Gundam

Experience Japan’s Model Kit Culture at the Gundam Base!

If you’re at all familiar with Japanese pop culture, you probably have heard of or know about Gundam. Mobile Suit Gundam, originally a television anime series which aired in 1979, has since grown into a massive franchise spanning various stories across anime, manga, films, and even an upcoming live-action film from Godzilla: King of the…

Robots, Bidets and 7 Other High-tech Things to See in Japan

Of all the phrases and descriptions associated with Japan – world heritage sites, deep appreciation for history and culture, outstanding cuisine – being a modern, technology-driven country seem to take a back seat. In my opinion, it’s not the ultra-fast bullet trains (shinkansen), or extensive rail network that amazes me but the ordinary, daily things…

A Fun and Completely Free Otaku Activity in Akihabara: Tamashii Nations Akiba Showroom!

Akihabara is no doubt the place for all things electronic and is a mecca for all otakus hoping to add to their manga and anime collections. Walking through the streets of Akihabara will also give you plenty of opportunities to see popular figures and “gunplas” or Gundam Plastic Models. 【お知らせ】プレミアムバンダイ「MG ゲルググキャノン(MSVカラー)」など7月発送ガンプラの予約受付は本日23時まで! http://t.co/YHsrg67USh pic.twitter.com/JzLwT8tx43 — ガンダムインフォ…

Get Amongst Japan’s Gunpla Craze and Check out How to Build Your Own!

Gundam Plastic Models (Gunpla) for beginners can seem so difficult to create because of its intricate designs and details. However, every gunpla hobbyist started from the beginning too, with no clue on how to build one. A model kit comes with a manual in Japanese. I’m a foreigner who has been living in Japan for…

Meet Monami Ohno and Her Wondrous Works of Cardboard Art!

Meet Monami Ohno (大野萌菜美), the artist whose talents and skills involve making things out of cardboard! She can replicate almost anything, even the highly detailed, by just using cardboard and carving and shaping tools. Monami Ohno studied at the Osaka University of Arts and due to her amazing talent, she has featured in magazines, websites,…

NEETenberg: New Manga Where Heroes Fight Against Having a Job

NEET is an acronym which stands for Not in Education, Employment, or Training. What this means is an individual who is currently not studying and is choosing not to work. Japan is facing this issue with many, especially young, individuals not having any interest or motivation to join the workforce.   knowyourmeme.com/ There is a…

Dekotora: Japan’s Soaped-Up Four-Wheel Masterpieces

Japan never ceases to amaze people around the world. Japan never stopped producing things which make lives better, convenient and even colorful. An example of this is the extravagantly decorated truck known as “dekotora” in Japan. It is an abbreviation for “decoration truck.” The term was coined by a model car maker, Aoshima Kyozai. What…