The First Ever Hedgehog Cafe Is Now Open In Japan!

by Dave on Apr 09 2016 |


Cat cafes are a thing of the past. In Tokyo the first ever Hedgehog cafe opened up recently, where you can pet and cuddle with your new cute new friend for around $9/hour with a coffee. Read full story...

Tokyo 2020 Olympics Logo Finalists Revealed

by Dave on Apr 08 2016 |


If you haven't been following the drama around Tokyo's 2020 Olympic logo... well not many have been to be honest (outside of Japan). After allegations the previously "official" logo may have been plagiarized, Tokyo unveiled four final versions of the logo on Friday in which internet web-citizens can leave feedback. Read full story...

Japanese Band BABYMETAL Debuts In The United States On The Late Show With Stephen Colbert

by Dave on Apr 07 2016 |


If you haven't heard of this trio of Japanese girls that make up the band BABYMETAL, you're in for a treat! BABYMETAL's music can only be described as a mash of j-pop, heavy metal, and idol music influences, disguised in Gothic Lolita dresses. Read full story...

A Beautiful 3-Week Audiovisual Tour Of Japan Will Leave Your Head Spinning (Video)

by Dave on Apr 06 2016 |


A quick share of a video I stumbled upon yesterday via the Consulate General of Japan in Chicago Facebook's page. It's verrry pretty and shows glimpses of nearly every aspect of Japanese culture. Check it out in the full story! Read full story...

The Five Most Powerful Anime Characters Ever

by JapanYay Feed on Apr 05 2016 |


Check out this top 5 list - and no, Goku doesn't top it! Read full story...

Japanese Activists Attempts To Revive Interest In Traditional Forms Of Japanese Popular Music

by Dave on Apr 04 2016 |


When a culture has something special that it wants to preserve, often, a deliberate act is required to save what needs to be preserved. According to a recent report on Japantoday.com, a group of more than 50 Japanese politicians, mostly individuals in their 70's, recently joined together in just such a preservation effort. Read full story...

Takahashi Minami Of AKB 48 Has "Graduation" Concert

by JapanYay Feed on Apr 03 2016 |


Takahashi Minami has been a part of AKB 48 since its creation in 2005 as one of the original members. The group currently has had 184 members over 15 "generations" and has several sister groups all over Japan, including Namba, Hakata, Sakae and most recently Niigata. They are currently one of the best selling groups of all time. Read full story...

Cherry Blossoms Viewing Becomes Popular With Foreign Tourists in Japan

by JapanYay Feed on Apr 02 2016 |


Cherry blossom viewing is becoming popular with foreign visitors in Japan in the Osaka region. They come from all over to enjoy looking at the beautiful trees and enjoy the hanami parties held under trees. Local travel agencies are busy trying to keep up with the large demand. Read full story...

Celebrating Spring Season With All 5 Senses

by JapanYay Feed on Apr 01 2016 |


One of the most notable aspects of the Japanese culture is the tradition of celebrating and honoring things for their intrinsic value and not necessarily for the sake of benefiting from them. The beginning of the spring season in Japan is a perfect example. Read full story...

Shinkansen Makes Its First Run To Hokkaido

by JapanYay Feed on Mar 31 2016 |


Japan expanded its express railway service to Hokkaido, on March 25th 2016. The extension will accommodate more than 20 million tourists who frequent that area of the country. Read full story...

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