• Japanese comic beer
    October 6th, 2010By Category: Culture
    Japan Trends first spotted this in a downtown Tokyo supermarket, a beer that combines Japan's love of drinking with another of the country's great passions, manga. As the consumer site notes, the Sapporo black-label branded beer has been released before in southern J ... » Continue Reading
  • Cheap Shopping in Japan
    October 5th, 2010By Category: Uncategorized
    Flash buying has taken off in a big way elsewhere around the world and Japan has been quick to import the service, with several sites offering local variations on the 'one-deal-per-day' concept. For those not familiar, essentially a-deal-a-day site dedicates its top ... » Continue Reading
  • CEATEC 2010 electronics show opens
    October 5th, 2010By Category: Uncategorized
    Japan’s major information technology and electronics fair CEATEC opened today, featuring displays on the next-generation ‘‘smart grid’’ power transmission network and a wide lineup of products using 3d tech. Officially, a total of 616 companies and groups, of which 1 ... » Continue Reading
  • Much Ado About Macross
    October 4th, 2010By Category: Uncategorized
    Today I picked up the flier for Macross Frontier ~Sayonara no Tsubasa~. I always hate it when they put those fancy squiggly things like "~" in titles, as it just looks twee, but aside from that inconsequential complaint the movie will hit screens across Japan from 26 ... » Continue Reading
  • The GP Japan News Digest
    October 1st, 2010By Category: Uncategorized
    Finally, the long summer heatwave broke with lower temperatures, rain and gales descending on Japan. That provides the perfect excuse to dig into the local blogosphere. Here is our pick of the best. JAL fashion show features classic flight attendant uniforms Ninte ... » Continue Reading
  • Snoop Dogg Competition: Winners announced
    October 1st, 2010By Category: Uncategorized
    Earlier this month we asked you to answer a couple of questions and tell us why you should receive a pair of free tickets to visit Snoop when he visits Japan. We had plenty of entries through the site and some interesting comments left below that. The lucky winners ... » Continue Reading
  • Classic Japanese cigarette advertising
    September 30th, 2010By Category: Uncategorized
    The price of smoking in Japan is getting more expensive as the government imposed tax goes into effect from midnight tonight. Others have already noted that major venues such as McDonald's have begun phasing out smoking in their stores. For those who constantly find ... » Continue Reading
  • Akita Bijin, Nozomi Sasaki
    September 29th, 2010By Category: Uncategorized
    Find out more about the series of cartoons created by Malcolm Ernst, by clicking here. Hi, everyone! It’s me, Akie, your favorite bijin from Akita, where the weather is finally turning cool again. Wow! Did we have a hot summer or what! You know, I thought the cool fal ... » Continue Reading
  • Extreme sports as martial arts cross-training
    September 28th, 2010By Category: Uncategorized
    In the last blog entry I spoke about the advantages to using capoeira for martial arts and/or sports cross-training. In this entry however, I would like to shoot to the opposite end of the spectrum and share my experience using extreme sports as a way to cross-train f ... » Continue Reading
  • The real China vs. Japan: Panda vs. Ninja? (video)
    September 27th, 2010By Category: Uncategorized
    Last week was a chilly one for Japan on the diplomatic front, with the country caught in a war of words with major economic rival China. The detention of a Chinese fishing boat captain, released this weekend, led to some stringent payback from China, blocking exports ... » Continue Reading
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    Samurai Star Wars Prints offer a new way to see the classic
    September 27th, 2010By Category: Uncategorized
    Akira Kurosawa and Japanese cinema were a huge influence on a young George Lucas as he put together what became Star Wars – but what would happen if that influence traveled back the other way? Spoke Art has imagined just that, producing a great range of traditional J ... » Continue Reading
  • Matsumoto Castle
    September 27th, 2010By Category: Uncategorized
    The furthest one can get away from the seas is as remote as it gets in Japan. This is Matsumoto, one of the lone stars in the vast wilderness of what was once known as Shinano, now Nagano.   The city itself, easily navigated on bike or public bus in under an hour, is sm ... » Continue Reading