'Cosplay' craze a boon for business

Jul 16, 2014

'Cosplay' craze a boon for business

by Asako Takaguchi

The popularity of Japanese anime around the world has triggered the growth of a variety of businesses targeting those who like to dress up as a favorite character from a manga or anime, known as “cosplay,” as in “costume play.” These range from video ...

Happy birthday, Sailor Moon!

Jul 3, 2014

Happy birthday, Sailor Moon!

by Daphne Mohajer-Va-Pesaran

In 1992, a 14-year-old Japanese girl set out to save our universe from total anhiliation. She became a hero for young women around the world, saving them from evil and from the macho male heroes that permeated the media at the time. Her name ...

Jun 27, 2014

U.S. film academy invites Miyazaki

The U.S. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has invited 271 artists and executives, including animator Hayao Miyazaki, to join the organization. If he accepts the offer, Miyazaki will be able to vote for the Academy Awards. The academy picked Miyazaki for his ...

Get dolled up at the 'Rozen Maiden Exhibition'

Jun 12, 2014

Get dolled up at the 'Rozen Maiden Exhibition'

by Sei Dickinson

Now a recognized subsection of culture abroad, manga has attracted people from all around the world. What may be less well known, however, is another interesting part of Japanese culture — ball-jointed dolls and the artists who make them. Gallery parabolica-bis in Tokyo’s Yanagibashi, ...

New shops blossom under Tokyo's tracks

May 19, 2014

New shops blossom under Tokyo's tracks

by Junji Yamaguchi

The spaces under elevated train tracks are drawing attention again in central Tokyo as railways eager for a bigger piece of the retailing pie transform vacant areas traditionally used as warehouses and parking lots. The railways are trying to lure shoppers to what they ...

Anime industry reunified at expo, satellite events

| Apr 11, 2014

Anime industry reunified at expo, satellite events

by Roland Kelts

AnimeJapan 2014, the rebranded and reunified annual industry trade show, exceeded organizers’ expectations last month, hosting 110,000 producers, publishers, journalists, cosplayers and public visitors. What a relief. Since 2010, the anime industry’s political divisions meant two separate shows: one in Chiba called the Anime ...