It is 2016, and at least one religious institution hasn’t let go of the idea that Pokémon is somehow sinful. What a time to be alive.
You’ve might have seen the super lucky cat in restaurants and shops. But did you know the cat has its own temple in Tokyo?
I’m a confirmed believer in the church of video games, a sect whose faith has been rewarded over the past decade, as games have sailed easily over the hurdles that have been placed in front of them by the apostates. No one really disputes anymore that games can make us cry, make us laugh, teach our children, train our…
This month in Tokyo, a voice actor museum opened. It claims to be the first of its kind. It houses anime scripts and various memorabilia. But the most interesting part of the museum is a Shinto shrine dedicated to voice actors.
Japanese Christian newspaper The Christ Weekly has a new comic strip to teach readers about Christian values. Her name? Pyuuri-tan (ピューリたん). You know, like as in “Puritan.” Oh boy.
I spent most of my life religious—Christian, to be specific. Semi-recently, however, that small part of me died. Or maybe I killed it myself. I know one thing for sure, though: video games had a hand in it.
Summoning monsters to do your bidding, recording their names in strange electronic tomes, holding millions of children in its thrall — is it any wonder the Christian community thought Satan might have had something to do with Pokémon's popularity?
Not all religions believe the world is going to end, but those that do rarely believe it's going to end pleasantly. Instead, most religions focus on the war, pain, death and general discomfort caused by the apocalypse. Here are six religious "end of days" scenarios we wouldn't mind being incorrect.
During typical Shinto festivals, you expect to see gods like Ebisu. You don't expect to see One Piece characters smashing into each other. Then again, this isn't your typical Shinto festival.
A 700 year-old Buddhist temple in Thailand contains something visitors might find unusual: a blue robotic cartoon cat from the future. That's right, iconic anime character Doraemon.
"Jesus, I can't even watch this," the man sitting next to me whispered, fidgeting in his seat. The screen in front of us played a home video of an infant child named Joel Green, gurgling happily as he played with a bunch of golden retriever puppies.
For Buddhist monks in Thailand, life is strict with loads of rules. Days are spent meditating and chanting. This apparent monk, however, spent his day doing something else.
The vast majority of festivals in Japan are not unusual. Then, there are some that are referred to as "kisai" (奇祭) or "strange festival." This is one of those.
Islamic influenced art and imagery has cropped up in games from Journey to Prince of Persia, but now a couple of game developers are out to prove that despite its conspicuous rarity in the medium, Islamic art lends itself brilliantly to game design.
Artist Dan Hernandez has an awesome new show up in New York City at the Kim Foster Gallery, combining Renaissance theology with the iconography of early computer game art—or Space Invaders by way of the Book of Genesis.
A book featuring Ultraman, the popular Japanese superhero series, has been banned in Malaysia. The government says there are concerns over public safety.
There are several festivals in Japan dedicated to the phallus. At the very least, it's only natural that there would also be a religious sites for breasts.
If you've seen 21 Jump Street, you probably know about the Korean Jesus meme. But that's not just some internet thing. There is a Korean Jesus. And starting this month, you can see him on display in Seoul.