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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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Seung Park Seung Park Aug 16, 2019 at 15:00.

K-Pop Pick Of The Day: Bangkok

K-Pop Pick Of The Day: Bangkok
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.  

Oh, will you look at that: I spend the majority of a column bemoaning the loss of Sistar’s summer songs, and bam, one of its former members comes out with a bangin’ summer song.

Soyou has built up quite the solo...

Seung Park Seung Park Aug 15, 2019 at 15:00.

K-Pop Pick Of The Day: Yes I Am

K-Pop Pick Of The Day: Yes I Am
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.  

If there’s one thing I’ve learned to count on with MAMAMOO, it’s that they will always keep things interesting in K-Pop land.

This four-member girl group has always marched to the beat of their own drum since...

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...

Seung Park Seung Park Aug 14, 2019 at 15:00. 2 comments

K-Pop Pick Of The Day: Tiki-Taka

K-Pop Pick Of The Day: Tiki-Taka
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.  

This year’s neverending summer seems, well, neverending. Maybe that’s why Weki Meki is releasing the season’s best warm-weather bop in the middle of August.

I haven’t been very impressed with this year’s roster of...

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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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Seung Park Seung Park Aug 09, 2019.

K-Pop Pick Of The Day: Fantasy

K-Pop Pick Of The Day: Fantasy
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.  

Pink Fantasy’s latest song, Fantasy, gives me some serious Dreamcatcher-esque , anime-opening vibes. Which is to say: I love it.

This eight-member girl group debuted in 2018 with Iriwa, which was composed and...

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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Seung Park Seung Park Aug 08, 2019.

K-Pop Pick Of The Day: Cherries Jubiles

K-Pop Pick Of The Day: Cherries Jubiles
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.  

Yukika first popped up on my radar as the artist behind the lovely, city pop-esque throwback Neon . Cherries Jubiles may sound a bit more pedestrian at first, but stick around; there’s a payoff.

The payoff being,...

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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Seung Park Seung Park Aug 06, 2019.

K-Pop Pick Of The Day: Hit

K-Pop Pick Of The Day: Hit
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.  

Seventeen’s latest, Hit, is a powerful, thumping, anthem-esque banger of a song that deserves a spot on many a workout playlist and gym soundtrack.

The chants at 2:35 are especially motivational, and it doesn’t...

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 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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Seung Park Seung Park Aug 01, 2019. 1 comments

K-Pop Pick Of The Day: Happiness

K-Pop Pick Of The Day: Happiness
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.  

This week marks the fifth anniversary of one of my favorite contemporary K-Pop groups, Red Velvet. They arrived on the scene with Happiness in 2014. (Where does the time go?)

Red Velvet’s debut wasn’t the...

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Brian Ashcraft Brian Ashcraft Jul 31, 2019. 24 comments

Glitch Reveals Popular Young Streamer Is A Middle-Aged Woman

Glitch Reveals Popular Young Streamer Is A Middle-Aged Woman

Qiaobiluo Dianxia, also known as “Your Highness Qiaobiluo,” was racking up followers and donations on DouYu, a Chinese live-streaming platform. The photos she uploaded and the short clips she posted showed a young woman, leading her growing number of fans to think this was her. It was not.

Here are some of the photos Qiaobiluo uploaded, leading to those assumptions:

As noted by Asia One,...

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Seung Park Seung Park Jul 31, 2019.

K-Pop Pick Of The Day: Summer Night

K-Pop Pick Of The Day: Summer Night
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.  

As we close the book on July and move into August, it’s important to remember that autumn—and its welcome respite from the oppressive summer heat—is still almost two months away. The only thing to do, therefore,...

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