All About Japan

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.

You Ain't Never Heard 'Aladdin' Like This!

Have you seen this stylish and dynamic performance by the members of two Japanese high schools? It's truly worthy of a full-scale Disney production!

Traditional Tsugaru-Style Shamisen Rocks

A professional shamisen artist in Aomori Prefecture gives concerts and teaches people to play the Tsugaru-jamisen.

Totoro Makes Even the Cutest Cream Puffs Cuter

Shirohige's Cream Puff Factory's handmade and decorated whimsical little Totoro-shaped cream puffs are the cutest thing you'll probably ever eat (until you slice one in half, that is).

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.

Rugby World Cup Trophy Arrives in Japan

Ahead of the Rugby World Cup in September, the prestigious trophy that will go to the winning team—the Webb Ellis Cup—arrived in 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.

These Powerful Pokémon Have Got Your Back

Get your hands on these limited-edition Pokémon backpacks that you'll literally have to catch by yourself.

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.

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!

A Music Video Perfect for Social Distancing

Over 10 years ago, art director Masashi Kawamura teamed up with Japanese band Sour to produce a music video for "Hibi no Neiro." Needless to say, this was before our current reality, in which millions are staying home due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Gotta Catch All 24 Pokémon Designs at Uniqlo

Original fan-made Pokémon designs hit the shelves at global retailer Uniqlo, even amid a bit of controversy surrounding the grand prize winner.

Pop Idols Sing for Prison inmates

Female duo Paix2 holds its 500th prison concert to encourage inmates to rehabilitate and return to society.

'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.

Posters for Chinese Release of 'Spirited Away'

18 years after the released of 'Spirited Away' in Japan, China is finally getting an official release! Chinese designer Huang Hai has gone above and beyond by creating a series of breathtaking posters to accompany the release!

Young Drummer, Big Dreams

12-year-old drum wonder Hibiki Sakai is blind, but realized his dream of performing on stage with Japanese band Def Tech.

Meet Japanese Celebrities at Madam Tussauds

If you want to see some of your favorite Japanese celebrities, head over to the Madame Tussauds Tokyo wax museum in Odaiba.

Tokyo Olympic Stadium Time-Lapse

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

Take Pics with Poop at the Unko Museum

The Unko Museum is a high-tech, family-friendly Instagram hotspot. Play poop-related games, take a photo with your poop, and get all the things at the poop gift shop.

New Attraction Touches Down at Tokyo DisneySea

Tokyo DisneySea is one of the biggest draws for residents and tourists alike. And an exhilarating new flight simulation ride is hoping to bring even more guests to the park.

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