All About Japan

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!

Memorize Kanji With Cute Stop-Motion Videos

These adorable clips and characters will help you memorize kanji symbols and make you smile at the same time.

Spruce up the Home With 'Floating' Flower Art

Create the illusion of floating flowers with the Kaki Flower Vase.

Take Your Singing to New Heights

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

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.

Nintendo's Bringing Back Old School Gaming

Nintendo’s new retro Super NES includes a never-before-released game, plus some of the odder elements of gaming in the 16-bit era.

Stylish Flower Vases Showcase Metallic Beauty

Yokohama Makers Village teamed up with Japanese product designers to create a line of metallic flower vases.

Emoji: An Origin Story

The true meaning of emoji is not as simple as one might think.

5 Most Expensive Fruits That Are Made in Japan

Fruits in Japan can be expensive when compared to other countries—in fact, five out of the six most expensive fruits in the world are from here! Let's took a look the these costly treats!

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.

Fireflies Light up the Night in Amazing Photos

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

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!

From Chocolate Wrapper Drab to Totally Fab

To an artist, inspiration can come from anything, even chocolate candy wrappers.

Marvel at Intricate Fruit & Vegetable Carvings

Japan has a rich tradition of food carving, but in the hands of Japanese artist Gaku, the art of fruit and vegetable carving is elevated to a new realm of edible creations!

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.

Most Livable Cities in the World 2017 Edition

Three Japanese cities made it to the top 25 of most livable cities in the world, and you may or may not believe what is No 1!

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.

Kirin Toasts Same-Sex Marriage

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

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!

Touching Commercial Highlights Japanese LGBT+

Six Japanese individuals in the LGBT+ community discuss what coming out was like and what they hope to see in the future for LGBT+ rights in Japan.

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