All About Japan

Pepper Rocks with Asian Kung-Fu Generation

Pepper, the programmable humanoid robot that can detect and respond to human emotions, reveals his beatboxing skills.

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.

FAKY Returns with 'Afterglow'

FAKY’s new sound blends the quartet's global pop sensibility with tight J-pop harmonies and a funk bass line.

Tokyo Aims for the World's Cleanest Halloween

Kyary Pamyu Pamyu comes out in support of the "Let's Gomi Zero" campaign.

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.

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.

FEMM & FAKY Team Up for Sak Noel Cover

This lively little karaoke-room video stars FAKY’s new line-up with RiRi and LuLa of pop duo Far East Mention Mannequins.

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!

Jin Akanishi: 'Me' Album Review

Released in June 2015, "Me" represents the culmination of the former KAT-TUN frontman's new-found independence.

Asian Kung-Fu Generation to Strike Europe

Two albums to get the local treatment in support of a November European tour.

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.

(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!

And You Thought Kyary Was Weird!

Hamada Bamyu Bamyu is a comedy act parodying Kyaru Pamyu Pamyu. His first single is appropriately entitled, "What the heck?"

3-D Projector Brings Hatsune Miku to Life

This tabletop 3-D projector beams images that can be viewed from 360°.

Order McDonald's Largest Chicken Nugget Bucket

Hop on the train to Niigata to get your hands on this monstrous 48-piece bucket.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

know-before-you-go