CULTURE

CULTURE

The Yuru-Chara Grand Prix is annually held in Japan where the public chooses their favorite yuru-chara i.e. costumed mascot characters representing local governments and companies. These characters are seen as a means to create awareness of and promote the local governments and corporations for tourism and business purposes. Online...

Zombies are everywhere!!! No, really, I mean it. You can't throw a dead voodoo cat without hitting some kind of zombie media – The Walking Dead, Fear the Walking Dead, The Last of Us, Warm Bodies, and many more. One of South Korea's biggest hits this 2016 was a...

One of the well-known Japanese directors who continued to move forward in the third decade of his career is director Shunji Iwai (岩井俊二). He is a rare director who showcases fablelike tales with his distinctive visual style. His masterpiece, Love Letter, became a box office hit and still continues...

In this digital age where we depend a lot on our electronic devices such as smartphones, laptops, and tablets, have you ever wondered what would happen to the information and data stored within them in the event of your death? Although death is something that will come to all...

Over the years, we have seen otakus all over the world express their love for their hobbies. Otakus have always been creative in thinking of ways to showcase their devotion to their favorite character/s or series. From "itasha," "ita-nails," and "itabeya" – name it, they have done it. Recently,...

When it comes to Japanese culture and entertainment, ninjas are just as iconic as samurais. And when a typical moviegoer gets asked how to describe a ninja, he or she might say, "Ninjas always wear black. They move so swiftly when they climb walls, jump on rooftops, infiltrate territories,...

Ah, rivalries. That familiar love-hate relationship characters find themselves in the moment they meet their equal. We’ve seen it happen in movies, dramas, and even in reality shows. One character stands above the rest, only to meet someone equally competent minutes after. Rivalry is one of the common themes we see...

Kit Kat’s immense popularity around the world is no news, so as its solid fanbase in Japan. I have yet to see a country that can ace Japan when it comes to worshipping this popular chocolate favorite by producing some of the most unique, bizarre, and over-the-top variations fit...

Japan remains to be one of the cleanest places to live in despite having some of its own environmental issues. One of which is the problem they face when it comes to putting away garbage such as the situation in the Seto Inland Sea (瀬戸内海). However, overall, it is...

Being a manga reader for quite a long time has led me to discover tons of amazing stories and talented artists and writers. When a story hits me really hard, I tend to remember it for a very long time. One of these instances was when I read Yamamori...

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