All About Japan

Utada Hikaru to Release New Album

Utada Hikaru has announced the release of her sixth original full album, and her first Japanese album of original work since 2008.

The Bar Just for Idol 'Wotaku'

If you're truly serious about your J-pop idol fandom, you have to head to Yokkorasho in Shinjuku.

5 Modern Tabletop Games to Play in Japan

Tabletop games have come a long way since classics like 'shogi' and 'go.' Come see our top picks for modern games available in Japan that are sure to entertain while the rain pours!

Haruka Ayase Shows Mascots How to Jump

Model, actress and singer Haruka Ayase throws some side-eye at a frog and a rabbit as she shows prefectural mascots just what it means to 'jump.'

Perfume — Interview

One of the hottest pop acts in Japan, Perfume has released five albums, performed around the world, and in 2015 celebrated their 15th anniversary—and none of the group’s three members has hit 30 yet!

2 New FEMM Videos Inspired by '80s Sci-Fi

Drawing inspiration from the likes of 'Akira' and 'Blade Runner,' Japanese mannequin duo FEMM's 'Neon Twilight' and 'Countdown' are the official themes of Night Nation Run in Japan, a fun run event set on a night course with lights and music.

Ken Shimura Rocks the Shamisen

Comedian Ken Shimura reveals a surprising skill in this video for Kirin Hyoketsu, where he's joined by Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra.

Official Japanese Ghostbusters Theme

Ever wonder what the Ghostbusters theme would sound like in Japanese? Sony got comediennes Yukiko Tomochika, Oniyakko Tsubaki, Naomi Watanabe and Shizuyo Yamasaki into full Ghostbuster gear to show us!

4 Japanese Horror Movies to Chill Your Summer

Longing for the good old days of ’The Ring’ and ’The Grudge’? Here are four classic Japanese films that will give you old-school shivers, whether you’re into genuine chills or just a bit of silliness mixed with ghosts.

Exorcise Your Hunger Demons

With a Marshmallow Man burger and a Slimer Ghost shake on the 'Ghostbusters' menu at J.S. Burgers Cafe, an empty belly is the only weapon necessary.

I Choose You—as My Partner for Life

Debating what to get your better half as an engagement ring? Well, if she or he is into Pokémon, then jeweler K.UNO has the perfect ring collection for you!

Japanese Baker Reveals Beautiful Bread Art

Using a combination of all-natural ingredients, this talented creator colors beautiful and intricate illustrations for loaves that are as cute as they are delicious!

'Shinya Shokudo' Finds the Heart in Izakaya

Every day after midnight, different motley crews of characters enter a tiny eatery called Shinya Shokudo, where they share their life stories. Yet the takeaway message from each episode of this manga and TV show can be remarkably profound.

Tetsuya Komuro Debuts New 5-Girl Group DefWill

Tetsuya Komuro, the legendary producer behind Namie Amuro, Globe, Tomomi Kahala and other ground-breaking J-pop artists, is now putting his star-making power behind new girl group DefWill.

Japanese Portable Record Players Exhibition

These Japanese gadgets might be outdated, but they're definitely not forgotten!

Gotta Catch'em All... at McDonald's?!

Pokémon Go has officially launched in Japan along with the announcement that 'Pokéstops' and 'gyms' are now located in the nearly 3,000 McDonald’s stores around Japan.

Surreal Acrylic Paintings of Animals as Bonsai

Check out these mosaic acrylic paintings by Japanese artist Takumi Kama.

Why Hatch a Pokémon Egg When You Can Crack It

Forget chocolate and peanut butter—chocolate and Pokémon are the true ultimate combination.

How Hot Do You Want Your Beef Curry?

Thanks to newbie Honoka Matsumoto, Glico's beef curry is pushing to be hot in more ways than one!

An Old Spin on Some Modern Characters

From Disney's Frozen to One Piece, these animated classics are getting an 'ukiyo-e'-style makeover!

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