Is it acceptable to break up via instant message? Japanese men and women weigh in

As hugely popular instant messaging app LINE supplants most other forms of communication in Japan, a poll asks young Japanese people: Is it okay to break up with someone by IM?

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Madonna gaffe reminds us how tricky it can be to hold a concert in Asia

With mixed messages in Japanese and moves stirring up hard feelings in mainland China, Madonna’s Taiwan leg of her Rebel Heart Tour left people with lots to talk about.

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Japanese department store invites couples to mine a solid chocolate mountain this Valentine’s Day

What better way to tell them to “be mine” than by taking them to a “chocolate mine?”

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How to create an anime-style magic circle with one simple item from the grocery store

No chicken sacrifice required for this mystic ritual.

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Is this your lucky day? Announcing the winner of our Kyoto book and DVD giveaway!

Did you enter our recent contest to win “Exploring Kyoto” and “Kyoto—Heart of Japan”? Well, now’s the time to find out if you’ve won!

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Crossdressing metalhead Ladybeard makes it to the finals of moe contest for cat-eared beauties

The top 10 includes four fabulous guys and six gorgeous girls. Who will you vote for?

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Insanely detailed moving model gun is even more awesome than its Psycho Pass counterpart【Video】

Consumer electronics manufacturer Cerevo recently introduced an ultra-detailed replica of the Dominator – an iconic gun from the hit anime Psycho Pass. You need to see this thing in action.

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Boobilicious woman teaches us how to check for breast cancer【Video】

Ignore the fact that it features a pretty lady with ample cleavage — this video contains important information about detecting early signs of cancer.

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Twitterer explains cool factoid about goat eyes with cute illustration, blows internet’s mind

Whether you’re creeped out by or love goats’ rectangular pupils, you probably didn’t know this about them.

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The original Japanese Pokémon Red strategy guide is kind of depressing

Breaking the bad news to kids that their favorite Pokémon are terrible, and they’re wasting their time playing.

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New toy figure series imagines a beautiful girl…who just won’t show her face!

Because there’s nothing more alluring than a shy beauty hiding her attractive features.

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Sakura sneakers, in three different varieties, now on sale from Nike 【Photos】

These cherry blossom kicks will tell the whole world your feet are ready for spring.

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Manga, anime and video game artists draw each other’s pictures with surprising results

Japanese artists reveal their imaginative flair by drawing each other’s pictures from memory.

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Anime store offers men romantic “kabe-don” experience with male staff on Valentine’s Day

Male customers can receive same-sex kabe-don with romantic ear-whispering from the staff member of their choice this Valentine’s Day.

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Cosplay photo safari: Winter Wonder Festival 2016 edition 【Photos】

Because plastic figures are only half the fun of Japan’s biggest modeling expo.

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Korean ad “Touch is…” reminds us of the importance of physical contact【Video】

This Korean commercial is genuinely heartwarming and cute. 

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Cute adhesive cat tabs keep your pages marked with adorably playful poses

If you need to flag something important, these cheeky kittens will do the job for you.

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Beautiful, intricate drawings of snowflakes from Edo-era Japan

We’ve all heard the old adage, “No two snowflakes are alike.” While the saying may be old, this book from Edo era Japan—featuring 86 drawings of snow crystals—may be older.

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Awesome Goku cosplayer tours city while riding Dragon Ball’s Flying Nimbus

This is easily the best way to get around Taipei.

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Photographic evidence that cats know we’re worshipping them found in Japan

After years of staring at cat pictures and videos with religious fervor, it looks like they’re onto us.

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