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These blogs cover a variety of aspects of Japanese studies and news. Both Japanese- and English-language blogs are included, academic and popular, by a variety of writers. Also filed here are some online magazines. Some major services for Japanese blogs are:
Both Hatena and Livedoor have mobile apps:
Rankings and Search
These are rankings of popular blogs and current blog topics, and blog search sites. All in Japanese.
These blogs are on a variety of topics related to Japanese culture, ranging from ghost stories to subcultures. Blogs about BOTH anime and manga together are housed here.
This blog focuses on yokai but includes many aspects of popular culture as well as historical episodes.
Anime and Manga Studies
Focuses on academic research about anime and manga, and includes yearly bibliographies of current research.
Focuses on Japanese ghost/weird tales, including translations, news, cultural notes, and reviews.
Blog focused on lesbian-themed anime, manga, and other media.
Otaku Lounge is a blog that focuses on anime and other forms of Japanese pop culture. Its posts aim to be easily understood by both anime veterans and new viewers to the medium alike, and to encourage open discussion by its audience.
The Lobster Dance: Japan, Gender, Media, Culture
On a variety of aspects of Japanese culture, with a focus on gender studies and media.
Tokyo Scum Brigade
On anime, manga, contemporary culture, otaku, and other subculture topics.
Japan in General
These blogs cover multiple topics or focus on general-interest topics related to Japan, its history and culture, and daily life, as well as learning Japanese.
What Can I Do With a BA in Japanese?
A blog with very detailed resources for furthering Japanese studies and professional careers for after studying the language in college. See "Study Resources" in particular.
Ko-e Magazine Online
ko-e magazine is a bilingual literary and visual arts journal. It comes out every two months in Kyushu and Kanto and aims to serve internationally-minded readers, both Japanese and expats alike, with sophisticated, stimulating and illuminating content. Bilingual content such as interviews and essays are available online.
How to Japanese
A blog on Japan in general, Japanese language, and Haruki Murakami.
Posts on a variety of topics relating to contemporary Japanese culture and news, as well as learning Japanese language.
Blogs on the fine and performing arts of Japan and Asia, art history, and current events in the art world.
Nubui Kuduchi/A Song of Travel: Musings on the Arts of Japan and Beyond
This blog, written by Toranosuke (PhD student in Japanese studies), contains detailed information and news on Japanese and other arts.
Blog of a woodblock artist living in the United States, covering many aspects of Japanese arts and culture, with a focus on ghosts and monsters.
Spoon & Tamago: Japanese Art, Design, and Culture
Focuses on contemporary Japanese art and design, as well as pop culture.
Stories of the Mirror: Glimpses of Japanese Performing Arts
News and information about the performing arts world in Japan, including academic conferences and other resources.
East Asia Image Collection Blog
In addition to providing research notes, this blog will accumulate a scholarly bibliography of works that analyze, catalog, or reprint picture postcards as sources of history and social analysis, as well as related material from the history of photography and art. It publicizes relevant digital repositories of postcards, photographs, and other visual materials related to Japanese Imperial History.
On literature, contemporary and historical, as well as manga.
Japanese Word Watch
"A language instructor's observation" by X. Jie YANG, Professor at University of Calgary. Generally covers interesting words and word usage.
Sanseido Word-Wise Web
Blog on the Japanese language from Sanseido, the dictionary publisher. Updated frequently.
Language Log - Victor Mair
Victor Mair, professor at Penn, often writes about Japanese language in the Penn blog Language Log.
Blogs focusing on topics in Japanese history, including regional history.
Film and Anime
Blogs that review film and anime, and provide media-related news.
These blogs cover a variety of topics in Asian studies, with some Japan content.