Police Stop Japanese Superhero on the Streets of Tokyo

Can't a person just walk around the city dressed as Ultraseven without being questioned by the cops? Is that too much to ask? Guess so! » 7/08/14 5:20am 7/08/14 5:20am

Get Drunk with Kaiju at This New Japanese Bar

You know kaiju, right? Those Japanese-style monsters now have their own watering hole, which serves booze and eats. There's an important rule, though: No superheroes allowed. Don't you dare break it! » 3/13/14 8:00am 3/13/14 8:00am

Japanese Superhero Book Called "Detrimental," Gets Banned

A book featuring Ultraman, the popular Japanese superhero series, has been banned in Malaysia. The government says there are concerns over public safety. » 3/07/14 4:00am 3/07/14 4:00am

South Korea Has a Restaurant for Giant Robot Geeks

Tetsujin 28-go is a Japanese manga and anime about a boy who controls a giant robot. You might know it as Gigantor. It was also released in South Korea, where the gentleman who owns this restaurant fell in love with the cartoon. Bless him. » 5/15/13 6:20am 5/15/13 6:20am

Japan's Cute and Nerdy Stone Statues Will Delight You

Stone statues play a prevalent role in Japanese life. You see them at Buddhist Temples and Shinto Shrines, and you also see them in front of houses and businesses or in gardens as decoration. Ditto at cemeteries. » 3/22/13 4:30am 3/22/13 4:30am

The Awesome Giant Monsters of Japanese Video Games

Godzilla and his atomic breath are one of the most recognizable metaphors for the atomic bombings of WWII—and they're also icons of Japanese pop culture. With a steady supply of Kaiju movies, giant monsters nestled themselves comfortably in video games, creating a huge library of monster mayhem-based titles. We have… » 3/06/13 8:00am 3/06/13 8:00am

Japanese Superheroes Getting Really, Really Effeminate

Whether it's the Power Rangers, Ultraman, or Kamen Rider, male Japanese superheroes have one thing in common: they are tough and masculine. These poses aren't.

Blogger BakAnki snapped pictures of the superhero figurines doing poses that are, as he explained, "girly" or "photomodel-ish". » 2/01/13 8:00am 2/01/13 8:00am

These Pikachu and Mario Skin Suits Cover You From Head to Toe

You thought the full body tights stopped at Totoro » 1/17/13 4:00am 1/17/13 4:00am? That's just the tip of the iceberg. There are more nightmares to be had. Many more.

In Japan, Thugs Sit Like They're Taking a Crap

In years past, you'd always see them outside convenience stores and in parking lots, coping a squat next to their Subarus and Hondas, smoking cigarettes. They were tough looking. They were thugs. And they'd sit like they're squeezing out turds.

In Japan, there's a style of squatting called "yanki zuwari" (ヤンキー座り) or… » 11/20/12 4:30am 11/20/12 4:30am

The Crucifixion of Japan's Greatest Super Hero

Earlier this month in Tokyo, Bandai showed off some of its latest figurines. Iconic characters were recreated in sculpted plastic. Many of the figures were aimed at older collectors, and one set in particular depicted stood out: the crucifixion of the Ultramen.

Ultraman is an iconic Japanese superhero. Kids grow up… » 11/08/12 4:00am 11/08/12 4:00am

Japan's Amazing Drink Can Sculptures Will Melt Your Mind

Makaon has a hobby. She likes to make sculptures of pop culture characters as well as insects, animals, and more. But she doesn't use clay. She doesn't use stone. Makaon uses cans.

Beer cans, soda cans, cocktail cans, and energy drink cans are her palette, which she uses to create her mind-blowingly wonderful work. » 10/08/12 5:30am 10/08/12 5:30am

The Wild and Wonderful World of Japanese Scarecrows

Across Japan, it's harvest time. In September, the rice turns a golden hue. The color—my favorite—is koganeiro (黄金色). Scarecrows stand watch over the rice fields. Most scarecrows in Japan are rather pedestrian—what you'd think a scarecrow would and should look like.

Then, there the ones that don't look anything like… » 10/04/12 4:30am 10/04/12 4:30am

The World's Largest Gundam Box Is Pretty Damn Big

Look. At. That. Japan is getting a giant Gundam box. Previously, there was only concept art, but the actual thing was recently showed at the Chara Hobby figure event outside Tokyo. That wasn't the only thing on display. » 8/28/12 5:00am 8/28/12 5:00am

Holy Crap, an Army of Robots Ready To Slice Your Noodles

A Chinese cook is the brains behind these noodle-slicing robots. Japanese superhero Ultraman inspired the appearance, but necessity inspired the concept: last year, the cook needed help slicing the Northern Chinese dish "knife cut noodles" and created a robot friend to pitch in. » 8/22/12 5:30am 8/22/12 5:30am

The Hello Kitty Dolls of Your Dreams

One of the ways Hello Kitty stays relevant is to turn itself into a feline billboard to promote other things. Recently, that's meant the birth of an array of interesting Kitty-chan collaborations—like a Hello Kitty X Ringu » 7/24/12 4:00am 7/24/12 4:00am tie-up that was used to promote the horror series' latest spin-off.

Underpants! Beer Mugs! Badass Superhero Goes Retail Crazy.

It's a period of time in nearly every Japanese boy's life. Sometime before preschool starts and shortly after it ends, kids become enamored with Ultraman. Some never outgrow their fascination with the towering superhero who flies to earth to kick monster butt. » 3/13/12 4:01am 3/13/12 4:01am

Japan's Most Iconic Heroes. Crawling Through Dungeons.

Ultraman. Kamen Rider. Gundam. These three heroes are going forces in the upcoming role-playing game Lost Heroes for the 3DS. It's a dungeon crawler—with badasses. » 10/21/11 10:40am 10/21/11 10:40am