Presenting funazushi — Could fermented sushi be the next big Japanese export to Southeast Asia?

Have you heard of funazushi? It’s a kind of fermented sushi, and despite its strong smell and flavor, some people think it could be a hit in Southeast Asia!

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Gifu police chase shoplifter with 20 patrol cars and helicopter, fail to catch him

He must have really wanted that make-up…

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50 things that surprised our writer when visiting China 【RocketExperience】

After a week in China, one of our Japanese writers brought home a list of thoughts to share with us.

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Final Fantasy VII’s PS4 port now available

Port comes with trophy support, static custom theme.

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A new tool for cosplayers – a business card with tons of photos “on it”

Can’t choose just one picture for your cosplayer card? Now you can have as many as you want with a new app aimed at reinventing the business card!

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We visit one of Japan’s stunning secret destinations: the “Road to Laputa” in Kumamoto

If you want to feel like you’ve stepped into an animated film from Studio Ghibli, “The Road to Laputa” in Kyushu is one place you won’t want to miss.

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Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom announced for PS4

Level-5 head Akihiro Hino, designer Yoshiyuki Momose, Miyazaki’s composer Joe Hisaishi return.

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This limited-edition Pikachu doll from Steiff will zap you with its sheer cuteness!

Still traumatized by Teddytaur, the teddy bear centaur from Steiff? They’re making up for it with something far more huggable — a stuffed Pikachu!

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Fairy Tail to make its stage debut in spring 2016; actor portraying Natsu announced!

You know a manga is really successful and popular when producers want to make a stage version of it.

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Yuki teaches us how to make our very own Domo-kun Christmas pudding!【Recipe】

Why have a boring old round Christmas pudding when you could have a delicious fruit-cake version of Japan’s national broadcaster’s mascot on your table?

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Acquittal of attacker who was “stabbed by smartphone rays” draws anger online

A 41-year-old man was found not guilty of assault after claiming electromagnetic waves from a smartphone were stabbing his body.

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Calbee will have you clawing (literally) for their new cola-flavored chips

Both foreigners and Japanese folks agree, Calbee’s new cola-flavored chips are a big win. But you’ll have to be pretty lucky to get some for yourself!

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We visited the gold Star Wars calendar and Darth Vader helmet in Ginza!【Photos】

A giant, solid gold Star Wars calendar? Yep, and it’s just as insane as you’re imagining!

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Mr. Sato decides to go out for a cup of coffee…with a giant 20-pound Starbucks mug!

This week, Starbucks Japan released a giant US$700 ceramic mug, and naturally, we had to order one and get Mr. Sato to do something crazy with it!

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Japanese hostess club women share the top five unattractive things guys do all the time

Let’s break out the pencils, boys. It’s time to take some notes!

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Get these hot Young Black Jack sheets and pillow cases for your sexy sleepy times

For those you who have dreamed of wrapping yourself in Young Black Jack‘s warmth or falling asleep with him by your side, we have just the thing!

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Does this math problem prove that Japan’s 20-somethings are getting dumber?

Studies show that only 60 percent of Japanese 20-somethings are able to correctly solve this math problem, compared to a whopping 90 percent 30 years ago.

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Udon Entertainment holds Street Fighter V art exhibition in San Francisco

Exhibition on Friday-Saturday will feature artists Long Vo, Jeff Cruz, Edwin Huang.

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This photo of a train has an amazing surprise

If you look closely there’s a chance you’ll be able to see it…

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Why do the Japanese call the UK ‘Igirisu’?

Amerika. Itaria. Kanada. The majority of countries are known in Japan by names that sound vaguely similar to their native monikers. So why on earth do the Japanese call the UK ‘Igirisu‘?

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