All About Japan

Comfy Kimono Room Wear for the Modern Era

Kimono are elegant and beautiful, but not necessarily the comfiest choice of garment. They are usually something you'll wear when you want to dress up, not wind down. Until now!

Learn Some New Hand Puppetry... or 'Poop-etry'

The poop emoji has long been a favorite among people in Japan, but now you don't need type it out⁠—just use your hands.

'Catch 'em All' with Pokémon Vending Machines

Instead of wandering the grass looking for wild Pokémon, you can now get them even easier with new Pokémon vending machines conveniently located throughout Tokyo.

Ikura, the Adorable Eco-Friendly Dog

An environmentally friendly dog has collected more than 3,000 plastic bottles during walks over five years!

Say 'Aloha' to the Alola League Champion: Ash!

It took over 20 years, but Ash finally won a Pokémon tournament, to the delight of many fans around the world!

Poop Kanji Drill Lets You Review in the Loo

The Poop Kanji Drill books are an awesome way to study Japanese. And with this new toilet paper, you can keep studying even while in the restroom.

James Cordon & Naomi Watanabe: Beauty Masters

Japanese companies are known for wacky TV commercials, but cosmetics brand SK-II has capitalized on this trend with a series of commercials for their PITERA Essence product that features a star-studded cast of Japanese, Chinese, and American celebrities.

Eerie, Abstract Japanese Portraits

Japanese artist Teppei Takeda creates otherworldly portraits that are composed of intense, gestural brushstrokes.

Whimsical Japanese Wood Carvings

These incredible sculptures by Tokyo-based artist Moe Nakamura are all carved from a single block of wood!

Final Fantasy X Cosplay Makes Spira Look Real

Japanese cosplayer Masan spent one afternoon hanging out with a half-dozen very good friends on a rocky coastline, relaxing and playing some Blitzball—like a scene right out of "Final Fantasy X!"

86-Year-Old 'Ironman' Still Going Strong

A Japanese octogenarian is the world’s oldest to complete the world's toughest triathlon competition.

Kagawa's Stunning Slowpoke Manhole Covers

Each species of Pokémon has its own set of stats and parameters, but Slowpoke hasn’t usually scored particularly high in the respect department.

Muddy Fun at a Music & Organic Vegetable Fest

About 150 festival-goers got muddy and munched on fresh organic produce at a festival in Chiba Prefecture.

This New Pokémon Evolution Isn't So Farfetch’d

A first-generation Pokémon is finally getting an evolved form in the upcoming Pokémon game, 'Pokémon Sword.'

Japanese Photographer Captures Deserted Tokyo

For almost 30 years, Japanese photographer Masataka Nakano has been capturing moments where Tokyo seems like a ghost town.

Incredible Ballpoint Pen illustrations

Japanese illustrator Manabu Endo has created meticulously detailed ballpoint pen pieces that evoke the traditional aesthetics of Japanese hanging scrolls.

Updated Final Fantasy VII Remake Teaser Video

The annual Tokyo Game Show is the last major domestic event for the developers of the long-awaited Final Fantasy VII Remake to show the game off before its promised release in the spring. And fans could not be any more excited about this video!

TeamLab Transforms an Abandoned Bath House

The latest installation from Japan's digital art collective TeamLab sees incredible megaliths rising around a once-abandoned bathhouse.

Adorable Mame Shiba Banknotes

This Shiba Inu currency becomes so popular it gets its very own line of merchandise.

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