2020-04-10T00:00:05+09:00 2020-04-10T00:00:05+09:00 Anime Architecture:
Anime Architecture:
Anime Architecture:
Anime is so much more than cute girls with big eyes and even bigger boobs. No other medium provides such a rich illustration of different universes, journeys and characters where everything is possible. Japanese animation culture has matured into the peak of human storytelling. Take Akira for example, take Neon Genesis Evangelion, take Grave of the Fireflies. And it's not only the diverse characters and beautiful stories which hijack our minds for a couple of hours, it's also the elaborated architecture of buildings, machines and cities that give us an immerse impression of another world. German curator Stefan Riekeles has…
Anime is so much more than cute girls with big eyes and even bigger boobs. No other medium provides such a rich illustration of different universes, journeys and characters where everything is possible. Japanese animation culture has matured into the peak of human storytelling. Take A…
2020-04-09T22:00:33+09:00 2020-04-09T22:00:33+09:00 Girls in Tokyo:
Girls in Tokyo:
Girls in Tokyo:
The Land of the Rising Sun is one of the most magical places on this planet - and it has more than one good reason to be. In the Japanese capital in particular, you'll find a melting pot of cultural conquests, from colorful fashion over delicious food to trendy music. Tokyo is always worth a trip, no matter for what kind of touristic purpose you want to go there. Even the most everyday occurrences become an adventure at the far eastern end of the world. Traveling by subway, reading mangas, crossing the famous traffic junction: Japan is fantastic - even…
The Land of the Rising Sun is one of the most magical places on this planet - and it has more than one good reason to be. In the Japanese capital in particular, you'll find a melting pot of cultural conquests, from colorful fashion over delicious food to trendy music. Tokyo is always…
2020-01-01T00:00:27+09:00 2020-01-01T00:00:27+09:00 Sailor Moon, Naruto, Dragon Ball:
Sailor Moon, Naruto, Dragon Ball:
I absolutely love anime. And you should too. The greatest thing about Japanese animation in general is the huge variety they exist in. Every single one of them is like an open door into another adventure. Some are dark, some are happy. Some are cute, some are sexy. Some are harmless, some are exciting. Just pick one and find yourself in an alternate universe. For starters we picked the 10 best anime you can watch right now. From comedy to drama, from action to family friendly entertainment. Welcome to the glorious world of anime! Your Name The day the stars…
I absolutely love anime. And you should too. The greatest thing about Japanese animation in general is the huge variety they exist in. Every single one of them is like an open door into another adventure. Some are dark, some are happy. Some are cute, some are sexy. Some are harmless,…
2020-04-09T20:00:26+09:00 2020-04-09T20:00:26+09:00 Jidouhanbaiki:
Jidouhanbaiki:
Jidouhanbaiki:
If you're flying to Japan for the first time, you soon will feel persecuted on your way through Tokyo, Osaka or Kyoto. Because whether in the middle of the colorful city or in the idyllic countryside, whether during the day or at night, whether in crowded shopping streets or on abandoned hiking trails. They are really everywhere. Vending machines. "Japan has the highest number of soft drink machines in the world in terms of land mass," photographer Edward Way, who was born in Bordeaux and grew up in Paris, explains. “They shape the urban squares and fill the gaps between…
If you're flying to Japan for the first time, you soon will feel persecuted on your way through Tokyo, Osaka or Kyoto. Because whether in the middle of the colorful city or in the idyllic countryside, whether during the day or at night, whether in crowded shopping streets or on abando…
2020-04-09T18:00:07+09:00 2020-04-09T18:00:07+09:00 First Love:
First Love:
First Love:
When it comes to Japanese pop music, there's no one I admire more than Hikaru Utada. When she released "First Love" in 1999, only a few people could foresee the success and impact she would have in the world of then very euro techno based J-pop. The early 2000s were Hikaru's playground. Her albums "Distance" and "Deep River" became the most played ones on my iPod, with songs like "Wait & See (Risk)", "Hikari" and "Sakura Drops" on repeat. While other bands and artists came and disappeared on my radar often in the same year, Hikaru always stayed in my…
When it comes to Japanese pop music, there's no one I admire more than Hikaru Utada. When she released "First Love" in 1999, only a few people could foresee the success and impact she would have in the world of then very euro techno based J-pop. The early 2000s were Hikaru's playgroun…
2020-04-09T16:00:54+09:00 2020-04-09T16:00:54+09:00 Teenagers in Tokyo:
Teenagers in Tokyo:
Teenagers in Tokyo:
If you ask random people about Japan they usually react with stereotypes all over. They know sushi and sake. Crazy TV shows and manga. And maybe some even mention those vending machines where people can buy used underwear worn by underage schoolgirls. Or middle-aged men. No one really knows. And maybe it’s better if it stays that way. But Japan is so much more than just cute anime characters, colorful video games and freshly chopped fish. It’s home to a hugely creative, sometimes lonely and overall playful youth which tries to survive in a country that’s infamous for its rigorous…
If you ask random people about Japan they usually react with stereotypes all over. They know sushi and sake. Crazy TV shows and manga. And maybe some even mention those vending machines where people can buy used underwear worn by underage schoolgirls. Or middle-aged men. No one really…
2020-04-09T14:00:16+09:00 2020-04-09T14:00:16+09:00 Super Tamade:
Super Tamade:
Super Tamade:
Some guy told us that the Super Tamade super market chain in Osaka may be linked to the Japanese mafia, also known under their common name yakuza, who may be using the business for money laundering. And not only that, apparently the quality is also not the very best, thanks to the very low prices. He also told us to stay away from raw fish and meat, if we'd like to stay healthy for another day or two. And yet it's an absolute blast and crazy experience when you step into the colorful neon hell for the first time through…
Some guy told us that the Super Tamade super market chain in Osaka may be linked to the Japanese mafia, also known under their common name yakuza, who may be using the business for money laundering. And not only that, apparently the quality is also not the very best, thanks to the ver…
2020-01-01T00:00:46+09:00 2020-01-01T00:00:46+09:00 Sailor Moon, One Piece, Naruto:
Sailor Moon, One Piece, Naruto:
For many of us, Japanese manga are not only comics, they are some kind of secret religion. Little bibles full of sometimes heartwarming, sometimes adventurous stories that flood our minds and thoughts with emotions of pure excitement. Wether we go on a treasure hunt with a crazy crew of colorful friends or finding ourselves in a dystopian future where warm humanity is aimed to overcome cold steel, manga are portals into magical wonder worlds where everything is possible. Here are 10 Japanese comics to kick of your love with the beautiful universe of manga. Dragon Ball Legend has it that…
For many of us, Japanese manga are not only comics, they are some kind of secret religion. Little bibles full of sometimes heartwarming, sometimes adventurous stories that flood our minds and thoughts with emotions of pure excitement. Wether we go on a treasure hunt with a crazy crew…
2020-04-09T12:00:26+09:00 2020-04-09T12:00:26+09:00 Moon Prism Power, Make Up:
Moon Prism Power, Make Up:
Moon Prism Power, Make Up:
For some kids Sailor Moon was not only a great TV show or even their favorite one, the glamorous and colorful adventure around Usagi Tsukino and her best friends was their life, their savior, their reason to not give up. It was this anime and manga which showed kids and teens around the world that it’s okay to be strong and different at the same time. 90s Japanese cartoon Sailor Moon broke new ground with its sympathetic portrayal of GLBTQ characters. VICE follows the stories of queer Moonies who were closeted in the 90s but found inspiration from the series…
For some kids Sailor Moon was not only a great TV show or even their favorite one, the glamorous and colorful adventure around Usagi Tsukino and her best friends was their life, their savior, their reason to not give up. It was this anime and manga which showed kids and teens around t…
2020-04-09T08:00:03+09:00 2020-04-09T08:00:03+09:00 Fashion in Asia:
Fashion in Asia:
Fashion in Asia:
Very few of you may know Koenji. It's in the middle of Suginami, which in turn can be found west of Shinjuku. Around the year 1980 a lot of apartment buildings were built here, which caused the number of shops, bars and cafes to skyrocket. Today you will find cute little shops here, as an alternative to the hustle and bustle in Shibuya, Akihabara or Shimokitazawa. If you want to experience a very special shopping experience, I recommend the Kiki 2, a pink, cute vintage shop with all sorts of sweet treasures and even sweeter employees. There is a lot…
Very few of you may know Koenji. It's in the middle of Suginami, which in turn can be found west of Shinjuku. Around the year 1980 a lot of apartment buildings were built here, which caused the number of shops, bars and cafes to skyrocket. Today you will find cute little shops here, a…
2020-04-09T06:00:36+09:00 2020-04-09T06:00:36+09:00 Girls in Japan:
Girls in Japan:
Girls in Japan:
Julia Abe, born in 1994, not only has two hearts in her chest, she is from Japan and Brazil after all, no, she is also one of the most interesting models Tokyo has to offer at the moment. Every more or less relevant underground photographer, street style brand and East Asian fashion magazine wants her face associated with them. On her very own
Julia Abe, born in 1994, not only has two hearts in her chest, she is from Japan and Brazil after all, no, she is also one of the most interesting models Tokyo has to offer at the moment. Every more or less relevant underground photographer, street style brand and East Asian fashion m…
2020-04-09T04:00:28+09:00 2020-04-09T04:00:28+09:00 Mysterious Japan:
Mysterious Japan:
Mysterious Japan:
If you want to invest your hard earned money in a vacation or longer stay in Japan, you naturally want to see Tokyo, the Japanese capital, the most brightly lit metropolis among the metropolises. But there is also a lot to discover beyond the radiant Sky Tree. Osaka for example, the city in the heart of the western Japanese region of Kinki. Osaka is the traditional trade center of Japan and today one of the most important industrial centers and one of the most important ports in the country. The old city center of Osaka around Shinsaibashi is in the…
If you want to invest your hard earned money in a vacation or longer stay in Japan, you naturally want to see Tokyo, the Japanese capital, the most brightly lit metropolis among the metropolises. But there is also a lot to discover beyond the radiant Sky Tree. Osaka for example, the c…
2020-01-01T00:00:27+09:00 2020-01-01T00:00:27+09:00 Sailor Moon, Naruto, Dragon Ball:
Sailor Moon, Naruto, Dragon Ball:
I absolutely love anime. And you should too. The greatest thing about Japanese animation in general is the huge variety they exist in. Every single one of them is like an open door into another adventure. Some are dark, some are happy. Some are cute, some are sexy. Some are harmless, some are exciting. Just pick one and find yourself in an alternate universe. For starters we picked the 10 best anime you can watch right now. From comedy to drama, from action to family friendly entertainment. Welcome to the glorious world of anime! Your Name The day the stars…
I absolutely love anime. And you should too. The greatest thing about Japanese animation in general is the huge variety they exist in. Every single one of them is like an open door into another adventure. Some are dark, some are happy. Some are cute, some are sexy. Some are harmless,…
2020-04-09T02:00:15+09:00 2020-04-09T02:00:15+09:00 Tokyo Travel Guide:
Tokyo Travel Guide:
Tokyo Travel Guide:
Lost in translation and blinded by the lights, a visit to Tokyo will unfailingly live up to your expectations, with the weird and wonderful lurking around every corner. The city is a huge, intense, sprawling mass of culture, a bizarre combination of tradition and extreme modernity packed into a place that’s swarming with life 24/7. Tokyo is so large it’s hard to make sense of, especially as a visitor, yet the subway system is strangely logical, and once you get your head around it, it’ll become your underground doorway to exploring the city. Get ready for food, shopping, culture, nightlife,…
Lost in translation and blinded by the lights, a visit to Tokyo will unfailingly live up to your expectations, with the weird and wonderful lurking around every corner. The city is a huge, intense, sprawling mass of culture, a bizarre combination of tradition and extreme modernity pac…
2020-04-09T00:00:21+09:00 2020-04-09T00:00:21+09:00 Cute Japan:
Cute Japan:
Cute Japan:
Of course, Tokyo also has its normal sides. Its vulgar sides. Even its boring sides. Men in dark suits. Tall walls made of grey skyscrapers. Noisy and crowded subways. But then you step through a door and suddenly you are in sugar-sweet Tokyo, where everything is kawaii and fluffy and motley. Welcome to Kawaii Monster Café, the place in the Japanese capital where you can have the fun of your life. Located in the middle of Harajuku, everything cute and sweet is combined in one place. Unicorns to ride on, pink tarts for your intimate cravings, baby-style milk bottles hanging…
Of course, Tokyo also has its normal sides. Its vulgar sides. Even its boring sides. Men in dark suits. Tall walls made of grey skyscrapers. Noisy and crowded subways. But then you step through a door and suddenly you are in sugar-sweet Tokyo, where everything is kawaii and fluffy and…
2020-04-08T22:00:21+09:00 2020-04-08T22:00:21+09:00 Teenagers in Tokyo:
Teenagers in Tokyo:
Teenagers in Tokyo:
Tokyo is one of the most expensive cities in the world. So it’s hardly surprising that young girls look for easy and uncommon ways to make quick money rather than standing in a convenience store all night long. Businessmen of all ages are happy to provide Japanese schoolgirls with a good amount of cash as long as they’re willing to offer themselves for so-called “walking dates.” VICE News host Simon Ostrovsky went to one of Tokyo’s busiest neighborhoods, where girls solicit clients in their school uniforms, to a concert performed by a band of schoolgirls attended by adult men, and…
Tokyo is one of the most expensive cities in the world. So it’s hardly surprising that young girls look for easy and uncommon ways to make quick money rather than standing in a convenience store all night long. Businessmen of all ages are happy to provide Japanese schoolgirls with a g…
2020-04-08T20:00:23+09:00 2020-04-08T20:00:23+09:00 Akihabara, Shibuya and Asakusa:
Akihabara, Shibuya and Asakusa:
Akihabara, Shibuya and Asakusa:
Imagine you finally arrive at Narita Airport near Tokyo, then take the train straight to the heart of the city and then spend a day in the untamed and confusing urban jungle of this huge Japanese metropolis. We have photographed what you will see on exactly this trip. A day in Tokyo basically means that you will be swallowed up by huge skyscrapers, loud crowds and colorful billboards. Chattering schoolgirls in iconic uniforms, tired businessmen in dark suits, housewives hurrying by with smart phones on their ears. Tokyo is seemingly pure chaos, but actually an optimally structured masterpiece. Those who…
Imagine you finally arrive at Narita Airport near Tokyo, then take the train straight to the heart of the city and then spend a day in the untamed and confusing urban jungle of this huge Japanese metropolis. We have photographed what you will see on exactly this trip. A day in Toky…
2020-01-01T00:00:46+09:00 2020-01-01T00:00:46+09:00 Sailor Moon, One Piece, Naruto:
Sailor Moon, One Piece, Naruto:
For many of us, Japanese manga are not only comics, they are some kind of secret religion. Little bibles full of sometimes heartwarming, sometimes adventurous stories that flood our minds and thoughts with emotions of pure excitement. Wether we go on a treasure hunt with a crazy crew of colorful friends or finding ourselves in a dystopian future where warm humanity is aimed to overcome cold steel, manga are portals into magical wonder worlds where everything is possible. Here are 10 Japanese comics to kick of your love with the beautiful universe of manga. Dragon Ball Legend has it that…
For many of us, Japanese manga are not only comics, they are some kind of secret religion. Little bibles full of sometimes heartwarming, sometimes adventurous stories that flood our minds and thoughts with emotions of pure excitement. Wether we go on a treasure hunt with a crazy crew…
2020-04-08T08:00:34+09:00 2020-04-08T08:00:34+09:00 Welcome to Aokigahara:
Welcome to Aokigahara:
Welcome to Aokigahara:
Eerie Aokigahara forest, an impenetrable stretch of woodland on the slopes of Mount Fuji is also known as ‘the suicide forest’. Every year dozens of Japanese young people come here to end their lives. The Goth group Necronomidal takes inspiration from this strange place. Aokigahara is a forest at the northwest base of Mount Fuji in Japan. It's known to be quiet because of the absence of wildlife and the wind-blocking density of the trees that are in it. A number of rocky, icy caverns are in the forest and some of them are popular tourist destinations. Demons in Japanese…
Eerie Aokigahara forest, an impenetrable stretch of woodland on the slopes of Mount Fuji is also known as ‘the suicide forest’. Every year dozens of Japanese young people come here to end their lives. The Goth group Necronomidal takes inspiration from this strange place. Aokigahara…
2020-04-08T06:00:48+09:00 2020-04-08T06:00:48+09:00 Beautiful Japan:
Beautiful Japan:
Beautiful Japan:
In the past, you took your Polaroid camera with you on long-distance trips, but today it all happens through the lenses of our smart phones. And what would dream trips be without sharing them with our loved ones and other people on Instagram? Nothing, really. That's why we took a colorful Instagram trip through the modern and traditional streets of Tokyo. Today we want to show you the most beautiful snapshots of this analog and digital journey without too much commenting. Delicious food in Ginza, new friends in Shimokitazawa and great sights in Harajuku - this is how we imagined…
In the past, you took your Polaroid camera with you on long-distance trips, but today it all happens through the lenses of our smart phones. And what would dream trips be without sharing them with our loved ones and other people on Instagram? Nothing, really. That's why we took a colo…
2020-04-08T04:00:59+09:00 2020-04-08T04:00:59+09:00 Life in Japan:
Life in Japan:
Life in Japan:
From Gothic Lolitas to Yoyogi Rockabillies, the Tokyo neighborhood of Harajuku is a wellspring of some of the world's most unique and extreme fashion trends. Rife with restaurants, shops, and cafes, it's a hangout 'hood for the city's youth, whose style is confined to uniforms from elementary school through to high school graduation. And, perhaps to rebel from such strict sameness, they spend their weekends seeing how far they can push the limits. One of the oldest and most pervasive Harajuku style groups is Decora, characterized by a pursuit of kawaii, or "cuteness," which is expressed in massive piles of…
From Gothic Lolitas to Yoyogi Rockabillies, the Tokyo neighborhood of Harajuku is a wellspring of some of the world's most unique and extreme fashion trends. Rife with restaurants, shops, and cafes, it's a hangout 'hood for the city's youth, whose style is confined to uniforms from el…
2020-04-08T02:00:58+09:00 2020-04-08T02:00:58+09:00 Beautiful Japan:
Beautiful Japan:
Beautiful Japan:
If you are more than two meters away from home and have a smartphone with you, it goes without saying that you take one selfie after the other to share them on Instagram eventually, especially if you are at the other end of the world. For example in Osaka, the third largest city in Japan after Tokyo and Yokohama. Osaka is the traditional trade center of Japan and one of the most important industrial centers and one of the most important ports in Japan. The old city center of Osaka around Shinsaibashi is in the south, the northern center has…
If you are more than two meters away from home and have a smartphone with you, it goes without saying that you take one selfie after the other to share them on Instagram eventually, especially if you are at the other end of the world. For example in Osaka, the third largest city in Ja…
2020-01-01T00:00:27+09:00 2020-01-01T00:00:27+09:00 Sailor Moon, Naruto, Dragon Ball:
Sailor Moon, Naruto, Dragon Ball:
I absolutely love anime. And you should too. The greatest thing about Japanese animation in general is the huge variety they exist in. Every single one of them is like an open door into another adventure. Some are dark, some are happy. Some are cute, some are sexy. Some are harmless, some are exciting. Just pick one and find yourself in an alternate universe. For starters we picked the 10 best anime you can watch right now. From comedy to drama, from action to family friendly entertainment. Welcome to the glorious world of anime! Your Name The day the stars…
I absolutely love anime. And you should too. The greatest thing about Japanese animation in general is the huge variety they exist in. Every single one of them is like an open door into another adventure. Some are dark, some are happy. Some are cute, some are sexy. Some are harmless,…
2020-04-08T00:00:05+09:00 2020-04-08T00:00:05+09:00 Girls with big eyes:
Girls with big eyes:
Girls with big eyes:
Hikari Yamazaki is a very talented Japanese illustrator. She calls herself Hikacha and I’ve been obsessed with her style for years now. I like the high school girl’s note book full of random scribbles and thoughts as much as the big size paintings. It’s street art, but not only in a girly way. It contains a strong power in combination with sex and dreams. I’m always excited to see new posts on your drawing blog. Can you tell us a little about those girls in your work and what motivated you to start drawing? The girls in my work are…
Hikari Yamazaki is a very talented Japanese illustrator. She calls herself Hikacha and I’ve been obsessed with her style for years now. I like the high school girl’s note book full of random scribbles and thoughts as much as the big size paintings. It’s street art, but not only in a g…
2020-04-07T22:00:30+09:00 2020-04-07T22:00:30+09:00 Mexico Forever:
Mexico Forever:
Mexico Forever:
In this New York Times documentary host Walter Thompson-Hernandez travels to Nagoya in Japan to speak to the girls there who style themselves after Chicanas. These women have taken inspiration from Latina women and are making it their own. Chicano, or Chicana, is often referred to a chosen identity for Mexican Americans in the United States. Chicano or Xicano are sometimes used interchangeably with Mexican-American, and both names exist as chosen identities within the Mexican-American community in the United States. Although Chicano had negative connotations as a term of denigration prior to the Chicano Movement, it was reclaimed in the…
In this New York Times documentary host Walter Thompson-Hernandez travels to Nagoya in Japan to speak to the girls there who style themselves after Chicanas. These women have taken inspiration from Latina women and are making it their own. Chicano, or Chicana, is often referred to a c…
2020-04-07T20:00:58+09:00 2020-04-07T20:00:58+09:00 One Day in Asakusa:
One Day in Asakusa:
One Day in Asakusa:
If you don't just want to chase the hottest fashion trends, the tastiest food options and the sweetest schoolgirls in Tokyo and like to think outside the box of Shibuya, Harajuku and Akihabara, then Asakusa is the place for you. Here there is namely the Sensō-ji, the oldest and most important Buddhist temple in the city. For a long time, Asakusa was known as an entertainment district in which Kabuki and Rakugo theaters settled. After the Meiji restoration, the modern entertainment industry began to take root and western theaters and cinemas emerged. After the Second World War, however, Asakusa lost…
If you don't just want to chase the hottest fashion trends, the tastiest food options and the sweetest schoolgirls in Tokyo and like to think outside the box of Shibuya, Harajuku and Akihabara, then Asakusa is the place for you. Here there is namely the Sensō-ji, the oldest and most i…
2020-04-07T18:00:15+09:00 2020-04-07T18:00:15+09:00 Life in Japan:
Life in Japan:
Life in Japan:
Tokyo’s hypnotic youth movement are rejecting ideas of fashion defining sexuality. In this documentary we’ll learn how and why the movement came about in 2016, and meet the pioneers behind Tokyo’s most boundary pushing scene. The people over at i-D meet the Tokyo youth celebrating genderless fashion. Using make-up, clothes and Instagram filters, these young people are challenging international social norms and drawing on anime's fluid beauty standards. The genderless lifestyle trend isn't about your sexual orientation or prefixed roles - it's about modern human fluidity, and Tokyo's genderless youth defy convention by dressing themselves in clothes from whichever area…
Tokyo’s hypnotic youth movement are rejecting ideas of fashion defining sexuality. In this documentary we’ll learn how and why the movement came about in 2016, and meet the pioneers behind Tokyo’s most boundary pushing scene. The people over at i-D meet the Tokyo youth celebrating gen…
2020-01-01T00:00:46+09:00 2020-01-01T00:00:46+09:00 Sailor Moon, One Piece, Naruto:
Sailor Moon, One Piece, Naruto:
For many of us, Japanese manga are not only comics, they are some kind of secret religion. Little bibles full of sometimes heartwarming, sometimes adventurous stories that flood our minds and thoughts with emotions of pure excitement. Wether we go on a treasure hunt with a crazy crew of colorful friends or finding ourselves in a dystopian future where warm humanity is aimed to overcome cold steel, manga are portals into magical wonder worlds where everything is possible. Here are 10 Japanese comics to kick of your love with the beautiful universe of manga. Dragon Ball Legend has it that…
For many of us, Japanese manga are not only comics, they are some kind of secret religion. Little bibles full of sometimes heartwarming, sometimes adventurous stories that flood our minds and thoughts with emotions of pure excitement. Wether we go on a treasure hunt with a crazy crew…
2020-04-07T16:00:41+09:00 2020-04-07T16:00:41+09:00 Kingdom of Magic:
Kingdom of Magic:
Kingdom of Magic:
I could quit my job now, buy a ton of ice cream, and watch Disney movies until I die. The animated feature films of course. Not those crappy TV movies in which ADHD teenagers dance and sing like they are serious. I'm talking about “Arielle” and “Cinderella” and “Beauty and the Beast”. What great films ... We were at Disneyland in Tokyo to make our craziest childhood dream come true. And to drown our somewhat unhealthy Disney addiction for just a few hours in a trendy, sweet environment. Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck and Dumbo were there to welcome us.…
I could quit my job now, buy a ton of ice cream, and watch Disney movies until I die. The animated feature films of course. Not those crappy TV movies in which ADHD teenagers dance and sing like they are serious. I'm talking about “Arielle” and “Cinderella” and “Beauty and the Beast”.…
2020-04-07T14:00:14+09:00 2020-04-07T14:00:14+09:00 Japanese Craftwork:
Japanese Craftwork:
Japanese Craftwork:
For a few years now, the term “slow living” has been a bit overused if you want to indulge in an attitude to life that is opposite to the hurried and stressful daily routine and says that you should concentrate on your own existence again. Cooking with organic products. Breathe slowly. Go hiking in the woods. Japan itself is a country of extreme contrasts. Epic technical advances on the one hand collide with the gentle and quite loving way of life of the Japanese in general. Old temples, small parks and a few ghosts, which don't always have to be…
For a few years now, the term “slow living” has been a bit overused if you want to indulge in an attitude to life that is opposite to the hurried and stressful daily routine and says that you should concentrate on your own existence again. Cooking with organic products. Breathe slowly…
2020-04-07T12:00:44+09:00 2020-04-07T12:00:44+09:00 Shibuya Calling:
Shibuya Calling:
Shibuya Calling:
When it comes to fashion in all its forms, colors and grandeur, the Far Eastern metropolis of Tokyo is a huge and monstrous universe full of small and gigantic clothing stores, well-hidden vintage shops and independent galleries. Old businesses are closing, new ones are springing up like mushrooms. In an endless repetition. It's quite difficult to keep up to date here. But what's almost more interesting than just being up-to-date in terms of fashion is finding out where the cool kids in Tokyo hang around when the sun is slowly settling down and the busy nightlife begins. So we went…
When it comes to fashion in all its forms, colors and grandeur, the Far Eastern metropolis of Tokyo is a huge and monstrous universe full of small and gigantic clothing stores, well-hidden vintage shops and independent galleries. Old businesses are closing, new ones are springing up l…
2020-04-07T10:00:20+09:00 2020-04-07T10:00:20+09:00 Tokyo's Fun Island:
Tokyo's Fun Island:
Tokyo's Fun Island:
Of course, Tokyo is so much more than just Shibuya, Akihabara and Harajuku. If you want to experience more than the normal tourists, you have to go to places that are less known but still no less exciting. Such as Odaiba, the artificial island in the Bay of Tokyo, which is valued by local residents as a popular entertainment and shopping area. Before 1996, Odaiba was a pure business district. The Japanese economy was at its peak and the island was to become the model of futuristic life. Overall, the construction of the island cost over 10 Billion Dollar. But…
Of course, Tokyo is so much more than just Shibuya, Akihabara and Harajuku. If you want to experience more than the normal tourists, you have to go to places that are less known but still no less exciting. Such as Odaiba, the artificial island in the Bay of Tokyo, which is valued by l…
2020-01-01T00:00:27+09:00 2020-01-01T00:00:27+09:00 Sailor Moon, Naruto, Dragon Ball:
Sailor Moon, Naruto, Dragon Ball:
I absolutely love anime. And you should too. The greatest thing about Japanese animation in general is the huge variety they exist in. Every single one of them is like an open door into another adventure. Some are dark, some are happy. Some are cute, some are sexy. Some are harmless, some are exciting. Just pick one and find yourself in an alternate universe. For starters we picked the 10 best anime you can watch right now. From comedy to drama, from action to family friendly entertainment. Welcome to the glorious world of anime! Your Name The day the stars…
I absolutely love anime. And you should too. The greatest thing about Japanese animation in general is the huge variety they exist in. Every single one of them is like an open door into another adventure. Some are dark, some are happy. Some are cute, some are sexy. Some are harmless,…
2020-04-07T08:00:58+09:00 2020-04-07T08:00:58+09:00 True Japan:
True Japan:
True Japan:
When you think of Tokyo, you think of glass skyscrapers, brightly lit advertising signs that flash in all colors of the rainbow, and technological achievements that should only be possible in the future - but are available right here in the Japanese capital. But the metropolis on the other side of the world also has a traditional side. You only have to step out of one of the busy shopping streets once and suddenly you find yourself in the middle of a small forest, an old temple complex or surrounded by lovingly designed shrines. Originally a small fishing village named…
When you think of Tokyo, you think of glass skyscrapers, brightly lit advertising signs that flash in all colors of the rainbow, and technological achievements that should only be possible in the future - but are available right here in the Japanese capital. But the metropolis on the…
2020-04-07T06:00:04+09:00 2020-04-07T06:00:04+09:00 Beautiful Japan:
Beautiful Japan:
Beautiful Japan:
It's virtually impossible to stumble through the diverse neighborhoods of Tokyo without holding your camera tight in your hand to take pictures of every person, every advertisement and every meal you see. Here's a cute sex shop, there's a smiling policeman, and on the other side of the city is a colorful bookstore with all sorts of little treasures that we've never even heard of before. So we danced through Shibuya, Harajuku and Yoyogi and photographed everything that seemed to us, in the truest sense of the word, Japanese. We munched ourselves through small restaurants, drank ourselves through nice bars…
It's virtually impossible to stumble through the diverse neighborhoods of Tokyo without holding your camera tight in your hand to take pictures of every person, every advertisement and every meal you see. Here's a cute sex shop, there's a smiling policeman, and on the other side of th…
2020-04-07T04:00:10+09:00 2020-04-07T04:00:10+09:00 Buddhism in Japan:
Buddhism in Japan:
Buddhism in Japan:
Kinkakuji is one of Kyoto's landmarks and is particularly famous for tourists who flock to see the “golden temple”. The Buddhist sanctuary is located in the northwest of the city and its architecture combines different Japanese styles and at the same time is influenced by Chinese elements. And, by the way, it's absolutely beautiful. The gold plating gives the pavilion its name and literally makes it shine. When sunlight hits the construction, the Kinkakuji unfolds its real charm. With the light coming in, the gold shines brightly on the walls of the structure, is reflected from the pond in front…
Kinkakuji is one of Kyoto's landmarks and is particularly famous for tourists who flock to see the “golden temple”. The Buddhist sanctuary is located in the northwest of the city and its architecture combines different Japanese styles and at the same time is influenced by Chinese elem…
2020-04-07T02:00:38+09:00 2020-04-07T02:00:38+09:00 Sushi, Street Styles and Shibuya:
Sushi, Street Styles and Shibuya:
Sushi, Street Styles and Shibuya:
Since Tokyo is known to be the most beautiful city in the world, we are always very keen to see great pictures from the colorful streets of Shibuya, Harajuku and Akihabara. So it's great that photographer and travel enthusiast Lauren Engel and her cheerful crew visited the Japanese capital to show us some of her beautiful vacation photos. Lauren grew up in Hong Kong and lived in New York, Sydney and Boston afterwards. Today she works as a photographer for well-known brands like Adidas, Beats by Dre and Volklore and popular international publications like Vogue, Highsnobiety or C-Heads. And when…
Since Tokyo is known to be the most beautiful city in the world, we are always very keen to see great pictures from the colorful streets of Shibuya, Harajuku and Akihabara. So it's great that photographer and travel enthusiast Lauren Engel and her cheerful crew visited the Japanese ca…
2020-01-01T00:00:46+09:00 2020-01-01T00:00:46+09:00 Sailor Moon, One Piece, Naruto:
Sailor Moon, One Piece, Naruto:
For many of us, Japanese manga are not only comics, they are some kind of secret religion. Little bibles full of sometimes heartwarming, sometimes adventurous stories that flood our minds and thoughts with emotions of pure excitement. Wether we go on a treasure hunt with a crazy crew of colorful friends or finding ourselves in a dystopian future where warm humanity is aimed to overcome cold steel, manga are portals into magical wonder worlds where everything is possible. Here are 10 Japanese comics to kick of your love with the beautiful universe of manga. Dragon Ball Legend has it that…
For many of us, Japanese manga are not only comics, they are some kind of secret religion. Little bibles full of sometimes heartwarming, sometimes adventurous stories that flood our minds and thoughts with emotions of pure excitement. Wether we go on a treasure hunt with a crazy crew…
2020-04-07T00:00:05+09:00 2020-04-07T00:00:05+09:00 Read, Sleep, Dream:
Read, Sleep, Dream:
Read, Sleep, Dream:
Although I really know my ways around Tokyo, there are so many things left to do in the Japanese capital city. One of those things on my to-do list is definitely a visit to this cool hostel, which looks exactly like a comfy bookstore. At Book and Bed Tokyo, you can fall asleep with any of the books the hostel has to offer. Or magazines. Or manga, if you prefer those. One night at the location in Ikebukuro, which is a commercial and entertainment district in Tokyo’s Toshima City, costs around 40 Dollar, if you choose the “standard” plan, or…
Although I really know my ways around Tokyo, there are so many things left to do in the Japanese capital city. One of those things on my to-do list is definitely a visit to this cool hostel, which looks exactly like a comfy bookstore. At Book and Bed Tokyo, you can fall asleep with an…
2020-01-17T00:00:05+09:00 2020-01-17T00:00:05+09:00 TeamLab Borderless:
TeamLab Borderless:
TeamLab Borderless:
There is so much to discover in Tokyo. No matter whether you roam the bustling streets of Harajuku in search of the latest clothes, pay homage to the spirits of the long-dead in Asakusa or stuff delicious burgers with a lot of cheese into your mouth in Shimokitazawa. The Japanese capital really has something for everyone. But not only lovers of fashion, music and food get their money's worth here, no, art fans can also have fun in the numerous and different museums, exhibitions and galleries. The digital art museum in Odaiba, which is currently showing the teamLab Borderless exhibition,…
There is so much to discover in Tokyo. No matter whether you roam the bustling streets of Harajuku in search of the latest clothes, pay homage to the spirits of the long-dead in Asakusa or stuff delicious burgers with a lot of cheese into your mouth in Shimokitazawa. The Japanese capi…
2020-01-16T00:00:08+09:00 2020-01-16T00:00:08+09:00 Yami Kawaii:
Yami Kawaii:
Yami Kawaii:
For decades, Tokyo's famed Harajuku neighbourhood has been home to some of the most extreme style subcultures on earth. Expressions of "cute" — or kawaii — are its bread and butter, fuelling some of its internationally recognised fashion exports, including Lolita and Decora. Now worn all over the world, many people associate Japanese style with unfailing optimism and sweetness. But a new trend uses frills, pink, and sweet cartoons to talk about a difficult local issue: suicide and mental health. While self harm is a taboo topic around the world, in Japan, the stakes are higher. Though suicide is rampant,…
For decades, Tokyo's famed Harajuku neighbourhood has been home to some of the most extreme style subcultures on earth. Expressions of "cute" — or kawaii — are its bread and butter, fuelling some of its internationally recognised fashion exports, including Lolita and Decora. Now worn…
2020-01-15T00:00:24+09:00 2020-01-15T00:00:24+09:00 Girls in Japan:
Girls in Japan:
Girls in Japan:
Through Miri's filter life in Japan is kind of typical but in a strange way also very different. Just like foreigners who visit the country for the very first time and are curious about every little crazy thing. It may be because she has travelled a lot and is so full of nosiness. Besides filming and making photos, she is actually into music and movies.
Through Miri's filter life in Japan is kind of typical but in a strange way also very different. Just like foreigners who visit the country for the very first time and are curious about every little crazy thing. It may be because she has travelled a lot and is so full of nosiness. Bes…
2020-01-01T00:00:27+09:00 2020-01-01T00:00:27+09:00 Sailor Moon, Naruto, Dragon Ball:
Sailor Moon, Naruto, Dragon Ball:
I absolutely love anime. And you should too. The greatest thing about Japanese animation in general is the huge variety they exist in. Every single one of them is like an open door into another adventure. Some are dark, some are happy. Some are cute, some are sexy. Some are harmless, some are exciting. Just pick one and find yourself in an alternate universe. For starters we picked the 10 best anime you can watch right now. From comedy to drama, from action to family friendly entertainment. Welcome to the glorious world of anime! Your Name The day the stars…
I absolutely love anime. And you should too. The greatest thing about Japanese animation in general is the huge variety they exist in. Every single one of them is like an open door into another adventure. Some are dark, some are happy. Some are cute, some are sexy. Some are harmless,…
2020-01-14T00:00:56+09:00 2020-01-14T00:00:56+09:00 Work is Life:
Work is Life:
Work is Life:
2020-01-13T00:00:04+09:00 2020-01-13T00:00:04+09:00 Girls in Japan:
Girls in Japan:
Girls in Japan:
For many os us, Japan is a country of seemingly endless dreams. Whoever comes here finds himself immersed in an adventure of technological modernity and traditional culture. Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, each metropolis has its own charm, but only when you venture outside the city borders, you will feel the real Japan, the wild Japan, the pristine Japan. A nature-bound world that seems to fall out of time. German Photographer Peter Baumann and model Maria Kn have traveled across the Land of the Rising Sun to completely and extensively surrender themselves to the East Asian flair and to experience Japan from…
For many os us, Japan is a country of seemingly endless dreams. Whoever comes here finds himself immersed in an adventure of technological modernity and traditional culture. Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, each metropolis has its own charm, but only when you venture outside the city borders, yo…
2020-01-12T00:00:25+09:00 2020-01-12T00:00:25+09:00 Culture in Japan:
Culture in Japan:
Culture in Japan:
Kyoto is a truly magical place, you can feel it on every corner, on every street, on every bridge. Whoever enters the old imperial city is transported to a different time with each step. Modern manga shops border on old, small pubs and restaurants. Beautiful geishas float through brightly flashing shopping centers. Traditional temples sit enthroned above chic skyscrapers. The metropolis, which was the seat of the imperial Japanese court from 794 to 1868, is located about 400 kilometers southwest of Tokyo in the central west of the main Japanese island of Honshu, about ten kilometers southwest of Lake Biwa…
Kyoto is a truly magical place, you can feel it on every corner, on every street, on every bridge. Whoever enters the old imperial city is transported to a different time with each step. Modern manga shops border on old, small pubs and restaurants. Beautiful geishas float through brig…
2020-01-11T00:00:40+09:00 2020-01-11T00:00:40+09:00 Japanese Cartoons:
Japanese Cartoons:
Japanese Cartoons:
We went to the Tokyo International Anime Fair, where, like every year, well-known manga characters, cute schoolgirls and overweight nerds meet. Of course, we couldn't miss the spectacle and bravely jumped into a colorful world full of cute Pokémon, fighting pirates and strong superheroes to experience all kinds of mysterious things on our little trip. Our retro hearts jumped around in our breasts thanks to classics like “Dragon Ball” and “Chibi Maruko-chan”, younger otaku threw themselves on everything that smelled like Miku Hatsune. Everywhere, crazy people celebrated their favorite anime and manga in colorful costumes, in a corner a J-pop…
We went to the Tokyo International Anime Fair, where, like every year, well-known manga characters, cute schoolgirls and overweight nerds meet. Of course, we couldn't miss the spectacle and bravely jumped into a colorful world full of cute Pokémon, fighting pirates and strong superher…
Anime is so much more than cute girls with big eyes and even bigger boobs. No other medium provides such a rich illustration of different universes, journeys and characters where everything is possible. Japanese animation culture has matured into the peak of human storytelling. Take Akira for example, take Neon Genesis Evangelion, take Grave of the Fireflies. And it's not only the diverse characters and beautiful stories which hijack our minds for a couple of hours, it's also the elab…
Anime is so much more than cute girls with big eyes and even bigger boobs. No other medium provides such a rich illustration of different universes, journeys and characters where everything is possible. Japanese animation culture has matured into the peak of human storytelling. Take Akira for example, take Neon Genesis Evangelion, take Grave of the Fireflies. And it's not only the diverse characters and beautiful stories which hijack our minds for a couple of hours, it's also the elaborated architect…
The Land of the Rising Sun is one of the most magical places on this planet - and it has more than one good reason to be. In the Japanese capital in particular, you'll find a melting pot of cultural conquests, from colorful fashion over delicious food to trendy music. Tokyo is always worth a trip, no matter for what kind of touristic purpose you want to go there. Even the most everyday occurrences become an adventure at the far eastern end of the world. Traveling by subway, reading ma…
The Land of the Rising Sun is one of the most magical places on this planet - and it has more than one good reason to be. In the Japanese capital in particular, you'll find a melting pot of cultural conquests, from colorful fashion over delicious food to trendy music. Tokyo is always worth a trip, no matter for what kind of touristic purpose you want to go there. Even the most everyday occurrences become an adventure at the far eastern end of the world. Traveling by subway, reading mangas, crossing t…
For many of us, Japanese manga are not only comics, they are some kind of secret religion. Little bibles full of sometimes heartwarming, sometimes adventurous stories that flood our minds and thoughts with emotions of pure excitement. Wether we go on a treasure hunt with a crazy crew of colorful friends or finding ourselves in a dystopian future where warm humanity is aimed to overcome cold steel, manga are portals into magical wonder worlds where everything is possible. Here are 10 J…
For many of us, Japanese manga are not only comics, they are some kind of secret religion. Little bibles full of sometimes heartwarming, sometimes adventurous stories that flood our minds and thoughts with emotions of pure excitement. Wether we go on a treasure hunt with a crazy crew of colorful friends or finding ourselves in a dystopian future where warm humanity is aimed to overcome cold steel, manga are portals into magical wonder worlds where everything is possible. Here are 10 Japanese comics t…
If you're flying to Japan for the first time, you soon will feel persecuted on your way through Tokyo, Osaka or Kyoto. Because whether in the middle of the colorful city or in the idyllic countryside, whether during the day or at night, whether in crowded shopping streets or on abandoned hiking trails. They are really everywhere. Vending machines. "Japan has the highest number of soft drink machines in the world in terms of land mass," photographer Edward Way, who was born in Borde…
If you're flying to Japan for the first time, you soon will feel persecuted on your way through Tokyo, Osaka or Kyoto. Because whether in the middle of the colorful city or in the idyllic countryside, whether during the day or at night, whether in crowded shopping streets or on abandoned hiking trails. They are really everywhere. Vending machines. "Japan has the highest number of soft drink machines in the world in terms of land mass," photographer Edward Way, who was born in Bordeaux and grew up…
When it comes to Japanese pop music, there's no one I admire more than Hikaru Utada. When she released "First Love" in 1999, only a few people could foresee the success and impact she would have in the world of then very euro techno based J-pop. The early 2000s were Hikaru's playground. Her albums "Distance" and "Deep River" became the most played ones on my iPod, with songs like "Wait & See (Risk)", "Hikari" and "Sakura Drops" on repeat. While other bands and artists came and disappe…
When it comes to Japanese pop music, there's no one I admire more than Hikaru Utada. When she released "First Love" in 1999, only a few people could foresee the success and impact she would have in the world of then very euro techno based J-pop. The early 2000s were Hikaru's playground. Her albums "Distance" and "Deep River" became the most played ones on my iPod, with songs like "Wait & See (Risk)", "Hikari" and "Sakura Drops" on repeat. While other bands and artists came and disappeared on my radar…
Some guy told us that the Super Tamade super market chain in Osaka may be linked to the Japanese mafia, also known under their common name yakuza, who may be using the business for money laundering. And not only that, apparently the quality is also not the very best, thanks to the very low prices. He also told us to stay away from raw fish and meat, if we'd like to stay healthy for another day or two. And yet it's an absolute blast and crazy experience when you step into the colorf…
Some guy told us that the Super Tamade super market chain in Osaka may be linked to the Japanese mafia, also known under their common name yakuza, who may be using the business for money laundering. And not only that, apparently the quality is also not the very best, thanks to the very low prices. He also told us to stay away from raw fish and meat, if we'd like to stay healthy for another day or two. And yet it's an absolute blast and crazy experience when you step into the colorful neon hell for…
For some kids Sailor Moon was not only a great TV show or even their favorite one, the glamorous and colorful adventure around Usagi Tsukino and her best friends was their life, their savior, their reason to not give up. It was this anime and manga which showed kids and teens around the world that it’s okay to be strong and different at the same time. 90s Japanese cartoon Sailor Moon broke new ground with its sympathetic portrayal of GLBTQ characters. VICE follows the stories of qu…
For some kids Sailor Moon was not only a great TV show or even their favorite one, the glamorous and colorful adventure around Usagi Tsukino and her best friends was their life, their savior, their reason to not give up. It was this anime and manga which showed kids and teens around the world that it’s okay to be strong and different at the same time. 90s Japanese cartoon Sailor Moon broke new ground with its sympathetic portrayal of GLBTQ characters. VICE follows the stories of queer Moonies who…
I absolutely love anime. And you should too. The greatest thing about Japanese animation in general is the huge variety they exist in. Every single one of them is like an open door into another adventure. Some are dark, some are happy. Some are cute, some are sexy. Some are harmless, some are exciting. Just pick one and find yourself in an alternate universe. For starters we picked the 10 best anime you can watch right now. From comedy to drama, from action to family friendly entertai…
I absolutely love anime. And you should too. The greatest thing about Japanese animation in general is the huge variety they exist in. Every single one of them is like an open door into another adventure. Some are dark, some are happy. Some are cute, some are sexy. Some are harmless, some are exciting. Just pick one and find yourself in an alternate universe. For starters we picked the 10 best anime you can watch right now. From comedy to drama, from action to family friendly entertainment. Welcome t…
Very few of you may know Koenji. It's in the middle of Suginami, which in turn can be found west of Shinjuku. Around the year 1980 a lot of apartment buildings were built here, which caused the number of shops, bars and cafes to skyrocket. Today you will find cute little shops here, as an alternative to the hustle and bustle in Shibuya, Akihabara or Shimokitazawa. If you want to experience a very special shopping experience, I recommend the Kiki 2, a pink, cute vintage shop with al…
Very few of you may know Koenji. It's in the middle of Suginami, which in turn can be found west of Shinjuku. Around the year 1980 a lot of apartment buildings were built here, which caused the number of shops, bars and cafes to skyrocket. Today you will find cute little shops here, as an alternative to the hustle and bustle in Shibuya, Akihabara or Shimokitazawa. If you want to experience a very special shopping experience, I recommend the Kiki 2, a pink, cute vintage shop with all sorts of sweet…
Julia Abe, born in 1994, not only has two hearts in her chest, she is from Japan and Brazil after all, no, she is also one of the most interesting models Tokyo has to offer at the moment. Every more or less relevant underground photographer, street style brand and East Asian fashion magazine wants her face associated with them. On her very own…
Julia Abe, born in 1994, not only has two hearts in her chest, she is from Japan and Brazil after all, no, she is also one of the most interesting models Tokyo has to offer at the moment. Every more or less relevant underground photographer, street style brand and East Asian fashion magazine wants her face associated with them. On her very own…
If you want to invest your hard earned money in a vacation or longer stay in Japan, you naturally want to see Tokyo, the Japanese capital, the most brightly lit metropolis among the metropolises. But there is also a lot to discover beyond the radiant Sky Tree. Osaka for example, the city in the heart of the western Japanese region of Kinki. Osaka is the traditional trade center of Japan and today one of the most important industrial centers and one of the most important ports in th…
If you want to invest your hard earned money in a vacation or longer stay in Japan, you naturally want to see Tokyo, the Japanese capital, the most brightly lit metropolis among the metropolises. But there is also a lot to discover beyond the radiant Sky Tree. Osaka for example, the city in the heart of the western Japanese region of Kinki. Osaka is the traditional trade center of Japan and today one of the most important industrial centers and one of the most important ports in the country. The o…
Lost in translation and blinded by the lights, a visit to Tokyo will unfailingly live up to your expectations, with the weird and wonderful lurking around every corner. The city is a huge, intense, sprawling mass of culture, a bizarre combination of tradition and extreme modernity packed into a place that’s swarming with life 24/7. Tokyo is so large it’s hard to make sense of, especially as a visitor, yet the subway system is strangely logical, and once you get your head around it,…
Lost in translation and blinded by the lights, a visit to Tokyo will unfailingly live up to your expectations, with the weird and wonderful lurking around every corner. The city is a huge, intense, sprawling mass of culture, a bizarre combination of tradition and extreme modernity packed into a place that’s swarming with life 24/7. Tokyo is so large it’s hard to make sense of, especially as a visitor, yet the subway system is strangely logical, and once you get your head around it, it’ll become yo…
For many of us, Japanese manga are not only comics, they are some kind of secret religion. Little bibles full of sometimes heartwarming, sometimes adventurous stories that flood our minds and thoughts with emotions of pure excitement. Wether we go on a treasure hunt with a crazy crew of colorful friends or finding ourselves in a dystopian future where warm humanity is aimed to overcome cold steel, manga are portals into magical wonder worlds where everything is possible. Here are 10 J…
For many of us, Japanese manga are not only comics, they are some kind of secret religion. Little bibles full of sometimes heartwarming, sometimes adventurous stories that flood our minds and thoughts with emotions of pure excitement. Wether we go on a treasure hunt with a crazy crew of colorful friends or finding ourselves in a dystopian future where warm humanity is aimed to overcome cold steel, manga are portals into magical wonder worlds where everything is possible. Here are 10 Japanese comics t…
Of course, Tokyo also has its normal sides. Its vulgar sides. Even its boring sides. Men in dark suits. Tall walls made of grey skyscrapers. Noisy and crowded subways. But then you step through a door and suddenly you are in sugar-sweet Tokyo, where everything is kawaii and fluffy and motley. Welcome to Kawaii Monster Café, the place in the Japanese capital where you can have the fun of your life. Located in the middle of Harajuku, everything cute and sweet is combined in one place…
Of course, Tokyo also has its normal sides. Its vulgar sides. Even its boring sides. Men in dark suits. Tall walls made of grey skyscrapers. Noisy and crowded subways. But then you step through a door and suddenly you are in sugar-sweet Tokyo, where everything is kawaii and fluffy and motley. Welcome to Kawaii Monster Café, the place in the Japanese capital where you can have the fun of your life. Located in the middle of Harajuku, everything cute and sweet is combined in one place. Unicorns to ri…
Imagine you finally arrive at Narita Airport near Tokyo, then take the train straight to the heart of the city and then spend a day in the untamed and confusing urban jungle of this huge Japanese metropolis. We have photographed what you will see on exactly this trip. A day in Tokyo basically means that you will be swallowed up by huge skyscrapers, loud crowds and colorful billboards. Chattering schoolgirls in iconic uniforms, tired businessmen in dark suits, housewives hurrying by…
Imagine you finally arrive at Narita Airport near Tokyo, then take the train straight to the heart of the city and then spend a day in the untamed and confusing urban jungle of this huge Japanese metropolis. We have photographed what you will see on exactly this trip. A day in Tokyo basically means that you will be swallowed up by huge skyscrapers, loud crowds and colorful billboards. Chattering schoolgirls in iconic uniforms, tired businessmen in dark suits, housewives hurrying by with smart phon…
Eerie Aokigahara forest, an impenetrable stretch of woodland on the slopes of Mount Fuji is also known as ‘the suicide forest’. Every year dozens of Japanese young people come here to end their lives. The Goth group Necronomidal takes inspiration from this strange place. Aokigahara is a forest at the northwest base of Mount Fuji in Japan. It's known to be quiet because of the absence of wildlife and the wind-blocking density of the trees that are in it. A number of rocky, icy caver…
Eerie Aokigahara forest, an impenetrable stretch of woodland on the slopes of Mount Fuji is also known as ‘the suicide forest’. Every year dozens of Japanese young people come here to end their lives. The Goth group Necronomidal takes inspiration from this strange place. Aokigahara is a forest at the northwest base of Mount Fuji in Japan. It's known to be quiet because of the absence of wildlife and the wind-blocking density of the trees that are in it. A number of rocky, icy caverns are in the fo…
In the past, you took your Polaroid camera with you on long-distance trips, but today it all happens through the lenses of our smart phones. And what would dream trips be without sharing them with our loved ones and other people on Instagram? Nothing, really. That's why we took a colorful Instagram trip through the modern and traditional streets of Tokyo. Today we want to show you the most beautiful snapshots of this analog and digital journey without too much commenting. Delicious…
In the past, you took your Polaroid camera with you on long-distance trips, but today it all happens through the lenses of our smart phones. And what would dream trips be without sharing them with our loved ones and other people on Instagram? Nothing, really. That's why we took a colorful Instagram trip through the modern and traditional streets of Tokyo. Today we want to show you the most beautiful snapshots of this analog and digital journey without too much commenting. Delicious food in Ginza,…
I absolutely love anime. And you should too. The greatest thing about Japanese animation in general is the huge variety they exist in. Every single one of them is like an open door into another adventure. Some are dark, some are happy. Some are cute, some are sexy. Some are harmless, some are exciting. Just pick one and find yourself in an alternate universe. For starters we picked the 10 best anime you can watch right now. From comedy to drama, from action to family friendly entertai…
I absolutely love anime. And you should too. The greatest thing about Japanese animation in general is the huge variety they exist in. Every single one of them is like an open door into another adventure. Some are dark, some are happy. Some are cute, some are sexy. Some are harmless, some are exciting. Just pick one and find yourself in an alternate universe. For starters we picked the 10 best anime you can watch right now. From comedy to drama, from action to family friendly entertainment. Welcome t…
From Gothic Lolitas to Yoyogi Rockabillies, the Tokyo neighborhood of Harajuku is a wellspring of some of the world's most unique and extreme fashion trends. Rife with restaurants, shops, and cafes, it's a hangout 'hood for the city's youth, whose style is confined to uniforms from elementary school through to high school graduation. And, perhaps to rebel from such strict sameness, they spend their weekends seeing how far they can push the limits. One of the oldest and most pervas…
From Gothic Lolitas to Yoyogi Rockabillies, the Tokyo neighborhood of Harajuku is a wellspring of some of the world's most unique and extreme fashion trends. Rife with restaurants, shops, and cafes, it's a hangout 'hood for the city's youth, whose style is confined to uniforms from elementary school through to high school graduation. And, perhaps to rebel from such strict sameness, they spend their weekends seeing how far they can push the limits. One of the oldest and most pervasive Harajuku sty…
If you are more than two meters away from home and have a smartphone with you, it goes without saying that you take one selfie after the other to share them on Instagram eventually, especially if you are at the other end of the world. For example in Osaka, the third largest city in Japan after Tokyo and Yokohama. Osaka is the traditional trade center of Japan and one of the most important industrial centers and one of the most important ports in Japan. The old city center of Osaka…
If you are more than two meters away from home and have a smartphone with you, it goes without saying that you take one selfie after the other to share them on Instagram eventually, especially if you are at the other end of the world. For example in Osaka, the third largest city in Japan after Tokyo and Yokohama. Osaka is the traditional trade center of Japan and one of the most important industrial centers and one of the most important ports in Japan. The old city center of Osaka around Shinsaiba…
Hikari Yamazaki is a very talented Japanese illustrator. She calls herself Hikacha and I’ve been obsessed with her style for years now. I like the high school girl’s note book full of random scribbles and thoughts as much as the big size paintings. It’s street art, but not only in a girly way. It contains a strong power in combination with sex and dreams. I’m always excited to see new posts on your drawing blog. Can you tell us a little about those girls in your work and what motiv…
Hikari Yamazaki is a very talented Japanese illustrator. She calls herself Hikacha and I’ve been obsessed with her style for years now. I like the high school girl’s note book full of random scribbles and thoughts as much as the big size paintings. It’s street art, but not only in a girly way. It contains a strong power in combination with sex and dreams. I’m always excited to see new posts on your drawing blog. Can you tell us a little about those girls in your work and what motivated you to star…
In this New York Times documentary host Walter Thompson-Hernandez travels to Nagoya in Japan to speak to the girls there who style themselves after Chicanas. These women have taken inspiration from Latina women and are making it their own. Chicano, or Chicana, is often referred to a chosen identity for Mexican Americans in the United States. Chicano or Xicano are sometimes used interchangeably with Mexican-American, and both names exist as chosen identities within the Mexican-American…
In this New York Times documentary host Walter Thompson-Hernandez travels to Nagoya in Japan to speak to the girls there who style themselves after Chicanas. These women have taken inspiration from Latina women and are making it their own. Chicano, or Chicana, is often referred to a chosen identity for Mexican Americans in the United States. Chicano or Xicano are sometimes used interchangeably with Mexican-American, and both names exist as chosen identities within the Mexican-American community in th…
For many of us, Japanese manga are not only comics, they are some kind of secret religion. Little bibles full of sometimes heartwarming, sometimes adventurous stories that flood our minds and thoughts with emotions of pure excitement. Wether we go on a treasure hunt with a crazy crew of colorful friends or finding ourselves in a dystopian future where warm humanity is aimed to overcome cold steel, manga are portals into magical wonder worlds where everything is possible. Here are 10 J…
For many of us, Japanese manga are not only comics, they are some kind of secret religion. Little bibles full of sometimes heartwarming, sometimes adventurous stories that flood our minds and thoughts with emotions of pure excitement. Wether we go on a treasure hunt with a crazy crew of colorful friends or finding ourselves in a dystopian future where warm humanity is aimed to overcome cold steel, manga are portals into magical wonder worlds where everything is possible. Here are 10 Japanese comics t…
If you don't just want to chase the hottest fashion trends, the tastiest food options and the sweetest schoolgirls in Tokyo and like to think outside the box of Shibuya, Harajuku and Akihabara, then Asakusa is the place for you. Here there is namely the Sensō-ji, the oldest and most important Buddhist temple in the city. For a long time, Asakusa was known as an entertainment district in which Kabuki and Rakugo theaters settled. After the Meiji restoration, the modern entertainment…
If you don't just want to chase the hottest fashion trends, the tastiest food options and the sweetest schoolgirls in Tokyo and like to think outside the box of Shibuya, Harajuku and Akihabara, then Asakusa is the place for you. Here there is namely the Sensō-ji, the oldest and most important Buddhist temple in the city. For a long time, Asakusa was known as an entertainment district in which Kabuki and Rakugo theaters settled. After the Meiji restoration, the modern entertainment industry began t…
Tokyo’s hypnotic youth movement are rejecting ideas of fashion defining sexuality. In this documentary we’ll learn how and why the movement came about in 2016, and meet the pioneers behind Tokyo’s most boundary pushing scene. The people over at i-D meet the Tokyo youth celebrating genderless fashion. Using make-up, clothes and Instagram filters, these young people are challenging international social norms and drawing on anime's fluid beauty standards. The genderless lifestyle tren…
Tokyo’s hypnotic youth movement are rejecting ideas of fashion defining sexuality. In this documentary we’ll learn how and why the movement came about in 2016, and meet the pioneers behind Tokyo’s most boundary pushing scene. The people over at i-D meet the Tokyo youth celebrating genderless fashion. Using make-up, clothes and Instagram filters, these young people are challenging international social norms and drawing on anime's fluid beauty standards. The genderless lifestyle trend isn't about yo…
I could quit my job now, buy a ton of ice cream, and watch Disney movies until I die. The animated feature films of course. Not those crappy TV movies in which ADHD teenagers dance and sing like they are serious. I'm talking about “Arielle” and “Cinderella” and “Beauty and the Beast”. What great films ... We were at Disneyland in Tokyo to make our craziest childhood dream come true. And to drown our somewhat unhealthy Disney addiction for just a few hours in a trendy, sweet environ…
I could quit my job now, buy a ton of ice cream, and watch Disney movies until I die. The animated feature films of course. Not those crappy TV movies in which ADHD teenagers dance and sing like they are serious. I'm talking about “Arielle” and “Cinderella” and “Beauty and the Beast”. What great films ... We were at Disneyland in Tokyo to make our craziest childhood dream come true. And to drown our somewhat unhealthy Disney addiction for just a few hours in a trendy, sweet environment. Mickey Mou…
For a few years now, the term “slow living” has been a bit overused if you want to indulge in an attitude to life that is opposite to the hurried and stressful daily routine and says that you should concentrate on your own existence again. Cooking with organic products. Breathe slowly. Go hiking in the woods. Japan itself is a country of extreme contrasts. Epic technical advances on the one hand collide with the gentle and quite loving way of life of the Japanese in general. Old te…
For a few years now, the term “slow living” has been a bit overused if you want to indulge in an attitude to life that is opposite to the hurried and stressful daily routine and says that you should concentrate on your own existence again. Cooking with organic products. Breathe slowly. Go hiking in the woods. Japan itself is a country of extreme contrasts. Epic technical advances on the one hand collide with the gentle and quite loving way of life of the Japanese in general. Old temples, small par…
I absolutely love anime. And you should too. The greatest thing about Japanese animation in general is the huge variety they exist in. Every single one of them is like an open door into another adventure. Some are dark, some are happy. Some are cute, some are sexy. Some are harmless, some are exciting. Just pick one and find yourself in an alternate universe. For starters we picked the 10 best anime you can watch right now. From comedy to drama, from action to family friendly entertai…
I absolutely love anime. And you should too. The greatest thing about Japanese animation in general is the huge variety they exist in. Every single one of them is like an open door into another adventure. Some are dark, some are happy. Some are cute, some are sexy. Some are harmless, some are exciting. Just pick one and find yourself in an alternate universe. For starters we picked the 10 best anime you can watch right now. From comedy to drama, from action to family friendly entertainment. Welcome t…
When it comes to fashion in all its forms, colors and grandeur, the Far Eastern metropolis of Tokyo is a huge and monstrous universe full of small and gigantic clothing stores, well-hidden vintage shops and independent galleries. Old businesses are closing, new ones are springing up like mushrooms. In an endless repetition. It's quite difficult to keep up to date here. But what's almost more interesting than just being up-to-date in terms of fashion is finding out where the cool ki…
When it comes to fashion in all its forms, colors and grandeur, the Far Eastern metropolis of Tokyo is a huge and monstrous universe full of small and gigantic clothing stores, well-hidden vintage shops and independent galleries. Old businesses are closing, new ones are springing up like mushrooms. In an endless repetition. It's quite difficult to keep up to date here. But what's almost more interesting than just being up-to-date in terms of fashion is finding out where the cool kids in Tokyo hang…
Of course, Tokyo is so much more than just Shibuya, Akihabara and Harajuku. If you want to experience more than the normal tourists, you have to go to places that are less known but still no less exciting. Such as Odaiba, the artificial island in the Bay of Tokyo, which is valued by local residents as a popular entertainment and shopping area. Before 1996, Odaiba was a pure business district. The Japanese economy was at its peak and the island was to become the model of futuristic…
Of course, Tokyo is so much more than just Shibuya, Akihabara and Harajuku. If you want to experience more than the normal tourists, you have to go to places that are less known but still no less exciting. Such as Odaiba, the artificial island in the Bay of Tokyo, which is valued by local residents as a popular entertainment and shopping area. Before 1996, Odaiba was a pure business district. The Japanese economy was at its peak and the island was to become the model of futuristic life. Overall, t…
When you think of Tokyo, you think of glass skyscrapers, brightly lit advertising signs that flash in all colors of the rainbow, and technological achievements that should only be possible in the future - but are available right here in the Japanese capital. But the metropolis on the other side of the world also has a traditional side. You only have to step out of one of the busy shopping streets once and suddenly you find yourself in the middle of a small forest, an old temple comple…
When you think of Tokyo, you think of glass skyscrapers, brightly lit advertising signs that flash in all colors of the rainbow, and technological achievements that should only be possible in the future - but are available right here in the Japanese capital. But the metropolis on the other side of the world also has a traditional side. You only have to step out of one of the busy shopping streets once and suddenly you find yourself in the middle of a small forest, an old temple complex or surrounded…
It's virtually impossible to stumble through the diverse neighborhoods of Tokyo without holding your camera tight in your hand to take pictures of every person, every advertisement and every meal you see. Here's a cute sex shop, there's a smiling policeman, and on the other side of the city is a colorful bookstore with all sorts of little treasures that we've never even heard of before. So we danced through Shibuya, Harajuku and Yoyogi and photographed everything that seemed to us,…
It's virtually impossible to stumble through the diverse neighborhoods of Tokyo without holding your camera tight in your hand to take pictures of every person, every advertisement and every meal you see. Here's a cute sex shop, there's a smiling policeman, and on the other side of the city is a colorful bookstore with all sorts of little treasures that we've never even heard of before. So we danced through Shibuya, Harajuku and Yoyogi and photographed everything that seemed to us, in the truest s…
For many of us, Japanese manga are not only comics, they are some kind of secret religion. Little bibles full of sometimes heartwarming, sometimes adventurous stories that flood our minds and thoughts with emotions of pure excitement. Wether we go on a treasure hunt with a crazy crew of colorful friends or finding ourselves in a dystopian future where warm humanity is aimed to overcome cold steel, manga are portals into magical wonder worlds where everything is possible. Here are 10 J…
For many of us, Japanese manga are not only comics, they are some kind of secret religion. Little bibles full of sometimes heartwarming, sometimes adventurous stories that flood our minds and thoughts with emotions of pure excitement. Wether we go on a treasure hunt with a crazy crew of colorful friends or finding ourselves in a dystopian future where warm humanity is aimed to overcome cold steel, manga are portals into magical wonder worlds where everything is possible. Here are 10 Japanese comics t…
Kinkakuji is one of Kyoto's landmarks and is particularly famous for tourists who flock to see the “golden temple”. The Buddhist sanctuary is located in the northwest of the city and its architecture combines different Japanese styles and at the same time is influenced by Chinese elements. And, by the way, it's absolutely beautiful. The gold plating gives the pavilion its name and literally makes it shine. When sunlight hits the construction, the Kinkakuji unfolds its real charm. W…
Kinkakuji is one of Kyoto's landmarks and is particularly famous for tourists who flock to see the “golden temple”. The Buddhist sanctuary is located in the northwest of the city and its architecture combines different Japanese styles and at the same time is influenced by Chinese elements. And, by the way, it's absolutely beautiful. The gold plating gives the pavilion its name and literally makes it shine. When sunlight hits the construction, the Kinkakuji unfolds its real charm. With the light co…
Since Tokyo is known to be the most beautiful city in the world, we are always very keen to see great pictures from the colorful streets of Shibuya, Harajuku and Akihabara. So it's great that photographer and travel enthusiast Lauren Engel and her cheerful crew visited the Japanese capital to show us some of her beautiful vacation photos. Lauren grew up in Hong Kong and lived in New York, Sydney and Boston afterwards. Today she works as a photographer for well-known brands like Adi…
Since Tokyo is known to be the most beautiful city in the world, we are always very keen to see great pictures from the colorful streets of Shibuya, Harajuku and Akihabara. So it's great that photographer and travel enthusiast Lauren Engel and her cheerful crew visited the Japanese capital to show us some of her beautiful vacation photos. Lauren grew up in Hong Kong and lived in New York, Sydney and Boston afterwards. Today she works as a photographer for well-known brands like Adidas, Beats by Dr…
Although I really know my ways around Tokyo, there are so many things left to do in the Japanese capital city. One of those things on my to-do list is definitely a visit to this cool hostel, which looks exactly like a comfy bookstore. At Book and Bed Tokyo, you can fall asleep with any of the books the hostel has to offer. Or magazines. Or manga, if you prefer those. One night at the location in Ikebukuro, which is a commercial and entertainment district in Tokyo’s Toshima City, co…
Although I really know my ways around Tokyo, there are so many things left to do in the Japanese capital city. One of those things on my to-do list is definitely a visit to this cool hostel, which looks exactly like a comfy bookstore. At Book and Bed Tokyo, you can fall asleep with any of the books the hostel has to offer. Or magazines. Or manga, if you prefer those. One night at the location in Ikebukuro, which is a commercial and entertainment district in Tokyo’s Toshima City, costs around 40 Do…
There is so much to discover in Tokyo. No matter whether you roam the bustling streets of Harajuku in search of the latest clothes, pay homage to the spirits of the long-dead in Asakusa or stuff delicious burgers with a lot of cheese into your mouth in Shimokitazawa. The Japanese capital really has something for everyone. But not only lovers of fashion, music and food get their money's worth here, no, art fans can also have fun in the numerous and different museums, exhibitions and ga…
There is so much to discover in Tokyo. No matter whether you roam the bustling streets of Harajuku in search of the latest clothes, pay homage to the spirits of the long-dead in Asakusa or stuff delicious burgers with a lot of cheese into your mouth in Shimokitazawa. The Japanese capital really has something for everyone. But not only lovers of fashion, music and food get their money's worth here, no, art fans can also have fun in the numerous and different museums, exhibitions and galleries. The…
I absolutely love anime. And you should too. The greatest thing about Japanese animation in general is the huge variety they exist in. Every single one of them is like an open door into another adventure. Some are dark, some are happy. Some are cute, some are sexy. Some are harmless, some are exciting. Just pick one and find yourself in an alternate universe. For starters we picked the 10 best anime you can watch right now. From comedy to drama, from action to family friendly entertai…
I absolutely love anime. And you should too. The greatest thing about Japanese animation in general is the huge variety they exist in. Every single one of them is like an open door into another adventure. Some are dark, some are happy. Some are cute, some are sexy. Some are harmless, some are exciting. Just pick one and find yourself in an alternate universe. For starters we picked the 10 best anime you can watch right now. From comedy to drama, from action to family friendly entertainment. Welcome t…
For decades, Tokyo's famed Harajuku neighbourhood has been home to some of the most extreme style subcultures on earth. Expressions of "cute" — or kawaii — are its bread and butter, fuelling some of its internationally recognised fashion exports, including Lolita and Decora. Now worn all over the world, many people associate Japanese style with unfailing optimism and sweetness. But a new trend uses frills, pink, and sweet cartoons to talk about a difficult local issue: suicide and men…
For decades, Tokyo's famed Harajuku neighbourhood has been home to some of the most extreme style subcultures on earth. Expressions of "cute" — or kawaii — are its bread and butter, fuelling some of its internationally recognised fashion exports, including Lolita and Decora. Now worn all over the world, many people associate Japanese style with unfailing optimism and sweetness. But a new trend uses frills, pink, and sweet cartoons to talk about a difficult local issue: suicide and mental health. W…
Through Miri's filter life in Japan is kind of typical but in a strange way also very different. Just like foreigners who visit the country for the very first time and are curious about every little crazy thing. It may be because she has travelled a lot and is so full of nosiness. Besides filming and making photos, she is actually into music and movies.…
Through Miri's filter life in Japan is kind of typical but in a strange way also very different. Just like foreigners who visit the country for the very first time and are curious about every little crazy thing. It may be because she has travelled a lot and is so full of nosiness. Besides filming and making photos, she is actually into music and movies.…
For many os us, Japan is a country of seemingly endless dreams. Whoever comes here finds himself immersed in an adventure of technological modernity and traditional culture. Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, each metropolis has its own charm, but only when you venture outside the city borders, you will feel the real Japan, the wild Japan, the pristine Japan. A nature-bound world that seems to fall out of time. German Photographer Peter Baumann and model Maria Kn have traveled across the Land o…
For many os us, Japan is a country of seemingly endless dreams. Whoever comes here finds himself immersed in an adventure of technological modernity and traditional culture. Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, each metropolis has its own charm, but only when you venture outside the city borders, you will feel the real Japan, the wild Japan, the pristine Japan. A nature-bound world that seems to fall out of time. German Photographer Peter Baumann and model Maria Kn have traveled across the Land of the Rising Sun…
For many of us, Japanese manga are not only comics, they are some kind of secret religion. Little bibles full of sometimes heartwarming, sometimes adventurous stories that flood our minds and thoughts with emotions of pure excitement. Wether we go on a treasure hunt with a crazy crew of colorful friends or finding ourselves in a dystopian future where warm humanity is aimed to overcome cold steel, manga are portals into magical wonder worlds where everything is possible. Here are 10 J…
For many of us, Japanese manga are not only comics, they are some kind of secret religion. Little bibles full of sometimes heartwarming, sometimes adventurous stories that flood our minds and thoughts with emotions of pure excitement. Wether we go on a treasure hunt with a crazy crew of colorful friends or finding ourselves in a dystopian future where warm humanity is aimed to overcome cold steel, manga are portals into magical wonder worlds where everything is possible. Here are 10 Japanese comics t…
We went to the Tokyo International Anime Fair, where, like every year, well-known manga characters, cute schoolgirls and overweight nerds meet. Of course, we couldn't miss the spectacle and bravely jumped into a colorful world full of cute Pokémon, fighting pirates and strong superheroes to experience all kinds of mysterious things on our little trip. Our retro hearts jumped around in our breasts thanks to classics like “Dragon Ball” and “Chibi Maruko-chan”, younger otaku threw themse…
We went to the Tokyo International Anime Fair, where, like every year, well-known manga characters, cute schoolgirls and overweight nerds meet. Of course, we couldn't miss the spectacle and bravely jumped into a colorful world full of cute Pokémon, fighting pirates and strong superheroes to experience all kinds of mysterious things on our little trip. Our retro hearts jumped around in our breasts thanks to classics like “Dragon Ball” and “Chibi Maruko-chan”, younger otaku threw themselves on everythi…
Every few days I get mails, tweets and shoutouts from people on the other side street who plan to travel to Tokyo once in their life but haven't any idea how to find their way around the brightly flashing hell. Where should I go, what should I see, what the fuck is a Shimokitazawa? That's why I thought that I'd like to introduce you to a great place in the Japanese capital where Japanese school girls go extra soft. When you think of Tokyo, you automatically think of the huge, well-…
Every few days I get mails, tweets and shoutouts from people on the other side street who plan to travel to Tokyo once in their life but haven't any idea how to find their way around the brightly flashing hell. Where should I go, what should I see, what the fuck is a Shimokitazawa? That's why I thought that I'd like to introduce you to a great place in the Japanese capital where Japanese school girls go extra soft. When you think of Tokyo, you automatically think of the huge, well-known intersecti…
Kyoto is an overall magical place, you can feel it on every street, on every corner, on every bridge you cross. Whoever enters the old imperial city is transported to a different time with each step. Modern manga shops border on old, small pubs and restaurants. Beautiful geishas float through brightly flashing shopping centers. Traditional temples sit enthroned above chic skyscrapers. The metropolis, which was the seat of the imperial Japanese court from 794 to 1868, is located abo…
Kyoto is an overall magical place, you can feel it on every street, on every corner, on every bridge you cross. Whoever enters the old imperial city is transported to a different time with each step. Modern manga shops border on old, small pubs and restaurants. Beautiful geishas float through brightly flashing shopping centers. Traditional temples sit enthroned above chic skyscrapers. The metropolis, which was the seat of the imperial Japanese court from 794 to 1868, is located about 400 kilometer…
Whoever ventures into the depths of the electronic city of Tokyo, in the east of the Yamanote ring line, is engulfed by total modernity, an apocalyptic future that is in absolute contrast to peace of mind, an idyll that we often wish to come back. Akihabara is a place permeated with technology, lights and sounds. Nobody finds peace here and everyone is distracted by everything. Countless multi-storey shops full of electronic achievements share the narrow space around the train stat…
Whoever ventures into the depths of the electronic city of Tokyo, in the east of the Yamanote ring line, is engulfed by total modernity, an apocalyptic future that is in absolute contrast to peace of mind, an idyll that we often wish to come back. Akihabara is a place permeated with technology, lights and sounds. Nobody finds peace here and everyone is distracted by everything. Countless multi-storey shops full of electronic achievements share the narrow space around the train station in Chiyoda.…
I absolutely love anime. And you should too. The greatest thing about Japanese animation in general is the huge variety they exist in. Every single one of them is like an open door into another adventure. Some are dark, some are happy. Some are cute, some are sexy. Some are harmless, some are exciting. Just pick one and find yourself in an alternate universe. For starters we picked the 10 best anime you can watch right now. From comedy to drama, from action to family friendly entertai…
I absolutely love anime. And you should too. The greatest thing about Japanese animation in general is the huge variety they exist in. Every single one of them is like an open door into another adventure. Some are dark, some are happy. Some are cute, some are sexy. Some are harmless, some are exciting. Just pick one and find yourself in an alternate universe. For starters we picked the 10 best anime you can watch right now. From comedy to drama, from action to family friendly entertainment. Welcome t…
Anyone who has ever walked through Tokyo, Kyoto or Osaka knows that the streets of Japan evoke feelings that you won't find anywhere else. Small alleys lead from wide pedestrian zones, in which thousands of souls scurry past you, where you can find secret bars, small cellar shops or green-clad temples. Takashi Yasui lives in Kyoto, the former capital of the land of the rising sun. He knows how to convey the magic of his home country in a very subtle way. His photographs show no exc…
Anyone who has ever walked through Tokyo, Kyoto or Osaka knows that the streets of Japan evoke feelings that you won't find anywhere else. Small alleys lead from wide pedestrian zones, in which thousands of souls scurry past you, where you can find secret bars, small cellar shops or green-clad temples. Takashi Yasui lives in Kyoto, the former capital of the land of the rising sun. He knows how to convey the magic of his home country in a very subtle way. His photographs show no exciting scenes, no…
Just look at it! It’s a suit, with Pac-Man all over it! You know, sometimes I go on a walk and think about that it’s simply not possible to invent something new, something where I just say wow – and mean it. There can’t be anything, nothing, never. And then a company called OppoSuits makes this suit. The best suit. With Pac-Man, created by Japanese game developer Toru Iwatani in 1979, all over it. Wow. “The little yellow man with the big mouth finally has his own suit”, the officia…
Just look at it! It’s a suit, with Pac-Man all over it! You know, sometimes I go on a walk and think about that it’s simply not possible to invent something new, something where I just say wow – and mean it. There can’t be anything, nothing, never. And then a company called OppoSuits makes this suit. The best suit. With Pac-Man, created by Japanese game developer Toru Iwatani in 1979, all over it. Wow. “The little yellow man with the big mouth finally has his own suit”, the official shop page read…
Shishi Yamazaki is a young artist from the suburbs of Tokyo who is making one face mask every single day. Since the year 2010. To many people she is also known as an animator. You won’t forget her catchy adorable face once you see it, with the dark hair and a mole above her red lips. Her actual name is Shiori. The 22 year old lives in one of those typical japanese housing complexes which were built in the 1970s. Countless buildings which looks like simple white boxes standing in co…
Shishi Yamazaki is a young artist from the suburbs of Tokyo who is making one face mask every single day. Since the year 2010. To many people she is also known as an animator. You won’t forget her catchy adorable face once you see it, with the dark hair and a mole above her red lips. Her actual name is Shiori. The 22 year old lives in one of those typical japanese housing complexes which were built in the 1970s. Countless buildings which looks like simple white boxes standing in correct a line alo…
On this episode of Refinery29's documentary series "Style Out There", host Connie Wang travels to Nagoya in Japan to speak to the girls there who style themselves after Chicanas. These women have taken inspiration from Latina women and are making it their own. Chicano, or Chicana, is often referred to a chosen identity for Mexican Americans in the United States. Chicano or Xicano are sometimes used interchangeably with Mexican-American, and both names exist as chosen identities within…
On this episode of Refinery29's documentary series "Style Out There", host Connie Wang travels to Nagoya in Japan to speak to the girls there who style themselves after Chicanas. These women have taken inspiration from Latina women and are making it their own. Chicano, or Chicana, is often referred to a chosen identity for Mexican Americans in the United States. Chicano or Xicano are sometimes used interchangeably with Mexican-American, and both names exist as chosen identities within the Mexican-Ame…

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Only a few minutes walk from the east exit of Shinjuku station away, there is Golden Gai, which is a small retro district. Famous both as an area of architectural interest and for it’s night life. The area where you can feel as if you have been transported back to the time prewar. Over 200 tiny shanty-style bars are squeezed there. Golden Gai was known for prostitution before 1958, when it became illegal. Since then it has developed as a drinking area and visitors found it cool as…
Only a few minutes walk from the east exit of Shinjuku station away, there is Golden Gai, which is a small retro district. Famous both as an area of architectural interest and for it’s night life. The area where you can feel as if you have been transported back to the time prewar. Over 200 tiny shanty-style bars are squeezed there. Golden Gai was known for prostitution before 1958, when it became illegal. Since then it has developed as a drinking area and visitors found it cool as an attractive an…
Although Tokyo has the most blatant, modern, and at the same time cheapest sushi restaurants in the world, the latest trend in the Japanese capital is... the tin can! The current insider hot spot is a restaurant called Mr. Kanso, where a nice older lady opens the door and where's only one thing to devour besides beer and whiskey: canned food. One of the tin containers, which you can choose from a large shelf, costs between 3 and 20 dollars, in between there are normal things like t…
Although Tokyo has the most blatant, modern, and at the same time cheapest sushi restaurants in the world, the latest trend in the Japanese capital is... the tin can! The current insider hot spot is a restaurant called Mr. Kanso, where a nice older lady opens the door and where's only one thing to devour besides beer and whiskey: canned food. One of the tin containers, which you can choose from a large shelf, costs between 3 and 20 dollars, in between there are normal things like tomato soup and p…
What is life like when you live in a four-square-metre room for the majority of the day? This short documentary seeks to investigate those who choose to live in a Manboo – small cyber cafe rooms in Japan. The interior of the rooms are glazed white with a computer screen dimly lighting up the darkness. Life in here is seperated from a buzzling modern Japan, a small sanctuary to some and a tomb to others. This is what modern Japanese cyber-cafes offer, a place to rent – open every da…
What is life like when you live in a four-square-metre room for the majority of the day? This short documentary seeks to investigate those who choose to live in a Manboo – small cyber cafe rooms in Japan. The interior of the rooms are glazed white with a computer screen dimly lighting up the darkness. Life in here is seperated from a buzzling modern Japan, a small sanctuary to some and a tomb to others. This is what modern Japanese cyber-cafes offer, a place to rent – open every day 24/7 – where y…

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When I first started AMY&PINK in 2007, after I closed down another personal blog, and turned it into a magazine, together with my friend Hannah, a couple years later, I had only one goal in mind: World domination. And it felt great. To earn money felt great, to get free stuff felt great, to hear from completely strange people that they love what we’re doing felt great. But there was one problem: AMY&PINK was written, with a few exceptions along the way, in German. At first, that wa…
When I first started AMY&PINK in 2007, after I closed down another personal blog, and turned it into a magazine, together with my friend Hannah, a couple years later, I had only one goal in mind: World domination. And it felt great. To earn money felt great, to get free stuff felt great, to hear from completely strange people that they love what we’re doing felt great. But there was one problem: AMY&PINK was written, with a few exceptions along the way, in German. At first, that was totally fine.…