All Stories by Richard Simmonds

Hamster anime song has Taiwanese club-goers throwing shapes in the church of dance 【Video】

Surreal scene as dancers in Taipei club go wild for remix of Japanese Hamtaro anime theme song.

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Protect yourself from that dastardly Internet with a KFC Internet Escape Pod

$10,000 burning a hole in your pocket? Dislike receiving emails? Then the Internet Escape Pod is for you!

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Hakone Beer will celebrate 20th anniversary, give away 1,500 beers at special Tokyo event

Free beer on tap! It doesn’t matter what else I write here. Free beer!

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Twitter user’s ridiculous tissue launching invention will revolutionise getting a cold【Video】

Japanese Twitter user’s crazily extreme device is perfect for when you need multiple tissues, stat.

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Is this the set of the new Blade Runner film? No, it’s Uniqlo in New York

Cheap, popular clothing line Uniqlo’s New York Times Square pop-up store’s bright lights are more Japanese than Japan.

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Lotteria to commemorate “Good Meat Day” with their meatiest steak sandwich yet

Sounds like this might be the best Good Meat Day ever.

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Alloy-ha! Sanrio & Fullmetal Alchemist collaboration results in wonderfully cute character goods

Hit anime/manga Fullmetal Alchemist characters Edward and Alphonse Elric have transformed again, but this time it’s not the result of alchemy.

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How to make Tokyo Disneyland’s awesome Mickey Mouse eggs at home!【SoraKitchen】

Naive question prompts discussion about Disneyland eggs, existence of magical chickens and we get our chef’s hat and apron on.

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Manga-based game show ups the ante with part-time jobs offering $805 for two days’ work

Get 91,000 yen for wearing a black suit, tie and sunglasses in special one-off job offer from new variety TV show based on manga and anime series Ultimate Survivor Kaiji.

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McDonald’s Japan celebrates Happy Meal 30th anniversary with awesome travel-size board games

Happy Meal goodies even adults will want to get their hands on – Uno, Game of Life, Pop-up Pirate and other games get the McDonald’s treatment.

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Is this the real-life? Is this just fantasy? Zelda fan summons Epona-like horse with music

No need to have Jeeves ready one’s horse when you can call one a la The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.

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Bold as brass: Trombonists take over last-train, earn Twitter fans and critics【Video】

Video of band performing on a train goes viral, prompts debate on public performances.

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Ramen chain gives you the full Ichiran experience at home with a build-it-yourself private booth

Ignore friends and loved ones and concentrate on the important thing in life, ramen, with an Ichiran flavour-savour counter.

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Japanese Twitter manga artist highlights continuing problem of post-Halloween aftermath 【Photos】

Online artist takes a swipe at Halloween party-goers and the sea of trash they leave in their wake.

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Yu-Gi-Oh! collector parts with ultra-rare cards worth more than $5,000 each, for his daughter

What price can you put on your child’s education? One Yu-Gi-Oh! fan finds out.

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Hotel guests get a Halloween fright as their hotels are transformed 【Photos】

Even in Japan, there’s no escape from Halloween – at these Horror Hotels.

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Want to be a pro gamer? There’s a course for that, at Tokyo School of Anime【Video】

First lesson? Gaming. Second lesson? Gaming. Tokyo technical school offers courses to aspiring e-sports athletes.

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Japanese town bids for new residents with hilarious fake zombie game trailer 【Video】

To your left, excellent local amenities, and to your right, a Japanese man in his underwear battling bears and the undead with a pink trowel.

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Woof! Cute cosplaying Shiba Inu show off schoolgirl costumes and other latest looks 【Photos】

Cosplaying pooches get artsy with elaborate costumes, even before Halloween arrives.

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Japanese Twitter goes crazy for cute Russian Hatsune Miku cosplayer【Video, Photos】

Vocaloid virtual singer Hatsune Miku comes to life in cute Russian cosplayer, Saya Scarlet.

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