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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Listen to your anisongs in style with these cute & tasteful hi-res GochiUsa headphones

Indulge your GochiUsa obsession with these classy but cute Rabbit House headphones.

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Is this modern art? Masking tape exhibition unrolls in Chiyoda

You don’t need expensive tools or high-tech drawing tablets to create works of art—all you need is a roll of humble masking tape.

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The top 7 weirdest Japanese capsule toys of January 2016

What bizarre plastic tat has been popping out of capsule machines in Japan this month?

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Cosplayer brings Fallout 4’s Nick Valentine to life in all his run-down glory【Video】

Watch this cosplayer transform into Fallout 4‘s Nick Valentine using his seriously impressive prosthetics and makeup skills.

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Incredible edible Nintendo desserts are the most delicious kind of fanart

Check out these home-made gaming-themed treats and get some inspiration for your own baked goods!

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Original Taiwanese mecha anime smashes crowdfunding goal

This awesome-looking original mecha anime from Taiwan is killing it on the Asian equivalent of Kickstarter.

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Life-sized Lum could be yours for only 1 million yen

Got a spare US$8,500 lying around? Here’s something to spend it on!

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An increasing number of pets are being left to fend for themselves as Japan’s population ages

Japan’s ageing population is resulting in more and more pets being left to fend for themselves after their elderly owners pass away.

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Japanese schoolgirls’ hemlines are still up, but socklines are way down

Breaking fashion news: Japanese high school girls’ sock-lines are sinking!

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All tied up: Are these naughty bows the perfect “gift” for Valentine’s Day?【NSFW】

Carry on the Christmas spirit of gift-giving and start planning for Valentine’s Day early with this naughty outfit.

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Robot fighting franchise Medabots gets moe-fied with cute girls galore

Up until now, the robot-fighting franchise has primarily been aimed at kids, but this year it’s getting moe-ified.
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The 5 weirdest niche interest comics we picked up at Comiket 89

Comiket isn’t just about anime—it caters to hardcore otaku of all varieties, as we quickly discovered during our most recent visit.

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Can Comiket take much more? Crazy crowds push facilities to the limits once again

Comiket’s crowds continue to swell, pushing the venue to its limits.

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Which corporate booths wooed otaku with the best Comiket freebies?

Comiket doesn’t have to cost you a fortune! Take a look at what you can pick up for just the price of entry—in other words, absolutely free.

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No boys allowed! Take a look inside Japan’s first cafe for female otaku ONLY

A new cafe for female otaku in Osaka says neither boys nor normies are allowed. Naturally, we had to check it out for ourselves! 

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Japanese internet has brief but passionate love affair with hot Chinese cosplayer Huang Jingxiang

Girls in Japan are going gaga over this unbelievably perfect Chinese cosplayer, but much about him remains a mystery.

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Would you share your ice cream with this Shiba Inu?

The internet just can’t get enough of Shiba Inu lately, and it’s not hard to see why. I mean, just look at that face!

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Solid gold Millennium Puzzle too expensive? How about a cookie version instead?!

That solid gold Millennium Puzzle may not be for sale, but fans of the popular card game anime franchise Yu-Gi-Oh! will probably enjoy this one more in the long-run—after all, it’s edible!

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Controversial “little girl simulator” game pulled from Steam just days after release

Yohjo Simulator was released into the world this week, but it seems that the world might not have been ready for it.

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Professional manga artist creates stunning pop-up style artwork with just pencil & paper

One of the artists for popular light novel and manga series Gosick posted these amazing popup-style drawings on Twitter recently, where they were immediately shared hundreds of times by impressed otaku. Using just pencil, paper, and an open book they’ve been able to bring the characters into the 3D world with clever techniques. 

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