Top 3 Most Popular Anime Character Of 2016

by Japan Yay! Staff on Oct 25 2016 |

2016 is drawing to a close and with that we give you our top 3 picks of the most popular characters from this year. It will be exciting to see if the fall season produces any additional new fan favorites! Read full story...

Anime 'Miss Hokusai' Playing In Over 80 Theaters in the United States in October and November

by Amy on Oct 21 2016 |

The anime Miss Hokusai (Sarusuberi in Japanese) is playing in over 80 theaters in the United States in October and November. It first began screening at the Angelika Film Center in New York and Landmark Nuart in Los Angeles on October 14, but has expanded to others this weekend. The film will be playing for weeks in several theaters in cities including Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, Las Vegas and more. Please check here to see if it will be showing in a theater near you.

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3 Fall Anime Series You Should Check Out!

by Japan Yay! Staff on Oct 20 2016 |

Love mystery? Feeling romance? The Fall 2016 anime season has arrived with a slew of shows to suit your mood.  The lineup looks promising for fans of whodunits, sci-fi, romance and traditional mystery from your favorite anime characters. Look forward to a few we hand picked below:

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Dragon Ball Super To Simulcast On Crunchyroll And Other Services Starting October 22nd!

by Dave on Oct 19 2016 |

It's about time! Starting October 22nd, you can catch Dragon Ball Super's simulcast starting with episode 63 on Crunchyroll, Daisuki, and AnimeLab. Starting October 30th, each week 10 back episodes will be released until the entire series is available. Read full story...

Pet Taxis For Dogs And Cats In Japan Coming In October

by Japan Yay! Staff on Oct 19 2016 |

Most people do not think of taxi operations as anything that has the potential to be creative and exciting. However, the taxi company Sanwa Kotsu, which is based in Yokohama, offers interesting services such as tours of "haunted" locations. Now, they are coming up with something else that is quite unconventional - the transportation of pets. Read full story...

New Website and Documentary Brings Japan Festival Experience to Viewers

by Amy on Oct 17 2016 |

All Nippon Airways (ANA) recently launched an initiative on IS JAPAN COOL? that showcases the splendor of matsuri (festivals) in Japan. Accompanied by the booming sounds of world-renown Japanese drum troupe KODO, users can view 360-degree camera views at festivals. KODO’s songs were created especially for the matsuri website with the use of new 3D sound technology so that the degree of sound in front of, behind, above and below the listener changes. Read full story...

Kyoto Subway Now Using Male Anime Characters to Boost Youth Ridership

by Amy on Oct 16 2016 |

In an effort to attract young people to ride trains and visit attractions near stations, Kyoto Subway started the “GET ON! Kyoto City Subway” promotion with female characters in 2013. Having cute characters or anime girls endorse a product or service is a classic method employed by many Japanese companies, governments and other organizations. However, with the growth of anime and manga merchandise specifically targeted at women, Kyoto Subway is one agency that made the decision to get on board and create male characters to increase female interest. Read full story...

Japan's Halloween Themed Candy Is Amazing! (Video)

by Dave on Oct 14 2016 |

It's almost Halloween in the United States - and that means candy, and lots of it! While Japan doesn't officially celebrate Halloween or trick-or-treating, they do have a ridiculous amount of Halloween themed candy - mostly pumpkin flavored. Check out the video in the full story. Read full story...

Third Yokai Watch Live Action Film In Theaters Soon

by Dave on Oct 13 2016 |

On the heels of several popular video games on the Nintendo 3DS, an anime spanning several seasons, a memorable meme-filled dance number, and new American popularity, Yokai Watch is posed to release its third live-action film.  The movie's title is absurdly long: Eiga Yo-kai Watch: Sora Tobu Kujira to Double no Sekai no Daibōken da Nyan! 

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2020 Olympics Costs Sidetrack Efforts To Revitalize Japan

by Morgana on Oct 12 2016 |

The cost of the 2020 Olympics is approaching 3 million yen, which is ten times the initial estimates. Rather than implementing structural changes aimed at higher living standards for the future, Japan’s government is toiling over sports facility designs, tourist lodging, and wifi availability, as well as English signage. Read full story...

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