Japanese artist re-invents religious art from the Renaissance Period

Anime is the new religion, at least when it comes to these re-imagined religious works of art by Hiroshi Mori.

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If you’re up on your currency exchange rates, the answer won’t shock you.

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We bought one million yen worth of scratch lottery tickets to test the chances of winning big

We dropped 1 million yen (approximately US$8,300) on 5,000 Japan National Lottery scratch-off tickets to see if buying in bulk translates to bigger wins.

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Madoka Magica fans are ready for a “magical girl”-off thanks to some new accessories

Are you able to suitably show off your appreciation for one of the most critically acclaimed magical girl anime in the last five years? If not, come see what is in store after the jump!

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Parody of One-Punch Man opening is the punchiest thing you’ll see today【Video】

Tongue-in-cheek comic and anime hit One-Punch Man might feature the most powerful character ever, but that doesn’t preclude it from having the funniest character ever too.

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New school in Iraq to provide a Japanese-style education

Impressed with Japan’s ability to quickly rebuild after the Second World War, some educators in Iraq are looking to instill similar values in their own youth.

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Creative drawings to reply to wedding invites are all the rage in Japan right now 【Photos】

How do you reply to a friend’s wedding invitation: with a simple check mark in a box, or a thoughtful work of art?

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Putin 2016 calendar lets you see the Russian president in ways you never imagined (or wanted to)

Swooning ladies and manly men, your prayers have been answered.

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Parody of Akira movie poster makes pretty much any character look as cool as Kaneda【Art】

Akira‘s theatrical poster is almost as iconic as the movie itself. But who knew that a character walking towards their ride could look as badass as Kaneda?

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Cats pretending to be humans get caught in the act, give adorable synchronized reaction

The Three Mus-cat-teers are at it again!

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Happy New Year from RocketNews24!

And just like that, 2015 was no more! It’s now January 1 all the way across Asia, which means it’s officially the Year of Monkey! Happy New Year, everyone!

We’ll be putting our feet up for the rest of today, but we promise we’ll be back tomorrow with more of the news, cuteness, cats, food, fukubukuro, Mr Sato and all the weird and wonderful stuff from Japan and Asia that you know—and hopefully love—us for.

Thank you for continuing to visit our site, share our stories and follow us on Twitter and Facebook (281K and counting!!), and for helping us to grow and grow. 2015 was very good to us, but here’s hoping that 2016 will fill us all with the sprightly energy of a whole mess of merry monkeys and that we can continue to make our little site even better—although hopefully without any poo-slinging.

Stay tuned, Rocketeers, and have yourselves a great New Year’s Day!

Number fortune-telling: What your birth date can tell you about your own shortcomings

In order to change yourself for the better, one Japanese website is offering a simple way to identify your own faults based on your date of birth.

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NEW GAME! author tweets teaser site link for anime adaptation site

Moe-style anime NEW GAME! gets new official website with TV broadcast and cast reveal info.

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McDonald’s Singapore makes clever, delicious-looking use of its Instagram account【Photos】

With so many celebrities and businesses with their own social media accounts, how can you make sure you attract users and get them to follow you? McDonald’s does it by making you see their food in a whole new way.

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Clever ad publicly shames commuters in real-time for “smartphone walking” in train station【Video】

A metro operator set up a monitoring device and announcement system to single out individual commuters caught using their smartphones while walking near escalators or passing trains.

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Check out these super-hot renditions of Dragon Ball couples!

Talented Canada-based artist Sakimi-chan wows us again, this time with sizzling images of Dragon Ball couples! Read More

The suave and stylish Pokémon cosplay of Comiket 89【Pics】

You’ve never seen Pokémon as classy as this before.

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Step back in time with Japanese-themed rooms at rare vintage love hotel in Osaka【Video】

Live out your fantasies of love-making in Japan’s bygone eras at this unusual love hotel in Osaka.

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Forget geisha and samurai, experience Japan by dressing up as an Osaka Obachan

Coming to Japan and dressing up like a geisha is a bit like going to the USA and dressing up as a confederate soldier. Sure it’s fun, but it doesn’t really reflect modern society. What you need to feel the Japan of today is leopard print…and lots of it!

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Exhibit in Kyoto features collaboration of anime and 400-year-old Rinpa school of painting!

This is what happens when you combine centuries-old traditional Japanese painting with modern anime, and we love it!

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