Category Archives: General Japan News

Horror bar Sacrifice has spirits of both the haunting and drinkable kinds

Horror bar Sacrifice has spirits of both the haunting and drinkable kinds

I’ve never fully understood the appeal of horror movies. After all, what’s the point in paying good money for something that’s going to make you want to pee your pants? On…

New ultra-stylish, extra-traditional Shinkansen has tatami floors, foot baths

New ultra-stylish, extra-traditional Shinkansen has tatami floors, foot baths

The Shinkansen is already a pretty cool way to get around Japan, as it whisks travelers from the country’s cosmopolitan urban centers to its more traditional rural locales. But what…

New frozen snacks promise to make you come out smelling like a rose

New frozen snacks promise to make you come out smelling like a rose

Fuwarinka Ice is based on Kracie’s previous Fuwarikan brand of rose-flavored soft candies. They contain Damask rose oil which the maker says not only pleases the tongue with a unique…

Good news for lazy folk: Japan’s government to consider creating a new public holiday

Good news for lazy folk: Japan’s government to consider creating a new public holiday

  In June last year, we brought you news of whisperings in Japan’s Tochigi Prefecture about the proposed creation of a new public holiday, which was to be known as…

Tokyo tries PR blitz to raise international profile

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government has started distributing PR footage of the capital to TV stations in Asian countries as part of the effort to raise its international profile. The first…

New online manga service features 200 titles, three selectable languages, and no fees

New online manga service features 200 titles, three selectable languages, and no fees

Kadokawa, one of Japan’s largest publishers, is almost ready to roll out its new online manga service, dubbed Comic Walker. There’s so much to like about it that we’re having…

This White Day, tell her how you truly feel… with donuts

This White Day, tell her how you truly feel… with donuts

With Valentine’s Day over and done with, White Day (March 14) is just around the corner. This is the day in Japan where men are obliged to return the gifts…

Loved abroad, hated at home: the art of Japanese tattooing

Loved abroad, hated at home: the art of Japanese tattooing

On March 8, the Japanese American National Museum (JANM) in Los Angeles will open the largest-ever exhibition dedicated to irezumi — Japanese tattooing. Titled “Perseverance: Japanese Tattoo Tradition in a…

Top kitchenware, plastic sushi lure cooks, tourists alike to Kappabashi

  Photo Courtesy of Blog de l’équipe française If you want to open a restaurant, the Kappabashi district in Tokyo’s Taito Ward is the place to go because it has everything…

Shibuya tests limits of music

One November evening in Paris, Theatre du Chatelet was packed with people who came to see the French premiere of a new opera by a Japanese composer. But it was…