Japan

Our Japanese reporter soothes her soul with Starbucks Japan’s Earl Grey Honey Whip drinks

Starbucks Japan’s final seasonal drink of 2020 is perhaps the most relaxing.

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Sega creates mini UFO catcher crane game with electric arm for Japanese magazine

Bring the joy of a Japanese arcade game into your home and win ALL the prizes! 

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Relive an iconic scene from anime Weathering with You with Japan’s rentable Hina umbrellas

Take Hina with you for all kinds of weather this weekend!

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Happy New Year from SoraNews24!

Congratulations, it’s 2021!

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Japan’ deadliest New Year’s food may be even more dangerous in 2021 due to the coronavirus

Eating the ironically risky symbol of long life is the latest thing that requires extra caution during the pandemic.

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Lack of otaku blood from cancelled Comiket contributing to donation shortage in Japan

In a normal year, right now anime fans wouldn’t just be emptying their wallets, they’d be filling up blood vials too.

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Mister Donut x Pokémon fukubukuro lucky bag is a deliciously cute adventure

Chansey and friends are just the icing on the cake for this doughnut extravaganza. 

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10 amazing manga to read over the winter holidays

Here are our top ten recommendations for comics to read as the year comes to an end.

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CoCo Ichibanya lucky bag here to keep you happy and full of curry

Bring in the Year of the Ox with some delicious beef curry, courtesy of CoCo Ichibanya!

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Japan’s number-one cosplayer Enako sparks heated debate after revealing insane 2020 income

Not everyone was happy about Enako revealing her riches during a year that’s been financially tough for many.

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Naomi Osaka is first-ever Japanese athlete to be named AP Female Athlete of the Year

Naomi Osaka’s meteoric rise to the top earns her a prestigious title, both for herself and the country she plays for.

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Watching Studio Ghibli’s first-ever all-CG anime was weird in weird ways【SoraReview】

These weren’t the bumps in the road I was expecting for Earwig and the  Witch.

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Creator of Japan’s first pole dancing manga talks with our pole-dancing reporter【Interview】

After Harukana Receive, manga artist Nyoijizai’s next series is all about the allure of the silver pole.

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Kyoto’s Kinkakuji Golden Pavilion finishes restoration, looks more beautiful than ever【Photos】

It’s not just gold that’s shining right now at one of Japan’s most beautiful historical sites.

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Studio Ghibli retail chain brings out a mystery fukubukuro lucky bag for New Year

Filled with awesome Ghibli character goods, Donguri Kyowakoku has some of the best lucky bags in all of Japan.

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20-year fan artist retires from Rei art after studio’s “No Evangelion fan porn please” request

End of the line for Mogudan.

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Japan’s new instant noodle Rubik’s Cube is fiendishly hard【Photos】

Solving this block of noodles is no piece of cake.

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Peer into Beard Papa’s lucky bag of cream

The Beard Papa tote bag is just the tip of this creamberg.

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Shibushi-shi Shibushi-cho Shibushi no Shibushi Shiyakusho Shibushi Shisho to change name

And I JUST learned how to say it!

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In Japan, even lifting weights is cute, Rilakkuma fitness goods prove【Photos】

Rilakkuma is here to help you be more physically active than he is.

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