Vampire Stripping, Otaku, and Bland Combat Abound in Akiba’s Trip 2

Akiba’s Trip 2 is the story of a boy and his friends trying to keep Tokyo’s Akihabara safe—from vampires. The only way to beat the vampire menace? Strip them and expose them to the sun! …And that summary should be enough to tell you exactly what you are in for with Akiba’s Trip 2. » 11/22/13 5:30am 11/22/13 5:30am

Watch Us Strip Vampires for Fun and Profit

Last week, we showed you one side of the PS3/Vita title Akiba's Trip 2: its faithful reconstruction of otaku mecca Akihabara. Today we're going to look at the other side of the game. So watch us as we strip vampires, expose them to lethal amounts of sunlight, and then loot their corpses. » 11/19/13 6:00am 11/19/13 6:00am

Japan's Most Dangerous Hacker Served with a Wanted Poster and a Bounty

Mugshots. Artist's sketches. Physical descriptions. Those are what you see on typical wanted posters in Japan. But this is not your typical wanted poster. It's not even your typical crime. » 2/04/13 6:30am 2/04/13 6:30am

Five Words You Must Know Before Visiting Japan

Ah, Japan! On a regular basis, I get emails from readers wanting to know about where they should go on their trip to Japan. Where should I stay? What should I eat? Questions like that. For a moment, forget that.


I always feel like visitors to Japan are asking the wrong questions. Instead of asking what's already in… » 1/30/13 7:00am 1/30/13 7:00am

When You Can Rent Friends, You Are Never Forever Alone

It's not easy making friends. For some in Japan, it's even harder. Enter "Rental Friend".


According to the Yomiuri Shimbun, the country's largest newspaper, a Tokyo based firm called Client Partners offers a "Rental Friend" service—among other services—at its locations across the country. » 1/08/13 6:02am 1/08/13 6:02am