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Crowdfunding campaign’s backer rewards include photo shoot with swimsuit’s official cosplay model.

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New bar coming to Tokyo lets you melt and roast your drinks from baby bottles or lightbulbs

Craft Cocktail is pushing the limits of mixology with drinks that appeal to all senses and smashed their crowdfunding goal as a result.

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Japan’s onsen amusement park begins crowdfunding campaign with awesome returns for investors

The Mayor of Beppu is delivering on his promise of a hot spring amusement park with tickets, fireworks and home-delivered onsen water for patrons.

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Original short anime “Hizukuri” meets crowdfunding goal

Naoki Matsuura directs story inspired by artisan scissor creator.

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Shin Godzilla set to leave an imprint on your next drinking adventure

Make your night a “monster” of an evening with this elegant but geeky sake set.

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Cosplay from the comfort of home in unique police uniform loungewear from Japan

Buck tradition and enforce your own set of rules by cosplaying indoors in a cute and comfy one-piece officer outfit.

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Dress up as a shrine priestess in the comfort of your own home, with one-piece miko loungewear

Comfy loungewear or cute cosplay… Why not both?

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All-Russian maid cafe opening in Japan, crowdfunding exceeds goal by over 800-percent

Here’s your chance to meet, and maybe even take language lessons from or tour Russia with, Russian cosplayer and maid cafe manager Nastyan!

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Japanese fans fund “Animator Dormitories” to help young anime artists working in Tokyo

The crowdfunding project has received huge support to assist new talent, who start out in the industry on notoriously low wages.

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Japan’s new fashion brand for large-breasted women smashes crowdfunding goal

Big-bust apparel project raises big bucks.

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Take cover from April showers with an umbrella that blossoms into a flower every time you use it!

From viral hit to real product with the help of fans online!

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Japanese traditional toy kendama is about to evolve into Dendama

Equipped with a range of sensors and motion detectors, the Dendama looks set to bring this classic toy into the 21st century.

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Sword enthusiasts, here’s the katana documentary you won’t want to miss! 【Video】

This ultra high-definition documentary is scheduled to come out this year. You can help support its production, and get some pretty cool things for doing so too!

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Sixth-grader’s tear-jerking essay becomes a project to help stray pets across Japan

Prepare some tissues, then prepare for change.

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Gives the phrase “dress to impress” a whole new meaning…

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Original Taiwanese mecha anime smashes crowdfunding goal

This awesome-looking original mecha anime from Taiwan is killing it on the Asian equivalent of Kickstarter.

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Traditional craftsmen create smartphone case fit for a legendary samurai warrior

It’s a modern-day sheath made in honour of the samurai known as the “Crimson Demon of War”.

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Kagawa’s Udon Monster joins Japan’s other local kaiju to help save the environment

Did you know that each of Japan’s 47 prefectures has a designated monster that represents their region? The larger-than-life beings were born from the “Gotouchi Kaiju” (“Local Monsters”) multimedia project helmed by Professor Hiroshi Sagae, who’s worked on a number of kaiju-centric films such as Godzilla Millenium, Ultraman Saga and Gamera the Brave.

Now there’s a special crowdfunding campaign that’s calling on the masses to support the plight of the monsters as they strive to protect nature and promote greenery in their towns. Patrons who contribute to their favourite beast will be rewarded with cards, T-shirts or even a 3-D kaiju figurine but best of all, the funds raised for each prefecture will go towards supporting environmental projects in the region.

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MegaBots wants your help to ensure American victory in the first ever giant robot fight

Earlier this summer, RocketNews24 brought you the breaking news that the United States’ MegaBots had built a giant robot and had challenged Japan who, to no one’s surprise, already had a giant robot themselves. This challenge for robot supremacy was quickly accepted and the ante was upped to include melee combat.

MegaBots couldn’t back down from a challenge they issued first, so it was back to the drawing board in preparation for next year’s battle for national pride. They have some ideas, but are going to need your help to “kickstart” an American victory.

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Leiji Matsumoto begins project to build real Galaxy Express 999

It’s been nearly 40 years since the Galaxy Express 999 first departed for the Planet Prometheum and all of the emotional existential adventures in between. It became a manga and anime series that filled viewers’ heads with fantasies of romantic space travel on a locomotive.

Now it seems series creator Leiji Matsumoto is tired of dreaming and is readying to construct a real Galaxy Express 999. Before you ask: No, he’s not high.

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