Koh Ruide

Born in Singapore, Ray left the island nation and spent a decade immersing himself in Melbourne's coffee culture. Fate would have none of that, and whisked him to Japan to fulfill his childhood dream of piloting an Evangelion unit. While he has yet to meet Rei Ayanami in the flesh, he has instead settled for savoring all the weird and wonderful foods that Japan has to offer. He is always on the lookout for all things unique and exciting. Luckily for him, Japan is never short on those.

All Stories by Koh Ruide

Incredible Final Fantasy XIV building-projection in Yokohama will make your jaw drop 【Video】

Watch a party of adventurers take down an evil dragon on the wall of the InterContinental Yokohama Grand.

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Japanese animator ordered to pay 900,000 yen before quitting company

The world of Japanese animation is a harsh one.

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High-speed Japanese sumo robots duke it out in quick and intense skirmishes 【Video】

With each battle lasting less than five seconds, these merciless machines are perhaps the future of sumo.

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Crazy cockpit desk configuration is every lazy gamer’s dream come true

It’s so comfortable, you’ll be fighting enemies as you fight off sleep.

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Takoyaki store in Tsukiji serves up dried bonito flakes even bigger than the octopus balls

The generous servings of dried bonito flakes lift this dish to the next level.

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Men’s deodorant commercial series puts viewers in sweaty situations with women 【Video】

It’s time to get hot and bothered with 10 different charming ladies.

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Maker of Hello Kitty under investigation by EU Commission for breaching antitrust laws

That’s what you get for trying to be the alpha kitty!

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Japanese YouTuber imitates Mr. Bean in a world where sound effects have gone wrong 【Video】

Could this be the long lost brother of Mr. Bean, Mr. Natto?

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Japanese survey reveals having a significant other slows your pace, makes you lazier

Meanwhile, single men and women rush through their daily lives as if it’ll end tomorrow.

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Specialty jewelry shop featuring the likes of Sanrio and Pokémon open for limited time

Declare your love for iconic characters at this temporary Shinjuku store with their elegant jewelry.

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Ryokan produces goods of its cute mascot proprietress, goes deep into deficit

Never question an otaku’s dedication to his waifu.

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Freerunner barrels down world’s largest parkour course in a thrilling POV recording 【Video】

Those knees must hurt after bounding down 999 steps in two minutes.

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Insanely difficult Japanese origami tests our patience and sanity 【Video】

Following the instructions on the video will take you a mind-boggling 50 minutes from start to finish.

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Men’s nipple covers may just be the dating solution Japan is looking for【Video】

Looking nipple-less may just be the next fashion trend.

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We visited an oden store in Shinbashi frequented by the late Kim Jong-nam

Oden tastes best when simmered in flavorful history.

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Japanese magician’s cutting-edge performance stuns judges on Britain’s Got Talent 【Video】

Mmm! That looks like a delicious double-edge razor blade.

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Marine creature-themed tea bags transform teapots into aromatic oceans

Available online, these will turn your tea sessions into lessons on marine biology.

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Spice up your kitchen with cute Japanese kitty kitchen utensils available online

These feline additions to your kitchen are purrr-fect for cat lovers.

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Taiwan’s host of mascot characters invade Japan, bring own brand of cuteness to the country

Watch out Japan, these oddly adorable mascots are coming in strong!

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New stylish rental car turns heads, lets you zip around Japan in Asian-style sophistication

The perfect companion for your next trip to Japan.

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