Man Now Owns A Gundam Scooter

Twitter user Ryo Inoue is now the proud owner of a custom Gundam scooter. Lucky him! This Gundam “New Type” scooter previously appeared on Yahoo! Auctions in Japan, with bids starting at 229,800 yen ($2,118).…

In Japan, You Can Hire Fake Friends For…

For those hoping to impress others online, there are rent-a-friend services in Japan aimed specifically at social media users. Earlier this year, Jiji reported on these services which are seeing a growing number of rent-a-friend…

Sailor Moon Cafes Opening This Month In Japan

Like Sailor Moon? Want to eat Sailor Moon themed food? Good news. Starting this fall, four Sailor Moon cafes are opening in Japan. Yes, four! According to Rurubu, one is opening in Tokyo on September…

One Piece Spoiler Websites Lead To Arrests 

In what’s being called a “first” for Japan, several individuals have been arrested for allegedly uploading One Piece spoilers before the manga officially went on sale. According to ANN, NHK and Sankei (via Anime News…

Xbox One S Sold As Ultra HD Blu-ray…

Yes, things are terrible for the Xbox One in Japan. Everybody knows that. But did you know that one major retailer is selling the console as an Ultra HD Blu-ray player? It’s true. The Bic…

People Can Win Crane Game Prizes Without Going…

[Images: Taito] Taito has unveiled a service called “Taito Online Crane” that allows people to play crane games via their smartphones or computers. Winners get their prizes delivered straight to their homes, free of charge.…

How To Spot Fake Japanese Figures

Fakes are a problem in the world of collectibles. That’s why Japanese figure company Good Smile has a customer support page dedicated entirely to spotting pirated goods. The page updates on a regular basis, showing…

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Realistic Paintings Of Japanese Snacks And Drinks

Japanese artist Polka has an interesting specialty: Painting acrylic still-life portraits of snacks. Why paint flowers and fruits when there are Calorie Mate and Lunch Pack sandwiches? The timer shows how many hours Polka works…

New PS4 Exclusive Is Perfect For Making Anime…

Everybody’s Golf golf features a robust character creator, which can churn out iconic anime and game characters. Kotaku’s Tim Rogers already checked out the character creation and its running animations. They are spectacular. Let's Find…

Godzilla Gets The Hello Kitty Treatment

Hello Kitty is famous for being cute. Godzilla is not. What happens when Sanrio has a crack at Japan’s most famous monster? This. With Godzilla: Kaiju Wakusei (Godzilla: Monster Planet) coming out this November, Toho…

Mario Is Officially No Longer A Plumber

According to Mario’s newly updated, official Japanese-language profile, the iconic character isn’t working as a plumber. This shouldn’t be a total surprise, because the character seems to do everything but plumbing. But doesn’t going down…

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Making CG Japanese Schoolgirls Is Difficult

This is Saya. According to her co-creator, Yuka Ishikiawa, bringing her to life was not easy. The hurdle, Ishikawa explained via Twitter, is “quite high.” The CG schoolgirl model needs to contain a certain softness…

Evangelion Creator Now Selling Hondas 

[Image: Honda] How often do you see an anime creator in a car commercial? Even in Japan, not often! Evangelion creator Hideaki Anno is featured in a new Honda ad, even doing some of the…

The Ways Brock And Misty Have Changed Over…

GIF [Images: TV Tokyo | GIF: Kotaku] Next month, Brock and Misty are returning to the Pokémon TV anime. The trainers appeared in the original series, and just as Ash has changed over the years,…

Sony is holding its pre-Tokyo Game Show press…

Sony is holding its pre-Tokyo Game Show press conference on September 19 from 4pm Japan Time. Sony is holding its pre-Tokyo Game Show press conference on September 19 from 4pm Japan Time. It will be…

Japan Comes Up With Polite Slang For Twitter…

When people in Japan see “FF,” they immediately think Final Fantasy. And for good reason! For decades, “FF” has been shorthand for the iconic role-playing game series. But recently, Twitter users have been using “FF”…

Robots Want All Our Ice Cream Jobs

It’s not just the factory jobs that robots are taking, but the ice cream ones. For example, look at Yaskawa-kun, a robot that serves soft serve ice cream in a cone. The bastard. Yaskawa-ku has…

Nintendo Is Officially Killing Miiverse In Japan 

[Image: Luke Plunkett | Kotaku] Nintendo’s Miiverse social network launched on the Wii U in Japan when the console went on sale in the region on December 8, 2012. This November, Nintendo is ending its…

Brock And Misty Are Returning To The Pokémon…

After being re-written out of Pokémon history in the latest Pokémon movie, Brock and Misty are coming to the Pokémon Sun Moon television anime. But only for two episodes. That figures! New Pokémon Movie Rewrites…

Japan Has Ice Cream Shaped Like Katana 

The city of Seki in Gifu Prefecture has long been famous for sword making and high-quality kitchen cutlery. Now, as Togech points out, it’s becoming famous for ice cream katana. The basic idea was from…

After Getting Married In An Arcade, This Couple’s…

Groom Kazuhiro and his bride Yukiko were married today at iconic Tokyo arcade Mikado. As the game center points out, the couple’s first matrimonial quarrel was Tekken 6: Bloodline Rebellion. Below are the newlyweds: The…

For The First Time, Final Fantasy VIII’s “Eyes…

[Images: EMIミュージック・ジャパン via Amazon] Final Fantasy VIII ballad “Eyes on Me” was originally released in 1999 as a CD single. It’s not only one of Final Fantasy’s most iconic songs, but also one of gaming’s…

Fukushima Evacuation Area Overrun With Vegetation

It’s been seven summers since the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster. The homes and apartments closest to the reactor are still abandoned. They are now also engulfed by plant life. Asahi Shimbun uploaded the video below. It’s…

Cough Drop Flavored Kit Kats Exist In Japan

Of course they do. Japan is famous for interesting Kit Kat flavors, and this latest one might be the most unusual one yet. Last year, for example, sake flavored Kit Kats were released in Japan.…