Japanese Manhole Cover Art by David Robert

It’s no secret that Japanese manhole covers are some of the most intricate and colorful in the world. So French-born designer and illustrator David Robert decided to create replicas; not from cas...

posted by  RamenRyan | 1 year, 7 months ago | 2 comments


Tokyo is a common gateway to skiing in Japan. You may have to stay overnight in a Narita airport hotel before a flight to Sapporo Hokkaido the next day, or if you're visiting one of the ski resorts...

posted by  Yubi | 1 year, 7 months ago | 0 comments

LINIMO, the Mag Lev Train

The Linimo snaking its way across eastern Nagoya In 2005 , Aichi Prefecture was host to the World Expo 2005. To cater to the expected masses, and to comply with the EXPO's theme of ecological co-ex...

posted by  Yubi | 1 year, 7 months ago | 0 comments

Mizuki Shigeru, master of horror, passes away at age 93
Mizuki Shigeru’s illustration in the NYT, March 20, 2011 | image via

Japan lost a great artist: RIP Mizuki Shigeru, creator of Ge Ge Ge no Kitaro and a master of yokai (Japanese ghosts) and hor...

posted by  RamenRyan | 1 year, 7 months ago | 1 comment

U.S. Builds First Giant Robo-Suit, Immediately Challenges Japan To Fight

Finally, after millennia of bullshit agriculture and metallurgy and revolutions industrial, political, cultural, whatever, shit's finally getting good. That's because there are now two giant, funct...

posted by  banzaitokyo | 1 year, 7 months ago | 2 comments

How to see AKB48 in Japan

Since we started writing about AKB48, one of the most asked questions we've been getting is how to get tickets for the AKB48 Theater in Akihabara. Unfortunately, the official site has no instructio...

posted by  Yubi | 1 year, 7 months ago | 0 comments

“Rei no Himo” ribbons are hot in Akihabara!

In the Anime with the English name “Is It Wrong To Pick Up Girls In A Dungeon”, the heroine wears a ribbon under her breasts to raise them and boost her cleavage. This somehow got the attention of ...

posted by  banzaitokyo | 1 year, 7 months ago | 4 comments

Rakugo experience

The other day, I visited the Shinjuku Suehirotei which is a theater for rakugo, a traditional Japanese verbal entertainment. Though I have seen rakugo on Television before, this was the first time ...

posted by  Yubi | 1 year, 7 months ago | 4 comments

Yanesen area vol.1: Nezu shrine

Yanaka (???, ??), Nezu (??, ??), Sendagi (????, ???) area, called Yanesen (????, ???) is very good at walking around. Yanesen is a coined acronym consisting of the initial Kanji of this 3 areas' na...

posted by  Yubi | 1 year, 7 months ago | 2 comments

Change trays

I am very curious about those small trays that are used in Japan when settling daily cash transactions. Instead of handing your payment to the clerk, or setting it on the counter by the cash regist...

posted by  banzaitokyo | 1 year, 7 months ago | 3 comments


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