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Fads fuel cosplay boom

Fads fuel cosplay boom

A shop where fantasy is turned into reality…

Brand name fakes follow the fashion

TOKYO – When the World Cup bounced into Japan last year it brought with it millions of soccer enthusiasts, nearly all of whom wanted to take back with them a…

Tsukiji wholesalers under the knife

Tsukiji wholesalers under the knife

Maple Foods imports its oysters and crabs from North America and Vietnam and bypasses Japan's largest fish market…

Brewing Koshigoi Yoshino sake

Brewing Koshigoi Yoshino sake

The brewer's reputation is for fine handmade sake…

Wakamaru makes the robot dream a reality

TOKYO – If he were alive today Tetsuka Osamu would certainly be proud. Last week at Robodex 2003 in Yokohama, Wakamaru, a so-called “home-use” robot, spun, rolled, talked, and waved…

Yakatabune tradition

TOKYO – The rules are simple: Don’t attempt to recreate the “flying” scene from “Titanic;” don’t jump in the water; and know where the life vests are stored. “Each time…

I spy with my miniature camera

I spy with my miniature camera

Akihabara store for James Bond…

The right thing: Yasukuni Shrine on the anniversary

The right thing: Yasukuni Shrine on the anniversary

Visits by members of Japan's government on August 15 to this historic rallying point for militarism raise tensions with Asian neighbors …

Gyroball ready for spring showcase…or not

Gyroball ready for spring showcase…or not

The pitch that requires a pivot at the hips and a twirl of the ball off the tips of the fingers may or may not be real…

Film festival to raise awareness of refugee plight

Film festival to raise awareness of refugee plight

Fest begins today at five halls and theaters throughout Tokyo…