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Top Anticipated Winter Animes of 2015

A change of season in Japan also marks the change of animes on tv. Every end of the season, the Japanese site for character database and manga/anime stuff, Charapedia, asks 10,000 fans all over Japan on what titles they are looking forward to for the next season.…

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Top Buzzwords of 2014 in Japan

In December every year, the publishing house Jiyuukokuminsha (自由国民社) holds awards for the top buzzwords of the year in Japan called the Ryuukougo Taishou (流行語大賞). This year’s winners are Dame yo! Dame, dame! and shudanteki jieiken.…

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The Basic Types of Anime

When you check the internet on some information about an anime, you may notice that they are classified as to what type they are. These types are a common knowledge for long-time anime fans but for beginners and just-for-fun watchers, they may not be able to know what that type is.…

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Kawasaki Halloween 2014

October’s about to end in few days and that means Halloween parties are held in different parts of the world. Spooky stories and scary costumes are what Halloween is synonymous to nowadays. Halloween in Japan, though not celebrated for tradition, is loved by many Japanese people.…

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Popular Japanese Snacks in Anime

Anime, though often exaggerated, is a portrayal of real life. In some anime, the creators make it as relatable to the audience through using real-life food. The most common among them would be Japanese cuisine like sushi, curry, and ramen. In this post, we will feature other popular foods and snacks that are usually seen in anime and how they made it more popular.…

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Are you okay, Tanuki? – The Japanese Raccoon Dog in Legends and Popular Culture 2

Last time, we featured how the tanuki is similar to the kitsune in terms of how they are portrayed in Japanese legends and myths. In this post, we will talk about how the tanuki is depicted in modern Japan and in popular culture.…

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What Does the Japanese Fox Say – A Look at Foxes in Japanese Folklore and Popular Culture

Popular manga titles Naruto, YuYu Hakusho, and Inuyasha has one thing in common – they have characters depicting a fox or in Japanese, kitsune (キツネ). The fox (esp. the species Vulpes vulpes) is a common topic in Japanese myths and legends.…

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Halloween in Japan

Holidays from the west are common in Japan. There is Christmas Day, Valentine’s Day, and Halloween and others. Halloween is one of the recent ones with its popularity became widespread not later than one and a half decade ago.…

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Yu-Gi-Oh! – 15th anniversary – Ceremonial Battle –

I’m showing you the Japan-limited campaign sleeves before introducing “Kingdom of the dueler edition”. (Just two of them, not all.)     “Yu-Gi-Oh! – 15th anniversary – Ceremonial Battle edition” KONAMI has planned to launch commemorative limited box-sets this year, and two were already on the market.…

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Yu-Gi-Oh! – 15th anniversary – Kingdom of the dueler –

I’m showing you the latest card before introducing “Kingdom of the dueler edition”. V Jump November 2014 promotional card Beast-Eyes Pendulum Dragon Card descriptions 1 DARK Dragon-Type monster + 1 Beast-Type monster Must be Fusion Summoned, or Special Summoned (from your Extra Deck) by Tributing the above cards you control (You do not use “Polymerization”), and cannot be Special Summoned by other ways.…

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