Japan

Japanese cosplayer Nekomu Otogi gives fans something that is sure to add a little “bounce” to their day: smartphone cases and mousepads resembling her cleavage.

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New Sailor Moon eyeliner gives you magical girl eyes with just a wave of your moon stick

Say, “Moon Prism Power, make up!” for a flawless finish with Moon Romance’s ever-growing line of Sailor Moon beauty products, including their all-new eyeliner collection.

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Official Harry Potter site releases info about the mysterious Japanese wizards and their school

Where do Japan’s young witches and wizards go to hone their magical abilities? Why, Mahoutokoro on the island of Minami Iwo Jima, of course!

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These convenience stores really, really want you to buy their ehomaki Setsubun rolls

Ehomaki “lucky sushi rolls” are a big part of Setsubun—the changing of the seasons festival. So big, in fact, that some convenience stores appear to be losing their minds in an effort to sell more rolls than the competition.

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All aboard Tokyo’s Love Train!

Commuter train with special heart-motif straps and box seats starts service in time for Valentine’s Day.

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We tried the new sake-flavour Kit Kats from Japan and they’re awesome【Taste Test】

Chocolate-covered wafers and Japanese rice wine are a winning combination.

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Nintendo launches awesome, free Super Mario Wallpaper Maker website for PCs and smartphones

Want to try your hand at crafting Super Mario Maker screens, but don’t have a Wii U? Right this way!

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Japan going crazy for college girls after the release of a new photo collection

Move over dancing queen, here comes the “Campus Queen”!

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Have you seen this mushroom? In search of a beloved travel companion named Nameko

A beloved mushroom travel companion lost in transit, never to be seen again? Not on our watch!

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Headphone splitters gone rogue: How to share your music with 100 people all at once【Video】

For those silent parties without speakers.

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New “edible kairo” tablets claim to warm your body during winter—our Japanese writer eats the lot

In an effort to beat the recent cold snap that befell Japan, our writer Ahiru Neko discovered Edible Kairo (Edible Heat Packs) but got a little carried away.

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Virtual idol Hatsune Miku dances and sings, for real, with awesome new figure 【Video】

If you can’t make it to one of Miku’s concerts, now she can perform for you right in your home.

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Blur the borders between gaming and real life with table-top “save points” from Japan

It’s a beautiful way to save and restart during uncertain times in life.

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The 5 phases of adjusting to life in Japan (from a Western expat point of view)

Today, we present five phases Western expats go through, from arriving fresh off the boat to thinking about retirement, when living in Japan.

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J-Rocker Gackt is ready to pump you up with his abdominal muscle training regimen【Video】

Can you stomach his ab-crushing exercises?

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We didn’t see that coming: Lupin III’s catchy theme song played on a telephone

Ever wondered what the classic Lupin III theme song would sound like played on a telephone? Neither have we, but the result is still spectacular!

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We visit the Suntory Yamazaki Distillery, the newly-renovated, boozy paradise

The whisky distiller, famous for upstaging Scottish standbys to be crowned “Best Whisky in the World” in 2014, recently renovated their open-to-the-public facilities. We figured it was as good an excuse as any for a tour and tasting!

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Yakuza 6 lets you duke it out inside an ultra-detailed Japanese convenience store【Video】

Anyone who’s been to Japan knows that the convenience store is the prefect place to get snacks, pay your bills, buy adult material, and get into a fight. Wait, what?

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This needle felting artist is recreating people’s pet cats down to the last furry detail【Photos】

Fancy a purr-fect replica of your very own feline friend? This Japanese needle-felting artist recreates kitties in stunning, realistic detail to order.

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How to escape from a burning castle: evacuation drill reveals thrilling slide system

Escaping from a castle turret in Japan involves hurtling down a narrow, flexible chute!

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