Japan

This year’s contest to choose Japan’s greatest mascot attracting some shady characters

Call me old fashioned but I remember when mascots were meant to be cute, not demons spawned by human weakness or yam ninjas.

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Square Enix Cafe opening in Tokyo next month with revolving themes, delicious-looking sandwiches

The video game developer always makes aesthetics a priority in its software, and it looks like it’s doing the same for its new restaurant in Akihabara.

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Toddler goes for an adorable dog walk but the question is: who’s walking who?

We can’t decide who’s cuter in this clip – the excited toddler or the patient shiba inu!

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Makoto Shinkai Comments on your name.’s 10 Billion Yen Revenue

Makoto Shinkai has some concerns about all the money his film is making.

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Anime girls will keep you company as you eat your instant ramen with new AR promotion

So cute you could slurp them right up?

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Cheapo News: We discover a Tokyo sushi shop with unlimited inari-zushi

Sushi Mamire, in Shinjuku’s Kabukicho district, offers up all-you-can-eat sides of inari-zushi with every lunch.

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Want to live and work in Japan? Apply to the JET Program this fall!【Video】

Working for JET was awesome for me, and now it can be your turn!

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Starbucks Japan releases their first ever creamy fruit tea Frappuccino

The Frappuccino sets out a new path for Starbucks as the company ventures out into tea territory with their latest release.

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Makoto Shinkai’s Your Name is about to do something no non-Ghibli anime has ever done

Makoto Shinkai and Hayao Miyazaki have vastly different directorial styles, but soon they’ll have a connection that’s unique among anime creators.

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Cute cats put Pavlov’s dog to shame by ringing bells with their own paws to get treats!【Video】

Before-and-after videos show how one cat learnt the clever trick from his older brother in just a couple of weeks.

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Online image collection’s views of Japan are beautiful to look at, free to use

Whether you need to find breathtaking visuals for a website or pamphlet, or just want to lose yourself in the natural beauty of Japan, this is the place to do it.

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Something’s not quite right with the neighbor’s plants… Mario’s enemies sprouting up in Japan

Stay back, ma’am. Let someone with a fire flower or invincibility star handle this.

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Fan recreates anime film Your Name’s trailer in amazing card trick form【Video】

Director Makoto Shinkai’s anime are often described as magical, so what better way to salute his latest project than a magic trick?

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Tom Hanks visits Japan, blends in with oyaji at restaurant in Tokyo

Find out where the Hollywood movie star took this silly selfie after the break!

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The handsome booth samurai of Tokyo Game Show 2016【Photos】

We get romanced by a team of smooth-skinned samurai at Tokyo Game Show, and also an insane stalker.

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Abandoned Japanese shopping mall’s onions are now so popular that they’re selling out【Photos】

Customers now outnumbering salespeople by an infinitely large ratio.

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Modern Primitives: New exhibit wonders what Jomon-period tattoos might have looked like【Photos】

The Jomon Tribe project delves into Japan’s prehistoric mystery with a stunning new photographic exhibition.

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Pokémon GO Plus may be hiding an awesome secret bonus for users, our field test discovers

We were on the fence about buying the Pokémon GO add-on, but suddenly we’re very happy we did.

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Parrots amuse owners in Japan by mimicking household items to get some attention

Lying down and acting like a computer mouse is sure to get you some affection!

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This is how Japan bids farewell to a beloved 40-year-old manga series

From stairs to walkways and even escalator handrails, this Tokyo neighbourhood has created a beautiful send-off for the Guinness World Record-holding manga that made it famous.

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