“Mary and the Witch’s Flower” is causing a storm of anticipation, as many of the people involved in this anime previously worked at Studio Ghibli. The release date is currently set for July 8, 2017. Take a look at the trailer: But if you can’t wait for the release date to see more of this anime, then head over to your nearest Japanese TV, because … Continue reading “Mary And The Witch’s Flower” Wants You To Buy Stuff!
The world’s first Starbucks with tatami mats will open in Kyoto, Japan on June 30, 2017! The Starbucks will be located in a 100 year-old Japanese house, and will be located near the Kiyomizu Temple. Hours of operation will be 8am to 8pm. If you are in Kyoto, make sure you stop-by for a cup of coffee, or better yet, tea! You probably won’t find … Continue reading Starbucks With Tatami Mats In Kyoto!
A 14-year old Shogi prodigy named Sota Fujii has just set a new record by having a winning streak of 29! The winning match lasted an amazing 11 hours! This is the longest wining streak in Shogi, beating the previous record set by Hiroshi Kamiya in 1987. Fujii is participating in the Ryuo Championship finals, where the winner will take home 43.2 million yen ($390,000)! … Continue reading Fujii Sets Shogi Record!
It’s a mud battle in Japan! Actually, its a Shinto ritual called “Taketori Shinji” and its part of Otaue Matsuri festival at the Izawanomiya shrine in Shima, Mie Prefecture. About 40 men, in nothing but loin cloths or shorts, jump into a mud pit to wrestle for a 15-meter piece of bamboo that has a large round fan. The purpose of this mud battle–aside from … Continue reading Mud Battle In Japan!
If you’ve been in Japan recently, you may have seen an Evangelion Shinkasen. If you haven’t, then check it out here (video courtesy of Asahi Digital): Continue reading 500 Type EVA Shinkasen!
A recent poll from Japanese polling website Minna no Koe asked Japanese people to rank their favorite sushi, and as a fan of good sushi, I had to find out which one came out on top. So checkout the top eight sushi, as ranked by Japanese people: No. 8: UNAGI (223 votes) This is freshwater eel, and it is one of my personal favorites. Unagi … Continue reading Japanese Sushi Rankings!
And now for another great Japanese TV Show: Tofu (pronounced: Tough) Pro-Wrestling! But this isn’t just another wrestling show, because these wrestlers are actually members of the idol group AKB48! The show is airing on TV Asahi every Saturday from Midnight to 12:30am. Checkout some of the wrestling here: Continue reading AKB48 Pro-Wrestling!
Do you like ramen? Do you like ice cream? What about both…at the same time! Well, now your dreams of eating ramen ice cream have come true! “Kitakita ramen soft cream” has a salty-sweet soy sauce taste, which is combined with sweet vanilla. And this ice cream is topped with a narutomaki–which is actually made of chewy mochi rice. Yeah, it sounds delicious! If you … Continue reading Ramen Ice Cream!
It looks like Bandai Namco is one-step ahead of the Virtual Reality World, as it is set to open virtual reality arcades in Japan and overseas. The first virtual reality arcade will open on July 14, 2017 in the Shinjuku Ward of Tokyo. It will be called VR Zone Shinjuku, and will be two-stories, have 3500 sq. meters of floor space, and more than 15 … Continue reading Bandai Namco Opening Virtual Reality Arcades!
Anime fans rejoice! And maybe worry a little bit. It has been announced that one of the best anime of all time–Cowboy Bebop–will be getting a live-action TV series. The iconic anime from legendary director Shinchiro Watanabe was one of the first anime to really become a major international hit. Now, Tomorrow Studio, in partnership with Sunrise–the anime studio that produced Cowboy Bebop, are working … Continue reading “Cowboy Bebop” Live-Action TV Series!