All About Japan

Otherworldly Art Explores the Duality of Life

Japanese artist Yoshitoshi Kanemaki creates mesmerizing, contemplative wooden sculptures that ask big questions about our complicated world.

5 of the Best SIM-Only Contracts in Japan

Our guide to the cheapest options for getting a phone contract in Japan.

Cement Your Friendship With a Custom Seal

For the perfect birthday present, choose from a full array of 366 'hana komon' seals, each with its own associated meaning and symbolism.

Astonishingly Beautiful Hand-Cut Paper Art

One Japanese artist is showing off her mad cutting skills with these intricate works of art.

Take Your Singing to New Heights

Enjoy a round of karaoke on a Ferris wheel with an amazing Tokyo view!

Fireflies Light up the Night in Amazing Photos

One Japanese photographer perfectly captures the natural beauty of Japanese summer nights by focusing on fireflies.

Using the ili Translator in Rural Japan

Our writer Robert went on a cycling trip around western Japan and had an opportunity to test out the ili translation device in a few rural areas. Let's see how it works!

Online Shopping in Japan (by JLPT Level)

JLPT surely stands for 'Just Let People Trade' right? Joking aside, we're bringing you a list of five of the best Japanese shopping websites, ranked by the level of Japanese (according to the Japanese Language Proficiency Test) needed to access them.

Learn Hiragana From Handsome Anime Men

Flashcards not doing it for you when it comes to memorizing hiragana? Try a new smartphone game that will keep you glued to the screen with attractive anime men that will help you study the Japanese syllabary characters.

A Powerful Message of Peace From a Café

Nagasaki Starbucks marks the anniversary of World War II's end with a powerful message of peace on its chalkboard.

New Unicorn Gundam Is Almost Complete

Though it's set to be revealed in fall 2017, fans have already been shooting photos and videos of the 19.7-meter (64.6-foot) Unicorn Gundam that can also shift from its standard Unicorn Mode into a high-performance Destroy Mode.

Must-See Art Festivals After Summer

Summer festival season is winding down, but there are still fantastic ways to appreciate art around the country through to New Year's!

The Smart Guide to Teaching English in Japan

Looking to come to Japan to teach? Already here and hoping to get more out of your career? This book may be for you!

The Discovery of Ramen: For Kids!

San Francisco-based publisher Immedium is looking to extend its series of multicultural kids' books with a look at the origins of ramen! Hungry for more? Find out how you can support this delightful project on Kickstarter!

Tackling Cultural Isolation through Rugby

In the short documentary 'Union,' a young Maori working in Japan tackles his cultural isolation using the universal language of rugby.

Aussie Producer Turns Ghibli Music Hip-Hop

Meet Ghosting, an Australian music producer who reworked Studio Ghibli soundtracks into a tidy hip-hop instrumental mixtape.

Let out Your Inner Train Otaku

New Japanese train-themed karaoke lets you belt out announcements without being a public nuisance in Tokyo's Shinagawa Ward.

An Inexpensive Way to Make Bath Bombs

Why spend money on a luxurious bath bomb when you can make one yourself using ingredients and gadgets from ¥100 store?

Kirin Toasts Same-Sex Marriage

Same-sex marriage couples will now receive the same benefits like condolence leave, company housing and other benefits

The Japanese 'Taiko' Drum Goes Electronic

The world's first ever electronic 'taiko' drum will be played on stage with the internationally recognized performance group Kodo.

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