Three Japan vloggers you need to start watching

by Dave on Jun 30 2014 |


I recently stumbled upon the world of Jvloggers. For those of you who are new to this made up term... simply put it's people vlogging about their experiences in Japan and throwing it up on YouTube. There are a ton of Japan vloggers, with new YouTube channels popping up every month. Read full story...

Spring 2014 Anime Wrap-up Part 2: Selector Infected Wixoss

by Nicole on Jun 29 2014 |



Since the release of Yu-gi-oh over a decade and a half ago, card game anime have served as something of a halfway point between sports anime – in that they use games and competition as their central plot device – and blatant marketing. However, it is only as of late that their numbers have exploded, with no less then seven such shows airing in the spring 2014 anime season. Among these anime, the only one truly worthy of note is J.C. Staff's Selector Infected Wixoss, a twelve-episode series that manages to stand above its competition by featuring an interesting and character-driven plot that focuses not on the card game on which it is based, but rather on the relationships between those who play it. Read full story...

TOKYO GIRLS' STYLE debut in U.S. @ JPOP SUMMIT FESTIVAL

by Dave on Jun 28 2014 |


The JPOP SUMMIT FESTIVAL is right around the corner (side note: I'll be there!) and with that comes the announcement of the popular teen pop group TOKYO GIRLS' STYLE first U.S performance! Read full story...

Japan eliminated from World Cup, lack of "jibuntachi no sakka"

by Dave on Jun 24 2014 |


Give credit to the super fan in the picture above. The Asian champions were sent home earlier today after a 4-1 defeat by a very talented Colombia squad. Read full story...

AbroadIn Japan: Teaching the F-word in Japan

by Dave on Jun 23 2014 |


Warning: SWEAR WORDS! There's apparently a book in Japan that teaches you how to use the word Fuck properly - something that comes naturally to native English speakers. Or at least it fucking came easy to me. My favorite British guy in Japan gives us yet another hilarious video.... Read full story...

Japanese cat chilling in a chair like a human

by Dave on Jun 16 2014 |



This isn't Maru, but do be afraid to watch the video! It's a Japanese cat sitting in a chair and probably the most non-contextual news post I've written for Japan Yay so far! Go me! Read full story...

Spring 2014 Anime Wrap-up Part 1: The problem with No Game No Life

by Nicole on Jun 16 2014 |



This spring season has been a relatively weak one for new anime, with a strange glut of card game-themed anime and fanservice slop serving to round out a crop of anime otherwise defined by several sequels, school life anime, and the return of big name titles like Dragon Ball Z Kai , JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, and Mushishi to TV. While this mix is by no means terrible, it has proven to be a tedious one, and it has had me counting down the weeks until it will all end, at which point a bunch of (hopefully) more enjoyable shows will hit the air waves.

This isn't to say that I found no enjoyment in this spring's anime, but rather I consumed far less of it then I typically do in a given anime season, watching two anime and dropping two others as the season went on. The shows I've managed to hold onto, and those I will be talking about here, are otaku fantasy anime No Game No life, and the card game anime Selector Infected Wixoss. Read full story...

Throwback Thursday: Gunsmith Cats

by Nicole on Jun 12 2014 |


Hurry! Name one anime that takes place in Chicago!... All right, time is up. If you managed to name something other then Gunsmith Cats, then you obviously know something that I don't, but if you did say Gunsmith Cats then congratulations! You've discovered the anime I will be talking about for Throwback Thursday this week.

Now if you want to see more of the Windy City as depicted in anime form, then join me beneath the cut for the full story. Read full story...

Hatsune Miku illustrator KEI at San Francisco JPOP Summit Festival

by Dave on Jun 11 2014 |


Want to meet Hatsune Miku's illustrator? If you're planning to visit the JPOP Summit Festival in San Francisco July 20th - 21st, there's two autograph sessions planned! Read full story...

Ayane and Daichi song collaboration at Chicago Japan Festival (video)!

by Dave on Jun 08 2014 |


The Chicago Japan Festival was this weekend and those who attended were treated with an hour and a half long concert staring Ayane and Daichi. The crowd was also surprised by a two-song collaboration near the end... Read full story...

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