Anime Architecture - This beautiful book is a visual guide to the cityscapes and buildings in famous anime
Anime Architecture - This beautiful book is a visual guide to the cityscapes and buildings in famous anime
Anime Architecture - This beautiful book is a visual guide to the cityscapes and buildings in famous anime

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…

Girls in Tokyo - Meet Japanese model Lisa M who shows us Tokyo from a beautiful perspective
Girls in Tokyo - Meet Japanese model Lisa M who shows us Tokyo from a beautiful perspective
Girls in Tokyo - Meet Japanese model Lisa M who shows us Tokyo from a beautiful perspective

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…

Jidouhanbaiki - Tokyo is the official capital of vending machines and these beautiful photos prove it
Jidouhanbaiki - Tokyo is the official capital of vending machines and these beautiful photos prove it
Jidouhanbaiki - Tokyo is the official capital of vending machines and these beautiful photos prove it

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…

First Love - Hikaru Utada is the undisputed princess, queen and goddess of Japanese pop music
First Love - Hikaru Utada is the undisputed princess, queen and goddess of Japanese pop music
First Love - Hikaru Utada is the undisputed princess, queen and goddess of Japanese pop music

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”…

Teenagers in Tokyo - Rakutaro Ogiwara immortalizes Japan’s lonely, creative and playful youth in his photos
Teenagers in Tokyo - Rakutaro Ogiwara immortalizes Japan’s lonely, creative and playful youth in his photos
Teenagers in Tokyo - Rakutaro Ogiwara immortalizes Japan’s lonely, creative and playful youth in his photos

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…

Super Tamade - We went to the most colorful, cheapest and craziest super market in all of Osaka
Super Tamade - We went to the most colorful, cheapest and craziest super market in all of Osaka
Super Tamade - We went to the most colorful, cheapest and craziest super market in all of Osaka

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….

Moon Prism Power, Make Up - Sailor Moon showed 90s kids that it’s cool to be strong and different at the same time
Moon Prism Power, Make Up - Sailor Moon showed 90s kids that it’s cool to be strong and different at the same time
Moon Prism Power, Make Up - Sailor Moon showed 90s kids that it’s cool to be strong and different at the same time

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…

Fashion in Asia - We visited Kiki 2, Japan’s cutest and most colorful vintage shop in the heart of Tokyo
Fashion in Asia - We visited Kiki 2, Japan’s cutest and most colorful vintage shop in the heart of Tokyo
Fashion in Asia - We visited Kiki 2, Japan’s cutest and most colorful vintage shop in the heart of Tokyo

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…

Girls in Japan - Hang out with Japanese model Julia Abe and her chilled crew in the nightly streets of Tokyo
Girls in Japan - Hang out with Japanese model Julia Abe and her chilled crew in the nightly streets of Tokyo
Girls in Japan - Hang out with Japanese model Julia Abe and her chilled crew in the nightly streets of Tokyo

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…

Mysterious Japan - We visited Osaka at night and experienced a mysterious wonderland in the middle of Japan
Mysterious Japan - We visited Osaka at night and experienced a mysterious wonderland in the middle of Japan
Mysterious Japan - We visited Osaka at night and experienced a mysterious wonderland in the middle of 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…

Tokyo Travel Guide - This travel guide let’s you experience Shibuya, Harajuku and Ginza as if you were born here
Tokyo Travel Guide - This travel guide let’s you experience Shibuya, Harajuku and Ginza as if you were born here
Tokyo Travel Guide - This travel guide let’s you experience Shibuya, Harajuku and Ginza as if you were born here

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….

Cute Japan - We went to the crazy Kawaii Monster Café in Tokyo and had the time of our lives
Cute Japan - We went to the crazy Kawaii Monster Café in Tokyo and had the time of our lives
Cute Japan - We went to the crazy Kawaii Monster Café in Tokyo and had the time of our lives

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…

Teenagers in Tokyo - This revealing documentary shows how schoolgirls are for sale in Japan
Teenagers in Tokyo - This revealing documentary shows how schoolgirls are for sale in Japan
Teenagers in Tokyo - This revealing documentary shows how schoolgirls are for sale in Japan

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…

Akihabara, Shibuya and Asakusa - These photos show how colorful and exciting a day in the urban jungle of Tokyo can be
Akihabara, Shibuya and Asakusa - These photos show how colorful and exciting a day in the urban jungle of Tokyo can be
Akihabara, Shibuya and Asakusa - These photos show how colorful and exciting a day in the urban jungle of Tokyo can be

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…

Welcome to Aokigahara - This interesting documentary shows you the haunted suicide forest in the depths of Japan
Welcome to Aokigahara - This interesting documentary shows you the haunted suicide forest in the depths of Japan
Welcome to Aokigahara - This interesting documentary shows you the haunted suicide forest in the depths of Japan

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…

Beautiful Japan - We took a colorful Instagram trip through the modern and traditional streets of Tokyo
Beautiful Japan - We took a colorful Instagram trip through the modern and traditional streets of Tokyo
Beautiful Japan - We took a colorful Instagram trip through the modern and traditional streets of Tokyo

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…

Life in Japan - This interesting documentary shows you what girls in Harajuku really look like
Life in Japan - This interesting documentary shows you what girls in Harajuku really look like
Life in Japan - This interesting documentary shows you what girls in Harajuku really look like

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…

Beautiful Japan - We went on a colorful selfie trip through the streets of modern and traditional Osaka
Beautiful Japan - We went on a colorful selfie trip through the streets of modern and traditional Osaka
Beautiful Japan - We went on a colorful selfie trip through the streets of modern and traditional 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…

Girls with big eyes - We talked to Japanese illustrator Hikari Yamazaki about art, passion and creativity
Girls with big eyes - We talked to Japanese illustrator Hikari Yamazaki about art, passion and creativity
Girls with big eyes - We talked to Japanese illustrator Hikari Yamazaki about art, passion and creativity

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…

Mexico Forever - This intimate documentary shows you why Japanese girls are dressing like Chicanas
Mexico Forever - This intimate documentary shows you why Japanese girls are dressing like Chicanas
Mexico Forever - This intimate documentary shows you why Japanese girls are dressing like Chicanas

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…

One Day in Asakusa - We visited the most beautiful and popular temple in all of Tokyo and made some photos
One Day in Asakusa - We visited the most beautiful and popular temple in all of Tokyo and made some photos
One Day in Asakusa - We visited the most beautiful and popular temple in all of Tokyo and made some photos

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…

Life in Japan - This interesting documentary shows you what it’s like to be a genderless teenager in Tokyo
Life in Japan - This interesting documentary shows you what it’s like to be a genderless teenager in Tokyo
Life in Japan - This interesting documentary shows you what it’s like to be a genderless teenager in Tokyo

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…

Kingdom of Magic - We went to Disneyland in Tokyo and made our craziest childhood dreams come true
Kingdom of Magic - We went to Disneyland in Tokyo and made our craziest childhood dreams come true
Kingdom of Magic - We went to Disneyland in Tokyo and made our craziest childhood dreams come true

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…

Japanese Craftwork - We learned how to make our own paper in Kyoto and found ourselves while doing it
Japanese Craftwork - We learned how to make our own paper in Kyoto and found ourselves while doing it
Japanese Craftwork - We learned how to make our own paper in Kyoto and found ourselves while doing it

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…

Shibuya Calling - We went to the opening of Banny to hang around with the coolest kids in all of Tokyo
Shibuya Calling - We went to the opening of Banny to hang around with the coolest kids in all of Tokyo
Shibuya Calling - We went to the opening of Banny to hang around with the coolest kids in all of Tokyo

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…

Shopping in Tokyo - We went on a little fashion shopping trip through the colorful streets of Harajuku
Shopping in Tokyo - We went on a little fashion shopping trip through the colorful streets of Harajuku
Shopping in Tokyo - We went on a little fashion shopping trip through the colorful streets of Harajuku

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 difficult to…

Tokyo's Fun Island - We visited the glamorous world of Odaiba and found ourselves in a retro fantasy universe
Tokyo's Fun Island - We visited the glamorous world of Odaiba and found ourselves in a retro fantasy universe
Tokyo's Fun Island - We visited the glamorous world of Odaiba and found ourselves in a retro fantasy universe

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…

True Japan - We took a fantastic photo tour and searched for the old and traditional soul of Tokyo
True Japan - We took a fantastic photo tour and searched for the old and traditional soul of Tokyo
True Japan - We took a fantastic photo tour and searched for the old and traditional soul of Tokyo

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…

Beautiful Japan - We went on a colorful photo tour through the streets of modern and traditional Tokyo
Beautiful Japan - We went on a colorful photo tour through the streets of modern and traditional Tokyo
Beautiful Japan - We went on a colorful photo tour through the streets of modern and traditional Tokyo

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…

Buddhism in Japan - We visited the golden temple Kinkakuji in Kyoto and it blessed us with infinite wisdom
Buddhism in Japan - We visited the golden temple Kinkakuji in Kyoto and it blessed us with infinite wisdom
Buddhism in Japan - We visited the golden temple Kinkakuji in Kyoto and it blessed us with infinite wisdom

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…