Why Japan's Arcades Are Still Thriving

by Japan Yay! Staff on Aug 08 2016 |


Where arcades in the United States have come and gone, in Japan they are still going quite strong! Arcades are a fairly multi-faceted industry for Japan, ranging from video game arcades to gambling establishments (such as Pachinko machines). Read full story...

Bleach Manga To End In Two Weeks, New Anime For Final Arc?

by Japan Yay! Staff on Aug 08 2016 |


Bleach, which has been an ongoing series since August 21, 2001, will finally be releasing its last chapter on August 22, 2016. While the current story arc has been going on since 2012, many readers were shocked by the sudden announcement in July that Volume 74 would be its last. Read full story...

Meet Yet Another Japan Mascot: Gudetama, The Depressed And Lazy Egg

by Amy on Aug 06 2016 |


Trans: The snooze button is always on

In Japan, mascots are a pretty big deal. Businesses create cute characters to promote their products, governments design mascots that highlight their town’s local history, culture or attractiveness and corporations like Sanrio and San-X exclusively sell merchandise speckled with characters as a type of soft power in society. Following in the footsteps of other character powerhouses like Hello Kitty and Rilakkuma, there is a new character in town named Gudetama that is slowly taking over Japan and the world. Read full story...

International Sailor Moon Day Is Tomorrow!

by Sharilyn on Aug 05 2016 |


The first Saturday in August is tomorrow, August 6th, which means it's International Sailor Moon Day! Whether you fight evil by moonlight or just like to cuddle up with a cat you named Luna, this day is for you. There are events taking place across the globe all weekend long. Read full story...

QUIZ: How Well Do You Really Know .hack?

by Sharilyn on Aug 05 2016 |


Take this quiz to find out where you would place in this special event. Read full story...

A Visual Guide On What Goes Into Delicious Ramen! Warning: You Will Want Ramen After Viewing This

by Dave on Aug 04 2016 |


Check out this visual graphic of what goes into delicious ramen! If you don't want ramen after viewing this guide, you probably just ate some? If you DO want ramen, check out Yelp for your best local place. Or cook up some microwavable ones! Read full story...

Yuriko Koike Elected As Tokyo’s First Female Governor And What This Means For Japan

by Amy on Aug 03 2016 |


This past Sunday, former Japanese defense and environment minister Yuriko Koike was elected to serve as the new governor of Tokyo. Not only is the feat of becoming the first female governor in Tokyo impressive, but it is equally as remarkable that she ran independently and was able to clench a landslide victory. In Japan, only 9% of national level lawmakers are female and Koike was not publicly supported by members of her own party, the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP). Read full story...

QUIZ Time! Which Mario Character Are You?

by Sharilyn on Aug 03 2016 |


Find out who you would be in this classic world spanning several decades and consoles. Read full story...

Cute Deer In Nara Park Bow For Food

by Sharilyn on Aug 02 2016 |


Nara Park in Japan has many attractions, including almost 1,200 super tame deer that roam around and don't seem to be afraid of people at all. In fact they like people a lot when they're being fed delicious crackers. Check out the video from INSIDER Travel of super polite deer bowing for their food. Read full story...

Anime Midwest Recap and VIDEO

by Sharilyn on Aug 02 2016 |


We went to Anime Midwest for the first time this year, and we had a blast! It takes place in the Hyatt Rosemont, which is the same place as Anime Central and Con+Alt+Delete. With a little over 10,000 in attendance it has a nice feel of a big con while still being fairly intimate. It has been growing steadily every year too so they keep getting more and more goodness. Check out the video and full review below! (Plus a TL;DR if you need it) Read full story...

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