Wood: Ancient Material Being Used in New Ways in Japanese Architecture

by Amy on Aug 29 2016 |


From traditional castles to modern marvels, Japanese architecture has transformed in many ways over the years. There have been shifts in the styles employed by architects that are rooted in debates, cultural change and historical discourse. There have been scientific discoveries and creations of new materials that have led to the abandonment of old. But the most abundant and replenish-able natural material, wood, is making a major comeback in buildings throughout Japan and the world. Read full story...

Chicago Land Japanese Burger Joint "Gabutto Burger" Grand Opening September 3rd

by Dave on Aug 27 2016 |


After some hefty delays, Gabutto Burger is finally opening up on September 3rd just outside of Chicago at 1410 Golf Rd. in Rolling Meadows, IL. If the name rings familiar, Gabutto Burger was once a tenant inside of Mitsuwa Marketplace, along with other Japanese-style restaurants. Those who donated to the restaurants Kickstarter a year ago, make sure you cash in on your perks! Read full story...

New Zelda Artwork and Manga Publications Celebrate the Series' 30th Anniversary

by Japan Yay! Staff on Aug 26 2016 |


Following the wake of remarkable success from Nintendo's Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, the gaming giant has again partnered with Dark Horse and Viz Media to publish two official Zelda artwork and Manga books this winter. These rare glimpses of The Legend of Zelda universe coincide with the series' 30th anniversary this year - a delight that fans will surely not want to miss out.

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Win A Free Trip For Two To Japan!

by Sharilyn on Aug 25 2016 |


National Geographic has a promotion going on right now where you can win a free trip to Japan. All you have to do is have a public Instagram account and post an image inspired by Japan with #DiscoverJapanContest. Read full story...

Ramen Restaurant Offers Patrons Virtual Dates With Idol Group Hamburgirls Z

by Japan Yay! Staff on Aug 25 2016 |


Many people would say that ramen dates are great. Though the food is simple, there is something to be said for being able to enjoy it with a romantic partner in a casual environment. The experience can be a lot of fun. Read full story...

SCANDAL To Release Best Of Album

by Japan Yay! Staff on Aug 24 2016 |


2016 is the 10th anniversary of the rock group Scandal, and to celebrate it they have decided to release their "best-of" album sometime in 2017. Read full story...

McDonald's Of Japan Releases Anime Short Part-Time Job Ad (Subtitled)

by Dave on Aug 23 2016 |


I bet you weren't expecting to watch a one-minute anime based solely around McDonald's today, eh? The video released on McDonald's of Japan's YouTube account is a promotion for part-time jobs at McDonald's targeting young adults looking for some spare cash to carry around. Check out the video in the full story. Read full story...

Full Video Of Japan's Tokyo 2020 Olympics Preview W/ Prime Minister As Super Mario!

by Dave on Aug 22 2016 |


As a follow up to our last article, here's the full video of Japan's Tokyo 2020 Olympics preview, including the Super Mario surprise at the end! The video showcases many of Japan's anime and pop-culture icons: Hello Kitty, Doraemo, Pac-Man, and of course Super Mario!

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Olympics End With Japan's Prime Minister As Super Mario

by Sharilyn on Aug 21 2016 |


If you weren't watching the closing ceremonies of the 2012 Rio Olympics, I can see how you'd be skeptical. But this seriously happened. The Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe, appeared out of a giant warp pipe complete with a Mario hat he waved at the crowd. Read full story...

Japanese Wrestler Eri Tosaka Celebrates Gold Medal Win, Hoisting Coach Up On Shoulders!

by Dave on Aug 20 2016 |

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