Natsume Yujincho comes back as a reader's theater play on stage in Japan this fall. Theater production company, Sound Theater teams up with talented voice actors from Natsume to reproduce the world of Natsume Yujincho on stage using reading by the actors, orchestral music and aroma to stimulate the audience's every sense. More after the jump!
In the July issue of Japanese men's fashion magazine Men's Non-No, a new article describes the new wave of guys that are becoming popular among Japanese women. It's been a while since condiments have been used as references to describe the facial features of men in Japan, and the article now states that "Salt-faced guys" are on the rise. More after the jump.
As soon as the appearance of the new Mac Pro was announced at WWDC 2013, a flood of sometimes hilarious images of the new Apple product housing many things inside the black cylinder appeared on Twitter. Check out the gallery after the jump!
The image of a color wheel that consists of only Pokémon is getting retweeted a lot in Japan. Are all 649 Pokémon found in the image? You are more than welcome to count them if you would like! See the image after the jump!
Japanese anime portal AnimeOne released the results of the Spring 2013 Favorite Character poll after closing the voting on June 1st, Japanese Standard time. The poll collected a total of 15,900 online votes and the result includes many expected and unexpected rankings, probably due to collecting votes equally from both male and female users. See the top 26 after the jump!
Developed in Japan, ChatPerf is an attachement for smart phones that promises a bold new future of being able to send and receive blasts of fragrant odors during mobile communication or games. Watch a demo video after the jump!
Some of you may have dated pigeons with Hatoful Boyfriend, the famous April-Fool's-Day-joke-turned-Otome game where you date pigeons and found love with the birds, but there are people who love birds enough that they want to make them into an ice cream flavor. A bird cafe in Japan is going to start serving "bird flavored ice cream". I had to do a double take when these tweets came around, but these flavors are not a joke. More after the jump.
Attack On Titan author Hajime Isayama was recently a guest on an internet TV show in Japan. The program was broadcast on NOTTV, Japan's first TV station for smartphones. Isayama appreard with a rubber mask of the Colossal Titan and discussed his favorite idols while leaving a few memorable quotes including "I received a lot of money". More after the jump!
While Koinobori, or carp streamers for Children's Day wave in the sky in Japan, anime fans are celebrating all the adorable lolis and shota characters in anime. In the spirit of the day, I found a loli & shota anime poll collected by Anikore, a Japanese user generated anime review site. The ranking is determined by "loli points" or "shota points" from user reviews on the site. See the top 10 shows after the jump!
Ms. Hello Kitty has pretty much monopolized the unexpected collaboration market so far, but she is not the only one that shines with interpretations by artists in different fields of art. The "SNOOPY JAPANESQUE: Snoopy x Japanese Artisan" exhibition currently underway at Matsuya Ginza in Japan is showing off about 100 art pieces of Peanuts characters interpreted by Japanese artisans of traditional art, such as lacquer-ware, porcelain, and Japanese painting. Get a good look after the jump!
A hypothetical question recently posted on Twitter in Japanese, which was touted as the "ultimate otaku question" became quite popular when otaku were presented with a choice between two answers, one reflecting the fantasies of many anime fans and one reflecting a more realistic desire for most fans. See the results after the jump!
Runatown, a Japanese online shopping site is offering the "Mangagoori (Comic Ice Sillicone Tray)" that molds ice and chocolate into shapes that look like sound effects you commonly see in Jojo's Bizarre Adventure and manga in general. More photos after the jump!
Mezamashi TV, one of the popular morning TV shows in Japan previously broadcast a segment to show the effects of smash hit "Girls Und Panzer" on the town of Ooarai in Ibaraki Prefecture. The series is set in the town and it's bringing lots of Garupan fans to the sacred grounds. One hotel is happy that their building was destroyed because that actually helped their business! More after the jump!
WAORYU, a Japanese subculture broadcast station, has released a video of how Japanese people enjoy their karaoke with cosplay, Ani-son and Otagei! Watch the actual footage of a party that is happening in Japan after the jump!
Tokyo’s glitzy and totally insane Robot Restaurant created a stir when it opened last fall. Now, it has inspired a wave of wacky music video filled with dancing girls, flashing lights, and fembot mecha. Watch eye-popping new clips by Muse, AMIAYA, and hy4_4yh after the jump!