Tonight’s low-scoring World Baseball Classic semifinal between Japan and Team USA had none of the playful braggadocio seen in other World Baseball Classic games this year, but the Americans eked out a 2-1 win to advance to the WBC final for the first time.
This weekend held many different events in some of the biggest esports, from League of Legends and Street Fighter to Call of Duty. In a small arcade tucked away in Akihabara, Japan, however, players were duking it out in some of the best bouts I’ve seen all weekend, in a language I don’t understand and a game I hadn’t…
Oh, to have been a fly on the wall for the negotiations of Manny Ramirez’s new contract with the Japanese independent league Kochi Island Fighting Dogs, which reportedly grants optional practices, a chauffeured Mercedes, a private hotel suite for road games, a jersey that says “Manny” on the back, and, most…
I don’t know the particulars here, but what I do know is that the above video depicts one big sumo guy slamming into another sumo guy, the injured sumo guy convulsing on the ground and then stumbling in a very pronounced way during his failed attempts to get back on his feet, and that it’s hard to watch.
This week, a tag appeared on Twitter for wrestling photos that look so unreal you’d think they had to be Photoshopped.
With his first season with the Dodgers under his belt, pitcher Kenta Maeda returned to his native Japan this winter to do charity work in Hiroshima and visit Disneyland Tokyo. Maeda also disguised himself as an old man and clumsily fielded ground balls before he ruthlessly struck out a child on a game show that aired…
Leave it to Japan to make a friendly game of rock-paper-scissors into an event, complete with cosplay, cheering, and crying.
As reported earlier, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe appeared at the 2016 Rio Olympics’ closing ceremony as Mario. But that wasn’t the only Japanese pop culture cameo.
Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe became Super Mario tonight in the traditional portion of the closing ceremony that previews the next Olympiad. Mario was joined by Pac-Man and famous anime figures, as well:
“Oh my God, the gold medal, I can’t believe we did it! Coach, come here! I’m gonna give you the biggest hug ever, I’m just so, so—[Chris Berman voice] WHHAAAAP! Haha, no seriously this time, get up and give me a—WHHAAAAP!”
Brazilian Thiago Da Silva left the pole vault finals with a gold medal and an Olympic record. Japanese pole vaulter Hiroki Ogita left with a 21st-place finish and a dick foible seen ‘round the world.
Cyberpunk manga Akira debuted in 1982—over thirty years ago. The manga, and subsequent anime, are set in 2019, against the backdrop of the forthcoming 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
The 2016 Rio Olympics are underway, and athletes from around the globe are competing for gold. Many of those Olympians are inked, as are those spectators who have flocked to the games. All are giving hope to those who want Japan, host of the next Summer Games, to become more open-minded about tattooing.
Kohei Uchimura is a six-time world champion gymnast, a four-time gold medalist at the Olympics, and, apparently, an aspiring Pokémon trainer. Playing Pokémon Go in different locales can be a great way to accrue a collection of new monsters, but it can also cost you severely. Uchimura reportedly played a bunch after he…
All sorts of people throw out first pitches before baseball games. Old guys, dinosaurs, washed rappers—you name it, they’ve done it. But this week, Nippon Professional Baseball—ever the innovators—went and put every quirky MLB first pitch into the toilet with this bizarre, unsettling play-within-a-play first pitch…
A Japanese game show recently tested out the “Why don’t you just play with a huge goalkeeper who can block the whole goal?” theory on Lionel Messi. He showed that, even if you get a nightmarish, house-sized Miitomo-looking demon to guard the goal, he’ll still score on you.
All own goals are painful for those who score them. This one, though, scored when Syria’s keeper punched a cross straight into teammate Hamdi Al Masri’s face for the ball to ricochet back into their own net, had to hurt even worse than normal, physically as well as psychically:
Pittsburgh and #9-ranked Gonzaga began their seasons yesterday at Foster Field House in the Marine Corps base on Okinawa, Japan, or at least they tried to. A slippery floor surface caused all manner of slips and falls, including the particularly gnarly one below, and the game was called off at halftime.
Master swordsman Isao Machii is back! This time he’s here to cut a fastball in two.