Japan

Japanese mascot Shinjo-kun joins ChiiJohn for a trip to the U.S. to see John Oliver 【Video】

Two otters travel across the ocean to search for “He-John” in this funny and heartwarming video.

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Yamato delivery man kicked and yelled at by older colleague in Japan【Video】

Japan is known for its amazing delivery services, but behind the scenes there’s a lot of stress in keeping up the high standard. 

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Life-size Mewtwo, graffiti Pikachu welcome us to the newest Pokémon Center megastore in Shibuya

So much awesome merch from the grand opening of Tokyo’s brand-new Pokémon destination!

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Star Wars becomes a kabuki play as we attend Kairennosuke and the Three Shining Swords in Tokyo

Japan’s biggest kabuki star becomes Kylo Ren, and here’s how you can watch the performance yourself.

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Japanese hotel that hosted last four emperors offering rooms for fraction of their regular price

The Nara Hotel offers royal-class hospitality, but right now you won’t have to pay a king’s ransom to experience it.

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We visited Tokyo’s Frozen II collab cafe and may have enjoyed it more than the movie 【Photos】

Get the inside scoop on Anna’s bittersweet dish!

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Japan’s favorite super-cheap revolving sushi restaurant finally comes to Akihabara!

Once strictly for the suburbs, Sushiro lets fans in Tokyo’s otaku district enjoy tasty sushi and still have plenty of cash left over for anime merch.

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Death-preparedness awareness poster featuring comedian draws complaints

The point is valid, but many wonder about the presentation.

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Busty Japanese YouTuber chef sells ad space on her chest, fans enthralled by cooking videos

In cooking or in advertising, breast meat always carries a premium.

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Vietnamese workers get scolded by boss in Japan, retaliate by punching him in the head 【Video】

Workers are said to be participating in the government’s Technical Intern Training Program.

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Saitama senior arrested after calling telecom provider 24,000 times to complain

A one-week reign of touch-tone terror consisting of 411 calls led to the arrest.

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Hate speech may soon be punishable by a 500,000-yen fine in one of Japan’s largest cities

One of Tokyo’s neighbors may become the first place in Japan to enact punishment for hate speech.

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Distressed moms and dads on Japanese trains getting help from child assistance volunteer badges

In a country where asking for, and even offering, help can be culturally difficult, these kindhearted badges aim to make a difference.

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Starbucks Japan unveils new Santa Boots Chocolate Frappuccino for Christmas 2019

Something here got lost in translation.

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Giant, house-sized Starbucks Mug appears in Tokyo, so Mr. Sato grabs own huge mug to check it out

The man behind the Internet’s giant Starbucks mug meme drinks from a jumbo mug inside a jumbo mug.

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Does Daiso’s crazy 100-yen Face Trainer really make you more beautiful? We find out【Experiment】

A glut of GIFs chronicle our reporter’s journey as he makes himself look weird in an effort to also make himself look handsome.

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Mr. Sato rocks a 40-year-old vintage Japanese outfit with a heart-melting backstory【Photos】

There’s a feel-good reason for our crack reporter looking this good.

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We visit the “Island of the Great Gods” in Okinawa, soak in spectacularly stunning scenery

Our reporter leaves convinced that Ogami Island is the hidden home of countless gods. 

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Japanese KitKats now come in edamame milkshake flavour

New Zunda Shake variety perfectly blends chocolate with sweet soybeans. Read More

Automatic cup noodle maker developed, makes instant ramen in an instant

Finally, a tool for those who cannot even boil water properly

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