All About Japan

Rock Out with Quarantine Collaborations

While Japanese singer-songwriter Gen Hoshino is social distancing at home in Tokyo, he's also "Dancing on the Inside” with his newly released YouTube video.

In the Name of the Moon, She'll Feed You

At Shining Moon Tokyo, you can reminisce in your Sailor Moon feels with magical Sailor Moon themed dishes, exclusive goods, and a dinner show featuring the Sailor Scouts and Tuxedo Moon.

Sleep in a Real Sleeper-Train-Turned-Hostel

The Hokutosei Hostel is designed like the inside of a sleeper train—and that's because that is exactly what it was!

Get Fresh Noodles Delivered Right to Your Bowl

Have fun with your food with this in-home version of a slip and slide noodle party.

3 Japanese Workout Videos for Your Funny Bone

We can't guarantee these videos will get you some gains while you're in quarantine, but they are sure to bring the pain... to your sides.

Apps and Platforms to Help You Stay Connected

From video chats to virtual worlds, stay connected and have fun with friends and family while staying home.

Students Sing Out While Sheltering in Place

As students have been kept from their daily dose of in-person socializing and extracurricular clubs, sports drink Pocari Sweat’s recent ad starring a choir of sheltering-in-place junior and high school students has hit a resounding chord across Japan.

Get Drunk at an Elementary School Izakaya

Whether you're simply curious about Japanese schools, or just want to get drunk in one, this izakaya has you covered.

Visit the Poo Museum from the Comfort of Home

The Poo Museum pop-up proved to be so successful, that long lines of fans were clenching in anticipation to get in. But, with COVID-19 keeping many facilities closed, customers can enjoy the museum from their own personal throne.

Cover Your Face With a Creative Origami Mask

Simply called the Origami Mask, the idea first came to everyone’s attention thanks to an instructional video from a Polish Art school, which quickly went viral online. Not only is it beautiful, but it’s incredibly simple to make.

Gundam in a Bottle

When following social distancing rules and staying home, the mind-numbing boredom can be enough to crush your spirit. However, for one Japanese netizen, social isolation has led to them showing off Gundam models built within leftover alcohol bottles.

Learn How to Draw Totoro from Ghibli Producer

With a background in editing and artistic talent so great he’s been given his own exhibitions, Toshio Suzuki is now sharing the secret to sketching one character he loves to draw: Totoro from Ghibli’s 1988 animated feature film "My Neighbor Totoro."

Relive Epic RPG Adventures at Artnia Cafe

Even a gamer has gotta eat sometimes, and where better than Artnia, Square Enix's themed café. Be transported to the world of your favorite Dragon Quest, Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts games with themed dishes, nostalgic soundtracks and exclusive goods.

Cute Cat-Themed Do-It-Yourself Doughnut Kit!

There aren’t a lot of universal truths in this world, but one we can all agree on is that doughnuts make any situation better. That includes sheltering in place. if you have doughnuts at home, what possible reason could you have for leaving the house?

No Time to Explore Tokyo? Try a Cannon Flight!

Tokyo Bullet Flight is a VR simulation of two things: futuristic Tokyo, and what it'd be like to blast through Tokyo as a cannonball. You'll see Tokyo landmarks like the Tokyo Skytree and Asakusa's Nakamise-Dori—but like you've never experience before.

Monk Covers Marley with Buddhist Instruments

Don't you worry about a thing, because this musical monk will make everything all right with his Bob Marley covers.

Painting FFVII Cloud Using Traditional Methods

While Cloud and the gang from Final Fantasy VII got a big remake release this April, one artist took the protagonist back in time using traditional Japanese painting techniques.

Tokyo Game Show 2020 Officially Canceled

On May 8, a news announcement was made on the official Twitter of the Tokyo Game Show, a yearly event where new video games, consoles, and industry ideas are unveiled to the public—this year there would be no physical Tokyo Game Show.

Vampire Cafe: an Elegant Spooky Experience

The Vampire Cafe's candlelit ambiance and blood-red velvet curtains combined with your creepy vampire waiter and over-the-top food entertainment will leave an impression that you won't forget—even after you're dead.

5 Binge-Worthy Japanese TV Series

Japanese movies, television and anime are great for immersing yourself in local culture while the global pandemic keeps us indoors. And now, some of the best modern Japanese TV shows are easy to access via streaming sites! Here are some of our favorites.

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