Japanese electronic musical instrument manufacturer Roland has teamed up with Kodo, a taiko traditional drumming company, to provide the world's first electronic Japanese taiko. Although still in ...
Read More
The countdown to the 2020 Olympics continues in earnest: there is now just three years until the opening of the Summer Games. While the main stadium in central Tokyo is still far from completion, ...
Read More
Our favorite Japanese comedian of the moment, Piko Taro, is continuing to capitalize on his Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen fame by promoting the Perotto Ice Pop DJ Licking Music Toy. This is another ...
Read More
How can a credit card company find a new way to advertise its services? In Japan, it would seem to mean by forming an idol group. Higashi-Ikebukuro 52 is not the latest "sister group" spin-off of ...
Read More

Retro Japanese schoolgirl clothes perfect for loungewear
Tokyo's latest retail complex is Ginza Six, which opened in the eponymous district of central Tokyo on the location of the old Matsuzakaya Ginza department store. The shopping complex, which ...
Read More
Something special happens when anime music meets classical music. As was true with the classical music concert renditions of the Ghibli, Final Fantasy, and Super Mario soundtracks, the music becomes ...
Read More
Sado Island, the rustic s-shaped landmass off of Japan's western coast, is known for a lot of things. Heavy metal music is not traditionally one of them. As part of a campaign to attract visitors, ...
Read More
A few years ago Maywa Denki released a toy that would go on to storm the world and win a major award. It was the Otamatone, a curious tadpole-shaped electronic synthesizer that you played by moving ...
Read More

The perfect vessel for relieving your stress levels!
How cool is this grandma? Cool enough to do a perfectly choreographed "kome dance" (rice dance) with two other female performers (approximately 40 years younger) in kimono. If you eat plenty of ...
Read More
Since their 2005 debut, music group Perfume has been steadily pumping out the hits with songs including "Linear Motor Girl" and "Polyrhythm." Now twelve years later, members Nocchi, A-chan and ...
Read More
After teasing us with a preview and some hilarious-looking images, the first SoftBank commercials in the Justin Bieber "super student" campaign have finally been released. It features the Canadian ...
Read More
The latest stars in an advertising campaign for mobile phone provider SoftBank is the unlikely pairing of Canadian singer Justin Bieber and comedian Piko Taro of PPAP fame. So far only ...
Read More
If drawing attention to a Japanese city or region is the purpose of the yuuru-kyara mascot, consider Mr. Kure's mission accomplished. This blue, kanji-emblazoned fuzzball may well be the most fly of ...
Read More
From traditional instruments to the National Theatre mascot, you've never seen Piko Taro done quite like this. The curiously attired Piko Taro recently returned with a follow-up to his global ...
Read More
When the top 20 releases of the year are dominated by AKB48 or male idol bands from Johnny & Associates, what can a rock band do to stand out? Harness wearable technology. The band One OK Rock is ...
Read More