It sounds like the best thing the new Nintendo Switch has going for it, at least at launch, is a new Legend of Zelda game. That makes it a hard sell, especially when this custom portable Super Nintendo already has a massive library of classic 16-bit games—most of which are probably collecting dust in your parents’…
The Japanese city of Beppu is known for its countless hot springs and spas that pop up around them. So much so, that the city’s mayor, Yasuhiro Nagano, pledged to build an entire spa-themed amusement park—although it might not be quite as awesome as the one featured in this promotional video.
Your grandma doesn’t have to be the only one with an television standing on wooden legs. Doshisha just released a retro-looking TV with all the hallmarks of a one straight from the 1970s. Although it looks like it’s more than 40 years old, the TV is actually a 20-inch flatscreen LCD surrounded by a wood casing and…
Clocking in at 118.5 meters tall, the latest incarnation of the king of kaiju seen in Shin Godzilla is the largest version ever seen on screen—even coming in above legendary’s monstrous take on Big G in 2014. But the very first Godzilla was less than half that size... and that wouldn’t help him much in modern Japan.
It’s amazing what a change of perspective can do—and in this case, a simple camera perspective trick transforms a huge Tokyo airport into an tiny toys set fit for a playroom.
Panasonic’s futuristic new gizmo may make airport employees’ lives a lot easier. It’s called the “Megahonyaku” (a portmanteau of “megaphone” and “translation” in Japanese), and it automatically spits out Japanese sentences into English, Chinese, or Korean.
If you’re a fan of virtual musicians with computer-generated bodies and voices, and you live in North America, then do I have news for you.
In 1964, the last time Tokyo hosted the Summer Olympics, the nation revealed one of the biggest mic drops in transportation history: the debut of the shinkansen, the world-famous bullet train that became a Japanese icon. The first high-speed train in the world, it spurred similar technology to spread to Europe and…
It’s been a big day in the world of logos: First, Google revealed its brand new, sans serif emblem. Meanwhile, the scandal-stricken icon for Tokyo’s 2020 Summer Olympics was officially killed today following plagiarism allegations. Fortunately, the Internet has already had some replacements in mind.
Summer’s zooming by. Wish you could teleport from your cubicle to a sandbar in turquoise waters? Well, there’s no Hyperloop yet—but thankfully, drone-shot 4K movies of Japanese paradise can make you feel like you’re there.
When they're young and still waiting for their first evolution, all a Pokemon dreams about is fighting in tournaments with a skilled trainer guiding the way. What they don't think about is that all those battles will take their toll, and eventually they're going to have to consider other work in order to pay the…
The Force Awakens may not be out for another 9 months, but I think we might have reached peak 'weird Star Wars' tie-in merch: This tiny little R2 sits in your fridge and furiously beeps at you if you leave the door open too long. It's also meant to single people feel less lonely, too!
Some old-school gaming nostalgia, Google's drones ready for take off, the possible future of Android Wear. All the news you missed yesterday in one place on Bitstream.
Did you know there's a proper way to eat sushi that doesn't involve completely soaking the rice in soy sauce? You're only supposed to dip the fish, which can be tricky if you're not skilled with a set of chopsticks. So Hukuman, a Japanese soy sauce manufacturer, is now packaging the salty brown side in tiny spray…
Hayao Miyazaki, the co-founder of Studio Ghibli and writer/director of Spirited Away, said in a recent interview he plans to "to continue making anime until I die." So what is he working on?
Lazy Googling strikes again! A Thai textbook publisher had to recall 3,000 copies of a math textbook after it was discovered that one of the photos on the book's cover came from a porn movie. Won't somebody please think of the children?
The internet is filled with plenty of photo fakery. And we here at Factually are here to help you distinguish the true from the too-good-to-be. Today we have six more images you may have seen floating around recently. None of them is precisely what it claims to be.
A black cat sprouting long hairs from its head that look like horns has become an online celebrity in Japan—which is fitting in a country that has a long history of supernatural felines in its folklore.