JR West & Hello Kitty Combine for Max 'Kawaii'
JR West teams up with Hello Kitty to clad its Kansai Special Rapid train in kawaii decals, which means passengers can ride from Kansai Airport to Kyoto in a colorful Kitty train cabin!
Japanese Fan Recreates Super Mario World 1-1
One amazing artist lovingly illustrated a favorite stage from the "Super Mario" series, and brought it to life in an incredible way!
Starbucks Releases 2019 Cherry Blossom Merch
'Tis almost the season, which means it's time for Starbucks Japan to release another round of cherry blossom merchandise!
Word Magic & Flights of the Imagination
Children’s author Eiko Kadono, who won the Hans Christian Andersen Award in 2018, discusses her creative environment and behind-the-scenes stories related to writing works such as her most famous book, "Kiki’s Delivery Service."
Harajuku: Tokyo's Holy Land of 'Kawaii'
Check out these 10 recommended stores and spots around Tokyo's famous Harajuku neighborhood, courtesy of Trip101.
Capturing the Perfect Pink of Sakura
The pastel pink of Japan's cherry blossoms paints the country for nearly a month in spring. One artisan has spent years trying to capture this color from nature and use it to dye fabrics.
Masking Tape 'Paintings' Reproduce Famous Work
Japanese artist Nasa Funahara creates stunning recreations of classic art using a beautiful traditional form of masking tape.
Tokyo Festival to Celebrate Japanese Manholes
This Tokyo extravaganza will include everything from actual beautiful manhole covers to goods like miniatures and doormats, as well as manhole cover snacks and treats!
Experience a New Hanami in Awesome Sakura Pool
This cool sakura-themed bar is set to open on March 22, 2019, which coincides with the predicted bloom date for cherry blossoms in Tokyo!
Can You Survive the Optometrist's Maze?
The chic eyewear store Gogito Ergo Sum Tokyo displays its merchandise on a transparent maze of paneling over running water! Can you make it through without making a splash?
Classy, Custom-Fitted Pokémon Dress Shirts
There's a stylish new watch to catch 'em all—fans of the Pokémon series can now wear their favorite critters with these original designs for custom-fitted dress shirts.
The Rebranding of Tokyo's 'MariCar' Go-Carts
Either a double dose of caution or passive-aggressiveness against Nintendo has Tokyo-based MariCar’s go-carts looking weirder than ever!
Okonomiyaki Burrito: Only in Osaka
Taco Bell Osaka branches are now selling okonomiyaki burritos, a fusion of flavors so crazy it HAS to be delicious!
Universal Cool Japan 2019 Spring Attractions!
Universal Studio's Japan revealed its newest attractions, all of which are inspired by icons from the world of Japanese pop-culture. We got an exclusive sneak peek just ahead of the official unveiling on Friday, January 18!
Studio Ghibli Goods Catch 2019 Sakura Fever
A Japanese retail chain dedicated to selling official Studio Ghibli merchandise is ready to debut their 2019 cherry blossom season goods!
Monkeying around at Takasakiyama Monkey Park
Get up close and personal with the monkeys of Taksakiyama! Here, you can meet wild monkeys and learn about their lives in the mountains of Oita Prefecture.
The Modernization of Japanese Bathhouses
Traditional Japanese bath houses in Tokyo are looking to boost their profile among younger and international clientele with the help of a popular Japanese fashion brand.
Super Mario to Help Punch Up Your Baked Goods
Now you can whip up some chocolates your gamer sweetheart will want more than any super mushroom! Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Nintendo has released two silicone cooking trays inspired by its flagship franchise.
Hello Kitty Coming to Converse Sneakers!
The world's cutest (and perhaps busiest) cat is coming to Converse sneakers, one of the world's best known international shoe brands.
Rep Your Prefectural Pride with Cool Necklaces
A Tokyo accessory maker has turned Japan's prefectures into pieces of art you can wear around your neck to show off your favorite location!