All About Japan

'Yurukyara' 101

Japan's cute mascots, often based on regional animals or foods, are known as 'yurukyara.' You've probably seen these fun and cuddly characters, but where did the idea come from?

The Umbrella that Looks Like a Salad Head

With your Vegetabrella out, don't think of it as rain—think of it as dressing!

7 Incredible Events at Japanese Castles

The castles dotting Japan's landscape no longer host battles and political upheavals, but they're not boring relics. Many were the backdrop to some pretty unbelievable stories!

'Henn-na Hotel': Smart, Weird & Wonderful

The Henn-na Hotel has garnered global interest because robots handle many of its services.The hotel’s management concept is also designed to trim labor costs and conserve energy as well!

10 Things That'll Surprise You in Japan!

Are these normal Japanese things weird to you? Here are the 10 things that might surprise you when you visit Japan for the first time.

Half Girlfriend, Half Soup Cooling Machine

Why exhaust yourself blowing on your noodles to cool down your soup when you can build your own girlfriend to do it for you?

Stray Cat Samurai Comes to Life, Edits Mag

Hiroyuki Takei's manga 'Nekogahara: Stray Cat Samurai' follows a one-eyed cat samurai as he 'cuts through insolence.' The real-life version apparently cuts through split infinitives.

10 Horrific-Looking Yet Tasty Foods from Japan

What some find strange to eat, others see as a typical delicious meal!

Teachers: Beware the 'Kancho'!

There are no winners in the 'kancho' game. But lots of kindergartners and elementary school students love playing it. Find out how to spot it before you, too, become a victim!

KO Your Smartphone with these Toy Stands

Tired of boring old smartphone stands? Why not kick it up a notch with Street Fighter II characters that battle and hold your smartphone?

The 6 Weirdest Cafés in Tokyo

As much fun as it is to gawk at Tokyo's shops and sky rises, it’s just as much fun to stop into a themed café to wet your whistle and enjoy an immaculately presented bite to eat.

Horrifyingly Cute Glass Hangers

Creepy Sadako, Kayako and Toshio are coming after you through your glass!

Sssssip With Care At These 4 Reptile Cafés!

In a country where sipping tea with cats and boozing it up with penguins aren’t (so) out of the ordinary, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that coffee with reptiles is also now an option.

Mountain-Sized Servings of Sushi in Ueno

These sushi portions are so big, you won't be able to fit it all in your mouth in one bite!

Turn Heads with Some Eye-Popping Accesories

This Japanese fashion designer gets rather creative with her bags and scarfs, creating bold fashion statements!

Portable Shrines of a Monstrous Proportion!

These giant portable monster shrines took over Ueno Park to dazzle and frighten all.

Weird & Wonderful Tokyo Adventures

Check out some of the best offbeat experiences available in Tokyo to see the city from a different perspective.

Don't Mess With this Office Worker!

Don't give this office worker a stack of work to do late in the day, lest she unleash her secret weapon.

10 Misconceptions We Assume True About Japan

If you live overseas and find yourself captivated by the intrigue of Japan, you’re certainly not alone. But sometimes what you think you know about Japan might not match up with reality!

Make these 3 Edible Micro-Dishes!

Check out these videos to learn how to make your own tiny, delightfully delectable Japanese dishes!

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