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Awesome Souvenir ideas to Amaze Your Anime Geek Friends!

In Japan, it is the general custom to pick up some “omiyage”, or “gifts” for your loved ones whenever you visit a different place. It is somewhat similar in other countries, where we encourage the idea that if you go somewhere, particularly a different country, you should buy some kind of gift for your friends…
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5 Japanese Live Action Films to Look Forward to in 2019

This 2018, popular manga titles released as live action films include Inuyashiki (Kinashi Noritake and Sato Takeru) , Bleach (Fukushi Sota), Marmalade Boy (Sakurai Hinako and Yoshizawa Ryo), Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun (Tsuchiya Tao and Suda Masaki), and more. However, only one made it to the list of this year’s highest-grossing Japanese films at the box…
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Bluray and DVD of Chihayafuru Musubi already released!

The Bluray and DVD of Chihayafuru Musubi was released just last October 3. If you’re a huge fan of the live-action version, the anime and manga, you should definitely purchase a copy! Chihayafuru-manga and live-action お勧めの漫画です題名は『ちはやふる 』 激戦を経て、ついにクイーン戦への切符を手にした千早。孤高の才能をもつ詩暢の立つ場所は、千早の想像を超える荒野だった―。それぞれ1勝1敗で、第3試合を戦う太一と新は、かるたへの、そしてお互いへの思いを畳にぶつける―!! 東西挑戦者決定戦、ついに決着! pic.twitter.com/vKSx0AVbIO — 皇 刹那 (@uEAMcggk7Xr83XH) November 15, 2018 The films of Chihayafuru were all based on the…

Discover the Supernatural World of Yokai at This Town in Tottori Prefecture!

When speaking about yokai, a class of supernatural monsters within Japanese folklore, one cannot help but be reminded of the late Mizuki Shigeru, the manga, author and historian who is known for his yokai related work. His passion for the world of yokai had led him to create manga and books about yokai, among which…

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…

Shopping in Kitakyushu? Here Are 8 Things to Buy in This Japanese City in 2018

Kitakyushu is an important urban center in Fukuoka Prefecture on the island of Kyushu, located in the southwestern part of Japan. There are plenty of unique places to visit and things to buy in this beautiful subtropical Japanese city, which is, in fact, the largest in entire Kyushu in terms of area. If you are…

Step into the World of Sangatsu no Lion with These 8 Real Life Tokyo Locations

Sangatsu no Lion (March Comes in Like a Lion), the award-winning piece from Chica Umino has been attracting interest from all over the world. Fans eagerly await the completion of the manga and anime and many have tremendously enjoyed the two-part live action movie. Not only is it entertaining, but readers and viewers can also…

Check Out This Cosplay Photo Studio in Japan That Used to Be a Real School!

Schools are a common setting in Japanese TV shows and anime. In Japan, cosplayers who dress up as school kids may find it difficult to get an authentic-looking school backdrop for their photo shoots. However, there is some good news for enthusiastic cosplayers! An old high school in Kurate (鞍手), Fukuoka (福岡) has been transformed…

5 Japanese Onomatopoeia Words That DON’T Express Sounds!

As we all know, onomatopoeia, or words to explain sounds, varies depending on the language. For example, a dog says “bark” in English while it says “wan” in Japanese. Given the wide range of variety, onomatopoeia is a reflection of the culture of a country. Interestingly for Japan, while American comics are filled with “Bam!”s…

Quickly Reserve Your Seat at One of Japan’s Detective Conan Themed Cafés!

Detective Conan (名探偵コナン) is one of Japan’s most famous anime and manga series, known in a lot of countries all around the world. On 15th April 2017, the new movie The Crimson Love Letter (名探偵コナン から紅の恋歌 – Japanese only) will be released in Japanese theaters. It is perfectly timed for the special Conan-themed cafés that…