Crack Open a Cold One with Totoro
This frosty brew from Echigo Beer in Niigata Prefecture gets its seal of approval (and label!) from the masterful animation legend, Hayao Miyazaki.
Interactive Pikachu Peddles Pokémon Plushies
If you're looking to get your hands on some adorable Pokémon plushies, check out these new vending machines! These Pokémon Stands will feature an interactive Pikachu to help you select your new buddy.
Pop the Question with a Pokémon Ring!
This solid gold diamond ring—featuring the adorable Pokémon, Mew—will certainly have them saying “I do!"
Big in Japan: A Look at the Price of Fame
Australian and self-professed human guinea pig Dave Elliot-Jones packed his bag for Japan to interview foreign celebrities that have made it big in the Land of the Rising Sun, and try to find his own way into the limelight.
Who Will Win in an Epic Manga Character Brawl?
A new fighting game will pit some of your favorite 'Shonen Jump' characters like Luffy, Naruto and Goku against one another in a crossover brawl of epic proportions.
Rice Paddy Art Celebrates Manga Legend
To celebrate the 90th anniversary of Osamu Tezuka, the 'Godfather of Manga,' the small village of Inakadate in Aomori has created stunning natural art depicting some of his most-beloved characters.
Eevee to Join Summertime Pokémon Extravaganza
The only thing better than seeing 1,500-plus Pikachus at Yokohama's annual summertime Pikachu Outbreak event is seeing a squad of Eevees tagging along!
Stranger than Fiction: 5 True Tales from Tokyo
Want to learn more about Tokyo? These 5 nonfiction novels examine different aspects of Japanese life and culture in the country and its colorful capital.
Catchy Summer Jam is an Ode to Osaka
Relive your last trip to Osaka (or fall in love with the city for the first time!) with this music video from the band Room 39!
All About Purikura!
If you're not familiar with the exaggerated features and photographic fun of 'purikura,' you're in luck! This article takes a deeper look at the rise of these 'kawaii' Japanese photo booths, and what to expect when you visit one.
Say 'I Choose You' & 'I Do' With Pikachu
These Pikachu wedding rings and engagement rings are so gorgeous you don't need to be a Pokémon fan to appreciate them... but it helps!
An Electronic Pop Homage to Kyoto
How many famous Kyoto sites can you spot in Clean Bandit's Japanese music video of "Solo feat. Demi Lovato?"
Conan O'Brien Calls Out Japan's "Conan Town"
The American late night talk show host has one simple demand for the town: pay three trillion yen (US$270 billion) for the appropriation of his given name or face a lawsuit! But the mayor of the town has a few demands of his own...
Retro Gaming Havens in Tokyo
In an era where gaming is no longer a niche hobby, there are some who still crave the classic, retro games of yesteryear. Thankfully Tokyo contains a plethora of treasure troves when it comes to classic video games, and we're here to help you find them!
All About Idol Insanity
What's all the fuss about J-pop idols? How did they start in the first place? Find out answers to these questions and more as we take a look at the phenomenon of Japanese idols!
Rock Icon David Bowie Immortalized in Ukiyo-e
A Japanese woodblock artist is combining elements of traditional Japanese culture with the beloved musician who was so inspired by them, David Bowie.
Conan O'Brien is Coming to Japan
After meeting the outlandish demands of Hokuei's mayor, the American comedian will be coming to Japan to collect three trillion yen in indemnities.
Sorry Fellas, This Hotel is Girls Only
Heading over to Kyoto? Why not stay at Cafetel, a cute, new women-only hotel that comes with its own café, rental bikes, amenities and more?
Conan Arrives in "Conan Town" to Settle Beef
Despite one major mishap along the way, Conan O'Brien managed to make it to the town of Hokuei in Tottori Prefecture, where he met the mayor and served up some delicious hamburgers.
Ponyo: Coming to a Tasty Treat Near You!
The adorable character Ponyo joins Studio Ghibli fan-favorite Totoro in dessert form at the well-known Tokyo café, Shirohige’s Cream Puff Factory, for a limited time.