Comiket grows stronger each year

Aug 22, 2014

Comiket grows stronger each year

by Ben Brady

Held twice a year and famous among otaku (fanboys and fangirls) the world over, Comiket, short for Comic Market, held its 86th event Aug. 15-17 at Tokyo Big Sight in Odaiba. With more than 550,000 people reportedly attending the event over the three days, ...

Aug 13, 2014

Taste for things Japanese attracting more U.S. tourists

For the first time in nine years, Japan will see a record number of American visitors, thanks to the yen’s depreciation and a growing interest in things Japanese, such as sake and anime. According to the Japan National Tourism Organization, 87,900 visitors from the ...

Anime teaching kids about A-bombs

Aug 7, 2014

Anime teaching kids about A-bombs

by Ryotaro Nakamaru

Nearly 70 years after a U.S. atomic bomb laid waste to the city of Hiroshima, the attack continues to hold an important place in the psyche of its residents. Every year, the ceremony commemorating the Aug. 6 bombing and the people who perished is ...

Russian group crowned world 'cosplay' champs in Nagoya

Aug 3, 2014

Russian group crowned world 'cosplay' champs in Nagoya

A Russian team won the World Cosplay Championship in Nagoya on Saturday by dressing up as characters from the popular game “The Legend of Zelda.” About 2,000 costume fans from about 26 countries and regions flocked to the city to compete in the final ...

Jul 30, 2014

Japan begins anti-piracy campaign against 300 Internet sites

The government and producers of manga and anime began an anti-piracy campaign Wednesday, demanding that around 300 Internet site operators delete their pirated content within the next five months. The project to crack down on piracy is targeted at around 580 manga and animation ...