(Actual) Fun Ways to Learn Japanese Abroad!
Here are some of our favorite tried-and-tested ways to learn Japanese while having fun! And you don't have to be in Japan to do them!
Tokyo Aims for the World's Cleanest Halloween
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu comes out in support of the "Let's Gomi Zero" campaign.
Asian Kung-Fu Generation to Strike Europe
Two albums to get the local treatment in support of a November European tour.
Tommy Heavenly6's Halloween Addiction
While "I'm Your Devil (Halloween Remix)" remains a solid track, the rest of this EP is mostly a purposeless indulgence in Tommy's Anglophile fetish.
10 Cool Things to Do in Tokyo
From rabbit cafés to sumo tournaments and everything in between, these are the top recommendations from Veltra's adventurous staff to make the most of your trip to Japan's capital!
Band-Maid: 'New Beginning' Ready to Thrash
After building a frothing online fan-base with their guitar-heavy tracks, Band-Maid are finally releasing their nine-track full album.
Babymetal Goes Funko POP!
All three members of the metal-idol sensation will be available in huge-headed form in December.
A Few Words with Babymetal
Su-metal, Yuimetal and Moametal sit down with Tokyo Weekender's Matthew Hernon to dish on Lady Gaga, Metallica, and what it's like to be a genre-bending metal band.
Surreal J-pop Bangs Sell Biscuits
Idol offshoot 5572320 (that's their name!) teams up with Yoko Kanno for a Daliesque ode to crispy snacks with a side of Bohemian Rhapsody.
This World Is Her Playground
NekoPOP dives into the new album from Tigarah e Laura, a refreshingly badass Japanese singer who swings her sexuality around like a weapon on the dance floor.
Order McDonald's Largest Chicken Nugget Bucket
Hop on the train to Niigata to get your hands on this monstrous 48-piece bucket.
Psychedelic J-Pop Sushi
Orange Range, the band behind some of Naruto and Bleach's best-known opening theme songs, will have you craving sliced raw fish after watching their new music video.
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu's Crazy Party Night
Pumpkins, costumes and the usual Kyary Pamyu Pamyu weirdness abound. But we still can't explain one thing: Why this Halloween track was released in August!
The Goddess of the Toilet Will Make You Cry
No, it's not an ad for domestic cleanser: "Toire no Kamisama" is a 10-minute acoustic elegy for Kana Uemura's grandmother, and quite possibly the sweetest thing you'll ever hear in a Kansai accent.
Interview: FAKY is Back!
NekoPOP's DJ Greg Hignight sits with all four members of FAKY to talk about the hard-hitting J-pop unit's highly anticipated return to the music scene.
AKB48 vs. the Ramen Tower
Ramen Adventures' Brian MacDuckston joins Rena Nozawa from J-pop power group AKB48 to tackle a Tower Size ramen bowl near Tokyo Skytree.
The Bento Album
The first female hip-hop artists to enter the Oricon top ten, Halcali celebrate their greatest hits with a bento.
3-D Projector Brings Hatsune Miku to Life
This tabletop 3-D projector beams images that can be viewed from 360°.
Pepper Rocks with Asian Kung-Fu Generation
Pepper, the programmable humanoid robot that can detect and respond to human emotions, reveals his beatboxing skills.
84-Year-Old Idols Realease First Single
The average age of the members of KBG84 is 84. Unsurprisingly, their sound is a mix of old and new.