All About Japan

All About Japanese Longevity

What's the secret to longevity in Japan? We take a look at some statistics to get to the bottom of this mystery.

How to Read 1 Character 5 Different Ways

This one simple Japanese sentence contains five different pronunciations for one 'kanji' character. Can you pronounce them all?

The Eccentric Artwork of Kawanabe Kyosai

Nothing was off limits for this eccentric 19th century Japanese artist, including cute cats, landscapes, the occult and eroticism.

Full List—Japan's Intangible Cultural Heritage

Beyond its 20 spectacular World Cultural Heritage Sites, Japan has 21 traditions recognized by UNESCO as elements of Intangible Cultural Heritage.

The Samurai Spirit of Aizu Lacquerware

This reflective video from Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Taylor Hawkins introduces us to three artisans in the former samurai town of Aizu-Wakamatsu, who continue to work together to bring a beautiful, heartfelt tradition to life.

Radio Ghibli Perfect for Ghibli Music Fanatics

Get ready for hours of scenes, songs and memories that tantalize your ears as you listen to iconic songs from Ghibli movie classics!

Neko Box Delivering Spring to Your Doorstep

Neko Box is a subscription service that makes sure you get quality goods from Japan each month. Let's see what waiting for us this time in the Hanami Box!

Spice up Your Sliced Bread with a Cute Bunny

Hop on over to Usagi-za Lepus Bakery to nibble on some bunny-shaped bread.

Tenjin-san Flea Market

If you're visiting Kyoto around the 25th of any month, be sure to stop by one of the largest shrine markets in the Kansai area and get yourself a souvenir! You'll be surprised at what's in store for you!

Get Your Hands on a Strong, Stylish Steel Case

Protect your goods in a fashionable way with this new brand of steel carrying cases!

Programming Isn't Just for Youngsters Anymore

How cool is this 81-year-old Japanese woman who learns programming from scratch to make an awesome mobile game!

Saving Money Is No Problem for No-Face!

This new automated money box speaks, plays music from the film and burps after every deposit!

See Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto & Nagoya in One Day

Legoland Japan will feature miniature replicas of famous Japanese landmarks made from 10,496,352 Legos (plus or minus a few)!

8 Fun Souvenirs from Shikoku, Japan

One of the greatest worries when going to Japan is deciding on the right souvenirs for our friends and families back home! Making the purchases that best represent the region you're traveling to is the way to go.

Think You're Seeing Orange? Think Again!

This mind-blowing optical illusion isn't the color you think it is.

Up Your Origami Game with Laser-Cut Paper

Laser-cut paper combines 'kirigami' and 'origami' art forms into one beautiful creation.

Homemade Cosplaying Accessories for Only ¥100

With just a couple of ¥100 coins and some creativity, you can make your cosplay accessories out of items from a ¥100 shop!

Breathing New Life into Old Kyoto

Kyoto is famous for its rich history, including temples and palaces that have existed for more than a millennium, but there are some new and exciting sites around the former capital that are sure to delight people of all ages.

Peeling Back the Surface of Robot Geisha

MythBusters' Adam Savage explores Ghost in the Shell’s coolest practical effects at Weta Workshop.

Get 'Spirited Away' by These Photos of Kyoto

Try if you can, but we don't think you'll be able to resist packing your bags for Kyoto after seeing these gorgeous photos.

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