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#1346

Watch Digest Clip from Voice Actor Kensho Ono’s Latest Live Blu-ray “FIVE STAR”

December 21, 2018 3:10am CST
The voice of Tetsuya Kuroko (Kuroko’s Basketball), Harry Potter (Japanese dub)

Japanese Twitter debates the best breathing technique to put yourself to sleep

December 21, 2018 / SoraNews24
Arrive at your sweet dreams using the ultimate 4-7-8 technique…or was it 4-4-8?

Fuji-Q Highland Amusement Part to Open Naruto & Boruto-themed Area in July 2019

December 21, 2018 10:10pm CST
The planned budget is about 1.2 billion yen (11 million US dollars)


#1347

Tonkotsu ramen chain Ichiran set to open first-ever non-pork broth restaurant in Tokyo

December 22, 2018 / SoraNews24
The tonkotsu pork broth ramen specialists branch out into new territory for foreign customers.

Jouji Nakata Founds Seiyu Red and White Contest with Fellow Fate Voice Actors

posted on 2018-12-22 16:45 EST by Lynzee Loveridge
Junichi Suwabe, Kana Ueda serve as moderators for planned April contest

Ghibli Theme Park to Open 3 Areas in 2022, More Areas in 2023

posted on 2018-12-22 17:30 EST by Jennifer Sherman
Aichi park reveals additional design plans

To Love-Ru’s Kentaro Yabuki Draws Daring Hatsune Miku for Honda Collaboration

posted on 2018-12-22 17:45 EST by Lynzee Loveridge

Re:Zero Memory Snow OVA’s Snow Festival Will Be Replicated at Sapporo Snow Festival

posted on 2018-12-22 19:45 EST by Kim Morrissy

12/21 is Japan’s “Long Distance Lovers Day”: What makes it so hard to keep up long distance love?

December 22, 2018 / SoraNews24
Long distance romance can work with a bit of effort, but just what form does that effort take?


#1348

Train etiquette: top ten inconsiderate behaviors that tick Japanese train commuters off the most

December 23, 2018 / SoraNews24
Times have changed over the years, but one particular offence has steadily climbed its way up the list.

Emperor draws record 75,000 birthday well-wishers before abdication next year

Dec. 23, 2018 04:03 pm JST / Japan Today

More men taking jobs in female-dominated profession of Japanese airline cabin crew

Dec. 23, 2018 06:01 am JST / Japan Today

Festive boar-d

12:09 pm, December 23, 2018 / The Japan News

X Japan’s Typhoon-defying “No Audience” Concert Now Streaming Worldwide

Dec 23rd 2018

Studio MAPPA Holds Exhibit For Yuri!!! on ICE, Zombie Land Saga, Others in January

posted on 2018-12-23 15:45 EST by Kim Morrissy
Yuri!!! on Ice, Banana Fish, Zombie Land Saga, Kakegurui, Dororo will be represented.


#1349

Terrifying and mysterious missing-person poster found in Tokyo neighborhood

December 24, 2018 / SoraNews24
Have you seen a person with soulless eyes lately? They could be anywhere from four to 20 feet tall.

Japanese students’ eyesight the worst in recent years, smartphones and mobile games are blamed

December 24, 2018 / SoraNews24
A potential heavy price to pay for convenience and entertainment?

Let’s talk about chips: Japanese netizens weigh in on the ten best potato chips in the country

December 24, 2018 / SoraNews24
Latest chip ranking reveals a preference for simple flavors.

AKB48 sister group to get own theater next to Yahuoku! Dome

December 24, 2018 at 07:30 JST / The Asahi Shimbun

Luthier working to spread the hardingfele fiddle in Japan

December 24, 2018 at 07:00 JST / The Asahi Shimbun

What a presence with so many Santas bearing presents

December 24, 2018 at 14:35 JST/ The Asahi Shimbun

Gatekeeper at Japan’s ‘Suicide Forest’ hopes music can save lives

Dec. 24, 2018 06:30 am JST / Japan Today

Coloring the New Year

3:42 pm, December 24, 2018 / The Japan News

Answerman: How Did Christmas in Japan Become A Thing?

by Justin Sevakis, Dec 24th 2018

Virtual Youtuber Kaguya Luna Collaborates with Nissin in Wacky Egg Bowl Commercial

posted on 2018-12-24 12:45 EST by Victor Chaves
Kaguya Luna spins chickens and sings “I’m Always Soba” in new commercial.

Konosuba - God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World! Gets Orchestral Concert in February

posted on 2018-12-24 13:45 EST by Kim Morrissy

Gundam Are Jockeying for 1st Place at This Year’s Arima Kinen Horse Racing Grand Prix

posted on 2018-12-24 17:45 EST by Victor Chaves
JRA promotes yearly event with Mobile Suit Gundam

JAM Project Member Masaaki Endoh Posts His Original Christmas Song Video for Fans

December 24, 2018 9:10pm CST
His 2nd acoustic album “Present of the Voice 2” was released on December 12

Zombie Land Saga, Promised Neverland, and More Join Forces for Upcoming Event

December 24, 2018 10:09pm CST
MAPPA, WIT STUDIO, and CloverWorks draw their characters prepping for the big day


#1350

Merry Christmas from the SoraNews24 team!

December 25, 2018 / SoraNews24

VOX POPULI: The Christmas spirit that keeps on giving, year after year

December 25, 2018 at 12:45 JST / The Asahi Shimbun

Onsen Musume’s New Album ‘Diversity’ Set for Worldwide Digital Release

Dec 25th 2018

Kinema Citrus at Anime Central 2019

Dec 25th 2018


#1351

How we enjoyed Tokyo Disneyland and Disney Sea’s Christmas parades

December 26, 2018 / SoraNews24
What better way to celebrate Christmas than in the Land of Dreams?

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas with “artificial snow” powder from the 100-yen store

December 26, 2018 / SoraNews24
Just add water!

Japanese subway line sells a piece of guitar history worth thousands for only five bucks

December 26, 2018 / SoraNews24
This unassuming little silver box is worth its weight in gold.

Walking Dead star Norman Reedus sends Christmas greetings via Japanese comedy stripper Mr Uekusa

December 26, 2018 / SoraNews24
Japanese star of Britain’s Got Talent goes from strength to strength as his festive strip show catches the eye of a famous fan.

Warning - might be NSFW for some

‘Stealing’ secrets from masters of Shunga erotic ukiyo-e art

December 26, 2018 at 07:20 JST / The Asahi Shimbun

Meiji master’s Hina dolls at riverside court ritual discovered

December 26, 2018 at 19:20 JST / The Asahi Shimbun

Imperial Palace Outer Gardens get a glowing makeover

December 26, 2018 at 18:10 JST / The Asahi Shimbun

Hog cholera crisis worsens in Japan; SDF sent to contain virus

Dec. 26, 2018 06:33 am JST / Japan Today

Japan officially announces IWC withdrawal; will resume commercial whaling

Dec. 26, 2018 04:01 pm JST / Japan Today

Picture Of The Day: Tokyo German Village

Dec. 26, 2018 06:41 am JST / Japan Today

2020 Tokyo Games to use hydrogen fuel to light cauldrons, torch during relay

7:23 pm, December 26, 2018 / The Japan News

Employees start packing ‘lucky bags’ for New Year sales

4:56 pm, December 26, 2018 / The Japan News

IDOLiSH7 Wins Top Male Group Division in ANiUTa Awards 2018

posted on 2018-12-26 15:15 EST by Victor Chaves & Lynzee Loveridge
Maaya Sakamoto, Aqours, Walkure take home prizes

Original Gundam Character Designer Draws Sapporo Beer Commercial

posted on 2018-12-26 17:45 EST by Lynzee Loveridge


#1352

Japanese museum that’s kept child’s lost stuffed animal for 30 years gets adorable new resident

December 27, 2018 / SoraNews24
One of the year’s most touching stories gets a very special Christmas episode.

EDITORIAL: Japan’s whaling action runs afoul of international cooperation

December 27, 2018 at 12:35 JST / The Asahi Shimbun

Australia, New Zealand disappointed at Japan resuming commercial whaling

December 27, 2018 at 08:20 JST / The Asahi Shimbun

New rules set that remove OT caps for some professional jobs

December 27, 2018 at 14:35 JST / The Asahi Shimbun

Tokyo bookstore sets entry fee, pushes findings of ‘hidden gems’

December 27, 2018 at 07:00 JST / The Asahi Shimbun

New era approaches, but Japan’s dwindling imperial line clouds future

Dec. 27, 2018 06:30 am JST / Japan Today

Picture Of The Day: Whale for dinner

Dec. 27, 2018 06:47 am JST / Japan Today

Tall symbol to welcome the New Year

2:54 pm, December 27, 2018 / The Japan News

Anime Central 2019 to Host Kinema Citrus CEO Muneki Ogasawara

posted on 2018-12-27 17:00 EST by Jennifer Sherman
Revue Starlight, Made in Abyss, The Rising of The Shield Hero anime staff also attend


#1353

132 hours of a fixed camera on creepy dolls to be broadcast live on Japanese video site

December 28, 2018 / SoraNews24
Ring in the new year by getting into a staring contest with a pair of dark, soulless eyes for five-and-a-half days.

Wait…Hello Kitty has a twin sister?!?!?

December 28, 2018 / SoraNews24
You’re not seeing double! The Sanrio icon really does have a twin sibling, though she’s very different from her world-famous sister.

The beautiful Santacos Santa cosplayers of Christmas 2018【Photos】

December 28, 2018 / SoraNews24
A belated Christmas present from Japan’s idols and models.

Kumamoto Castle’s fortified curved stone walls rise again

December 28, 2018 at 16:00 JST / The Asahi Shimbun

Kyoto Buddhist priests rehearse ringing gigantic New Year’s bell

December 28, 2018 at 15:20 JST / The Asahi Shimbun

Picture Of The Day: Chilling out

Dec. 28, 2018 06:26 am JST / Japan Today

Idol Group Onsen Musume to Release 1st Album Internationally in Early January

posted on 2018-12-28 13:45 EST by Victor Chaves
Diversity to include 14 tracks featuring Akatsuki, Izumi Dougo, and more.

Over 1,000 Huddle in Near-Freezing Temperatures for Comiket 95

posted on 2018-12-28 18:45 EST by Lynzee Loveridge

Sword Girls Are out for Blood in Mini-Toji Blood Drive Collab

December 28, 2018 6:15pm CST
Pint-sized Katana Maidens ask you to donate a pint

Watch Voice Actress Suzuko Mimori’s Latest Song “Hoshikuzu no Curtain” MV

December 28, 2018 8:10pm CST
The voice of Umi Sonoda (Love Live!) and Sheryl Shellinford (Milky Holmes)

Gintama/Galilei Donna Band Negoto to Break Up in July

posted on 2018-12-28 23:00 EST by Karen Ressler
4-girl band also performed theme songs for Mobile Suit Gundam AGE, After School Midnighters


#1354

Comic Market 95 Attracts 170,000 on 1st Day

posted on 2018-12-29 05:00 EST by Crystalyn Hodgkins


December 29, 2018

It’s Artist on Artist for New Exhibition Featuring Yoshitaka Amano, Akemi Takeda, Kunio Okawara

posted on 2018-12-29 13:45 EST by Lynzee Loveridge

Escape Room based on The Promised Neverland Breaks Free in March

posted on 2018-12-29 15:45 EST by Victor Chaves
Well-known escape room developers bring real scenarios to fans


#1355

Comic Market 95 Attracts 190,000 on 2nd Day

posted on 2018-12-30 04:00 EST by Crystalyn Hodgkins

Captain Tsubasa Creator Earns Katsushika City Honorary Citizen Award

posted on 2018-12-30 15:45 EST by Victor Chaves
Yōichi Takahashi’s soccer manga changed a city


#1356

Comic Market 95 Sets New Winter Record with 570,000 Attendees Across All 3 Days

posted on 2018-12-31 03:45 EST by Crystalyn Hodgkins

Attack on Titan Manga Creator Hajime Isayama Announces Marriage

posted on 2018-12-31 09:20 EST by Jennifer Sherman

Comic Market Considers Hours With No Charge If It Adds Entrance Fees for 2019, 2020

posted on 2018-12-31 20:01 EST by Jennifer Sherman
Staff wants to keep attendance accessible while addressing venue concerns


#1357

Doraemon Art Exhibition Heads to Osaka in July of 2019

January 01, 2019 8:09am CST
Installation at the Osaka Culturarium at Tempozan will feature works from 28 artists inspired by Fujiko F. Fujio’s manga

Top Karaoke Songs in Japan: 2018

posted on 2019-01-01 15:30 EST by Egan Loo
Evangelion, Doraemon, My Hero Academia, Fireworks songs among the most popular

Happy New Year from SoraNews24!

January 1, 2019 / SoraNews24
Is anyone else craving pork cutlets and tonkotsu ramen?


#1358

As the Seiyū World Turns: Happy New Marriage Edition

posted on 2019-01-02 15:15 EST by Lynzee Loveridge
Yui Nakajima, Mitsuki Nakae announce each tie the knot to close out 2018

Japan’s most dangerous New Year’s food causes death once again in Tokyo

January 2, 2019 / SoraNews24
Nearly a dozen Tokyoites rushed to hospital before dinnertime on New Year’s Day.


#1359

Japanese Pop Group Perfume Lines Up Performance at Coachella 2019

January 03, 2019 8:07am CST
Performances lined up for both Sundays, with Ariana Grande headlining the fest

Kizuna Ai Amphibious Ita-Bus Looks Like It’s Drowning

posted on 2019-01-03 20:45 EST by Lynzee Loveridge


#1360

Wedding Hall Offers Final Fantasy XIV Dream Ceremony

posted on 2019-01-04 15:45 EST by Lynzee Loveridge

Voting Opens for Love Live! Sunshine!! 4th Single’s ‘Center’ Idol

posted on 2019-01-04 16:45 EST by Lynzee Loveridge

Man strips, makes it rain atop stone lantern at Ise Jingu shrine in Japan

January 4, 2019 / SoraNews24
New Year’s Eve gets out of hand at Japan’s most holy shrine.

Japanese pilot flies close to Mt Fuji, asks passengers to look out the window

January 4, 2019 / SoraNews24
Mt Fuji never looked more beautiful.

Sexy Japanese 7-Eleven ATM anime boys return to enable Comiket spending

January 4, 2019 / SoraNews24
Winter Comiket shoppers were treated to a special opportunity: withdraw your cash from an attractive anime man van!

Japanese monks go viral with online protest against police claim that robes are a driving hazard

January 4, 2019 / SoraNews24
Buddhist monks juggle, box, dance to show their garments are no hindrance after monk refuses to pay fine for driving in his robe.

Virtual YouTuber anime idol spotted “drowning” horrifically in Tokyo Bay【Photos】

January 4, 2019 / SoraNews24
A Kizuna Ai ita-bus sounds like a great idea, until you find out it’s an aqua bus too.

Tokyo Disneyland rings in Japanese New Year with special parades, kimono, and a flatulent pig

January 4, 2019 / SoraNews24
Tokyo Disneyland and Disney Sea celebrate the Year of the Boar in style with a fan-favorite Disney character in the limelight.

Learn how to do Japanese New Year’s the right way and avoid bad luck

January 4, 2019 / SoraNews24
These six New Year’s taboos mean you’ll be doing a lot less cooking, fighting and random spending at the start of the year.


#1361

Singer Masayoshi Ōishi Brings Reveals His ‘Glow Up’ Photo

posted on 2019-01-05 15:45 EST by Victor Chaves
Double the age, double the handsome

Japanese school bans non-white masks for students, teacher can’t believe dumb waste of time

January 5, 2019 / SoraNews24
Dress code detail is a waste of time to even discuss, frustrated junior high teacher says.

Same-sex couples take Japanese government to court, request constitutional marriage rights

January 5, 2019 / SoraNews24
Ten same-sex couples are filing a joint lawsuit against the Japanese government, calling for real marriage equality.

Japanese idol asks fans to marry her, provided they can pay her 400,000 yen (US$3,550) a month

January 5, 2019 / SoraNews24
Said she wanted dying relative to see her as a bride, but there’s another twist.

Mr. Sato gets his heart broken by a 2019 Akihabara Junk Shop Lucky Bag

January 5, 2019 / SoraNews24
My mama always said life is like an Akihabara junk shop fukubukuro. You never know what you’re going to get.

Players’ moves poetry in motion at 1st ceremonial ‘karuta’ game

January 4, 2019 at 15:45 JST / The Asahi Shimbun


#1362

Tuna sells for record 333.6 million yen at Toyosu Fish Market auction in Tokyo

January 6, 2019 / SoraNews24
The prized catch was served up at Sushi Zanmai branches around Japan.

Crushing workload at schools is causing more Japanese teachers to crumble from chronic depression

January 6, 2019 / SoraNews24
Teaching is merely one small facet of being a public school educator in Japan.

‘Shazam!’ Record 63,000 people attend Tokyo Comic Con 2018

January 6, 2019 at 07:00 JST / Translated by The Asahi Shimbun from the website of Anime Anime Japan Ltd.

Japan’s whaling decision could affect Alaska Native whalers

January 6, 2019 at 09:55 JST / The Associated Press / The Asahi Shimbun

4th-grade girl to make debut as youngest pro go player in April

January 6, 2019 at 18:25 JST / The Asahi Shimbun

Partial solar eclipse viewed for 1st time in 3 years over Japan

January 6, 2019 at 16:35 JST / The Asahi Shimbun


#1363

Twitter’s most retweeted tweet of all time: New record set by Zozotown billionaire Yusaku Maezawa

January 7, 2019 / SoraNews24
The new world record comes with the offer of 1 million yen each for 100 lucky people.

Japanese high schools stop asking students to specify their gender on application forms

January 7, 2019 / SoraNews24
Two prefectures do away with once-standard question, over two dozen more consider following their lead.

Voice Actress Yuko Ōno Returns From Medical Hiatus

posted on 2019-01-07 05:50 EST by Egan Loo
Starred in Ulysses: Jeanne d’Arc and the Alchemist Knight, Angel’s 3Piece, Magical Girl Site

Traditional feats of daring by Tokyo’s finest, the firefighters

January 7, 2019 at 16:25 JST / The Asahi Shimbun

Mao Asada gives her blessing to outdoor ice rink in Roppongi

January 7, 2019 at 15:05 JST / The Asahi Shimbun

Japan begins collecting departure tax to fund inbound tourism promotion

Jan. 7, 2019 05:05 pm JST / Japan Today

Iconic Japanese newspaper in Brazil closes after 72 yrs

10:35 pm, January 07, 2019 / The Japan News

Imperial family marks 30th anniversary of Emperor Showa’s death

9:15 pm, January 07, 2019 / The Japan News

Former Live-Action Gridman Actor’s Restaurant Endangered by Incessant Prank Callers

posted on 2019-01-07 14:45 EST by Victor Chaves
50-100 prank calls a day wipes out reservations

Madoka Magica Voice Actress Ai Nonaka Welcomes Child

posted on 2019-01-07 14:45 EST by Victor Chaves
Actress wishes to focus on roles that would connect with her son.


#1364

Singer Dean Fujioka Releases ‘History Maker’ MV 2 Years After Yuri!!! on Ice

posted on 2019-01-08 15:45 EST by Lynzee Loveridge

Initial D Creator’s MF Ghost Inspires Limited Edition Hachiroku

posted on 2019-01-08 18:45 EST by Lynzee Loveridge

Want to be popular with the ladies/men? Be good at making takoyaki, study says

January 8, 2019 / SoraNews24
It seems that there’s a connection between “being good at cooking takoyaki” and “getting lots of love confessions”.

Adidas Shindo: Lose weight and release stress like a samurai with a wooden Japanese katana

January 8, 2019 / SoraNews24
Adidas exercise class takes its moves from Japanese samurai.

Origami memory jars: Japanese Twitter’s beautiful way to collect happy memories like a coin bank

January 8, 2019 / SoraNews24
A creative and decorative way to reward yourself for your hard work and remind yourself that good things can, and do, happen.

Annual New Year’s post dash in Japan looks like a scene from a blockbuster film【Video】

January 8, 2019 / SoraNews24
Every year, dedicated post office workers hop on their scooters to deliver a nation’s New Year’s cards, and it’s so much fun to watch!

Turtle-shaped train station in Japan features gigantic tortoise head sticking out of its roof

January 8, 2019 / SoraNews24
Recent snappy makeover may be just the thing it needs to attract more visitors.

Lisa’s In and Around Tokyo: Samurai hall–Warriors slash niche in seedy side of Shinjuku

January 8, 2019 at 08:00 JST / The Asahi Shimbun

Geisha, ‘maiko’ make New Year’s vows in Gion to hone their art

January 8, 2019 at 14:50 JST / The Asahi Shimbun

Japan in Focus / Why isn’t Toshimaen in Toshima Ward?

8:27 pm, January 08, 2019 / The Japan News

MY HEROES / Anison Joshibu’s final concert full of fond memories

10:45 am, January 08, 2019 / The Japan News

Monster, 20th Century Boys Creator Naoki Urasawa Will Attend Talk Event in Los Angeles

posted on 2019-01-08 23:45 EST by Lynzee Loveridge
Japan House will host “This is MANGA – The Art of NAOKI URASAWA” exhibit from January 23 to March 28


#1365

Artist collapses at Comiket and dies, leading brother to make a request of all anime illustrators

January 9, 2019 / SoraNews24
Message of heartfelt thanks is mixed with cautionary advice as artist passes away far too young.

Female otaku has perfectly sensible answer for when people ask why she doesn’t get a boyfriend

January 9, 2019 / SoraNews24
Dark magic and a price too great to pay are great reasons for remaining single.

We’re utterly stumped by this kids’ Spot the Difference Puzzle from a Japanese family restaurant

January 9, 2019 / SoraNews24
Our reporter challenges the Dark Souls of children’s mealtime entertainment, and enters a twisted maze of interrogations to find the answer.

Film commission founded to bring filming, tourists to Hyogo area

January 9, 2019 at 08:00 JST / The Asahi Shimbun

Tochigi quarry section open for couples seeking ‘deep’ weddings

January 9, 2019 at 07:10 JST / The Asahi Shimbun

Japan goes from capsule hotels to capsule offices with free Wi-Fi, device charging in Tokyo

January 9, 2019 / SoraNews24
Three of Tokyo’s most useful stations offer individual-size offices free of charge.

2 Men Arrested for Assault on NGT48 Idol Group Member Maho Yamaguchi

posted on 2019-01-09 02:53 EST by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Both men released without charges after alleged assault outside Yamaguchi’s home last month

New Textbook Series Makes Hatsune Miku Your Study Buddy

January 09, 2019 6:05pm CST
MUSIC X STUDY PROJECT schools you on 1,400 years of Japanese history

Vending machine selling edible bugs is an instant hit in Kumamoto, generates about $4,600 a month

January 9, 2019 / SoraNews24
Fancy some crunchy diving beetles or irresistible pupae?

Ruined Doraemon doll is repaired by friend in heartwarming story

January 9, 2019 / SoraNews24
It’s amazing what a little TLC from a friend can do for your childhood memories.

‘YOSHIKI vs. YOSHIKI’ makes history on Kouhaku Uta Gassen 2018

Jan 9th 2019

Historic Japanese ship ready for repairs

4:40 pm, January 09, 2019 / The Japan News