books

Japanese fan blown away by J.K. Rowling’s reaction to his Harry Potter/Fantastic Beasts drawing

It’s not every day that one of the world’s most renowned authors sits up and takes notice of one of your illustrations.

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Sleep in a bookshelf at the new bookstore-themed hostel in Kyoto

This brand new space has 5,000 books for guests to read, a special bar stocked with local beers, and bunks inside the shelves to sleep in.

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Is Japanese language becoming less discriminatory towards women?【Women in Japan Series】

The status of women in Japan is changing and the Japanese language is being modified along with it. Let’s see how women are viewed these days by surveying some of the modern Japanese words used to describe them.

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Undress a beautiful Japanese gravure idol with the bra strap book band 【Video】

The clever marketing gimmick lets readers undress a gorgeous Japanese woman with their hands as well as their eyes.

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TV series of Japanese swimsuit models stripping off samurai armor now has photo album, DVD【Vids】

Come for the sex appeal, stay for the Japanese history lessons.

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IT infrastructure becomes cute anime girls in Japan’s latest educational anthropomorphism project

Whoa, check out the size of that girl’s DRAM!

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Cats living in Tokyo sumo training facility are champions of cuteness 【Photos】

Felines among the flab.

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Fix wet pages in notebooks with this simple lifehack from Japan!

All it takes are two quick and easy steps to make wet notebooks look brand new again.

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Children leave plush toys for a sleepover at the library with adorable results!

From drawing to playing with new friends, organisers release cute photos of the fun activities the toys got up to during their stay.

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Why stay in a hotel when you can spend the night in this Tokyo bookstore instead?

In what’s become an annual event, bookseller Junkudo is letting lucky lovers of literature spend one night slumbering among its shelves.

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Japanese bookstore cafe wows customers with its unusual spy-like restroom

Using the amenities at this bookshop cafe means pulling back a shelf of books like a character from a spy movie.

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Fantasy sci-fi anime Sword Art Online to become a live-action, U.S.-produced TV series

Kirito and his fellow virtual reality adventurers to be portrayed by real-world actors.

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This summer, take a real college Japanese culture course online through Keio University for free

It’s in both English and Japanese, so no language prerequisites here!

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Can you name all of The Many Vehicles of Studio Ghibli?

A new 63-page encyclopedic picture book provides a great reference to the whimsical rides of Studio Ghibli films.

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Japanese readers rave about new book illustrating differences between Kanto and Kansai regions

Kuraberu Tōzai presents an easy-to-understand compilation of regional differences between Tokyo and Osaka in terms of cuisines, art, and cultural traditions.

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Drawing a cop flipping over another cop while they fire guns? There’s a reference book for that!

Two cops, a gang and a macho man meet. This isn’t the start of a joke, it’s Action Pose 2!

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Soon, Japanese kids will be learning about virtual idol Hatsune Miku in their school textbooks

Vocaloid pioneer to be featured in high school music text going into use next year.

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Free Japanese e-book of cats in sexy poses is like the entire Internet in one convenient package

Downloadable and browser versions contain photos of more than 200 alluring pusses.

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New book reworks classic paintings in modern Japanese popular styles

Ever wondered what Munch’s The Scream or Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring might look like if done in modern day Japan? If so, then this book is for you!

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Japanese novelist goes out in anime-style in coffin illustrated with characters he created 【Pics】

Recently deceased writer/anime series creator wanted his funeral service to be a little different.

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