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Kiyohiko Azuma’s Urban Sketches of Japan

Manga artist Kiyohiko Azuma draws the main character of his popular work 'Yotsuba&!' as an adorable cartoon, but his cityscapes are incredibly realistic in contrast. Take a look at a few of his wonderful sketches.

Movie Trailer: Sekigahara

Junichi Okada of J-pop group V6 stars in a new film adaptation of Sekigahara, the decisive battle that ended the Warring States Period in Japan.

Three Xylophonists Take on Video Game Songs

Who needs an orchestra when you can have three talented xylophonists play your favorite theme songs from memorable video games?

Review: Vamps — Underworld

Vamps' fourth album, 'Underworld,' cuts the frills and packs a punch!

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.

Piko Taro Joins Psy in His Latest Music Video

Piko Taro and Psy, the viral hitmakers from Japan and South Korea respectively, get together to show us their awesome dance moves in a new music video.

Now it's Okay to Play with Your Noodles!

Being told not to play with your food didn't stop this popular toy company from producing a contraption that slides 'somen' noodles into your bowl at home!

'Your Name' Coming Subbed & Region Free!

Missed your chance to see the decade’s biggest anime hit in theaters? Soon you’ll be able to watch it at home—region-free, and without the language barrier!

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!

'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.'

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!

All Aboard the Pikachu Train!

This adorably awesome Pokémon train is part of disaster relief project for a tsunami-damaged region of Japan.

SpecialThanks — 'Umahashiru'

On the back of the release of their third full album, SpecialThanks takes us for a 'horse run' in their playful music video for 'Umahashiru.'

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.

An Ode to Magikarp: The Weakest Pokémon

Magikarp, considered the most pathetic Pokémon of all, gets its very own song!

Wear a Kimono Inspired by Your Country

The Imagine Oneworld Kimono Project aims to create a collection of 196 kimono, each representing a different country. With 55 completed, the organization has launched a crowdfunding campaign to help secure the finances for the remaining 141.

Meet Amina—Japan’s First African-American Idol

Cute as a button, this girl’s winning fans all over the world, from her home country of the United States to Japan.

Cracking Open Gudetama's Shell

Ever wondered how Sanrio's egg yolk character became so popular? The folks over at Vox shed some light on the subject!

Head Phones President: 'Alive'

Featuring signature shredding and blazing-hot vocals, Head Phones President has released a fists-of-fury music video for 'Alive,' featured on their new album, Realize.

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.

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