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The Hottest Japanese Anime Movies this Summer!

When Americans think of animated movies, what comes to mind are the grand animated musicals of Disney or the hilariously animated characters of Illumination. These films are enjoyed around the world by millions of people, but don’t let that obscure the fact that many of these countries produce animation of their own. Japan in particular…
See Neo-futuristic Exhibitions at the Japan Media Arts Festival

See Neo-futuristic Exhibitions at the Japan Media Arts Festival

The 22nd Japan Media Arts Festival just concluded, where the latest in a diverse range of both Japanese and international media arts were given a platform. While festival categories include crowd-pleasing manga and animation, the award-winning art exhibits were equally stimulating and thought-provoking. These exhibits may have passed, but next year the festival will be…

The Best Attractions at Aqua City in Odaiba!

As one of the biggest cities in the world, Tokyo, Japan is home to dozens of shopping centers where visitors can take full advantage of their duty-free status. Odaiba, the reclaimed island inside Tokyo Bay hosts a number of different industries such as shipping, manufacturing, and entertainment. But visitors to this futuristic space will find…

Find Tokyo’s Hot Spots for Extreme Street Fashion

Tokyo is such a fashion-forward city. It leads the world in top-notch street fashion and in completely out of the box, lavish outfits. While I was packing to move here I was trying to pick out the best pieces from my closet and kept looking at Tokyo fashion accounts for inspiration on possible outfits to…

2 Day MUST SEE Kyoto Trip

If you are traveling to Japan, you might be overwhelmed with the plethora of things you MUST see. You’ll visit multiple websites that go from Tokyo to Osaka to Kyoto to Hiroshima to Nara to Hakone to Mt. Fuji and to the many other beautiful sites in Japan. It is a lot of information to…

Experience Japan’s Model Kit Culture at the Gundam Base!

If you’re at all familiar with Japanese pop culture, you probably have heard of or know about Gundam. Mobile Suit Gundam, originally a television anime series which aired in 1979, has since grown into a massive franchise spanning various stories across anime, manga, films, and even an upcoming live-action film from Godzilla: King of the…

Get Lost in a World of Wonder: TeamLab PLANETS

Tokyo is a vision of the future, so it is only fitting that some of the world’s most stunning digital art museums are here. Located in Odaiba, Tokyo is Teamlab’s Borderless exhibit and in Toyosu, Tokyo is the PLANETS exhibit. A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of experiencing the PLANETS digital art…

Japan Media Arts Festival Showcases a Variety of Unique Artworks

Over the month of June 2019, the 22nd Japan Media Arts Festival was held across various venues on Odaiba Island in Tokyo. The main venue for the show was at the Miraikan, a museum that hosts exhibits dealing with many aspects of natural history such as the past and humanity’s impact on the earth. From…

DRUM TAO: When Japanese Drum Performing Art Reaches the World

Japan is a culturally rich country with many interesting and unique features that you cannot miss when traveling here. You will probably be recommended to check out a kabuki show, see maiko (means “apprentice geisha”), go to concerts of singers and idol groups, or enjoy some quirky cosplay cafes and restaurants. But have you ever heard…

How to Visit Tokyo Museums as a Foreigner and Get a Good Deal

This spring and summer the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum has been holding a special art exhibit on Gustav Klimt, a famous Austrian symbolist painter. I love going to art museums and was not going to pass up an opportunity to see this special exhibit. While I’ve been to plenty of art museums in my life, going…