Concept art was apparently too good to just put up on the family fridge.
Being open about your otaku status has an economic upside this month.
Culture and linguistics make the most obvious form of address an unpopular choice.
The elder Mr. Sato tells it like it is. Plus: an appearance by the Sato family cat!
Kids are given one less plane ticket than there are members of their family, and their responses are heartwarming.
Don’t forget the cream puff!
Why just hand your loved ones money when you can send them on an adventure? The experience is priceless!
Who knew that the secret to happiness as a couple could be caught in a Pokéball?
Son’s writing gets published in national newspaper, biting criticism and all.
After-dinner family sticker pictures will soon be A-OK in the eyes of the law.
”Make your parents cry” may not have been the assignment, but it was definitely the result of this important lesson.
Does your Grandma go picking fights with wild boars?
Brief glimpse at multigenerational family has viewers reaching for their tissues and chopsticks.
Family and nature both feature prominently in this stirring glimpse of a day spent far away from the bright lights of Tokyo.
Some of the best short stories from Japanese online hangout 2Channel were recently turned into a manga by a very talented artist, with one tale in particular hitting netizens right in the heart.
This beautiful grandmother shows the world there’s no age limit when it comes to having fun.
A Japanese couple and their kids have a “family meeting” every month and take detailed notes with monthly goals and results. In true sitcom fashion, they end up surreal and hilarious.
“Enlightening” is not a word that should be tossed around lightly, but this essay by eighth-grader Ayumi Takada really is just that.
We don’t know what it is about huge companies these days, but they really like to make us feel the feels recently. When did they all have a financial meeting and decide to spend money on making us cry? These commercials are emotional, beautiful and give us hope that even with all the bad in the world, moments of undeniable good can still be found and cherished.
Inspired by true events, this commercial really gives off a “Humans of New York” vibe even though it’s an advertisement for life insurance. Get your tissues ready because, when children show how much they care about their parents, it really warms the cockles of our hearts.
You might think that Japanese advertisements are all Hollywood celebrity endorsements or surreal tales of busty schoolgirls with nose rings, but when it wants to, Japan can make commercials that yank on the heartstrings as strongly as anywhere else in Asia. Getting the waterworks flowing today is Toyota, asking the question, “Do you care about your parents as much as they love you?”, and while the video is short on cars, it makes up for that with plenty of tears.