Japanese Anime, Death Note is Coming to Netflix?! But No Asian Actors

“Death Note” makes its worldwide Netflix premiere on August 25, but not everyone is excited about the casting of the main character of the new movie. Death Note, one of the most popular Japanese manga and anime series is being featured in an American live-action remake without any Asian leads. The major controversy behind many fans is the casting of the main character Yagami Light, who will be acted by Nat Wolff. Additionally, the character’s name has been changed to Light Turner, which sturs up fresh whitewashing controversy, especially after casting Scarlett Johansson as the lead for Ghost in the Shell.

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V2 Tokyo Nightclub, your next destination in Roppongi

In one of our previous articles, we’ve listed the top 3 nightclub destinations in Roppongi. But now we’re go in a little more detail into what makes each club so special. The first is V2 Tokyo or V Square or any other variation. The V2 nightclub is located in the Roa Building in Roppongi and is rated one of the top clubs in Tokyo for both locals and foreigners.

V2 nightclub
V2 nightclub
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Another Sakura themed drink in Japan? Why can’t we have this in the US?!

Can’t Get Enough of Sakura Flavored Goodness? Try Sakura Red Bull!

The only place in the world with multiple trial flavors of Red Bull, including a seasonal one that represent the springtime. The Japanese spring season is known for its beauty but most importantly Japan’s sakura trees. Different companies are coming together to capitalize on this viewership. In previous articles we’ve pointed out the efforts by Starbucks and Coke. But this time it’s your favorite sports drink. Red Bull. Check it out for yourself, the Sakura Red Bull.

Japanese Vodka and Red Bull
Japanese Vodka and Red Bull
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Limited Time only in Tokyo, an aquarium completely revamped for the Spring

It’s finally March, which means springtime is here. And luckily that mean it’s time for you to book your plane ticket to visit Japan and experience the seasonal festivities. In our other posts, we’ve listed the best places to visit to see the Sakura trees in Tokyo, and limited-time Sakura inspired drinks. But there are Sakura themed events scattered throughout Tokyo.

Sakura Aquarium? That’s something that can be only experienced in Japan. Here is more information about the event.

Sakura Aquarium
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5 Traveling Essentials You Need Before Staying in a Japanese Hostel

Packing for Japanese hostel essentials is a bit different from packing other for other countries because the hostels usually have all of the essentials that you need. If you’re looking for a general backpacking essentials guide then you can find our last post listing the top 5 traveling essentials.

Below are the items needed to stay in a Japanese hostel:

Universal Travel Adapter: The Japanese electrical outlets are 2-pronged 100 Volt, 50-60 Hz, so if you have a device with a 3-pronged (for example computer adapters), you may need an adapter. Additionally as listed above the voltage is 100 Volts, while North American voltage is 120v.

You can find universal adapters on Amazon for cheap. NOTE: This charger does NOT CONVERT electrical output current and voltage. The adapter plug converts the power outlet only.

Universal Adapter Amazon
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Home away for two weeks? here’s the top 5 travel essentials to pack before you leave

Packing for a vacation in a foreign country can sound intimidating. Making sure that you have everything that you need for your weeks abroad is absolutely challenging. You’ll always question yourself whether if you have everything you need and start the cycle of packing and unpacking. Then you realize you forgot your contact lens or reading glasses. This will happen more than once. We have a packing list full of travel essentials so you don’t run into that situation.


Another thing to remember is that whatever you forget, you can always buy at your destination. So you don’t need to pack everything and many people don’t. The majority of travelers including myself only carry the bare minimum so we have room to bring back souvenirs for our family and friends. That’s the best way to share your experience with your friends and family and build an everlasting bond with them.

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Party with Japanese Locals, Here are the Top 3 Nightclubs in Shibuya, Tokyo

Tokyo is notorious for the Tokyo nightlife and clubs.Luckily, the Tokyo nightlife scene is energetic and filled sufficiently different for each need. The Tokyo dance club in Shibuya is Japanese friendly rather than foreigner friendly. If you’re looking for a foreigner friendly nightlife, visit Roppongi for the different experience there. 

It’s a city that never rest because of an irregular city situation; The tram closes at midnight on the ends of the week and restarts at 5a.m. This means a variety of individuals who goes out celebrating need to go home before the clock strikes midnight or remain out until the beginning of the day. All of the clubs we’re about to introduce are located within a single block so it’s easy to choose one from the other.

 

Tokyo Nightlife Experience
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We found the most popular Japanese burger chain! A clear winner in taste and presentation

Japanese people love convenience and American fast food so when you combine the two elements together you have the second largest burger chain in Japan, after McDonald’s. Mo’s Burger originated in Japan and is headquartered in  Thinpark Tower of Tokyo. The largest Japanese burger chain has been around since 1972 and has popped up throughout the nation as if it was In-n-Out on the west coast.

The very first store was opened in Narimasu, Tokyo. Now the Japanese burger chain has cropped up throughout all of the Asia Pacific region. You can find this chain in Malaysia, South Korea, China, Singapore, and many more countries.

MOs Burger Classic
MOs Burger Classic
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Visiting Tokyo in the April? These are the top 3 Spring Festival to attend

Spring time is almost upon us and Japan is well-known for its Spring festivals and activities. As you’d expect, many Japanese Spring festivals revolve around the full bloom of the cherry blossoms or sakura. So in case you’re visiting Tokyo to see the cherry blossom festival, then Japanbackpack has you covered in the best festivals to visit. We’ve filtered and sorted out the festivals so you’ll be able to join the festivities during each month of Spring.

Hakata Donkatu Japan Spring Festival
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3 Companies in Japan Capitalizing on the Cherry Blossom Season

The cherry blossom season is Japan’s most popular time of the year. The cherry blossom season signifies the end of the long winter and start transition to the summer time. During this time, Japan’s culture brings many new tourists each year, helping the local economy and neighborhoods.

As a way for companies to capitalize on this festive time, many Japanese corporations are marketing their springtime products, not surprisingly including many cherry-blossom inspired products. Below is a list of cherry blossomed themed items that you will only see in Japan. Make sure to tour the country during the springtime to enjoy the natural beauty of the land.

Cherry Blossom in Kyoto
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