All Stories by Richard Simmonds

AKB48 mega-fan creates labour-saving CD packaging-opening machine【Video】

Although presumably created at great expense and effort.

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Bath transforms Japanese Twitter beauty’s appearance…and seemingly gender too!

Twitter user goes from girliest of girls to manliest of men in two minutes flat.

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Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen creator Piko Taro to get the anime treatment

Piko Taro‘s comedy gets a fairy tale animation makeover.
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Japanese high school student’s workshop project blows minds, hides things.

Looks like a simple block of wood? There’s a secret inside, or at least there could be!

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Japanese survey reveals the reason for Your Name’s immense popularity

It turns out a specific demographic of the audience is the driving force behind the animated hit’s domestic success.

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Bright, fresh, breezy, and nowhere safe to pick your nose or scratch your arse?

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Hatsune Miku goes retro sci-fi with God of Manga-style makeover

Vocaloid star Hatsune Miku meets the “God of Manga,” Osamu Tezuka, in new exhibition.

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ANA’s gluten-free meal? A single banana, allegedly

Have a banana? No joke.

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Gudetama: How did Sanrio’s lethargic egg become so popular in Japan?

The team at Vox shed light onto the development and popularity of the lovable egg with a bum.

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The secondhand Suzuki that has been everywhere, including the moon?【Video】

Visual effects artist Eugene Romanovsky goes all out to sell his beloved Suzuki Vitara.

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To eat or to play? Do both with a somen noodle slider from Japan!

No need to resolve the timeless dilemma when meal-time comes, as you can do both at the same time, and all in the comfort of your own home!

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We try an amazing all-you-can-eat pizza deal for less than three bucks in Tokyo

Family restaurant chain Olive Hill offers up a whopping 10 pizza varieties as part of their eat-until-you-drop lunch special.

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Fake monks targeting foreign visitors to Japan?

Mock monks after your money? On layman‘s terms.

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Godzilla speaks! Interview with 12-movie veteran kaiju actor Haruo Nakajima【Video】

The man who wore the 100-kilogram (220-pound!) suit in the first 12 films talks about his experiences.

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World’s smelliest fruit in Kit Kat form? Thailand makes bid for durian-flavoured Kit Kats

Ah, the heady aromas of chocolate and sweaty feet may finally come together!

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Can you sing at least one anime song? Then you’re a step closer to a job with this company

Pass the first stage interview with karaoke! Or, by playing wink murder.

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Soon-to-open LEGOLAND Japan shows off upcoming menu to delight LEGO-lovers

Now there’s food you’re legitimately allowed to play with.

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Japan’s insane “dekotora” vehicles look like Transformers come to life【Video】

Disco trucks in the spotlight.

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Cute as can be chikuwa alien bento from Japan!

Reformed fish paste has never looked so good.

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Vietnamese Special Forces show off real-life ninja skills【Video】

No need for fancy gadgets, or safety ropes!

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