All About Japan

An Ode to Magikarp: The Weakest Pokémon

Magikarp, considered the most pathetic Pokémon of all, gets its very own song!

All Aboard the Pikachu Train!

This adorably awesome Pokémon train is part of disaster relief project for a tsunami-damaged region of Japan.

Robot Restaurant Serving up Epic Entertainment

Travel blogger Annette White has circled the globe countless times in search of adventure and great food, and Japan definitely provided both. However, one special experience in particular was the night she spent at the one-of-a-kind Robot Restaurant!

Sanrio & Sailor Moon Collab Goods Are Here

Sailor Moon and My Melody are teaming up in their first collaboration to bring you adorable goods with a dash of Moon Prism power.

4 Commercials Perfect for Dog Lovers

Even without the puppy dog eyes, these Japanese commercials are incredibly effective. Get ready for a laugh, or perhaps a smile, while watching these dogs on camera.

Meet Amina—Japan’s First African-American Idol

Cute as a button, this girl’s winning fans all over the world, from her home country of the United States to Japan.

Soccer vs. Samurai

What happens when you put a freestyle soccer champion in samurai armor and send him around the streets of Brazil? This—this is what happens.

4 Hottest Areas for Nightlife in Tokyo

The largest metropolis in the world, Tokyo understandably has everything you could ever need. During the day, offices are humming with busy workers; but at night, the streets of these four hip areas are buzzing with nocturnal party animals.

Hayao Miyazaki Is Back & You Can Work With Him

It seems Hayao Miyazaki, the master film director and patriarch of Studio Ghibli, can't stay away from making animated movies and if you've got the talent and the Japanese language ability (regardless of nationality), you too can work on his next film.

Japan's Top Music Festivals

Summer is upon us, and that means one thing—the country is rocking with a wide variety of awesome music festivals!

'Summer Wars' Director Announces Upcoming Film

Mamoru Hosoda, anime director of 'Summer Wars' and 'The Boy and the Beast' announces his new film that'll be a return to the human drama elements of 'Wolf Children' and 'The Girl Who Leapt Through Time.'

Review: Vamps — Underworld

Vamps' fourth album, 'Underworld,' cuts the frills and packs a punch!

Satisfy Your Sailor Moon Fix with These Cakes

All five Inner Senshi are represented in an out-of-this-world tie-up with magical girl franchise 'Sailor Moon.'

Stars of Anime & Rock Collab on Cup Noodle Ad

Megumi Hayashibara, Bump of Chicken and manga artist Eisuke Kubonouchi come together to create an amazingly inspirational anime short for popular Japanese food company Cup Noodle.

Why Are Japanese Commercials so Different?

It's no secret that Japanese commercials tend to be pretty different from what you might see in Europe or North America. But why? One piece of the puzzle can be found in the distinction between 'concept' and 'sizzle'!

Get a Sneak Peek into Super Nintendo World

Universal Studios Japan has built what looks like a real life 'Super Mario' level and we've got the pictures to prove it.

Why Would Buddhas Battle for France?

Would you associate Buddha with France? Japanese people would! Cable network WOWOW uses some clever kanji association to drum up publicity for its 2017 French Open coverage.

5 Touching Japanese Ads You'll Need Tissue For

If you need a dose of J-Drama without the time to watch an entire series, these commercials may just give your tear ducts the exercise they need. Make sure you have tissues at the ready!

Movie Trailer: Sekigahara

Junichi Okada of J-pop group V6 stars in a new film adaptation of Sekigahara, the decisive battle that ended the Warring States Period in Japan.

5 Notable Songs from Japanese TV Commercials

If you find yourself humming a song in the middle of a packed train, your TV may be to blame!

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