KARAOKE BOX: Enjoying Japan’s Nightlife Destination of Choice
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KARAOKE BOX: Enjoying Japan’s Nightlife Destination of Choice

In a land where stepping out from the crowd is boldly avoided, karaoke can be a place of fearless individual expression. Here, even the most…

Randoseru: Japan’s Ubiquitous Backpack
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Randoseru: Japan’s Ubiquitous Backpack

Randoseru are the large, sturdy backpacks used by Japanese elementary school children to carry books and supplies while they commute to school.  Maybe you’ve noticed them…

Nakano Broadway: Tokyo’s other Otaku Heaven
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Nakano Broadway: Tokyo’s other Otaku Heaven

Any visitor to Tokyo interested in anime and manga will surely have Akihabara high on their to-do list. However, on the other side of Tokyo,…

The World Cosplay Summit in NAGOYA – a Different Kind of Festival
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The World Cosplay Summit in NAGOYA – a Different Kind of Festival

The summer of 2013 welcomed the 11th installation of the World Cosplay Summit held in Nagoya, Japan. With its inception in 2003, the WCS is…

Manga Café
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Manga Café

Manga cafés are places where, for a nominal fee, you get access to a huge number (often thousands) of Japanese manga and can spend some…

Ready to Rock? Our Fuji Rock 2013 Preview
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Ready to Rock? Our Fuji Rock 2013 Preview

2013 marks the 17th installation of Fuji Rock, Japan’s largest and most popular outdoor music festival. The three-day festival has been a staple of Japanese summers…