All About Japan

Babymetal to Join RHCP on U.K. Tour

World-famous rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers always give fans what they want, and adding Babymetal as special guests on the U.K. leg of their tour is sure to delight British crowds.

Each of the Days — 'Remains'

Japanese metalcore band Each of the Days ponders life, death, longing and loss in its cinematic music video for 'Remains.'

Pineapple Pen Café Set to Open in Tokyo

From the bright exterior to the unusual themed menu, the world’s first official PPAP café has a number of flash trimmings that fans will love, but you'd better hurry since it's only open for a limited time!

Tomomi Itano Hits the Gym for 'OMG'

Ex-AKB48 member Tomomi Itano has released the music video for her new song 'OMG.'

Hanazono Remixes Traditional Japanese Music

Audiences may not know what to expect when Naomichi Hanazono appears on stage. Dressed in garb inspired by traditional Japanese garments, he could have stepped out of a kabuki play. Then Western pop music starts up, and Hanazono springs into action!

5 Creepy Japanese Children's Songs

Read on for a compilation of seemingly innocuous children songs that, according to urban legends, hide a quite different meaning…

A New Wave of Folk Music

Breathing new life into traditional Japanese folk music, Aragehonji has a unique take on Japanese music.

Vamps Halloween Party 2016 in Kobe

Vamps give us Harley Quinn and Joker with guitars.

A New Form of Japanese Traditional Art

Merging ‘kyogen’ comedy, ‘nihon buyo’ dance and ‘wadaiko’ drums, 'infinity' aims to merge Japan’s historical traditions and folk art into a new-age form of entertainment.

Miyavi Releases New Album 'Fire Bird'

International musician and actor Miyavi released his first album in over a year, 'Fire Bird,' on August 31.

Japanese Drummer Builds Bridge to US Career

This fiery-haired, Las Vegas-based Japanese drummer has been playing her heart out in her second language: rock-n-roll!

How to Use a Loppi Ticket Machine

Loppi ticket machines are a convenient way to get tickets for sports events, concerts and theater, as well as day passes for Universal Studios Japan, Disneyland and the Ghibli Museum!

'Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen' Takes World by Storm

A new Japanese music video about apples, pineapples and pens may just have a shot at becoming this year’s biggest YouTube hit.

17 Awesome Things to Do for Halloween 2016

In a city famed for cosplay and seasonal celebrations, you just know Halloween is going to be epic! And we've got 17 great things lined up for you!

Explore the Yamanote through Song

Get a feel for the stations of Tokyo's Yamanote Line through these short videos, set to each station's unique and delightful jingle.

Aomori Mascot Kills it on the Drums

Playing the drums like a pro is not that easy, but add on a bulky mascot costume as well and you have the makings of a star!

Hikaru Utada’s Triumphant Comeback

After a roller coaster ride of a decade, Hikaru Utada is back with a full-length album—and we couldn’t be happier for her.

PassCode — 'Miss Unlimited'

Like your J-pop mixed with metal and retro video game sounds? You'll want to break out your old 'Contra' cartridge after giving PassCode a listen!

Interview with Hakata Idol Group HR

HR, or Hakata Reboot, aims to 'reboot' Hakata with a burst of energy!

Now Serving: Hot Autumn Performances

If you think the only thing delectable in Japan is the rich cuisine, you're missing a lot. There's a vast menu of performances to enjoy in Tokyo in the early days of autumn—served hot, even as summer ends.

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