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5 Spine-Chillingly Scary Japanese Anime Characters
Culture

5 Spine-Chillingly Scary Japanese Anime Characters

Happy Halloween from some of our favorite horror genre protagonists.

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Culture

Netflix’s The Naked Director: A Dodgy Dive into Japanese Porn and “Real” Sex

This semi-biographical ode to Japanese AV does little more than maintain the status quo—but it makes us think while doing so.

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Culture

The Popularity of Gay Manga in Japan: What are ‘Bara’ and ‘Yaoi’ and Who Are Its Fans?

Japanese manga and anime depicting gay sex have a huge fanbase here and abroad. So what's it all about?

By 8 min read

Explore

Permanent Poop Museum Now Open in Tokyo

Hanging around like a bad smell, Japan’s pop-up poop museum has found a home.

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Culture

Kimigayo: A Guide to Japan’s Controversial National Anthem

A dive into the shortest, most contentious national anthem in the world.

By 15 min read

Learn

Reiwa: A ‘Beautiful Harmony’ of Japanese Words Old and New

The new era is an opportunity to learn about majestic words both common and obscure.

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Culture

6 Hollywood Ripoffs of Japanese Anime and Manga

Hollywood’s three biggest fails and three biggest blockbusters based on anime and manga from Japan.

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Culture

Why You Need to Experience Kagura, Japan’s Oldest Performance Art

When demons invite you to dance, you obviously say yes.

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Culture

Japanese Visual Novels: What They Are, Plus 5 Reading Recommendations

A guide to Japanese visual novels and suggested game titles to get you started.

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Explore

7 Food Theme Parks and Museums in Japan for the Hungry Traveler

Take a culinary adventure to these Japanese destinations where playing with your food is encouraged!

By 6 min read

Culture

5 of the Best Japanese Manga for 2019

Solid writing and incredibly original ideas make these titles required reading.

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Culture

5 Movies Based on Japanese Anime and Video Games Coming in 2019

These anxiously awaited movies should be popular with super fans and do their source material justice.

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