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Comic Market to Use Smaller Venue for Record 4 Days for 2019 Events

posted on 2018-08-12 07:23 EDT by Egan Loo
Japan’s largest dōjinshi event works around 2020 Olympic construction

Kyoto Animation Shows Tsurune, Free! Anime Key Frames at Comiket

posted on 2018-08-12 16:15 EDT by Kim Morrissy

Nana Mizuki to Release New Singles for Two Consecutive Months in September & October

August 12, 2018 8:15pm CDT
She will also scheduled to perform in Taipei and Shanghai this fall

We tested out an anti-UV umbrella to see how much it cools us down in this dreadful summer heat

August 12, 2018 / Sora News 24
Is it just a marketing gimmick or a brilliant invention of the century?

New “social apartment” that comes with attached movie theater will open soon in Saitama

August 12, 2018 / Sora News 24
Fancy having a private 20-seat cinema at your doorstep? You can get exactly that for an affordable monthly rent of $525.


The beautiful cosplayers of summer Comiket 2018【Photos】

August 13, 2018 / Sora News 24
Soaring temperatures couldn’t stop these amazing cosplayers from shining brighter than the sizzling sun at this year’s premier otaku gathering.

Parking lot in Aomori charges 5,000 yen per hour, one person spent 65,000 yen in a single park

August 13, 2018 / Sora News 24
The really surprising thing is that some people actually took them up on the offer.

Does the Japanese word “natsukashii” exist in other languages? Japanese Twitter investigates

August 13, 2018 / Sora News 24
Could speaking Japanese expand your range of feelings?

Comic Market Ties All-Time One-Day Attendee Record

posted on 2018-08-13 01:02 EDT by Alex Mateo
210,000 attendees on 3rd day of event

Voice Actor Mamoru Miyano to Release His 1st Official Photo Book on October 26

August 13, 2018 12:15am CDT
The voice of Light Yagami (Death Note), Setsuna F. Seiei (Gundam 00), Rin Matsuoka (Free!)

JR East planning driverless trains

9:01 pm, August 13, 2018 / The Japan Times

Awa Odori festival kicks off

8:52 pm, August 13, 2018 / The Japan News

First-ever Eevee outbreak is going on in Japan right now, and it’s awesomely adorable【Photos】

August 13, 2018 / Sora News 24
Eevees appears en masse at the annual Pikachu Outbreak in Yokohama to grab their share of the Pokémon spotlight.

Tokyo One Piece Tower Theme Park Gets Immersive Theater Experience

posted on 2018-08-13 12:45 EDT by Jennifer Sherman

Lucky Star Shrine’s Iconic Torii Gate Collapses

posted on 2018-08-13 15:45 EDT by Lynzee Loveridge

Anison Great Ichiro Mizuki Prepares to Release 50th Anniversary Album

August 13, 2018 3:05pm CDT
Aniki performs 30-song medley, promises unreleased material

August 13, 2018

Idol Group Nogizaka46’s Animated Computer Ad Streams

posted on 2018-08-13 17:45 EDT by Lynzee Loveridge
Evangelion’s Yoshiyuki Sadamoto designed characters

In New Book, Ghibli’s Suzuki Reveals Isao Takahata as Notoriously Difficult Director

posted on 2018-08-13 19:45 EDT by Lynzee Loveridge
Claims character designer and animation director Yoshifumi Kondō death was due to Takahata’s work expectations

BanG Dream! 5th Live Concerts Get Delayed Showings in Select Theaters This September

Aug 13th 2018


Human traffic jam on Mt. Fuji shows why weekdays are the best days to hike the symbol of Japan

August 14, 2018 / Sora News 24
Mountain hiking trail looks as congested as any Tokyo-area expressway.

Japanese genius finds a clever way to remind himself how awesome coming home is【Video】

August 14, 2018 / Sora News 24
When you open the door, you’re not just coming home, but stepping into a world of awesome bargains and services that we sometimes overlook.

Genome of habu snake cracked, offering hope of an antivenom

August 14, 2018 at 07:00 JST / The Asahi Shimbun

Island south of Tokyo could hold clues to future acidified oceans

August 14, 2018 at 07:30 JST / The Asahi Shimbun

Mount Fuji’s Got Mail. A Bone-Rattling Bulldozer Ride Brings It Down.

August 14, 2018 at 12:35 JST / © 2018 The New York Times / The Asahi Shimbun

‘Fist of the North Star’ takes over 3 Keikyu train stations

August 14, 2018 at 08:00 JST / The Asahi Shimbun

Highlights from Comiket 94: Summer-Themed Booths and Viral Cosplay

posted on 2018-08-14 13:45 EDT by Kim Morrissy

My Hero Academia’s Denki Credited for Unleashing Lightning in Tokyo

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

CharaExpo Returns for 4th Installment Within Inaugural Japan Park Singapore 2018

Aug 14th 2018

Prince of Tennis Summer Valentine Event Gets Official Day

posted on 2018-08-14 15:45 EDT by Lynzee Loveridge
Event also revealed the results of its 400,000 chocolate poll

Asobi Asobase Director Shows Off His New Buff Bod

posted on 2018-08-14 17:45 EDT by Lynzee Loveridge

180 Attendees Treated in Comic Market’s 1st 3 Hours Due to Heat Wave

posted on 2018-08-14 18:45 EDT by Jennifer Sherman

Pikachu Outbreak 2018 photos! Pikachus parade through Yokohama, bust out dance moves at night

August 14, 2018 / Sora News 24
In previous years, the famous and adorable Pokémon went to sleep when the sun went down, but this time they’re staying up late to party!

Awa Odori dancers march on despite orders to stand down

August 14, 2018 at 18:30 JST / The Asahi Shimbun

PreCure Gets Dancing for Anniversary Stage Show

August 14, 2018 8:45pm CDT
Dance Dance Dance @ YOKOHAMA celebrates 15 years of magical girls

All-Girl Rock Band SCANDAL [JP] Announces US Tour Dates

August 14, 2018 9:13pm CDT
Tickets on sale now for New York, San Francisco, Anaheim and Dallas shows


Japan’s number-one cosplayer draws an incredible crowd as she steals the show at Comiket【Photos】

August 15, 2018 / Sora News 24
Enako, one of Japan’s most popular and beautiful cosplayers, is ready for her close-ups dressed in an alternate costume of a beloved anime heroine.

Japanese musicians create incredible music and visuals using open tape reels【Videos】

August 15, 2018 / Sora News 24
Open Reel Ensemble will blow you away with their internationally acclaimed musical style.

Picture Of The Day: A bit crowded

Aug. 15, 2018 at 05:43 am JST / Japan Today

Home again

8:40 pm, August 14, 2018 / The Japan News

Say Hello to Dirty Old Man Tanaka, the Newest Virtual Youtuber Idol!

August 15, 2018 12:12pm CDT
Determined not to be beaten by “cute girl idols”, the 55 year old virtual personality heads to Youtube and Twitch

Manga Artists Moriko Mori, Cota Tomimura Announce Marriage

posted on 2018-08-15 14:45 EDT by Lynzee Loveridge

Leiji Matsumoto’s 80th Birthday Celebrated With New Art Exhibition

posted on 2018-08-15 18:45 EDT by Lynzee Loveridge

JAM Project Member Yoshiki Fukuyama Performs Agni Flare’s Company Song in Full CG Music Video

August 15, 2018 7:50pm CDT
His new single “Kodoku na Genshi” hits Japanese stores August 15

Time-lapse video shows the awesomely orderly efficiency of otaku lining up at Comiket【Video】

August 15, 2018 / Sora News 24
We can all learn from the extraordinary discipline exhibited by these otaku.


BanG Dream! Reps Pacific League Baseball on Doki Doki Day

August 16, 2018 12:10am CDT
Three events will feature mini-matches against the stars

Voice Actress Miku Ito Shows Off Her Latest Live Performance of Her 2nd Single “Shocking Blue”

August 16, 2018 3:50am CDT
The voice of Nanako Usami (Locodol), Ann Akagi (Action Heroine Cheer Fruits)

Watch Highlights from Voice Actress Yui Ogura’s Latest Live DVD/Blu-ray “Cherry×Airline”

August 16, 2018 5:50am CDT
The voice of Kokona Aoba (Encouragement of Climb), Homare Kagayaki/Cure Étoile (Hugtto PreCure!)

Asuna and Dengeki Bunkō Pals Promote Veggies for Limited Campaign

posted on 2018-08-16 13:45 EDT by Lynzee Loveridge

Australian Hotel Caught Off Guard By Free! Pilgrims

posted on 2018-08-16 15:45 EDT by Lynzee Loveridge

Saga Prefecture’s Gintama Collaboration Kicks Off With Video, Statue Unveiling

posted on 2018-08-16 19:45 EDT by Jennifer Sherman

Feeling cranky? Drop that Snickers! Eat some beef and ice cream instead, Japanese netizens say

August 16, 2018 / Sora News 24
Japanese netizens attest to the spiritual power of a meaty dinner and a dairy dessert.

Mysterious Japanese woman gives one million yen in cash to man she’s never met, then disappears

August 16, 2018 / Sora News 24
The money wasn’t meant for him, but the intended recipient has no clue who the woman is either.


Re:Zero Heroine Emilia’s Birthday Event Returns to Shibuya in September

August 17, 2018 12:55am CDT
Purchasers with over 3,000 yen will receive the upcoming OVA’s prequel novel

JoJo’s Bruno Bucciarati Poses in Balenciaga for Magazine Cover

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

Japanese Internet sad to see the word “chikan” becoming commonly used in English

August 17, 2018 / Sora News 24
The country was proud when “emoji” and “anime” became part of English-speakers’ vocabulary. But when the British government uses the Japanese word for “train gropers?” Not so much.

Awesome fan-made stop-motion video using Gundam models is a Gundam fan’s dream come true 【Videos】

August 17, 2018 / Sora News 24
The scene is an exact reenactment of the original Mobile Suit Gundam anime, complete with CG special effects.

This Shinto shrine’s gorgeous glass gateways are the only ones of their kind in all Japan【Photos】

August 17, 2018 / Sora News 24
Torii gates always have an elegant allure, but none quite like this shrine’s.

Swiss otaku says he’s moving to Japan after customs officials confiscate his 66-pound manga haul

August 17, 2018 / Sora News 24
Laments the officer handling his case has “no tolerance whatsoever” for hentai and loli dojinshi.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe enjoys a shaved ice, Twitter buries him in a hashtag avalanche

August 17, 2018 / Sora News 24
Japanese netizens react to the PR photo with a variety of “helpful” advice hashtags, as well as some hashtags that aren’t very helpful at all.


Comiket attendee finds a beautiful handmade anime bag, is surprised to discover its artist

August 18, 2018 / Sora News 24
Turns out there really is no limit to how long you can create labors of love for your favorite anime shows, especially if you helped in the Golden age!

Solo-traveling Japanese woman gets romantic pep talk from Hawaii immigration officer

August 18, 2018 / Sora News 24
When the airport employee found out she was in the islands alone, he gave her a tongue-in-cheek romantic worksheet to finish before heading home.

Tokyo Tower Records store helps avert a wedding proposal disaster when it finds a lost love note

August 18, 2018 / Sora News 24
Klutziness can’t foil cupid’s plan, which is saved by clever employees.

Square Enix, Dempagumi.inc’s Dearstage Unveil Virtual Idol Group ‘Gems Company’

posted on 2018-08-18 09:50 EDT by Egan Loo
11 members profiled, with auditions being held for new addition

Fellow Voice Actors Respond to Unshō Ishizuka’s Passing

posted on 2018-08-18 13:45 EDT by Jennifer Sherman

City Hunter Teams Up with the Yomiuri Giants for Match Against the Hiroshima Toyo Carp

August 18, 2018 4:27pm CDT
Special promotion includes clear file posters and in-house announcements from lead voice actor Akira Kamiya

Tokyo’s Nakano district doesn’t just have an Obon Dance, it has an Obon Jovi Dance!

August 18, 2018 / Sora News 24
The west Tokyo neighborhood’s take on the centuries-old event is like bad medicine, and bad medicine is what I need.

Anisong Streaming Service, ANiUTa, Announces Signed Poster Giveaway Contest in Celebration of Launch

Aug 18th 2018

Nocturnal rainbow

9:00 pm, August 18, 2018 / The Japan News


Hideki Matsui working to help baseball recover its popularity

August 19, 2018 at 08:00 JST / The Asahi Shimbun

Fault line comes into full view after geological park renovation

August 19, 2018 at 07:00 JST / The Asahi Shimbun

All welcome at Miyazaki ‘snack’ pubs

4:00 am, August 19, 2018 / The Japan News

Clothing companies trying to move into other fields

4:00 am, August 19, 2018 / The Japan News

Art connects locals, students in Toride

4:00 am, August 19, 2018 / The Japan News

Kumamoto students develop fertilizers from shochu remnants

2:30 am, August 19, 2018 / The Japan News


X Japan to Perform 1st Large-Scale Concert in 8 Years

posted on 2018-08-20 01:32 EDT by Rafael Antonio Pineda
3-day concert run in Chiba, September 28-30

Blast from the past: cosplayer’s retro otaku outfit hits nostalgic notes with netizens

August 20, 2018 / Sora News 24
Attendees surprised to find a time-traveling otaku from a bygone era.

Japanese supermarket’s recruitment ad is so stringent, it’s probably looking for a robot

August 20, 2018 / Sora News 24
Because no sane person would want to work in this environment.

Survey reveals the top reasons why married Japanese people don’t want to go home during Obon

August 20, 2018 / Sora News 24
Surprisingly “dealing with in-laws” isn’t the number one reason.

TeamLab Planets: Walk up a waterfall and catch koi fish at new digital art museum in Tokyo

August 20, 2018 / Sora News 24
Just when we thought we’d seen the best from this talented Japanese art collaborative, they come out with another mind-blowing museum in Tokyo.

First public showing for Tokugawa Shogunate seal

August 20, 2018 at 15:10 JST / The Asahi Shimbun

Trails of light

9:30 pm, August 20, 2018 / The Japan News

‘Japanese Satchmo’ honored in birthplace of jazz

11:35 am, August 20, 2018 / The Japan News

U.S. Marines perform Japan’s hottest dance craze, share video through official account【Video】

August 20, 2018 / Sora News 24
When the song’s chorus is “C’mon baby, America!” how can the Japan-stationed men and women of the United States Marine Corps not start dancing?


Japanese net users react to the results of the 2018 Global Liveability Index

August 21, 2018 / Sora News 24
Two Japanese cities made this year’s list of the Top Ten Most Liveable Cities in the World.

Thighs of Autumn: Japan’s number-one thigh photographer’s new exhibit has over 1,000 legs【Photos】

August 21, 2018 / Sora News 24
Following spring cancellation of Tokyo event, artist’s new exhibition shows that the concept still has legs.

More hikers opt for low-altitude Mt. Fuji tours in summer rush

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

MY HEROES / Masami Okui’s songs resonate with our hearts

10:41 am, August 21, 2018 / The Japan News

Cure Maid Café Gets Chill with Non Non Biyori Collaboration

August 21, 2018 5:05pm CDT
Akiba collab café celebrates the show’s new film


Animebashi 2018 Ticket Giveaway - Celebrate Anime in Portland

August 22, 2018
Giveaway Ends August 30, 11:59 EST.

All-Girl Rockers SCANDAL [JP] Share Video Greeting Ahead of US Tour

August 22, 2018 11:05am CDT
U.S. and Mexico concert dates are scheduled for September

Voice Actors Chika Anzai, Junya Enoki Reveal They’re Related

posted on 2018-08-22 14:45 EDT by Lynzee Loveridge

Shibuya’s Disaster Prep Event Hosts Revisions Anime’s Mikako Komatsu

posted on 2018-08-22 17:45 EDT by Lynzee Loveridge

Japan’s Moomin Theme Park Opens March 16 in Saitama

posted on 2018-08-22 19:45 EDT by Lynzee Loveridge


See Highlights from Voice Actress Idol Unit i☆Ris’ 5th Anniversary Live DVD/Blu-ray

August 23, 2018 1:15am CDT
Their 6th anniversary live is already set to be held at Tokyo Dome City Hall on November 7

Nano to Perform at Anisong World Matsuri at Anime NYC

posted on 2018-08-23 13:01 EDT by Karen Ressler
Convention badge not required to attend November 16 performance

Manga Creator Takako Shimura Draws Storyboards to Replace Idol in AKB48 Music Video

posted on 2018-08-23 16:45 EDT by Jennifer Sherman

NTR: Netsuzou Trap Manga Creator Shares Her Sexism Work Story

posted on 2018-08-23 18:15 EDT by Lynzee Loveridge


Baby Steps Teams Up with Shingo Kunieda to Promote Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games

August 24, 2018 9:16am EDT
5 minute short animation highlighting the sport of wheelchair tennis will broadcast on the NHK’s networks

Gintama Takes Over J-WORLD TOKYO on School Field Trip

August 24, 2018 1:05pm CDT
Gintoki chaperones a field trip full of snacks, gifts, and attractions


Voice Actor Shigeru Chiba Gets Astronomical for Fist of the North Star Planetarium Event in September

August 25, 2018 12:17pm CDT
Chiba will narrate a presentation about constellations at KONICA MINOLTA Planetarium “Manten” in Sunshine City

SMAP Member Gets Magazine Feature of Blank Pages Due to Johnny & Associates’ Online Photo Policies

posted on 2018-08-25 14:45 EDT by Jennifer Sherman

Manga Creator, Illustrator Hisashi Eguchi Draws RYUTist Group’s Record Jacket

posted on 2018-08-25 18:45 EDT by Jennifer Sherman


Ace Attorney Anime’s 2nd Season Gets Puzzle-Solving Event

posted on 2018-08-26 16:45 EDT by Jennifer Sherman


Maidreamin Treats Toronto to Maid Culture at Fan Expo Canada 2018

Aug 27th 2018

YOSHIKI Gives Special Performance in Hollywood for Japan House Los Angeles

Aug 27th 2018

In Case You’re Still Thinking About Hellshake Yano’s Animelo Summer Live Concert

posted on 2018-08-27 17:45 EDT by Lynzee Loveridge
Here’s some pictures from the performance

Sneaker Bunko 30th Anniversary Event Includes Haruhi Suzumiya Stage

posted on 2018-08-27 16:45 EDT by Lynzee Loveridge

Fist of the North Star’s Muscle Men Form AR Band

posted on 2018-08-27 20:45 EDT by Lynzee Loveridge
Series’ Heart character expected to make Virtual YouTuber debut in November


Director Yamakan’s Twitter Accounts Suspended for ‘Abusive, Threatening, Discriminatory Behavior’

posted on 2018-08-28 18:45 EDT by Jennifer Sherman

150-Year-Old Akihabara Shrine Holds Birthday Event for Steins;Gate’s Luka Urushibara

August 28, 2018 9:45pm CDT
The latest anime installment “Steins;Gate 0” is now streamed on Crunchyroll


World’s First Voice Actress Basketball League “SJ3.LEAGUE” Launches Next Month

August 29, 2018 2:45am CDT
Media mix projects including manga, game, and anime featuring the members are also planned

Voice Actress Emi Nitta Shares Her Love of Dinosaurs on Late-Night Cable Program

August 29, 2018 7:16am CDT
“Emi Nitta’s Dinosaur DEEP” kicks off on MONDO TV on October 10, 2018


Sakura Surrounded by Cherry Blossom Petals in Cardcaptor Sakura Exhibition Main Visual

August 30, 2018 12:10am CDT
All visitors will receive an original clear card

6th Japan Film Festival of San Francisco: September 28 - October 7, 2018 at New People Cinema

Aug 30th 2018

Hello Kitty Makes Her Virtual Youtuber Debut

August 30, 2018 8:06am CDT
Beloved mascot character dishes about following her dreams and being a Sanrio veteran

ANIME CITY - Golden Kamuy Takes Over the Tokyo Anime Center!

August 30, 2018 11:00am CDT
Special event featuring merch and displays is open until 9/24

C3AFA Tokyo: Where Gundam Fandom Makes Its Big Stand

posted on 2018-08-30 14:45 EDT by Kim Morrissy

Baltimore Japan Art Festival to Host The Night is Short, Walk on Girl Illustrator Yusuke Nakamura

posted on 2018-08-30 17:06 EDT by Karen Ressler
Prints available for sale through Kickstarter campaign

Director Yamakan Plans to Leave Twitter After Personal, Studio Accounts Suspended

posted on 2018-08-30 18:45 EDT by Jennifer Sherman

Pokémon GO Player in Japan Meets Spouse Through Game

posted on 2018-08-30 19:45 EDT by Jennifer Sherman

Actor Eiji Wentz Pauses Career to Study Abroad in London

posted on 2018-08-30 20:00 EDT by Karen Ressler
Live-action Gegege no Kitarō star to leave in October

YOSHIKI Gives Inspiring Performance with Young Blind Drummer at Budokan

Aug 30th 2018

Comic Book Legal Defense Fund Announces Christina Merkler as New President

Aug 30th 2018

Small Press Expo Establishes Legal Aid Fund for Cartoonists With $20,000 Donation

Aug 30th 2018


Voice Actress Yuka Imai Announces Retirement

posted on 2018-08-31 11:30 EDT by Jennifer Sherman
Imai put career on hiatus in 2017 to care for son

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Exhibit Promotions Take Over Tokyo

posted on 2018-08-31 14:45 EDT by Jennifer Sherman

Universal Studios Japan’s Hotel Offers Switch-Themed Horror Room

posted on 2018-08-31 15:45 EDT by Jennifer Sherman

Kenichi Sonoda to Attend Anime Central for Bean Bandit Episode 0 Premiere

posted on 2018-08-31 19:00 EDT by Karen Ressler
Illinois convention to host world premiere of Kickstarter-funded anime