All About Japan

Lovebites Nominated at London Metal Awards

Power-metal quintet Lovebites have been nominated for Best New Band at London's annual Metal Hammer Golden God Awards. Go vote!

Band-Maid Goes 'Band-Maiko' for April Fool's

Band-Maid mixes shamisen with thrash guitar for this special April Fool's release—and the result is kinda awesome!

'Manifest 99' Rattles into Japan

The award-winning 'Manifest 99,' an ominous and eerie story set on a train inhabited by a murder of crows, is about finding redemption in the afterlife—and is now available in Japan!

Japanese Trailer for 'Ready Player One'

The Japanese trailer for Steven Spielberg's 'Ready Player One' reveals a few more tantalizing shots from the film!

Tomomi Itano Back in New Photobook & Single

Tomomi Itano, formerly of AKB48, is slated to release two projects in February: her latest photobook, 'Wanderer,' and a new maxi-single, 'Just As I Am.'

Pixel Puppies Might Be the Perfect Pet

One Japanese artist combines cuteness and nostalgia in his latest line of colorful sculptures. Plus, they're already housebroken!

Love Songs from Japanese TV Shows & Movies

Popular TV shows and movies are remembered for many different reasons. Some have good stories and casts, some teach us life lessons. And perhaps more than we realize, theme songs play a large role in making viewers addicted.

The Incredible History of Nintendo Explained

Thanks to traditional Japanese playing cards, the Japanese mafia and an extendable toy claw, this company transformed itself into one of the most iconic gaming brands in Japan.

Crossfaith Goes 'Blade Runner' for Wipeout MV

Japanese hard rock band Crossfaith mixes equal parts 'Blade Runner' and 'TRON' in the music video for their new single, 'Wipeout.'

Ride on the Eva Train One Last Time

Now’s your last chance to ride the massively popular bullet train that travels as fast as Eva Unit-01 before it ceases operations in May 2018.

Wagakki Band Unveils New Music Video & Album

Wagakki Band has unveiled their 'Sasameyuki' music video, along with teasers from their upcoming fifth album, 'Otone.'

10 Snow Spots in Japan Perfect for Instagram

If you want to get your 'Gram game going while traveling in the land of the rising sun in winter, make sure to keep in mind these Instagram-worthy spots for your itinerary.

360° VR Video Transports You to Japan

Swish the camera around and take a virtual tour of famous sightseeing spots as if you were in Japan, all in the comfort of your own home.

Catch a Peek of USJ's Final Fantasy XR Ride!

USJ's Final Fantasy XR Ride is only around until June 24, so be sure to catch it while you can!

Band-Maid Plays for Keeps in 'Domination'

Band-Maid plays for keeps with the cutest metal board game ever in their music video for 'Domination.' Their second full-album release, 'World Domination,' is slated for Valentine’s Day 2018.

Yuzuru Hanyu Wins Gold & Sui Ishida's Heart

Yuzuru Hanyu has achieved idol-like status and has a legion of supporters in Japan. Now he can add Tokyo Ghoul’s original creator and its anime’s star to his list of fans.

'Tokyo Idols'—NekoPOP Film Review

Kyoko Miyake's 'Tokyo Idols' focuses on the fringe, negative aspects of 'idol' fandom. With an unconcealed axe to grind, it's centered around a little-known twentysomething idol and her 43-year-old No. 1 fan. But is the reality actually this dark?

Final Fantasy Snow Sculpture Heats up Hokkaido

Hokkaido's Snow Festival seems to outdo itself every year, but this sculpture featuring characters from 'Final Fantasy XIV'—complete with a project mapping light show—takes the cake, kupo!

72 Women Present a Life at One Year Per Second

Using a different actress to show each year of a woman's 72-year life, the maker of Pocky reminds us that life moves fast, but it’s the slow moments that make it beautiful.

A Toast to Final Fantasy's 30th Anniversary

Celebrate the beloved game's 30th anniversary with this 30 year old whiskey! Pre-orders are being accepted by Japanese liquor retailer Shinanoya for the commemorative Final Fantasy 30th Anniversary whiskey.

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