Japan has brought the world some truly delicious treats, but one of the best of all has to be meron pan (melon bread). We know it tastes good, but how was it invented? And why is it called that?
Previously, Kotaku reported that Japan is getting a Hello Kitty bullet train. All we saw was the outside. Now, we get concept art showing what inside the train looks like.
Make no mistake. Hayao Miyazaki of Studio Ghibli fame doesn’t seem easy to please—even if you are his son. Rather, especially if you are his son.
Artist Ray Tatsumi has done an exhaustive in-depth study of Japanese maid outfits, tracing their origins from the UK and the USA.
Want to wander around the Japanese countryside? Nostalgic Train is a self-described “mysterious walking simulator” that’s set in rural Japan that might be filled with nostalgia, but not with people. The game is out on Steam this June, but currently only has Japanese language support.
Capcom’s Resident Evil 7 is getting a Switch release in Japan later this week. It’s a weird thing, though; users will only have to install a 45MB game file, while gameplay will be streamed via the cloud.
Earlier this spring, Capcom opened a Monster Hunter bar. Please don’t touch stuff in it, okay?
One of the most beautiful spots in Japan is the bamboo grove in Kyoto’s Arashiyama. Sadly, tourists have been defacing the natural beauty by carving their names on the stalks.
Earlier this week, Kotaku broke the news that Sony will no longer make physical PS Vita game cards for its North American and European branches. Sony Japan, however, says it will keep making them for the domestic market.
Earlier this spring, Kotaku reported that Jeon “Dara” Jeong-hoon announced he was retiring from professional gaming after “truly frightening” incidents that allegedly happened while in Japan. In a new interview, he recounts his experiences on the Japanese esports scene.
Yoko Taro wants folks to knock it off with the fan art and cosplay complaints, saying one of the reasons he doesn’t actively retweet fan art or cosplay is because he doesn’t want to broadcast them to “strange people.”
This January, Japan hosted its first Evo tournament. It lost over one million dollars. If you know how the event was set up, that shouldn’t be a surprise.
This summer, Super Smash Bros. for Switch will be playable in Japan at several different events, like the World Hobby Fair and the Jump Victory Carnival in Osaka and Chiba. Check here for more details.
Last month, Isao Takahata passed away at the 82. Known for Grave of the Fireflies and The Tale of Princess Kaguya, among others, Takahata co-founded Studio Ghibli with Hayao Miyazaki, who recently gave a eulogy for his deceased colleague and friend.
This isn’t a first. Daihatsu has already released a “Snow Miku” Cocoa kei-car a while back. Here is the latest Daihatsu to get a Miku makeover.
“We’re just going to play video games, all day?” my nine-year-old asks. “Pretty much,” I reply. “I’ll have to talk to people, too, and you should write down what you thought of the game.” Since I don’t work in an office, Bring Your Kid To Work Day doesn’t exist. Instead, I brought him to BitSummit.
Today, Suntory announced officially that sales of the Hakushu 12-year-old single malt and the Hibiki 17-year-old blend would stop for the time being. The reason? Some of Japan’s most beloved whisky releases are vanishing.