The surprising reasons why some hiragana aren’t allowed to be used on Japanese license plates

You’ll never see these four hiragana on license plates, but maybe not for the reasons you’d expect….

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Japanese high school genius creates incredible 4-minute stop motion movie 【Video】

This amazing movie Maru and Mari was created entirely by one high school student.

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5 romantic scenarios from Japanese media that are maybe kinda gross

You’ve heard of the kabe-don “wall-pound”, but what are some less palatable romantic tropes you’ll encounter in Japanese media like manga and anime?

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All-you-can-eat ice cream unleashed on Japan by Cold Stone

Cold Stone is offering a heartwarmingly sweet holiday deal.

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Anime-style illustrated manual explains how to take off a woman’s clothes

Japanese publisher touts the “practical” purpose of its new book.

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W.T.F. Japan: Top 5 offensive Japanese insults【Weird Top Five】

Need to expand your foul-mouthed vocabulary? We’ve got you covered.

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New Pokémon anime movie looks like it’s going to reboot the franchise【Video】

Title and costume choices for the new anime point all the way back to the series’ beginning.

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New official Dragon Ball spinoff manga features … Yamcha!

Fans may fantasize about being a part of the Dragon Ball world, but what if it really happened, except you’re in the story as … Yamcha?

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Clam chowder ramen appears in Japan thanks to popular noodle chain’s overseas branch

Two of the biggest names in ramen team up for this American-inspired instant noodle flavor.

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Starbucks Japan reveals its final Frappuccino releases for 2016

The global coffee house chain is squeezing one more star ingredient into their beverage lineup before the end of the year.

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More than half of young anime workers live with their parents or receive money from them【Survey】

Going to work for an anime company continues to be a terrible plan if your goal is to get rich.

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Live with a 3-D virtual servant inside your home with Gatebox, now available for pre-order【Video】

Azumi the holographic robot wants to brush teeth, watch TV, and send cute text messages together with you.

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Japanese cats appear to be building resistance to cat-deterrent spikes, Twitter reveals【Photos】

Spikes are no match against Japan’s supercats!

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Japanese man loses one sandal, another Japanese man finds one sandal

Twitter once again makes us realize that it’s a small world after all.

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Free condoms to be distributed at Comiket anime fan event in Tokyo

Attendees at this month’s otaku gathering can get their hands on not just art books and posters, but limited-edition prophylactics too.

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Japanese female pro wrestler uses “deadly weapon” to subdue opponent: a thick marriage magazine

Forget chairs or ladders, hit them with what really hurts!

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Japanese cat owner stuns Internet with photo of seemingly square kitty

Having grown bored of square fruit, has Japan now progressed to creating square pets?

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Old Japanese bathhouse gets converted into an izakaya restaurant in Tokyo

Diners get to sit in the old bathtubs while enjoying their meals.

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Unlimited kushiage skewers, stewed oden, and booze at this Tokyo restaurant for under 20 bucks

Come for the fried food and alcohol, stay for the traditional Japanese winter comfort cuisine.

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Salvatore Cuomo restaurants are offering an all-you-can-eat pizza & pasta lunch buffet for cheap

Craving some carbs? Indulge in this limited-time weekday lunch special for only 800 yen (US$7) per person.

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