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Ready to Headbang? How to go to a Concert in Japan

This year, former visual-kei and current heavy metal band Dir en grey celebrated their 20th anniversary. Massively popular in Japan, they also have a steady following of foreign fans abroad as well. I thought this would be a …

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Horror Corner: Summer Horror Manga Recommendations Part II

Horror Corner Summer Manga Recommendations Part I tiptoed into the world of Japanese horror manga. This time, we will delve deeper into this frightening realm with more horror manga recommendations. Junji Ito Tomie Junji Ito’s first published work, …

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Horror Corner Summer Manga Recommendations Part I

It’s summer! And you know what that means….It means it’s time for horror manga in your life! Traditionally, ghost-themed kabuki plays have always been performed in the summer in Japan, as it was thought that the chills sent …

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Cat Soup? Chiyomi Hashiguchi? Just who is Nekojiru?

How do you make cat soup? Well according to Chiyomi Hashiguchi’s 1990 debut comic, it might have something to do with a botched neutering and one dead kitten. The work of Hashiguchi, more commonly known by her pen …

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