Love Songs from Japanese TV Shows & Movies
Popular TV shows and movies are remembered for many different reasons. Some have good stories and casts, some teach us life lessons. And perhaps more than we realize, theme songs play a large role in making viewers addicted.
'Tokyo Idols'—NekoPOP Film Review
Kyoko Miyake's 'Tokyo Idols' focuses on the fringe, negative aspects of 'idol' fandom. With an unconcealed axe to grind, it's centered around a little-known twentysomething idol and her 43-year-old No. 1 fan. But is the reality actually this dark?
You Ain't Never Heard 'Aladdin' Like This!
Have you seen this stylish and dynamic performance by the members of two Japanese high schools? It's truly worthy of a full-scale Disney production!
'Sayoasa' Long Trailer Released
The official trailer for the anime movie 'Sayonara no Asa ni Yakusoku no Hana wo Kazaro' was released in December. The film's lush visuals have drawn comparison to the works of Makoto Shinkai, director of the mega-hit 'Your Name.'
Prove You Survived Tokyo with Godzilla Goods
Shinjuku must be a bit of a masochist town, because after Godzilla destroyed it three times, the area constructed the first official Godzilla store to celebrate. Get postcards, clothing, figures, and more to show that you've survived Tokyo—and the kaiju.
A Uniquely Japanese Movie-Going Experience
Feel as though you are snuggled up at home under your very own 'kotatsu' as you catch a flick at this theater in Saitama.
New Miyazaki Short Film to Debut in Spring
There's only one place in the entire world you can see this new Ghibli short: the Ghibli Museum in Mitaka.
Spend the Evening 'Lost in Translation'
If you've ever wanted to recreate the iconic scenes from the widely acclaimed film 'Lost in Translation,' look no further. These spots in Tokyo were used as locations for five scenes in this bittersweet tale of missed connection.
Artist Creates Cute 'Episode VII' Flip-Book
To mark the release of 'The Last Jedi,' Japanese comedian/illustrator Tekken has published an adorable flip-book summary of 'The Force Awakens.'
Japanese Artist Assembles Ukiyo-e Avengers
A Japanese illustrator that goes by the name Takumi has created some awesome ukiyo-e art of the Avengers to celebrate the release of the latest film in the hit Marvel franchise.
CoMix Wave Films Unveils its Newest Movie
After lovingly dramatic portrayals of Tokyo and Gifu in the hit anime movie, 'Your Name,' this anime studio applies its glisteningly gorgeous talents to another country.
Smith on Japan: 'I prefer June to December'
Will Smith was in Japan in December to promote the Netflix original movie 'Bright.' He explained what he likes about Japan—it's not the December weather!
Japanese Trailer for 'Ready Player One'
The Japanese trailer for Steven Spielberg's 'Ready Player One' reveals a few more tantalizing shots from the film!
Beyond Anime: 5 Great Japanese Movies
The world of Japanese cinema is wide, and knowing where to dive in past the season's latest anime hit can be intimidating. We're here to help with five of our favorite timeless classics!
Pakistan Artist Develops Ghibli-Inspired Film
Currently under production in Pakistan, 'The Glassmaker' is attracting attention among anime fan with its beautiful stills, heartwarming storyline and groundbreaking ambition.
Tsukiji Market Memories Through Photogrammetry
The Tsukiji Fish Market relocated to Toyosu in 2018 and officially closed their doors forever. Using thousands of archival photographs, however, designers have created an immersive artwork that explores the former largest fish market in the world.
Ex-SMAP Star Plays Trans Role in New Trailer
After releasing a very lengthy trailer, upcoming film Midnight Swan has the internet abuzz with discussions about the theme of the movie—notably former SMAP member Tsuyoshi Kusanagi playing a trans woman—as well as the length of the trailer itself.
Detective Pikachu is on the Case (and Menu)!
Detective Pikachu makes his Pokémon Café debut with new menu items before the release of the live-action sleuth's upcoming film.
Posters for Chinese Release of 'Spirited Away'
18 years after the released of 'Spirited Away' in Japan, China is finally getting an official release! Chinese designer Huang Hai has gone above and beyond by creating a series of breathtaking posters to accompany the release!
Take a Peek at Ghibli Theme Park Concept Art!
The long-anticipated opening of the new Studio Ghibli theme park has had us dreaming of what would be inside. With the release of some new concept art, we're finally getting a glimpse of which Ghibli properties will get their day in the sun!