Japan

Colonel Sanders becomes harbinger of death in darkly comical Japanese New Year’s card

It’s terror-inducin’ good!

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Green tea Cup Noodle brings matcha to the wonderful world of instant ramen

Ramen and green tea are two of the best things to make if you’ve got a pot of hot water, and now you can have both at once.

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Ash has totally let himself go in the Pokémon Sun and Moon anime

It looks like all that time hitting the books has made the would-be Pokémon Master weak and flabby.

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Kodansha Manga Magazine Editor Arrested for Wife’s Murder (Updated)

Morning magazine editor Chonhyon Park allegedly strangled wife to death.

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It’s the end of an era…literally! Emperor may abdicate throne in 2019 and end the Heisei Era

The question on everyone’s minds: what would the name of the next era be?

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Japanese high schooler awarded by police chief for cleaning up litter on city street on her own

She alone collected 10 kilograms (22 pounds) of garbage!

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Japanese shrine maiden roomwear officially on sale, looks divinely cute, heavenly comfortable

Cozy Shinto-style fashion for relaxing at home.

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Accessories make the dog as Shiba Inu goes from schoolgirl cute to anime hero macho

It’s hard to believe that’s the same pooch.

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Japanese Twitter user shares the phrase a man should never say to his wife

Dinner is involved.

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Skip the peace sign – Security researcher cautions against striking Japan’s favorite picture pose

Saying cheese is fine, but flashing the peace sign could be inviting not just social media attention, but identity theft too.

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Awesomely adorable Pikachu cup clinger figures add some Poké-appeal to your beverages

Six new designs offered showing the Pokémon star in moods ranging from fired up to love-struck.

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Original short anime “Hizukuri” meets crowdfunding goal

Naoki Matsuura directs story inspired by artisan scissor creator.

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McDonald’s Japan holds first-ever General Election, winning burger upgraded at no extra cost

One burger to rule them all…

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Coca-Cola Japan releases milk tea with cherry and sakura blossom flavours for spring

Find out what this limited-edition beverage tastes like after the break!

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Pokémon characters show their love for sakura with cute new cherry blossom merchandise

Pokémon can now be caught frolicking in sakura-filled springtime scenes on tableware, stationery and beauty products.

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Hello Kitty Cafe coming to Osaka for a limited time!

Dear Daniel joins Hello Kitty to bring cuteness and love to a collection of themed meals and drinks.

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Japanese “nose-gargling” advertisement attracts attention on Tokyo’s trains

Passengers say they’ve been trying to hold in their laughter after laying eyes on this unforgettable image.

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26 scenes from one of the liveliest Coming of Age Day celebrations in Japan 【Photos】

For some young adults in Japan, Coming of Age Day is a somewhat solemn or drab affair, but in Kita-Kyushu it is anything but.

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Japanese internet and even television confused over use of “mystery gift” from lucky bag 【Video】

Is it a golden joystick? A cushion with a handle so you don’t fall over?

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We visit the breathtaking “House of Light” in the Japanese countryside

With an “Outside-in” room and a bath lit by fibre optics, this is one of Japan’s most unique places to stay.

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