Makoto Shinkai

The Art of Drainspotting: What Is It?

When we travel, we are always looking straight ahead at the sights, shops, and people around us. But have you ever thought to take a look down at the ground? Don’t miss the unexpected works of art you can stumble upon in the form of unique Japanese manhole covers! Here is an introduction to three…

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…

Japanese Anime Hit ‘Your Name’ Is Going to Be a Hollywood Live-Action Film!

Following the success of the Japanese animation Kimi no Na wa or Your Name in 2016, a Hollywood live-action remake is going to be released in the future. Although there are no clear announcements yet regarding the filming locations, TOHO (a Japanese film distributor) has already announced that the live-action Hollywood version of the animation…

Loved ‘Your Name’? Visit Its Limited Themed Cafe in Tokyo and Nagoya!

Going on a trip to Tokyo, or basically, to any place in Japan, wouldn’t be complete without trying out some of the best, exquisite dishes the area has to offer. From the widely popular sushi and ramen to Japan’s unique variation in tea, coffee, and chocolates, having a taste of them once in a while…

The Reason Why the Japanese Film ‘Your Name’ Is a Box Office Hit

By far the biggest anime film hit of 2016! In a span of three days after its release in Japanese theater on August 26, 2016, Your Name (君の名は。 – Kimi no Na wa) easily grabbed the top box office hit throne with its stunning 1.2 billion yen earning! Ever since the announcement of Makoto Shinkai’s…