese people wear surgical masks, but not sunglasses, but how solid is his logic?

Peanuts Hotel in Kobe offers rooms based on the comic strip

July 31, 2018 at 07:00 JST / The Asahi Shimbun

OLYMPICS/ ‘We are alive’–Tokyo 2020 ceremonies to focus on rebirth

July 31, 2018 at 15:40 JST / The Asahi Shimbun

Attractions near Narita Airport seek to land foreign tourists

July 31, 2018 at 08:00 JST / The Asahi Shimbun

Video shows Japanese airport baggage handlers’ amazing service

July 31, 2018 at 03:25 am JST / Japan Today

Yasuhito Kikuchi and Ryoma Ebata to Attend Anime NYC

Jul 31st 2018

Mixed feelings in Iga over ninja story

8:13 pm, July 31, 2018 / The Japan News

Midsummer cool

8:42 pm, July 31, 2018 / The Japan News

Black Butler Gets Halloween-Themed Villain Café in October

posted on 2018-07-31 16:45 EDT

Cyborg 009, Rock Band T-Bolan Celebrate Anniversaries in Joint Project

posted on 2018-07-31 18:45 EDT by Jennifer Sherman


#1210

Hatsune Miku Character Designer KEI Draws New Main Visual for Hokkaido’s Virtual Idol Kitano Kamui

August 01, 2018 1:15am CDT
Four-member unit “Kitano Kamui Hyouitai” also starts their activities this summer

ANN Interview: AKB48 Team 8

by Bamboo Dong and Earl Gertwagen, Aug 1st 2018

Canadian Cosplayer Arrested in Japan on Suspicion of False Marriage

posted on 2018-08-01 18:45 EDT by Lynzee Loveridge


#1211

Speak Out! Japan’s LGBTQ+ Community Responds to Politician Sugita’s Discriminatory Statements

posted on 2018-08-02 13:45 EDT by Lynzee Loveridge

Highlights From Summer Wonder Festival 2018

posted on 2018-08-02 15:45 EDT by Kim Morrissy

Nagoya Mayor, Aichi Governor Suit Up to Greet World Cosplay Summit Contestants

posted on 2018-08-02 16:45 EDT by Lynzee Loveridge


#1212

Voice Actor Kouichi Yamadera, Voice Actress Rie Tanaka Announce Divorce

posted on 2018-08-03 07:48 EDT by Kim Morrissy
Married 6 years ago in June 2012

STGCC and GGXP Announce a Weekend of Magic and Mayhem with LEGO Harry Potter, Voltron and the World Electronic Sports Games

Aug 3rd 2018

Fate Series Holds the Dōjin Throne at Comiket 94

posted on 2018-08-03 15:45 EDT by Lynzee Loveridge

Wasuta Teams with Spanish YouTube Superstars Adexe & Nau for ‘Yo Quiero Vivir’ Music Video

Aug 3rd 2018

New VTuber Special to Conduct Psychological Analysis of Virtual Talents

August 03, 2018 7:10pm CDT
Is one of your digital faves a psychopath?

Japanese women reveal how far they’ve gone in “stalking” a guy they like in survey

August 3, 2018 / Sora News 24
Tactics included checking out ex-girlfriends online and setting “coincidence” ambushes".

Looking for a job in Japan? Now you can work in the world of anime at the Ghibli Museum!

August 3, 2018 / Sora News 24
That’s right – the Ghibli Museum is now hiring!

Man boards women-only carriage on Japanese train, gets his glasses knocked off【Video】

August 3, 2018 / Sora News 24
Women weren’t happy to see the man board their carriage, but he wasn’t going to let them have their way without a fight.

Nagoya’s governor shows up for work cosplaying as star of anime Sword Art Online【Photos】

August 3, 2018 / Sora News 24
When you’ve got a meeting with cosplayers from around the world on your schedule, a suit and tie just won’t do.

BanG Dream! Teams up with Akai Hane Campaign for Charity

August 03, 2018 9:10pm CDT
Help fill the Central Community Chest and get adorable limited-edition goods

Kyoto Station offers chance to be shogun while sitting on the loo

August 3, 2018 at 17:25 JST / The Asahi Shimbun

Picture Of The Day: Night lights

Aug. 3, 2018 at 07:08 am JST / Japan Today


#1213

Voice Actress Yuriko Yamaguchi to Appear at Portland’s Rose City Comic Con

posted on 2018-08-04 03:00 EDT / ANN
Evangelion, One Piece actress makes 1st U.S. appearance

Petition to protest bulldozing of Ghibli-featured shrine gathers over 10,000 signatures worldwide

August 4, 2018 / Sora News 24
The people have made it clear that they want the shrine to stay, but will that be enough to save it?

Japanese government proposes driver’s license change to make them easier for foreigners to read

August 4, 2018 / Sora News 24
Japanese imperial era targeted as potential source of confusion.

Tokyo businesses may be asked to turn up ACs and open doors to help keep Olympic spectators cool

August 4, 2018 / Sora News 24
Remember when your mom told you to, “Shut the door! Are you trying to cool the outdoors?!” That’s the premise behind Cool Share.

Shaven heads mark entry into priesthood for 9-year-old boys

August 4, 2018 at 18:35 JST / The Asahi Shimbun

Mirror ball man maintains spirit of disco in old wooden house

August 4, 2018 at 07:30 JST / The Asahi Shimbun

Nearly 70% of young Japanese women self-identify as ‘otaku’ in survey

Aug. 4, 2018 at 05:06 am JST / Japan Today

Picture Of The Day: Water world

Aug. 4, 2018 at 06:24 am JST / Japan Today

Japan’s longest bamboo roller coaster unveiled

8:27 pm, August 04, 2018 / The Japan News

Laundry Detergent Partners With Virtual YouTuber for Washing Machine Event

posted on 2018-08-04 17:15 EDT by Jennifer Sherman

Government Plans Put Pom Poko Shrine’s Future in Jeopardy

posted on 2018-08-04 21:15 EDT by Lynzee Loveridge


#1214

Imperial couple greeted warmly on remote island off Hokkaido

August 5, 2018 at 14:10 JST / The Asahi Shimbun

Illustration by cartoonist Leiji Matsumoto stolen from planetarium

August 5, 2018 at 05:45 am JST / Japan Today

Digimon Adventure Anime’s 20th Anniversary Project Kicks Off With Puzzle-Solving Event

posted on 2018-08-05 21:45 EDT by Jennifer Sherman

Picture Of The Day: Robocat

Aug. 5, 2018 05:35 pm JST / Japan Today


#1215

Enjoy Holiday with Voice Actress Rika Tachibana in Her New MV “Shining Memory”

August 06, 2018 1:30am CDT
The voice of Reiko Arisugawa (Shomin Sample), Sae Kobayakawa (The Idolm@ster Cinderella Girls)

A Place Further Than the Universe Event Heads to Saitama in August

August 06, 2018 6:57am CDT
“A Festival More Fan Than Antarctica” features the main voice cast as guests

Depressed Japanese gamer brightens his days by giving himself a log-in bonus for his real life

August 6, 2018 / Sora News 24
Rather than run away to a virtual world, he figured out a way to take something fun about video games and use it to fight off daily drudgery.

TripAdvisor reveals Japan’s top ten theme parks

August 6, 2018 / Sora News 24
There’s more to theme parks in Japan than just Disney Resort and Universal Studios; there’s also ninjas, go-karts and looking through your legs.

Japanese educator embezzled $69,200 over four years to fund mobile game microtransactions

August 6, 2018 / Sora News 24
Mobile games sure are fun, but that’s no reason to steal money meant for education

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Company teaches Japanese kids about sex education using questionable animal mating card game

August 6, 2018 / Sora News 24
When you have children howling the word “impregnate!” over and over again to score, something’s really wrong.

Cat Cafe Mocha in Tokyo shuts down after cats die from feline parvovirus outbreak

August 6, 2018 / Sora News 24
News of the deaths was first leaked by an anonymous source online, who was outraged when the cafe remained open, posing a risk to more animals.

Bicyclist in Osaka gets 2,000 yen from random middle-aged woman for working hard and looking cute

August 6, 2018 / Sora News 24
Roadside largesse from complete stranger inspires others to share stories of unexpected generosity in Japan’s famously money-loving city.

Hiroshima marks 73rd anniversary of U.S. atomic bombing

August 6, 2018 at 03:55 pm JST / Japan Today

Japanese students use VR to recreate Hiroshima bombing

August 6, 2018 at 03:50 pm JST / Japan Today

Author Murakami talks music, running, novels on radio show

August 6, 2018 at 06:27 am JST / Japan Today

Picture Of The Day: Fanbag

August 6, 2018 at 06:00 am JST / Japan Today

Indonesia Family Turn Home Into a Doraemon Paradise

posted on 2018-08-06 17:45 EDT by Karen Ressler

Tottori Airport’s Remodel Adds More Detective Conan Touches

posted on 2018-08-06 18:45 EDT by Jennifer Sherman

YOSHIKI to Perform at Japan House Grand Opening Celebration in Hollywood

Aug 6th 2018

TeniMyu Turns 15 with Its First-Ever Cultural Festival

August 06, 2018 9:10pm CDT
Exhibits, food, and goods will be available to celebrate the milestone


#1216

90-year-old Japanese granny is learning English from her grandchild, and it’s extremely precious

August 7, 2018 / Sora News 24
This granny might be starting late, but that is not going to stop her!

Japanese mother shares her baby bed wisdom: you can use storage boxes!

August 7, 2018 / Sora News 24
If it’s good enough for your bedsheets, it’s good enough for your baby! Social media collectively wonders why they didn’t think of it first

Evangelion’s Yoshiyuki Sadamoto Designs Characters for Nogizaka46’s Animated Computer Ad

posted on 2018-08-07 08:47 EDT by Rafael Antonio Pineda

Japanese Twitter freaked out by image of devil that appeared in slice of beef

August 7, 2018 / Sora News 24
Helpful commenters point out that the country’s souls are in no danger, however.

Lisa’s In and Around Tokyo: Otemachi Bokujo: Chance to visit animal farm in the city

August 7, 2018 at 07:00 JST / The Asahi Shimbun

‘Fugu’ raised in hot spring water provide delicacy all year round

August 7, 2018 at 07:00 JST / The Asahi Shimbun

Dead blue whale calf that washed ashore hailed as a key discovery

August 7, 2018 at 14:15 JST / The Asahi Shimbun

1,400 guns, 1,200 swords from WWII era found buried at Tokyo elementary school

August 7, 2018 at 11:30 am JST / Japan Today

Tokyo Medical University also manipulated male applicants’ scores: sources

August 7, 2018 at 06:29 am JST / Japan Today

Working at Osaka shrimp company has only one rule: Don’t do any work that you don’t want to do

August 7, 2018 at 06:15 am JST / Japan Today

An Inside Look at the Encouragement of Climb Capsule Hotel Rooms

posted on 2018-08-07 12:45 EDT by Kim Morrissy

22/7 Idol Project’s ‘Rikaisya’ Music Video Streamed Outside Japan

posted on 2018-08-07 16:45 EDT

Motion-Capture Technology Will Bring Virtual Band EGOIST to Life in Singapore

Aug 7th 2018

ROOKiEZ is PUNK’D, SPYAIR Rock Bands Launch World Tours

posted on 2018-08-07 20:15 EDT by Alex Mateo
Tours to travel to Americas, Europe, Asia


#1217

Encouragement of Climb Voice Actress Yoko Hikasa Takes on Mt. Kirigamine

posted on 2018-08-08 17:45 EDT by Lynzee Loveridge

BanG Dream! Takes Over Akihabara for Summer Vacation Celebration

August 08, 2018 6:10pm CDT
Live shows, a stamp rally, and a card game tourney round out the festivities

MADHOUSE Shows off Their Finest Work in Summer Art Exhibit

August 08, 2018 7:15pm CDT
Cardcaptor Sakura, Overlord II, and A Place Further Than the Universe are stars of the show

August 8, 2018 07:00am ET


#1218

[ALEXANDROS] Rock Band Launches U.S. Tour

posted on 2018-08-09 01:32 EDT by Alex Mateo
Band performed theme song for live-action Bleach film

Voice Actors Atsuko Enomoto, Mark Ishii Announce Divorce

posted on 2018-08-09 10:40 EDT by Jennifer Sherman


#1219

Voice Actress Chinatsu Akasaki Announces Marriage

posted on 2018-08-10 02:40 EDT by Rafael Antonio Pineda

Anime NYC to Host Aimer for Fate/stay night: Heaven’s Feel Event

posted on 2018-08-10 15:14 EDT by Alex Mateo
Aimer to perform on November 17

Tokyo politician creates dojinshi manga, will be at Comiket selling it

August 10, 2018 / Sora News 24
Otaku assemblyman’s latest project stars a 1,300-year-old girl from a popular video game franchise.

Travel through Japan with no suitcase? That’s the goal of new item-sharing travel service Locarry

August 10, 2018 / Sora News 24
Tokyo-based company has a clever solution to one of the most common problems visitors face when traveling in Japan.

Surprisingly simple and fast process of hand-lettering store’s name on glass awes net users

August 10, 2018 / Sora News 24
Aka that time when watching the paint dry really was fun.


#1220

Biannual Running of the Otaku Returns to Comic Market 94

posted on 2018-08-11 14:45 EDT by Jennifer Sherman

Eternally-Young Kikuko Inoue Prepares to Celebrate 30th Anniversary

August 11, 2018 2:50pm CDT
Experience space-time distortion this November

Kalafina’s Wakana Launches Solo Career, Tour

posted on 2018-08-11 18:00 EDT by Alex Mateo
Tour launches September 24 in Tokyo, Japan