Japan

Okonomiyaki sauce producer on damage control following heightened Iran-US tensions

Company assures us a famous Japanese dish is not in danger of becoming collateral damage.

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Nintendo’s historic former headquarters in Kyoto to reopen as a hotel

Management promises “comfortable hospitality for both domestic and international travelers.”

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Slayers cafe opening in Tokyo and Osaka brings food of the fantasy anime to real life【Photos】

Fans can drink Lina’s fireball and eat Naga’s jiggling chest.

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We bought a “Plastic Model Vegeta” lucky bag from Laox, got a model we really didn’t expect

To our surprise, it was not a lucky bag just devoted to Vegeta models, as we initially thought.

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Mister Donut teams up with French patisserie chain Pierre Hermé for new range of luxury doughnuts

The famous Ispahan rose macaron cake is just one of the sweet delights making its doughnut debut.

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Cherry blossom forecast 2020 released! Sakura season shifts to new start time in Tokyo this year

Japan’s beautiful cherry blossoms are on their way, but not at the same time as usual, according to predicted dates and map.

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Here’s what happened when our three middle-aged reporters got makeovers with new makeup for men

“I feel pretty, oh so pretty!”

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Japan’s worst Amazon deliveryman caught in the act【Video】

Terrible customer service, pretty decent arm strength.

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Popular Star Wars characters interpreted as ice cream flavors by Baskin Robbins

If there were a flavor for the film series as a whole it’d be Rocky Road.

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Japanese company that will quit your job for you sees rush of clients to start 2020

A lot of Japanese people said hello to the new year by saying goodbye to their old job, with a team of lawyers ready to handle the awkward situation for them.

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Busting one of the biggest myths about the five-yen coin and shrine offerings in Japan

You may have heard giving a certain amount of money will win you favor with the gods, but a very high authority says otherwise.

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Wazigen Shizukaya’s latest collection of modern men’s kimono make a move for high fashion

These stylish kimono robe overcoats have some seriously avant-garde styles!

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When is it OK to take a naked hot spring bath with your Japanese girlfriend/boyfriend?

The onsen trip: as beloved a relationship milestone as Christmas Eve and Valentine’s Day, but how long do you have to date before you bathe together?

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It’s under 9,000 (yen)! Testing out luck with the Dragon Ball figure lucky bag【Photos】

All we knew was that the bag contained Dragon Ball anime figures, and that was all we needed to know.

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Japan finalizes life imprisonment sentence for Shinkansen murderer

Man who slashed random bullet train passengers cheered as his sentence was handed down.

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Huge tuna fish sells for a whopping 190 million yen at the first wholesale auction of the year

The US$1.75 million bluefin tuna was bought by none other than the president of a popular sushi chain.  

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Tokyo food budget savior: All-you-can eat yakiniku, every night for less than four bucks

Japan’s most popular yakiniku chain has an unbelievable deal that makes it seem crazy to eat anywhere else.

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Starbucks Japan made an exclusive five-green tea blend for its new Hojicha Frappuccino

The coffeehouse shows it knows a thing or two (or five) about teas too with its newest roasted green tea dessert drinks.

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Studio Ghibli makes every day magical with new Spirited Away, Totoro and Kiki calendars

Beloved characters keep you company every day of the year.

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