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Japan High School Baseball Guide

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Posted on May 14, 2015 11:39 am | 1 Comment



The National High School Baseball Championship (Summer Koshien) is a big deal in Japan. Baseball itself is one of Japan’s most popular sports, but the amount of attention and enthusiasm showered on the Summer Koshien is something to behold. The tournament involves 49 schools across the country and it symbolizes regional pride. It is a...

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Top Japanese Female Celebrities: 5 Favs!

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Posted on May 8, 2015 3:02 pm | 1 Comment



5. Atsuko Maeda (前田 敦子) Birthday: July 10, 1991 Formerly the most prominent member of J-Pop idol group AKB48, Maeda has shifted to acting and a solo music career. Her most recent films are Kabukicho Love Hotel (2014) and Initiation Love (2015), but she is also acting in a television drama called Kageri Yuku Natsu...

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25 Best Manga Series EVER!!!

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Posted on May 4, 2015 8:04 pm | 1 Comment



The 25 Best Manga Series to read now. All of these titles are big in Japan, but many are also popular throughout the world. Highly recommended reading! 25. Vagabond Genre: Samurai (Chanbara), Historical Written by: Takehiko Inoue Year of release: 1998 Volumes: 36 Based on Eiji Yoshikawa’s novel Musashi, Vagabond portrays a fictionalized account of...

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The Glory of Japanese Vending Machines

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Posted on May 4, 2015 1:12 pm | 3 Comments



Japanese vending machines are known in much of the world and the bizarre ones have gained infamy in the social media age. The term for vending machines in Japanese is “jidouhanbaiki” (自動販売機). In a large city like Tokyo or in a smaller town like Hasami, vending machines are a normal feature and the reason why...

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What Is Up With Manga Genres?

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Posted on April 25, 2015 1:15 pm | Leave your thoughts



Manga (漫画) are Japanese comic books and they are widely read throughout Japan. The number of manga genres available is immense, which explains how diverse the audience is and why the medium maintains mass appeal. For example, on the subway in Tokyo you will find young, old, women, and men all reading comics intently. Sometimes...

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