Why Are Japanese Commercials so Different?
It's no secret that Japanese commercials tend to be pretty different from what you might see in Europe or North America. But why? One piece of the puzzle can be found in the distinction between 'concept' and 'sizzle'!
8 Ways Japanese Christmas is Weird
Christmas is celebrated in different ways all around the world, but even looking beyond KFC and its status as a couples' night, Japan has picked up some traditions that warrant a few extra raised eyebrows.
Ghibli Artist's Bread Ad Will Melt Your Heart
A former Studio Ghibli animator has created a heartwarming new anime commercial to promote a pastry shop in Fukuoka. Just try not to get the feels!
11 Anime You Have to Watch Before You Die
Everyone has on opinion on the 'best' anime. But which are the anime that—regardless of quality—you simply have to watch before you die? These 11 are the ones you need to see!
Watch 100 Years of Anime History in One Video
This year, anime turns 100! And to celebrate, the Association of Japanese Animations has spliced together some of the most significant and popular anime to date.
'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.
5 Touching Japanese Ads You'll Need Tissue For
If you need a dose of J-Drama without the time to watch an entire series, these commercials may just give your tear ducts the exercise they need. Make sure you have tissues at the ready!
Ken Shimura Rocks the Shamisen
Comedian Ken Shimura reveals a surprising skill in this video for Kirin Hyoketsu, where he's joined by Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra.
LGBT+ Icons in Japan
As the rights of the LGBT+ community are becoming a huge topic in both people's personal lives and the corporate sphere in Japan, a number of Japanese LGBT+ icons have been leading the conversation—some for a very long time!
Conan Arrives in "Conan Town" to Settle Beef
Despite one major mishap along the way, Conan O'Brien managed to make it to the town of Hokuei in Tottori Prefecture, where he met the mayor and served up some delicious hamburgers.
5 Japanese Films That Explore Sexual Diversity
We often see Japanese films talking about love in various forms, across different ages and social status. But there aren't so many about sexual orientation. We've found a few special ones to share with you.
Destination Denim: How Jeans Bring in Tourists
Among aficionados, Japanese denim is known for its high quality and meticulous craftsmanship. As international visitors to Japan increases, so too does global interest in Japanese denim production.
Sailor Moon as Office Lady in New Commercial
A new commercial for energy drink Chocola BB Joma features Sailor Moon looking super professional and stylish in her suit!
Transforming Vacant Japanese Schools into B&Bs
A hotel with a difference—old schoolhouses in Japan are getting a new lease on life, by being transformed into hotels for visitors.
Namie Amuro & Masaharu Fukuyama Rock Asahi
Superstars Namie Amuro and Masaharu Fukuyama join forces to promote Asahi’s new beer, Asahi Super Dry Extra Hard.
Bieber Meets PPAP—Bromance Ensues
Justin Bieber teams up with Piko Taro for a hilarious new Softbank commercial featuring pens, pineapples, apples and a whole school full of excited students.
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.
5 Notable Songs from Japanese TV Commercials
If you find yourself humming a song in the middle of a packed train, your TV may be to blame!
Satomi Ishihara in Subculture Mecca
Taking a break from her turns in 'Godzilla Resurgence' and 'Attack on Titan,' Satomi Ishihara heads to Nakano Broadway to check out Tokyo's No. 1 hotbed for collectibles.
Get to Know the World Famous Dentsu
Dentsu has a huge influence on Japanese culture by deciding when, what, where and how things got promoted, as Dentsu owns stocks in different mass media conglomerates. But just how much do you know about this global powerhouse?