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From hugs to piggybacks and intimate kisses, this reference manual is filled with romantic male-on-male love scenarios.

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Japanese anime art guide teaches how to draw mature and handsome middle-aged men

New book helps artists keep their oji-san separate from their oni-san.

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All-night, all-free cosplay event to be held at Tokyo bookstore, applications now being accepted

Love of anime, light novels, and/or costuming essential, desire to actually sleep optional.

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Japanese chef’s awesome giant pancake makes us want to cook them the old fashioned way again

Drawing inspiration from an internationally beloved children’s book, chef creates a hybrid pancake/cookie.

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New Japanese reference book helps artists draw lazy characters

The “Pose Catalogue” contains 800 photos of men and women lazing about in casual outfits and underwear.

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Japanese novel stars boy reincarnated as hot spring that beautiful women want to get inside of

The main character is shown on the cover, but it’s not the girl.

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Cafe in Tokyo is a quiet haven for book lovers, provides magical desk space for readers

This place will make you feel like you’ve been whisked away into a mystical story world.

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Japanese anime store giving special presents to customers who come shopping with their moms

Being open about your otaku status has an economic upside this month.

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Tokyo’s “bookstore hotel” adds a bar for travelers who love reading and drinking

Just be careful not to spill your drink on the pages you’re reading.

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Why are Japanese light novel names so ridiculously long? Author’s latest has 27 words

Pretentiousness run amok, or madness with a method to it?

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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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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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