Popular cosplay looks in Japan – Winter/Spring 2017

Anime convention season is coming up! Have you prepared all of your cosplay looks yet? If you’re still mulling over what character is just right for you this summer, why not check out some of the looks Japanese cosplayers are loving this year? Stay on top of cosplay trends - here are some of the costumes that had strong showings at Comiket 91, Wonder Festival, Anime Japan 2017 and more events over recent months. Kemono Friends Get the look - Serval It’s hard to resist the appeal of an opportunity to rock cat ears and a tail, especially when you can kick it up a notch by dressing as > Read More


A Guide to Japanese Anime and Game Character Collectibles: Part 2

The Japanese collectibles market features a dizzying array of concepts, series and brands. It can be tough to navigate, especially if you don’t speak Japanese! In this series, we’ll introduce some popular collectible concepts, and tell you where they came from and where you can get them! In part one, we discussed illustration-based collectibles, like key chains and charms. In part two, we’re going 3D with collectible figures, dolls, and plushies. Japan is incredibly adept at bringing characters to life as covetable figures and plushies, and we can only skim the surface of the full range of > Read More


A Guide to Japanese Anime and Game Character Collectibles: Part 1

The Japanese collectibles market features a dizzying array of concepts, series and brands. It can be tough to navigate, especially if you don’t speak Japanese! In this two-part series, we’ll introduce some popular collectible concepts, and tell you where they came from and where you can get them. In part one, we’ll deal with illustration-based collectibles, while part two deals with figures, dolls and plushies. The main forms of 2D collectible series in Japan are acrylic key chains (アクリルキーホルダー, lit. acrylic key holder) with a ball-chain or key ring fastener, and rubber phone charms > Read More


Popular Mobile Games in Japan

The rise of smartphones has led to the rise of mobile games, and every day millions of people all over the world are losing themselves in worlds inside their phone, tapping, sliding, and shaking from morning to night. Japan is no different - but many of the top games inside Japan seem to not make it over the border. We think that’s a shame, so we’ve picked 11 top titles that we think you should try playing. People just can't get enough of these characters, meaning that anime versions are imminent for several of these games. Find one that intrigues you and give it a go!  GranBlue > Read More


8 Romantic Anime Figures That Will Sweep You Off Your Feet

Valentine’s Day has come and gone, but we think you should keep the romance going throughout the month! Whether you celebrate by sharing a romantic date with your special someone or treat yourself to a little chocolate, this holiday is a sweet reminder to cherish the things you love. For otaku, of course, that means getting new anime figures! From dreamy weddings and candy-covered hearts to OTPs and waifu, these eight figures will have you asking, “Will you be my Valentine?” all year long. Funny Knights – Kantai Collection: Kongou Kai Ni, Valentine ver. (February 2016) A variant of > Read More


7 Timelessly Traditional Japanese Games and Toys

Japan has many traditional children’s games and toys dating back hundreds of years. Many originate from the Edo period, when Japan had relatively little contact with the outside world. The toys’ simplicity and ease of use, and gorgeous designs have made them popular into the present day. Because fun is universal, we’ve picked 7 traditional Japanese games and toys that we think will resonate with almost anybody—check them out and even pick one for yourself!   Kendama (Cup-and-ball Game) Kendama is one of the 20th century’s quintessential traditional Japanese games. Even today, Kendama can > Read More


Importing Japanese Video Games for PlayStation Consoles and more!

  Before the Internet, buying video games was simple. You saw what your local shop had in stock and chose a game from that selection and that was it. But now thanks to the internet, we hear of games from other countries that you would’ve never seen in your local shop. Japan has a wealth of games that are destined to never be released overseas. And while getting your hands on a copy of the newest release from your favorite series can be problematic due to the language barrier, importing Japanese video games doesn’t need to be a hassle and we’re here to help! > Read More


Let’s Duel! An Inside Look at Japanese Yugioh Cards

For overseas players, the idea of spending money on Japanese Yugioh cards may never cross your mind; but if you stick with the game long enough there will come a time when you switch from casual gamer to hardcore collector and when that happens, you’ll have to wipe away the drool as you begin seeking out all the cool ultra-rare cards available only in Japan. Want to know what makes a Japanese card coveted by collectors? Read on!  > Read More