daoko

Niconico is like the Japanese version of YouTube, where kids from around the country upload funny vlogs, strange karaoke clips, or their very own tracks. Japanese singer and rapper Daoko is one of those girls who became famous after using Niconico to promote themselves and their talents. And now, the 19-year-old Asian musician is a…

tokyovitamin

If you watch videos about Tokyo, they’re usually these slow, perfectly captured high-definition moments of Japan‘s tourism spots, accompanied by smooth music and quiet beats. Asakusa. And sushi restaurants. And Mount Fuji somewhere in the background. Sure, I like those videos, too. But let’s be honest: If you go to Tokyo, you want to breathe,…

sailor_moon

Until now, only Japanese fans could join the Official Sailor Moon Fan Club and get access to exclusive screenings, events, parties, and merchandise items like shirts, magazines, and jewelry. But things are changing, the club opens up to members around the world, for example in countries like USA, South Korea, Australia, Russia, Thailand, Germany, Sweden,…

poke

I’m a quite stupid person. In general. That’s why I didn’t know something wonderful like poke existed. No, I don’t mean those little digital monsters hidden in the grass and only visible to you through your expensive smartphone, I’m talking about Hawaiian raw fish salad. They call it poke, it’s meant as an appetizer, and…

japan_schoolgirl

A new Japanese study, conducted by the National Institute of Population and Social Security Research and released on Thursday, held some quite frightening news for the land of the rising sun. The survey of Japanese people aged 18 to 34 found that around 42 percent of single men and 44.2 percent of single women admitted…

akira

Manga are the better comics, everyone knows that. Regardless of whether you take Superman, The Walking Dead, or Batman, they simply have no chance against Japanese masterpieces like Sailor Moon, Ghost in the Shell, or One Piece. The depth, the creativity, the sad truth about how you feel with the characters, even just after reading…

sashimi

I could eat raw fish all day long. Salmon. Tuna. Eel. Just cut it and throw it into my mouth. Sure, I love sushi, too, but I don’t care about fancy rolls with strange fillings, just give me fresh, raw fish. That’s why sashimi is even better than sushi. It’s more fish, and more nature,…

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Listen to my words, ladies and gentlemen, I would eat all the food in Japan. Every single sushi roll, every single ramen bowl, every single serving of tempura. Just let me run around freely in the streets of Tokyo, Osaka, and Kyoto for a couple of days, and I would become a huge and happy…

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If you thought you are a Pokémon-crazed person, you have no idea. People in Japan are like addicts when it comes to those little monsters called Snorlax, Dragonite, and Mew. But we met one person who’s so hooked on Pokémon that she had the most popular one on her head. No wonder that we wanted…

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Sure, Tokyo has its normal sides. Its ordinary sides. Even its boring sides. Men in suits. High skyscrapers. Loud and full subways. But sometimes you walk through a door and suddenly you’re in super cute Tokyo where everything is kawaii and puffy and colorful. Welcome to Kawaii Monster Café, the place in the Japanese capital…

ps4_persona_5_japanese_commercial

I know, everyone is angry about the new PlayStation 4 Pro not having a 4K Blu-ray player, and Sony not allowing ‘Fallout 4’ and ‘Skyrim’ mods, but I don’t care. I love my PS4. ‘The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt’, ‘Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance’, ‘Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn’ are only a few games…

sweetness_and_lightning

Am I the only grown man who cries while watching certain anime, because they are sad and funny and heart-touching as fuck altogether? I hope not. But when Tsumugi realized that her dead mom would never return to her and her dad, I just couldn’t hold back anymore. I mean… Who wouldn’t cry when Tsumugi,…

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So, you’re looking for some cool video game wearing apparel that doesn’t let you look like you’ve got straight out of some kindergarten for mentally challenged adults? No problem! Japanese clothing label A Bathing Ape is here to help you out! They teamed up with legendary video game company Capcom to bring you some super…

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Diesel just celebrated its 30th anniversary in Japan with an amazing fashion event comprising an archive exhibition and a see-now-buy-now catwalk show. Artistic Director for the whole evening was Nicola Formichetti, who is the son of a Japanese stewardess and an Italian pilot and was discovered by fashion editor Katy England who gave him a…

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Diesel, yes, the Italian denim company, just celebrated their 30th anniversary in Japan with a huge party in Tokyo. “I have always been in love with Japan,” says Diesel founder Renzo Rosso. “I visit the country regularly, as does our design team. This special anniversary is dedicated to Diesel’s Japanese supporters, who always push us…

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Tokyo is the best place on earth if you’re looking for extraordinary street styles. Especially if you’re hanging out in Shibuya, Harajuku, or Shimokitazawa, the sweet hipster neighborhoods of Japan’s capital city. We met Suzy, the Asian supergirl who owns her very own fashion label, in the spacious streets of Tokyo and photographed her in…

nestle_matcha_machine_01

Remember yesterday when I told you that McDonald’s Japan starts its annual matcha appreciation campaign by offering limited and delicious green tea cakes, lattes, and frappes? Forget that! Better invest your hard-earned in this amazing Nestlé machine, named NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto, that makes you green tea at the touch of a button. Yes, it’s pure…

mccafe_matcha_japan_01

So, what’s the greatest thing about Japan? They put matcha in almost everything! What’s matcha? It’s the best thing that has ever happened to humanity! Matcha is finely ground powder of specially grown and processed green tea. It makes you healthy as fuck, and it tastes like heaven. If you don’t have matcha in your…

tsukiji_fish_market_tokyo_01

I love sushi. It’s healthy. And fresh. And delicious. And has more variations than pizza. Maybe. Problem is, though: If you want to eat really good sushi, you have to go to Japan. Nope, if you’ve never been to the land of the rising sun and you think you’ve had good sushi somewhere in your…

tokyo_disneyland_01

You know what? I could quit my job right now, buy a ton of ice cream and tortilla chips, and watch Disney movies until I die. The animated ones. Not those shitty TV films with teenage ADHD patients who dance and laugh and jump around all the time. Oh God, no. I talk about “The…

toco_toco

Who could tell more about the countless and exciting wonders of Japan than great Japanese people themselves? That’s right! The beautifully crafted YouTube channel Toco Toco is a program where Japanese artists and creators introduce places in Japan that inspire them. Every episode showcases a different guest, from all creative fields. So, what exactly does…

izumi_makura

You may know Fukuoka rapper Izumi Makura from her beautiful song “Shiritai,” which was played in the first season of the anime “Space Dandy.” Yeah, in the episode “A Merry Companion Is a Wagon in Space, Baby” where Dandy meets a little Gentooan girl named Adélie on planet Humbolt and tries to bring her back…

banny_store_opening_tokyo

When it comes to fashion in all its forms, colours, and glory, Far Eastern metropolis Tokyo is a huge and monstrous universe full of small and big clothing shops, hidden vintage stores, and independent galleries. Old places close and new ones open up all the time, and it’s interesting to see where the cool kids…

ladybaby

If you think about Japanese television, you automatically have totally crazy game shows in your head where half-naked business men are trying to save a pink painted orange out of an electrocuted transparent shark tank while members of some J-pop band are laughing histerically in the background, just to win some yen to cover the…

branching_paths

Video games were one of the greatest inventions of the late 20th century – and the best ones used to be from Japan. “Super Mario Bros.,” “The Legend of Zelda,” or “Pokémon” – they all influenced the lives of millions of young people from around the world. But you don’t have to be Nintendo to…

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Cool, you’re here! That’s absolutely amazing! Welcome to a brand-new issue of Daily Update, our more or less detailed look at the media and news landscape. Today we have one article about how women fighting the Colombian government tell their stories, one about the best places to eat breakfast in Japan, one about how Stoya…

sushi_japan

Many people, myself inlcuded, believe that fish is the most important part of sushi. That may be kind of true, but it’s not the actual secret behind one of Japan‘s most popular and traditional foods. The truth lies in the name itself. Sushi stands for sour rice. And, no, even the rice isn’t the real…

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When you visit Japan for the first time, you see one bright companion everywhere around you, from the start. Vending machines. Or Jidouhanbaiki. Various companies, various offerings, various sizes. They give you cold lemonade and hot coffee, sweet snacks, artificial pizza, and tea, in any shade of color. French photographer Edward Way went to Tokyo…

cup_noodles

There was a time in my life when I was absolutely and physically addicted to instant ramen, the cheap and fast Japanese noodle soup that costs a few cents in your local supermarket and is offered in various tastes like shrimp, beef, or duck. The girls and guys over at YouTube channel Great Big Story…

takoyaki

God knows that I love Takoyaki, love it, love it, love it. What’s that, you’re asking? Takoyaki are Japanese grilled octopus balls that are crispy on the outside and soft and doughy on the inside. They are slathered with a special sauce, topped with ribbons of mayonnaise and garnished with big flakes of dried bonito….