Catch the Live-Action Adaptation of a Popular Anime in Cinemas this November 2017

“Watashi, ki ni narimasu!” Are you familiar with this catchphrase? Hyouka fans will not want to miss the live-action film adaptation coming to Japanese cinemas in November 2017! Hyouka Hyouka, published in 2001, is the first of a mystery novel series penned by Honobu Yonezawa. It was adapted as a 22-episode animated series by Kyoto…

Think You Know Japanese Folklore? Check Your Knowledge of These 5 Animal Yokais

Yōkais are famous elements of Japanese folklore and are considered to be a class of supernatural demons and spirits. The word itself is made up of the characters meaning “bewitching; attractive; calamity” and “an apparition; mystery; suspicious.” Together, these characters form a word meaning something like “bewitching, mysterious apparition.” Yōkai can take many forms and…

7 Wonderful Things About Summer in Japan: It’s Not All Sweat and No Fun

Temperatures rise, humidity levels skyrocket, and sunblocks and cooling towels are bought and unpacked as summer hits Japan. In the big cities, the clear skies of spring transform to murky gray, Mt. Fuji is nowhere to be seen, and levels of seasonal depression go on the rise. Bugs like cockroaches, mosquitoes, and jumping spiders spring…

Learn About This Mesmerizing Traditional Glass Art From Japan!

The moment you set your eyes on this beautiful piece of glass, you can’t help but be enchanted by its beauty. But what is this beautiful glass pattern? This mesmerizing piece of art is known as Kiriko. Kiriko jp.fotolia.com/ Kiriko is a type of glass art using what is called the cut glass method. By…

Try Out These 3 Popular and Affordable Facial Sheet Masks in Japan!

Japanese people love taking good care of their skin. They follow special beauty routines and regimens in order to maintain their youthful look. One indispensable item they use is the facial sheet mask which can be used on a weekly or daily basis. There is a huge market for these in the country, and every…

10 Reasons Why Japan is the Best Place for Solo Travelers!

Traveling alone is always a unique experience, but it has its ups and downs. When you are traveling alone, it is best to research your destination and decide whether it is safe and fun to travel there solo. Some countries will be more suitable for solo travelers than others, and luckily for you, Japan is…

Check Out These Cute New Nail Care Accessories by a Japanese Company!

Do you or does someone you know love fashion accessories, nail art, and nail care? Would you like something fashionable and unique to take home as a gift or for yourself? Check out these brand new cute nail files by Annex Japan, the creators of RIPI fake eyelashes. Nail care deserves a splash of class…

Celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Ranma ½ With This Unique Merchandise!

The gender-bender theme has been used so many times, especially in the genre of romantic comedy. The recent success of Makoto Shinkai’s Your Name represents the continuing popularity of this theme. One of the most famous gender-bender series back in the early 1990’s is Ranma ½ (Ranma Nibun-no-Ichi) . Serialized in 1987, this shonen manga…

What Is This Traditional Japanese Way of Cooling Down in the Summer?

Summer is intensely hot in Japan. While people have their own different ways of dealing with the heat, most stay inside air-conditioned rooms all day. However, this was not the case in the past as the older generation used a different method of cooling down. Their method is called “uchimizu,” which comes from the Japanese…

Do You Know This Japanese Actress Who Just Won an International Movie Award?

Sarina Suzuki is an actress, singer, idol, and talent celebrity in Japan. Her real name is Kanako Munehiro and she was born in Osaka on July 13th, 1977. She recently won the Best Lead Actress in a Foreign Language Film Award at the Madrid International Film Festival for her performance in Kiseki no Hagaki (The…
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