All About Japan

Improving Traditional Crafts with Technology

Exchange students from the University of Buffalo learn about 'kumiki,' a traditional carpentry technique, from artisans in Hida, and use technology to bring this time-honored craft to the modern age.

The Incredible History of Nintendo Explained

Thanks to traditional Japanese playing cards, the Japanese mafia and an extendable toy claw, this company transformed itself into one of the most iconic gaming brands in Japan.

Riding in a Transformer Will Soon be a Reality

With help from the designer of the original Gundam, Japan now has a transforming giant robot/car that two full-sized adults can ride in. Seriously—it's kind of amazing.

All About Purikura!

If you're not familiar with the exaggerated features and photographic fun of 'purikura,' you're in luck! This article takes a deeper look at the rise of these 'kawaii' Japanese photo booths, and what to expect when you visit one.

Check Out the Best Japanese Ads of 2017

Famous musicians, actors and idol group members star in these memorable commercials that will make you laugh, cry and (hopefully) want to buy what they’re selling.

Tidying Up Made Easier at This Japanese Inn

For two days, two lucky applicants will be able to stay at a traditional Japanese inn where slippers, tables, cushions and even TV remotes slide back to their original spots by just the click of a button.

Final Fantasy Snow Sculpture Heats up Hokkaido

Hokkaido's Snow Festival seems to outdo itself every year, but this sculpture featuring characters from 'Final Fantasy XIV'—complete with a project mapping light show—takes the cake, kupo!

FEMM Tease Future at CES 2018

J-pop musical mannequin duo FEMM are featured in a newly-released teaser video for an augmented reality/mixed reality presentation at CES 2018 in Las Vegas.

Journey to Another Planet with TeamLab

Visionary digital art collective teamLab is back at it again! Their latest installation in Toyosu features huge, color-changing balloons and digital koi fish, and will be open until autumn 2020!

'Manifest 99' Rattles into Japan

The award-winning 'Manifest 99,' an ominous and eerie story set on a train inhabited by a murder of crows, is about finding redemption in the afterlife—and is now available in Japan!

Visit Kanagawa & Get a Free Phone

While you can only use the phone for three days, it comes with access to the internet, free domestic and international calls, and sightseeing information for Kanagawa Prefecture.

Reserve Your Shinkansen Ticket on Your Phone

Overseas tourists can finally make shinkansen reservations thanks to a new English-language reservation app from JR Central and JR West.

Experience the Fastest Shinkansen to Date

Japan Railways is taking applications to experience the future of Japanese rail travel nearly a decade ahead of time.

Necessary Japanese Jargon for Dating Apps

Dating apps are getting more popular Japan, as it gives people easier access to find dates and meet new people. Just like everything else in Japan, there's lots of jargon hiding the true meaning. Here are some common terms we've decoded for you.

The Blooming Beauty of Everyday Objects

One Japanese artist's 'homegrown' art blends a respected tradition with modern household objects.

Kairo: Japan's Top Secret to Warmth in Winter

Here's our quick guide to the different heating pads you can purchase in Japan to keep your whole body warm.

Robot Serves Up Okonomiyaki in Okayama

Apparently, this robot has been serving up the savory Japanese-style pancakes on the downlow for over 40 years!

Innovative Aichi Illumination Made by Plumber

In a small town in Aichi Prefecture, a plumber and his family have created an icy winter illumination to warm the hearts of visitors.

A Guide to TeamLab's Interactive Light Museum

Before you head to Mori Building Digital Art Museum: EPSON teamLab Borderless, there are a few things you’ll need to know.

Where to Shop in Tokyo

From fashion and electronics to books and bargains, Tokyo is a shopper's paradise. If you're searching for tips on where to shop, look no further!

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