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Cosplaying go-kart hit-and-run collision in Akihabara

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Police track down, arrest Taiwanese national. Mario presumed innocent. If you’re a fan of video games, driving, or quirkiness in general, a fun thing to do while you’re in Tokyo is to rent a go-kart, dress up like a Nintendo character, and go cruising around the streets of the capital with a group …

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Yu Yu Hakusho Smartphone Action RPG

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Mobcast and eitaro soft revealed this week that they are developing a new Yu Yu Hakusho app game tentatively titled Project U. The companies describe the game as a “character raising action RPG.” The game will be an online RPG that allows players to cooperate in clearing stages. Players are able to collect cards …

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Sake flavor charts by region of Japan

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Here’s a great way to start wading into the deep waters of the sake world. Sake is sometimes referred to as “Japanese rice wine,” which is a bit of a contentious description, since sake is actually brewed, making it arguably closer to beer than wine. However, just like wine made from grapes, …

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Nintendo Labo: build your own Switch cardboard joysticks

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Some would say Nintendo’s video games killed the conventional kids’ toy market, but now they might be bringing it back. When Nintendo told gamers it would reveal “a new way to play with the Nintendo Switch” on January 18 (Japan time), I naturally assumed the company was finally going to unveil its platform for …

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New Japanese Kit Kat World’s first natural ruby chocolate

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Made from ruby cocoa beans, this new “fourth type of chocolate” promises a whole new Kit Kat flavour experience. Nestlé Japan has been delighting its local customers for years, with all sorts of limited-edition Kit Kats raising the bar in the chocolate world time and time again. Now, they’re out to conquer …

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Japanese falls in love with vending machine

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There’s good reason why people from around Tokyo are making the trip to Electric Town to get a taste of these special beverages. If you’ve ever visited Japan, you’ll know how great, and abundant, the country’s vending machines can be. Given that there’s one on practically every corner, people in Japan who’ve grown …

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Shop of Cardcaptor Sakura to open in Tokyo this month

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It’s a good time to be a Cardcaptor Sakura fan. Not only does the anime magical girl, who made her manga debut all the way back in 1996, have a manga sequel series in serialization, a brand-new anime series, Cardcaptor Sakura Clear Card Arc, is scheduled to premiere this Sunday on satellite TV in Japan. …

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the best times of the year to shop in Japan

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Lucky bags always make January a great time to go shopping in Japan, but it’s the prime dojinshi-buying time for a very different reason. As he does at the start of every new year, our resident anime fan, Seiji, made a trip to a branch of mega-retailer Animate to pick up one of the …

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Tokyo school’s teach you to be an Akihabara professional

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Courses include maid cafe management, idol production, and dojinshi promotion. As Japan’s mecca for anime, video games, cosplay, Tokyo’s Akihabara has long been thought of as a hobbyist’s neighborhood. But as otaku continue to grow in both number and economic clout, it’s becoming apparent that the Akihabara lifestyle can include work as well as play. Tokyo …

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Create your own KitKats with new vending machine in Kyoto

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The only thing better than a box of Japanese Kit Kats is one you’ve made yourself. For many visitors to Japan, souvenir shopping means stocking up on some of the country’s many exclusive Kit Kat flavours. From Hiroshima’s Maple Leaf-shaped Red Bean Cake variety to the melon-and-cheese treat from Hokkaido, Nestlé Japan has …

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