'Lighthearted' Commercial Brings Family Closer
This award-winning commercial sees a father devote his life to becoming a firefly—with a twist we guarantee you won't see coming!
Hayao Miyazaki Is Back & You Can Work With Him
It seems Hayao Miyazaki, the master film director and patriarch of Studio Ghibli, can't stay away from making animated movies and if you've got the talent and the Japanese language ability (regardless of nationality), you too can work on his next film.
Forget Frills! Get Your Pet Some Samurai Armor
Cats and dogs have been at it for ages, but now you can turn the tide in your pet's favor with new samurai armor. Or, at the very least, have the coolest Shiba 'shogun' on the block!
Why Are Japanese Commercials so Different?
It's no secret that Japanese commercials tend to be pretty different from what you might see in Europe or North America. But why? One piece of the puzzle can be found in the distinction between 'concept' and 'sizzle'!
The 'Fury Road' of Ramen Curry Commercials
With a spiked kettle, explosions and a giant kicking foot—plus the requisite fire-spewing guitar—this instant curry commercial is post-apocalyptic insanity!
All Aboard the Pikachu Train!
This adorably awesome Pokémon train is part of disaster relief project for a tsunami-damaged region of Japan.
An Ode to Magikarp: The Weakest Pokémon
Magikarp, considered the most pathetic Pokémon of all, gets its very own song!
5 Ways to Recover From Your Shibuya Hangover
Shibuya is not only famous for Hachiko and the world's busiest pedestrian crossing, it also happens to be one of Tokyo's most popular drinking spots. Luckily when in Shibuya, there are ways to treat or prevent a hangover! Here are our top 5 solutions.
Soccer vs. Samurai
What happens when you put a freestyle soccer champion in samurai armor and send him around the streets of Brazil? This—this is what happens.
Round & Round the Sushi Goes
Forget sushi boats. Eat your next piece of sushi off a Ferris wheel that slides the dish onto a roller coaster!
'Summer Wars' Director Announces Upcoming Film
Mamoru Hosoda, anime director of 'Summer Wars' and 'The Boy and the Beast' announces his new film that'll be a return to the human drama elements of 'Wolf Children' and 'The Girl Who Leapt Through Time.'
5 Touching Japanese Ads You'll Need Tissue For
If you need a dose of J-Drama without the time to watch an entire series, these commercials may just give your tear ducts the exercise they need. Make sure you have tissues at the ready!
Japan's Oldest Theme Park: Asakusa Hanayashiki
Asakusa is about more than just Senso-ji Temple—Japan's oldest theme park is right in the area! You'll be surprised by what this quirky, classic park has to offer!
Review: Vamps — Underworld
Vamps' fourth album, 'Underworld,' cuts the frills and packs a punch!
Functional & Funny Cosplay T-Shirts
Now you can transform yourself into popular characters like No Face, Slime, Ryuk and Spider-Man, simply by pulling your shirt over your head!
Japan's Top Music Festivals
Summer is upon us, and that means one thing—the country is rocking with a wide variety of awesome music festivals!
Why Would Buddhas Battle for France?
Would you associate Buddha with France? Japanese people would! Cable network WOWOW uses some clever kanji association to drum up publicity for its 2017 French Open coverage.
5 Notable Songs from Japanese TV Commercials
If you find yourself humming a song in the middle of a packed train, your TV may be to blame!
Robot Restaurant Serving up Epic Entertainment
Travel blogger Annette White has circled the globe countless times in search of adventure and great food, and Japan definitely provided both. However, one special experience in particular was the night she spent at the one-of-a-kind Robot Restaurant!
4 Hottest Areas for Nightlife in Tokyo
The largest metropolis in the world, Tokyo understandably has everything you could ever need. During the day, offices are humming with busy workers; but at night, the streets of these four hip areas are buzzing with nocturnal party animals.