Cara Clegg

After discovering anime in her early teens, Cara decided she wanted to live in Japan. Of course her parents thought it was just a fad... but 11 years, a university degree in Japanese Studies, and a whole lot of culture shock later, here she is. She currently works a day job whilst writing and translating otome games in the evenings. Her hobbies include anime, manga, sci-fi & fantasy TV shows, and starting countless things that will never get finished.

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Karan Koron Shokudo proves meat-free doesn’t mean taste-free【Veg’n in Tokyo】

Unlike in some countries, where even a steak restaurant will offer at least one vegetarian option, it can be difficult to find meat-free meals in Japan. There are, however, some vegetarian restaurants to be found in the capital, and I’m making it my mission to go around trying them all.

Today I’d like to introduce Karan Koron Shokudo, located right next to Yoyogi Uehara Station.

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Nintendo’s Splatoon (sort of) comes to PC – Get your squid on in Splat Fortress mod

Nintendo’s Splatoon, a new IP for Wii U, was released in May to wide critical and user acclaim. Apparently the combo of squid and kid is a winner; who’d have thought it?

However, while the title being exclusive to the Wii U has been helping to boost hardware sales for Nintendo, PC gamers who are unwilling or unable to shell out for a new console have been left out of the loop. But for those desperate for some inky multiplayer action, there’s a free option coming to PC soon: Splat Fortress.

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Did security spikes defeat this cat, or did the cat defeat them?

Imagine walking along the street, minding your own business, and suddenly coming across a cat hideously impaled on security spikes. What a way to ruin your day. But don’t worry, we wouldn’t bring you such depressing news on a Monday. Fortunately this kitty is fine, it’s simply enjoying a nice comfortable nap on a bed of nails.

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Shenyang, China, may be a few hours’ drive from the sea, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get an eyeful of good-looking girls and guys in swimwear. Plus, you can enjoy some hearty food and drink without getting sand in it.

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Turn your extra TCG cards into epic shadow boxes, no special tools required

If you’re a player of any kind of trading card game (TCG) then you probably have multiples of certain cards from booster packs lying around, so why not try this epic way to use up those excess cards?

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Traditional sake brewing has never looked this cool 【Video】

We’ve written a lot about nihonshu, also known as sake, here at RocketNews24, but it’s not (just) because we love all things alcoholic. Nihonshu is an integral facet of traditional Japanese culture and, although it may be going through a bit of a rough patch right now, it’s still very much a part of Japanese society today.

Nowhere blends the old and the new better than Japan and, while of course technological advances have made production safer and easier, many breweries still mainly use traditional techniques to preserve the special flavour of their beverages. This video gives a glimpse into the production process today at Matsumoto Sake Brewing Co. in Kyoto, which has been making sake since 1791.

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We get lost in a world of steamy boy-on-boy fantasies at Ikebukuro’s BL cafe

Boys’ Love (BL) is a genre of fiction in Japan, usually taking the form of manga and anime, that depicts men in romantic relationships with one another. These homosexual stories are generally produced by and for women who want to fangirl over impossibly beautiful men getting frisky with each other.

Like with the maid cafes that cater to male otaku in Akihabara, it was only a matter of time until fictional fantasies started spilling over into the real world. My fellow reporter, Evie, and I went to visit a BL cafe near Otome Road in Ikebukuro, an area filled with stores catering to female otaku and fujoshi.

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Kitty mistakes cat tower for launch pad, tries to blast off for space

You might think that this is a post about cool cat tree for your living room, but take a closer look and you’ll see something even more… interesting.

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Chinese choir don’t so much raise the roof as fall through the floor 【Video】

With pretty much everyone carrying a camera in their pocket these days, we’re able to capture everything from the hilarious to the terrifying right as it happens, and the footage almost always finds its way to YouTube for everyone else’s viewing pleasure.

Speaking of hilarious and terrifying, this video clip from China is a little bit of both.

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Five of Japan’s most beautiful and unique hidden train stations

Traveling by train in Japan is a fun and scenic experience, and sometimes the journey can be even more enjoyable than the destination. Shinjuku Station in Tokyo might be famous as the busiest in the world, but once you get outside the capital you can find many unique and unpopulated stations in stunning settings. Read on to discover five of them.

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Is Hatsune Miku without twintails still Hatsune Miku?

What defines an anime character? Digital idol Hatsune Miku’s most distinctive features are her long, turquoise blue pigtails – or twintails as they’re known in Japan.

But take those away and is she still Hatsune Miku?

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Students of Japanese despair – you’ve probably been writing some of the simplest kanji wrong

Remember when you decided to study Japanese because kanji characters are just so much fun to learn? No, me neither. While it’s true that kanji can be fascinating, and they do get easier to learn and make more sense as you progress, sometimes you’ll come across something that makes you feel like you’ve been sent all the way back to the beginning again.

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Would you vote for this man?

Elections are a serious business everywhere in the world. In Japan, as election time draws near, huge boards go up around town where each local candidate has a square for their poster. (Also, since door-to-door canvassing is forbidden, they instead drive around with a loud-speaker at all hours of the day shouting about how great they are, which is totally not annoying at all.)

But don’t worry, this isn’t a boring politics post! Apparently not everyone takes the decision to stand as a candidate as seriously as they’re expected to.

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Weird things to find stuck to a dentist’s ceiling

A trip to the dentist isn’t high up on anyone’s list of favourite things to do (unless you have some kind of dentist fetish – I saw it on CSI, it’s a thing), so anything that takes your mind off the unpleasantness that goes on there is welcome. The moment when the chair slowly but inexorably starts to recline is when the fear really kicks in, right before you’re told to say ‘aah’ and your mouth starts being probed like an anus onboard an alien spaceship.

But sometimes there’s some light relief to be found even in a dentist’s office!

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【Monday Kickstart】Maru is the epitome of feline grace【Video】

What better way to start the week than with a dose of everyone’s favourite rotund cat, Maru? Check out the video below to kickstart your Monday with a show of incredible feline poise and grace.

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Digimon Adventure tri. teases new info, but still no release date

Digimon Adventure tri. is one of the most hyped anime series this year, but so far not all that much info has been released. However, the official website has finally unveiled some tantalizing details … of when we’ll be able to find out more details.

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Giant, realistic cat head made from felt is impressive but kind of terrifying

Students in the art of needle felting in Japan have created this wearable cat head that’s so realistic it looks like it’s been Photoshopped into these pictures. It’s incredibly impressive, but there’s just something about the realism combined with its huge size that makes it undeniably disconcerting.

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Nine things that may shatter your dreams of living in Kyoto

Kyoto now welcomes 50 million tourists a year who come to experience Japan’s traditional culture and architecture, plus catch a glimpse of the city’s famed geisha. But, as anyone who lives in a tourist hot spot knows, living there is not the same as a short visit.

As such, the following is a list of some of the things that Kyoto locals probably have the urge to remind tourists of from time to time, so allow us to shatter your illusions with some of the realities that come with living in Japan’s ancient capital.

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Treat your cat to this tiny IKEA bed and they might just love you for it 【Pics】

IKEA is the go-to place for anyone looking to furnish their home on a budget, while keeping it stylish and homogeneous. And they don’t just cater to humans anymore!

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Spotted in Japan: seriously stylish Japannequins

Someone in this store has been having a bit of fun with the mannequins; or should we say Japannequins. These mannequins seem unusually flexible, even boasting poseable fingers, and have been contorted into poses that many Japanese people would recognize – but do you?

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