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5 Japanese Films That Explore Sexual Diversity

We often see Japanese films talking about love in various forms, across different ages and social status. But there aren't so many about sexual orientation. We've found a few special ones to share with you.

Top 5 Anime Girlfriends as Voted by Women

Lesbian anime fans make their picks for their favorite animated romantic companions.

Venture out to the LGBT-Friendly City of Osaka

It's well known that opinions about same-sex marriage and rights are still divided in Japan. But Osaka seems to be ahead of the curve.

'Your Name' Coming Subbed & Region Free!

Missed your chance to see the decade’s biggest anime hit in theaters? Soon you’ll be able to watch it at home—region-free, and without the language barrier!

Black Eggs in Owakudani

Why would Japanese people want to eat black eggs? And why are they black in the first place? Head to Owakudani in Hakone to find out!

Protect Your Money with Moon Prism Power!

Centuries-old textile-making techniques have been used to create this new, stylish Sailor Moon wallet.

A Primer on Japanese Homoerotic Manga

Yaoi or Bara? GL or BL? And what about Yuri? If you're feeling confused by all the jargon, follow us through the complex world of homoerotic manga. You're in for some surprises!

Cracking Open Gudetama's Shell

Ever wondered how Sanrio's egg yolk character became so popular? The folks over at Vox shed some light on the subject!

Experience 'Attack on Titan' Like Never Before

Be surrounded by Eren, Levi, and Armin as they battle against the Titans that surround you in a planetarium.

Head Phones President: 'Alive'

Featuring signature shredding and blazing-hot vocals, Head Phones President has released a fists-of-fury music video for 'Alive,' featured on their new album, Realize.

'Last Jedi' Official Japanese Teaser Trailer!

While the Japanese version of the 'Last Jedi' teaser sadly doesn't have any extra footage as it sometimes does, we do get to see that Japan will be getting Episode VIII at the same time as everyone else! We're primed. Are you?

LGBT+ Icons in Japan

As the rights of the LGBT+ community are becoming a huge topic in both people's personal lives and the corporate sphere in Japan, a number of Japanese LGBT+ icons have been leading the conversation—some for a very long time!

SpecialThanks — 'Umahashiru'

On the back of the release of their third full album, SpecialThanks takes us for a 'horse run' in their playful music video for 'Umahashiru.'

Wear a Kimono Inspired by Your Country

The Imagine Oneworld Kimono Project aims to create a collection of 196 kimono, each representing a different country. With 55 completed, the organization has launched a crowdfunding campaign to help secure the finances for the remaining 141.

Now it's Okay to Play with Your Noodles!

Being told not to play with your food didn't stop this popular toy company from producing a contraption that slides 'somen' noodles into your bowl at home!

Ghibli Artist's Bread Ad Will Melt Your Heart

A former Studio Ghibli animator has created a heartwarming new anime commercial to promote a pastry shop in Fukuoka. Just try not to get the feels!

Japan's Got Talent in Siro-A

Blending dance, projection and comedy, this unique troupe from Sendai has been rocking up yesses at both 'America's Got Talent' and 'Britain's Got Talent,' and now brings a unique show to Asakusa in Tokyo!

36 Kisses, 9 Boys, 1 Great Music Video

This Japanese boy band is taking the internet by storm with their infamous 'Shadow Kiss' music video, featuring all nine of the members giving each other smooches.

Inside the Secret World of Japan's LGBT+ Slang

Around the world, every language and culture has evolved to add jargon relating to the LGBT+ community, and Japan has its own words too. We'll teach you a few terms you may hear around the country—if you're listening carefully.

X Japan’s Yoshiki to Undergo Emergency Surgery

X Japan drummer Yoshiki's intense drumming style has left him with cervical foraminal stenosis and a herniated disc, requiring emergency cervical artificial disc replacement surgery in L.A. on May 16.

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