Which character represents Japan? According to a multiple answer poll of 500 Japanese people, the first choice was Doraemon with 186 votes, followed by Pikachu (160 votes), Mario (145), Anpanman (116) and Hello Kitty (112). Read the full results here.
Doraemon is one of Japan’s most beloved anime. Grand Theft Auto is a hugely popular video game series. Put them together, and you get this.
You’re a kid. You’ve seen Doraemon on television. It’s one of Japan’s most famous anime. And then, you get to see the live-action stage show, which is more horrifying than you can ever imagine.
One of the new anime this season, My Love Story, is a romance story featuring an atypical protagonist. A protagonist with certain similarities to one of Japan’s most famous bullies.
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.
Doraemon, the blue earless robotic cat from the future, super popular in most of Asia, is under attack. Sort of. A Chinese newspaper is positing that the cartoon character is nothing more than a tool for Japan to subvert Chinese culture.
To mark the 40th anniversary of Super Alloy toys and the 80th anniversary of manga artist Fujiko F. Fujio's birth, Bandai is releasing a most interesting super robot based on the artist's characters.
In Taiwan, Nintendo is localizing Doraemon: Nobita’s Number Adventure, which, of course, features the iconic blue robotic cat Doraemon. To mark the game's release, Nintendo is holding a contest in which five lucky people can win the above 3DS.
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.
Good dental hygiene is important. So is not scaring the crap out of kids!
Many Japanese are anti-nuclear—and for good and obvious reasons. The nuclear disaster at Fukushima has made many question how safe nuclear power is, resulting in the country's decision to take 48 of its 50 nuclear plants offline. It's also why the government is pledging to end its dependence on nuclear power in the…
What's better than Japanese toys? Japanese toy stores. And one of the best Japanese toy stores is Kiddyland.
Doraemon is a robot cat from the future. His ears were eaten off by a mouse (hence him being afraid of them!), and his pocket carries all sorts of amazing gadgets. Doraemon is a beloved cartoon character, and he's being brought to life by...Jean Reno.
Doraemon is a fat, robotic blue cat from the future. In his belly, Doraemon carries all sorts of cool gadgets. The character, viewable here, is iconic in Japan.
Spend any time in Japan, and you'll see them: Chinese tourists. While tensions do flare between the two countries, there are Chinese who are infatuated with Japanese popular culture.
Some people love Mario. Others love Mickey. But I love Doraemon, that blue robotic cat from the future, with a pocket full of gizmos and a fear of mice. And now, the manga artist who created Doraemon, has his own museum.
In Japan, convenience stores, or "conbini" as they're called, dot the landscape. They're where people buy food and drink, pay bills, send letters and stand and read magazines without paying for them. Some might like Family Mart, others prefer Daily Yamazaki. I like Lawson, because more than any other corner store in…