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Headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, SoraNews24 is a bilingual news blog. Since our humble launch in 2008 we’ve built a massive fan base by reporting the interesting, strange and random.
Evolve Your Wardrobe with These Pokémon Socks

Evolve Your Wardrobe with These Pokémon Socks

Here comes a new line of Pokémon socks—and these aren’t some chintzy for-kids souvenirs from the 100 yen shop. These are proper grown-up quality socks from Socks Appeal Japan.

Get to Know Japan’s Top 10 Buzzwords of 2019

Get to Know Japan’s Top 10 Buzzwords of 2019

The candidates for the top ten catchphrases that defined Reiwa's first year are here. Who knew bubble tea could be a verb?

Can You Survive on Only ¥150,000 a Month?

Can You Survive on Only ¥150,000 a Month?

Is ¥150,000 (US$1,389) a month enough to live on in Tokyo? That’s plenty for life in Japan’s capital, claims a twenty-something Japanese woman. But could you live like her?

Adorable Mame Shiba Banknotes

Adorable Mame Shiba Banknotes

This Shiba Inu currency becomes so popular it gets its very own line of merchandise.

Comfy Kimono Room Wear for the Modern Era

Comfy Kimono Room Wear for the Modern Era

Kimono are elegant and beautiful, but not necessarily the comfiest choice of garment. They are usually something you'll wear when you want to dress up, not wind down. Until now!

Learn Some New Hand Puppetry... or 'Poop-etry'

Learn Some New Hand Puppetry... or 'Poop-etry'

The poop emoji has long been a favorite among people in Japan, but now you don't need type it out⁠—just use your hands.

Subway Soon Selling Sweet Subs—Only in Japan

Subway Soon Selling Sweet Subs—Only in Japan

Subway is an American restaurant franchise that’s known for its healthy food options. That’s all set to change next month when the company releases its first-ever sweet sandwich exclusively in Japan.

This New Pokémon Evolution Isn't So Farfetch’d

This New Pokémon Evolution Isn't So Farfetch’d

A first-generation Pokémon is finally getting an evolved form in the upcoming Pokémon game, 'Pokémon Sword.'

Poop Kanji Drill Lets You Review in the Loo

Poop Kanji Drill Lets You Review in the Loo

The Poop Kanji Drill books are an awesome way to study Japanese. And with this new toilet paper, you can keep studying even while in the restroom.

Power Up This Fall With Uniqlo's DBZ Wear

Power Up This Fall With Uniqlo's DBZ Wear

This fall, Uniqlo’s UT designer T-shirt line is launching a new collection of shirts and hoodies featuring Goku, Frieza, and other super-powered martial artists from creator Akira Toriyama’s eternally popular bare-knuckled, chi-blasting action epic.

Kagawa's Stunning Slowpoke Manhole Covers

Kagawa's Stunning Slowpoke Manhole Covers

Each species of Pokémon has its own set of stats and parameters, but Slowpoke hasn’t usually scored particularly high in the respect department.

Updated Final Fantasy VII Remake Teaser Video

Updated Final Fantasy VII Remake Teaser Video

The annual Tokyo Game Show is the last major domestic event for the developers of the long-awaited Final Fantasy VII Remake to show the game off before its promised release in the spring. And fans could not be any more excited about this video!

The Newest Alcoholic Kit Kat Features Yuzu

The Newest Alcoholic Kit Kat Features Yuzu

Nestlé Japan released the world’s first-ever Sake Kit Kat back in 2016, and since then they’ve been infusing their chocolate-covered wafers with other popular Japanese tipples, this time with delicious yuzu-flavored sake.

Say 'Aloha' to the Alola League Champion: Ash!

Say 'Aloha' to the Alola League Champion: Ash!

It took over 20 years, but Ash finally won a Pokémon tournament, to the delight of many fans around the world!

Yokohama Now Has Its Own KitKat!

Yokohama Now Has Its Own KitKat!

The latest in Nestlé Japan's line of local KitKat flavors, Yokohama's debut is based on a famous local souvenir.

Tokyo & Osaka Among Top 3 World Safest Cities

Tokyo & Osaka Among Top 3 World Safest Cities

"The Economist" published the latest iteration of its Safe Cities Index, which ranks 60 major urban centers from around the globe. Asia-Pacific metropolises had a strong showing in 2019, accounting for six of the top 10 slots and sweeping the top three.

James Cordon & Naomi Watanabe: Beauty Masters

James Cordon & Naomi Watanabe: Beauty Masters

Japanese companies are known for wacky TV commercials, but cosmetics brand SK-II has capitalized on this trend with a series of commercials for their PITERA Essence product that features a star-studded cast of Japanese, Chinese, and American celebrities.

Final Fantasy X Cosplay Makes Spira Look Real

Final Fantasy X Cosplay Makes Spira Look Real

Japanese cosplayer Masan spent one afternoon hanging out with a half-dozen very good friends on a rocky coastline, relaxing and playing some Blitzball—like a scene right out of "Final Fantasy X!"

This Ice Cream is as Japanese as 'Matcha Pie'

This Ice Cream is as Japanese as 'Matcha Pie'

Over the years, the Japonais ice cream series has been surprising us with delights designed exclusively for Japanese palates. And in 2019, we'll get to try a little Matcha Pie!

Turn Your Child into a Hero of Legend

Turn Your Child into a Hero of Legend

A Dragon Quest baby draws near!

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