All About Japan

TIME-LAPSE: Tokyo Olympics Ariake Arena

Time-lapse video of constructing the Ariake Arena and Ariake Gymnastics Center (2014-2019). Camera position: KDX Toyosu Grand Square, near Ariake Tennis Park.

Early Morning Fog Catches Tokyo Skytree Shadow

The cool, early morning weather sometimes sees Tokyo shrouded in dense fog. One such morning in late October saw Skytree's shadow dancing in the fog!

These Cat Pajamas Are 'The Cat's Meow'

Designers at Felissimo, Japan’s leading cat-themed lifestyle brand, are a constant source of fun and cozy fashion. And they’ve just released their new High-Class Siamese Cat Room One-Piece.

Tokyo's Most 'Mundane' Halloween Costumes

Come take a look at 'Jimi Halloween,' celebrating the average run-of-the-mill characters you'll find across the metropolis.

Hang Out at the Hammock Cafe, Literally

The next time you hang out with your friends, go on and really "hang out"—in a hammock, that is. At the Hammock Cafe + Gallery Mahika Mano, there are no chairs, only hammocks.

DESTROY ALL THE THINGS at the Reeast Room

It's stressful being a civilized, polite human being. Sometimes you just want to let yourself go wild. That's why the Reeast Room was created—to release the beast and destroy all the things.

All-Star Kabuki at Kyoto's Minamiza Theatre

Yearly Kabuki event "Kaomise Kogyo," a series of plays with several famous performers in the cast, has begun at Minamiza Theatre in Kyoto.

Tokyo Olympic Stadium Time-Lapse

Check out the time-lapse of the new Olympic Stadium from another angle!

TIME-LAPSE: Tokyo Olympic Stadium

Check out this time-lapse of the construction of the Tokyo Olympic Stadium (2015-2019)!

Special Marathon Cars Coming to Yamanote Line

To promote the yearly college marathon, Hakone Ekiden, special edition train cars will be featured on the JR Yamanote Line in Tokyo.

Uniqlo's Dragon Ball UT Collection Debuts

November 22 is the release date for Uniqlo's awesome new line of Dragon Ball T-shirts and hoodies.

Bask in the Cuteness Overload of @home cafe

You only live once, so you might as well go to a maid cafe at least once too. At @home cafe, surround yourself with cute maids in cute outfits, serving you cute food in a cute manner. Did we mention it's all so very cute!

Meet Chef Pikachu at the Pokémon Café

Haven't you ever think you wanted to eat the food in Pokémon? Well, now you can make your dreams come true at the Pokémon Café! Eat Pikachu curry, an Eevee plate, Snorlax hamburg steak, magical Gengar drinks, and more.

Book a Room & Grab a Book at Book & Bed

Let's take a look at Book and Bed, capsule hotels for bookworms where you can get a piece of privacy in the city and kick back and relax with a good book.

Santa Claus Comes to Japan

Finland’s Santa Claus Foundation sent an official representative on a plane (not a sleigh) to Narita Airport to spread Christmas cheer.

Snow Crab Fetches Record $46,000!

Meet one of the world's most expensive crabs! The first year's haul of this winter delicacy went for a record setting price.

Sleep at Futuristic Luxury Capsule Hotel 9h

Experience both a capsule hotel and an award-winning, futuristic living experience all in 9h.

AKB48 Café Suddenly Closing After 8 Years

AKB48, Japan’s most popular idol group, gets its name from having 48 core members and being based in Tokyo’s Akihabara district, which is nicknamed Akiba. However, the neighborhood is going to be losing a big piece of its AKB48 connection very soon.

Graffiti Pikachu at Shibuya's Pokémon Center

The newest Pokémon Center in Shibuya, within walking distance from the Scramble intersection, also has giant Mewtwo in a research tube waiting to greet guests.

Evolve Your Wardrobe with These Pokémon Socks

Here comes a new line of Pokémon socks—and these aren’t some chintzy for-kids souvenirs from the 100 yen shop. These are proper grown-up quality socks from Socks Appeal Japan.

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