Sushi, Street Styles and Shibuya - Hang out with photographer Lauren Engel and her crew in the colorful streets of Tokyo
Sushi, Street Styles and Shibuya - Hang out with photographer Lauren Engel and her crew in the colorful streets of Tokyo
Sushi, Street Styles and Shibuya - Hang out with photographer Lauren Engel and her crew in the colorful streets of Tokyo

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…

Read, Sleep, Dream - This beautiful hostel in Tokyo is a dream come true for every nerdy bookworm
Read, Sleep, Dream - This beautiful hostel in Tokyo is a dream come true for every nerdy bookworm
Read, Sleep, Dream - This beautiful hostel in Tokyo is a dream come true for every nerdy bookworm

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…

TeamLab Borderless - We went to the Tokyo Digital Art Museum to see the future of humanity and creativity
TeamLab Borderless - We went to the Tokyo Digital Art Museum to see the future of humanity and creativity
TeamLab Borderless - We went to the Tokyo Digital Art Museum to see the future of humanity and creativity

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…

Yami Kawaii - This documentary shows you a dark side of Harajuku style you haven’t seen yet
Yami Kawaii - This documentary shows you a dark side of Harajuku style you haven’t seen yet
Yami Kawaii - This documentary shows you a dark side of Harajuku style you haven’t seen yet

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…

Girls in Japan - Japanese photographer Miri Matsufuji shows us her colorful life in Tokyo and beyond
Girls in Japan - Japanese photographer Miri Matsufuji shows us her colorful life in Tokyo and beyond
Girls in Japan - Japanese photographer Miri Matsufuji shows us her colorful life in Tokyo and beyond

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…

Work is Life - This interesting documentary shows you how work is killing Japanese people every day
Work is Life - This interesting documentary shows you how work is killing Japanese people every day
Work is Life - This interesting documentary shows you how work is killing Japanese people every day

When Kona Shiomachi published anonymously her manga cartoon “Quit your job before it kills you” it became a viral sensation in Japan. What if the Japanese phenomenon of Karoshi, death by overwork, was the sign that we all needed to rethink our personal work-life balance?

Girls in Japan - Meet Maria Kn who takes you on a trip through the wild, genuine and unspoilt nature of Japan
Girls in Japan - Meet Maria Kn who takes you on a trip through the wild, genuine and unspoilt nature of Japan
Girls in Japan - Meet Maria Kn who takes you on a trip through the wild, genuine and unspoilt nature of 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…

Culture in Japan - We made a little photo tour through the colorful and beautiful streets of Kyoto
Culture in Japan - We made a little photo tour through the colorful and beautiful streets of Kyoto
Culture in Japan - We made a little photo tour through the colorful and beautiful streets of Kyoto

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…

Japanese Cartoons - We went to an anime convention in Tokyo and met monsters, dragons and school girls
Japanese Cartoons - We went to an anime convention in Tokyo and met monsters, dragons and school girls
Japanese Cartoons - We went to an anime convention in Tokyo and met monsters, dragons and school girls

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….

Shopping in Japan - Shibuya 109 in the heart of Tokyo is the fashion mecca of Japanese school girls
Shopping in Japan - Shibuya 109 in the heart of Tokyo is the fashion mecca of Japanese school girls
Shopping in Japan - Shibuya 109 in the heart of Tokyo is the fashion mecca of Japanese school girls

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…

Colorful Japan - We made a little photo tour through the bright and beautiful streets of Kyoto
Colorful Japan - We made a little photo tour through the bright and beautiful streets of Kyoto
Colorful Japan - We made a little photo tour through the bright and beautiful streets of Kyoto

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…

Anime, Manga, Video Games - We went to Tokyo’s nerd paradise Akihabara and found ourselves in a digital wonderland
Anime, Manga, Video Games - We went to Tokyo’s nerd paradise Akihabara and found ourselves in a digital wonderland
Anime, Manga, Video Games - We went to Tokyo’s nerd paradise Akihabara and found ourselves in a digital wonderland

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….

Beautiful Japan - Takashi Yasui creates magical photographs of the streets of Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka
Beautiful Japan - Takashi Yasui creates magical photographs of the streets of Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka
Beautiful Japan - Takashi Yasui creates magical photographs of the streets of Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka

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…

Style meets Games - This company made an official Pac-Man suit, and it’s probably the best suit ever created
Style meets Games - This company made an official Pac-Man suit, and it’s probably the best suit ever created
Style meets Games - This company made an official Pac-Man suit, and it’s probably the best suit ever created

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…

Artists in Tokyo - We talked to Japanese illustrator and mask maker Shishi Yamazaki about creativity
Artists in Tokyo - We talked to Japanese illustrator and mask maker Shishi Yamazaki about creativity
Artists in Tokyo - We talked to Japanese illustrator and mask maker Shishi Yamazaki about creativity

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…

Life in Nagoya - This interesting documentary shows you why Japanese girls are dressing like Chicanas
Life in Nagoya - This interesting documentary shows you why Japanese girls are dressing like Chicanas
Life in Nagoya - This interesting documentary shows you why Japanese girls are dressing like Chicanas

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…

Secrets of Shinjuku - Golden Gai is an exciting jungle full of small bars hidden in the depths of Tokyo
Secrets of Shinjuku - Golden Gai is an exciting jungle full of small bars hidden in the depths of Tokyo
Secrets of Shinjuku - Golden Gai is an exciting jungle full of small bars hidden in the depths of Tokyo

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…

Crazy Restaurant in Japan - We went to Mr. Kanso to eat some more or less delicious bugs, bees and beetles in cans
Crazy Restaurant in Japan - We went to Mr. Kanso to eat some more or less delicious bugs, bees and beetles in cans
Crazy Restaurant in Japan - We went to Mr. Kanso to eat some more or less delicious bugs, bees and beetles in cans

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…

Melodrama of Mood - Turkish photographer Akif Hakan Celebi shows us intimate moments in Tokyo and Osaka
Melodrama of Mood - Turkish photographer Akif Hakan Celebi shows us intimate moments in Tokyo and Osaka
Melodrama of Mood - Turkish photographer Akif Hakan Celebi shows us intimate moments in Tokyo and Osaka

Turkish photographer Akif Hakan Celebi travelled trough Asia for a couple of years to extend his work portfolio. Among other things he visited Tokyo and Osaka and shot mainly girls in a series called “Pills & Threeways”, “An American Dream” and “Hey! Leave Us Kids Alone”. Most often in their rooms or on the streets…

Lost in Manboo - This documentary shows you how people are living permanently in Japan’s cyber-cafés
Lost in Manboo - This documentary shows you how people are living permanently in Japan’s cyber-cafés
Lost in Manboo - This documentary shows you how people are living permanently in Japan’s cyber-cafés

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….

Irasshaimase! - AMY&PINK is your new home for celebrating Japanese music, fashion, art and pop culture
Irasshaimase! - AMY&PINK is your new home for celebrating Japanese music, fashion, art and pop culture
Irasshaimase! - AMY&PINK is your new home for celebrating Japanese music, fashion, art and pop culture

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…

Sailor Moon, One Piece, Naruto - Here are 10 absolutely wonderful Japanese manga comics that you should read right now
Sailor Moon, One Piece, Naruto - Here are 10 absolutely wonderful Japanese manga comics that you should read right now
Sailor Moon, One Piece, Naruto - Here are 10 absolutely wonderful Japanese manga comics that you should read right now

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…

Sailor Moon, Naruto, Dragon Ball - Here are 10 amazing Japanese Anime movies and shows that you should watch right now
Sailor Moon, Naruto, Dragon Ball - Here are 10 amazing Japanese Anime movies and shows that you should watch right now
Sailor Moon, Naruto, Dragon Ball - Here are 10 amazing Japanese Anime movies and shows that you should watch right now

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…