MMN is Hiring! We’re Looking for Experienced Japanese to English Translators
MMN Careers: Japanese to English Translator
We are looking for Japanese to English Translators to join the team at MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON to translate web content for ASOBISYSTEM’s MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON Project which promotes Japanese pop culture to people around the world. You will join a team of international staff stationed in various locations around the world. The office is based in Harajuku, but the position is offered as part-time remote so you can join us wherever you are in the world.
If you love Japanese pop culture like we do, we’d love to have you on board!
Japanese to English translation of news articles on a diverse range of topics related to Japanese culture and pop culture, MMN original articles, and other possible ad hoc translations.
If you’re outside Japan, you’ll need to ensure prompt communication within your working hours due to the time zone differences. Your working hours will be catered to your time zone.
・Native English speaker with near fluency in Japanese (you will be communicating in Japanese with Japanese staff)
・Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English and Japanese
・You’re a wordsmith with strong writing skills who can turn source text into natural, interesting, and engaging reads that aren’t translated literally
・Meticulous eye for detail and able to fact-check to ensure no typos or mistakes are published
・You love Japan and want to promote Japanese culture to the rest of the world
・JLPT N2 certified
・1+ year of proven Japanese to English translation experience
・Experience with WordPress and Tweetdeck
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This is a part-time position. As this position is remote, we welcome people of all nationalities and age regardless of which country you are based in.
Please send us your CV and cover letter in English to the email address below. If you have previous Japanese to English translation experience, please send copies of 3 examples of your work.
Email Address: email@example.com
Upcoming Live-Action Adaptation of Anime Industry Film ‘Haken Anime!’ Unveils Animators
Mizuki Tsujimura’s popular novel about struggles in the anime industry Haken Anime! is getting a live-action film in May 2022. Directed by Kohai Yoshino, the star-studded cast will include Riho Yoshioka, Tomoya Nakamura, Tasuku Emoto, Machiko Ono in the leading roles.
The story focuses on Hitomi Saito, who has entered the anime industry and is making her directorial debut. She is competing for the title of Haken (supremacy) with the star direction she previously idolized, Chiharu Ouji. Together with a peculiar producer and a unique group of friends and colleagues, the novel shows the more difficult parts of creating a successful anime series, and how important it is to follow your dreams.
Set in the anime industry, the live-action film also includes some incredibly high-quality animation. Both ‘Soundback – Kanade no Ishi,’ directed in the film by fresh anime director Hitomi Saito, and ‘Unmei Sensen Liddell-Light,’ directed by the legendary anime creator Chiharu Ouji, have been released on YouTube to huge fanfare. After plenty of speculation, the creators of these anime snippets have been unveiled!
‘Soundback – Kanade no Ishi’
Directed in the film by fresh-faced anime director Hitomi Saito, Azuma Tani (Hill Climb Girl, Thermae Romae) was responsible for directing this short piece. Character designs were created by manga artist Eisaku Kumonouchi (Chocolat, Carole & Tuesday), and mecha designs were done by Takayuki Yanase (Mobile Suit Gundam 00, Mazinger Z/INFINITY).
Special YouTube Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZOH59X7ukrM
‘’Unmei Sensen Liddell-Light’
In the film, Chiharu Ouji is a legend in the anime world. His film was directed by Takashi Otsuka (Precure, One Piece Stampede). Character designs were created by Takahiro Kishida (Durarara!, Madoka Magica.) The story follows a magical girl, Mitsuri, who has the power to transform her bike which she then uses to compete in races against her rivals. The main characters get older by one pear each episode, which leads to a super interesting art style and premise.
Special YouTube Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OvTjnJjv698
Original author Mizuki Tsujimura has complemented the anime included in the film and has stated that it’s the part she’s looking the most forward to seeing. In fact, she personally wrote the plots for each of the series’ 12 episodes, even those not being included in the film! Who knows? Maybe it will become an actual anime series in the future.
Releasing in May 2022
Starring Riho Yoshioka, Tomoya Nakamura, Tasuku Emoto, Machiko Ono
Official Site: haken-anime.jp
BAND-MAID to Hold Acoustic Live-Stream Available Worldwide on Christmas Day
07.December.2021 | MUSIC
Hard rock band BAND-MAID will stream a special acoustic concert on Christmas day. The event will be available to watch globally, so don’t worry about missing out!
This will be the group’s first attempt at an acoustic performance with no audience and will be pre-recorded. Everything within the stream was created with Christmas in mind, and the audio commentary will have English subtitles. More information detailing tickets and the stream’s start time will be announced soon.
The official scorebook for BAND-MAID’s “Unseen World” will also be released on January 31, 2022. In addition to the band’s score for all 13 tracks on the album, the book will include member interviews, special photos, and an instrumental CD of the album. The interviews will be translated into English for international fans.
Stay tuned for more details on the event coming soon!
Aimyon Announces First Fan Club Tour and 14-city Arena Tour
07.December.2021 | MUSIC
Singer-songwriter Aimyon will hold her first fan club tour starting in January 2022, along with a 14-city arena tour beginning in April. The artist has seen an incredible amount of success since her major debut in 2016, winning Artist of the Year at the Billboard Japan Music Awards in 2019.
The fan club tour will start on January 20, 2022, at Tachikawa Stage Garden in Tokyo before moving on to seven more locations through February. Those who want to join the fan club can visit the official website below.
Aimyon’s arena tour will start on April 16 at the World Hall in Kobe and will span 28 shows in 14 cities around Japan. This will be the singer’s largest ever tour.
On the artist’s official website, a warning has been posted regarding the pandemic. Information and dates may change depending on the spread of COVID-19, so check the official tour page often.
AIMYON FANCLUB TOUR 2022 “PINKY PROMISE YOU”
January 20 – Tachikawa Stage Garden (Tokyo)
January 24, 25 – Festival Hall (Osaka)
January 27 – Sun Palace (Fukuoka)
January 31 – Sendai Sunplaza Hall (Sendai)
February 2 – Kanamoto Hall (Sapporo)
February 8 – Tokyo Garden Theater (Tokyo)
February 14 – Century Hall (Nagoya)
February 16 – Ueno Gakuen Hall (Hiroshima)
Aimyon Official Fanclub Site: https://sp.aimyong.net/aim/
AIMYON TOUR 2022
April 16, 17 – World Hall (Kobe)
April 23, 24 – Hiroshima Green Arena (Hiroshima)
April 29, 30 – Toki Messe (Niigata)
May 7, 8 – Makomanai Sekisui Heim Ice Arena (Sapporo)
May 14, 15 – Sekisui Heim Super Arena (Miyagi)
May 21, 22 – Saitama Super Arena (Saitama)
May 28, 29 – Ecopa Arena (Shizuoka)
June 4, 5 – Grandmesse Kumamoto (Kumamoto)
June 18, 19 – Okinawa Arena (Okinawa)
June 25, 26 – Ehime Prefecture Budokan (Ehime)
July 1, 2 – Yoyogi National Stadium (Tokyo)
July 5, 6 – Osaka-Jo Hall (Osaka)
July 9, 10 – Nagoya Civic General Gymnasium (Nagoya)
July 23, 24 – PIA Arena MM (Yokohama)
Aimyon Tour 2022 Site: https://www.aimyong.net/feature/livetour2022
The Five-piece Band “NovelUNITE” From the Online Video Game “Pokémon Unite” is Born.
Pokémon has released the music video for “Okey dokey!”, a tie-up song between the online battle arena video game Pokémon Unite and the mysterious new five-piece band NovelUNITE.
Pokémon Unite is a free-to-play game (optional in-game purchases apply) that is compatible with both Nintendo Switch and smartphones, offering players the opportunity to enjoy Pokémon team strategy battles together regardless of which device they are using.
The members of NovelUNITE, are all wearing costumes inspired by Pokémon from “Pokémon Unite, the guitarist SOJIRO as SLOWBRO, the bassist KEIGO as LUCARIO, the vocalist YUDAI as LIZARDON, the drummer NEGI as GARDEVOIR, the guitarist KAITO as Aloan Ninetales. Please check out their bright and pop song!
©2021 Pokémon. ©1995-2021 Nintendo/Creatures Inc./GAME FREAK inc.
Nintendo Switchのロゴ・Nintendo Switchは任天堂の商標です。
Egg specialty store TAMAGOYA to launch Strawberry Fair for a limited time in Shizuoka
Shizuoka-based egg specialty store TAMAGOYA is currently running a BERRY BERRY Strawberry Fair for a limited time.
TAMAGO Pudding Parfait
ICHIGP Pudding Parfait
Gigantic ICHIGO Shortcake Parfait
The cafe offers pancakes and parfaits made with strawberries from Shizuoka Prefecture. The menu includes the “TAMAGO Pudding Parfait” that looks like a fried egg with fluffy pancakes and pudding as a specialty of egg stores, and the seasonal “ICHIGO Pudding Parfait”. The “ICHIGO’s Giant Shortcake Parfait,” which weighs over 5 kg, is available by reservation only.
Enjoy the harmony of eggs and strawberries to your heart’s content.
Address: 1-322, Yasuhisa, Mishima-shi, Shizuoka, 〒411-0815
Opening Hours: 9:00～17:00/cafe branch 9:30～17:00（L.O15:30）
Official Site: http://izu-tamagoya.com/
Nijo Castle Light-Up Event Streaming Tickets Now Available
One of seventeen Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto is currently being illuminated in a sea of otherworldly lights. Nijo Castle in Kyoto is the location for the One to Ten: Evening Party, using projection mapping to bring out the beauty of this magnificent locale. For those who can’t visit in person, an event on December 7 is inviting people to watch the lights online, including the illumination of the Karamon Gate and the Ninomaru Garden. Tickets for the online event go on sale on December 3, 2021.
To capture the feeling of being on-site and to convey the incredible atmosphere, a camera will guide viewers along the normal route through the castle grounds with audio commentary. The popular ‘Special Performance,’ which only allows a limited number of people each day due to space constraints, will be available to view in its entirety during the stream.
The live event will air on December 7 at 10:00 PM JST, and will be archived until December 26 at midnight. Tickets to watch are available from December 3 until December 26.
One to Ten: Evening Party at Nijo Castle
Running: November 5 – December 12, 2021 *Closed December 8
Hours: 18:00-21:20 (Grounds close at 22:00)
*The event may be canceled due to inclement weather. Content may be changed at the discretion of the organizer.
Official Site: https://yakai.1-10.com/nijojo/
Yokohama Spaghetti & Cafe Offering Afternoon Tea with Cute Miniatures
If you’re looking to feel like a kid again, Yokohama Spaghetti & Cafe is offering a chance to have afternoon tea with some adorable miniatures in a dollhouse atmosphere. The popular set will be reimagined during December to feature a Christmas motif, and is the perfect backdrop for Twitter or Instagram pictures!
‘Afternoon Tea for ‘me’ and ‘my friends,’ drink included: ¥1,380 per person (Tax Included)
The set includes seven beautiful desserts crafted by a pastry chef and features seasonal fruit. Whether you enjoy tea and cakes by yourself or with friends, feel free to take pictures of the miniatures for a jolt of cuteness.
Yokohama Spaghetti & Cafe
‘Afternoon Tea for ‘me’ and ‘my friends’
Available: Daily after 15:00
No reservations needed
Address: Tokyu Square 1 B1F, 2-3-2 Minatomirai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama (Connected to Minatomirai Station)
Official Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hama.spa/
Manga Series Dandadan Gets Collaboration Merch at Tower Records to Celebrate Volume 3
To celebrate the release of volume 3 of the Dandadan manga series, participating Tower Records locations in Japan will be selling some collaborative merchandise starting on December 3. The items will also be available to purchase on Tower Records Online.
Acrylic Keychain (8 varieties): ¥715 (Tax Included)
*This product is limited to 16 per person.
Square Pins (6 varieties): ¥605 (Tax Included)
*This product is limited to 12 per person.
Sticker (Momo Ayase, Okarun, Aira Shiratori & Turbo-Granny, 3 Varieties): ¥880 each
Tiny Pin: ¥660 (Tax Included)
Sticky Note Set: ¥880 (Tax Included)
Towel: ¥2,200 (Tax Included)
Reversible Reuseable Bag: ¥2,200 (Tax Included)
T-shirt (Okarun, Turbo-Granny, 2 varieties): ¥3,850 each
©︎龍幸伸 / 集英社
Dandadan x TOWER RECORDS
Release Date: December 3, 2021 *Reversable bag will go on sale December 10
Participating Locations: Shibuya, Shinjuku, Sapporo PIVOT, Sendai PARCO, Ikebukuro, Akihabara, Machida, Kawasaki, Nagoya Kintetsu Pass’e, Umeda NU Chayamachi, Fukuoka PARCO
Tower Records Online: https://tower.jp
Tokyo Revengers Anime Special Event Visual Unveiled
06.December.2021 | ANIME&GAME
A special event for the wildly popular Tokyo Revengers anime series will be held on December 18, 2021. The first visual for the event has been released!
The new image shows Takemichi, Chifuyu, Peh-yan and the founding members of the Tokyo Manji Gang taking a well-deserved break. Takuya Eguchi, who plays the role of Shuji Hanma, will make an appearance during the evening show. Along with the members of the Tokyo Manji Gang, members of Valhalla will be present too, so it’s sure to be a wild time.
Exclusive merchandise will be sold at the venue, and pamphlets featuring cast photos and special interviews will be handed out. Good luck charms will be on sale, with many seen in episode 22 of the anime series.
Tickets went on sale December 1 and are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Tokyo Revengers Special Event at Tachikawa Stage Garden
Date: December 18, 2021
Day Show: Opens at 13:00, Show Starts at 14:00
Evening Show: Opens at 17:00, Show Starts at 18:00
Dean Fujioka to Hold Special Livestream to Celebrate New Album ‘Transmute’
06.December.2021 | MUSIC
To commemorate the release of his long-awaited third album, Dean Fujioka will hold a special Livestream on Niconico and YouTube on December 8, 2021.
The title of the new album ‘Transmute’ was chosen to convey the message of how important it is to ‘mutate’ in order to survive in today’s chaotic and unpredictable world. During the stream, Fujioka will talk about his thoughts on the album’s creation, his current nationwide tour, and more.
This will be the first live appearance of Dean Fujioka on Niconico in about 9 months, so be sure to tune in!
Dean Fujioka 3rd Album ‘Transmute’ Special Livestream
Date: December 8, 2021 at 19:00 JST
Niconico Livestream: https://live.nicovideo.jp/watch/lv334463401
YouTube Official Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/deanfujiokanetjp
Starring: Dean Fujioka / MC: Chan-Kawai
Release Date: December 8, 2021
Limited Edition A: Transmute (Trinity) / CD+DVD with LP Jacket: ¥6,600 (Tax Included)
Limited Edition B: Transmute (Lucaism) / CD+DVD Digipak with three sides: ¥6,600 (Tax Included)
Standard Edition: Transmute (Epigenesis) / CD+DVD: ¥5,500 (Tax Included)
Dean Fujioka Official Site: http://www.deanfujioka.net
Condom Battler Goro, Anime Teaching Proper Condom Application, Gets New Episode
06.December.2021 | ANIME&GAME
There are plenty of bizarre anime series out there, but at least this one has a helpful message. Lovers Labo has released the second part of ‘Condom Battler Goro,’ a short anime series aiming to spread helpful knowledge about condom use. The new episode is available via YouTube.
The first episode aimed to convey common skills and knowledge about wearing condoms, but the new episode is tackling one very specific issue: unplanned pregnancies. The easy-to-understand story explains that people shouldn’t be embarrassed to ask for or wear a condom and that the prejudice surrounding such a thing is completely false.
Sure, it’s strange, but it’s a message worth sharing.
Condom Battler Goro Revive (2-part Series)
Release Date: November 29, 2021
Official Site: https://lovers-labo.jp/special/project-goro-02/
Naoki Onogawa Museum of Art in Kagawa Prefecture Holds Folklore Exhibition
The Yokai Art Museum, which often works with local artists and community organizers in the ‘maze town’ of Shodoshima in Kagawa Prefecture, is currently holding the ‘Folklore Exhibition’ at the Naoki Onogawa Museum of Art. Six new works inspired by the Setouchi region are on display until December 26, 2021.
Naoki Onogawa creates incredible sculptures made from tiny origami cranes that are folded one by one using only 1cm paper–and they’re made without tweezers! After experiencing the Tohoku Earthquake in 2011 when he was a student, he visited Rikuzentakata City in Iwate Prefecture a year after the disaster. Shocked and deeply impacted by what he saw, he began making origami cranes. The way he utilizes cranes is not as the traditional symbol of peace, but as solemn prayers to encase his feelings that have no other outlet. His works have a delicate and mysterious beauty that pulls in visitors and makes them think about the meaning of life itself.
His new works, six of which were inspired by the Setouchi area, were on display at the Setouchi Municipal Museum of Art from March 9 to May 5, 2021.
My History with Paper Cranes | A Message from Naoki Onogawa
“Origami was my passion when I was a child. The origami crane is one of the most famous forms of traditional origami, and as I spent time making them, I started to feel that I could channel my emotions into them. It started to become a habit, then an obsession. I couldn’t stop. There was no endpoint or goal in mind, I just made them as often as I could.
In 2011, the Tohoku Earthquake happened. In April of the following year, I visited Rikuzentakata City to listen to the community’s stories and to see the devastation firsthand. It was terrifying to see how helpless human beings are in the face of nature, but even still, I was struck by how strong human beings could be to persevere. No matter our age, race, gender, or status, we all face the major threats of nature, while also living in harmony with it. At that time, I was very aware that it was important to live in the moment. Beside a school building that had been totally destroyed by the tsunami, I saw a thousand paper cranes.
It was akin to a solitary ritual. The paper cranes were used to express those feelings that had nowhere else to go and to pray for those who had been lost. I can’t really put it into words, but the cranes I make now might have come from those solemn prayers. This is the place for my cranes now. When I look at them now, I think that origami cranes are incredibly precious, and hide something mysterious within them. They are the ultimate beauty in my mind.
Each of us has our own personal journey with these paper cranes. It’s up to each person to decide how he or she feels and how his or her thoughts are layered. I just hope that while looking at these works people will find their hearts moved.”
Naoki Onogawa Folklore Exhibition
Address: Naoki Onogawa Museum of Art (289-33 Aza-Higashi-Motohama Kou, Tonosho, Shode-gun, Kagawa)
Running: November 26 – December 26, 2021
Hours: 10:00-18:00 (Last Entry at 17:00) *Closed Wednesdays
Adults: ¥1,500 / Middle School Students: ¥750 / Elementary School Children and Younger: Free
Official Site: http://shl-olive.co.jp/