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Nakano Broadway is reason enough to never step in Akihabara again

Nakano Broadway is reason enough to never step in Akihabara again

Ron Duwell

My trip to Akihabara this year left me more flatlined on the neighborhood than I’ve ever been before. As I’ve said many times before, I’ve never been impressed with this wildly overhyped otaku heaven and don’t feel that it lives up to its reputation in the least. Sure, there are a few nice stores and a fun arcade or two, but by and large, the area has become a tourist trap that...

My Neighbor Totoro theme park announced, everyone on the Cat Bus!

My Neighbor Totoro theme park announced, everyone on the Cat Bus!

Joey Davidson

My Neighbor Totoro from Studio Ghibli, the makers of Howl’s Moving Castle, Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke, is getting its own theme park. Studio Ghibli has partnered with the government of Nagoya’s Aichi Prefecture to design and build the park. It’s due to open in 2020. Japan will reuse the old grounds for Expo 2005, a 200-hectare space, to build the new My Neighbor Totoro park...

2017 is already brilliant for fans of Japanese games, and the Switch isn't even out yet!

2017 is already brilliant for fans of Japanese games, and the Switch isn't even out yet!

Ron Duwell

Japanese games came back as a force to be reckoned with in 2016 as many classic franchises and studios caught up with modern technology. A decade of lagging behind their Western counterparts on the home console HD market was finally addressed with adjustments made across the board to development cycles and corporate structure within the biggest publishers on the market. Square Enix...

Final Fantasy XV is a hit in Japan at just under 700,000 copies sold in its first week

Final Fantasy XV is a hit in Japan at just under 700,000 copies sold in its first week

Ron Duwell

Final Fantasy XV has revived interest in the classic franchise all around the world, even in its home country of Japan. In its first week, the game sold an impressive 690,471 copies across the whole country, making it one of the biggest, if not the biggest, launch this console generation has seen yet. To put it in perspective, that’s a number bigger than Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom...

Japan's most delicious hamburgers at the Tottori Hamburger Festival

Japan's most delicious hamburgers at the Tottori Hamburger Festival

Ron Duwell

Let’s go visit another gem in Japan. This past weekend, I jumped in a car with a bunch of friends and drove up north into the mountainous Tottori Prefecture. It’s not the most famous of places in Japan, but it has a few things going for it like Japan’s largest sand dunes about ten minutes outside of its largest city. It also has the distinction as the lowest population among all of...