Brian Ashcraft
brianashcraft
Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored five books, including most recently, Japanese Whisky: The Ultimate Guide to the World's Most Desirable Spirit.
12/9/19
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A statue of One Piece’s Sanji has been erected in Mashiki, Kumamoto Prefecture in Japan. Eiichiro Oda hails from Kumamoto and the statue is a sign of support for the prefecture, which was hit by a series of strong earthquakes in 2016.

12/6/19
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The Switch seems like it’s off to a good start in China. In the first nine hours, pre-orders of the Switch surpassed 100,000. As Nintendo Soup explained, these numbers are from JD.com, China’s largest online retailer, so factoring in other retailers, the real number might be higher.

12/5/19
7:30 AM
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Mecha game Daemon X Machina is getting Witcher III themed threads, hairdos, and body types, letting players turn their anime-style pilots into Geralt or Ciri with the character creation tool. The free DLC pack is available starting today. In case you missed it, read Kotaku’s Daemon X Machina review here.

12/5/19
6:30 AM
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Manga creator Leiji Matsumoto was discharged from a hospital in Turin, Italy this Wednesday. Visiting the country for a Space Pirate Captain Harlock event, he was admitted on November 15 after collapsing. He was reported to be in serious condition but has since improved and returned home to Japan.