Cherry Blossom, Culture, Hanami, sakura, Staff

Tokyo Metro Gets in the Hanami Mood with the ‘Sakura Train’

Warm and sunny days are coming to Japan, and with it comes the perfect time for hanami, or flower viewing, and Tokyo Metro is joining in on the festivities. Tokyo Metro has launched the “Sakura Train” (桜トレイン) which will run on the Ginza Line, the oldest subway line in East Asia. The aim is to […]


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Japan’s Traditional Flower Viewing Season is Just Around the Corner

It’s time to break out the picnic blankets and bento boxes, the flower-viewing season is coming up in Japan. The private weather service, Weathermap, has published their cherry blossom forecast for the year, and it’s earlier than previously predicted. This news got both tourists and locals excited for the celebrations. The first cherry blossoms typically […]


Falling Behind in Winter 2018 Anime

It’s March! We’re entering the latter parts of what turned out to be a pretty great anime season. We had hard-hitters like Violet Evergarden, Devilman Crybaby, and A Place Further Than The Universe. We also saw the return of fan-favorites like Cardcaptor Sakura, Overlord, and the continuation of The Ancient Magus’ Bride. We even had a […]

How Hikikomori Are Targeted by Con Artists

By now, we are all familiar with the hikikomori, the young able-bodied individuals who have withdrawn from social life. These recluses keep to themselves with varying degrees of confinement and self-imposed isolation, but many wonder how they sustain themselves?   Financially Dependent on Parents It’s no secret that most hikikomori are dependent on their parents. Being […]

Otaku Coin: A Cryptocurrency for Anime Fans is in Development

With the recent spike in popularity of cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Ripple, it was only a matter of time before the allure of this technology and its potential reached influencers in the anime industry. Enter – the “Otaku Coin.” The online anime store, Tokyo Otaku Mode, is jumping on the cryptocurrency hype train. They are […]

‘BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle’ Gets Backlash Over Planned DLC

Since their announcement last year at Evo 2017, fans have been excited for Arc System Works’ latest installment in the popular Blazblue franchise. ‘BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle’ combines the cast of multiple fighting game series — BlazBlue, Persona 4 Arena and Under Night In-Birth. It will also include characters from RWBY, Rooster Teeth’s anime-style web […]