All About Japan

7 Winners of the 2015 Japan Toy Awards

We chose entries across seven categories to bring you a stellar group of toys that were all winners at the 2015 Japan Toy Awards.

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!

All About Drones in Japan

Do you think drones are just toys, or the wave of the future? See how some people have caused a stir in Japan with drones—and what the government is doing about it!

Turn Your Smartphone into a Telescope!

Take pictures of the surface of the moon and planets on your smartphone with this cool new telescope add-on!

This 3DS LL Design is a Blast From the Past

For those missing the look and feel of one of Nintendo's earliest gaming consoles, this new Super Famicom-themed 3DS is a must-have.

Create Your Very Own Anime Film!

The same animation software that created the wonderful Ghibli film 'Princess Mononoke' will be available to download for free!

Share Your Music with the Song Wig

In a bold and radical new take on wearable tech, a device wants to take the music you listen to and put it at everyone else’s fingertips. Introducing the Song Wig!

Embarrassed Engineer Invents 'Selfie Arms'

Who needs a selfie stick, when you can use 'selfie arms'!

The Whole-Body Gaming Experience!

From your head to your feet, you'll be able to control a 3-D scanned version of yourself in IBM Japan's newest gaming project.

Are You Ready to Say Goodbye to Headphones?

Sony is developing a new device that gives you the ability to listen to music without putting anything in your ear.

A Brief History of Emoji

You likely know that emoji originated in Japan, but do you know how they ended up basically everywhere in the world?

Where to Buy Cheap Stuff around Tokyo

Because shopping in Tokyo isn't only for the spendthrift, but also for the budget-conscious buyer, we give you a lowdown on where to get good stuff and great deals in and around Japan's capital city.

7 Toy Winners of the Good Design Award

Take a look at seven extraordinary award-winning toys that deserved design certification.

Toyota Concept Car Made from 86 Wooden Panels

Check out Toyota’s stunning concept car, Setsuna, whose exterior is composed of 86 handmade wooden panels.

Internet on Your Phone: A Guide for Residents

In Japan, connecting your phone to the internet is almost easier as a tourist! Once you're a resident, it can quickly become a frustrating experience. However, there are several options out there, and you'll surely be able to find a suitable one.

Real Radios Made from Real Seashells

To commemorate the 90 years since radios were first brought to japan, the staff at Japanese radio station BayFM decided to create 100 seashell radios.

7 Japanese Gadgets You Can't Live Without!

During your stay you may come in contact with these seven gadgets that help make life in Japan a little bit easier. But as soon as you leave, you'll be wishing you had one at home, too!

Explore Tokyo from the People First

Wouldn't you agree that it's the people behind the places that make them special? This iPhone app provides a new way to explore unique, people-first destinations in Tokyo!

Stay Connected! Phone Service for Tourists

Finding a way to stay connected using your smartphone abroad is always bothersome, and Japan is no exception. Read on to learn all you'll need to know to ease the process!

Let the Power of the Clow Dry Your Hair

The Cardcaptor Sakura Sealing Wand will blow dry your hair without the aid of the Windy card.

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