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Japanese Tumblr User Shuts Down Cultural Appropriation Argument

An internet post from 2012 has resurfaced and sparked a debate about cultural diffusion, which is a concept that two (or more) differing cultures...

11 of Japan’s Cutest City and Prefecture Mascots

Japan has a thing for moe mascots, which are called yuru-chara. The mascots are created to represent cities and prefectures, with their designs being moe...

Japanese High School Boy Shows How Anime Traps Can Be Real

The ability to cross-dress and challenge gender norms has always captivated people. Being able to look good is always an added bonus. Japanese high school...

Tokyo to Ban Controversial Industry That Preys on Teen Girls

Tokyo is becoming the first Japanese city to target the controversial "JK" industry with a new ordinance. JK, which is short for joshikousei (female high school student)...

Why Japanese Teenagers Can Get Arrested for Dating

Raise your hand if you've heard online that the age of sexual consent in Japan is 13 years-old. Wow! That is the youngest age...

Japan’s Very Real Problem with Shame and Evaporated People

At some point, we've all dreamed about disappearing and escaping from life's problems. For most of us, it's a mere fantasy in the midst...

How Japan’s Work Culture is Destroying Their Birth Rate

Japan has been recording the number of births every year since 1899 and they have never recorded less than 1 million births in a...

Why Japan’s Toxic Work Culture is Killing So Many

Karoshi, or overworking to death, is a very real issue plaguing Japan's workforce. The major causes of karoshi are a stress-induced heart attack, stroke,...

Artist Reimagines Disney Princesses Into Anime Girls In Kimono

As predominantly Japanophiles, a lot of anime fans love seeing western icons turned into anime characters. Japanese artist @starshadowmagic on Twitter satisfies that need for...

Manga Guides Are Every College Weeb’s Dream Textbook

From McDonalds commercials getting the anime treatment to Ellen Baker gracing Japan's English textbooks (along with our hearts), Japan is getting more and more creative...

Oh Look, A Japanese Priest Has Built A Techno Temple

A 49-year old DJ-turned-Buddhist priest named Gyousen Asakura from Japan has built an actual techno temple. The expensive project consists of “techno memorial services” at Shō-onji (照恩寺)...

Japanese Hotel Celebrates Matcha Mania

The Hyatt Regency Osaka in Suminoe Ward, Osaka Prefecture, holds an annual "Matcha Mania Afternoon Tea" celebration. This 5-month event is a repeat of...

Ghibli-like Japanese Inn Has Been Open For A Thousand Years

The inn called "Houshi Ryokan" was founded around 1,300 years ago. It has been run and managed by the same family from the very beginning...

Japan Has “Pancake Baths” Because Why Not

Morinaga Hot Cake Mix is a well-known brand from Japan. They're celebrating their 60th anniversary this year and they decide to commemorate it by...

Onsen Musume: The Cross-Media Idol Project About Hot Springs

Japan loves hot springs. There are countless hot spring episodes from any number of anime and manga out there. There's even an entire light...

Realistic “Dutch Wives” And Otaku Culture

The otaku poster boy and stereotype for those of us who love anime is the ever dishonorable hikikomori. Never leaving our rooms, never bathing and...

7 Unique Subcultures You’ll Only Find in Japan

Japan is home to some unique subcultures. We are all familiar with the anime, manga, and idol crowd, but what about people who dress...

5 Weird and Creepy Urban Legends From Japan

Japan is home to some very scary urban legends and myths, but they have some weird ones as well.  Here are some of the strangest...

Anime Creators Speak Out Saying “A Slave Revolt Will Come”

2017 is young, and industry pros are hoping to see changes in the anime industry In two unrelated interviews, some anime creators made some strong...

17 Amazingly Useless Japanese Products

Chindogu is the Japanese art of creating everyday gadgets that would solve a particular problem in an impractical way. The term was created by Japanese inventor Kenji...

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