All About Japan

Namie Amuro's Rio Olympics Theme

J-pop princess Namie Amuro's 'Hero' will stand as the theme song for NHK's Rio de Janeiro Olympic and Paralympic broadcasts.

A J-Pop Tribute to Summer Festivals

Hakata Reboot (a.k.a. HR) celebrates summer with 'mikoshi,' beaches and festivals—and a whole lot of love for Hakata!

'Nassyi Fes' Coming to Tokyo & Osaka

Funassyi is hosting two big concerts in August!

'Brand New MAID' Delivers a Knockout Punch

Band-Maid's latest album crushes any protests that the girls' cute persona disqualifies them from the 'real rock' club.

Captain America & Iron Man... Samurai?!

Iron Man and Captain America get a samurai makeover in this beautiful rendition of a classic 'ukiyo-e' painting.

Chomp on Some Chopper Sweets

Although you might lament taking a bite out of Tony Tony Chopper, these Japanese sweets are too delicious to simply be a decoration.

Get Your Ghibli On!

Couldn't get tickets for the Ghibli Museum? Head over to the Ghibli Exhibition in Roppongi Hills instead—but you'd better hurry since it's only open for a limited time!

Survival Japanese for Concerts & Events

So you've decided to attend an event from your favorite idols or artists, but how ready are you really? Here are some often-used terms you should check out to navigate your way!

Sadako & Kayako Face Off in Baseball

Two of Japan's scariest spirits take a break from haunting houses to participate in a ceremonial first pitch.

Enter the Ghibli World Through Virtual Reality

Ever wanted to be in a Ghibli movie but weren't quite animated enough? Well, your dream is now a reality—virtual reality that is!

Kyary Pamyu Pamyu's 5th Anniversary Album

J-Pop phenom Kyary Pamyu Pamyu is celebrating her fifth anniversary as a major recording artist with the 'KPP Best' album, collecting over 24 songs and loaded with bonus features.

Japan to Get Its First Legoland Theme Park

It’s not Tokyo that’s being graced with this block-based attraction—look to Nagoya for your Lego theme park needs!

A 77-Second Primer on Hatsune Miku

You've seen the turquoise pigtails and heard the synthesized voice. So what is Hatsune Miku—and how can you write songs for her to sing?

10 Things to Buy at This Tokyo Pokémon Center

If you’re saving up your yennies for a trip to the the Pokémon Center Mega Tokyo store, here are some of the awesome items available to purchase.

Ghibli's 'Red Turtle' Trailer is Beautiful

You may have worried when you heard that French-Japanese collaboration on 'The Red Turtle' would only be 'half-Ghibli.' These gorgeous visuals should put your mind at ease.

SpecialThanks Goes Rotoscope for 'Sweet'

Pop-punk rockers SpecialThanks go light for 'Sweet,' adding a touch of rotoscope to their palette.

Review: Her Name in Blood—Evolution from Apes

Such unapologetic, brutal and volatile masculinity courses through this entire EP that the question arises: Have we really 'evolved' so far when it’s so easy (and so fun) to return to our primal natures?

Hungry for Ghibli-Style Animation?

If you're hungry for some Ghibli-style animation, look no further than this gorgeous video promoting locally sourced food in Kumamoto—made by the assistant director of 'Princess Mononoke'!

Alisa Mizuki 25th Anniversary Video Clips

Avex has released a large set of Alisa Mizuki’s music video clips to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the actress and pop singer’s recording debut.

5 Rainy Day J-Pop Hits

If you ever thought rain's sole purpose was to ruin your day, then you might be missing the essence of life. Rain is the creative genius behind these hit J-pop tracks!

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