Meet a Robot with Heart at Tokyo's Lovot Café!
The robots at this café are cutting edge—developed and programmed to react emotionally to interaction with humans. Now, for the price of a simple meal, you can get a glimpse of how our future will be spent with the cutest “care robots.”
Hayabusa2 Capsule on Display at Museum
A capsule of Japan’s Hayabusa2 space explorer is put on display at a museum near Tokyo. The container returned to Earth in December, bringing back materials from the asteroid Ryugu.
Japan’s Ancient UFO: The Tale of Utsuro-bune
The utsuro-bune legend has has been a source of intrigue in Japan for over 200 years. Read on to discover what is behind the legend.
Our Otaku Journey: Part II, The Big Move to Japan
The second episode in a series of conversations between two generations of otaku—Patrick Macias (Gen X) and Selina Lin (Gen Z)
Five Young Japanese Women Making a Difference
A look at some young Japanese women making waves and inspiring others in their respective fields. Our “A list” includes an actress, an artist, an athlete, an author and an advocate for social change.
Japan Anime's Take on Star Wars at Disney+
Lightsabers in katana sheaths, a Jedi turned pop star, and Japanese-speaking droids, oh my. Star Wars: Visions is Japan's anime offering on the popular science fiction universe.
How a Crowd-funded Indie Zombie Film from Japan became a Global Cult Success
The story of an unknown Japanese film director and his film "Cut of the Dead," a clever low-budget zombie comedy that became a global smash.
Good Reads: "War on Wheels" and Keirin Cycling
A review of the fascinating new book on Japan's unique sport: "The War on Wheels – Inside the Keirin and Japan’s Cycling Subculture" by Justin McCurry
New Library Dedicated to Haruki Murakami
Everything you want to know about author Haruki Murakami's new Kengo Kuma-designed, Uniqlo-funded library
6 of Japan's YouTubers that Will Have You Hooked
These Japan-based Youtubers have become global phenomenons, with a spicy mix of day-in-the-life stories, travel tips, and plenty of insight into all things Japanese. Find out why they're being watched by millions of fans worldwide.
Warrior Portfolio: From “An Illustrated Guide to Samurai History and Culture”
With the vividly illustrated pages of this new book, author Gavin Blair takes a deep dive into depictions of the legendary samurai warrior class.
Kobe: Japan’s Jazz Capital Celebrates 100 Years of Great Music
Kobe has been Japan's jazz capital for 100 years, and the scene remains lively with a healthy schedule of performances at bars and clubs, and annual jazz festivals.
What is Japan Reading?
Japan has long been known as a nation of avid readers, and books of all kinds—from manga to novels, self-help, and kids-oriented books—are a part of daily life. Here’s a look at the best-selling printed books of the first half of 2021, according to the Da
Four Japanese Women Who Changed History
Meet four Japanese women who were pioneers in education and medicine. Tsuda Umeko, Oyama Sutematsu, Ogino Ginko, and Kusumoto Ine fought the status quo and created new opportunities for the generations of women who followed.
Defeat the "Attack on Titan!" in the City Where It All Started
For fans of the manga, a must-visit destination is Hita, Oita Prefecture, where you not only can learn about the iconic comic, but also engage in the story via augmented reality (AR).
Play Ball! Japan's 5 Best Baseball Parks
If you love sports, don't miss a game at one of Japan's raucous baseball parks. Each one offers a unique experience that reflects the local character and food as well as the high-quality brand of baseball.
Inside Super Nintendo World
Super Nintendo World in Osaka opened earlier this year after a series of delays. All About Japan has all the hints, tips, and tricks to enjoy your day with one of Japan's most famous faces. Let’s-a go!
5 Great Reasons Why You Should Go Out to a Japanese Baseball Game
Although Sumo is nominally Japan's national sport, baseball is what the people really play and watch here. The experience surrounding a Japanese baseball game is unique and an absolute must if you are living in or visiting the land of the rising fastball.
Meet Matt Frank: The Kaiju King
Few overseas artists have impacted Japan's kaiju and tokusatsu scene like Matt Frank. All About Japan sat down to talk to him about his career and the future.
Our Otaku Journey: Part I, Growing Up Otaku
The first in a series of conversations between two generations of otaku--Patrick Macias (Gen X) and Selina Lin (Gen Z)