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...

Japan Film Festival of San Francisco live action line up revealed

by Dave on Jun 05 2014 |



The live action line up for Japan Film Festival of San Francisco has been announced - and there's a lot of viewing to be had, including tons of U.S. premiers! The Film Festival kicks off in conjunction with the previously reported on J-POP SUMMIT Festival on 7/19 and runs through 7/27. Read full story...

Soccer burger bun at McDonalds in Japan

by Dave on Jun 04 2014 |


A few weeks ago we reported that McDonald's in Japan would be releasing a new menu consisting of 14 World Cup styled food from various countries. Above is the Brazilian Barbecue Beef Burger with a soccer shaped bun! Read full story...

Fukushima is also HAPPY!

by Dave on Jun 04 2014 |


If you aren't dancing to HAPPY by Pharrrel Williams in Japan, you're missing out on the latest craze running through every prefecture currently! Note: image is misleading... sorta, well... I just found it funny. Read full story...

"Happy" performed in Harajuku Tokyo guaranteed to cheer you up

by Dave on Jun 02 2014 |


Was your Monday horrible? No worries, it's well in to Tuesday in Japan already! The insanely popular song "Happy" by Pharrell Williams is performed by residents of Harajuku Tokyo and will cheer you up in an instant. Read full story...

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