All About Japan

The Dark Side Goes Old School

We can't imagine a better role for Darth Vader than that of a shogun with Stormtrooper samurai.

All About Kendama

Kendama are traditional Japanese toys that have reinvented themselves to bring hours of addictive fun to kids and adults around the world.

The Station Master Cats

In many parts of Japan, train stations aren't merely gateways but places of interest. At Kishi Station in Kinokawa City, Wakayama Prefecture, it’s a cat that attracts people and makes the trip worth their while.

4 Traditional Japanese Toys

Nowadays Japan has digital toys like PS4 and 3DS, but what were the popular toys that were widely played generations ago?

The Nintendo Revolution in the Good Old Days

Most of us probably had at least one product from Nintendo, and it’s time to travel back in time and visit the most popular ones.

All About Gachapon

Get all the info you need to understand Japan's popular capsule toy machines.

Tokyo Toy Show: A Toy Lover's Paradise

From adorable characters and video games to unique plushies and robots, Japan is a great place to visit for both the young and young at heart. The International Tokyo Toy Show may well be the ultimate embodiment of this youthful spirit.

Band-Maid Announce New Album for May 2016

Japanese all-girl rock group Band-Maid have announced their upcoming album Brand New Maid, set for release on May 18, 2016.

Mix it Up with a Musical Kendama

Made in collaboration with DJ Koo, this musical kendama toy lights up and makes DJ sounds when you successfully catch the ball.

The Tokyoiter: New Yorker-inspired Art

Tokyo-based artists create a conceptual magazine inspired by The New Yorker.

Hello Kitty Mini Cruisers

We couldn't imagine a better Hello Kitty souvenir from Japan than these tiny cars—except maybe a life-sized one.

Review: Bo-Peep — Thank You

Bo-Peep’s fourth full-length album, 'Thank You,' opens with rocket-fueled, fast-paced guitar fury.

4 Fun & Weird Ways to Use the Train

Japanese trains are fast and efficient. But have you ever seen one used as a rolling showroom? Or how about having a concert at 260 kilometers per hour?

Throwback to the '80s & '90s

For those who lived through the '80s and '90s, get ready to feel nostalgic as we turn back the clock and dive into toys that were a hit in Japan and around the world during the late 20th century.

These Elderly Men Got Style!

Straight from Kochi Prefecture, this new grandpa group rivals J-pop boyband legends SMAP and Arashi with their suave moves and killer beat.

'Blossom Blast' Celebrates Female Artists

Don't get this confused with flower power! Blossom Blast is an exhibition celebrating Japanese female artists based in Japan.

Merry Melodies for Train Departures

After taking into account suggestions from the public, Tokyo Metro has finally settled on some J-Pop jingles for train departures.

Top 10 Reasons to Buy Takara Tomy Transformers

Transformers collectors have long known the difference between the Japanese and U.S. versions of the toys. See the differences here and start your collection right!

Nanoblocks at High Speeds

Make your own Hayabusa Shinkansen out of Nanoblocks!

How do You Define 'Kawaii'?

Ad agency Dentsu seeks to visually define the term 'kawaii.' Do you agree? Watch the video and find out!

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