All Stories by Richard Simmonds

“My dog ate my salary” – Japanese Twitter user captures the aftermath on camera 【Pics】

Hundreds of dollars in cash left in tatters… and beyond repair?

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Mystery of Attack on Titan’s Levi’s lipstick-stained romantic dalliance at Japanese theme park

Wall mural of brave squad leader, and ladies’ favourite, Captain Levi proved irresistible for one lipstick-wearing fan.

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Retro freak classic game console returns in cocktail table form【Video】

Relive the classic games of your childhood on a piece of stylish furniture.

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Melodica musician surprises cosplayers with character’s anime and movie themes at convention【Vid】

Adorably awesome but timid prankster stalks cosplayers, with musical accompaniment, at Indiana’s Indy PopCon.

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Criminal discovered living in between arcade games in a Japanese amusement arcade

Thief managed to steal 1,230,000 yen (US$11,184) worth of stuff.

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Final Fantasy XV cosplayers go off-road, level-up at real-life haven camp 【Photos】

Prompto, Noctis, Gladio and Ignis settle down around a fire, and look good doing it.

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Japanese Twitter users go crazy for exotic curries in cute packaging

Ready-to-eat curry isn’t just for the spice-craving survivalist anymore, not when it looks and tastes good, and when there’s also curry for dessert!

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Makku or Makudo? Would a burger by any other name taste as sweet?

Kanto region vs. Kansai region in a regional McDonald’s burger battle.

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McDonald’s unveils latest Black Burger – the Spicy Korean Burger 【Video】

Hot and spicy enough to distract you from the off-putting blackness of the bun and cure bland food Malay-se?

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Meow! Japanese Internet comes together to appreciate “artfully” posed nude cat photos

At long last, photogenic kitty pics that are SFW.

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To celebrate Pokémon anime’s 20th anniversary, superfan redoes his fan art from 20 years ago

Art and Pokémon stand the test of time; or, how to do a Pokémon remake properly without ditching characters.

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Are separate shampoos key to a successful relationship in Japan? Some women think so

Equality for all! Except when it comes to the bathroom and its contents.

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We taste test the new Squid Ink Black Cup Noodle!

Could Nissin’s new instant ramen ever match the black-as-night colour of our souls?

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Spate of violence targets people walking while looking at their phones in Japanese train stations

Japanese train stations get the self-proclaimed “vigilante” heroes they neither need, nor want.

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SamuraiGuitarist’s Disney song medley will bring a smile to your face【Video】

The classic sing-along-songs of a million childhoods seamlessly blended and performed for your listening pleasure by a samurai in a dapper suit.

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We investigate a Japanese military base convenience store – no need to enlist!

Courageously protecting Japan with the aid of garrison-exclusive convenience store meals and socks.

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Kirin beer company toasts same-sex marriages for its employees

A step towards same-sex marriages being officially recognised throughout Japan?

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Malaysian man pays over US$46,000 to look like Final Fantasy’s Squall Leonhart【Photos】

A shed-load of plastic surgery and cosmetic products later, the model looks (a bit) like his Final Fantasy VIII video game mercenary inspiration.

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One Piece, Star Wars and other characters come to life with mind-bending art within art 【Photos】

Can you identify Ah Leung‘s gorgeous Magic Eye-style film and anime characters?

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Freemason toys now on sale in Japan

A shadowy organisation wreathed in mystery and the basis of a thousand and one conspiracy theories, now with collectibles!

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