All About Japan

Sputniko! Bonds Myth, Science & Music

This new scientific discovery not only has its own music video, but also ties to ancient Japanese mythology.

The GazettE Invades North & South America

Japanese hard-rock, visual-kei band The GazettE will be playing New York, Mexico City, Buenos Aires, Dallas, Toronto and more from April 15 to May 5, 2016.

4 Ways J-Pop Has Gone Sakura for 2016

There are plenty of J-pop songs with cherry tree, or 'sakura,' in the title. Here are four new entries from 2016 alone!

Get a Good Whiff of Sakura-Infused Beer

Even beer companies are getting on the cherry blossom bandwagon with products like this aromatic 'sakura' beer. We'll drink to that!

FEMM — PoW! / L.C.S. Review

POW!/L.C.S. is packed with some killer remixes, but it’s not the new material that’s the star here—it’s the (finally!) CD release of Femm-Isation, FEMM's previously digital-only release.

Band-Maid Announce New Album for May 2016

Japanese all-girl rock group Band-Maid have announced their upcoming album Brand New Maid, set for release on May 18, 2016.

10 Ways to Improve Your Japanese with Karaoke

How do you level-up your Japanese with karaoke? First read the advice, then check out our list of 10 karaoke songs that will wow your singing partners and build your language skills at the same time!

Babymetal Nails US Television Debut

Metal idol band Babymetal slays the audience on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

Babymetal — Metal Resistance Review

Babymetal’s 'Metal Resistance,' the follow-up to the trio's 2014 cross-cultural smash 'Babymetal,' raises the epic level by a factor of 100.

Charisma.com's 'Aidoru C' Hits Like a Slap

Aidoru C, the latest album from Charisma.com, dares you to dance while hitting you in the face with topical lyrics that don’t pull any punches.

Interview with Rhedoric

It's been a long road, but rock band Rhedoric is finally achieving its dream of playing the U.S.

Merry Melodies for Train Departures

After taking into account suggestions from the public, Tokyo Metro has finally settled on some J-Pop jingles for train departures.

4 Fun & Weird Ways to Use the Train

Japanese trains are fast and efficient. But have you ever seen one used as a rolling showroom? Or how about having a concert at 260 kilometers per hour?

Exist†trace Release New Video & Album

Visual-kei metal band Exist†trace has released the music video for their new song 'Dream Rider' from their upcoming mini-album This is Now.

Babymetal Making it Big in the USA

Babymetal's newest album, Metal Resistance, made it onto the U.S. Billboard Top 40—the first Japanese album to do so in 53 years!

10 Ways to Experience 'Danso' Culture

'Danso'—women dressing and performing as men—has been an element of Tokyo girls’ underground culture for years. We've outlined 10 ways to get a taste of 'danso' culture, both in Japan and from abroad!

How Amateur Models Reach the Top of the Pops

'Dokusha moderu,' which literally means 'reader model,' refers to an amateur fashion model who serves as a representative of the readers of a particular fashion magazine. In Japan, these models are often more popular than their runway counterparts!

The Grittier Side of Scandal

Scandal's seventh studio album, 'Yellow,' follows the tried-and-tested pop-rock formula while occasionally delving into a grittier side of the band we haven't heard before.

These Elderly Men Got Style!

Straight from Kochi Prefecture, this new grandpa group rivals J-pop boyband legends SMAP and Arashi with their suave moves and killer beat.

Babymetal Goes Spooky with Karate MV

Babymetal is growing up, and their “Karate” music video is definitely darker in tone.

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