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Frequently Asked Questions about Visiting Japan

Going to Japan? Have questions? Perhaps, we have answers.

Why Ash from Pokémon Isn’t Dead Yet

There is a good reason. You know, besides that he’s animated.

If Ever a Game Needed Explaining, It’s Gal Gun

Ain’t that the truth.

Japan Invented the Selfie Stick. In 1983.

What’s old is new. And kind of annoying.

What “Anime” Means

It might not mean what you think it does.

The Face of Japan Is Changing, But Some Aren’t Ready

They should get ready. This isn’t the future of Japan. It’s now.

Noctis from Final Fantasy XV Smells Okay, I Guess

The scent of an RPG character.

The Most Gruelling Movie Jackie Chan Has Done

Jackie Chan did an insane number of takes for one scene. Jackie Chan is not screwing around.

In the Boruto Movie, Naruto Is a Terrible Father

That’s okay, I guess, because Boruto is a terrible name.

The Biggest Game in Japan You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

Have you heard of Granblue Fantasy? No? You really need to read this.

The First Attack on Titan Movie Stinks

The second part sucked, too.

Today, There Was a Rainbow Over Nintendo’s Kyoto Headquarters

We miss you Mr. Iwata.

Samurai Slices A 100 Mph Baseball in Half

Damn. Like, damn.

Twitch’s Uphill Battle For Japan

While Twitch conquered the U.S., Japan seems to be a different story.

Chris Brown’s ‘Zero’ Artwork Sure Looks Familiar


In Ace Attorney, Sherlock Holmes is a Crappy Detective

“Ace,” he’s not.

Japan Is Trying To Destroy Tattoos

People in power, making dumb decisions.

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