All Stories by Richard Simmonds

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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You’re so cute when you’re angry. Shiba Inu gets angry at mocking mini-me toy【Video】

Nobody likes a copy-cat, or even, it seems, a copy Shiba Inu dog.

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Japan by motorbike! Japanese biker captures his incredible round-Japan road trip on camera 【Vid】

Biker captures beautiful and varied scenery of Japan, friendliness of fellow travellers, edited down into two short montage pieces.

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We try out some space-saving jeans-folding wizardry, perfect for travelling light【Photos】

Folding magic that’s handy in a number of situations, including travel.

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Japanese people list their top ten fish, and tuna isn’t number one

Land of the Rising Salmon, as survey respondents choose their favourite fish.

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On behalf of the Moon, we’ll govern you? Rumours Sailor Moon creator will run for office

What campaign promises might Sailor Moon creator Naoko Takeuchi make, if she throws her hat into the political ring?

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FIFA 18 Nintendo Switch version’s colour-blind bugs level the playing field 【Video】

Detective Conan-like criminal silhouettes invade the pitch in Switch-specific glitch.

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Japanese Twitter artist considers the terrifying realities of hugging spiky Pokémon

Knowing which Pokémon to hug can make the difference between a good time and grievous injury.

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Re-do all your mistakes? Never die? All possible, if a well turns out to actually be a save point

Move over fountain of youth, Japanese Twitter user may have found a real-life save point, in a park.

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