All About Japan

Train Station Now Playing Music from 'Totoro'

Fans of Studio Ghibli's film “My Neighbor Totoro” will immediately recognize this famous tune now playing at a Saitama train station.

Ex-SMAP Star Plays Trans Role in New Trailer

After releasing a very lengthy trailer, upcoming film Midnight Swan has the internet abuzz with discussions about the theme of the movie—notably former SMAP member Tsuyoshi Kusanagi playing a trans woman—as well as the length of the trailer itself.

Super Mario Arrives at USJ!

The Super Nintendo World featuring Mario and related characters opens at Universal Studios Japan in Osaka following two postponements due to the coronavirus.

Journey to Your Winter Wonderland via Catbus

We were blown away by this anime snow builder's renditions of Totoro's Catbus and other fan favorites.

Artists Already Remixing Osaka Expo 2025 Logo

Earlier this week Osaka announced that they had chosen a bizarre, googly-eyed character as their logo for the upcoming 2025 Osaka Expo. And over the next 24 hours, remix culture quickly set in and social media has been buzzing with creations.

Beauty and the Beast at Tokyo Disneyland

Tokyo Disneyland recently unveiled its new Beauty and the Beast area, and All About Japan has the rundown on the tale as old as time!

Japan’s Golden Age of TV: Trendy 90s Dramas

Watch four classic J-dramas and fall in love with Japan all over again!

Hatsune Miku Might Be Getting an Airport!

Japan’s first, and most popular, "vocaloid idol" has long been an ambassador for Sapporo. However, Miku just may also be attaching her name and star power to Sapporo's Okadama Airport.

Shogi Prodigy Becomes Youngest with 2 Titles

Sota Fujii became the youngest player of the traditional Japanese board game to hold two of its eight major titles.

Tokyo Disneyland's New Attraction

Tokyo Disneyland unveiled a new attraction area based on "Beauty and the Beast".

Best 2021 Year of the Ox Holiday Card Designs

Sending cards to celebrate the New Year is a long-held tradition in Japan, and Spoon & Tamago is bringing you some of their favorite designs to ring in the Year of the Ox.

Kyoto Animation Unveils First Film Since Arson

Arson-hit Kyoto Animation unveils their first movie since the arson attack that devastated their studios in July 2019.

Finding Anime in Real Life: 10 Tokyo Locations

The folklorist that I am, I decided to choose ten anime featuring creatures from Japanese myth (but with a little Western thrown in as well). Keep reading to check out if your favorite anime is included on my list!

Discover 5 Classic J-Pop Artists

Listen to oldies but goodies from five of Japan’s very best singer-songwriters!

Loewe's Limited 'Totoro' Luxury Leather Goods

Spanish luxury leather designer Loewe has released a special, limited-edition capsule collection for fans to combine their love of the film with quality goods.

Buying Old Tokyo: Asakusa, Jinbocho and Nakano

Walk, shop, and explore three locales in Tokyo—Asakusa, Jinbocho, and Nakano—and immerse yourself in history and culture.

The New Works Playhouse Presents Karoshi

The New Works Playhouse presents Karoshi, an online production.

What is Japan Reading?

Japan has long been known as a nation of avid readers, and books of all kinds—from manga to novels, self-help, and kids-oriented books—are a part of daily life. Here’s a look at the best-selling printed books of the first half of 2021, according to the Da

Drink 'Everlong' with Foo Fighters' New Sake

It’s not every day an American band announces it will be releasing its very own sake, but that’s what happened when rock royalty Foo Fighters uploaded a surprising new video on their official YouTube channel.

6 of the Best Original Netflix Anime Series

Here we explore 6 of the best 'original Netflix' anime series that have emerged from the streaming service's recent venture into anime!

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