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How NHK Makes Television for the World: Behind the Scenes of imagine-nation

Camera operators adjust their equipment routinely in preparation for the filming of an episode of imagine-nation.   The tension in the air lifts as director Suzuki signals a cut with a quick “arigatou gozaimasu.” Hosts Chiaki Horan and Nicholas Pettas relax their careful stance while the soundscape fills with the rearrangement of studio cameras and…

How is Anime Made in Japan? Learn from SHIROBAKO!

Binge watching anime as if there’s no tomorrow? Many of us do, loving the distinctive aesthetics and storytelling of Japanese anime. But have you ever wondered how much work goes into a single minute of video material? And who is behind your favourite anime? We have seen many documentaries and behind the scenes footage of…

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…

Experiencing Kyoto: A Geisha Makeover

Kyoto offers the avid traveller an array of different experiences both cultural and insightful. It is a city that moves forward with the progression of modern day society while managing to maintain its rich cultural past which can be seen in the many beautiful temples or the old wooden buildings that line a lot of…

Unleash Your Inner Warrior in the Samurai Dress–Up Studio

Samurai are a very famous aspect of Japanese history. you may have seen films about these brave and noble warriors, or seen them in anime. Whichever way you have come to know samurai there is always on sure-fire way to recognise them: their armour. The Samurai Armour The start of armour wearing in Japan began…

Experience Geisha lifestyle: 4 recommended studios in Kyoto

When we think about Japan one of the images that will come to our minds, is most likely Geisha. They are masters in the art of entertainment. As an icon of ancient and modern Japan, Geisha is one of the most exotic and unique figures, not only to foreigners, but also to many Japanese as…