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Nagashi Somen – A Midsummer Tradition

What do you do when the temperatures reach high enough levels that even the Pits of Hell seem like a nice way to cool...

World Cosplay Summit 2015 (Visual Wrap Up)

Even though it was nearly 40 Degrees outside, and thus one of the hottest years on record in Nagoya, it was another great year...

Big in Japan – John Baumlin

It's not easy following your passions and becoming successful at turning them into your profession. A pipe dream for many, but a reality for...

World Cosplay Summit 2015 Coverage (Day 2)

We're back for one more day of coverage of the WCS. After the incredible Championship Event last night, we're at the WCS Victory Parade...

World Cosplay Summit 2015 Coverage (Main Event)

The Main Event at the World Cosplay Summit is the Stage Show, where the winning teams from 26 different countries compete against each other...

Big in Japan

Is it even possible? With Japanese companies notoriously difficult to get into for foreigners, and the inherently slow rate of adoption of new ideas...

On Shaky Ground

I still remember it very clearly... I was sitting in my apartment, working on the computer, when I felt a gentle swaying. I thought...

Crafting a Revolution

Although sake might be the first alcoholic drink that comes to mind when you think about Japan, beer has been the most popular alcoholic...

Is Tokyo The World’s Most Livable City?

Over 13 million people (30 million including the surrounding areas) people can't be wrong! Ask any Tokyoite what their favourite city in Japan is...

The Art of Celebrating Summer in Japan

Attending one of the many Summer Festivals in Japan -By Achim Runnebaum The word Matsuri (祭) in Japanese means holiday or festival, and is synonymous with...