A giant Deadpool statue has debuted in Osaka on a flatbed truck. It was unveiled by former sumo wrestling champ Akebono. Apparently, it will travel on to Nagoya and then Tokyo leading up to the film’s June 1 release in Japan.

It makes perfect sense in a completely nonsensical way.

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There exists, in Japan, a piece of art called Choju Jinbutsu Giga or “Scrolls of Frolicking Animals” that supposedly dates back to the 12th century or so. It’s thought to be the oldest piece of manga in Japan, possibly even the very first example of the artform (though there’s some contention regarding that point).

Enter Studio Ghibli, who have turned this ancient artistic artifact into a typically stunning bit of animation as part of a promotion for energy company Marubeni Shin Denryoku. Clocking in at just over half a minute long, the piece is a faithful rendition of the content of Choju Jinbutsu Giga set to some gentle, pleasant piano music. D’aww.

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Like anime? Looking for somewhere to live in Tokyo? Then look no further than the Ani x Share housing network. Bucking the trend of anime-viewing being a largely solo affair in Japan, the Kisuishou Rokucho and Hermitage Chitose Funabash boarding houses make being an anime fan a requirement for living there.

They also have shared bathrooms, kitchens and living spaces, though they have private bedrooms which, aside from the furniture, are largely undecorated—so you can decorate the place with your Full Metal Alchemist posters and signed Ouran Highschool Host Club memorabilia. The property encourages tenants to cook together and, of course, watch anime together. Apparently there’s quite a large library of anime on-site.

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This anime-style chibi Harry Potter stuff from Japan is so cute you guys.

The first releases will be these 12 plastic files (I’m guessing they’re like laminated cards?) featuring Harry, Ron, Hermione, Snape, and even Hedwig. Later this spring, the line will expand to include other small trinkets like pins and acrylic keychains.

Basically, a lot of cute for not a lot of money. It’s all officially licensed and adorable.

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The original 1996 Pokémon card game starter pack is making a comeback for its 20th Anniversary in Japan.

Yay nostalgia! Boo geography.

The starter pack will include a 60 card deck, a coin, and an instruction manual. They’ll also be releasing a play mat for those of you who want to get the full experience.

Both will be released in Japan on February 27, 2016.

Product Page: Pokémon starter pack 1300 yen (approx. $10 USD) Play Mat 5,000 yen (approx. $40)

(via Destructoid)

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If you’re a diehard Gundam fan, then you would probably love to book a few nights at the Tokyo-based Grand Pacific Le Daiba hotel, located in the city’s Odaiba neighborhood. The hotel features a specialized Gundam-themed suite, and as you’ll see in the video tour below, it’s really something else.

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As part of a promotional campaign for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the Japanese Nankai Rapi:t train service hopped aboard the hype train (quite literally).

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The train runs between Namba Station in Osaka City and the Kansai International Airport. As you can see below, every single part of the train, from the exterior to the cabins, boasts an eye-catching Force Awakens-themed makeover.

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Tokyo has a new bookstore-library-hostel-bunk-hang-out-mecca for sleepy book lovers.

The Book and Bed Tokyo, set to open on the seventh floor of a high-rise in Tokyo’s Ikebukuro neighborhood, will house a library of 1,700 books (expansion to 3000 is planned) with comfy couches and built-in beds among the shelves. The hostel will have 12 single-person”Book Shelf” sleeping compartments which measure 6.7-feet long and 2.79-feet wide for the Compact bed or 6.7 feet long and 4.2-feet wide for the Standard bed space. There are also 18 bunk-bed style spots.

The rooms will be offered ranging from $32 to $50 for a night, and the library will contain Japanese and English language books. There’s also free Wi-Fi and it’s conveniently located to Ikebukuro Station. Seems like a cozy place to stay (if you aren’t claustrophobic).

Check out more pics of this book-lovers hostel after the break.

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Everyone knows that minivans aren’t the coolest vehicles on the road. However, you would be the baddest parent at soccer practice if you were driving around in Char’s MS-06S Zaku.

This Gundam-themed Nissan Elgrand looks like something Char Aznable might drive if he ever decided to settle down. It popped up this month in Osaka, Japan at an auto show, and I’m going to guess and say that the bazooka mounted on the back and the machine gun on the roof are super useful during a hectic carpool.

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Adding to my already long list of reasons I need to move to Japan, Osaka will soon be home to the first real-life Pokémon gym.

The Pokémon Expo Gym is slated to open on November 19th, and is described by Inside Games as a “hands-on edutainment [facility] that offers Pokémon training tips and related activities, as well as the chance to [enjoy] a conversation with Pokémon.”

The gym’s programs even have themed-names like “Charizard’s Battle Colosseum” and “Gardevoir’s Control Score.” And the “Pokémon Expo Gym Gear” app will allow Trainers to track their progress and rankings.

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