All About Japan

Cool Off in Summer with Ghibli Folding Fans

Studio Ghibli fans can now beat the heat with fans styled after their favorite characters!

Band-Maid Goes 'Band-Maiko' for April Fool's

Band-Maid mixes shamisen with thrash guitar for this special April Fool's release—and the result is kinda awesome!

Japan's 5 Most Trusted Fast-Fashion Brands

Where do you go for fast fashion in Japan? Start with one of these five chains, ranked as the nation's most trusted brands in a survey of over 120,000 consumers!

CoMix Wave Films Unveils its Newest Movie

After lovingly dramatic portrayals of Tokyo and Gifu in the hit anime movie, 'Your Name,' this anime studio applies its glisteningly gorgeous talents to another country.

Take a Peek at Ghibli Theme Park Concept Art!

The long-anticipated opening of the new Studio Ghibli theme park has had us dreaming of what would be inside. With the release of some new concept art, we're finally getting a glimpse of which Ghibli properties will get their day in the sun!

Discover Another Side of Ikebukuro

Ikebukuro is often overlooked by tourists when exploring Tokyo's many neighborhoods. But with tons of shopping, temples and shrines, fun activities for the whole family and more, Ikebukuro is a great add to any Tokyo itinerary.

Sip on Coffee from Limited-Edition Manga Cans

Why choose between coffee and manga when you can have both in this latest promotion celebrating 50 years of comic history?

Are You Ready for Pikachu Outbreak 2018?

In previous years, Yokohama's famed Pokémon party ended when the sun went down. This year those 1,500-plus Pikachus are staying out past their bedtime!

The Incredible History of Nintendo Explained

Thanks to traditional Japanese playing cards, the Japanese mafia and an extendable toy claw, this company transformed itself into one of the most iconic gaming brands in Japan.

Answers to Common Questions for First-Timers

Ever wondered about vending machines or all the cute characters on signage in Japan? What's up with capsule toys? Tokyo Girls' Update has some insight into simple aspects of Japanese life that can surprise first-time visitors.

Lovebites Nominated at London Metal Awards

Power-metal quintet Lovebites have been nominated for Best New Band at London's annual Metal Hammer Golden God Awards. Go vote!

'Cowboy Bebop' Café Coming to Tokyo & Osaka

Starting in May, Space Cowboys can visit an eatery dedicated to the smash-hit anime 'Cowboy Bebop' in two major Japanese cities!

Kero-chan Gets Limited-Time Café in Tokyo

As of April 27, 'Card Captor Sakura' fans can munch on treats shaped like Sakura's adorable guide, Kero-chan, and get their hands on some limited-edition Kero-chan goods!

The Weird Art of Everyday Life

This Japanese artist uses their keen photographic eye to capture strange, intimate moments of everyday life found on city streets.

Moomin Theme Park Set to Open in Japan

Schedule to open in March 2019, the much-anticipated Moomin Valley Park will allow guests in Japan to dive into the world of these beloved Finnish characters.

How Are Men's & Women's Kimono Different?

While traditional Japanese clothing may look the same to the average person, there are some variances between men's and women's kimono. See if you can spot some of the differences.

Wagakki Band Unveils New Music Video & Album

Wagakki Band has unveiled their 'Sasameyuki' music video, along with teasers from their upcoming fifth album, 'Otone.'

Smell Sweet Thanks to Kiki & Her Cat Jiji

Studio Ghibli enters the perfume game with the launch of its 'Kiki’s Delivery Service' body mist line.

Wanted: Professional Cosplayers

Dwango, the operators of Japan’s Nico Nico Douga streaming service, want to connect passionate cosplayers with paying jobs.

Watch As 2 Samurai Duel It Out in the Sky

Jet pack samurai?! This can't be real—can it?!

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