Midwinter “cherry blossoms” are making one of Japan’s best castles even more stunning【Photos】

Tokyo is still waiting for its sakura to start blooming, but Hirosaki Castle, in the frozen north, is already beautifully pink.

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Starbucks Japan unveils new Frappuccino and macchiato to celebrate Tokyo Reserve Roastery opening

Experience the delicious flesh of the coffee cherry. 

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You can now wear the birthplace of Japanese tentacle porn on your feet with Shunga Sneakers

Famous woodblock print from master painter Hokusai adapted to sneakers that leave the naughty bits to your vivid imagination.

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Let’s make some stylish shoes out of McDonald’s French fry boxes!

Ahiru Neko crafts footwear that is both a bold statement and eco-friendly.

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Freebie given to moviegoers for newest Fate/stay night anime movie turns into a major windfall for one fan willing to part with the images of the heroine.

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Japanese junior high schooler worries everyone with attempt to traverse America by hitchhiking

Adults worked tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure his safety.

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Pokémon Shirts opens physical store in Tokyo with all 151 Kanto species designs on display

Mail-order fashion company opens Harajuku showroom so fans can see the shirts before they buy, and also offers in-store exclusive patterns.

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The one thing otaku never take photos of on vacation, according to Japanese Twitter

Hardcore anime fans like to travel and snap pics like anyone else, but there’s something that’s always just out of frame.

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Giant teabag-shaped envelope now available to spice up your look

This teabag-shaped envelope that looks like a clutch bag should get you plenty of attention just by carrying it! 

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You can go surprisingly far on a single train leaving from Tokyo Station

If you don’t like changing trains, Tokyo Station is probably your best bet for a starting point.

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122-year-old video of downtown Tokyo shows how much Japan’s capital has changed【Video】

Many of the people in the video spent their early lives living in a Japan that was ruled by a shogun.

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Japan now has a traffic safety video for cats to watch to help keep them safe on the streets

Animal psychologists from Kyoto University create public service video that’s not about cats, but for the animals themselves to watch and learn from.

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Life-sized Pokémon Furret plush is big enough to knock you out in one move

This huge plush ferret is so gigantic you might have to have someone else hold it up while you hug it.

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This store in Tokyo will pull out your grey hairs for you, leave you looking years younger

“Refresh your soul and hair!” is the slogan of the first white-hair-removal specialty store in Japan.

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Kansai Airport’s open-to-anyone lounge is a great way to relax and refresh on your Japan journey

No loyalty program or first-class ticket required for this traveler’s oasis with free drinks, loaner Nintendo Switch systems, and shower booths.

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Microwavable potato chips go on sale in Japan, because why should we eat cold potatoes? 【Video】

Almost all food tastes and smells better when it’s warm, doesn’t it?

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Japanese kids’ show mascot busts out a juicy piano pop tune inside a subway station

Passersby were treated to the jazzy refrain of Kenshi Yonezu’s Lemon, as played by a gigantic mop-headed monster.

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Fluffy Hello Kitty complimentary cup sleeves lead promotional Kitty lineup at Lawson

Cafe Lattes served in fluffy cup holders, sweet steamed Kitty head buns, and a special lunch are all on the menu at Lawson.

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Japanese cheating survey finds high infidelity rate in Kyoto and one of Tokyo’s neighbors

The least-faithful prefecture in the survey is often laughed at for being uncool, but responding residents seem to be plenty popular.

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