All About Japan

Japan’s Key National Celebrations

There are a handful of huge festivals and national traditions that are celebrated all across Japan each year.

Have Yourself a Merry Christmas (by Yourself)

Are you far away from family and your friends too are busy, leaving you on your own this Christmas? No need to succumb to singles' sadness. We've got some helpful advice to help you enjoy the holiday while flying solo.

Vamps Halloween Party 2016 in Kobe

Vamps give us Harley Quinn and Joker with guitars.

Hikone Castle: A National Treasure at 410

2017 marks the 410th birthday of Hikone Castle, one of just 12 remaining original-construction castles in Japan. Join us as we take a look inside!

Japanese Festivals: Shichi-Go-San

Every November 15, parents pray for the development and happiness of their 5-year-old boys and 3- and 7-year old daughters.

5 Ways Improv is a Sport

Japan's Health and Sports Day exists to promote an active lifestyle—that should count competitive improv, right?

Idols Treat Fans to Free Concert in Akihabara

SUPER☆GiRLS, Cheeky Parade, GEM and Wa-Suta bring Halloween to Akihabara!

Hiroshima Has Pennant Fever!

For the first time in 25 years, the Hiroshima Carp have won the Central League title. It's a long-awaited reward for a city that has had an abiding love affair with these red-capped champions.

9 Things to Know About Rugby in Japan

Riding the back of a stunning victory over South Africa in the 2015 Rugby World Cup, Japanese rugby has never before enjoyed such popularity among the Japanese public.

Japanese Festivals: Seijin no Hi

Established in 1948, Seijin no Hi (Coming of Age Day) is dedicated to those who have reached 20 years of age and are therefore considered adults in Japanese society.

3 Hot Tokyo Fireworks Festivals

Summer is always an eventful time in Tokyo. During July and August, there are countless summer firework festivals to see!

Japanese Festivals: Hanami

Cherry blossom vewing, or 'hanami,' has a long tradition in Japan. Today people head out in droves to picnic beneath the blooming cherry trees, while more than a millennium ago, members of the royal court composed poetry just for cherry blossom viewing!

Japan's Top Music Festivals

Summer is upon us, and that means one thing—the country is rocking with a wide variety of awesome music festivals!

LGBT+ Groups & Activities in Japan

As visibility for the LGBT+ community is increasingly growing around Japan, so are the number of groups that promote awareness. If you're looking to get involved, here's a great list of groups to get in touch with.

17 Awesome Things to Do for Halloween 2016

In a city famed for cosplay and seasonal celebrations, you just know Halloween is going to be epic! And we've got 17 great things lined up for you!

Preview of Tokyo Game Show 2017

Coming to you live from Tokyo Game Show 2017, it's Wendell, the Managing Editor of All About Japan, along with writer Jack and Yoshitaka, our editorial assistant. And we're bringing you along as we take our first look at TGS 2017!

Tokyo Marathon: From Start to Finish

Runners from all corners of the globe come to participate in the Tokyo Marathon in February each year. In 2016, AAJ contributor Jinichi Segawa set out to run the course with camera in hand.

World Bonsai Convention in Saitama

The World Bonsai Convention returns to Japan for the first time in 28 years.

Halloween on the Cheap

Halloween in Japan has become bigger, but that doesn't mean you have to spend big money to enjoy it!

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!

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