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U.S. Ambassador wins fans in Japan with his love of local trains…and puns

Japanese train otaku recognise Ambassador Emanuel as a fellow railway geek during his “weekend of firsts”.

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Should you watch the credits at the movies? Japanese celebrity’s comments spark fierce debate

Is there any need to stay once the movie’s ended?” Ami Suzuki commented on panel show.

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American visits Japan, wonders why McDonald’s only sells beef bowls, not burgers

A visit to this unusual branch reveals the mystery behind the burgerless McDonald’s.

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Sumo wrestler vs. 16-month-old toddler: The cutest match you’ll ever see【Video】

Young child’s debut in the ring is a knockout!

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Osaka Expo nightmare-fuel mascot needs name, organisers ask for suggestions and Twitter delivers

The mascot, described as aggressively disgusting, is currently without a name to call it by.

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Ukraine’s message of thanks and friendship gets really awkward with Japan

All’s embarrassing in love and war.

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How origami changed the life of a Japanese woman in the U.S.

A lesson in how to overcome your fears and change your destiny.

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Japan Rail apologises for discrimination “misunderstanding” with Russian sign

Railway company’s dedication to customer service backfires, landing it in hot water instead. 

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Train station entrance in Yokohama is straight out of a post-apocalyptic horror game【Video】

Nope.

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Mother and son duo dancing beneath the sakura trees will bring a smile to your day

Viral video from Japan proves you’re never too old to pop and lock. 

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Japanese sweets artist makes incredible Pokémon cake for son’s birthday

Rowlet becomes Grass and Fire type with the addition of birthday candles.

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Burger King roasts McDonald’s with cryptic message on poster jabbing huge new store in Akihabara

Longstanding tongue-in-cheek rivalry between chains continues in Tokyo’s otaku mecca.

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Japanese supermarket entrusts customers with unusual discount sticker system

A new way to make the customer feel like God in Japan.

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Blackboards in the west, hallways in the north: Japanese school layouts spark discussion online

Are all Japanese schools designed the same way???

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The Japanese art of making trash containers from old papers

How to make an environmentally friendly container used in a lot of Japanese homes.

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Japanese jam jar lids close on their own, as if by magic

People around Japan are blown away by this bizarre discovery. 

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Turn your idol’s autograph into an accessory with this clever hack from Japan

A smart way to keep your favourite artist close to you at all times.

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Well-loved Pokémon plushie photos leave Japanese Twitter in both hysterics and horror

Beloved toys turn into nightmare fuel.

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Hidden smartphone feature reveals a strange Japanese emoticon

Typing this Japanese word into your iPhone or Android device will introduce you to some very unusual characters.

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Family hands in lost wallet, gets surprise Pokémon anime cels in return

Twitter user’s search for the mystery person behind the gift leads them to the original background artist 20 years later.

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