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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

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

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

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Ain’t that the truth.

Japan Invented the Selfie Stick. In 1983.

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

What “Anime” Means

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It might not mean what you think it does.

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

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

Noctis from Final Fantasy XV Smells Okay, I Guess

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The scent of an RPG character.

The Most Gruelling Movie Jackie Chan Has Done

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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

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

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

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

The First Attack on Titan Movie Stinks

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The second part sucked, too.

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

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We miss you Mr. Iwata.

Samurai Slices A 100 Mph Baseball in Half

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Damn. Like, damn.

Twitch’s Uphill Battle For Japan

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

Chris Brown’s ‘Zero’ Artwork Sure Looks Familiar

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Hrm.

In Ace Attorney, Sherlock Holmes is a Crappy Detective

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“Ace,” he’s not.

Japan Is Trying To Destroy Tattoos

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People in power, making dumb decisions.

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