All About Japan

Every Animator's Dream Desk

This DIY project by a Japanese animator is complete with an embedded graphics tablet!

Marketing the Otaku Lifestyle Abroad

How do you sell otaku swag online, and where is the market headed from here? Find out in this interview with Tokyo Otaku Mode founder and CEO Tomohide Kamei!

Japanese Baker Reveals Beautiful Bread Art

Using a combination of all-natural ingredients, this talented creator colors beautiful and intricate illustrations for loaves that are as cute as they are delicious!

The (Recent) Evolution of Anime Eyes

Pokémon digital illustrator Naoki Saito offers an eye-opening account of how Japanese manga and anime eyes have changed over the years.

'Shinya Shokudo' Finds the Heart in Izakaya

Every day after midnight, different motley crews of characters enter a tiny eatery called Shinya Shokudo, where they share their life stories. Yet the takeaway message from each episode of this manga and TV show can be remarkably profound.

54 Fun Things to Do in Japan!

Japan is filled with quirky and fun bucket-list-worthy things to do, with countless sights, shrines, parks, gardens, restaurants, museums and neighborhoods to explore. Here are the 54 fun things to do in Japan!

Obake in Japanese Popular Culture

Japanese ghosts and monsters have infiltrated everything from manga and anime to theater and movies—or maybe you'd just prefer to experience a good old haunted walk?

A Clever New Way to Display Your Figurines

Keep your figurines dust-free and set up in beautiful environments with this easy idea from Japan!

This Café Isn't for the Faint of Heart!

If the idea of an eyeball panna cotta and a sundae topped with maggots doesn't have you screaming in terror, the stomach-churning 'Shojo Tsubaki' café might be up your alley.

Slip on a Pair of Sailor Moon Socks

Power up your wardrobe with a pair of collared sailor-style Japanese uniforms wrapped around your ankles.

An Old Spin on Some Modern Characters

From Disney's Frozen to One Piece, these animated classics are getting an 'ukiyo-e'-style makeover!

New Akihabara Animate for Your Ikemen Needs

Opened on June 16, 2016, Akiba Girls Station is a massive, seven-floor shopping center dedicated entirely to anime/manga for the female audience.

How to Use Manga Pens

Learn how to get started with the most essential manga tools right here!

Top 3 Manga Artists You Didn't Know Were Women

Some manga artists are coy about their gender, even going so far as to refer to themselves in the masculine form to muddy the waters.

Japan's Top 5 Otaku Shopping Spots

If you're looking for anime, manga or cosplay merchandise, these are the places to check!

New E-Book Has Easy-to-Read Design for Manga

Beefed-up specs and functions address the needs of Japanese comic fans.

Touring Japan’s Scenic Sanin Coastline

Those sand dunes aren't in Hawaii, Australia or the Middle East—they're on the west coast of Japan!

The Devil Is in the Details

You'll simply be amazed by this dedicated 'Dragon Ball' fan's detailed drawing!

Captain America: Manga War!?

As part of the promotions for the Marvel movie 'Captain America: Civil War,' three major shounen manga titles have also revealed their own versions of 'civil war'—illustrated by the respective manga artists themselves!

Stylish Naruto Bags Have Arrived!

Whether you're packing school supplies or throwing stars, these bags are perfect for Naruto fans!

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