World’s First Starbucks with Tatami Rooms Opened Last Week in Kyoto

by Amy on Jul 05 2017 |



Kyoto is Japan’s ancient capital with a multitude of historic attractions and UNESCO World Heritage sites. Now, a new attraction can be added to your touring list when you visit this gorgeous city: Starbucks. Starbucks Japan has opened inside an old two-story Japanese home that is over 100 years old in Kyoto. The home-turned-store faces Ninenzaka, a popular street lined with traditional shops that leads from Kiyomizu temple to Kodaiji temple. Read full story...

Check Out The Pokémon GO Fest Wristbands! Plus A Warning...

by Sharilyn on Jun 26 2017 |



Pokémon GO Fest is coming to Chicago July 22nd, and wristbands have started arriving for those lucky enough to score tickets before they sold out. Here at Japan Yay we got ours today and we're super excited! Read full story...

.hack//G.U. Last Recode Heading To United States And Europe Late 2017

by Dave on Jun 26 2017 |


In case you haven't heard yet - .hack//G.U. Last Recode has been confirmed for US and Europe releases in late 2017 on the PS4 and via Steam for the PC. Read full story...

Top 6 Weird (And Somewhat Convenient) Vending Machines Across Japan

by Japan Yay! Staff on Jun 25 2017 |


Vending machines and Japan! There are over 5 million of them across the country. We picked out our top 6 convenient and somewhat-weird vending machines we could find across Japan below. Check them out in the full story! Read full story...

.hack//G.U. Last Recode Teaser Trailer Released, Confirmed For Steam Download!

by Dave on Jun 21 2017 |


The announcement teaser trailer is here! And it's been confirmed that .hack//G.U. Last Recode will indeed be available on Steam for download on the PC. Check the trailer out in the full story. Read full story...

Pokémon GO Fest Tickets Sold Out In Under An Hour... And A List Of What Most Of Us Will Be Missing Out On :(

by Dave on Jun 19 2017 |


At around 12PM US central time the first ever Pokémon GO fest tickets went on sale. And the demand for these tickets were extremely high! In a little under an hour all tickets were sold out. Read full story...

7 Facts About Japan You May Not Know!

by Dave on Jun 18 2017 |


I'm not going to spoil them all - but did you know residents who live in Okinawa, Japan have the longest life expectancy in the world? The average life expectancy in the world is 71. Okinawans on average live to 97 years old! Check out the rest of the facts (click the image above to expand). Read full story...

Top 4 Japanese Sweet Summer Desserts For 2017 You Need To Try!

by Japan Yay! Staff on Jun 17 2017 |


Summer is here in Japan and the United States. Checkout our top 4 must-try summer treats straight from Japan! Read full story...

Meet The Toriimoto Sisters... Advertising Drinks On Vending Machines Across All Of Kyoto!

by Dave on Jun 16 2017 |


Meet Hibarimi Tori, Tsumimi and Izumi. They're three sisters living in Kyoto. Tori, the oldest, is sporting a coffee drink, Tsumini, a sports drink, and Izumi some kind of tea. Read full story...

The .hack Franchise Celebrates 15 Years, Bandai Namco Launches //G.U. Last Recode Website

by Dave on Jun 15 2017 |


After the news broke during E3 that the G.U. Trilogy was getting a remaster for the PS4 and also a PC release, CyberConnect2 revealed a few new screenshots of //G.U. Last Recode earlier today. In addition to the screens, a new website was launched for the upcoming remake, with a picture of all the main .hack game franchise characters!

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