All About Japan

Otherworldly Art Explores the Duality of Life

Japanese artist Yoshitoshi Kanemaki creates mesmerizing, contemplative wooden sculptures that ask big questions about our complicated world.

The Neo-Pop Kimono Art of Akira Times

One artist is pushing the envelope with his unique artist vision of Japanese kimono.

University Entrance Exam Adds Ninja Section

If you don’t know your 'mizugumo' from your 'kunai,' then I’m afraid you might not be Mie University material.

Soothe Your Throat With... a Kit Kat?!

Containing real throat lozenge powder, this new release is one of the most unusual Kit Kats seen in Japan to date.

15 Popular Shops in Shibuya

Shibuya, Tokyo's center of youth culture, is a hot place to shop for fashion—and just about anything else! Here are 15 recommendations you have to hit while in 'Shibs'!

Captain America Turns Samurai Warrior

Chances are, figurine collectors who are obsessed with Marvel characters probably already have one or two Captain America figurines, but this one from Bandai is the perfect blend of the beloved American comic book hero and historical Japanese warriors.

A Super Cheap Akihabara Tour

Super Cheap Japan has put together an incredible cheapo tour of Akihabara—or 'Akiba,' as they call it here. Follow the recommended route to find all the arcades, maid cafes, manga and anime stores, electronic stores and used good stores that you need!

How to Dominate the Bass, with F Chopper Koga

Want to learn some high-level slap-bass techniques? Rocker F Chopper Koga's best-selling series may be just the thing for you!

Japan's 8 Biggest Anime & Otaku Events

What's an anime or gaming otaku to do in Japan? Check out its massive anime- and gaming-related events, that's what! From the Tokyo Game Show to the World Cosplay Summit, there's plenty to see throughout the year!

Head & Torso Mounted on Japan's Newest Gundam

The Unicorn Gundam looks out over Tokyo from nearly 20 meters above the ground.

Bring a Taste of Ghibli to Your Kitchenware

Iconic characters from the popular Hayao Miyazaki anime 'Spirited Away' are ready to terrify and/or charm you at mealtime.

Japan Gets Its First Cat Café Train

Pleasing both railway and feline fans, the Cat Café Train will be operational for one day only!

Dress Your Cat as a Japanese High School Girl

Cats may not be crazy about water, but that doesn’t mean they don’t look unbelievably cute wearing sailor suit fashion.

Cowboy Bebop Creator Set to Direct a New Short

Shinichiro Watanabe, creator of acclaimed anime series 'Cowboy Bebop,' will be creating a new 'Blade Runner' anime to connect the film's two franchises.

The Wait is Over—Sailor Moon Café is Back!

Munch on a Luna and Artemis burger, or sip on the Forbidden…Smoothie of Haruka and Michiru. No matter what dish you order, it's sure to please your inner Sailor Senshi.

Tap Dancing Their Way Into Our Hearts

From graceful Awa Odori dance movements to routines in kimono at a New York subway, his tap dancing duo are turning heads everywhere they go.

FEMM: My Revolution/Konyaha Boogie Back

Mannequin rap duo FEMM have launched an '80s/'90s Japanese culture revival project, kicking it off with two '80s/'90s cover tracks and one new song, set off with some funky 'Akira'-style illustrations!

This Is One Cammy You Don't Want to Mess With

Famed cosplayer turned idol pop star Ladybeard dressed as Cammy from the 'Street Fighter' franchise, complete with a crimson beret and signature army green bodysuit.

Learn Hiragana From Handsome Anime Men

Flashcards not doing it for you when it comes to memorizing hiragana? Try a new smartphone game that will keep you glued to the screen with attractive anime men that will help you study the Japanese syllabary characters.

Beating the Heat at Summer Comiket

With temperatures skyrocketing, cosplayers have tapped into their creativity to create a splash of cool.

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