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Can Japanese Dating Sims Really Help With Your Relationships in the Real World?

When I first came to Japan in the mid-2000’s, there was one thing that shocked me more than anything else: dating sims (in Japanese these are referred to as ‘ren’ai’ simulations). Now, today because of YouTube and the Internet we all know about dating sims, but back then I had never heard of dating sims,…

Learn About Japan’s Original Game of Football: Kemari

Ball games are popular all around the world and Japan is no exception. During the Heian Period (9th till 12th century AD) a non-competitive sport known as ‘kemari’ was extremely popular. It was so popular that it has even been revived in the modern times. The objective of the game is to have the ball…

What Games Do Japanese Kids Play During Recess?

During their free time, such as after lunch time at school and during recess, Japanese kids play games with their friends on the school’s grounds. These are 3 of the more well-known games played by kids in Japan! Ashita Tenki ni Naare Ashita Tenki ni Naare means “let tomorrow be sunny”. Children play the game…
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Is the Traditional Game Kendama Making a Comeback?

There are a number of traditional games which were played in Japan around a decade or two ago. Those were the days when the boom of electronic games had not hit quite yet and they were not as popular as they have become now in this generation. But one game that held on to the…

A Theme Cafe for Popular Smartphone Game Puyopuyo!! Quest Is Now Open in Ikebukuro!

As part of its 25th anniversary celebration, the Puyo Puyo Quest Café makes a return this year! The opening of the café also serves to promote the smartphone game by Sega Networks, which is titled ‘Puyopuyo!! Quest’. The game, which is also known as PuyoQue, is a puzzle RPG game that features characters and designs…

Boku to Wanko, the Dog Lovers’ Reply to Neko Atsume

After having played Neko Atsume, a cat collecting game app, I wouldn’t hesitate to give another Japanese pet game a go. Boku to wanko (ぼくとわんこ) is a new Japanese game available for Androids on Google Play Store and for i-phones on iTunes. Created by Chronus S Inc, this is absolutely a game for ‘dog lovers’…

Tamagotchi: Your Favorite Childhood Game Has Become Modern!

I am one of those who lived through the 90s generation when ‘Tamagotchi’ was born. “This is my Tamagotchi, and his name is Mario!” I still remember the day I asked my father to buy me a tiny digital pet from Japan, which all of my friends were crazy about it. We could feed our…

2 Hit Japanese Smartphone Games You Need to Play!

With the vast number of otaku in Japan, it’s no wonder many of the anime, manga and games in Japan become popular. Thanks to them, many companies and producers are able to survive in the competitive industry to provide us with this kind of entertainment. In the past few years, though, there were some games…