2016 September

Is Konami’s Castlevania One of the Most Underrated Game Series Ever?

One of the earliest games I can remember playing, apart from Super Mario Bros. (スーパーマリオブラザーズ), was Castlevania (悪魔城ドラキュラ). I can still remember the opening of the original game. You play as the brave Simon Belmont (シモン・ベルモント), you march to the front gates of Dracula’s castle, which you can see in the backdrop, epic music plays…

Can You Win the Heart of a ‘Tsundere Girl’ in This New Dating Game App?

There are so many dating game applications in Japan that it becomes a difficult task to tell one from the other. This time, developer SEEC Inc. has introduced a different dating game app that will challenge every gamer to win the heart of a tsundere (ツンデレ) girl. With its unusual cast, the dating game is…

Think You’re Brave Enough? Try These 3 Haunted Attractions in Japan!

It is quite common for Japanese people to spend some of their days visiting haunted houses. They are commonly known as “ghost houses” in the country and are built to offer quite an immersive experience that’ll surely thrill visitors out. So if you feel like getting the “chills” by strolling down halls with red lights,…

Observe the Autumn Full Moon With a Japanese Moon-Shaped Dessert

In Japan, the month of September used to be known by the name Nagatsuki (長月) in the kyuureki (旧暦) or the old lunar calendar. Subsequently, with the adoption of the Western calendar, the same name was thus used for the 9th month in the new calendar system. There are a number of theories as to…

See the Wonder of Japanese Nature With These 3 Lakes in Hokkaido

Hokkaido (北海道) is beautifully surrounded by nature in the country’s northern extremity. It is abundant in natural beauty and is home to some of the world’s fascinating blue lakes. Many of these have ethereal and enchanting appearances which make them very attractive destinations for tourists. Here are 3 of the glittering blue lakes you can…

Relive the Past by Visiting These 4 Historic Places in the Kansai Region

One of the many things that attracts tourists to Japan is its rich history which is present up until today’s modern times. Many people are interested in visiting Japan’s historic towns to get a feel of what life used to be like in the country. Thatched roofs, castles, shrines, temples, and samurai lodging all draw…

Climb the Famous Clone Mountain of Mt. Fuji in Rishiri Island, Hokkaido

The island of Rishiri (利尻島) is present just 20 km off the coast of Hokkaido (北海道). It has one of the most preserved wetlands and is home to a variety of flora and fauna. The people of Rishiri make a living from tourism and fishing while the island is famous for its narrow cycling tracks,…

The 9 Best Japanese Animated Films of the 21st Century

Among the many things that Japan is famous for, Japanese animation films (anime for short) hold a special place in almost everyone’s hearts. Anime is a form of art and there are several unique techniques and methods to making these films that prove to be an integral part of Japanese culture. Recently, a film and…

Have a Magical Time at the Tokyo Disney Parks With These 12 Tips!

Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, Alice in Wonderland – we all grew up fantasizing about turning into one of those mesmerizing characters. But have you ever imagined how it would be like if Disney’s classics were reborn in the motherland of anime and cosplay, Japan? History and Awards Located in Chiba, Tokyo, the two parks…
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