All About Japan

DESTROY ALL THE THINGS at the Reeast Room

It's stressful being a civilized, polite human being. Sometimes you just want to let yourself go wild. That's why the Reeast Room was created—to release the beast and destroy all the things.

Gifu Festival Celebrates 700 Years of Swords

Seki City in Gifu Prefecture has been forging samurai swords for over 700 years. On the second weekend of October every year, the Seki Cutlery Festival celebrates the region's long history of blade-making—and offers gorgeous works at discount prices!

Katana Scissors Inspired by Real Samurai

Nikken Cutlery has three types of katana scissors for your slicing needs, including one inspired by Oda Nobunaga’s sword and featuring a gold-tipped “scabbard.”

Sneak Back in Time to a Ninja Village

Ninja roam the streets of this themed village in Saga Prefecture, giving visitors a close-up glimpse of their shadowy lifestyle.

Sharpen Your Look With Damascus Steel Watches

Wear a unique, exquisite timepiece filled with Japanese sword tradition on your wrist.

Unleash Your Inner Ninja in Nara!

Believe it! You too can live out your fantasy of becoming trained in the deadly weapons ninja once used.

Ninja for a Day: Koka Ninja Village

Is it possible to really become a ninja when traveling around Japan? Go to Shiga to find out—but you might be a little surprised by the reality!

An 8-Day Journey Through the 'Rising Dragon'

Travel through the 'Rising Dragon' region of Japan, where you'll find ancient shrines, exquisite gold leaf, top-ranked gardens, incredible festivals, panoramic mountain views, plus markets, museums, kabuki and more!

Kendo Looks Awesome in Kyoto

This incredible video will make you want to pick up a sword and visit Kyoto. In a good way.

3 Ninja Training Tours in Tokyo

There are plenty of places where you can have a ninja experience in Japan, but how about a taste of some actual ninja training?

4 Essential Pieces of Ninja Gear

In the world of fiction, ninja climb like Spider-man and toss out weapons like they've got bottomless Bat-utility belts. But how much was real, and how much is modern embellishment? A look at their gear will help us find out!

Evangelion Dolls Go Edo with Katana & Kimono

Takara Tomy has announced preorders for two of three planned Evangelion dolls clad in traditional kimono, with decorative blades by their side for protection.

Explore the Process of Making Japanese Swords

After watching this short tutorial on how to make a katana, you may find yourself wanting to become a swordsmith!

Make Your Own Ninja Stars

You too can master the art of throwing ninja stars by practicing with homemade paper shuriken.

5 Ninja-Related Spots in & around Tokyo

No trip to Japan is complete without celebrating its signature order of clandestine spies and assassins! These five spots will give you your ninja fix while exploring Tokyo and beyond!

Learn the Legacy of the Samurai

Experience 700 years of Samurai history at the Shinjuku Samurai Museum. See real swords, armor, helmets, and other tools and weapons.

Castles, Gardens & Peach Boys—Oh My!

From Okayama Castle's rare black walls to the charms of Okayama Korakuen Garden, one of the Three Great Gardens of Japan, there's plenty to see and do in Okayama.

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