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Brian Ashcraft Brian Ashcraft Aug 16, 2019 at 18:00.

Diorama Theme Park Coming To Tokyo With Sailor Moon And Evangelion Miniatures

Diorama Theme Park Coming To Tokyo With Sailor Moon And Evangelion Miniatures

Like dioramas? In 2020, Small Worlds Tokyo will open. It is purported to be the world’s largest indoor diorama theme park.

Small Worlds Tokyo will have several areas, including Towns of the World, Kansai International Airport, Space Center, Sailor Moon, Tokyo, and Evangelion Neo-Tokyo 3.

Below is a preview of some of those dioramas.

Small Worlds Tokyo is slated to open next spring.

Brian Ashcraft Brian Ashcraft Aug 16, 2019 at 17:00. 1 comments

Square Enix Hit With More Death Threats, Cancels Game Tournaments

Square Enix Hit With More Death Threats, Cancels Game Tournaments
Kotaku EastEast is your slice of Asian internet culture, bringing you the latest talking points from Japan, Korea, China and beyond. Tune in every morning from 4am to 8am.  

Starting this weekend, there was supposed to be events for mecha arcade game Starwing Paradox at four cities across Japan. Those events have been canceled due to death threats.

According to an official Square Enix...

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Brian Ashcraft Brian Ashcraft Aug 15, 2019 at 18:48.

Anime Fans Visit Real-World Locations Of This Summer's Hit Movie

Anime Fans Visit Real-World Locations Of This Summer's Hit Movie
Kotaku EastEast is your slice of Asian internet culture, bringing you the latest talking points from Japan, Korea, China and beyond. Tune in every morning from 4am to 8am.  

Weathering With You is the hit anime of the summer. As with Your Name , the movie brings real-world Tokyo locations to life. Now fans are visiting those spots.

This is what anime fans in Japan call seichi junrei (聖地巡礼) or a...

Brian Ashcraft Brian Ashcraft Aug 15, 2019 at 17:00.

Tokyo Opens An Amusement Area Dedicated To...Bubble Tea

Tokyo Opens An Amusement Area Dedicated To...Bubble Tea

Right now, Japan is going through a bubble tea boom . The beverage is so popular that a bubble tea amusement park called Tokyo Tapioca Land recently opened. Shame it looks kind of depressing.

In Japanese, bubble tea is called tapioca drink or simply tapioca.

Before Tokyo Tapioca Land opened, concept art showed an amusement area inspired by the drink, complete with on-site vendors and photo ops....

Brian Ashcraft Brian Ashcraft Aug 14, 2019 at 16:51.

Pokémon Manholes Installed Across Japan

Pokémon Manholes Installed Across Japan

Japanese cities and towns across the country have their own manhole designs. Each one is unique and reflects the local culture, history or beauty. Fittingly, the country now has Pokémon manholes.

Earlier this year, the city of Ibusuki unveiled a series of Eevee theme manholes. Here was what the city’s typical manholes look like:

They’re pretty nice! But check out the Eevee ones:

Why does...

Brian Ashcraft Brian Ashcraft Aug 09, 2019. 9 comments

Excellent Cosplay Heats Up Summertime In Japan

Excellent Cosplay Heats Up Summertime In Japan

It’s August! That means two things: First, the weather is hot; second, it’s time for some great Comic Market cosplay.

The bi-annual event is underway, with cosplayers showing off their creative creations. This year’s stuff is particularly great! The photos are terrific, too.

Comiket 96 runs from August 9 to August 12 and is being held at Tokyo Big Sight. 

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Brian Ashcraft Brian Ashcraft Aug 09, 2019.

This Is Some Serious Metal Slug Training

This Is Some Serious Metal Slug Training

At select arcades in Japan, you can rent a cabinet for a flat fee for a specific period of time. This is a good way to improve your skills. But those hoping to take their play to the next level might need to make things more difficult for themselves.

That’s exactly what Twitter user Kaizou_001 did for action side-scroller Metal Slug 4. As you can see, a sign on the cabinet’s top reads 貸切中,...

Brian Ashcraft Brian Ashcraft Aug 08, 2019. 18 comments

Beware Of Fake Retro Games

Beware Of Fake Retro Games

While fake retro games are certainly not new, now is a good a time as any for a reminder to watch out when shopping.

In the past few years, more and more retro games have been sold in Japan via e-commerce sites Mercari and Yahoo! Auctions. Twitter user Jabberlooper cautioned that many phony versions of rare games are being sold this way and that quality of the fakes is getting better and...

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Aug 08, 2019. 8 comments

In Photos: 2,000 Dancing Pikachus (And Their Fans) Take Over Yokohama, Japan

In Photos: 2,000 Dancing Pikachus (And Their Fans) Take Over Yokohama, Japan
Kotaku EastEast is your slice of Asian internet culture, bringing you the latest talking points from Japan, Korea, China and beyond. Tune in every morning from 4am to 8am.  

The sixth annual Pikachu Outbreak is taking place this week in Yokohama, Japan, and 2,000 dancing Pikachus have taken over the city. I spent a night surrounded by giant electric mice, and those who love him.

I’m not...

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Brian Ashcraft Brian Ashcraft Aug 07, 2019. 7 comments

Sex Toy Maker Proves You Can Buy Nearly Anything From A Japanese Vending Machine

Sex Toy Maker Proves You Can Buy Nearly Anything From A Japanese Vending Machine

While the vast majority of vending machines in Japan sell drinks, there have been examples of a wide variety of goods offered ranging from bananas to books. Now there is a new vending machine selling masturbatory aids.

Sex toy maker Tenga has been clever about how it brands itself. Last year, for example, it released a Transformers-style Tenga toy and prior to that it created its own Power...

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Brian Ashcraft Brian Ashcraft Aug 06, 2019. 6 comments

Yokohama Train Station Covered With Pikachus

Yokohama Train Station Covered With Pikachus
Kotaku EastEast is your slice of Asian internet culture, bringing you the latest talking points from Japan, Korea, China and beyond. Tune in every morning from 4am to 8am.  

Each summer, a “Pikachu Outbreak” event is held in Yokohama. It features marching and dancing Pikachus. This year’s event not only featured the sights of Pikachu, but also the sounds.

Sakuragicho Station, the adjacent...

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Brian Ashcraft Brian Ashcraft Aug 05, 2019. 4 comments

Japanese News Station Apologizes After Misquote About Kyoto Animation Fire Victim

Japanese News Station Apologizes After Misquote About Kyoto Animation Fire Victim
Kotaku EastEast is your slice of Asian internet culture, bringing you the latest talking points from Japan, Korea, China and beyond. Tune in every morning from 4am to 8am.  

Fuji TV, one of Japan’s largest television networks, has apologized after an unfortunate misquote that called director Yasuhiro Takemoto an “idiot.” Takemoto was one of the victims of last month’s tragic Kyoto Animation...

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Brian Ashcraft Brian Ashcraft Aug 02, 2019. 10 comments

If Only This Pikachu Painting Was Pokémon Card Material

If Only This Pikachu Painting Was Pokémon Card Material

Gomi Kuzu Tarou is a talented artist. He recently did a painting of Pikachu, but he says he hasn’t heard back from the Pokémon people.

Hachima reports that submissions were accepted with the winning art being turned into cards. Here are said winners.

I guess his painting wasn’t picked because it’s freaky.

Then again, so are the paintings that he usually does.

While it’s unlikely, I really...

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Brian Ashcraft Brian Ashcraft Aug 02, 2019. 12 comments

Publisher Of Satoru Iwata Book Says Unauthorized Translations Will Be Subject To Criminal Charges

Publisher Of Satoru Iwata Book Says Unauthorized Translations Will Be Subject To Criminal Charges
Kotaku EastEast is your slice of Asian internet culture, bringing you the latest talking points from Japan, Korea, China and beyond. Tune in every morning from 4am to 8am.  

A collection of Iwata Asks interviews done by former Nintendo president Satoru Iwata was recently published in the book Iwata-san. The book is in Japanese, and there are talks about doing official translations.

The book is...

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Brian Ashcraft Brian Ashcraft Aug 02, 2019.

McDonald's Cups Look Like People Having Sex

McDonald's Cups Look Like People Having Sex

In Japan, McDonald’s has released a new series of cups for its McFizz soda drinks. The cups are supposed to show a young woman and a young man on each side. When you finish the drink, it looks like they are smooching on the lips. That’s not all.

Here is how the cups look. As mentioned above, after you drink the colorful soda, the clear plastic cup reveals another person on the opposite side.

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Brian Ashcraft Brian Ashcraft Aug 01, 2019. 5 comments

The Nintendo Live Gaming Expo Will Be This October In Kyoto

The Nintendo Live Gaming Expo Will Be This October In Kyoto

This October, Nintendo will once again hold a dedicated game expo in Kyoto, Japan. It’s called Nintendo Live 2019 Kyoto.

Last year’s event was called Nintendo Live 2018 Tokyo and was held in, wait for it, Tokyo.

The expo will have game tournaments, stage events and playable demos of new games. Included in the stage events are a Splatoon music show and a Super Mario Maker 2 stage show with the...

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Brian Ashcraft Brian Ashcraft Jul 30, 2019. 14 comments

Forget Hug Pillows, Here Is An Anime Boy Hug Speaker

Forget Hug Pillows, Here Is An Anime Boy Hug Speaker
Kotaku EastEast is your slice of Asian internet culture, bringing you the latest talking points from Japan, Korea, China and beyond. Tune in every morning from 4am to 8am.  

Instead of hugging a pillow, let this speaker hug you. Behold the hug speaker, ready to wrap you in music and a soothing embrace.

The huge speaker depicts Ixa, the hero from Level-5's Otome Yusha mobile game.

You can wear...

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Brian Ashcraft Brian Ashcraft Jul 30, 2019. 12 comments

Anime Made Realistic, Oh Goodness Why

Anime Made Realistic, Oh Goodness Why
Kotaku EastEast is your slice of Asian internet culture, bringing you the latest talking points from Japan, Korea, China and beyond. Tune in every morning from 4am to 8am.  

Previously, Kotaku reported that the characters in one of Japan’s most beloved anime were getting realistic versions. They have and do they ever look awful.

Sazae-san is the longest-running animated TV show in the world....

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Brian Ashcraft Brian Ashcraft Jul 29, 2019. 8 comments

Kyoto Animation Will Release Its New Film As Planned

Kyoto Animation Will Release Its New Film As Planned

This September, Kyoto Animation’s Violet Evergarden spin-off anime will be released as originally scheduled.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the premiere for Violet Evergarden Side-Story: Eternity and the Auto Memories Doll was scheduled for an August 3 premiere at Germany’s Animagic convention. According to the event’s organizers, the showing will commence as planned “at the express...

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Brian Ashcraft Brian Ashcraft Jul 26, 2019. 21 comments

Fire-Themed Anime Edited After Kyoto Animation Tragedy

Fire-Themed Anime Edited After Kyoto Animation Tragedy
Kotaku EastEast is your slice of Asian internet culture, bringing you the latest talking points from Japan, Korea, China and beyond. Tune in every morning from 4am to 8am.  

In the anime Fire Force, firefighters must contend with people who suddenly burst into flames. In the wake of the tragic fire at Kyoto Animation, the latest episode has been edited.

As Yomiuri and ANN report, the episode...

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