Track: St. Petersburg (Live) | Artist: Supergrass | Album: Road to Rouen
Nintendo Switch exclusive Oshiete Onedari Shogi (Teach Me Japanese Chess Pretty Please) has players give shogi hints and tips to adult video actress Airi Satou as well as cosplayers Yui Uno and Inori Hanamiya. For a reward, players get photos and clips of them in bikinis, maid outfits and more.
Track: Take On Me | Artist: Weezer | Album: The Teal Album
In 2014, the popularity of Yokai Watch exploded in Japan. It seemed like Pokémon was going to be eclipsed and overtaken. For a time, it was.
On Valentine’s Day in Japan, women traditionally give men chocolate. Each year, a group of protesters gathers to march, carrying signs that read “Pulverize Valentine’s Day” and “Making out in public is terrorism.”
Track: The Look of Love | Artist: Nina Simone | Album: Silk & Soul
May 5 is Children’s Day in Japan. Parents with sons display miniature armor so that their sons grow up healthy and strong.
Nippon Ichi Software and Acquire have teamed up for an adventure game titled Jinrui no Minasama e (To All of Mankind) about a group of girls surviving in the ruins of Akihabara. The game is slated for the PS4 and Nintendo Switch.
A 35-year-old man in Taipei has been arrested for selling counterfeit Amiibo cards online.
Sunrise. Dumaguete, Philippines. By Martin Tan.
Track: Son of Sam | Artist: Elliott Smith | Album: Figure 8
While the portrait of Sophia looked impressive in Xenogears, it might look even better on your wall.
Ni no Kuni is getting an anime movie this summer in Japan (no word on an international release). Level-5 CEO Akihiro Hino is writing the script and former Studio Ghibli animator Yoshiyuki Momose is directing. Previously, Level-5 has turned Professor Layton, Yokai Watch and Inazuma Eleven into anime.
“Over Your Shoulder” might be a good tune, but there seems to be more explaining why the 25-year-old song is charting in Japan, surpassing even Ariana Grande.
Taipei 101. Taipei, Taiwan. By ShuYung Wu.