Wishing Upon Stars for the Tanabata Festival

by Dave on Jul 01 2016 |


Have you heard of Tanabata, or the Star Festival? It is a holiday in Japan with origins from China that takes place on July 7 and means “the seventh night.” Over time, different regions of Japan have developed their own distinct ways to observe this tradition throughout the summer.

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Sushi Goes Global: Accept No Counterfeit

by Japan Yay! Staff on Jul 01 2016 |


For many of the world’s foodies, sushi is one of the quintessential elegant foods. In the past few decades sushi has become so popular globally that there are many articles touting its rapid spread. In fact, the Guardian recently led with a story titled, “How Sushi Ate the World.”

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Final Fantasy VII Relaunched... Into A Monopoly Board?

by Japan Yay! Staff on Jul 01 2016 |


As gamers patiently await the remake of the hit Playstation One Classic "Final Fantasy VII", the desire for new related merchandise has been increasingly on the rise. The online company Merchoid, who deals in selling goods based on comic books, TV shows, and video games has opened up preorders for the latest FF VII related product: Final Fantasy VII Monopoly. Read full story...

Perfume And OK Go To Release Collaborative Single

by Japan Yay! Staff on Jun 30 2016 |


In January 2016, the anime Sushi Police began airing with a theme song with the familiar vocals of Perfume and the American band OK Go. It never got a release as a single and kind of quietly went away as Perfume began to push their new album, Cosmic Explorer. Read full story...

Japanese School Uniforms Get a Fashionable Redesign By AKB48 Designer

by Morgana on Jun 30 2016 |


Some high schools in Japan are taking on new designs for their uniforms, often drawing on contemporary media and culture influences such as manga. This is based on the continuation of a counterculture trend that started in the late 1960s and 1970s, where schools began to abolish the military style uniforms in order to appease more rebellious students. Read full story...

God Eater Resurrection Released in the US

by Morgana on Jun 30 2016 |


Bandai Namco Entertainment has released God Eater Resurrection digitally for the Playstation 4 and Playstation Vita entertainment systems across the US. The game invites players to join the ranks of the monster-fighting God Eaters, take up arms with the God Arc weapons, and join friends to exterminate huge monsters that threaten to bring about the extinction of humanity. Read full story...

Japanese YouTuber Seikin TV Shows You How To Create A DIY Super Bouncy Ball

by Japan Yay! Staff on Jun 29 2016 |


One of the biggest Youtuber's in Japan is the odd looking, yet very excited Seikin. The channel currently has 1.7 million subscribers and does things like skits, food reviews, game walkthroughs, and takes a look at weird Japanese toys. Read full story...

Japan Uses Anime to Target New Generation of Voters

by Morgana on Jun 29 2016 |


Japanese cities are using manga and anime to convince young adults to vote in forthcoming elections. The popular media formats featured in electoral commission materials aims at 18 and 19-year-olds. Recently Japan lowered the voting age to 18, which added approximately 2.4 million voters to the Japanese electorate. However, the legal age for activities such as drinking and smoking has been kept at 20. The voting age change is the first change to occur in seven decades. Read full story...

Top 5 Hottest Male Anime Characters

by Japan Yay! Staff on Jun 28 2016 |


The hot men of anime flash on your screen and heat up the scene. Who's the hottest of them all? We round up our top five picks. Read full story...

Magic Of Stella To Premiere This Fall

by Japan Yay! Staff on Jun 28 2016 |


Magic of Stella, also known as "Stella no Mahou" (ステラのまほう)is a 4-koma manga created by cloba.U that started back in 2012 and has quickly become one of the most popular slice of life manga's in japan. The story revolves around Tamaki Honda, who is a high school kid who has joined the school's game development club. Read full story...

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