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The stacked game of Japanese arcades (J-life video).

February 23, 2020 | By | Reply More
The stacked game of Japanese arcades (J-life video).

The gaming culture in Japan is intense, so this pair of miscreants decided to check out the scene inside a Tokyo-based Japanese arcade to see how well they could do with the equivalent of $50 in Yen. Here’s a little hint: take that 50 large and flush it down the toilet for a more direct […]

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Gundam: real-scale walking mecha to become major Japanese tourist attraction (news).

January 21, 2020 | By | Reply More
Gundam: real-scale walking mecha to become major Japanese tourist attraction (news).

If you like your Japanese mecha big, as in Gundam-size, then you’re in luck! The City of Yokohama in Japan is opening a tourist attraction which is basically a full-size Gundam base with a real-scale moving Gundam the same size as a NASA rocket launch gantry. They’re planning to open the site – called Gundam […]

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Tokyo’s robot town! (J-life video).

November 30, 2019 | By | Reply More
Tokyo’s robot town! (J-life video).

Have you been to Tokyo’s robot town? No, me neither – but lucky for us, our man in Japan, John Daub, really does live in Japan and was a little bit too interested in visiting their giant Mobile Suit Gundam on display outside a supermarket. Heck, now that’s marketing!

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Japan’s best vending machine restaurant? (J-Life video).

November 29, 2019 | By | Reply More
Japan’s best vending machine restaurant? (J-Life video).

Our man in Japan, Joe Hattab, visits what might just be Japan’s best vending machine restaurant, aka the Jihanki Shokudo Automat Diner inside Isesaki City. Because nothing says romantic like a machine re-heated burger for a couple of coins! Hmmm, tasty – and simultaneously odd and cool in the same bite. 

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A day in the life of a Japanese manga creator (video doc).

November 17, 2019 | By | Reply More
A day in the life of a Japanese manga creator (video doc).

In Japan, the bods who create manga are known as Mangaka. This short informative video documentary follows one such Tokyo-based creator, Reiji Miyajima, the brains behind the Kanajo okarishimasu manga comic (aka ‘Rent a Girlfriend’). This video explores the chap’s weekly deadlines and gives SFcrowsnest viewers an inside look at how manga is produced in […]

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All-Japan Pillow Fighting Tournament (J-Life).

October 25, 2019 | By | Reply More
All-Japan Pillow Fighting Tournament (J-Life).

In Japan, pillow-fighting is a big-money serious extreme sport – so welcome to Ito, the home of the 6th All-Japan Pillow Fighting Tournament, where pillow fights are a spectator sport, and you never take losing lying down. 

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Japanese mascots from hell?

October 24, 2019 | By | Reply More
Japanese mascots from hell?

Yuru-chara are cute Japanese mascot characters – and every organisation in Japan has one, however unlikely. They also offer a masterclass in creativity and terror – so, here’s ten of the oddest and most horrific creations found across the nation by our Man-n-Japan … Chris Broad.

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Japan’s strangest video game arcade is closing: boo-hoo (news).

October 16, 2019 | By | Reply More
Japan’s strangest video game arcade is closing: boo-hoo (news).

We can hardly believe it at SFcrowsnest Towers, Japan’s cyberpunk and oddly dystopian amusement arcade, Anata no Warehouse, in Kawasaki, is finally shutting its doors forever on 17th November 2019. Nooooooo.

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