Japan is a small island nation off the coast of Korea and Russia in the Pacific Ocean. it is commonly known as "The Land of the Rising Sun".

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80s animation, strange creature eating a human, green bird-face creature

I remember an animation on VHS, it should be one of the 80s animations or maybe early 90s. A strange creature eating humans' body parts and then change to a woman, some other guy told her that she ...
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Spider demon in Japanese folklore that feeds on human beings

Details: I am positive it does appear in Japanese folklore, it is some type of spider demon that feeds on human beings, and it could either be a centaur type creature with a woman's torso or straight ...
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Trilogy of books about dragon souls inhabiting humans normally warriors

It has been a long time since I read the first book but will remember what I can. There were dragons, but they could not survive alone; they needed human hosts, and were beneficial to the human. There ...
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Why does Neal Stephenson use the term Nipponese instead of Japanese?

Is there any particular reason why Neal Stephenson consistently refers to Japan as Nippon, and the Japanese as the Nipponese? I first noticed this in the novel Cryptonomicon, again in Reamde, and ...
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Identify Japanese Book - “When all the cats in the world had died”

I am trying to find a Japanese book titled something like "When all the cats in the world had died"(translation may be inaccurate). I tried googling that English title, no luck. The story is about a ...
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Was the Spectreman End Credits Background ever Released as a Poster or Full Image?

In the classic Spectreman, Japanese action series, the ending credits roll while a huge poster of an epic fight between spectreman and a dragon(?) roll, showing Dr. Gori, Karas, amidst a wrecked city. ...
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Looking for a Japanese UFO Movie with a mission to Venus

This has been a old live-action movie from Asia, most likely Japan. I've seen it some time in the late 80's and I think it's been black/white only. Earth is invaded by UFOs (small and round, like ...
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Old Japanese Sci-Fi Live Action, Swords took bullets?

I remember watching an old Japanese live action on the sci-fi channel, and the most memorable thing was that the swords took these bullets or energy pellets. I think there was a war or an invasion of ...
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Why does Godzilla sometimes seem to be a rampaging monster, and other times a heroic guardian?

I've recently started watching the Godzilla movies from the Millennium era. I've always thought the big monster/dinosaur was a super ultra baddie, but from what I've seen, he isn't always that bad. ...
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Why do manga characters love to eat a lot of food?

A common theme in Japanse cartoons (manga and anime) is having a protagonist that has a big appetite and the ability to eat a lot. We see examples of this in Dragonball and One Piece. Historically, ...
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Is There a Cultural Significance to Japanese Monster Movies?

After asking a recent story identification question of mine about a film that turned out to be Gamera vs. Gyaos, the answer led me to the term "daikaiju", which, in the Wikipedia, redirected to ...
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A fish with a [human] face will bring a tsunami. Is this an actual Japanese wives tale?

In the movie Ponyo when Sōsuke brings the fish he rescued to the nursing home his mom works at and shows it to the old ladies in wheelchairs, the grumpy old lady screams that a fish with a [human] ...