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Japanese Digital Resources: Blogs

A guide to mostly free online resources and software that facilitates Japanese research and study.


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.

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.


Blogs on the fine and performing arts of Japan and Asia, art history, and current events in the art world.


On literature, contemporary and historical, as well as manga.



Blogs focusing on topics in Japanese history, including regional history.

Film and Anime

Blogs that review film and anime, and provide media-related news.

Asian Studies

These blogs cover a variety of topics in Asian studies, with some Japan content.

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