A Look At Hachiko’s New Statue

We ran a post the other day about the new statue featuring Japan’s favourite canine reunited with his owner who sadly passed away, Professor Hidesaburo Ueno. The new statue has been erected at the university where the Professor used to teach, the University of Tokyo. Recently a reporter from Rocket News had the chance to go past the school and take some snaps and video.

Metal Gear Solid PS4 Shows Up In Japan

Fans of Metal Gear Solid will have heard by now that the fifth installment, The Phantom Pain, has been given a release date of September 1st. Thanks to a clever partnership between Sony and Konami, one of the smexiest Playstation 4 units ever seen has just been announced.

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Sporting a stunning colour palette of gold, burgundy, and of course black, the design is said to have been inspired by the bionic arm that Snake wears in the game. With a design this impressive looking, it’s sure to be a fan favourite. Here’s a better look at the console and a closer look at the DualShock 4 which comes with a Diamond Dogs logo on the right hand side.

As with everything this good looking, there’s no word yet on whether this will make it to the West but we can have hope…and keep our fingers tightly crossed.

Umbrella In Japan Makes Rain Kawaii

Leave it up to the smart people of Japan to invent a way of turning something mundane into an eye opener. There’s a new umbrella on the market that makes the simple act of using an umbrella when raining, a fun activity.

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As water hits the umbrella, the water sensitive, yet waterproof fabric, begins to reveal cute paw prints in the material. And it isn’t just paw prints, cats that show up in the design.

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While the designs on the umbrella appear light at first depending on the rain so as the rain becomes heavier, the designs become darker and more visible.

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And the best part about the umbrella? It’s made for couple so you can huddle in the rain, under the umbrella’s protection, with a loved one.

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The umbrella is available from online retailer, Izaveil. Pick up your one today from here for ¥2,700.

Sega Hard Girls Appear In Smartphone Game

The Sega Hard Girls are 2D girls versions of Sega consoles from yesteryear. From the Dreamcast through to the MegaDrive (Genesis). Now they’re going to be making an appearance as chips in a smartphone game.

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The game in question is Phantasy Star Online 2 ES. The chips will be used in game to give the player various bonuses. The specific girls making a show will be the MegaDrive, Sega Saturn and the Dreamcast. The girls will have the ability to evolve into a “Tower” version so the MegaDrive can combine the Mega-CD and Super 32X, for example.

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This offer is time limited and will expire on March 4th, 2015 so if you have access to this game, make sure you don’t miss out. Check the Hard Girls site for more info.

Kit Kat Launches New Flavour

Ask anyone who’s been to Japan one thing that was memorable about their trip and undoubtedly, the many and varied flavours of Kit Kat unique to Japan would come up.

The Kit Kat Chocolatory is preparing to expand operations to Sapporo, the chocolate maker will be releasing a new flavour to mark the occasion. Roll the drums please, the new flavour is…

Butter flavoured Kit Kat!
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Like a lot of the flavours in Japan, this will one be unique to the Sapporo Chocolatory when the store commences operations on March 7, 2015. ¥1200 will snag you a 12 pack while forking over ¥400 will get you a 4 pack.

The big question is, who’s keen to try out a butter flavoured Kit Kat?

Shinjuku Shows Dragon Quest Promo

Here’s another cool promo from Japan for the launch of the latest Dragon Quest game, Dragon Quest Heroes.

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In a joint collaboration between Square Enix and Sony, an entire wall at the Marunouchi Line at Shinjuku train station, has been covered in 100,000 bubble wrap Slimes from the game.

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The wall is in the Tokyo Metro part of the station and commuters are actively encouraged to pop the bubbles on the wall during their daily commute.

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The official site keeps count on how many are left and there are also some cool wallpaper downloads as well. The campaign started on February 23rd and runs through to March 1st, 2015. Dragon Quest Heroes launches today in Japan for the PS4.

Gaming Life In Japan ~ 9/2/15 – 15/2/15

Time for another round of gaming life in Japan! Let’s see what’s been selling on the charts the past week.


Software chart

  1. [3DS] The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D (Nintendo, 02/14/15) – 230,065 (New)
  2. [PS3] Samurai Warriors 4-II (Koei Tecmo, 02/11/15) – 44,574 (New)
  3. [3DS] The Seven Deadly Sins: Unjust Sin (Bandai Namco, 02/11/15) – 33,270 (New)
  4. [3DS] Yokai Watch 2: Shinuchi (Level-5, 12/14/14) – 23,844 (2,479,724)
  5. [PSV] Samurai Warriors 4-II (Koei Tecmo, 02/11/15) – 23,519 (New)
  6. [PS4] Samurai Warriors 4-II (Koei Tecmo, 02/11/15) – 22,468 (New)
  7. [PS3] Dragon Ball Xenoverse (Bandai Namco, 01/29/15) – 16,406 (60,627)
  8. [3DS] Pokemon Omega Ruby / Alpha Sapphire (Pokemon, 11/21/14) – 12,922 (2,513,921)
  9. [PS4] Dragon Ball Xenoverse (Bandai Namco, 01/29/15) – 12,513 (47,203)
  10. [3DS] Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS (Nintendo, 09/13/14) – 9,532 (2,149,794)

Hardware chart

  1. New 3DS LL – 41,821 (21,650)
  2. PlayStation 4 – 21,381 (18,758)
  3. PlayStation Vita – 10,901 (10,013)
  4. New 3DS – 9,584 (7,916)
  5. Wii U – 7,007 (6,517)
  6. PlayStation 3 – 6,683 (6,426)
  7. 3DS LL – 4,126 (3,084)
  8. 3DS – 3,214 (2,642)
  9. PlayStation Vita TV – 588 (560)
  10. Xbox One – 191 (238)

New 3DS Xenoblade Faceplate For Japan

Japan gets getting those awesome exclusives, this time it’s in the form of a faceplate for the Nintendo New 3DS. The faceplate is a Xenoblade Chronicles themed edition and it looks absolutely stunning.



Looks completely amazing, right? No word if this faceplate will make it to the West but it’s definitely worthy of an import!

Pokemon Game Heads For Arcades In Japan

Seems to be a busy time for the arcades in Japan with the upcoming Attack on Titan game and now another huge franchise is heading the arcades.

Pokken Tournament, a Pokemon fighting game, will be making an appearance in Japan this coming Summer. Bandai Namco revealed the news during the Japan Amusement Expo which is held in Chiba.

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Here are some pics of the game shown at the show. It’s looking pretty great!

Attack On Titan Coming To Japanese Arcades

Attack on Titan is such a massively popular series, from the manga through to the anime, 3DS game and loads of merchandise. Capcom have recently announced that they’re the AoT series will be branching off into the world of arcades.

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We know that the game will be launching in Japan during Summer and that during the announcement trailer, they showed the phrase “Sacrifice Your Heart.” Hopefully we’ll have more details as they come to light.

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