Do Japanese people think all those anime characters REALLY have blue, pink, and green hair?

Creator of Sword Art Online asks fans to answer a question that’s often brushed aside in the anime world, with some surprising results.

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Cosplay lucky bag delivers costumes aimed at first-time cosplayers in Japan

Is this how you’re meant to cosplay? 

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Lotte City Hotel in Tokyo comes with all-you-can-eat sweets and ice cream

People in Japan are going crazy for this sweets hotel, which serves up Koala’s March pancakes unavailable anywhere else in the world. 

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Godzilla Store crushes New Year with king of the 2020 fukubukuro lucky bags

Extra rare merchandise limited to only 100 lucky shoppers.

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Heartstopping video shows narrowly averted car crash, absurdly slow driver【Video】

That’s not how you’re supposed to use the road, dang it!

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Sukiya beef bowl chain makes Japanese New Year fun with limited-edition fukubukuro

13 reasons why 2020 ought to be the Year of the Beef Bowl. 

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Japanese Lucky Beckoning Cat banknote design is the faux money we wish was real

Manekineko cat currency is filled with lucky omens for the New Year.

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Naomi Osaka appears inside fukubukuro lucky bag from famous Japanese candy retail chain

Tennis star makes a surprise appearance in a bag filled with snacks and sweets.

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Kick off the Year of the Rat with hanky resembling a hamster sleeping in sawdust

Another addition to your list of “things I want, but I’m broke from the holidays.”

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Ippudo ramen gives noodle lovers a fantastic fukubukuro lucky bag for 2020

Start the New Year right with this once-in-a-year gift from the world-famous ramen chain.

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Yoshinoya fukubukuro lucky bag comes with sought-after beef bowl, sold at only one place in Japan

We go on a journey to find the Holy Grail of beef bowls.

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Japanese netizens vote on which of nation’s prefectures would make the best weapons in battle

Which prefectures have the deadliest curves? Time to find out!

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Japan’s Yodobashi Camera store celebrates New Year 2020 by rolling out a huge cardboard Gundam

Start 2020 out right, by picking up your Gundam Gunpla sets from a gigantic RX-75 Guntank.

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Love hotel search engine hacked, user info possibly stolen in attack against romancers

If you’ve used Happy Hotel to book a love hotel recently, you may want to change your password!

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Inside the rogue 7-Eleven, a convenience store completely cut off by its company

Is this 7-Eleven just being run by a loose cannon, or is it a sign of bigger problems ahead?

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Ikea hot dog lucky bag is one of the most unusual fukubukuro available in Japan this year

Ikea Japan gives locals a lesson on how to make a good hot dog for the New Year.

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Japanese man turns his house into a stage from Donkey Kong

His room design is absolutely bananas!

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Happy New Year from NERV! We crack open the 2020 Evangelion fukubukuro lucky bag【Pics】

Plenty of fanservice awaits in this end-of-year Evangelion package, and we didn’t even have to queue for one.

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6 predictions: Which brand new Japanese anime will be the dark-horse hit of 2020?【Videos】

Here are our Japanese-language reporter Seiji’s top picks for the hottest new stars of the upcoming anime season!

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Krispy Kreme fukubukuro lucky bag comes with cute limited-edition doughnuts for New Year in Japan

Gifts so good the diet will just have to wait until another day. 

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