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AnimeJapan 2015 sees the big picture

by Roland Kelts

For most in Japan, April marks the start of the new working year. But for the anime and manga industries, it all begins in March. Last weekend, the second annual AnimeJapan trade fair overtook Tokyo Big Sight, with more than 120,000 total attendees (a spike of 10,000 over last year’s ...

Most read Culture stories of 2014

Jan 1, 2015

Most read Culture stories of 2014

OK Go’s Japanese-inspired music video and Sailor Moon’s special birthday were some of the most read and shared Culture articles of 2014. Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Taika-hen (Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno) Warner Entertainment Japan — whose Hollywood blockbusters have hurried the samurai period drama toward its ...

Activities to ring in year of the sheep

Jan 1, 2015

Activities to ring in year of the sheep

by Mayumi Koyama

Usually, the New Year holiday season in Japan is a time to spend with family and many people go back to their hometowns, while others stay indoors for television-watching marathons. Therefore, with the exception of some shopping areas, Tokyo is relatively quiet compared with ...

Do you have what it takes to become a ninja?

Oct 17, 2014

Do you have what it takes to become a ninja?

by Fletcher Jones

From Oct. 1, the Hanayashiki Ninja Dojo started offering lessons in the way of the ninja. While participants won’t exactly become fully fledged assassins, there is a strong chance that laughter will sneak up on them. The training sessions consist of four parts: sword ...

New markets may save Japan's manga exports

| Sep 26, 2014

New markets may save Japan's manga exports

by Roland Kelts

The North American manga business took a beating last decade. After peaking around 2005-06, the lethal storm of oversaturated shelves, a collapsing U.S. financial industry and the bankruptcy of major American bookstore chain, Borders, left publishers and distributors in a panic. Downsizing, restructuring and ...