Japan

Sakura train ride plays out like a magical scene from a Japanese anime movie

A secret hanami cherry-blossom viewing experience you won’t read about in travel guides.

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Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts designer shop to open in Osaka for a limited time!

You can take home the magic of Hogwarts with you right from Osaka.

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The passing of Monkey Punch inspires the Kano Sisters to share their Lupin III cosplay photos.

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First details, title of Inu Yasha creator Rumiko Takahashi’s new manga series announced

The legendary manga artist looks to be going back to fantasy adventure in her new serial with a mysterious name.

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Lupin III manga/anime creator Monkey Punch passes away

Pioneering artist’s hit series was one of Hayao Miyazaki’s first directing jobs.

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Revolutionary new A.I. self-checkout system in Japan calculates all your items with one glance

Sayonara barcode scans! Now there’s a faster and easier way to shop in Japan.

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Ninja laser tag tournament being organized at Japanese castle in the domain of the Iga ninja clan

Winner of laser shuriken battles will take home prizes including ninja sake and ninja rice.

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Pikachu and Eevee pay their respects to Wobbuffet with new Pokémon bags and plushies【Photos】

Pocket Monster stars strike the iconic pose of an often overlooked series veteran.

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Lawson 100 to sell three disgusting-looking baked goods that they’re sure we’ll love

Chili peppers, pickled ginger, and potato do battle with anko, mayo and chocolate inside these seemingly hard-to-stomach combos.

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KitKat Pairing Bar, manned by AI pairing sake with Kit Kats, to appear in Tokyo this month

If you’ve ever wondered what kind of booze goes best with what kind of Kit Kat, here’s your chance!

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Japanese high school will suspend students who don’t reveal their social media account names

Schoolgirl’s teacher says that if she doesn’t like being monitored online, she can drop out of school instead.

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Nine questions we have from Netflix’s Rilakkuma trailer, which reminds us he is NOT a bear【Video】

That’s right, Japan’s ultra-cute “relaxing bear” isn’t a bear.

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Maid cafe maid is in no mood to put up with complaints about guys who have girlfriends

Otaku customer thought he had an ally in his gatekeeping gripe session, but he was wrong.

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Japanese former adult video actress’ documentary promises to show her giving birth in live stream

Sola Aoi’s C-section to be highlight of program that will stream throughout Asia.

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Hayao Miyazaki still looking for talented staff to join Studio Ghibli for new anime production

The legend of animation needs as much help as he can get, and it could very well come from you!

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Man jumps out of car and saws off gate at railway crossing in Japan 【Video】

The whole thing was captured on video by a bystander.

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Japanese penguin plushie takes you from egg to chick to adult bird in seconds

Now you can have a companion penguin by your side wherever you go!

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Mom asks mecha anime staff to add scenes of kid going to the bathroom for her son’s sake

Transforming robot series has plenty of action and excitement, but lack of toilet content is making mom’s life hard these days.

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Twitter parents in Japan post pics and vids of their child-raising highlights

Kids do the funniest things – good job social media’s here to help broadcast the magic moments!

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Japanese man arrested for opening door and jumping off bullet train while it was still running

The man was responsible for causing delays for dozens of trains and thousands of people.

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