Producer Yoshida wants to make a game adults who grew up with Final Fantasy can get excited about.

Final Fantasy doesn’t try to limit itself to the confines of reality. “Fantasy” is right there in the title, after all, and with the cast primarily consisting of adventurers in their teens or early 20s, the games tend to be especially youthful feeling fantasies.

But for the upcoming Final Fantasy XVI, producer Naoki Yoshida doesn’t want a story steeped in naive optimism, or even naive pessimism, for that matter. In a recent appearance on Tokyo FM radio talk show One Morning Yoshida was asked about what kind of narrative gamers can expect in the newest numbered installment of Square Enix’s flagship RPG franchise, and responded with:

“I can’t say very much about it right now. However, since the first Final Fantasy, I’ve been playing the games in the series as they’re released, and I’m now approaching my 50s…Like the Warriors of Light leveling up, I’ve grown as a person, and along the way you get to know…I guess you could call it the pain of world? I’m aiming to make XVI a Final Fantasy that people who know both the good things and the painful things in the real world can get really excited about again.

I think there’s a kind of anguish you can only understand once you become an adult. I want to make this game a fantasy that fans who grew up with Final Fantasy , now that they know more about the real world, will be able to get something out of and mentally engage with, to make a fantasy that they can enjoy once again.”

▼ Trailer for Final Fantasy XVI

Yoshida says this philosophy can already be seen in some of his work in Final Fantasy XIV, the franchise’s current online multiplayer …continue reading


Shinjuku Keio Plaza starts its “live at the hotel” promotion.

Like with most big cities, rent in Tokyo gets higher the closer you get to the city center. As a result, most people tend to live in apartments pretty far outside of downtown, from which they commute in to their offices or schools. But right now there’s a respected luxury hotel in central Tokyo’s Shinjuku district that’s offering month-long stays that, once you add up the various perks, might actually be cheaper than renting an apartment in that part of town.

The Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo (shown in these photos), which is within walking distance of Tokyo’s most convenient rail hub at Shinjuku Station, is kicking off its “Kurasu@The Hotel” program. Kurasu means “live” in Japanese, and that’s just what the promotion is: an offer for long-term guests to essentially live at the hotel, with a substantially discounted rate.

Under the program, guests staying in a Standard Room for 30 nights will pay 210,000 yen (US$2,030). While that’s far more than a studio apartment out in the suburbs would cost you, the 23.5-square meter (253-square foot) Standard Room can accommodate two people, which would make the per-person “rent” 105,000 yen for the month. As a hotel guest, you obviously don’t need to pay for utilities such as water and electricity, and Wi-Fi is included too, as is twice-a-week housekeeping service.

Oddly enough, shampoo is not provided beyond the initial bottle you get when you check in, so you’ll have to procure your own refills. On the other hand, that tiny expenditure pales in comparison to the money you’ll save thanks to the free breakfast every day in the hotel restaurant which is part of the Kurasu@The Hotel package. …continue reading


A unique hanami event right next to Japan’s most famous mountain.

Japan’s springtime sakura festivals usually centre around the nation’s cherry blossom trees, where people turn their heads up to gaze at the flowers. If you’re at the Fuji Shiba-sakura Festival, though, you’ll want to keep your eyes firmly on the ground, as that’s where you’ll see carpets of blossoming “shibazakura” or “lawn sakura”.

Shibazakura, or moss phlox, as it’s known overseas, is a ground cover that comes in a variety of shades, and at this festival there are eight varieties on display, in hues of white through to pale purple, vibrant pinks, and even candy stripes.

The site is also home to a number of other flowers, like anemones, Japanese primroses, grape hyacinths, Forsythia, and Japanese cypripedium.

The blossoming carpets of flowers aren’t the only drawcard at the festival, as its location in Yamanashi Prefecture is incredibly close to Mt Fuji, which makes for a stunning backdrop to the blooms. This allows visitors to capture the essence of spring and winter in one photo, with the bright flowers popping in the foreground as the iconic mountain attempts to steal the show with its snow-capped peak.

Despite the pandemic, the festival is still going ahead this year, and this time there’ll be lots of hearts scattered around the venue to help boost everyone’s spirits.

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Japanese Video Game Support

  • Company: 5CA
  • Salary: Amount not specified
  • Location: Nationwide (Japan)
  • English: Fluent
  • Japanese: Fluent
  • Application: Overseas applications OK

Do you own a PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch or a modern gaming PC/laptop?

This job, on top of interacting with gamers who enjoy the same games as you do, is about understanding the whole gaming support system.

Full-time or part-time (at least one day per week) positions available.

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Altia Central (株式会社 アルティアセントラル)

Public School ALT

  • Company: Altia Central (株式会社 アルティアセントラル)
  • Salary: ¥240,000 ~ ¥255,000 / Month, Depending on qualifications and experience.
  • Location: Gifu, Japan
  • English: Native level
  • Japanese: Conversational
  • Application: Must currently reside in Japan

Altia is back once again with ALT positions to fill in Gifu City located in Gifu Prefecture.

Prior ESL, eikaiwa, ALT, or any experience teaching young learners is preferred.

Visa sponsorship support provided. Basic or conversational Japanese is preferred but not mandatory.

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Chino Tabi

Lodging Manager

  • Company: Chino Tabi
  • Salary: ¥190,851 / Month ・Bonus (twice a year/ depend on company profit) ・Rent-free living quarters (3DK) in a designated city-run apartment building are provided ・Commuting expenses are partly covered
  • Location: Nagano, Japan
  • English: Business level
  • Japanese: Business level
  • Application: Must currently reside in Japan

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It should be known that after World War II, Japan’s emperor relinquished governmental capacities, making him a head of state with no political powers. Yet throughout Japan’s history, the emperor remained a respected ruler of the country, a symbol of the state and unity. According to myth, the country’s first emperor was Jimmu, a descendant of the Sun Goddess Amaterasu, who ascended the throne in 660 BC. It is believed that emperors, perceived as celestial beings (hence the title “Tenno” which means heavenly sovereign), has reigned over Japan for more than 1,500 years, all linked to the same Imperial Family, regarded as the oldest continuous hereditary monarchy in the world. Thus, the birthday of the emperor has always been a day for celebration.

Before World War II, the holiday was called Tenchosetsyu (天長節) or “Tencho Festival.” The name is derived from the Chinese idiom “天長地久” taken from Lao Tzu’s Tao Te Ching, which means “The sky and the earth, the universe is eternal.” In other words, Tenchosetsyu expresses hope for eternal life for the reigning emperor. The name was changed to a more casual and literal term, Tenno tanjobi (天皇誕生), after the war by the new government. During the Showa era (1926-1989) under the reign of Emperor Hirohito, the Emperor’s Birthday was celebrated on April 29 and remained a public holiday called “Greenery Day” in 1989 and “Showa Day” in 2007. In 1948, the Emperor’s Birthday was established as a national holiday by law.

The Emperor’s Birthday is a public holiday

As directed by law, the National Diet must convene to change the holiday date before the reigning emperor’s birthday. After Emperor Hirohito, the holiday was celebrated on December 23, Emperor Emeritus Akihito’s birthday. His son and reigning emperor, Naruhito, was born on February 23; hence the holiday was adjusted …continue reading



Japan Today: [A] teen attending Kaifukan Prefectural High School in the town of Habikino, Osaka Prefecture […] was repeatedly told that she had to dye her brown hair black. The girl insisted that brown was her natural hair color, but the school says that three different teachers examined the roots of the girl’s hair and found them to be black, which they took as proof that she had been coloring her hair.

Eventually the girl, who is now 21 years old, claims she was told “If you’re not going to dye your hair black [i.e. back to black, in the school’s opinion], then there’s no need for you to come to school.” Feeling pressured and distressed, the girl did indeed stop attending classes, and the school then removed her name from her class seating chart and student roster. But instead of seeing the school’s administrators on campus, the woman decided to see them in court, and in 2017 filed a lawsuit over the incident, asking for 2.2 million yen in compensation.

On Tuesday an Osaka district court handed down its ruling, finding neither side to be completely in the right. Presiding judge Noriko Yokota recognized the validity of the school to set and enforce rules relating to coloring hair, saying “Such rules have been established as having a reasonable and legitimate educational purpose, and so maintaining student discipline is within the discretion of the school.”

COMMENT: So in terms of legal precedent, the Osaka District Court has established that rules that enable teachers to scrutinize student hair follicles, and bully kids who don’t have what they consider to be “normal” coloration, are just an acceptable part of Japanese education. It has done nothing less than approve of institutionalized bullying and enforced conformity with a racialized bent. The natural attributes …continue reading


A newly polished floor shines pika pika. But after all that hard work your stomach might be peko peko. These are just a few examples of Japanese onomatopoeia: an element of the language that makes it so richly nuanced. The Japanese language is said to have over four thousand, making it the most onomatopoeia-heavy language […]

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Sunshine City set to shine even brighter with opening of Bandai Namco’s Gashapon Department Store.

A big part of the fun of Japan’s capsule toys is the sheer variety on offer. Each individual machine contains multiple variations on a single theme, and there’s an incredibly wide range of toys across the industry as a whole.

And soon fans will have a place to revel in that bounteous diversity like never before, with the opening of the world’s largest capsule toy specialty store in Tokyo.

Bandai Namco Amusement is getting ready to open the newest branch of its Gashapon Department Store chain in the downtown Ikebukuro neighborhood. While this isn’t the first Gashapon Department Store branch, it’s by far the biggest, with a whopping 1,256 square meters (13,519 square feet) of floor space.

The more important number, though, is the number of Gashapon capsule toys that will be ready and waiting: 3,000!

▼ The Ikebukuro Gashapon Department Store will be even bigger than the smaller branch shown in these two photos.

There’ll even be a bit of capsule toy history, as the venue will also have a display of nostalgic Gashapon machines from yesteryear.

Because of the huge number of machines, Bandai Namco boasts that the new Gashapon Department Store will be able to cater to a variety of tastes, from hardcore anime fans (Ikebukuro is one of Tokyo’s major otaku meccas) craving the latest character merch to casual capsule toy fans and international travelers looking for a quirky souvenir. For example, among the …continue reading


Kiragawa is a small port on the west side of the Muroto Peninsula in Kochi on Shikoku. If you are following the Shikoku pilgrimage in the standard clockwise direction you reach Kiragawa after visiting Kongochoji Temple. Kiragawa is one of the featured sites of the UNESCO Geopark of Cape Muroto, but before that it was registered as a historic preservation district.One of the notable features of

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Chain managed by Space Invaders publisher pulls plug on game center.

The downtown Tokyo cityscape is constantly changing. As one of the most densely populated places on the planet there’s always a new businesses coming in or new building going up, and the lack of space means that first and old one has to go out.

Recently, a lot of the businesses saying goodbye are video game arcades, and Japan’s capital is about to lose yet another with the announced closing of Taito Station’s Nishi Shinjuku branch.

Part of the arcade chain managed by Space Invaders publisher Taito, Taito Station Nishi Shinjuku is a short walk from the west exit of Shinjuku Station, Tokyo’s busiest rail hub. Like most urban arcades in Japan it’s a multi-floor digital entertainment palace, with UFO catchers/crane games on the first two floors, driving and music games on the third, standard cabinet games on the fourth, and sticker picture booths in the basement. While it’s not the biggest arcade in Tokyo, it’s got a very convenient location, close to electronics superstore Yodobashi Camera and several restaurants, and not too far from the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building and its amazing observatories, making it an easy stop for a quick game or two during shopping, dining, or sightseeing excursions.

Alas, it’s all coming to an end on March 21. “Thank you for your continued patronage,” says Taito Station Nishi Shinjuku in its announcement tweet. “On March 21, Taito Station Nishi Shinjuku will be permanently closing. We would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to everyone who has visited us over our time in operation.”


— タイトーステーション 新宿西口店 (@Taito_shinjuk_w) February 21, 2021

No specific reason has been giving for the closing. The obvious explanation, though, would be the extended gradual decline in arcade …continue reading